The famous photo of Paul Hogan leaving the Tate with the stolen Jour d’Eté under his arm. Scroll to bottom to see the full-size image. (Photo: Courtesy Keith Farrell / Irish Post)

Weekly Comment:
The Great Tate Caper

On April 12, 1956, two young Irish men walked into the Tate Gallery in London with one brazen objective in mind – to seize an £8 million impressionist masterpiece in the name of their country. ℘℘℘ Dubliner Paul Hogan and his mate Billy Fogarty from Galway believed that the painting, Berthe Morisot’s Jour d’Été, was the property of Ireland and had been unjustly obtained by the...

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President Taft receiving baseball fromClark Griffiths after throwing out first pitch in 1910. (Photo: National Baseball Hall of Fame Library)

Jimmy McAleer’s Opening Day Legacy

The Irish American baseball legend who introduced the concept of the opening day pitch by the President of the United States. ℘℘℘ James Robert, “Jimmy,” McAleer, the youngest of eight children, was born in Ohio on July 10, 1864. He gained fame and notoriety for being a player, manager, and stockholder in Major League Baseball who assisted in establishing the American League. Apart from...

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Eviction from the Vandeleur Estate in  Kilrush, Co. Clare,  c. 1888. Photos courtesy Sean Sexton.

Window on the Past:
The Battering Ram (Photos)

Sean Sexton’s photographic archive, considered the finest privately-held collection of Irish photographs in the world, provide a poignant photo-history of evictions in the final decades of the 19th century. These images created a wave of sympathy for Irish tenants and embarrassed the British government into making legislative changes.  ℘℘℘ In 1900, Queen Victoria visited Ireland for the...

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Martin Scorsese says John Ford "was a visionary in the truest form and his films are enriched with artistic energy."

John Ford:
A True Film Pioneer

Film director Martin Scorsese was honored with the John Ford Award at the annual Irish Film and Television Awards presentation in Dublin on February 25. Scorsese was a huge fan of Ford as he explains in the following excerpt from a lecture given to the American Irish Historical Society. For the full lecture, originally published in The Recorder, click here. ℘℘℘ John Ford was a true film...

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Sailors from the U.S.S. Mason (DDG-87) stopped off in Northern Ireland on their return trip from the Gulf Coast to honor their ship's heritage and Northern Irish relationships.

U.S.S. Mason Makes Historic Trip to Northern Ireland

Last year, the U.S.S. Mason arrived in Derry, honoring the crew of the ship’s World War II namesake, which made port in Northern Ireland in 1944.  ℘℘℘ Standing shoulder-to-shoulder, squared up in their dress blues, shoes and buttons shining, the officers and crew of the U.S.S. Mason (DDG-87), 250 strong, faced the Celtic Cross Memorial in front of Beech Hill House Hotel, Derry that had...

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