Patrick Sarsfield’s army is defeated at the decisive Battle of The Boyne. From this point on, his attempt to oust the English and place James II on the throne were doomed.
Sarsfield had to decide what to do next and although his heart wanted to fight on, his head knew he had run out of options.
He signed the Treaty of Limerick, which allowed Sarsfield and his men to march out of town with military honours.
In November and December 1691, fleets of ships anchored at Limerick and Cork to take the Irish soldiers to their new lives in France. Believing they had secured freedom for their people, Sarsfield and his followers boarded the ships and journeyed to France.
They took the name The Wild Geese in the hope and belief that this would be a temporary strategic exile in Europe.
This was the legendary moment that echoes throughout the centuries. The Flight of 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.