All Blog Posts Tagged 'Ulster' (25)

The Miami Showband Massacre: The Day The Music Was Silenced

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It is widely accepted that the traditions of music and storytelling in Ireland, are among the most original and earliest forms of communication in Europe. The one thing that truly unites all the differing factions in Ireland is our love of and deep respect for music. Music unites, gladdens and crosses all of the invisible barriers. It knows no boundaries, borders…

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Added by John Anthony Brennan on July 13, 2018 at 5:30pm — 14 Comments

For the Ireland of Ages Past, Go to the Far North

By John Yacobian

Special to TheWildGeese.com

(First published in 2004)

When people tell me they are headed for Ireland, I always encourage them to go north, to see Derry, Donegal, and Antrim, and…

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Added by The Wild Geese on June 2, 2016 at 9:00pm — 1 Comment

Connecting With Roots, Loss, in Belfast the Beautiful

The whole day that I spent in Belfast and the evenings on either side really need more than one blog post. That day we went to so many places and I was shown so many things. It was mind-blowing and at times very emotional. Belfast is a lovely place and I was certainly shown a good time.  We started with breakfast, as the…

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Added by The Last Torch on October 6, 2015 at 3:30am — 4 Comments

Dubliner Alexander Mitchell: The Blind Engineer

In 1798, influenced by the American and French revolutions, the Irish people, unable and unwilling to endure oppressive British rule any longer, once again answered the call to arms and rose up in armed defiance. Led by Dublin-born Theobald Wolfe Tone, this event became known as the ‘Rebellion of ’98.’ During this…

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Added by John Anthony Brennan on October 4, 2015 at 8:30pm — 2 Comments


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The 'Wild West': Sailing to Slieve League, County Donegal

In 2011 my wife, Lindy, and I spent two weeks in Donegal, staying in a cottage near Killybegs. One of our most enjoyable days during that two weeks included a boat trip to see the cliffs at…

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Added by Joe Gannon on May 18, 2015 at 4:00pm — No Comments

Your 'Wild West' of Ireland Is ThisClose ... WOW!

Would you like to bring a pal to the 'Wild West' of Ireland for free? Read on!

We at TheWildGeese.Irish, along with partners Wild West Irish Tours, WOW…

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Added by The Wild Geese on May 16, 2015 at 12:00pm — 11 Comments

The 'Wild' (North) West: Dear Old Donegal

The wildest county in Ireland's "Wild West" is little known to a lot of  visitors to Ireland, because it's not on the well- worn, u-shaped trail that many tourist take between Shannon and Dublin. That's a reason why Donegal's blend of mountains, lakes and seacoast have…

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Added by Michael Quane on May 15, 2015 at 7:00pm — 2 Comments


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Eoin MacNeill: The Man Who Tried to Stop the Easter Rising

Eoin MacNeill was born in County Antrim on May 15, 1869, the second-youngest child in a family that consisted of five boys and three girls.  His father, Archibald MacNeill, was a baker, sailor, and a merchant.  Combining all these skills, he set his family up to live what would be…

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Added by That's Just How It Was on April 13, 2015 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Irish Signer of the Declaration of Independence

James Smith was born in Ireland's province of Ulster in 1719 and went to the American colonies as a boy. A member of the Continental Congress 1776-1778,  he  served in the war of independence as a Colonel of the Pennsylvania Militia from 1775-1776. Smith died on 11 July 1806. He was also a…

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Added by Dee Notaro on March 25, 2015 at 5:30am — No Comments

The Titanic Pen: Written in History

These are the Peninsula Pens that have been made for the celebrations of the Titanic that my family had an involvement in.  It is so humbling to have a great-grandfather…

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Added by Peninsula Pens on March 8, 2015 at 4:30pm — No Comments

Introducing: Peninsula Pens

When someone picks up a pen from Peninsula Pens they aren’t just holding a writing instrument ... they’re experiencing a lovingly hand-crafted piece of art, and a pen full of history.  From his home studio in Newtownards, Northern Ireland, Terry Williams…

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Added by Peninsula Pens on March 2, 2015 at 11:00am — 1 Comment


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That Fifth Province of Ireland

When the Tuatha system of rule was replaced by Gaelic rule the areas of Ireland were known as 'cúige',  which in Irish means 'portion' or 'fifth', indicating the original division of the five areas:

Mide * Ulster * Munster *…

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Added by Totally Irish Gifts on February 24, 2015 at 12:00pm — 3 Comments

'The Great Hunger' in Belfast

By Dr. Christine Kinealy

For many decades, the…

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Added by The Wild Geese on January 23, 2015 at 4:30am — 9 Comments

In the Footsteps of Giants

The only Irish attraction to make Conde Naste Travel Magazine's "20 Most Beautiful UNESCO Word Heritage Sites" was County Antrims's Giant's Causeway.  The 40,000 basalt stone columns that stretch into the sea…

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Added by Michael Quane on January 7, 2015 at 10:30am — 3 Comments

Ed Moloney on Ian Paisley

Paisley Went Into Government With Sinn Féin Because the Unionist Side Won

John McDonagh (JM) and Sandy…

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Added by Sandy Boyer on September 24, 2014 at 10:00am — 1 Comment

Scottish Independence: Oh Those Pesky Flags

This whole Scottish Independence vote thing has got me worried. I mean if it passes and Alba does become independent, what will the new flag of the “Kingdom of Great Britain” look like?…

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Added by John W. Hurley on September 8, 2014 at 10:30pm — 2 Comments

Fine Dining Dons 'Three Shades of Green'

Members might like to experience three takes on the Irish food experience by joining chef Noel McMeel and cookbook authors Judith McLaughlin and Margaret Johnson at the prestigious James Beard House in New York. Mark your calendars for May 29! Check the menu and make reservations at…

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Added by Margaret M. Johnson on April 28, 2014 at 6:00am — 1 Comment

Great Irish Romances: Ulster's Noisiu and Derdriu

Conor Mac Nessa, King of Ulster was Queen Medb’s first husband. She quickly forsook him and stormed home to her father crying out “Who could stand that man!” Conor was not Medb’s ideal choice of husband, but the sad result of the peace debt incurred by her father.…

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Added by Tom O Connor on February 7, 2014 at 8:30am — 1 Comment

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