All Blog Posts Tagged 'New York' (80)

Book Review: Joseph Buggy's 'Finding Your Irish Ancestors in New York City'

It's funny, but when I mentioned to a close friend that I was going to be reviewing this book, she said "Oh, I found all of that on". Fair enough. Some people visit one website and are satisfied with the history they come away with. For my friend (being third…


Added by Kevin Gleeson on February 18, 2014 at 3:30pm — 1 Comment

Gangs of Brooklyn

In 1876, the New York Times described the conditions across the East River before the Brooklyn Bridge connected the two cities.

“Desperate outrages by organized gangs of ruffians have been of frequent occurrence in Brooklyn.”

The words…


Added by Eamon Loingsigh on February 18, 2014 at 10:00am — 10 Comments

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County Cork Visits Garden City


Kate Adams Nyhan looked remarkably vibrant for a woman born in Ireland in 1877 on the stage at the Garden City Library on February 12.  Channeling Kate was Eileen Cronin, Kate’s granddaughter, who stood in Kate’s place and used Kate’s voice in a charming one woman show at the…


Added by John M. Walsh on February 13, 2014 at 4:00pm — No Comments

'A Yen for An Irish Lass'

(First published February 14, 2006)

Ah, the one day of the year when mankind celebrates love, in all of its variations and permutations. Happy St. Valentine's Day from all of us here at…


Added by The Wild Geese on February 12, 2014 at 7:30pm — 3 Comments

Extended: Larry Kirwan's 1st Irish Theatre Fest Smash Hit 'Hard Times'

I've been looking for an opportunity to catch this for years now, and here at long last is a chance. :-)

After receiving critical acclaim and overwhelming demand by sold out New York audiences, Larry Kirwan’s Stephen Foster musical…


Added by Gerry Regan on February 6, 2014 at 9:24am — No Comments

Read Along with Mr. Malachy McCourt

Well, if you are wondering what “Light of the Diddicoy” reads like, here is a master storyteller to relate it to you. Mr. Malachy McCourt reads from Chapter 12 called “The Runner.” Below is the actual text, if you would like to read along:…


Added by Eamon Loingsigh on January 24, 2014 at 9:00am — 2 Comments

'Irish Rebels Greeting Is Flashed in Times Square,' 1983

It was a cold night in November 1983, and I was in the middle of my 12-hour night shift driving a yellow cab in NYC.

Coming down Broadway in upper Manhattan, four people flagged me down. Three jumped in the back and one into the front, never a good plan from the perspective of the driver. The passenger in the front said: “Can you hurry up and get to Times Square?” and promised to take care of me when we arrived –- a…


Added by John McDonagh on December 13, 2013 at 4:30pm — 6 Comments

Nelson Mandela, Model of Reconciliation in World of Conflict

Former South African President Nelson Mandela has drawn quite a bit of attention at The Wild Geese, and not only within the past 24 hours since this legendary leader's passing.

Here are some of the tributes members have posted:



Added by Gerry Regan on December 6, 2013 at 12:00pm — 11 Comments

Respect for JFK’s Legacy an Enduring Part of This Family

November 22nd. Strikes a sullen chord. Any year -- and yet this year, it is the 50th year. Striking a crescendo of deep and bitter sadness.

Maybe it’s because I was raised in a house where John Fitzgerald Kennedy’s picture (clipped from the Sunday Daily News memorial…


Added by Kevin Gleeson on November 20, 2013 at 7:30am — 4 Comments

The Brooklyn Irish

Originally posted at artofneed, Blog for the Auld Irishtown trilogy here:

Although Irishtown had been known as Brooklyn’s most recognizable, infamous waterfront neighborhood for…


Added by Eamon Loingsigh on November 4, 2013 at 2:30pm — 5 Comments

From Ireland to America Part One - Bonded through Time & Famine

Our Wild Geese teammate Anna Porter took me to two 'famine' graveyards in the county of Leitrim.  At first sight there are just stone walls enclosing areas of beautiful Irish green grass, but once inside the intensity is immediately felt.…


Added by Alannah Ryane on October 18, 2013 at 5:30pm — 7 Comments

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'Men at Lunch,' A Documentary Shrouded in Mystery

Men at Lunch, a documentary film touring the United States, is intriguing for many reasons. The film, which debuted at last year’s Toronto International Film Festival, seeks answers to the mystery surrounding an iconic American photograph. Why Connemara-based Sónta Films tackled what seems a…


Added by Valerie Lapin Ganley on October 10, 2013 at 5:00pm — 1 Comment

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10-Year-Old Irish Immigrant First Newsboy Ever

Cork-born Barney Flaherty, a 10-year-old Irish immigrant, was the first newsboy. He was hired by Benjamin Day, the publisher of the New York Sun on 4 September, 1833. He later went on to be known as Barney Williams, Irish comedian, hero of "The Emerald Ring," and "The Connie Soo-gah. Newspaper Carrier Day is celebrated on 4 September in honor of Barney and all…


Added by Nollaig 2016 on September 3, 2013 at 10:30pm — No Comments

'That's That': A Searing Look at a Wartime Childhood

Book Review

"That’s That" By Colin Broderick

Broadway Paperbacks $15

No memoir you have read about growing up in Ireland, not even Angela’s…


Added by Sandy Boyer on June 19, 2013 at 2:30pm — 2 Comments

A New York Childhood 'More Irish Than American'

(First published 1/9/12) Kevin Gleeson, a talented guitarist and former portrayer of Keith Richards in Stones’ tribute bands Sticky Fingers and Beggars Banquet, is a graphic artist with the New York Police Department and a native of the borough of Queens, in New York City.  Gleeson’s heritage is steeped in both Irish music and the turbulent history of Northern…


Added by The Wild Geese on May 27, 2013 at 4:00pm — No Comments

Irish Fight for Union Resounds

(First published 1/9/12) Patrick Young is a blogger for Long Island Wins, a communications and organizing campaign focused on immigrants’ needs and immigration reform in Long Island, in New York State.  In his blogs, he has written extensively on the experiences of immigrants in America, including an…


Added by The Wild Geese on May 27, 2013 at 2:59pm — No Comments

Immigrant Dreams Founder Off Long Island

I look where the ship helplessly heads end on,

I hear the burst as she strikes,

I hear the howls of dismay,

They grow fainter and fainter.

– From "The Sleepers" by Walt Whitman

Left, a Currier print…


Added by The Wild Geese on May 18, 2013 at 5:00pm — No Comments

Search for Judge Crater extends to NYU's Ireland House

New York (first published on 9/17/10)-- About 90 people were present for a reading of the latest mystery by novelist Peter Quinn (left) on September 16, 2010, when someone in the audience got a call. The title of Quinn’s novel, his third, and fourth published book, is “…


Added by The Wild Geese on May 13, 2013 at 7:30pm — No Comments

Talking 'Galway Stories' With Readers Across the Globe

The following is a transcript taken from the LIVE members' chat hosted here at on Wednesday, May 8th, with Connemara-based author, poet, and publisher (and fellow Wild Geese member) …


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

'The Fighting 69th' Part 1


'The Fighting 69th'

The regiment that Robert E. Lee christened is going strong at 150


By Lt. Col. Kenneth H. Powers, NYARNG (Ret.)…


Added by The Wild Geese on January 24, 2013 at 8:30pm — 1 Comment

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