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.
Throughout 2013 we’ll be running a special column in The Moodie Report profiling some of today’s Wild geese working in travel retail, to find out what keeps them ticking.
Our first column is out today which features Steve O’Connor at Delhi Duty Free. We feel like we’ve really gotten to now Steve – thanks for taking part!
We’re very excited to share our new video with you.
Ireland was torn by injustice and natural disaster.
The soldiers and refugees who were forced to set sail
on ships for other lands became know as
The Wild Geese.
Through oppression and famine they created a beautiful dream
Freedom for Everyone.