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jtt Anyone Know Any Wild Geese Stories? (5) RE: Anyone Know Any Wild Geese Stories? 29 Oct 99


Sure - what about the central image of the Wild Geese: the original 100 aristocrats who fled the Elizabethan Plantation, first speeding around the country to collect the children of their families who were fostered out to other families - one of the O'Neills couldn't be found because he was booleying in Coolea or Bansha or somewhere - and then left their thoroughbred horses rearing riderless in their silver-trimmed harnesses and saddles of Spanish leather as they sailed away at speed.

There's a song "Condae Maigh Eo", translated into English as The County of Mayo, with longing memories of the earl Patrick Lynch "On the deck of Patrick Lynch's boat", and wishing to be "sailing, sailing swiftly to the county of Mayo".

And of course the story of Sarsfield, in a later age, dying on a foreign field fighting for a foreign army and dipping his hand in his lifeblood saying "Would that this blood were shed for Ireland".

Enough of a start ;)


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