The St Patrick’s Day celebrations have always been important to Wild geese found throughout the world.
Traditionally, it was a special feast in Ireland, a day for prayer and remembrance. But over time, as many Wild Geese travelled to all corners of the world, St Patrick’s Day became a time for those abroad to connect with their countrymen and remember Ireland: a celebration of the bonds of solidarity.
Solidarity bound The Wild Geese together in 1691. United under their beautiful dream of freedom for everyone, they chose to leave Ireland, thinking they had secured liberty for their country. As they boarded ships bound for France they took the name The Wild Geese in the hope and belief that this would be a temporary strategic exile.
Today St Patrick’s Day incorporates everyone. Its a day that the world can stand together and celebrate the important bonds of the courageous. On this day everyone is a little bit Irish.
So this St Patrick’s Day we’re celebrating those bonds of solidarity and have loads of exciting events coming up in the UK. Join us on Facebook to keep up to date with our events.
Your St Patrick’s Day celebrations start here. Join us in remembering The Wild Geese.
Wherever you are in the world, if you are of Irish descent you are part of this story and entitled to call yourself Wild Geese.
First came the Golden Globe. Then came the SAG awards. Then the BAFTA. And now Daniel Day-Lewis has made cinema history by being the only man to win three Best Leading Man Oscars.
At the Academy Awards last night, he echoed the success he’s seen during this year’s awards season:
‘I really don’t know how any of this happened. I do know that I’ve received so much more than my fair share of good fortune in my life and I’m so grateful to the Academy for this beautiful honour’
We think we have an idea how this happened. He’s been acting since the age of 14 has come to every role with a hugh level of respect and ambition for what may lay a head. When he accepted the role of Abraham Lincoln he found it had a ‘paralysing quality’ to it and the prospect of portraying one of the great American heroes was daunting. He initially declined the role, but his courageous spirit won out and he soon set to work researching the American President.
Daniel Daniel-Lewis is infamous for the intensity he brings to his roles. His method acting has lead to him learning to build canoes and hunt for The Last of the Mohicans, studying as a butcher for Gangs of New York and visiting disabled people at Dublin’s Sandymount School Clinic for his role in My Left Foot, for which he won his first Academy award. While visiting Sandymount he built strong relationships with those at the clinic.
However, this intensity hasn’t diminished his charm. In all his acceptance speeches this year he has displayed a humble gratitude and respect for all his colleagues. When accepting the Oscar for Lincoln, he paid tribute to the ‘mysteriously beautiful mind, body and spirit of Abraham Lincoln’
Daniel Day-Lewis has always been ambitious and horizons ever widening. When he was younger he was enthralled by Martin Scorsese’s Taxi Driver, with lit a fire in him to explore American stories:
‘I just kept going back – I didn’t know America, but that was a glimpse of what America might be, and I realised that, contrary to expectation, I wanted to tell American stories’
By bringing to life one of the country’s greatest leaders he has certainly achieved this. No force seems to be able to quell Day-Lewis’ ambition and has made a significant impact on a culture he admires and loves. Just like a true Wild Geese.
The catwalks at London Fashion Week came alive with the beauty of Ireland over the weekend, when design power house John Rocha brought his adopted home to proceedings.
John Rocha settled in Dublin after graduating from art college and since then Ireland has been a hub of creativity for him. Its where he launched his first label, Chinatown, before going on to design lines for many of Dublin’s luxury stores, including the renowned Brown Thomas.
He clearly shares a love of the country displayed by The Wild Geese. Although they hoped and believed that they would see Ireland again, many of The Wild Geese did not return. But the country was always in their hearts.
In his latest designs John Rocha has embraced the powerful colours of the rural Irish landscape:
‘The collection is inspired by the Wicklow countryside. The colours and texture of the Sally Gap on a winter’s day’
This has helped him envisage what outfits would suit this stunning backdrop:
‘I like the idea of some old-fashioned charm, coat and dresses together. For me, at this stage of my career, it’s all about making women as beautiful as possible – it’s not just about the clothes’
Check out John Rocha’s latest collection inspired by Ireland on his website: