Irish Catholic Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote a beautiful and moving majority opinion in the June 26th ruling banning state laws prohibiting same-sex marriage. (Official Photograph of Justice Anthony Kennedy, Supreme Court of the United States)

Weekly Comment: Justice
Anthony Kennedy’s Majority
Opinion in Gay Marriage Case

In a five to four ruling, the U.S. Supreme Court effectively voted to overturn states’ bans on same-sex marriage June 26th – the same day as United States v. Windsor (which overturned the Defense of Marriage Act in 2013) and Lawrence v. Texas (which overturned a Texas law – and by extension all state laws – forbidding consensual sex between two persons of the same sex in 2003). And, as...

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A fourth floor balcony collapsed in Berkeley, California this past Tuesday, killing six Irish nationals and injuring seven more who are still in the hospital. All our sympathies are with the families of those affected. Pictured above, victims of Tuesday’s tragedy were remembered with thoughts, flowers and pictures. (UC Berkeley photo by Jean Smith)

Weekly Comment:
Mourning the Berkeley Tragedy

This week, a tragedy of national proportion befell Ireland and Irish America. In the first morning hour of Tuesday, June 16th, a fourth floor balcony collapsed in Berkeley, California, killing six Irish citizens, and critically injuring seven more who were standing on it at the time. Five of the dead were on short-term J-1 student work visas for the summer. The sixth was another’s cousin. None...

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James Joyce and Sylvia Beach at Shakespeare and Company in Paris, Paris 1922.

Bloomsday 2015: Global Irish
Celebrate Joyce’s Ulysses

Literary fireworks are once again set to go off all over the world as nations celebrate Bloomsday on June 16. Celebrated in honor of Leopold Bloom, the quixotic wanderer in James Joyce’s classic novel Ulysses, a smorgasbord of literary revivals and readings will take place in Ireland and across the globe. Bloom, who may have been prophetically alerted to his impending “day” said “as you...

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Ambassador Anne Anderson was named one of Ireland's top 25 Most Powerful Women June 11th. Pictured at the awards ceremony with broadcast journalist Roisin O'Hara. (Photo: Maxwell's Photography, courtesy Department of Foreign Affairs, Ireland)

Ambassador Anne Anderson Named One of Ireland’s 25 Most Powerful Women

The Women’s Executive Network (WXN) celebrated the 2015 “Ireland’s Most Powerful Women: Top 25 Awards” June11th, naming Irish Ambassador to the U.S. Anne Anderson as one of the country’s most influential leaders in public service. More than 700 people attended the joint Leadership Summit and awards ceremony at Dublin’s Intercontinental Hotel, where Philomena Lee, Microsoft M.D....

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Caitriona Yeats reads from her grandfather's works at the Irish Repertory Theatre's Annual Gala Monday, June 8th in New York City. W.B. Yeats's 150th birthday is Saturday, June 13th. (Photo: James Higgins, courtesy Irish Repertory Theatre.)

Weekly Comment:
Irish New York Celebrates
Yeats’s 150th Birthday (Photos)

“They must go out of the theatre with the strength they live by strengthened from looking upon some passion that could, whatever its chosen way of life, strike down an enemy, fill a long stocking with money or move a girl’s heart,” W.B. Yeats once said. And indeed the audience that packed with 1,200 people into Manhattan’s Town Hall on Monday, June 8, for The Irish Repertory Theatre...

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