All Blog Posts Tagged 'Sligo' (46)

Ireland and the Spanish Armada: A Story of Survival

On a cold, stark night in August 1588, as a fierce gale subsided and the clouds slowly parted, light from a full autumn moon revealed a horrific scene strewn along the shoreline of Streedagh Strand in County Sligo, Ireland. The drowned corpses of 800 doomed sailors, washed up by the raging Atlantic Ocean waves, lay…

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Added by John Anthony Brennan on January 10, 2017 at 3:30pm — 13 Comments


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'New December' By Fergus Lyons: An Exhibition of Paintings

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Added by Nollaig 2016 on December 2, 2016 at 12:30am — 1 Comment

Wild West of Ireland

I seem to be always thinking, dreaming, planning my next trip to Ireland.  Born and brought up in an Irish/American family, Irish references, jokes, songs and the inevitable quote have always been a part of me.  The neighborhood where I spent the first 20 years of my life was full of "comeovers", the Sugrues', Hogans, McElroys', Costigans', O'Grady's of my childhood told many a story that always fascinated me, creating a yearning that was finally satisfied in 2007.  A grand trip with my…

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Added by Jane George on June 7, 2015 at 7:00am — No Comments

Message From The Wild West: Time Is Running Out!

Tell us why YOU want to experience the ‘Wild West’ of Ireland, and you might win a free 9-day trip there, courtesy of Wild West Irish Tours and WOW Air. Get the details!…

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Added by Wild West Irish Tours on June 3, 2015 at 2:30pm — No Comments

The Knife Sharpener

Every couple of years this man would come to Loughrea, County Galway and set up shop on the footpath outside Molloy's Harp Bar on Main Street. He was an itinerant blade grinder, or knife sharpener.

Folks would get wind he was in town and quickly a queue would…

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Added by Brian Nolan on June 2, 2015 at 6:30am — 6 Comments

The Siege of Parke's Castle in the Wild West of Ireland

When visiting the West of Ireland, consider making time to explore County Leitrim.  This lesser-known gem is the homeland of my ancestors, and I first traveled there in 2008.  In addition to the beautiful countryside, lakes, and waterfalls, County Leitrim is home to …

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Added by Ryan O'Rourke on June 1, 2015 at 11:00am — No Comments

Ireland's Surprising Wild West, Where Eagles Soar

There are many surprises to be found in Ireland's "Wild West," and one for me that was completely unexpected was to see eagles and other birds of prey flying above the countryside in County Sligo.

I happened upon Ireland's Raptor Research Centre after visiting the monument to…

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Added by Michael Quane on May 28, 2015 at 10:00pm — 2 Comments

County Sligo - A Place in Time

County Sligo (from the Irish Sligeach, meaning "a shelly place")  has a long history. First that can be recalled is the existence of middens along the coastline by Balisodare Bay (noted as the place that inspired William Butler Yeats's poem 'Down by the Sally Gardens' where he heard an old woman sing the opening lines).

The Culleenamore Middens are part of the earliest…

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Added by Trek Ireland on May 27, 2015 at 9:30am — 2 Comments

Wild Geese Irish Heritage Partner Featured in Virginia's Largest Newspaper

Trish O'Donnell-Jenkins and Michael Regan-Waugh operate Wild West Irish Tours, based in Richmond. Photo taken Wed. Feb. 18, 2015.

BY RANDY HALLMAN Richmond Times-Dispatch

Richmond husband and wife Michael Regan-Waugh and Trish O’Donnell-Jenkins want to introduce you to some of their dear friends — their dear, talented friends — in Ireland.  …

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Added by Wild West Irish Tours on February 26, 2015 at 11:30am — 2 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

Getting All 'Wild West' on Irish TV / Radio / News!

Wild West Irish Tours on Irish radio, TV and newspapers!

Michael Regan-Waugh on Irish TV

We are grateful to IrishTV.ie, Clare FM radio, The Clare Champion, and  Raidio Corca Baiscinn –…

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Added by Wild West Irish Tours on February 11, 2015 at 7:30pm — 3 Comments

The Real Honor Bright

Mary Kate Neill was born on June 11th, 1900 in the tiny township of Graiguenaspiddoge in County Carlow. The 1901 census shows her ten months old. Her mother was Catherine or Kate Neill (née Cullen) aged 38, and her father Michael Neill aged 51. Born in 1850 just after the potato famine of 1845-7, he was a blacksmith. Graiguenaspiddoge was a row of 28 houses beside a main road in the countryside,…

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Added by Patricia Louise Hughes on January 1, 2015 at 5:59am — 1 Comment

Mr William Butler and Mrs George Yeats

When Olivia Shakespear introduced her ex-lover, W.B. Yeats, to her niece-by-marriage, Georgie, in London in 1917 she knew he was looking for a young wife and hoped they would be compatible. From…

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Added by Patricia Louise Hughes on December 31, 2014 at 4:07am — 5 Comments

The Pending Birth of Yeats' Illegitimate Son

On a Picture of a Black Centaur by Edmund Dulac

by W.B. Yeats

Your hooves have stamped at the black margins of the wood,

Even where horrible green parrots call and swing.

My works are all stamped down in the sultry mud.

I knew that horse-play, knew it for a murderous thing.

What wholesome sun has ripened is wholesome…

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Added by Patricia Louise Hughes on December 18, 2014 at 10:30am — 1 Comment

Lights From Christmas Past

There are more than just Christmas lights illuminating the darkness as the sun rises on the Winter Solstice in Ireland. On December 21, a marvelous event occurs at Bru na Boinne. On a hill in the Boyne Valley of County Meath stands a complex of three monuments to the early…

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Added by Mike McCormack on December 5, 2014 at 9:30am — 2 Comments

Yeats Declares His Love

The year before his marriage Yeats had published ‘Easter 1916’, about the Dublin uprising and the relentless British…

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Added by Patricia Louise Hughes on December 2, 2014 at 11:30am — 1 Comment

'What Is Seldom Is Wonderful' -- Mystical Innismurray Island on the Wild West Irish Tour

Innismurray Island is, perhaps, the gem of the Wild Atlantic Way and is certainly a place where Wild West Irish Tours loves to bring visitors. Steve Hogan was one such visitor this…

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Added by Wild West Irish Tours on November 25, 2014 at 10:00pm — 4 Comments

Finding Traces of My Irish Heritage with Wild West Irish Tours

Ken and Antonette Kaufman came on a Wild West Irish Tours special "Emigrant Trail Ancestry Tour" to find his family roots. Here is his story:

As long as I can remember, I have had a desire…

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Added by Wild West Irish Tours on November 6, 2014 at 7:30pm — 2 Comments

Yeats Falls in Love

By 1919, W.B. Yeats was writing Ego Dominus Tuus (Latin: I am your Master). For the first time he uses Latin, the common voice of Catholicism. Also for the…

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Added by Patricia Louise Hughes on October 27, 2014 at 4:00am — 2 Comments

The Murder of Lily O'Neill, known as Honor Bright, in 1925

The murder had made a big stir from the start, despite the  mayhem in Dublin a few years earlier. The police photo in situ shows a large crowd gathering to stare, and according to reporters they flocked to see the body in the back shed of Lamb Doyle’s public house outside…

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Added by Patricia Louise Hughes on October 11, 2014 at 4:30am — No Comments

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