Mary Kay Henry:
A New Deal for America’s Working Poor

Mary Kay Henry, the international president of the two-million-member Service Employees International Union talks to Patricia Harty about the Fight for $15 (minimum wage) campaign, how Trump is ruining America, and growing up Catholic, one of 10 children, in a Detroit suburb. ℘℘℘ Mary Kay Henry knew early on in life that she wanted to be involved in some kind of advocacy work. As a kid...

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Twenty Years Later:
Reflections on the Good Friday Agreement

Signed on April 10, 1998, the landmark Good Friday Agreement helped to bring to an end the 30 years of sectarian conflict in Northern Ireland known as the Troubles. Twenty years on, Deaglán de Bréadún looks at how the agreement came about, the American role, and the current state of play. ℘℘℘ In the early 1990s, the blood-soaked contest between the Irish Republican Army (I.R.A.) and the...

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When Things Get Tough,
the Tough Get Rowing

Four young doctors team up for a transatlantic row for a good cause. ℘℘℘ What takes 32 days, 22 hours and 5,500 kilometers to complete? If you’re the four young men who set a new record when they arrived in Antigua on January 16, the answer is rowing across the Atlantic. “We had calluses on our hands and our calf muscles had wasted away so much that it took a couple of days before we...

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“Sláinte, Mon!”:
The Irish of Jamaica

That Irish is Jamaica’s second-most predominant ethnicity may come as a surprise, especially to those outside the country. It all started in 1655 when the British failed in their efforts to claim Santo Domingo from the Spaniards and took Jamaica as a consolation prize. Of course, the British also had been quite active in Ireland, where, between 1641 and 1652, about half the population had been...

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Wild Irish Women:
Deirdre O’Connell’s Fanatic Heart

The Bronx girl who changed the face of Irish theater. ℘℘℘ An enigma and a shapeshifter, she changed her first name each time her life entered a new incarnation. Baptized Eleanor, she was Ellie as a child, a little beauty with a bounty of red-gold hair. Her gifts – singing, dancing, and especially acting – were supported by her parents who encouraged creativity in each of their five...

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