Compiling family history can be a fascinating pursuit, particularly when a living descendant bequeaths a story as colorful and riveting as that of brothers Tom and John Irwin. The young men, among my grandmother’s numerous first cousins, shared a cold-water flat in…Continue
Navy veteran John Washington Michael Condon died as he lived, a gregarious man with a penchant for sharing a good story. He was one of my father’s numerous uncles, and was known to me through Dad’s recollections as Uncle Jack. As evidenced by the…Continue
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The story refers to two of my grandmother’s first cousins, Tom and John Irwin. Tom stood accused with two other men -- and…Continue
Now the Roman occupiers of the…Continue
I’ve learned some valuable life lessons from Fionn MacCuhul.
Life is short.
Love is vital.
May Gabriel be with me on Sundays, and the power of the King of heaven.
May Gabriel be with me always that evil may not come to me nor injury.
One could argue that freelance photographer Joss Barratt has done as much to inform movie goers about Ken Loach’s past 20 years of work as the noted British filmmaker himself. Barratt’s photography is seen far and wide, perhaps by millions, across newspapers, magazines, on movie house walls and windows, and across the Internet, by far more people than ever get around to seeing Loach’s provocative and…Continue
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We have no doubt that the word "Irish" in anyone's domain name, particularly as a TLD (top level domain, that is, 'behind' the dot) helps a marketer (and any devotee of the Irish experience)…Continue
New York -- Dozens of individuals filled the terrace at the Irish Consul General's quarters in Manhattan's East Side on May 28 to learn more about "The Rising," a film project led by film producer Kevin McCann, head of Ireland-based Maccana Teoranta. Irish Consul General Barbara…Continue
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And then when we got to Miami, the Gesu Church, which is a beautiful Catholic church, an old church in the heart of Miami, they had big signs posted as you entered, ‘Colored seat from the rear.’…
Flushing, N.Y. -- One of today’s speakers called the July 4, 1940 bomb explosion at the New York World’s Fair a first act in the war that was coming to our shores. The bomb rocked the entire city with sensational banner headlines, if only for a brief time. By the time the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor 18 months later, the two deaths that resulted from the Fair bombing became even more difficult to sort from casualty lists that eventually numbered in the…Continue
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We’ve incorporated that aphorism in our ongoing travel initiative and contest, titled “The ‘Wild West’ of Ireland,” now in Day 12 of 25. According to one recent visitor to the ‘Wild West,’…Continue
Added by Gerry Regan on July 27, 2015 at 5:23pm — No Comments
Was it the IRA who created the bomb that killed two detectives outside the New York World Fair's British Pavilion 75 years ago today?
Or was it a German agent or Nazi sympathizer? Or…Continue
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‘I am of Ireland,
And the Holy Land of Ireland,
And time runs on, cried she,
‘Come out of charity,
Come dance with me in…
Added by Gerry Regan on July 27, 2015 at 5:00pm — No Comments
"Selma," a new film that just went wide to screens around the US, is an Interesting film, and for me as a student of the American, as well as the Irish, experiences, one well worth the investment to watch. The film narrates the epic events from…Continue
New York -- News of the passing of former New York state Governor Mario Cuomo reminds me of one of several serendipitous encounters I had with the Governor, whom I once happily envisioned as US president. With his flights of eloquence, his progressive views, and staunch…Continue
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Part 3 of 3 of the Series 'We Will Probably Land Christmas Day’: At War in the Atlantic, 1942