Get Them While They Last, For Less
(In some cases... MUCH less):
Check out these latest changes to the perks!
- Founding Funders ($999) now includes a year of advertising
- Rince Ceol + Your Own Seanchai is now $425
- Know Thy Place+Ancestor's Face is now $525
- March with the Brigade ($1,999) now includes a The Wild Geese Irish Soldiers and Heroes' Irish Whiskey Collection, one night for two at Fitzpatrick Grand Central, brunch for two at Molly's Shebeen, one night bivouacking with the 69th, and MORE!
A chairde, each donation, at any level, helps build a new home, and a new era, for Irish heritage on the Web. Go raigh maith agaibh!
GET A POSTER FOR ‘THE WIND THAT SHAKES THE BARLEY,’ THE ICONIC LOOK
AT ‘THE TROUBLES,’ PERSONALLY AUTOGRAPHED BY DIRECTOR KEN LOACH
For a limited time only, starting 2 p.m. ET Saturday (Dec. 8, 2012), we can offer to eight of our supporters a copy of the original film posters for the film “The Wind That Shakes the Barley,” signed for you by the always engaging, often provocative director Ken Loach and his partners at Sixteen Films -- producer Rebecca O’Brien and screenwriter Paul Laverty. The first eight individuals who donate $100 or more to our ongoing push for a new home, and a new era, for Irish heritage online, will receive a poster autographed by Loach and his team, autographed personally to you. You will receive, as well, whatever perk you select in return for your support. Here’s where and how to donate: http://www.indiegogo.com/newwildgeese
“The Wind That Shakes the Barley” is a landmark film that drew international attention to the historic roots of ‘The Troubles,’ and Britain’s role in modern Irish history. The Wild Geese reviewers Pat Jameson and Gerry Regan called the film a “lush, but unsettling, portrait of 1920s Ireland” and “a stunning evocation of both Ireland's War of Independence and the debacle represented by its subsequent civil war.” Read more about the film http://www.thewildgeese.com/pages/wtsb_rev.html and read our interview with Ken Loach here: http://www.thewildgeese.com/pages/loachqa1.html.
More importantly, and more urgently, though, make that donation NOW and grab that personally autographed poster of this iconic movie. When the eight posters go, they are GONE. http://www.indiegogo.com/newwildgeese
The Wild Geese: Saluting the Blue, Gray ... and Green
For the past 15 years, The Wild Geese has been exploring and celebrating the history of the Irish during the Civil War, and throughout the world, with the help of writers such as Brian Pohanka and David Kincaid. The venture has launched a push to build a world-class online community. On offer to two donors is an opportunity to get your own new ‘blue suit’, army-issue shoes, borrowed rifle and accoutrements, so you can “March With the Irish Brigade” in New York City’s legendary St. Patrick’s Day Parade, with reenactors from Co. A, 69th New York State Volunteer Infantry. So make that big donation (The Trust and Co. A get a portion), fall in, and enjoy the roar of over a million spectators as the brigade heads up 5th Avenue. The offer comes with one-night’s lodging in The Fitzpatrick Grand Central, another night bivouacking with the troops in the historic 69th Regiment armory, and brunch for two at Molly’s Shebeen, one of New York’s most traditional Irish pubs. More details, and the opportunity to sign up, to the right and below. Faugh A Ballagh!
The Wild Geese wants you -- to tell us your favorite Irish hero!
Tell us who it is, and why, and be entered to win an iPod shuffle, preloaded with more than 10 albums of Irish folk and trad music. Additional prizes also awarded daily from our Irish Heritage Partners. Learn more here.
And while you are here, pick up a few nifty perks for holiday gifts and help us forge a dynamic new community for Irish heritage worldwide, on The (New) Wild Geese.
The Press on The Wild Geese:
Wall Street Journal - "Top Choice: For serious fans of Ireland's contribution to world culture."
Diaspora.ie - "There’s something about this that makes me really want to see it come to fruition. Maybe it’s the integrity that goes with 15 years of dedication, or the value placed on preserving Irish history and heritage, coupled with making the best use of technology – either way we wish them all the best. Launch is planned for early 2013 and we’re 100% looking forward to seeing the new Wild Geese." A screen shot of the editorial follows.
Irish Voice - "Wild Geese website seeks funding," Nov. 14, 2012
We’re Gerry Regan and Joe Gannon, for 15 years two guys with a dream – to keep Irish heritage vital, relevant, in the words of William Butler Yeats, “wherever green is worn.” In that time, we have produced compelling content on our website chronicling the epic history of the Irish worldwide -- for hundreds of thousands of readers each year. Today we are looking for your help to better enter a new phase of The Wild Geese. In early 2013, we will launch a truly dynamic community alongside our newly designed, social-media enhanced website, platforms designed to help the Irish diaspora around the globe share their stories, connect with their heritage, and explore their history. That may be your history, if you are reading this, as well as ours.
From our earliest days, we faced the challenge of creating new content that truly reflects the range and depth of the Irish experience worldwide. We have had little income to pay writers, developers, technologists, and marketers, as we lacked a platform that would support a sustainable business model. Producing 700-plus features, nearly 50 per year, has been, mmm, shall we say, challenging, to say the least. Further, we have come to see how fragile our heritage can be, with archives and historic sites often underfunded, or under siege from mercenary interests, and government support eroded by huge and growing budget deficits.
Our current site remains a vital part of the Irish heritage community, but is woefully inadequate in serving our vision and mission. We have the new site 90% complete, and Ning, an established provider of communities, will provide our community platform. For the first time online, there will be no need to exit a network to explore any facet of the Irish experience, in any level of detail, large or small. If you, like us, are passionate about Irish heritage worldwide, you are, in a real sense, home!
A dynamic community, eventually thousands-strong, with worldwide reach and clout at the vanguard of exploring, celebrating, and preserving the heritage of the Irish … worldwide. We’re building a community capable of marshaling both passion and indignation in pursuit of respect for, and preservation of, the culture that has sustained so many, survived so much. But we need your help, and want your voices included.
GAA Jersey of your choice (Reward)
What You Get:
- Members of the new community their own personal page, a place to aggregate the rich content and many relationships newly available. These personal pages can be branded with appropriate badges and Irish pride, while providing a blogging platform and enhanced ability to connect with other members in a quest to explore and celebrate the Irish experience.
- The ability to commenting and share specific stories via social media for all content within The (New) Wild Geese.
- Tools, including real-time chat and threaded bulletin boards, to explore and share personal Irish stories, as well as uncover the historical context for them.
- Access to professionally written, edited, and curated content from creators worldwide.
- Smaller groups within the community, allied by shared interests, mission, geography, and / or affiliations, each with a unique take on the Irish experience.
- The ability to share photographs, videos, music with members around the world, who each can look at the Irish experience through the filter of their own lives, and those of their ancestors.
- Discounts on a large and growing number of products and services, including admission to historical sites, travel packages, eateries, Irish cultural venues, and performances. Reach out to our Community Concierge for help finding the best provider to meet your needs.
- Help organizing and participating in off-line gatherings of fellow members, at venues provided by The Wild Geese Hospitality Network, ‘wherever green is worn.’
- Immersive learning experiences, exploring specific aspects of Irish history, led by our volunteer moderators, guest experts, and other devotees.
- Conversations with newsmakers, subject-matter experts, performers, and others brought in to participate in members-only teleconferences and Q&As.
- Access to The Wild Geese Directory of Irish Heritage, where you can find an immense world of heritage-related offerings.
Where’s the Money Going?
- New site development: $8,500
- New community (themed and hosted by Ning): $4,000
- Initial Content Acquisition (Payments to content creators, writers, artists): $2,500
Certificate of Irish Heritage (Reward)
We Need You, Your Voice, Your Passion, Your Support:
Since our inception in 1997, WG has been kept online through the efforts of Joe and I, assisted by a network of friends and colleagues. These include nearly 50 individuals, from around the world, as follows, truly, our own ‘Irish Brigade’:
United States: Doug Chandler, Micah Chandler, Michael Conlon, Belinda Evangelista, Maryann Tracy, David Levine, Rick Grant, Liam Murphy, John Concannon, Kevin O’Beirne, Kevin P. Gorman, Charlie Venturi, David Tereshchuk, Patricia Jameson Sammartano, Leslie Sweetnam, Sharon Hazard, Joe Bilby, Ronnie Kopp, Christine Kinealy, Daniel Marrin, William J. McGimpsey, Charlie Laverty, John Walsh, John A. Walsh, Robert A. Mosher, Alex Féthière, Anna Porter, Jim Hawkins, Mauriel Joslyn, Ed Churchill.
Canada: Alannah Ryane, Tyler Knight
Ireland: Robert Doyle, James Doherty, Brian O’Doherty, Jarlath MacNamara, Felicity Hayes-McKoy, Joe McGowan, Don Mullan, Damian Shiels, Séamas Ó Sionnaigh, Jean Tubridy, Ruairi Lynch, Dan McCarthy
England: Seamus Shortt, Kieron Punch
Scotland: Ian Colquhoun
Spain: Oisin Breatnach
Italy: Massimiliano Roveri
Australia: Murray Burow, Fred Rea
We lack the additional funding needed to transform this work, their labor of love, as well as ours, into a sustainable, worldwide community. This is why we need your help.
We clearly understand now how much is possible. With new platforms designed to facilitate networking, The (New) Wild Geese plans to identify and champion endangered historical resources, which we believe are vital to a complete understanding of Irish heritage worldwide. With up-to-date navigational tools, we can aggregate our members’ passion and clout in new and innovative ways. We can finally allow Irish-focused marketers to become a valued and vital part of the Irish Heritage conversation, as we create varied ways for marketers to support our mission and connect with devotees.
Your contributions will help place The (New) Wild Geese in the Irish cultural vanguard, as our growing number of members, each and every day, widen our understanding of of Irish heritage worldwide. We have worked hard to get this far. With a boost from our Heritage Partners, we are delighted to offer you incredible rewards here - items and experiences that highlight our past, underscore the present, and hint at the extraordinary opportunities to come.
A Bitter Wind By Joe McGowan (Reward)
Irish America magazine (Reward)
Fine Print on Selected Rewards:
Music of the Irish ... and More: We will select 3 different CDs at random from among those available. Will send in time for the holidays - get more for gifts!
Rince Ceol+Your Own Seanchaí: Those receiving the scholarship to the Catskills Irish Arts Week, held in East Durham, N.Y., are responsible for own full transportation to and from the site and venues, as well as all lodgings and meals. Jim Hawkins’ command performance must be within 100 miles of Baldwin, N.Y.
Know Thy Place: You must provide a photograph or detailed sketch of your Irish ancestor (or yourself, if you prefer) to Maryann Tracy for this perk.
Become a Founding Funder! A ‘founding funder’ must submit a photograph for the artist to sketch for inclusion into the ‘Founding Funders’ sketch. Advertising offer includes guaranteed 100,000 marketing impressions on the various New WG platforms.
March With the Brigade: New York’s 252nd Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade next year will be held Saturday, March 16, before an anticipated audience of millions. We will provide you with your own new uniform and brogans, and loan of period rifle, bayonet and other authentic accoutrements. Bending the elbow and rough lodging (via sleeping bag) is available on Friday evening, March 15, with Company A in the historic 69th Regiment Armory. The perk also includes lodging Saturday night, March 16, at a boutique midtown Manhattan hotel, and pre-parade brunch at Molly’s Pub, Restaurant and Shebeen [http://www.mollysshebeen.com] a few blocks from the armory. Participation is at your own risk! Donor is responsible for own travel to and from New York City, and lodging and meals with the exceptions here-to-fore noted. To maintain historical verisimilitude, the hosting unit, Company A, 69th New York Infantry, limits this perk to men only. 10% of the donation goes, in the donor’s name, to Company A, in support of their work preserving the history of the Irish soldier in America's Civil War, and 10% to Civil War Trust, in support of preservation of Civil War battlefields in America. We will happily make recommendations for additional suitable accommodations and authentic Irish dining experiences upon request.
About The Wild Geese:
www.TheWildGeese.com is a leading Internet gateway focused on furthering understanding of Irish history and heritage, “wherever green is worn.” The Wild Geese was established in 1997 to share "The Epic History and Heritage of the Irish" with the 70 million individuals of Irish ancestry found worldwide. The site daily draws more than 1,100 visits per day, more than half unique.
Mission: To empower our community through extraordinary storytelling and partnerships to explore, promote, preserve, and celebrate Irish heritage worldwide.
Special thanks to Mike Campbell for creating our intro video for the campaign. Learn more about him here: mikecampbell.weebly.com
Special thanks to Derek Warfield for the use of “Dance the song of the shamrock So Green” and "St. Patrick & Tammany" of the album Washington's Irish. Learn more about Derek and The Young Wolfe Tones here.
Vanishing Ireland by Turtle Bunbury (Reward)
Gerry Regan has a rich background in journalism, American and Irish history, and New Media. He studied modern British and Irish history in Trinity College, Dublin, and has written articles for The Irish Echo, The Irish Connection, The Irish Herald, The Civil War News, The Washington Times, Newsday, and various other publications. Gerry is a magna-cum-laude graduate of Duke University, majoring in mathematics, and has a master’s degree in journalism from New York University.
Joseph E. Gannon is a talented writer, editor and researcher and devotee of both the online world and military history. Joe attended the University of Connecticut, and is a U.S. Army veteran, serving as an MP in Vietnam during the Vietnam War.
Go raibh maith agat! (Thank you!)
Joe and Ger
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