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A Thatchie of My Own

At the end of next month, I will celebrate 18 years as an employee of the City of Tucson. I spent nine years on Patrol with the Police department and now work in clerical for the Fire Department.

I just spent time in the retirement office, looking at retirement payouts and end dates. I have Five years, two and a half months and 15 days.

I will retire at 56...and then it is off to Ireland six months out of the year...and a thatchie of my own, hopefully…

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Added by Bit Devine on October 16, 2014 at 2:30pm — 3 Comments

Cuimhin Linn - Nos Acordamos - Vivan Los San Patricios!

Each year, on September 12, Mexico pays tribute to the San Patricios at San Jacinto Plaza.in Mexico City. A Memorial Plaque was installed back in 1959 on the wall facing the plaza. The plaque was designed by Lorenzo Rafael, son of Patricio Cox, who wrote the first book, a novel in…

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Added by Bit Devine on September 8, 2014 at 12:00pm — 7 Comments

Meet the Faces of IrishFireside.com

If you haven't had the chance to get to know New Wild Geese members Corey & Liam, drop on over and say hello!

Liam Hughes is a Jewelry designer who…

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Added by Bit Devine on August 28, 2014 at 4:00pm — 4 Comments

Leanaí Lir - Children of Lir

Ger, a chara...Just for you:

Long ago when the Tuatha De Danaan lived in Ireland there was a great King called Lir. He had four children--Fionnuala, Aodh, Fiacra, and Conn. Fionnuala was the eldest and she was as beautiful as sunshine in blossomed branches;…

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Added by Bit Devine on August 15, 2014 at 4:00pm — 1 Comment

100 Years - Some Gave All

Lance Corporal William Devine, 5th Battalion, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers

The 5th Battalion, The Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers was raised at Omagh in August 1914, part of Kitchener's First New Army.…

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Added by Bit Devine on August 4, 2014 at 12:30pm — 5 Comments

Caiseal a' Bhaoisgin -- Often Overlooked, Not To Be Missed

Creevykeel Court Tomb is made up of a long, trapeze shaped cairn which encloses an oval court, and a burial chamber that is…

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Added by Bit Devine on July 28, 2014 at 4:00pm — 3 Comments

Ever Irrepressible Mims Murphy

Mary Eileen "Mims" Murphy Walsh was born in County Longford in 1881. She was college educated and worked in Dublin. She married Patrick "Paddy" Walsh on July 29, 1913. They immigrated to the United States in 1915. To Mims, it was an exile that she…

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Added by Bit Devine on July 16, 2014 at 4:00pm — No Comments

There’s Gold in Nellie Cashman

In Tombstone, Arizona, the town too tough to die, Nellie Cashman, the Miners’ Angel, is legendary for her business skills, her philanthropy and her Irish grit. Her biographer once said, when asked to describe her, “Pretty as a Victorian cameo…

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Added by Bit Devine on July 9, 2014 at 4:00pm — 1 Comment

A Grand Time Indeed at O'Lunney's

Just thought I would post a few photographs from the gathering of The Wild Geese at O'Lunney's Times Square on April 26th, 2014.

There were 14 folks in all.  Denis Dwyer and Alex Fegan brought their "Irish Pub" film for screening.  There was much laughter and trading…

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Added by Bit Devine on May 9, 2014 at 2:00am — 4 Comments

April 20-26, 2014: Cowboy Poetry Week - Hats Off to Irish Cowboys

April 20-26, 2014 is Cowboy Poetry Week. I thought I would share one of my own poems, written in 2007, a tribute to te Irish cowboy.





Right: Jeff Streeby, Cowboy Poet, in the dining room of Man of Aran Cottage, Inis Mor (©2005 C.E.Devine ~ Rincon Creek…

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Added by Bit Devine on April 25, 2014 at 12:30am — No Comments

No Such Thing as a Stranger

The morning sun pressed through my window and pried open my eyes at half past six. Since breakfast wouldn't be served until half past eight, I decided that a short walk to explore the area around Dundrum House of Tassagh would do me some good. I spent an hour and a half…

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Added by Bit Devine on April 24, 2014 at 4:30pm — No Comments

'The Wild Swans at Coole'

 The Wild Swans at Coole

by William Butler Yeats

The trees are in their autumn beauty,

The woodland paths are dry,

Under the October twilight the water

Mirrors a still sky;

Upon the brimming water among the stones

Are…

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Added by Bit Devine on April 4, 2014 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Lá na Máithreacha Shona

To all of those in the Wild Geese who answer to Mom, Mum, Mummy, Mother, Ma, mháthair ~ 

Lá na máithreacha shona ~ Happy Mother's Day…

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Added by Bit Devine on March 29, 2014 at 10:30pm — No Comments

Slan Abhaile, George

Today in Glasgow, they lay to rest a gentle man with a heart of gold and a voice that was gift to all who heard him sing...

Added by Bit Devine on March 21, 2014 at 12:05pm — No Comments

Happy ST Patrick's One & All!

Lá ‘le Pádraig, Mo Chairde!

Added by Bit Devine on March 17, 2014 at 11:23am — No Comments

'One Great Irish Spot': Inis Mór - My Soul's Own Home

 

Inis Mór

It is the call of the sea and the crashing waves

the songs of men given up to watery graves

The fishermen's chatter and pony cart's clatter

The seal's call and the wild rain splatter…

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Added by Bit Devine on March 12, 2014 at 8:00pm — 3 Comments

Fáilte Chuig Texas!

Most folks look to the East Coast, Boston, New York, Washington D.C., when they think of the Irish in America and their contributions historically. However, it was the Irish who were among the first Settlers in what was then Spanish-ruled Texas.

Hugo O’Conor, Roscommon…

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Added by Bit Devine on February 28, 2014 at 3:00pm — 4 Comments

Cruel Times for Ireland's Many Abandoned Horses

In this, the Year of the Horse, I am becoming more and more disheartened by the news stories and social media postings of various Animal rescues of Ireland with whom I am associated. There seems to be an epidemic of sorts. Horses left to starve in fields, locked in barns without food or water, left to the elements of these…

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Added by Bit Devine on January 24, 2014 at 2:30pm — 9 Comments

Cora's Celtic Adventure`

My Boys will tell you, I am not the type of parent that pushes my children's fundraising sales on my family and friends. I make them do the work.

That being said, I know an amazingly talented thirteen year-old Western performer who is raising funds to be a part of  a …

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Added by Bit Devine on January 17, 2014 at 4:37pm — No Comments

Oh Happy Day! Martin Corey is Released!!

Baile Fáilte, mo chara ... An chuid eile anois ... ag fás níos láidre ...

This is the wonderful news I received yesterday at midday..I sat at my desk, tears running down my face and a lump in my throat.. It has been a long, exhausting struggle... for Martin, his family and his friends and supporters.



Almost four years...spent in that hell they call Maghaberry...without charge...without trial... No Due Process...





Baile Fáilte, mo chara ... An chuid eile…

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Added by Bit Devine on January 16, 2014 at 10:30am — No Comments

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