Wild Geese Stories: Ireland's Cheeky Blinder

'Perfect cheekbones, even better acting' is how The UK's Telegraph describes Cillian Murphy's role in his latest drama series Peaky Blinders. It captures his majesty appropriately, referencing one of his trademarks and rising career. Originally from Cork, Ireland, this Wild Geese has traversed both independent film and Hollywood blockbusters, and whatever his role - whether it's surviving a zombie apocalypse or going...

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Men of Action: Patrick Sarsfield and The Wild Geese<sup>Ā®</sup>

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,...

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Men of Action: Wild Geese Hoping To Soar At World Championships

Wild Geese have always longed to share their achievements abroad with home. When they left Ireland in 1691, Patrick Sarsfield and his followers dreamed they would return home. Although many did not, today their dream is realised by Irish talent in all fields. This weekend Ireland's boxing team leave for the World Championships held in Kazakhstan with hopes of bring home medals....

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Men of Action: The Bite of Adventure

The decision to leave home is never taken lightly. It requires courage and determination, but also a sense of adventure. Adventure was certainly a driving force behind Wild Geese, who have left their home for foreign lands, where they faced the unknown. Today adventurers tackle an uncertain horizon to achieve extraordinary things, just as The Wild GeeseĀ® did. Ben Saunders (images from...

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Men of Action: Wild Geese At Fontenoy

In every part of the world, in every major conflict, the Irish have demonstrated their loyalty to their adopted homeland. The successes continued in their descendants, who went on to achieve so much, especially in France where The Wild GeeseĀ® first landed in 1691. In France they often attained the highest ranks, integrating fully into French society. Today their names are emblazoned...

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Men of Action: Jon Riley's Fight For Freedom

1691 was a fateful year. When the Irish exiles, under the command of Patrick Sarsfield, left Ireland they did so in the pursuit of freedom. The took the name 'The Wild GeeseĀ® ' in the hope and belief that they would one day return to Ireland. Many 'Wild Geese' have since journeyed abroad and played vital roles in their host communities. One...

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Hunter Gatherer: Clarissa Ward

'Oh, they know who I am - I'm on a blacklist,' journalist Clarissa Ward says of the Syrian Government. Resourceful and determined, Ward has already snuck into Syria 9 times (often without a phone) to report on the civil war. Her famous segment on CBS News' 60 Minutes proved that she is a force to be reckoned with. After being told by...

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