The Wild Geese's Blog Posts Tagged 'History of Ireland' (221)

Your Home’s ‘Family Tree’: Q&A With Know Thy Place’s Colm Moloney

As an archaeologist of 25 years standing, Colm Moloney (on left in photo) knows Ireland from the ground up in a way few people do. Thus it would seem a natural extension of his work to focus on the role of ‘place’ in Irish family history, as distinct from ‘people.’…
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Added by The Wild Geese on July 11, 2013 at 10:00pm — No Comments

This Week in the History of the Irish: July 7 - July 13

Linen Hall Library

Mary McCracken's ill-fated United Irishman brother, Henry Joy.

MÁIRT -- On July 8,…

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Added by The Wild Geese on July 7, 2013 at 1:00am — No Comments

An Excess of Abominations – Ireland’s Three ‘Bloody Sundays'

by Neil Cosgrove (First publish 1/11/12)

(Left:'Black and Tans' on the streets of Dublin, 1920)

A recent post on TheWildGeese.com’s Facebook page discussed Irish revolutionary Michael Collins’ role in the event of Bloody Sunday, November 21, 1920. On that day, under Collin’s…

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Added by The Wild Geese on May 27, 2013 at 4:20pm — 1 Comment

This Week in the History of the Irish: May 26 - June 1

DOMHNAIGH -- On May 26, 1706, Col. Charles O'Brien, 5th Viscount Clare, died from wounds suffered at the battle of Ramillies . O'Brien was born in 1670. He had…

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Added by The Wild Geese on May 26, 2013 at 12:00am — No 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

The Jackie Clarke Library and Archives, Ballina, Mayo

(First published…

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Added by The Wild Geese on May 15, 2013 at 8:30pm — 1 Comment

Che Guevara: Father of Revolution, Son of Galway

By Joseph E. Gannon

"Now are you men, or are you kine, ye tillers of the soil? Would you be free, or evermore the rich man's cattle toil? The shadow on the dial hangs that points the fatal hour - Now hold your own! or branded slaves, forever cringe and cower."  Fanny Parnell (1849 - 1882)…

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Added by The Wild Geese on May 14, 2013 at 10:00am — 29 Comments

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

The Imperial War Museum



A Irish poster from shortly after the Easter Rising shows how Irish attitudes toward the rebels had changed since the…

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Added by The Wild Geese on May 12, 2013 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Unspoken Tales of the Women In Ireland's Freedom Struggle

Irish Civil War: The Four Courts burning during the Battle of Dublin.

By Felicity Hayes-McCoy

When I was a child in Dublin in the 1950s and 60s,…

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Added by The Wild Geese on May 9, 2013 at 7:30pm — No Comments

Making Films That Afflict the Comfortable: A Chat With Director Ken Loach - Part One

(First published in 2007) British filmmaker Ken Loach took time out from editing his latest film, about the exploitation of immigrants in Britain, to chat with WGT. He spoke on a range of subjects, including "The Wind That Shakes the Barley" (his second film set against the Irish War for Independence, now on screens in the U.S.), British policies in Ireland, his unusual…

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Added by The Wild Geese on May 3, 2013 at 10:00pm — No Comments

Filmmaker Loach's 'Route Irish' Indicts Privatization of Iraq War

Review By Kieron C. Punch / Associate Editor

Coventry, England -- Veteran British director, Ken Loach, doesn't make movies for the popcorn munching, mainstream, cinema-going public, weaned on mindless blockbusters.

Instead he makes thought provoking, abrasive films that frequently challenge the political establishment and serve as a social…

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Added by The Wild Geese on May 3, 2013 at 9:29pm — No Comments

Come With Us to Cúirt

Established in 1985 and quickly becoming one of the premier literature festivals in all of Europe (and beyond), the Cúirt International Festival of Literature launched its 2013 programme on the 23rd of April.  This annual festival based in Galway continues to…

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Added by The Wild Geese on April 30, 2013 at 8:30am — No Comments

The Sweet Taste of an Ancient Celtic Festival

Beltane (“Bealtaine” in Irish) is a festival with ancient origins traditionally celebrated on May 1st, a spring time festival of optimism.  Most commonly it is held on the first day of May, or about halfway…

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Added by The Wild Geese on April 29, 2013 at 3:00am — 5 Comments

Free Kindle Book Exclusively for Members of The Wild Geese

To thank The Wild Geese for recent a recent piece in which he was featured, author James Francis Smith is offering a copy of his Kindle book,…

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Added by The Wild Geese on April 25, 2013 at 3:30pm — 2 Comments

Q&A with 'Lockout' Playwright, Historian Ann Matthews

Historian Ann Matthews, author of “Renegades: Irish Republican Women 1900-1922,” understands intimately the kind of…
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Added by The Wild Geese on April 19, 2013 at 9:00am — 1 Comment

This Week in Irish History - Apil 7 - April 13

DOMHNAIGH -- On April 7, 1865, Brig. Gen. Tom Smyth was mortally wounded at the battle of Farmville, Virginia. Born in County Cork,…

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Added by The Wild Geese on April 6, 2013 at 9:00pm — No Comments

The Mysterious Provenance of Kylemore’s Battle Flag



From 1702 to 1714, western Europe was engaged in a war involving, on the one side Spain and France, on the other a coalition of states headed by the Holy Roman Empire, and including Portugal, the Dutch Republic, England,…

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Added by The Wild Geese on March 20, 2013 at 3:00pm — 14 Comments

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