All Blog Posts Tagged 'John' (9)

Birth of a New Language: Triumph Against All Odds

One morning, in late summer, a young boy set off eagerly, on his journey of life. Brimming with excitement, his eyes shone with innocent anticipation. He was going to school for the first time! He was going to learn new and wondrous things! The boy had dreamt and looked forward to this day for as long as he could remember, And…


Added by John Anthony Brennan on June 16, 2022 at 8:30am — 5 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…


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

Croick Church

    Croick Church is not everyone’s list of places to visit on a trip to Scotland. Edinburgh and Sterling Castles, yes. Loch Ness, definitely. The Isle of Skye if we have time. John O’Groats? Perhaps next time. What church?      

  Croick Church was built in 1827 at a cost of 1,426 pounds sterling. Robert Williamson was the first minister and he performed his duties…


Added by P.J. Francis on November 16, 2014 at 9:30pm — No Comments

A Tenner for a Tenor

So you have always told your wide-eyed, disbelieving grand-children that those scratchy 78's you have carefully stored in the attic would some day be worth money, y'know, the ones that you have been collecting for years at 'garage sales' and storage-lot auctions? Well they just got…


Added by Brian Nolan on January 29, 2014 at 7:00am — 6 Comments

Death on the Railroad - Secrets of the Dead - Duffy's Cut documentary on PBS May 8, 2013 10 PM PBS TV

 I went to a preview of Tile Film of Dublin's new documentary Death on the Railroad, an episode of Secrets of the Dead, is airing nationally Wednesday May 8th, 2013 at 10 PM on Chanel 13 in New York and Chanel 12 (WHYY) in Philadelphia.   Do NOT miss this.  It tells the unbelievable story of the death of 57 Irish Railroad workers on Mile 59 of the railroad being built in bucolic Chester County.  The historical event has been called Duffy's Cut - named after the brutal Donegal born Irish…


Added by Marita Krivda Poxon on May 7, 2013 at 9:16pm — No Comments

Free book "Irish-American Chronicle"


To thank Gerry Regan for his delightful article, "Author James Francis Smith's Eye Fixed on Irish-America", I'm offering a copy of my Kindle book "Irish-American Chronicle" as an email insert to the members of thenewwildgeese. Just send an email to with the subject "The Wild Geese," and I''ll reply with an attachment of the book.

Irish-American Chronicle is a concise tale (130+ pages) which takes the reader along a historical byway lightly…


Added by James Francis Smith on April 19, 2013 at 5:02pm — No Comments

Defender of the Faith: Commander Aids Pope, U.S. Army

Library of Congress

Captain Coppinger during his service on the staff of cavalry commander Alfred Torbert, July 1864.…

Added by The Wild Geese on January 18, 2013 at 11:30pm — No Comments

'Bloody Sunday': 50 Years Later, Still Seeking Answers

I can't believe the news today

Oh, I can't close my eyes

And make it go away

How long... How long must we sing this song?

How long? How long... "Sunday, Bloody Sunday" -- U2

By Joseph E. Gannon…


Added by The Wild Geese on January 18, 2013 at 10:30pm — No Comments

Chatting with ‘Max O’Rover’ on Italish-Irish Relations (Jan. 4, 1913)

Italian writer and editor Massimiliano Roveri is driven, and, in a sense, adrift, as a storyteller who has found himself 1,300 miles from Ireland, the country that inspires him most. Roveri, 43, based in the central Italian province of Tuscany, has…


Added by The Wild Geese on January 11, 2013 at 2:00pm — No Comments

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