All Blog Posts Tagged 'Wexford' (14)


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One of 'The Boys of Wexford' Returns: JFK in Ireland

On June 23, 1963 the people of Ireland fell in love with a member of “The Wild Geese” who had less than five months to live. If ever an American politician had a style and ease that allowed the people of Ireland to see the “Irish” in him, it was John Fitzgerald Kennedy. By the summer of 1963 he had become the…

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Added by Joe Gannon on June 12, 2018 at 4:00pm — No Comments


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Wexford's James Power and the Trail of Tears to Texas

As nine year old Rosalie Hart came up onto the deck of the schooner “Sea Lion” there was a furious gale blowing. She and her family were thousands of miles from their home in Ballymoney, County Wexford, Ireland. She breathed in the clean sea air; a welcome relief from the…

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Added by Joe Gannon on December 24, 2017 at 11:30pm — 4 Comments


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Were Augustus Montague Toplady's Roots in County Wexford?

"Born at Farnham in Surrey in south-east England on 4th November 1740, Augustus Toplady was the son of Richard Toplady, a Royal Marines officer probably from Enniscorthy, Co Wexford. Richard Toplady had enlisted…

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Added by Nollaig 2016 on November 4, 2016 at 1:30pm — 1 Comment


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Leaders of the 1916 Easter Rising: Michael O'Hanrahan

Michael O'Hanrahan (Micheál Ó hAnnrachain, 1877 – 4 May 1916) is another one of the 1916 Leaders who is not universally  known.  He was born in New Ross, County Wexford to Richard and Mary O’Hanrahan (nee Williams).  He had a brother, Henry, and a sister, Eily.  His father was heavily involved in the 1867 Fenian Rising.  Michael's family moved to County Carlow when he was a young…

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Added by That's Just How It Was on March 4, 2015 at 9:30am — 2 Comments

The Irish of Savannah

The Irish were present at the creation of Georgia as a British colony in 1733. The second Royal Governor (1757-1760) of the colony was the Monaghan-born naval explorer Henry Ellis.  By treaty signed in 1763 with the Creek Indians, a tract of land was transferred which was roughly…

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Added by Dee Notaro on February 28, 2015 at 5:30am — No Comments

Wexford-Born Signer of the U.S. Constitution

Thomas Fitzsimons was born at Ballikilty, County Wexford, Ireland in October of 1741 to Anthony Fitzsymons in the mid-1750s.  We know his mother's name was Jane, but we do not have a record of her maiden surname.  Fitzsimons immigrated to Philadelphia where his father…

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Added by Dee Notaro on February 14, 2015 at 4:30am — 2 Comments


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Wexford's Diehard Revolutionary Father

As we were heading north on R-702 in Kiltealy, County Wexford during our recent vacation to the southeast of Ireland, my eye caught sight of some sort of plaque on the wall along a driveway to the right. There was a beautiful horse farm that seemed to run along both sides of…

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Added by Joe Gannon on July 28, 2014 at 11:30pm — 2 Comments


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Commodore John Barry Book Award for American Maritime Literature

An annual Commodore John Barry Book Award is established by the New York Council, Navy League of the Unites States for the purpose of recognizing significant contributions to American maritime literature and to encourage excellence in authorship. Such maritime literature should be…

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Added by Liam Murphy on April 2, 2014 at 4:00pm — 1 Comment

Snuff at a Wake and Other Pipe Dreams

While yet a teenager, I collected most of these clay pipes around Loughrea, in county Galway, some from the lake shore, some from under the water using a snorkel and mask, the smallest ones from the bottom of a hole I was digging in Elephant and Castle, while working as a student in…

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Added by Brian Nolan on December 16, 2013 at 6:00pm — 3 Comments

Remembering JFK: A Community Chat

The following is a transcript taken from the LIVE Community Chat chat hosted here at TheWildGeese.com on Friday, November 22, 2013 -- the 50th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy's assassination.  Some editing has been applied for clarity.

The Wild Geese:  Céad míle fáilte, a chairde! So glad to see…

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Added by The Wild Geese on November 22, 2013 at 9:30pm — 1 Comment

From Ireland to America, Part 2: The Kennedy Homestead

On my last day in Ireland, before taking an early flight out of Dublin, fellow Wild Geese member and Irish-American Wexford farmer Oisin O'Connell offered to complete my Irish Tour by taking me to experience New Ross.  As…

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Added by Alannah Ryane on October 26, 2013 at 1:30pm — 3 Comments

Zorro Returns to Wexford This Weekend

William Lamport (Guillén de Lombardo) - "The Irish Zorro", who managed to strangle himself just before he was to be burned at the stake in Mexico City

ZORROFEST spices up Wexford this Bank Holiday Weekend

Wexford will be sizzling hot this May bank holiday weekend as the town gives itself…

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Added by Fionntán Ó Súilleabháin on May 3, 2013 at 4:00pm — No Comments

Get a (Free) Copy of 'Larry Kirwan's Celtic Invasion'

The Wild Geese gave away 5 copies of recently launched Celtic rock compilation "Larry Kirwan's Celtic Invasion" randomly to our members, beginning today. (…

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Added by Tiffany Silverberg on April 26, 2013 at 10:00am — 8 Comments

John Barry, legendary Irish hero in the Continental Navy

If one were to query the public regarding the Father of the American Navy, they would likely hear the name, John Paul Jones. The Scotsman, John Paul, who added the name Jones to gain some anonymity while hiding in the colonies from the…

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Added by James Francis Smith on February 28, 2013 at 3:30pm — 1 Comment

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