Alannah Ryane's Blog (21)

The Ros Tapestry – A Tale Told in Thread

After fellow Wild Geese member Oisen O'Connell had generously taken…

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Added by Alannah Ryane on July 15, 2014 at 11:00am — 4 Comments

Battle of the Boyne an Ancient Masonic/Egyptian Ritual?

 ...and not a battle at all?  Was the area of Brù-na-Bóinne where the survivors of 'Noah's' flood emerged? What about the 

strange report from Charles O'Kelly, a Colonel in James’ army, who said the whole thing was…

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Added by Alannah Ryane on July 10, 2014 at 12:30pm — 4 Comments

The Wild Geese Featured on NYC TV

The Wild Geese gained a spotlight on 'Communications Corner,' on Queens Public Television (QPTV), the Queens, NYC, public television network. During the broadcast, co-founder Gerry Regan shares his personal background while discussing the ever-growing and very passionate membership of the world's leading social network…

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Added by Alannah Ryane on July 4, 2014 at 7:30am — 3 Comments

Canadians Pay Tribute to Flaherty's 'Irishness'

On Thursday April 17th, Toronto's St. James Cathedral was a sea of green scarves and ties as mourners lined the streets at the state funeral for Canada's former Finance Minister James…

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Added by Alannah Ryane on April 19, 2014 at 9:30pm — No Comments

My Time with 'The Chieftains' in 1983

Back in the 1980s I was a music reviewer (under the name Adelle Cooper)  for three local papers in Calgary, Alberta, while also an entertainment booker (first agency to…

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Added by Alannah Ryane on March 26, 2014 at 12:30pm — 1 Comment

Irish Family History with Celebrity Genealogist Megan Smolenyak

I so enjoyed my interviews and interactions with US Genealogist Megan Smolenyak I thought you might enjoy them too. Last year we transferred them from the old website. Below are the links to my articles as well a  a…

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Added by Alannah Ryane on March 13, 2014 at 10:00am — No Comments

Irish Y-DNA 'Surname' Analysis - How It Works

Seventy million Irish diaspora know they have something intense and unexplainable coursing through their DNA. Perhaps, more than any other country in the world, Ire-land has left an extremely strong emotional…

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Added by Alannah Ryane on February 19, 2014 at 1:30pm — 17 Comments

The Otherworldly Reach of the O'Rourkes

I was only in Leitrim for 6 day s including the two for traveling and one on the set of Ken Loach's film 'Jimmy's Hall'.  In just over 3 days, I was transported to so many magical places it has…

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Added by Alannah Ryane on January 9, 2014 at 11:00am — 12 Comments

My 'Wexford Gathering' in Druidic Carne

For 13 years I had been looking for "The Cross of Ballysheen" County Wexford in historical records and on my journeys with Google streetview.  Finally I was here at 'The Lobster Pot' at Carnsore Point which sits right on the crossroads dividing the old townlands of Ballysheen and Ballyfane.  I had quickly…

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Added by Alannah Ryane on December 18, 2013 at 11:00am — 6 Comments

Ireland's 'The Gathering' Success Inspires Even More!

Ireland's worldwide invitation to the Irish diaspora to come home in the very ambitious and controversial countrywide event "The Gathering" has exceeded all expectations.  A…

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Added by Alannah Ryane on November 16, 2013 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Loftus Hall - The Most Haunted House in Ireland!

 

The Halloween 'Legend of Loftus Hall Experience Tour for Adults Only'  has been sold out for months! Having a wine and tapas bar and reserved table for after the tour had added to the value of this creative endeavour of the Hall's new owners.  

Near the end of my recent trip to Ireland, Wexford…

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Added by Alannah Ryane on October 31, 2013 at 9:00am — 3 Comments

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…

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

From Ireland to America Part One - Bonded through Time & Famine



Our Wild Geese teammate Anna Porter took me to two 'famine' graveyards in the county of Leitrim.  At first sight there are just stone walls enclosing areas of beautiful…

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Added by Alannah Ryane on October 18, 2013 at 5:30pm — 7 Comments

Ken Loach's 'Jimmy's Hall' and the Beautiful Carrick-On-Shannon – Part I

When Gerry Regan, executive producer of TheWildGeese.com, heard that I was preparing for my journey through England and Ireland, he asked if I could make my way to…

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Added by Alannah Ryane on October 10, 2013 at 3:30pm — 2 Comments

On the Set of Ken Loach's 'Jimmy's Hall'

Jimmy's Hall screenwriter, and former human rights lawyer Paul Laverty is certainly no stranger to controversy -- you only have to look at the comments on…

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Added by Alannah Ryane on October 10, 2013 at 12:30pm — 2 Comments

Alannah's Irish Tour Update!

My Irish backpacking, no-low budget, roving reporter tour as it stands now:

- Arrive Dublin from Bristol Sept 1

- Taking bus or train to Carrick-On-Shannon, County Leitrim.

- Meeting WG admin Anna Porter (she followed my google streetview lead and found the ruins of PJ Clarke's actual homestead for OUR FROM IRELAND TO MANHATTAN VIDEO on the Irish immigrant turned Manhattan pub owner) and Eileen…

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Added by Alannah Ryane on August 17, 2013 at 3:56pm — 2 Comments

Wexford Ancestors & Druids

UPDATE:  My Irish Backpacking, No-Low Budget, Roving Reporter Tour So Far!

The Ferry to Rosslaire across the Irish Sea from Pembrook or a flight to Dublin from Warwickshire and a train down to the Parish of Carne and the most likely villages of my Scallion and Doyle ancestors? A bus to one of the two hostels in Gorey and/or pick up a tent and sleeping bag and camp out at beautiful…

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Added by Alannah Ryane on July 21, 2013 at 5:00pm — 10 Comments

Latest Irish Genealogy Links From Megan Smolenyak

I grabbed some Irish-related links from Megan Smolenyak, one of the world's leading genealogists, posted in a recent newsletter.

From the Huffington…

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Added by Alannah Ryane on April 15, 2013 at 11:30am — No Comments

Irish Moms Working it on Twitter!

I was going through our Twitter feed @thewildgeese to see who and what's up in the Irish Twitter world I came across this post from …

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Added by Alannah Ryane on April 12, 2013 at 11:00am — No Comments

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