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.
Columnist and drinks expert Tomás Clancy saluted the Classic Blend with a score of 90, and a ‘very good quality’ rating.
Berries, fresh oak and a hint of spice.
Taste & Finish:
Light, sweet, fruity taste, balanced and smooth. The grain comes through gently and it ends with a tingle of honey and citrus fruit. The finish is clean.
The Wild Geese Classic Blend is ideal for a wide range of cocktails but is also great on it’s own.
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.
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.
Colm Smyth, Fionn Mac Cumhaills Dallas hails from Abbeylara, Co Longford. Colm has represented his club and a county at all levels to Under -21 as well as representing Dublin City University in Inter-University Competition. Colm’s favoured position is half forward but he plays mid field for Fionn MacCumhaills where he is noted for his high fielding and accurate kicking.
Born and raised in Dublin, Ciaran attended Bishop Galvin primary school and Templeogue College secondary school. His parish and local GAA club is St. Jude’s, in Templeogue on the south side of the city. Despite the fact that Gaelic football was by far the biggest sport in our Parish, I never actually played it at any organized level while growing up. Mostly Ciaranplayed soccer and a little bit of hurling in primary school. At 15 years of age he joined Dundrum South Dublin Athletic club, and discovered what was ultimately his main sport, distance running. Ciaran went on to win two All Ireland U/18 titles, one in cross-country and one in the 1,500 meters. He then earned an athletic scholarship to Baylor University in Waco, Texas. Later, he transferred to UT-Arlington, where I won two Southland Conference Titles in the 5,000 meters. As soon as the GAA club started in Dallas, I knew I wanted to involve myself, even though I had a limited background in the sport. It’s a great group of players. I greatly enjoy the matches and training, and try to learn from the lads with much more experience than myself. My favorite position is really anywhere in the forward line – half or full forward. It has been wonderful to see the growth of the club and the games in Texas.