Joe Kennedy III:
Why the Dream Will Never Die

Congressman Joe Kennedy is carrying on his family’s legacy in politics and making a name for himself as a champion of the underdog. On Tuesday, January 30, he will deliver the Democratic rebuttal to President Trump’s State of the Union. Could he be a future President himself?  ℘℘℘ Congressman Joseph Patrick Kennedy III wears his illustrious family tradition lightly. When you are the...

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Wild Irish Women:
Saint Brigid—Mary of the Gaels

A nun, abbess, and founder of several monasteries, Brigid of Kildare was a woman who defied authority, possessed great strength of will and determination, and whose cheerful giving of food and shelter to any passing traveler laid the foundation for Ireland’s legendary hospitality.  ℘℘℘ Saints are everywhere, like enzymes, gravity, or the CIA – invisible, yes, but hard at work on your...

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An Irish Artist’s American Odyssey

William James Hinchey traveled throughout America’s Southwest frontier and Missouri capturing images of life, the ravishes of war, and beyond.  ℘℘℘ Cormac McCarthy’s novel Blood Meridian (1985) depicts the rough, perilous place that was the American Southwest of the 1840s and ’50s. One of the earliest close-up views of the California-Arizona desert of the period is provided by Thomas...

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The Irish Airman’s Grave:
From Padua to Kiltartan

The story of W.B. Yeats’s tower, Lady Gregory’s autograph tree, and the grave of Irish airman Robert Gregory, whose death inspired some of Yeats’s most well-known poems. ℘℘℘ January 23, 2018, marked the 100th anniversary of the death in Italy of Ireland’s most famous aviator, Major Robert Gregory. His grave stands in a quiet corner of Padua’s elaborate Cimitero...

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Motherfoclóir: A New Kind of Irish Language Revival

Darach Ó Séaghdha, has been putting the fun back into the Irish language by translating words into English in a humorous, thought- provoking way and deftly using Twitter to expand his audience. He now continues the exercise in a new book, Motherfoclóir, in which he also reflects on the role the Irish language played in his own life.  ℘℘℘ The people of Ireland have a strange relationship...

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