All Blog Posts Tagged 'Opinion' (92)

A Bone-Deep Affinity with Ireland ... An Inner Knowing

I would have known I am Irish had I been adopted at birth by a family with a different nationality. Sooner or later, I would have woken up to the fact by simply paying attention to the way I am wired. It’s the little things within us that tell us who we are, the things that we are born with, that…


Added by Claire Fullerton on September 13, 2015 at 1:00pm — 18 Comments

My love for everything Irish has grown.

Hello everyone! I wanted to thank The Wild Geese, Wild West Irish Tours and all the members of both groups for helping to make my passion for Ireland and everything Irish grow. I love reading everyone's blogs, looking at all the incredible photos and watching your videos. I'm really enjoying this amazing and informative site. I've seriously rented all videos about Ireland from every library in Las Vegas. Books, including Rick Steve's travel guide and movies filmed in Ireland or about Ireland! I… Continue

Added by Angela Lutman on June 16, 2015 at 6:12am — No Comments

I'm moving to Ireland

A few days before St. Patrick's Day in 2003, I purchased a beautiful six-piece dessert set of fine bone china from a local shop. As the shop owner carefully packed it up, I read the bottom of one of the tea cups: "Royal Tara-fine bone china-made in Ireland."

I bought the set because it was gorgeous. But knowing it came from Ireland made it even more special to me. At the time, I'd never been to Ireland and my father, Edwin, who died in 2001, had never been to Ireland either. But he…


Added by Kathleen Concannon Maloney on March 15, 2015 at 10:57am — No Comments

Review: 'Belfast Days: A 1972 Teenage Diary'

Book Review

"Belfast Days: A 1972 Teenage Diary," by Eimear O’Callaghan

Merrion Press

Copyright 2014

"Belfast Days: A 1972…


Added by The Last Torch on February 16, 2015 at 12:30am — 8 Comments

'Ghosts of the Faithful Departed'

One of my brothers in Ireland gifted me a book entitled …


Added by Lonnie on January 22, 2015 at 6:30am — 7 Comments

'I Used to be an A**hole': Lessons in Genteel Poverty

With apologies to my mother for the headline.

I met a new friend last year. He once had a good job in the private sector but fell into trouble, lost his job and put his home in jeopardy. His newfound interest in debt propelled him into a filmic…


Added by Jillian Godsil on December 8, 2014 at 3:30pm — 4 Comments

'Christmas Flavors' Challenge: Braised Red Cabbage with Apples

Whether or not it is true, I have long been of the opinion that God never intended cabbage for human consumption.  The rubbery leaves seem more suited to adorn the bottom of brogues than to be cooked up alongside more edible sustenance.  I kid, of course, but I truly never have…


Added by Ryan O'Rourke on December 4, 2014 at 5:30am — 1 Comment

Heritage Partner
The Diary of an Emigrant and Dissenter

Book Review

"Against the Wind", by J.A. O'Brien

 Reviewer: Michael Halpenny


The full title of this book is "Against the Wind: Memoir of a Dissident Dubliner." However, this is not the diary of someone strenuously opposed to the Good Friday Agreement,…


Added by Against The Wind on November 30, 2014 at 1:00am — No Comments

Book Review: 'Annie's Stories'

Book review

"Annie's Stories," by Cindy Thompson

Tyndale House Publishers Inc.



Added by Fr. John R. Sheehan, SJ on November 22, 2014 at 1:30pm — 4 Comments

Quiz: Are You an Irish Poetry Expert?

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Added by The Wild Geese on November 20, 2014 at 6:30am — No Comments

Book Review: 'In the Tracks of the West Clare Railway'

I purchased a copy of “In the Tracks of the West Clare Railway” by Eddie Lenihan on a visit to my native County Clare. If there was ever a book that needed writing this is it. No better man than Eddie to do the job. This is not a short list of boring facts and figures such as we were accustomed in history books going to school. No, this is a 319-page account of…


Added by P.J. Francis on November 16, 2014 at 11:00pm — 1 Comment

Downton Abbey It Ain't

Book Review

"The Decline and Fall of the Dukes of Leinster, 1872–1948"

by Terrence Dooley…


Added by Fr. John R. Sheehan, SJ on November 5, 2014 at 8:00pm — No Comments

Biting One's Tongue

The bard of Avon, William Shakespeare, once said:                                                                              

"All the world's a stage and each must play his part."

How right he was! He knew, and tried to forewarn us, that…


Added by John Anthony Brennan on October 14, 2014 at 7:30pm — 5 Comments

Irish Public Should not Pay for the Sins of the Banks

It is a truth universally acknowledged that a man in debt for a thousand euro is worried, but that when a man is in debt for a million, then the bank is worried.

Or it used to be like that. Now the odds are that someone has to be in debt for a multiple of that…


Added by Jillian Godsil on October 5, 2014 at 9:30am — 2 Comments

Loughrea: ‘That Den of Infamy’

Book review

"Loughrea, ‘That Den of Infamy’ The Land War in County Galway, 1879–82", by Pat Finnegan

224 pages; illustrated.

Available Now

Retail Price: €14.95/€35.0

Review by Ronnie O’Gorman, Chairman of the Galway Advertiser…


Added by Anthony Tierney on September 25, 2014 at 4:00am — 1 Comment

Ireland's 'Downton Abbey'

Book Review

"The Decline and Fall of the Dukes of Leinster, 1872–1948

by Terrence Dooley

304 pages with colour…


Added by Anthony Tierney on September 24, 2014 at 10:00am — 3 Comments

'The Loneliest Boy In The World': A Welcome Addition to the Blasket Island Canon

"The Loneliest Boy In The World"

Gearóid Cheaist Ó Catháin with Patricia Ahern (Collins Press, 2014)

Review by Felicity Hayes-McCoy.


At the westernmost end of Ireland’s Dingle peninsula,…


Added by The Wild Geese on September 17, 2014 at 7:00am — 1 Comment

No Dragons Visible

I haven't seen any Dragons lately,OK....Maybe when I'm over served :)   Since these Majestic creatures have been on vacation, I think that Kings & Queens, should also take a back seat. No one needs to be indentured, especially by the English monarchs.

Being of a Scot decent GGG Grand,  Shepherd's Klan, My Grand…


Added by Al Sheppard on September 11, 2014 at 5:10am — No Comments

100 Years Ago ... The Lost Opportunity of a Peaceful Path to Irish Independence

A response to some critics of a commemoration of the centenary of the Home Rule act

By John Bruton

Ronan Fanning (Irish Times 16 August) is right to say we should not…


Added by The Wild Geese on August 27, 2014 at 10:00pm — 14 Comments

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