All Blog Posts Tagged 'Opinion' (91)

For Sinead and Other Kindred Spirits . . .

We Irish artists, descended, as we undoubtedly are from the tribe of Dannan, an ancient breed of mystics, are tasked with the unenviable mission of walking the invisible, fine line. It is a gift that enables us to transcend the mundane, and experience…

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Added by John Anthony Brennan on August 10, 2017 at 2:00pm — 2 Comments


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20 Years of Irish History and Culture

For those of you who do not know, this year (2017) marks the 20th anniversary of…

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Added by Rick Grant on July 31, 2017 at 9:00am — 5 Comments

Ireland In So Many Words: A Year of Reading Irish Authors



I’ve spent a lot of time this past year talking about guilt, about exile and return, and about mammies, and about the guilt mammies can instil in their offspring when said offspring return from self-imposed exile, which was usually to escape said mammy’s…

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Added by Caroline Doherty de Novoa on March 28, 2017 at 8:00pm — 2 Comments

My First Love

The first time I fell in love was in the children’s section of Brooke Park library. I was 11 and she was 10, and her name was Josephine and she had so many freckles on her face that she was a haze of delight.

It didn’t take long for me to work out that she changed…

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Added by Colm Herron on February 13, 2017 at 8:30pm — 4 Comments

American Psycho? Three Thoughts About Trump

By way of introduction I should tell you that I have great affection for the United States of America. Just over a century ago most of my uncles and aunts migrated from a dirt-poor part of Donegal to settle in Chicago. If my mother hadn’t married a…

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Added by Colm Herron on December 5, 2016 at 7:30am — 8 Comments

Bréifne, The Middle Kingdom, O'Rourke and O'Reilly: Tale of an Unlikely Princess

So I wrote this musical -- The Last Torch. It took a long time approximately 7 years. I even raised a bunch of money and put it…

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Added by The Last Torch on November 13, 2016 at 6:30am — 2 Comments

The Push for 'Republic Day'

John Steinbeck, who had an Irish mother, once wrote that every good Irishman goes back once. This Irishman must confess that he's been back more than once in the many years since he first left for Australia. But it…

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Added by James O'Brien on July 7, 2016 at 3:00am — 1 Comment

After the Easter Rebellion, Justice Turned Her Back on Ireland

Dublin Castle was the seat of British rule in Ireland for over 700 years.  On top of the gate to the courtyard of the castle is a statue depicting Justice.  The statue is unusual for several reasons. The figure of Justice faces inward not outward as…

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Added by Neil F. Cosgrove on April 18, 2016 at 8:30pm — 1 Comment

For Malachy McAllister, 50 Years Under the Gun

TheWildGeese.irish published the following interview with beleaguered and much-respected Irish immigrant Malachy McAllister in 2006, and we are astounded at how relevant -- and urgent -- the concerns the Irish-American community expressed about his plight then remain today. The account we reprise here dramatically underscores how precarious Malachy's hold on the American dream has remained for the past…

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Added by The Wild Geese on April 16, 2016 at 7:30pm — No Comments


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Easter Week 1916: Seachtain na Cásca

Easter is the principal feast day of the Christian religion, and, like the Jewish feast of Passover – which immediately preceded the first Easter, it is rooted in an actual event. Like Passover, it represents a passage from darkness to light, from death to life.…

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Added by Liam Murphy on April 6, 2016 at 4:00pm — No Comments

Bruton: Commemorations Reveal What We Believe Today

Speech by John Bruton, former Taoiseach, at 11 a.m., Monday 28th March, in Iveagh House, Dublin, as part of RTE's “Reflecting the Rising” series.

President John Kennedy once said that a “nation reveals itself “ by the events and people it chooses to commemorate.

This state…

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Added by The Wild Geese on March 30, 2016 at 10:30am — 4 Comments

Making a Very Tough Call -- St. Patrick's Day, New York City, 2016

After a long period of prayer and reflection, it is with deep sadness that I realize that as a matter of conscience, I will be unable to march in the St. Patrick’s Day…

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Added by Fr. John R. Sheehan, SJ on March 11, 2016 at 11:00am — 6 Comments


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Ireland's History -- In Search of Unsung Heroes

The following comment to a recent post of mine, this by Richard R. Mc Gibbon Jr. , had me perplexed for a minute, as I do know that there…

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Added by That's Just How It Was on March 11, 2016 at 6:00am — 2 Comments


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Charlie Laverty – Soldier, Scholar, and Foe of British Rule in Ireland

Our personal friend and the friend of all who love Irish history and culture, Charles “Chuck” Laverty, passed away in October at age 84. 

Above, Chuck Laverty, taken in Green Bay, Wisconsin. Laverty Family…

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Added by Liam Murphy on March 1, 2016 at 10:30am — 1 Comment

Create Your Own Irish Culture

If you're reading this, you're probably proud of your Irish Heritage and rightly so. Honoring your family's roots is nothing to laugh at. There are several ways to do this, of course. Varying from studying the Irish…

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Added by David Joyce on December 7, 2015 at 8:00pm — No Comments

Pete Hamill on Radio Free Eireann Saturday

The great Irish American journalist Pete Hamill will be our guest on Saturday December 5 at 12 Noon New York time. We will talk about his book Why Sinatra Matters which is being re-issued in time for the centenary of Sinatra's birth. Pete has written a new introduction for this edition.

As always, Radio Free Eireann is heard on WBAI 99.5 FM andwbai.org on the web. Unfortunately we still can't broadcast…
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Added by Sandy Boyer on December 3, 2015 at 3:23pm — No Comments

Reconnecting with Kieran



After more years than I care to count, Kieran has resurfaced. The last time I saw him, it was raining; it was one of those gray Galway days on New Castle Road, and I’d sleuthed Kieran out, after…

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Added by Claire Fullerton on December 3, 2015 at 9:00am — 8 Comments

'Wild For Ireland': Sharing a Passion for a Place

It's not easy to follow your passion. It's a terrifying thing to take that step, to put yourself out there, to make yourself vulnerable. But it's liberating too.

For my whole life, my first love has been Ireland- her history, her culture. I've traveled there and filled my bookshelves with books that take me back to a place I…

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Added by Jill Fuller on September 27, 2015 at 8:30pm — 6 Comments

A Bone-Deep Affinity with Ireland ... An Inner Knowing

I would have known I am Irish had I been adopted at birth by a family with a different nationality. Sooner or later, I would have woken up to the fact by simply paying attention to the way I am wired. It’s the…

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Added by Claire Fullerton on September 13, 2015 at 1:00pm — 18 Comments

My love for everything Irish has grown.

Hello everyone! I wanted to thank The Wild Geese, Wild West Irish Tours and all the members of both groups for helping to make my passion for Ireland and everything Irish grow. I love reading everyone's blogs, looking at all the incredible photos and watching your videos. I'm really enjoying this amazing and informative site. I've seriously rented all videos about Ireland from every library in Las Vegas. Books, including Rick Steve's travel guide and movies filmed in Ireland or about Ireland! I… Continue

Added by Angela Lutman on June 16, 2015 at 6:12am — No Comments

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