We’re really pleased to see The Connaught Telegraph picked up our support of co. mayo’s flagship Gathering celebration!
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.
We’re very proud to be supporting In Humbert’s Footsteps festivities in Co. Mayo, Ireland.
As part of The Gathering, Co. Mayo are recreating the invasion lead by General Jean Joseph Amable Humbert in 1798, who joined with Irish rebels to free Ireland. He landed in Killala and fought his way to Castlebar, where we will be sponsoring a Victory Concert that brings all sides together to celebrate this moment in history, which follows a huge battle re-enactment of the Battle of Castlebar.
In Humbert’s Footsteps marks an important point in the Irish-Franco relationship. Back in 1691 when The Wild Geese left Ireland, their first destination was France. Many entered military service and would later plan their own invasion of Ireland under Napoleon Bonaparte. Although this was not to be, their courage and skill were recognised and celebrated. This relationship continues to this day and we’re very happy to a part of commemorating it.