The Wild Geese's Blog – December 2013 Archive (27)

This Week in the History of the Irish: December 29 - January 4

WGT photo by Joe Gannon

Carriganuss Castle, an O'Sullivan castle just outside of Glengariff

MÁIRT -- On December 31, 1602, Dónall…

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Added by The Wild Geese on December 28, 2013 at 1:30pm — 1 Comment

Keeping 'The Irish' in America’s Irish Pubs: Q&A With Waterford Native Brendan Barry

(Left, left to right, Brendan Barry and new recruit and County Meath native Conall Finn with County Kildare native Emmet Gallagher, owner of McMahons Irish pub in Warrenton, Virginia.)

NEW YORK – Just prior to a recent reception for the soon-to-launch Dingle Distillery at the Irish Consulate General in…

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Added by The Wild Geese on December 24, 2013 at 4:21pm — 15 Comments

Mummering: 'The Idiotic Hero Combat Drama'

The following is a transcript taken from the LIVE Community Chat chat hosted here at TheWildGeese.com on Friday, December 20, 2013.  The focus for the discussion was the tradition of the mummers in Ireland.  We were joined by…

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Added by The Wild Geese on December 24, 2013 at 5:23am — 1 Comment

The Wild Geese Family and Friends Play Santa in Yonkers

The Wild Geese's Gerry Regan, right, brings gifts Monday to a family in need on behalf of The Wild Geese's 1,500+ members, Heritage Partners, and just good ol' friends. On the left is Órla Kelleher. executive director of Aisling Irish Community…

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Added by The Wild Geese on December 24, 2013 at 4:40am — 2 Comments

Singer Mary Courtney LIVE in The Virtual Síbín

 

We hope you enjoy the above video which was broadcast LIVE here at TheWildGeese.com on the evening of Monday, December 23rd, 2013 with recording artist and County Kerry native Mary Courtney.

Our…

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Added by The Wild Geese on December 23, 2013 at 5:00pm — 6 Comments

This Week in the History of the Irish: December 22 - December 28

Linen Hall Library

A 17th century portrait of Hugh O'Neill, Earl of Tyrone.

MÁIRT -- On December 24, 1601,…

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Added by The Wild Geese on December 21, 2013 at 11:30am — No Comments

Book Review: Irish Rebel: John Devoy and America's Fight for Ireland's Freedom

(First published in 1998) Joseph Gannon's review of Terry Golway's book

Revolution has usually been a young man's game. John Devoy was definitely an exception to this rule; -- a man who lived to a very old age, through times which would have thrown…

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Added by The Wild Geese on December 20, 2013 at 12:00pm — 3 Comments

2013's Most Popular

A.D. 2013 has been a big year for The Wild Geese.  It was just nine months ago that the new and improved version of TheWildGeese.com was launched.  As 2013 winds down to a close, we thought it would be interesting to compile the most popular blog posts and discussions…

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Added by The Wild Geese on December 19, 2013 at 4:29am — 2 Comments

Friday: LIVE Community Chat on Ireland's Mummering Tradition

On Friday, December 20, 2013, we'll be joined by folklorist / entertainer (and fellow Wild Geese member) Jim Ledwith for a LIVE Community Chat on the mummering tradition in…

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Added by The Wild Geese on December 18, 2013 at 9:30am — No Comments

MyIrelandBox Surprises One Lucky Member

On December 5, 2013, The Wild Geese enjoyed a LIVE Community Chat with Sligo-based author and historian, Joe McGowan.  It…

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Added by The Wild Geese on December 16, 2013 at 5:00am — 2 Comments

This Week in the History of the Irish: December 15 - December 21

National Library of Ireland.

Gen. Richard Mulcahy in the uniform of the Irish Free State.

MÁIRT -- On Dec. 16, 1971, soldier and politician General Richard Mulcahy died in…

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Added by The Wild Geese on December 14, 2013 at 9:33pm — No Comments

And the Nagle Forge Brooch Goes To …

On December 9, 2013, The Wild Geese enjoyed a LIVE Community Chat with Maeve O'Connell who owns the property at Jerpoint Park in County Kilkenny.  The grave of St. Nicholas (of "St. Nick" or Santa Claus fame) is purported to be…

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Added by The Wild Geese on December 13, 2013 at 4:42pm — 8 Comments

Certifiably Irish: A Community Chat with Kay Woods from The Certificate of Irish Heritage

The following is a transcript taken from the LIVE Community Chat chat hosted here at TheWildGeese.com on Tuesday, December 10, 2013.  The focus for the discussion was The Certificate of Irish Heritage.  We were joined by…

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Added by The Wild Geese on December 12, 2013 at 11:23am — 4 Comments

Certificates of Irish Heritage Heading to 3 Lucky Wild Geese Members

Congratulations to the winners of the three gift vouchers each redeemable for a Certificate of Irish Heritage:

Mark…

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Added by The Wild Geese on December 11, 2013 at 4:00pm — 5 Comments

St. Nick Buried in Kilkenny? A Community Chat with Maeve O'Connell

The following is a transcript taken from the LIVE Community Chat chat hosted here at TheWildGeese.com on Monday, December 9, 2013.  The focus for the discussion was the fascinating discovery of Newtown Jerpoint in County Kilkenny, where St. Nicholas' remains (as in Santa Claus) are purported to be buried.  The owner of…

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Added by The Wild Geese on December 11, 2013 at 9:00am — 1 Comment

Crosswords at the Crossroads: An Irish Christmas

It's time for the next offering in our popular Irish-themed interactive crossword puzzles feature, "Crosswords at the Crossroads."   

This time around, we focus on the season at hand -- Christmas.  We've put together a puzzle which both tests puzzle…

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Added by The Wild Geese on December 10, 2013 at 3:00pm — 1 Comment

The Bodhrán: A Driving Force in Irish Music

by Sharon Hazard for The Wild Geese

When George Millar of the Irish Rovers talks about the music his group has been playing for more than 40 years, he can’t help mentioning the bodhrán, the…

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Added by The Wild Geese on December 10, 2013 at 5:00am — 6 Comments

Short of Ideas, and Time, Check The Wild Geese Shops

Finding something unique that expresses your Irish pride colorfully and durably and affordably can be challenging, especially with less than 15 shopping days (and 10 shipping days) until Christmas.

Well, for more than a decade, we at The…

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Added by The Wild Geese on December 9, 2013 at 11:30pm — No Comments

The American Civil War at Christmastime: A Community Chat with Kevin O'Beirne

The following is a transcript taken from the LIVE Community Chat chat hosted here at TheWildGeese.com on Friday, December 6, 2013.  The focus for the discussion was bygone Christmas traditions in Ireland with writer / historian, Kevin O'Beirne of Buffalo, New York.  Some…

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Added by The Wild Geese on December 9, 2013 at 10:30am — 5 Comments

This Week in the History of the Irish: December 8 - December 14

Smithsonian Institute

James Hoban and George Washington inspect the unfinished White House in 1798. Washington would never live in it.

DEARDAOIN -- On…

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Added by The Wild Geese on December 7, 2013 at 8:30pm — 1 Comment

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