Royal Gallowglass Guard

#1
Apparently the "Saint Brendan Detachment" is now down to one body.

David Riley Stabler has even contributed to the ARRSEPEDIA entry, although he seems to have a sense of humour.


I appreciate the work that has gone into recording the past on this organization, and how it currently looks. My lovely wife says (of my uniform) that it looks like it was designed "by a blind man on crack cocaine". The colors are quite interesting in their ability to contrast with each other. Were it camoflage, I dare say I would clamp my eyes shut to avoid seeing whatever reality surrounded it...

I do like the kilt, and the jacket is nice (though I've become a bit more of a fat american than I was at the time of my original membership, at 13 stone now more or less). That said, it is quite the combination of flair and flavor.

A quick note about my name -- the translation was done by the RGG, not the members, so that is what I was given to use to be more "irish". As this was at the height of Riverdance, that was the trend of the day. These days I just stick with my long given name, followed by my degree postnomials unless I'm being particularly pretentious for fun.

A side note -- I will probably be pulling down the RGG/SIB/IBA site soon, as I've been paying for it without remembering it was there. When that happens the graphic links here will fail. Please copy any you want to preserve to other storage.
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#2
A side note -- I will probably be pulling down the RGG/SIB/IBA site soon, as I've been paying for it without remembering it was there. When that happens the graphic links here will fail. Please copy any you want to preserve to other storage.
Fair warning - I'll save some of the best stuff here.
 
#3
Note from the lone surviving detachment member: No real fleecing occured, fortunately, though there was a chance of it -- instead, insignia and uniforms were sourced in the same way American Civil War officers had done so years before: by having members buy their own. Thus, it was never really profitable for the RGG home office to venture into the Americas, but it was a serious money drain for those wanting to dress up. I never got around to buying the last bits of the fancy dress uniform, and that is a real pity as it would have been nice for the occasional costume party.
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#4
NEW YORK, March 17 - Members of the Royal Galloglas Guard were extended an invitation to, and participated, in uniform, in the 1999 New York Saint Patrick's Day Parade, held this past March 17. The Galloglas marched along with the Cork County Band and the Cork Association, leading with a color guard of the American flag, the Irish National flag, and the Munster flag. The 4-hour long parade route led them down 5th Avenue, where they stopped and paid their respects to the Parade Grand Marshal, actress Maureen O’Hara (shown below left with former Congressman Mario Biaggi and Major Robert J. Bateman, NYG, NN). The Commander, James Shortt of Castleshort, and the Galloglas Piper, Captaen Noel Whelan, were introduced, and paid their respects to John Cardinal O’Connor, archbishop of New York, on the steps of Saint Patrick’s Cathedral. His Eminence made a point of walking out to the Galloglas' formation to bless their flags. From abcnews.com, "Other first-time marchers included the 10-member Irish Galloglas Guard, a unit that has served as bodyguards for Irish leaders since 1242 A.D. Dressed in rust kilts, gray military shirts and black berets, one member carried a massive ax he called 'a medieval attitude adjustment device.'"
 

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Cork-based Galloglas gathering at Ballyhealy Castle, including the Commander's sons Edward (front left) and Anthony (seated)
 

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#7
Harry,

I've asked if he'll let us have the raw HTML - that way we have real posterior.
 
#9
Apparently the email plonked, and I'm sorry for that... try david_stabler over at the nice yahoo dot com address, and I'll be glad to zip up the website for anyone that wants it. Glad to be of service!
 
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