All Blog Posts Tagged 'Africa' (17)

'Mad Mike' Hoare Turns 100 Years Old

Mad Mike’ Hoare believed you get more out of life by living dangerously. And yet about 35 family and friends gathered in Durban, South Africa, on 17 March, St Patrick’s Day, to honour Mike as he turned 100 years old. Among them were five of the Wild Geese who fought with him in the Congo in the…

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Added by Christopher Sean Hoare on April 12, 2019 at 8:30am — No Comments

My 'Irish' African Friend

I have an Irish story. I’m not Irish, but I was educated by nuns from an Irish order and we always celebrated St. Patrick’s Day with a festive program at school. My story, however, is about my best friend from college, Mary Rose Ryan. As we became friends, she told me she was…

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Added by Jacqueline Mosio on March 12, 2019 at 8:30pm — No Comments

This Week in the History of the Irish: February 3 - February 9

DOMHNAIGH -- On February 3, 1537, Lord "Silken" Thomas Fitzgerald and his five uncles were executed at Tyburn, England. In June 1534, believing the English had killed his father in London (he actually died in the Tower later, of disease), Fitzgerald led a revolt against the English. He gained the name…

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Added by The Wild Geese on February 2, 2019 at 5:30pm — No Comments

The Irish Rebels Who Fought for Israel

It was 1948, and as the military half-track drove through the Beit Netofa Valley, at the village of Madna in Galilee, shots rang out. One Israeli soldier was killed and another was hit in the head. A sniper had zeroed in on the men and was picking them off one by one.

Then, one of the half-track’s occupants, a tall,…

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Added by David Lawlor on May 11, 2018 at 8:30am — No Comments

Irish Pilgrim Paths Day and the Irish Pilgrim Tag™

National Pilgrim Paths Day is a new Easter Festival based on Ireland’s dense network of medieval pilgrim walking routes. This new heritage themed event is organised by the local communities adjacent to each of our principal penitential routes and is aimed at raising…

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Added by Thomas R. on February 16, 2016 at 2:30am — No Comments

‘Dr. William Edward Dillon, Navy Surgeon in Livingstone’s Africa’ by Julia Turner - the worst book I have ever read

Many people are familiar with the exploits of the Victorian explorer David Livingstone in Africa, his missionary work, anti-slavery agitation and his meeting with the journalist, Henry Morton Stanley on the shores of Lake Tanganyika, in November 1871 which gave rise to the now famous, and much parodied phrase, “Dr. Livingstone, I presume?”

Few people are aware that when contact with Livingstone was again lost after he parted company with Stanley, concern about his safety and health…

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Added by Kieron Punch on March 4, 2015 at 2:16pm — No Comments

Patricia Horne: Irish Surgeon in Africa

Patricia Horne is an Irish medical doctor who worked in Nigeria during in the 1950s at one of several medical missionary hospitals managed by Irish Catholic religious orders.

Horne came from a medical family. Her grandfather, Andrew Horne, was a founder and first…

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Added by The Wild Geese on March 3, 2015 at 1:00am — No Comments


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Fighting the Vampire: Irish Commandos in the Boer War

(Above: The Irish Brigade who fought alongside the Boers against the British army in the Anglo-Boer War. Col. John Blake is sitting in the front row 2nd to the left of the concertina player.

In far-off Africa to-day the English fly dismayed…

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Added by Joe Gannon on December 31, 2014 at 8:00pm — 7 Comments

‘Who Turned Those Lights On? Kill the B------’: Christmas at Sea 1942

Part 3 of 3 of the Series 'We Will Probably Land Christmas Day’: At War in the Atlantic, 1942 

This…

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Added by Gerry Regan on December 23, 2014 at 5:00pm — 5 Comments

‘3 More Shopping Days Left': A Christmas in Convoy 1942

Part 2 of 3 of the series ‘We Will Probably Land Christmas Day’: At War in the Atlantic, 1942 

Part 1 of 2, “Getting To Where We Are Going” includes my father's accounts of his first quiet week on the high…

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Added by Gerry Regan on December 13, 2014 at 5:00pm — No Comments

‘We Will Probably Land Christmas Day’: At War in the Atlantic, 1942

No large operation in World War II surpassed the invasion of North Africa in complexity, daring, risk, or -- as the official U.S. Army Air Forces history concludes -- 'the degree of strategic surprise achieved.'



     -- Author Rick Atkinson,…

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Added by Gerry Regan on December 13, 2014 at 3:30pm — 4 Comments

He May Be the Most Famous / Infamous Irish Soldier You've Probably Never Known About

It was not uncommon for Queen Victoria’s soldiers to be Irishmen or to have Irish connections, but few of them had a career such as that of Field Marshal Frederick Sleigh Roberts,…

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Added by Robert A Mosher on December 1, 2014 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Your 'Great Irish Spot' Deserves Your Great Irish Story

A $100 gift card from world-class retailer TheIrishStore.com or one of five gifts from our 'locker' --…

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Added by The Wild Geese on March 5, 2014 at 4:00pm — 5 Comments

Nelson Mandela, Model of Reconciliation in World of Conflict

Former South African President Nelson Mandela has drawn quite a bit of attention at The Wild Geese, and not only within the past 24 hours since this legendary leader's passing.

Here are some of the tributes members have posted:

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Added by Gerry Regan on December 6, 2013 at 12:00pm — 11 Comments

Warfield Makes It Easy: 'Let Ye All Be Irish Tonight'

”They could take our land, starve our poor, destroy our homes and plunder our institutions; they could deny us education, but they could not destroy our music and song” No truer words were ever spoken. These are by Derek Warfield himself.

Derek Warfield is a singer, songwriter, mandolin player and a founding member of the…

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Added by Kevin Gleeson on November 17, 2013 at 7:00pm — 1 Comment

S African Rose Maurer: Irish Culture in KwaZulu-Natal

Most of South Africa is more than 8,000 miles (14,000 km) from Tipperary, a truly “long, long way,” but still, as in Ireland, another former British colony, the tramping of British army boots once was a familiar sound to that nation’s natives and immigrants.  …

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Added by The Wild Geese on April 27, 2013 at 11:30am — 2 Comments

Comparing and Contrasting African and Irish Slavery in Revolutionary America

When the term "slavery" as it pertains to the United States is mentioned, almost all minds immediately turn towards thinking of the enslavement of Africans by pre-Civil War American citizens. While the images that are conjured up by contemplating this era of human indignity…

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Added by Riocard Ó Cruimín on March 25, 2013 at 11:30am — No Comments

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