The Wild Geese's Blog – May 2013 Archive (53)

The Irish in Canada: A Strong, 'Loyal' Presence

By Joseph E. Gannon

The Gaels in one-time British North America never quite understood the revolutionary fervor that gripped their American counterparts.

Today, nearly 400 years since they first arrived, the Irish have been nearly fully and…

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Added by The Wild Geese on May 31, 2013 at 10:30am — No Comments

'Time and Tide': Q&A With Poet, Writer and Sociologist Jean Tubridy

(First published 1/26/12) Waterford-based poet, writer and sociologist Jean Tubridy (left) writes about her Irish experience, often in lyrical, charming terms, in her blog, Social Bridge. In the following excerpt, she describes a recent night in her home town of Tramore: “At about ten o’clock on New Year’s Eve,…

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Added by The Wild Geese on May 29, 2013 at 11:10pm — No Comments

An Excess of Abominations – Ireland’s Three ‘Bloody Sundays'

by Neil Cosgrove (First publish 1/11/12)

(Left:'Black and Tans' on the streets of Dublin, 1920)

A recent post on TheWildGeese.com’s Facebook page discussed Irish revolutionary Michael Collins’ role in the event of Bloody Sunday, November 21, 1920. On that day, under Collin’s…

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Added by The Wild Geese on May 27, 2013 at 4:20pm — 1 Comment

A New York Childhood 'More Irish Than American'

(First published 1/9/12) Kevin Gleeson, a talented guitarist and former portrayer of Keith Richards in Stones’ tribute bands Sticky Fingers and Beggars Banquet, is a graphic artist with the New York Police Department and a native of the borough of Queens, in New York City.  Gleeson’s heritage is steeped in both Irish music and the turbulent history of Northern…

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Added by The Wild Geese on May 27, 2013 at 4:00pm — No Comments

Irish Fight for Union Resounds

(First published 1/9/12) Patrick Young is a blogger for Long Island Wins, a communications and organizing campaign focused on immigrants’ needs and immigration reform in Long Island, in New York State.  In his blogs, he has written extensively on the experiences of immigrants in America, including an…

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Added by The Wild Geese on May 27, 2013 at 2:59pm — No Comments

Growing Up Irish In French Canada!

(First published 12/30/11) At 70 years old, Billy Willbond is a man of many roles: a poet, decorated peacekeeping veteran, and social  activist, providing humanitarian aid to the developing world through his NGO, ICross…

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Added by The Wild Geese on May 27, 2013 at 2:03pm — No Comments

Building a trail to recall the Irish role in America’s bloodiest war

(First published 12/14/11) 2011 marked the 150th anniversary of the start of America’s Civil War, and in Ireland, a group of historians and writers used the occasion to promote the concept of a Civil War heritage trail. Archaeologist Damian Shiels and writers James Doherty and Robert Doyle  [All three…

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Added by The Wild Geese on May 27, 2013 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Q&A on "Vanishing Ireland" with Author Turtle Bunbury

(First published 12/2/11) Turtle Bunbury is an Irish journalist and historian, whose photo-book series “…

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Added by The Wild Geese on May 26, 2013 at 8:30pm — 1 Comment

This Week in the History of the Irish: May 26 - June 1

DOMHNAIGH -- On May 26, 1706, Col. Charles O'Brien, 5th Viscount Clare, died from wounds suffered at the battle of Ramillies . O'Brien was born in 1670. He had…

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Added by The Wild Geese on May 26, 2013 at 12:00am — No Comments

Restored Painting Captures Return of the 69th By Liam Murphy / WG Heritage Editor

"Return of the 69th (Irish) Regiment, N.Y.S.M. from the Seat of War," by Louis Lang

(First published 11/17/11) On 27th July 1861, the 69th New York State Militia regiment returned home to New York, and to a hero’s welcome, after the …

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Added by The Wild Geese on May 25, 2013 at 7:00pm — No Comments

Q&A: Morning Star's Mary Courtney on Her Influences, Musical and Otherwise

(First publish 11/15/11) Mary Courtney is a Kerry-born folk artist and New York resident, and she is lead singer, guitarist and bodhran player for Morning Star [pictured below], a traditional Irish band that regularly travels between shows in the United States and Ireland.  Her music incorporates traditional Irish folk sound with a progressive social…

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Added by The Wild Geese on May 25, 2013 at 6:59pm — 1 Comment

The Fight To Save St. Brigid's - San Fransico's Irish Civil War Church

(First published 11/4/11) Guthrie, a reporter for the San Francisco Chronicle, spent six years covering the parishioners’ fight.  Her book tells the story of the parish’s history, the drama of the fight to save it, and what the parishioners learned about their own…

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Added by The Wild Geese on May 25, 2013 at 6:30pm — No Comments

Biography on the extraordinary life of John Boyle O’Reilly becomes an event



By Robert Doyle



Dublin, Ireland (First published 10/5/11) -- “Although this is…

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Added by The Wild Geese on May 24, 2013 at 11:00pm — No Comments

Band of Brothers: The Day the Irish Brigade Saved the 9th Massachusetts, part 2

The green flag of the 9th MA. Over the eagle it says, "THY SONS BY ADOPTION - THY FIRM SUPPORTERS AND DEFENDERS - DUTY, AFFECTION AND CHOICE"…
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Added by The Wild Geese on May 23, 2013 at 7:30pm — No Comments

Band of Brothers: The Day the Irish Brigade Saved the 9th Massachusetts

Historical Art Prints

"Brothers of Ireland," by Don Troiani, depicts the 69th New York and 9th Massachusetts Infantry regiments in battle at Gaines…
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Added by The Wild Geese on May 23, 2013 at 7:00pm — 1 Comment

In Support of Oklahoma

The team here at The Wild Geese would like to convey our support for the communities in Oklahoma which have been decimated by the recent storms.  We extend our sympathy to all who have lost loved ones.

If you would like to donate to help the victims of this tragedy, you can find a well-compiled list of…

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Added by The Wild Geese on May 22, 2013 at 1:00pm — 2 Comments

A Chat With Photog and Musician Christy McNamara

A native of Crusheen, County Clare, Christy McNamara has spent a lifetime telling stories of the people of rural Ireland through his photography and his music. He is a true insider, having grown up in a household filled with traditional Irish…

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Added by The Wild Geese on May 21, 2013 at 4:00pm — No Comments

SRO Event Launches Irish Commemoration of America’s Civil War

Dublin, Ireland (First published 4/23/11) - April 12, 2011 marked the 150th anniversary of the Confederate shelling of Fort Sumter, and with it the onset of America’s long and bloody Civil War. Two days later, the first recorded fatality of the five-year conflict occurred, with the death of…

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Added by The Wild Geese on May 20, 2013 at 9:00pm — 1 Comment

This Week in the History of the Irish: May 19 - May 25



The arrest and mortal wounding of Lord Edward Fitzgerald, who stands to the left.

DOMHNAIGH -- On May 19, 1798,…

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Added by The Wild Geese on May 19, 2013 at 12:00pm — No Comments

The faithful recall ‘Manchester Martyrs’

Some died on the glenside, some died near a stranger

And wise men have told us their cause was a failure

But they fought for old Ireland and never feared danger

Glory O, Glory O, to the bold Fenian men

-- From ‘The Bold Fenian…

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Added by The Wild Geese on May 18, 2013 at 8:00pm — No Comments

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