All Blog Posts Tagged 'Diaspora History' (161)

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'Himself': A Sweeping Saga of One Irish Immigrant's Experience

Himself: A Civil War Veteran's Struggles with Rebels, Brits and Devils.  By William J. Donohue 319 pp., 2014 Buffalo Heritage Press, softcover $19.99…


Added by Kevin P Gorman on January 7, 2016 at 7:30pm — 3 Comments

For the Harried, Fáilte 'Nollaig na mBan'

“Nollaig na mBan,” or “Little Women’s Christmas,” is an old custom that’s still celebrated by women all over Ireland. It goes back to the days when large families were the norm. Men never lifted a finger in the house to help, and were never expected to. If a man washed the dishes, he would be called an “auld…


Added by Brían Hoban on January 4, 2016 at 6:00am — 5 Comments

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

LUAIN -- On January 4, 1781, Irish-born Revolutionary War Gen. James Hogan died in British captivity at Haddrel Point, South Carolina. Hogan (sometimes spelled Hogun) was born in Ireland about 1721, and emigrated to North Carolina about 30 years later. In May 1776, Hogan was appointed a major in the…


Added by The Wild Geese on January 2, 2016 at 11:30am — No Comments

Create Your Own Irish Culture

If you're reading this, you're probably proud of your Irish Heritage and rightly so. Honoring your family's roots is nothing to laugh at. There are several ways to do this, of course. Varying from studying the Irish language, playing Irish music, listening to Irish music, and other creative…


Added by David Joyce on December 7, 2015 at 8:00pm — No Comments

This Week in the History of the Irish: November 29 - December 5

DOMHNAIGH -- On November 29, 1895, Denny Lane (right), author and poet, and member of the revolutionary Young Ireland party, died in Cork. Lane was born in Riverstown, near Glanmire in County Cork, in 1818. Denny attended Trinity College, Dublin. While a student there, he met fellow student Thomas Davis, a…


Added by The Wild Geese on November 28, 2015 at 11:00am — No Comments

George Croghan: Irish-American 'Boy Major,' Hero of War of 1812

Where dear Sandusky’s waters glide

From storied falls, through meadows wide,

By verdant hills on either side

To seek Lake Eiries’s famous tide:

On proud Fort Stephenson

 --- From the poem “Fort Stephenson,”

by Captain Andrew…


Added by Joe Gannon on November 21, 2015 at 2:00pm — 4 Comments

This Week in the History of the Irish: October 11 - October 17

Courtesy of the late Lt. Col. Ken Powers, historian, 69th Regiment, New York Infantry

The 'Prince of Wales flag,' presented by grateful Irish citizens on March 16, 1861, to the 69th Regiment "in commemoration of the 11th Oct. 1860." The flag has…

Added by The Wild Geese on October 10, 2015 at 2:30pm — 1 Comment

This Week in the History of the Irish: August 16-22

Bernardo O'Higgins

LUAIN -- On August 17, 1778,…


Added by The Wild Geese on August 15, 2015 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Hay Foot, Straw Foot

While hiking with my American-born kids I found myself repeating the words “hay foot, straw foot” trying to motivate them to keep going as they were getting tired. I reflected on how I first learned the phrase from my West Cork granny, and decided to investigate the term a little further.  I grew intrigued to learn this phrase is shared between Ireland and America.

“Hay-foot, straw-foot” was a term my late granny…


Added by Mairead Geary on July 28, 2015 at 9:30pm — 3 Comments

'Jimmy's Hall' -- Screenings in the United States

From the Team That Brought the World “The Wind That Shakes the Barley” ...

‘Jimmy’s Hall’: Where Anything Goes and Everyone Belongs

Directed by Ken Loach, Screenplay by Paul Laverty, Produced by Rebecca…


Added by The Wild Geese on July 24, 2015 at 9:00am — 1 Comment

This Week in the History of the Irish: July 12 - July 18

Linen Hall Library

Baron Godert de Ginkel, commander of the Williamite forces at Aughrim.



Added by The Wild Geese on July 11, 2015 at 5:00pm — No Comments

Get a 'Jimmy's Hall' Poster Winging Your Way

Each week through Sept. 15, TheWildGeese.Irish will be giving away an official “Jimmy’s Hall” movie poster, courtesy of Sixteen Films and Sony Pictures Classics. (For the U.S. market, not a French edition as pictured here.)

To be eligible for the drawing, you need…


Added by The Wild Geese on July 11, 2015 at 11:00am — No Comments

The Wild West of Ireland

What's in a name? For me it meant finding a deep connection to my Irish roots.  I have an uncommon name, Honora, which elicits questions such as what kind of name it is, how to pronounce it and where does it come from.  My mother named me for her mother, who was also named for her mother.  Although Honora is Latin for "honor" the "H" is not silent.  It rhymes with Lenora.  Last year my mother's sister asked me to research our family tree and I found that my name went back even further than…


Added by Honora Wright Weaver on May 21, 2015 at 6:00am — 1 Comment

The 5th New York's Daniel J. Meagher

Tipperary native among the earliest heroes of the FDNY…


Added by The Wild Geese on May 15, 2015 at 5:00pm — No Comments

'Loneliness and Isolation ... Feelings Every Emigrant Can Identify With’

Nonprofit Pieta House's 'Darkness Into Light' walk / run takes place each May in scores of locations in Ireland, in New York City and a growing number of other venues outside Ireland. The mission: to highlight depression among the Irish, wherever they are residing. See …


Added by Pieta House Inc on May 8, 2015 at 10:00am — No Comments

The Irish Experience in Australia Study

Fidelma McCorry Breen is seeking out participants for a survey she is doing on the Irish Experience in Australia. Please read the following post to see if you can help her out.

Thank you so much for your…


Added by Greg Lynch Jr on April 22, 2015 at 10:00am — No Comments

Thomas McKean -- From Ulster to Pennsylvania

Thomas McKean (March 19, 1734 – June 24, 1817) was the son of William McKean from County Antrim who came to Pennsylvania via the city of…


Added by Dee Notaro on April 22, 2015 at 5:00am — No Comments

Lt. Michael P. Murphy Honored in County Cork

The Irish Examiner reports that the Irish Veterans, an organization whose goal is…


Added by The Wild Geese on April 21, 2015 at 9:00pm — No Comments

On the Anniversary of García Márquez's Death, a New Book Asks, 'Was Gabo an Irishman?'

My husband is convinced that there is a website called “wiki-paddy-a,” which I use to prove that my beloved homeland, Ireland, has given the world many great things. Like Halloween, for example, or the discovery of America.



Added by Caroline Doherty de Novoa on April 12, 2015 at 3:30pm — 4 Comments

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