Weekly Comment:
The Passion of the San Patricios

As the U.S. and Mexico get ready to celebrate Cinco de Mayo, Irish America looks back at the legacy of St. Patrick’s Battalion, which fought in the Mexican-American War, defending Mexico City from the invading American army. ℘℘℘ “You have to understand that we Mexicans and Irish are very sentimental,” said the slight, grandmotherly figure leaning forward in a high-backed living room...

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1916 Memorabilia Up For Auction at Whyte’s Dublin

In another installment of their ever-popular series of auctions called The Eclectic Collector, famed Dublin specialist art and collectable auction house Whyte’s has plenty of artifacts from Ireland’s past for purchase in their upcoming May 5 auction. These artifacts stem from the varying times of violence and revolution to times of peace and neutrality. The first two objects of the big-ticket...

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Podcast:
Eileen Collins and Patricia Harty in Conversation

In this 45-minute podcast, Eileen Collins, the first woman to have command of a space shuttle mission and editor in chief Patricia Harty discuss Earth Day, April 22, and how the astronauts have helped spur awareness of forest clearing and environmental changes since the 1960s. Other topics include working with the Russians, what the future of space exploration looks like, private-public...

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The Titanic’s Irish Legacy

An excerpt from Titanic: True Stories of her Passengers, Crew and Legacy by Nicola Pierce explores three locations notable to the Irish links to the Titanic. ℘℘℘ THE NOVA SCOTIA GRAVEYARDS Titanic gravestones in Fairview Lawn Cemetery, Halifax, Nova Scotia. (Photo: Dennis Jarvis / Flickr) It was White Star Line who paid for the headstones that went up during the autumn of 1912. The Titanic...

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Weekly Comment:
Mary Todd, Abraham Lincoln, and their Irish Maids

A sneak preview of a new book, Lincoln and the Irish: The Untold Story of How the Irish Helped Abraham Lincoln Save the Union, by Irish America publisher, Niall O’Dowd. ℘℘℘ Hardcover & eBook / Skyhorse Publishing / February 2018 / 224 pp. / $24.99. Mary Todd Lincoln was of solid Irish stock. Mary’s paternal great-grandfather, David Levi Todd, was born in County Longford,...

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