Jim Hawkins
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The Forgotten Women of 1916

Posted on May 25, 2017 at 2:30pm 0 Comments

When President Michael D. Higgins gave the keynote address on International Women’s Day in Ireland this year, he spoke of the “diverse and often boundary breaking roles played by women in the Uprising of 1916, as well as the impact of the role of women in the post 1916 period in Ireland’s fledging Republic. Higgins…


'Do Not Be Afraid!' -- Seamus Heaney: An Appreciation

Posted on August 27, 2016 at 2:00pm 4 Comments

Seamus Heaney, considered by many to be the greatest Irish poet since William B. Yeats, texted his wife Marie a few hours before his death: “Do not be afraid!” How comforting these words were to her I do not know. They seem, however, appropriate words for a man who faced so many crises in his life, dealt with them with…


'Why Keep Irish Alive?' Douglas Hyde Responds, Takes Action

Posted on October 17, 2015 at 4:30pm 3 Comments

It is well known that Douglas Hyde (January 17, 1860-July 12, 1949) was the first president of the Irish Republic. What may not be as well known is that he was a fluent speaker of the Irish language, a wonderful poet and an avid collector of Irish folklore. He fiercely objected to the ongoing "Anglicising" of…


Storytelling ... Irish Style -- Catch Me in Monday’s Sibin

Posted on January 25, 2014 at 2:00pm 2 Comments

My love for stories started with my Uncle Jack Fallon and the stories I heard as a child growing up in Co. Westmeath in the 1940s and 50s. My Uncle Jack was not a "trained" storyteller, but he had a wonderful ability to weave and tell stories about the local people and everyday…


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At 9:55am on May 6, 2013, Ryan O'Rourke said…

Hi, Jim.

Just wanted to take a moment to welcome you here to The Wild Geese.  If you haven't taken a few minutes to look around already, you'll find great articles, members' discussions, resources, etc.  Hope to have the opportunity to interact with you here in days / weeks ahead as we build this community of lovers of all-things-Irish.

When you have a minute, post a little blog about your own "Irish story." Everyone here loves to read about fellow members' backgrounds.

Welcome aboard, Jim!

~ Ryan

At 3:41pm on October 7, 2013, Gerry Regan said…

Jim, would love to get a brief report and some pix from Long Beach Irish Day(s), even just a few. And how did your gig go?

At 6:53pm on January 27, 2014, Michael Quane said…

Great job today, lad!

At 3:25pm on August 19, 2017, Margaret M. Johnson said…

Hi Jim: Thanks for the request. Delighted to be friends on the WG!

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