All Blog Posts Tagged 'Living History' (87)

Irish Famine-Era 'Farthing' Sells for $102.50

This farthing coin was recently sold on eBay for $102.50. When it was minted in 1842, as a trading token by James O'Flynn it was worth only a quarter of one penny. James O'Flyn(n) was listed under 'Linen and Woollen Drapers…


Added by Brian Nolan on January 27, 2015 at 9:30am — 1 Comment

Coats of Arms and Heraldry

Heraldry is the profession, study, or art of creating, granting, and blazoning arms and ruling on questions of rank or protocol, as exercised by an officer of arms. Heraldry, the word, in its most general sense, encompasses all matters relating to the duties and responsibilities of…


Added by Dee Notaro on January 24, 2015 at 5:30am — 12 Comments

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My Granny O'Rourke

My Granny O'Rourke was the was the mainstay of our household. The Kavanagh family was made up of five children, Mam and Dad, and Granny's other grandchild (Terry) whom she also raised (read "That's Just  How It Was").  We lived with her and she had a huge influence on all our lives.…


Added by That's Just How It Was on January 4, 2015 at 6:30am — 7 Comments

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My Childhood in Ireland

I was born on the the 8th of January in 1945 -- the year the war ended in Europe.  By chance, I also share  a birthday with Elvis Presley.  He would have been 80 years old on the 8th of January, 2015.  

My memories of my birthday are very precious. This was due to the fact…


Added by That's Just How It Was on January 1, 2015 at 7:00am — 9 Comments

Burying Baby Jesus: A Galway Christmas Story

My dad, Guard John Murphy (Killimor, Ballinasloe) died in Our Lady’s Hospice (Harold’s Cross, Dublin) aged forty-four, leaving my mother, aged thirty-nine, with ten children aged two and a half to eighteen years old.

On Christmas Eve of 1945, we spent most…


Added by Brian Nolan on December 24, 2014 at 4:00am — 5 Comments

Ellen Brennan nee O'Connor

My mother, Ellen Brennan (O'Connor.) passed on Friday, December 20th, 2014 at her home in Crossmaglen, County Armagh.

"She is not dead, she doth sleep.

 'tis death is dead. Weep not for Ellen." 

(Apologies to PB Shelley for the name change.) 


"Sure, God help them, the poor crathurs." was her oft used expression.

Ellen was a…


Added by John Anthony Brennan on December 20, 2014 at 7:30pm — 11 Comments

Hamilton's Irish Cholera Victims Unacknowledged

One of the saddest tales in Hamilton’s history is that of the Irish cholera epidemic victims who came here on the immigrant ships of the 1800s, looking for new life -- only to find death on our shores. It’s the story of people of great religious faith, left to die without benefit of…


Added by Robin De Danann on December 10, 2014 at 7:30am — 2 Comments

St. Colmcille and Contemporary Art

Yes, believe it or not, I saw the oldest surviving manuscript in Ireland. It’s called the Cathach (meaning the Battle Book) and it was used by the O’Donnell Clan as a protection or talisman when going into battle.

Because of its fragile state, it is rarely shown…


Added by Eoin Mac Lochlainn on December 4, 2014 at 6:00am — No Comments

Irish Cooking for Dummies

Do you love to cook, or do you find the kitchen to be a challenge wrapped in an enigma?  Either way you’ll love our upcoming feature: Irish Cooking for Dummies!

Watch the hangout in The Wild Geese Virtual Síbín as renowned cookbook author and culinary guru Margaret Johnson (above left) as she coaches professional "cooking dummy" Kelly O’Rourke (above right) through one of her…


Added by The Wild Geese on December 1, 2014 at 4:30pm — 2 Comments

Finte Eaglasta Oidhreachtúla na hÉireann (Ireland's Hereditary Ecclesiastical Families) - Part 2

As mentioned in Part 1, our ecclesiastical families married and had children.…


Added by Jerry Kelly on November 27, 2014 at 3:30pm — No Comments

The 'Fighting Irish' are Taking Over the World of MMA

Never since the glory days of gladiators has there been so much interest in hand-to-hand combat. It hasn’t happened overnight, it is rare that an overnight sensation actually happens overnight, but Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) has passed the point of being a niche sport and is now…


Added by Jillian Godsil on November 20, 2014 at 8:00am — 8 Comments

The Garden

The last battle fought in Ireland between two Kings took place on July 12, 1690. It happened on the banks of the river Boyne, near the town of Drogheda. The catholic King James was defeated by the protestant King William, of the House of Orange. Ever since then, the protestant population, fondly called Orangemen, burn large bonfires, and anything catholic, in celebration of…


Added by John Anthony Brennan on November 13, 2014 at 8:00pm — No Comments

Finte Eaglasta Oidhreachtúla na hÉireann (Ireland's Hereditary Ecclesiastical Families) - Part 1

Are you descended from any of Ireland's hundreds of hereditary ecclesiastical families?  Many of us can point to our warrior and royal ancestors.  But how many of us know about our ecclesiastical ancestors?  

That's right.  Our ecclesiastical…


Added by Jerry Kelly on November 12, 2014 at 9:30am — 1 Comment

Irish Sailor, Hobo, Troublemaker ... Buddhist Monk?

On Sunday August 6, 1911, readers of the Irish Sunday Independent opened their papers to read about a Dublin-born Irish-American who had been “sailor, tramp, shepherd, truckman, stevedore and tally clerk” before becoming a Buddhist monk in Rangoon, Burma  and working…


Added by Dr Laurence Cox on November 11, 2014 at 3:30pm — No Comments

Pioneer of the New Irish Cuisine Movement

Allow me to introduce myself to The Wild Geese social network.

I am an expert on International and Irish Cuisine.  I am the pioneer of the new Irish cuisine movement dating back to 1960. My work as been acknowledged worldwide and I have been a TV guest on RTE…


Added by Noreen Kinney on November 6, 2014 at 8:00am — 2 Comments

The Desert Monks


Added by John Anthony Brennan on November 4, 2014 at 5:30pm — No Comments

10 Interesting Facts About Tory Island

Found in the seas off the coast of Donegal, Ireland's most northern county, Tory…


Added by The Irish Store on October 23, 2014 at 5:30am — 4 Comments

My new book "Who Killed Honor Bright? How William Butler and George Yeats Caused the Fall of the Irish Free State"

Hello Wild Geese!

I've decided to write this blog to get congratulations - yes, for me - for not only finishing writing my book, but also this week publishing a readable copy of it. I actually published it in August but the print was so small only leprechauns could read it. Now I've improved it and it looks quite nice - just have a look and see on

Finishing my project is quite a surprise. Now another has turned up. I…


Added by Patricia Louise Hughes on September 24, 2014 at 3:50pm — No Comments

'Back When' - A Lifetime in 1,000 Words

Oh! to return to that time, place and space of yesterday's papers. Back when I was young, undaunted and sure of nothing, stronger than an oak, spellbound in innocence. Back when being seventeen was wide-eyed and ‘rarin to go, driven by the magical, heady arrogance of youth. Back to that time of transitional transmissions when the curtain was torn down, rent…


Added by John Anthony Brennan on September 12, 2014 at 10:00am — No Comments

91 Years and Counting: Connemara and its Pony

The Annual Connemara Pony Festival takes place in Clifden, County Galway from Sunday the 27th through Sunday the 24th of August. The highlight of the festival is the Connemara Pony Show on Thursday and Friday. To mark this important annual event, I'd like to offer this brief primer…


Added by Ryan O'Rourke on August 11, 2014 at 12:00pm — 10 Comments

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