Gerry Regan's Blog Posts Tagged 'United States' (10)

Not Too Frigid To Hear the Story of The Irish in 'Da Big Easy'

New York -- About 20 stalwarts, including three members of The Wild Geese, trekked to American Irish Historical Society last night in near sub-zero temperatures for a presentation on "…

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Added by Gerry Regan on January 8, 2015 at 3:00pm — 1 Comment

Irish Brigade Clears Way for Governor Mario Cuomo, March 1991

New York -- News of the passing of former New York state Governor Mario Cuomo reminds me of one of several serendipitous encounters I had with the Governor, whom I once happily envisioned as US president. With his flights of eloquence, his progressive views, and staunch opposition to the death penalty, he seemed to exude the self-assurance and humanism…

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Added by Gerry Regan on January 6, 2015 at 3:00pm — No Comments

‘Who Turned Those Lights On? Kill the B------’: Christmas at Sea 1942

Part 3 of 3 of the Series 'We Will Probably Land Christmas Day’: At War in the Atlantic, 1942 

This…

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Added by Gerry Regan on December 23, 2014 at 5:00pm — 5 Comments

Beer, Strikebreaking, Exquisite Furniture: How Work Came to Define This Irish-American Family's History

Thoughts of labor this holiday, however modest in its aspirations, invite me to contemplate the role of work in both defining and coloring the lives of my family.



My grandfather Ray Regan was born in Harlem, in upper…

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Added by Gerry Regan on September 1, 2014 at 11:00am — 4 Comments

'The Wild Geese in NYC' Catch 'Gaelic Sports Day'

Breezy Point, N.Y. -- More than 100 individuals, a number likely to have doubled before the day ended, came to Breezy Point on Saturday to demonstrate the draw -- and drawing power -- of Gaelic sports worldwide.

The event, billed Gaelic Sports Day, was produced by Shannon Gaels Gaelic Football Club. The Gaels are the only Minor GAA club, serving…

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Added by Gerry Regan on June 9, 2014 at 10:30am — No Comments

‘Birthday Boy’: Seeking Patrick O’Connor

I have not always been Gerry Regan.

I was born Patrick O’Connor, on February 26, 1953, to a woman I finally met 44 years later. And on learning my first and last name, I was frankly surprised. The name seemed stage-Irish, recalling for me, Harrigan and Hart. For a…

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Added by Gerry Regan on February 26, 2014 at 12:30pm — 28 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:

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

Use of Poison Gas in the Middle East Is Not New

New York -- With Western powers, most notably the United States, Britain and France, weighing how best to punish the Syrian government for its alleged use of poison gas on its own restive civilians, we recalled a story we produced a decade ago, in the run-up to the March 2003 invasion of Iraq by a primarily Anglo-American…

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Added by Gerry Regan on August 29, 2013 at 11:00pm — 9 Comments

Edmund Sullivan, Popular Painter of Irish Landscapes, Dies at 72

Landscape artist Edmund Sullivan, whose work since 1976 focused on Ireland, died Friday after a lengthy illness. He was buried Saturday in Gate of Heaven Cemetery in Valhalla, New York, after a funeral mass at Church of the Annunciation, in nearby…

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Added by Gerry Regan on June 3, 2013 at 3:00pm — 1 Comment

Memorial Day 2013: Remembering Lawrence 'Turk' Condon

My father's uncle, Sgt. Lawrence Condon, died of shrapnel wounds in France two months before the Armistice ending World War I, "The War to End All Wars." His division, the U.S. Army's 27th, was known as "O'Ryan's Roughnecks." He was third generation American. One of his grandfathers was an Irwin, reputedly from Ballyjamesduff,…

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Added by Gerry Regan on May 30, 2013 at 11:00am — 6 Comments

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