All Blog Posts Tagged 'Ireland' (158)

John Winston Lennon: Gone But Not Forgotten

Dear John, 

You were a rebel from the beginning and could not have been any other way. You got your survival instincts from your grandparents, who were from County Down, Ireland.

After you were born, during the Second World War in Liverpool England, you lived with your Mother, Julia.…

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Added by John Anthony Brennan on December 8, 2016 at 5:00pm — 14 Comments


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'New December' By Fergus Lyons: An Exhibition of Paintings

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Added by Nollaig 2016 on December 2, 2016 at 12:30am — 1 Comment


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'Older Than Ireland' -- A Perfect Stocking Stuffer

"Older Than Ireland" is a landmark documentary that tells the story of 100 years of a…

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Added by Nollaig 2016 on November 17, 2016 at 1:30pm — 2 Comments


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Viking Women in Ireland

What can the artifacts found buried with Viking women in Ireland tell us about their lives? Maeve Sikora, assistant keeper at the National Museum of Ireland, focuses on everyday objects excavated at burial sites and what they tell us about the…

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Added by Nollaig 2016 on October 17, 2016 at 8:00pm — 8 Comments

A Brief History of Poetry in Ireland

And there are among them composers of verses whom they call Bards; these singing to instruments similar to a lyre, applaud some, while they vituperate others. -- Diodorus Siculus, 8 BCE

All poets have the uncanny ability to tap into the realm of spirit. It is a gift…

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Added by John Anthony Brennan on September 12, 2016 at 6:00pm — 4 Comments

'Would you ever think of coming home?'

Why the emptiness of the emigrant's baggage can weigh heavily at times... A poem I wrote about the hardest part of going 'home' when you live half a world away (published in The Irish Times):
http://www.irishtimes.com/life-and-style/generation-emigration/my-mum-would-ask-would-you-ever-think-of-coming-home-1.2515552

Added by Anne Casey on September 4, 2016 at 7:14am — 1 Comment

Every Writer Thrives and Survives on Memories

On a July day nearly 130 years ago, an unknown and homesick young Irish writer trudged along a busy London street. He stopped suddenly and stood still, for he thought he could hear the tinkling of water in the midst of the bustling thoroughfare. He followed the sound and found he was looking in a shop window. There…

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Added by Colm Herron on August 25, 2016 at 7:30pm — 10 Comments

Hawkins' 'Own Native Land' a Merry Journey of Stories, Songs

Invite a seanchaí into your home . . . you will be glad that you did. With Jim Hawkins new CD, My Own Native Land: Stories and Songs of Ireland, that has never been easier. Hawkins’ debut album will carry you across the miles, over the waters and back in time.

When a colleague suggested that I review “My Own…

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Added by Bit Devine on March 21, 2016 at 2:30pm — No Comments

Now Comes the Spring -- 'Anois Teacht An Earraigh'

Once St. Brigid's Day has passed, our thoughts turn to the arrival of Spring . . .

I was reminded of what little credit I give sometimes Ireland's forgotten writers and poets, especially those who wrote in Irish, 'as Gaeilge'. This struck home when I read again Galway's blind…

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Added by Brian Nolan on February 1, 2016 at 5:00am — 3 Comments

The Memoirs of Thomas Francis

My father, Thomas Francis, was born in 1901. He lived his entire life on a farm situated in the townland of Muckinish West between Ballyvaughan and Bell Harbour in the Burren region of County Clare. He died in 1991. He left a copybook containing his memoirs. The following extract was written July, 1989. P.J.…

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Added by P.J. Francis on December 19, 2015 at 3:00pm — 5 Comments

The Rise and Fall of Ireland's Hiring Fairs

Above, this map shows the spread of the 'Black Death.'

A silent, unseen killer, born on the arid plains of Central Asia, attached itself to the rampaging Mongol armies, and traveled with them purposefully, along the Silk Road, arriving in the Crimea in 1343. The killer then boarded the myriad of…

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Added by John Anthony Brennan on November 17, 2015 at 9:00pm — 8 Comments

'Famine Folios' -- Ireland's Great Irish Famine Revisited

Ireland’s Great Hunger Museum at Quinnipiac University in Hamden, Connecticut, has just published four new folios of research into the period of The Irish Famine under the collective title Famine Folios.

These compelling essays take a fresh and…

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Added by Brian Nolan on November 9, 2015 at 6:00am — 3 Comments

Moving In, And Moving On ...

Oh dear, it’s been such a long time since I wrote anything for The Wild Geese … I didn’t realise how long until I re-entered the site. Why? I moved house (or 'flitted' as we call it in Northern Ireland). I moved to a house that looked great on viewing but proved otherwise when we got in. With all the furniture removed and no one there, the extent of what needed to be done swiftly became all too clear.…

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Added by Margaret Whittock on November 4, 2015 at 1:30pm — No Comments

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

LUAIN -- On October 19, 1751, Charles Edward (Jennings) Kilmaine, general in the French army, was born at Saul's Court, Dublin. His father was a physician from County Galway. Though the family name was Jennings, Charles became known as Kilmaine in France after the area of County Mayo which had been…

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Added by The Wild Geese on October 17, 2015 at 10:00am — No Comments

Banter in a Spiddal Pub

Once upon a time, I spent a year living on the western coast of Ireland. From my American frame of reference, it took a bit of adjustment to become accustom to the Gaeltacht of Connemara’s shores. My acclimation to the culture came in curious increments comprised of chance encounters in unexpected places, but they gave me…

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Added by Claire Fullerton on July 26, 2015 at 11:00am — 12 Comments

With Dublin Talk, Irish Gov'ment Highlights America's Civil War

On behalf of TheWildGeese.Irish, I attended the latest lecture in the Irish Department Foreign Affairs Commemorative Lecture Series, titled Ireland, the Irish and Civil War America, held in the magnificent Iveagh House, Dublin.

Pictured: Minister for Foreign Affairs, Charlie Flanagan T.D.

Hosted by the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Charlie…

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Added by Robbie Doyle on July 15, 2015 at 3:30pm — No Comments


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Added by B&B Ireland on July 14, 2015 at 8:30am — 10 Comments

Wild West of Ireland (contest entry)

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Have you ever had a place strike at the core of you, even though you've never been there?  It's a sort of remembering....like something calling to you that you don't really understand yet.   Like fog rolling off of hills as the landscape reveals itself, or a walk through a wood so covered in moss and foliage you feel…

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Added by Jennifer Elizabeth Shaw on June 11, 2015 at 12:30am — No Comments

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