I always thought the "Wild Geese" referred to Irish men who fought for foreign
countries, rather than simply those who left Ireland.
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> From: CELTIC-L - The Celtic Culture List.
> [mailto:[log in to unmask]]On Behalf Of Gearóid Mac Cuinneagáin
> Sent: Sunday, December 13, 1998 6:08 PM
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> Subject: Re: Degrees: Was Re: Scottish Enlightenment?
> At 06:40 PM 12/13/98 , Jacquelyn Kestner wrote:
> > Diaspora
> Can we get rid of this godawful word when talking about Irish
> emigration/deportations etc?
> We had our own phrase: "Wild geese"
> Why borrow a term from another culture?
> Gearóid Mac Cuinneagáin