All Blog Posts Tagged 'Australia' (59)

Review: 'The Great Shame: And the Triumph of the Irish In the English-Speaking World'

The Great Shame: And the Triumph of the Irish In the English-Speaking World

By Thomas Keneally (of "Schindler’s List" fame)

Reviewed by John Edward (Ed) Murphy

Overall a good book and a very scholarly work. Great Shame covers significant historical events in 19th century Ireland,…

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Added by John Edward Murphy on July 26, 2014 at 3:00pm — 8 Comments

Auditions for 'The Last Torch'

It was a very exciting weekend auditioning for "The Last Torch." Both tiring and exhilarating. Casting has been a very tough job, but we have our cast -- all except Brian O'Rourke, but he will appear!

BUAGH!…

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Added by The Last Torch on July 24, 2014 at 5:30am — No Comments

Auditions for 'The Last Torch'

“The Last Torch” is an exciting new Irish ceoldrama being premiered in Melbourne, Australia October 1st - 4th, 2014 at the Malthouse Theatre, Southbank. It will be part of this year's Melbourne Fringe Festival. Auditions will be held in July. Please email Frances O’Neill to…

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Added by The Last Torch on June 14, 2014 at 2:00am — No Comments

‘Meagher of the Sword’ – The Civil War Legend and His Kildare Boyhood

By Robert Doyle

He is one of the most iconic figures of the American Civil War and, as the commander of the Union Army’s Irish Brigade, Thomas Francis Meagher (right, from from Arthur Griffith's "Meagher of the Sword," Dublin, 1916) is probably the most famous of…

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Added by The Wild Geese on May 28, 2014 at 10:00am — No Comments

Bendigo Remembers Brian Boru

On Sunday May 18 around sixty people attended a concert in Bendigo to celebrate the victory of Brian Boru at the Battle of Clontarf in 1014. Organised by the Central Victoria Irish Association the event took place at the historic Brian Boru Hotel, established in the 1850s at the height of the ‘gold rush’ era. Where else?

A lively and entertaining program of music,…

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Added by James O'Brien on May 21, 2014 at 7:00pm — No Comments

Dissident Dubliner: Chatting with Irish-Australian Author James O’Brien

The following is a transcript of the LIVE members' chat hosted here at TheWildGeese.com on Friday, May 9, 2014 with James O'Brien, an Irishman living…

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Added by The Wild Geese on May 6, 2014 at 8:30am — No Comments

Boyer: The St. Patrick's Day Parade Versus Irish Freedom

When the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) marched up Fifth Avenue in New York’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade it should have been crystal clear, if it wasn't already, that this parade is incompatible with any serious effort to support Irish freedom. The PSNI is the…

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Added by Sandy Boyer on March 25, 2014 at 2:30pm — 2 Comments

Highlights: 'The Last Torch' in The Virtual Síbín

Added by The Last Torch on March 15, 2014 at 10:30pm — 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

Sean Treacy and May Quigley: An Irish Romance

Sean Treacy, of the Irish Republican Army, and May Quigley were lovers engaged to be married.  Sean took May to a Republican meeting where Michael Collins was speaking; as Collins got wound up, so did his profanity.

The Vice Commander, Sean Treacy,  stood with raised hand to…

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Added by annette counihan on February 2, 2014 at 1:30pm — 1 Comment

This Week in the History of the Irish: December 15 - December 21

National Library of Ireland.

Gen. Richard Mulcahy in the uniform of the Irish Free State.

MÁIRT -- On Dec. 16, 1971, soldier and politician General Richard Mulcahy died in…

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Added by The Wild Geese on December 14, 2013 at 9:33pm — No Comments

'As Game as Ned Kelly': The Rise and Fall — and Rise — of the Irish in Australia

By Joseph Gannon

Perhaps the most famous — or infamous — Irishman ever to trod south of the equator was the outlaw Ned Kelly, whose legend gave birth to "…

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Added by The Wild Geese on November 11, 2013 at 8:30am — 7 Comments

This Week in the History of the Irish: August 18-24

National Library of Ireland

A galloglas from the 16th century fought with mail shirt and long-handled battle axe.…



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Added by The Wild Geese on August 18, 2013 at 1:00am — 2 Comments

The Inspiration for 'Ghost of Gallipoli': Chance Discovery or Twist of Fate?

As a writer I often find that inspiration comes from the strangest of places. But none so odd as that for my ebook, "…

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Added by Margaret Whittock on July 20, 2013 at 6:30am — 1 Comment

Lost and Found ~ Belfast Shooting 1971

Mum told me a story years ago about her godchild's mother and aunt being shot by the British army. Even though I have been digging around in her O'Rourke past, she always refers me to this other side of her family who she reminisces about with such fondness. When mum ran away from home, she went to live with Uncle James who…

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Added by The Last Torch on July 15, 2013 at 11:00pm — 7 Comments

Biography on the extraordinary life of John Boyle O’Reilly becomes an event



By Robert Doyle



Dublin, Ireland (First published 10/5/11) -- “Although this is…

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Added by The Wild Geese on May 24, 2013 at 11:00pm — No Comments

What's New Among The Wild Geese ... Today

John Walsh, right, founder of Galway-based Doire Press, is the latest WG Member of the Day. John, a Derry…

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Added by The Wild Geese on May 4, 2013 at 3:00pm — No Comments

'The Last Torch' Musical Set in 16th Century Ireland Needs Your Help

Set in Ireland with a touch of fantasy, "The Last Torch" is a new exciting musical poised to take the world by storm. It's Les Miserables meets Game of Thrones. This musical is an adventure through time and space connecting the past to the present through music. Although taken from history, it contains supernatural and…

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Added by The Last Torch on April 12, 2013 at 10:30am — No Comments

Australia: How Did The Irish Get There?

As that prison ship sailed out against the sky

Sure she'll wait and hope and pray

For her love in Botany Bay

It's so lonely round the fields of Athenry

- From "Fields of Athenry" by Pete St. John

Published by Pete St.…

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Added by The Wild Geese on January 24, 2013 at 6:00pm — 5 Comments

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