The Wild Geese's Blog Posts Tagged 'Folklore' (31)

Death of WG Founding Member and Producer Maryann Tracy Leaves Us Bereft

We are indeed saddened to announce that Maryann Tracy, a founding member of TheWildGeese.irish and one of our earliest staff members, died September 6 in Syracuse at the age of 63. Maryann began her tenure with us in February 2012 as part of the small team that helped us transition from TheWildGeese.com,…

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Added by The Wild Geese on October 24, 2017 at 10:00am — 5 Comments

Irish Myths and Legends Part 5: Never-Ending Stories

I hope that my examination of the stories in this series show that Irish myths and legends are not museum pieces to be taken out once in a while, dusted down, admired and then put back in a glass case. These stories are the living companions to our daily lives. They…

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Added by The Wild Geese on May 1, 2015 at 2:00am — No Comments

Irish Myths and Legends Part 4: Aoife's Tale

Lir is known to many as the father of the boys and girls turned into swans by their wicked step mother Aoife in "The Children of Lir." This is the story I only tell on very rare…

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Added by The Wild Geese on April 30, 2015 at 4:08am — 1 Comment

Irish Myths and Legends Part 3: The City Beneath the Waves

Whether ancient legends or modern family tales, the stories of Ireland and Scotland have all played an important role in my life. They give me great pleasure and they help provide the…

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Added by The Wild Geese on April 29, 2015 at 6:00am — 4 Comments

Irish Myths and Legends Part 2: Cúchulainn

Given the history of Scotland and Ireland - two sibling nations with fierce and loyal ties to each other but also marred (and often scarred) by bloody disagreement, rivalry and the power politics of these islands - it…

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Added by The Wild Geese on April 28, 2015 at 3:00am — 1 Comment

Hanging With Storyteller Rab Fulton in The Virtual Síbín

Rab is a Galway-based storyteller who originally comes from Scotland. He specialises in reimagining Irish and Scottish myths, folklore and urban legends. His "Celtic Tales" summer sessions in Galway have a strong and growing…

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Added by The Wild Geese on April 27, 2015 at 6:30am — 7 Comments

Leprechaun: Ireland’s Most Distinguished Fairy

The following is an excerpt from an article of the same title, first published on the website: Tales and Whispers.…

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Added by The Wild Geese on March 16, 2015 at 2:00pm — No Comments

The Wild Geese Top Ten in 2014

A.D. 2014 has been a magnificent year for The Wild Geese Irish Social Network.  As this year draws to a close, we thought it would be interesting to compile the most popular articles and videos from the community.  Depending on how new you are to The Wild Geese…

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Added by The Wild Geese on December 28, 2014 at 8:30am — No Comments

Irish Christmas Songs and Stories in the Virtual Síbín

[Below is a link to a recording of an interactive broadcast of Irish Christmas songs and stories, part of TheWildGeese.Irish Sibin series of discussions and…

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Added by The Wild Geese on December 8, 2014 at 8:30am — 10 Comments

Chatting About Love and Adventure with Cupid's Crusade

The  following is a transcript from the LIVE Community Chat held here at TheWildGeese.com on Friday, August 8, 2014 with with Annette…

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Added by The Wild Geese on August 8, 2014 at 1:30am — 3 Comments

The Wild Geese Virtual Síbín with Annette Counihan

We hope you enjoy the video just below which was broadcast LIVE here at …

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Added by The Wild Geese on February 12, 2014 at 1:00pm — 1 Comment

Great Irish Romances: Tristan and Isolde

The tale of Tristan and Isolde was one of the most influential romances in the medieval period. It predated and influenced the Arthurian romance of Lancelot and Guinevere.

Originally, the Tristan legend had nothing to do with King Arthur, but shortly…

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Added by The Wild Geese on February 11, 2014 at 3:30pm — 1 Comment

Crosswords at the Crossroads: 'Grá XOXO'

It's time for the next offering in our popular Irish-themed interactive crossword puzzles feature, "Crosswords at the Crossroads."   

This time around, we focus on Valentine's Day.  We've pieced together the most Irish Valentine's Day crossword puzzle you'll ever come…

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Added by The Wild Geese on February 4, 2014 at 9:00am — 1 Comment

The Fairies

by Patrick Bonar

Irish folk lore is part of our heritage and the tradition of storytelling runs strongly through our veins. It would be difficult to find an Irish person who did not hear the stories of ‘Oisin in the…

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Added by The Wild Geese on January 21, 2014 at 1:00pm — 4 Comments

Mummering: 'The Idiotic Hero Combat Drama'

The following is a transcript taken from the LIVE Community Chat chat hosted here at TheWildGeese.com on Friday, December 20, 2013.  The focus for the discussion was the tradition of the mummers in Ireland.  We were joined by…

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Added by The Wild Geese on December 24, 2013 at 5:23am — 1 Comment

2013's Most Popular

A.D. 2013 has been a big year for The Wild Geese.  It was just nine months ago that the new and improved version of TheWildGeese.com was launched.  As 2013 winds down to a close, we thought it would be interesting to compile the most popular blog posts and discussions…

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Added by The Wild Geese on December 19, 2013 at 4:29am — 2 Comments

Friday: LIVE Community Chat on Ireland's Mummering Tradition

On Friday, December 20, 2013, we'll be joined by folklorist / entertainer (and fellow Wild Geese member) Jim Ledwith for a LIVE Community Chat on the mummering tradition in…

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Added by The Wild Geese on December 18, 2013 at 9:30am — No Comments

And the Nagle Forge Brooch Goes To …

On December 9, 2013, The Wild Geese enjoyed a LIVE Community Chat with Maeve O'Connell who owns the property at Jerpoint Park in County Kilkenny.  The grave of St. Nicholas (of "St. Nick" or Santa Claus fame) is purported to be…

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Added by The Wild Geese on December 13, 2013 at 4:42pm — 8 Comments

St. Nick Buried in Kilkenny? A Community Chat with Maeve O'Connell

The following is a transcript taken from the LIVE Community Chat chat hosted here at TheWildGeese.com on Monday, December 9, 2013.  The focus for the discussion was the fascinating discovery of Newtown Jerpoint in County Kilkenny, where St. Nicholas' remains (as in Santa Claus) are purported to be buried.  The owner of…

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Added by The Wild Geese on December 11, 2013 at 9:00am — 1 Comment

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