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P.J. Francis Latest WG Member of the Week

Our latest Member of the Week is P.J. Francis of Durand, Illinois, U.S.A.  P.J. grew up on a farm in The Burren region of County Clare. He always had an interest in living in the United States. At 40 years of age, he felt it was a case of “now or never.” You can read more about P.J. here

Vast Reach of The Wild Geese

Check out our Member Map here, and plot your own location. It's a great tool both to gauge the diversity of our membership and to find members in areas of most interest, such as your ancestral homeland in Ireland or your hometown.


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Brian Boru Country

Eoin O’Hagan reveals footprints of history from County Clare.Read More

Back to Easter 1916

Learn about the key players in 1916’s Easter Rising and other tidbits in 'This Week in the History of the Irish.' Read More

Uncovering Our Irish Ancestry

Introducing The Wild Geese community’s special genealogy focus. Read More

Easter in Galway

Brian Nolan recalls the Easter of his childhood in County Galway.Read More

Great Walking Trails of Ireland

Check out this list of some of Ireland's top walking routes, then add your own favorites.Read More


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The Mystery of the 69th Pennsylvania's Irish Flags

Posted by Michael H.J. Kane on April 24, 2014 at 11:00am 0 Comments

On the afternoon of July 3, 1863 Pickett's Virginians charged the Bloody Angle at the Gettysburg battlefield. This was the main confederate attack to crack  the Union line. Defending the left side of the…


A Quiet Pint

Posted by P.J. Francis on April 19, 2014 at 11:00pm 2 Comments

About three decades and a half ago there was a pleasant bar where I used to drop in for a quiet pint.

That was a practice I have not participated in for several years. I am the worse for that. If I had…


Picturing Ireland's First High King

Posted by Ryan O'Rourke on April 23, 2014 at 10:00am 2 Comments

If your mind is anything like mine, you have wondered and imagined what important historical figures may have looked like in the flesh. Before the photograph came into play -- and even centuries before its forerunner, the Daguerrotype, came on the scene -- men and women of high status and important positions were posed for portraits by the best painters of their own days.…


Willie Walsh's Wake

Posted by DJ Kelly on April 23, 2014 at 1:30am 6 Comments

Willie Walsh was every inch the typical Mayo man, hardworking and well disposed to help his fellow villagers, and indeed it was just such an act of kindness which brought about…


Great Day for Tipp Hill -- Syracuse To Grab Green Spotlight

Posted by The Wild Geese on April 16, 2014 at 5:30pm 1 Comment

Syracuse, N.Y. -- Syracuse is proud to host the Irish event of the year on Wednesday, 30 April 2014.

Featuring history, sports, film, music and song, this…


Priceless Easter Rising Footage Made Available Online

Posted by Ryan O'Rourke on April 22, 2014 at 2:29pm 0 Comments

A priceless film archive which includes extensive footage of the Easter Rising and its aftermath has been released online by British Pathé.

The multimedia resource has made its entire archive, consisting…


The Wild Geese’s Latest Initiative: Relentlessly Uncovering Our Irish Ancestry

Posted by The Wild Geese on April 21, 2014 at 4:00pm 1 Comment

We in The Wild Geese social network, now 13 months old, are experiencing a swell of interest and passion in exploring Irish ancestry among our growing membership. No surprise, considering that we as a…


Wisconsin Miners, Faithful Hail 'Father Kelly' of St. Patrick's

Posted by P.J. Francis on April 19, 2014 at 10:30pm 0 Comments

Benton, Wisconsin is located on State Route 11 between Monroe to Dubuque. The town consists of well-maintained restaurants, bars, churches, garages and residential buildings.

Saint Patrick’s Church and…


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