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GUEST,Mbo 'Wild Geese' /Young Irish immigrants (23) RE: 'Wild Geese' /Young Irish immigrants 21 Jan 00

Thanks for the lyrics, Mick! I read that poem a million times and loved it! Hmm...I WAS going to make it into a song, but seeing as it's already one, I'll have to learn it. George, the Irish tradition does contain lots of stories involving geese. However, the name was given to them by the French. Just after the Treaty of Limerick and the following Penal Laws days, the French would illegally import alcohol to Ireland by ship--and would to return to France with secret cargoes of refugees wanting to live and join the army in France. The French ship captains then would write "wild geese" as their cargo on the manifest, so no would discover the Irish immigrants on board. The whole epic of the Wild Geese to me is a very sad, and also exciting part of European history. I'm still writing songs about them, and am ever thinking of writing a play with music about the Wild Geese too. Very inspiring.


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