The House That Hoban Built

James Hoban, Architect of the White House. In 1785, a newspaper in Philadelphia carried this advertisement: “Any gentleman who wishes to build in an elegant style, may hear of a person properly calculated for that purpose who can execute the Joining and Carpenter’s business in the modern taste. James Hoban. Hoban was an Irishman, born in Kilkenny. George Washington never did see Hoban’s ad....

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The Courage to Try

Whenever I think of Bill Flynn, I think of the quote that is attributed to John F. Kennedy: “One person can make a difference and each person should try.” Bill Flynn did make a difference, and how he tried. He was fearless in his attention to Northern Ireland and his belief that with Irish American help the “Troubles” could be brought to an end. Looking back now I’m just as amazed by...

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