All Blog Posts Tagged 'Seafaring' (25)


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Titanic Hero Hugh McElroy: 'Sand For Breakfast Tomorrow'

It was a little after 2 am on April 15, 1912. The deck of the R.M.S. Titanic was now tilted over 6 degrees toward the sinking bow. As 17-year-old Jack Thayer and 30-year-old Milton Long moved toward one of the last remaining lifeboats on the boat deck, they were moving downhill, toward the rising water. Ahead of…

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Added by Joe Gannon on April 5, 2018 at 10:00am — 11 Comments

A Poem To Salute St. Brendan the Navigator.

Ships, Real and Imaginary

It’s a piece of rock with a wonderful beginning.

A cause for marvelling in a right of its own.

Formed deep in the magma of earth.

Mainly composed of quartz, the colour of light

And feldspar carrying the…

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Added by Anna Kelly on January 30, 2017 at 2:00pm — 4 Comments

New Member Hello -- Brendan O'Byrne, An Fear Ceol

Hello to all ...

My name is Brendan O'Byrne and I am delighted to be accepted into The Wild Geese community. I am a professional musician, songwriter and composer, and resident musician to Ashford Castle Hotel in Cong, Ireland. I am an artist and love to oil paint.

In my professional life I perform nightly at Ashford; so if you find yourself in…

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Added by Brendan OByrne on April 22, 2015 at 4:30am — 2 Comments

A Piece of History Made New

A number of months ago I was approached by a gentleman who had a piece of teak wood kicking around his garage for years.  He asked me if it would be possible for me to make him some pens from this wood.  I duly obliged and made him four lovely pens, which he was delighted…

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Added by Peninsula Pens on March 16, 2015 at 3:00pm — 3 Comments

History Comes Ashore in Sligo

You can imagine my surprise when I saw a large piece of wood washed up on Streedagh Strand recently. (For more information on the ongoing discoveries at Streedagh Strand go to Grange Armada Development Association …

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Added by The Last Torch on February 22, 2015 at 10:30pm — 7 Comments

Irish Coffin and Convict Ships

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Added by Lonnie on January 18, 2015 at 8:00am — 10 Comments

'Jack Tar': Not a Pleasant Smelling Job

"Jack Tar" was a common English term originally used to refer to seamen of the Merchant or Royal Navy, particularly during the period of the British Empire. By World War I the term was used as a nickname for those in the U.S. Navy. Both members of the public and seafarers themselves…

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Added by Dee Notaro on January 17, 2015 at 5:00am — 3 Comments

Sgt. Major Daniel Daly

Sergeant Major Daniel Joseph Daly was born 11 November, 1873 in Glen Cove, New York to  Daniel John Daly and Ellen Donovan -- presumably both were born somewhere in Ireland?

Daly was twice awarded the Congressional Medal of…

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Added by Dee Notaro on November 1, 2014 at 6:00am — 7 Comments


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Commodore John Barry Day, 13th September

Commodore John Barry (1745-1803) a native of County Wexford, Ireland was a Continental Navy hero of the American War for Independence.  Barry’s many victories at sea during the Revolution were important to the morale of the Patriots as well as to the…

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Added by Liam Murphy on September 12, 2014 at 2:00pm — 2 Comments


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Crucial Victory on Lake Champlain – '9/11' 1814

America’s Second War for Independence (1812 – 1815)

The War of 1812, also known as America’s Second War for Independence, was a contest to see if a free, republican form of government could…

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Added by Liam Murphy on September 11, 2014 at 11:00am — No Comments

Guillermo (William or Liam) Brown

So who the **** was Guillermo (William or Liam) Brown?

Guillermo (William or Liam) Brown (1777 - 1857) was an Irishman acknowledged as the “father of the Argentine Navy.” That’s right, an Irishman founded the Argentine Navy. The Argentine Navy Destroyer, Almirante…

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Added by John Edward Murphy on July 26, 2014 at 4:00pm — 8 Comments

Auditions for 'The Last Torch'

It was a very exciting weekend auditioning for "The Last Torch." Both tiring and exhilarating. Casting has been a very tough job, but we have our cast -- all except Brian O'Rourke, but he will appear!

BUAGH!…

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Added by The Last Torch on July 24, 2014 at 5:30am — No Comments

Auditions for 'The Last Torch'

“The Last Torch” is an exciting new Irish ceoldrama being premiered in Melbourne, Australia October 1st - 4th, 2014 at the Malthouse Theatre, Southbank. It will be part of this year's Melbourne Fringe Festival. Auditions will be held in July. Please email Frances O’Neill to…

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Added by The Last Torch on June 14, 2014 at 2:00am — No Comments

'A Captain Unafraid' Documentary Film

"A Captain Unafraid" will tell the story of 19th century filibuster and soldier of fortune, "Dynamite" Johnny O' Brien.  You can read more about the fascinating life of "Dynamite" Johnny …

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Added by Charles G O' Brien on June 3, 2014 at 7:30pm — No Comments

A Fathers' Day Gift for My Late Father

So often do I hear my friends say: ‘I wish my father were here now to see/hear this’. Indeed many of us who have lost our parents find ourselves often, in our later years, thinking of them and wishing we could spend even half…

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Added by DJ Kelly on May 24, 2014 at 1:30am — 7 Comments

Assessing Titanic's Irish Connections Part 2: A 'Titanic' Legacy, In Film and Story

By John Walsh

Lovers Jack Dawson (Leo DiCaprio) and Rose DeWitt Bukater (Kate Winslet) take to the floor at a hooley in steerage in James…
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Added by The Wild Geese on April 15, 2014 at 10:30pm — No Comments

Assessing Titanic's Irish Connections: Part 1 -- 'From Titanic. Good Bye all.'

By John Walsh

"Titanic Sinking" by Willy Stöwer. Click on image to see a larger…
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Added by The Wild Geese on April 15, 2014 at 10:00pm — No Comments

Boyer: The St. Patrick's Day Parade Versus Irish Freedom

When the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) marched up Fifth Avenue in New York’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade it should have been crystal clear, if it wasn't already, that this parade is incompatible with any serious effort to support Irish freedom. The PSNI is the…

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Added by Sandy Boyer on March 25, 2014 at 2:30pm — 2 Comments

William Deans: Unsung Hero on the Dublin Docks

William Deans was a Dublin deep-sea docker. While talking with someone who knew him, he told me he had an 'independent streak.' Originally from Sir John Rogerson's Quay, he and his family moved to Foley Street. He liked working coal boats…

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Added by Declan Byrne on January 28, 2014 at 12:30pm — 4 Comments

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