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Baa, Baa 'Black Sheep': A Chat About the Infamous Irwins

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…

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Added by Gerry Regan on January 30, 2017 at 3:30pm — 9 Comments

A U.S. Sailor Writes From His Post in Cork, 1918

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…

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Added by Gerry Regan on November 10, 2016 at 4:30pm — No Comments

Injustice in Hell's Kitchen? -- The Story of Tom and ‘Yerkie’ Irwin

"Brother Pleads Guilt to Free Jailed 'Twin' " reads the headline in the July 30, 1931, edition of The New York Times.

The story refers to two of my grandmother’s first cousins, Tom and John Irwin. Tom stood accused with two other men -- and…

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Added by Gerry Regan on March 11, 2016 at 10:00am — 3 Comments

Why You Won't Find Crow on the Holiday Menu

It was well past sundown in a village named Bethlehem, just beyond Jerusalem, in the hills of Judea, on a surprisingly mild winter’s night.

Now the Roman occupiers of the…

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Added by Gerry Regan on December 26, 2015 at 4:30pm — 4 Comments

What I've Learned From Fionn MacCuhul

I’ve learned some valuable life lessons from Fionn MacCuhul.

Life is short.

Love is vital.

Companionship is…

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Added by Gerry Regan on December 7, 2015 at 5:30pm — 10 Comments

Prayer to the Archangels -- An Ancient Irish Poem

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.

Michael…

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Added by Gerry Regan on September 29, 2015 at 9:00am — 10 Comments

An Homage to Ann O'Connor, Acolyte of Dorothy Day

'In these times when social concerns are so important, I cannot fail to mention the Servant of God Dorothy Day, who founded the Catholic Worker Movement. Her social activism, her passion for justice and for the cause of…

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Added by Gerry Regan on September 25, 2015 at 12:00pm — 5 Comments

Fotog Joss Barratt -- Bringing Films to Life, a Frame at a Time

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…

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Added by Gerry Regan on September 3, 2015 at 5:30pm — No Comments

Podcasting the Dot-Irish Experience Worldwide

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)…

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Added by Gerry Regan on July 31, 2015 at 12:00pm — 2 Comments

'The Rising' Is Centerpiece at Irish Consul's Residence

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…

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Added by Gerry Regan on July 27, 2015 at 5:40pm — No Comments

Holy Saturday ... When the Grief -- and the Hours -- Seemed Eternal

I was staggered at the thought, which for 62 years had been hiding from me in plain sight -- the likelihood that after Jesus’ crucifixion, his followers fell into deep grief and…

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Added by Gerry Regan on July 27, 2015 at 5:36pm — 2 Comments

A Sailor in Wartime Dixie: Startled by Catholic Apartheid

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.’…

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Added by Gerry Regan on July 27, 2015 at 5:32pm — 2 Comments

Across Fairground, Echoes of 75-Year-Old Unsolved Murders

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…

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Added by Gerry Regan on July 27, 2015 at 5:30pm — No Comments

A ‘Wild West’ Tour -- Imprinted in the Heart

You won’t forget your first time.”

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,’…

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Added by Gerry Regan on July 27, 2015 at 5:23pm — No Comments

Long List of Suspects in July 4 Bombing Includes IRA

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…

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Added by Gerry Regan on July 27, 2015 at 5:19pm — No Comments

From Bockagh Hill to Bayside Heights: The P.F. Grady Saga

‘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…

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Added by Gerry Regan on July 27, 2015 at 5:00pm — No Comments

Heroism at 'Selma': Were the Irish On The Right Side of History?

"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…

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Added by Gerry Regan on January 10, 2015 at 12:00pm — 7 Comments

Not Too Frigid To Hear the Story of The Irish in 'Da Big Easy'

New York -- About 20 stalwarts, including three members of The Wild Geese, trekked to American Irish Historical Society last night in near sub-zero temperatures for a presentation on "…

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Added by Gerry Regan on January 8, 2015 at 3:00pm — 1 Comment

Irish Brigade Clears Way for Governor Mario Cuomo, March 1991

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…

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Added by Gerry Regan on January 6, 2015 at 3:00pm — No Comments

‘Who Turned Those Lights On? Kill the B------’: Christmas at Sea 1942

Part 3 of 3 of the Series 'We Will Probably Land Christmas Day’: At War in the Atlantic, 1942 

This…

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Added by Gerry Regan on December 23, 2014 at 5:00pm — 5 Comments

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