My Grandfather Tom left Westport Mayo and farm life in Aughagower I assume around 1923. As one of the "Lost Legion" of republicans, disgruntled by the affairs of the state, he decided to emigrate. Accompanied by his best friend "Ton" Malone, he set out one evening from a dance armed with a few bottles of "black stuff" that he swapped for train…Continue
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MÁIRT -- On the morning of Nov. 20, 1917, the 16th Irish Division of the British army assaulted an area of the German lines known as "Tunnel Trench," named for an elaborate tunnel system that ran along it. The attack was meant as a diversion for the main…Continue
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Aidan MacCarthy crouched low in the air raid shelter he and the other prisoners of war had dug themselves. They had seen two American B-29 bombers flying toward the city of Nagasaki before they went into the shelter. A few POWs had stayed outside, though, wanting to see bombs fall on the Japanese for…Continue
"In eighteen hundred and forty-four
I landed on the Liverpool shore
Me belly was empty me hands were raw
With working on the railway, the railway
I'm weary of the railway
Poor paddy works on the railway"
(from Poor Paddy on the Railway by The Dubliners…
Irish loyalties in the Rebellion of 1641 were intertwined between religion and the destabilization of English politics. "The Catholic landowners desire to recover their lost land was one main reason for the rebellion. The rebellion started eleven years of war between 1641-52 in Ireland and was…Continue
In 1885, Lucy Coverdale, aka Lucille Yseult Dudley, made an unsucessful attempt on the life of Rossa. She was found to be insane at trial and ended up in a lunatic asylum at Auburn, in New York. Capt. Bedford Pim, Royal Navy, member of Parliament, helped secure her return to England in 1891. Was…Continue
David Goodall was born in 1931. One side of his family had Wexford ancestors who were on both sides of the 1798 Rising. Though he had no professional involvement in Anglo-Irish relations until 1982, Goodall had a lifelong scholarly interest in Irish and, especially, Wexford history. He was president of…Continue
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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…Continue
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Hello to all ...
My name is Brendan O'Byrne and I am delighted to be accepted into The Wild Geese community. I am a professional musician, songwriter and composer, and resident musician to Ashford Castle Hotel in Cong, Ireland. I am an artist and love to oil paint.
In my professional life I perform nightly at Ashford; so if you find yourself in…Continue
Just over 200 years ago this past January came a climactic moment in military history with numerous surprising Irish connections. The battle fought by Andrew Jackson that saved New Orleans also brought closure to a…Continue
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Your hooves have stamped at the black margins of the wood,
Even where horrible green parrots call and swing.
My works are all stamped down in the sultry mud.
I knew that horse-play, knew it for a murderous thing.
What wholesome sun has ripened is wholesome…
In the 1560s, Queen Elizabeth I began to see the value in becoming familiar with the Irish language. The Queen was already well versed in the French, Italian, Latin and Greek languages. There can be little doubt that her interest in the Irish language was brought on by her desire…Continue
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…Continue
A $100 gift card from world-class retailer TheIrishStore.com or one of five gifts from our 'locker'…Continue
New York -- With Western powers, most notably the United States, Britain and France, weighing how best to punish the Syrian government for its alleged use of poison gas on its own restive civilians, we recalled a story we produced a decade ago, in the run-up to the March 2003 invasion of Iraq by a primarily Anglo-American…Continue
We extend our best wishes to all our American Wild Geese on this Independence Day. The contributions of Irish-Americans in the War Between the States is well documented and much discussed. Perhaps less so is the impact some of the earliest Irish immigrants had upon the American revolution of the late 18th century.
Many of these would have been of Scots-Irish…Continue