That's Just How It Was's Blog – August 2015 Archive (4)

The Long Journey 'Home': The Art of The Irish Wake

The Irish custom of “waking the dead” has long been thought off as a purely Irish tradition, and many would argue that this is, indeed, the case. However, if we look at paganism, spiritualism and other religions, it is not too hard to find similarities in their traditions with ‘waking the dead.“ They believe…


Added by That's Just How It Was on August 24, 2015 at 3:00pm — 9 Comments

Winifred Carney: Family Photo, Courtesy of Joan Austin

My thanks to Joan Austin for providing this photo of Winifred, and her mother and two sisters. I just want to share it with The Wild Geese readers.

Hello Joan Austin, thank you so very much for that piece of information that eludes the history records. I will of course alter …


Added by That's Just How It Was on August 18, 2015 at 7:30am — 16 Comments

Winnie Carney, 'Typist With the Webley' and Connolly Confidante

Marie Winifred Carney was born into a large family of seven children to Alfred / Sarah Cassidy Carney ; in Bangor, County Down – her parents were estranged for many years. Leo [missing child – a record of birth but no record of…


Added by That's Just How It Was on August 9, 2015 at 10:00am — 5 Comments

Jennie Wyse-Power: Entrepreneur, Revolutionary, Treaty Supporter

Jane [Jennie] Wyse-Power nee O'Toole was born in Baltinglass, County Wicklow, in 1856 to Edward And Mary O’Toole [nee Norton]. Her father owned his own business and before she was two years of age her father had sold his business and moved the family to Dublin. Some sources say she attended attended Warrenmount National School or the Loreto Day School Dublin.

Pictured, 'Liberty Girls,' with Wyse-Power in the…


Added by That's Just How It Was on August 5, 2015 at 8:00am — 5 Comments

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