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jtt Anyone Know Any Wild Geese Stories? (5) RE: Anyone Know Any Wild Geese Stories? 30 Oct 99

Oh yes, Hennessy - the founder of the Hennessy brandy business (which still awards a prestigious Irish literary prize, won by every notable Irish writer of modern times) was one of what's jokingly known as the Wine Geese.

When the Wild Geese fled spreading "a grey wing on every tide", as the poem has it, a good lot of them went to Bordeaux, where their descendants still make some of the region's most famous wines.

Jacobite familes spread along the west coast of Ireland continued to keep contact, sending their teenagers to be fostered and schooled in these families, for generations. In fact these contacts are still kept up. - JTT

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