The Gathering: The Connaught Telegraph Features The Wild Geese!

We’re really pleased to see The Connaught Telegraph picked up our support of co. mayo’s flagship Gathering celebration!

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Taoiseach Shares Irish Identity with Wild Geese

 

Taoiseach (the Irish Prime Minister) Enda Kenny created The Gathering to invite the worldwide Irish diaspora back to Ireland throughout 2013.

Returning home to Castlebar, the Taoiseach joined The Wild Geese Collection in support of Co. mayo’s flagship Gathering Celebration: In Humbert’s Footsteps (15-18th August).

The idea is close to the hearts of those of us from The Wild Geese Collection. Our Irish Whiskey has been produced to celebrate the brave men and women who have left Ireland over the years, starting in 1691 with Patrick Sarsfield and his followers. When they left Ireland, they took the name ‘The Wild Geese’ in the hope and belief that they would one day return. Today, The Gathering sees the realisation of that dream.

The Wild Geese first travelled to France, where many served in the military with honour.

In his commemoration speech, the Taoiseach underlined how important history has been in shaping Ireland today, drawing on the strong bond between the country and France.

The Taoiseach met The Wild Geese company owner, Mr Andre Levy, in a show of solidarity for this Irish identity; an identity that runs deep within The Wild Geese Collection.

The Wild Geese is an internationally acclaimed Collection of Premium Spirits and has been voted ‘Best Irish Whiskey’ three times. The brand sponsored the closing Victory Concert on Sunday 18th August, celebrating the Irish experience together with Wild Geese past and present.

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.

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The Gathering: Wild Geese at In Humbert’s Footsteps

County Mayo welcomed French troops at the weekend when the In Humbert’s Footsteps battle re-enactment took place. On Sunday 18th August we watched as Castlebar was overtaken with a re-enactment of the famous 1798 battle.

As part of The Gathering, In Humbert’s Footsteps not only brought history to life, but the event served as a reminder of the impact Ireland’s history has had on the world, as well as the country itself. Wild Geese have come back to Ireland, realising the dream of Patrick Sarsfield and his followers and proving that they play a very important role in the county’s future.

We were very proud to support the Victory Concert, as it was a chance to meet with Irish dignitaries, including Taoiseach Enda Kenny, and celebrate the Irish experience today.

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Protege International Chairman Mr Andre Levy with Taoiseach Enda Kenny, celebrating the Irish experience

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Two battle re-enactors raising a glass of Wild Geese to the strong Irish-Franco relationship that still exists today

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