Jerry Brown – who has spent more time than anyone else in the California governor’s office – has been well served by his Irish Catholic roots. Brown’s great-grandfather, Joseph, came to the U.S. from County Tipperary during Ireland’s Great Hunger, in 1849. In Massachusetts, he met his future wife, Bridget Burke, herself an Irish immigrantRead more..
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Dr. Michael Maguire is the police ombudsman for Northern Ireland who finally came through for the families of the victims of the 1994 Loughinisland Massacre. ℘℘℘ The victims’ families of the Loughinisland Massacre may be the emotional center of Alex Gibney’s stunning new documentary No Stone Unturned. But by the time the film builds toRead more..
Award-winning filmmaker Alex Gibney has made a new documentary investigating the 1994 Loughinisland Massacre in County Down that killed six, and for which there were no arrests. ℘℘℘ Many Irish on both sides of the Atlantic have vivid memories of June 18, 1994. It was on that sunny afternoon, at what was then called GiantsRead more..
Tom Deignan examines the WWI marching tune. ℘℘℘ Fans of legendary actress Mary Tyler Moore – who died in January at the age of 80 – may recall the final episode of the groundbreaking Mary Tyler Moore Show, which aired 40 years ago, in 1977. The TV news team at the center of the showRead more..
There is something fitting about where Malachy McCourt is calling from as I speak to him about his dark and hilarious new book Death Need Not Be Fatal. McCourt is at a Manhattan rehabilitation facility, where he will spend the next few weeks recovering from a “severe attack” of gout. “I’m doing pretty good now,”Read more..
The Donegal actress at the heart of a new series about Canada’s most famous orphan talks to Irish America. ℘℘℘ Fifteen-year-old Irish actress Amybeth McNulty has spent her entire life in Donegal and even proudly refers to herself as “a proper country bumpkin.” This would not seem to be the ideal background for someone lookingRead more..
Novelist Sebastian Barry takes our questionnaire. ℘℘℘ Sebastian Barry was born in Dublin in 1955 and has become one of Ireland’s most celebrated authors, writing plays as well as novels that chart the course of Irish and Irish American history through a single, extended family. Barry’s latest novel, Days Without End, has already earned worldwideRead more..
What is the best way to properly mark the 100th birthday of John Fitzgerald Kennedy? ℘℘℘ On May 29, a series of events across the country will mark what would have been John Fitzgerald Kennedy’s 100th birthday. Already, the United States Postal Service has released a commemorative stamp. And in the Kennedy family’s historic hometownRead more..
The soaring oratory of the Easter Rising Proclamation – “In this supreme hour the Irish nation must . . . prove itself worthy of the august destiny to which it is called” – was followed by seven long years of desperate deal-making, retribution and bloodshed. Only then did the Irish find themselves on the pathRead more..
Brendan Gleeson will actually be having himself a busy Christmas movie season. On December 21, Gleeson’s latest movie Assassin’s Creed opens. Starring fellow Irish actor Michael Fassbender, Assassin’s Creed is based on the popular video game of the same name, though don’t assume the movie is light on plot. Fassbender plays Callum Lynch, a criminalRead more..