Posts Tagged ‘Weekly Comment’

Weekly Comment:
Punk and the Peace Process

In 1978, Northern Irish punk rock band The Undertones released their debut single, “Teenage Kicks.” The track opened with the punchy and iconic lyric, “Are teenage dreams so hard to beat?” The answer was a resounding yes, and the song became an instant anthem for the followers of Northern Ireland’s punk movement. With a newRead more..

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The Irish of Labor History

As you gather round the barbecue pit or head to the beach this Labor Day weekend, consider the contribution that the Irish have made, and continue to make to the American labor movement. It was Peter McGuire who first proposed a national holiday for workers. Born to Irish immigrants on the Lower East Side, New York City, inRead more..

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Francis Sheehy Skeffington’s Granddaughter to Retrace her Grandmother’s U.S. Tour

Irish activist re-creating grandmother’s 1917 tour of United States in documentary film, Hanna and Me. ℘℘℘ During Easter Week 1916, Irish pacifist Francis Sheehy Skeffington was shot without trial by British firing squad. A year later, his widow, Hanna, escaped to the United States under a false passport, giving speeches across the country exposing theRead more..

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The Beautiful Northern Ireland Locations of Game of Thrones

Season seven of Game of Thrones premieres this week. Rickon is still dead; Jon Snow is still not dead; Cercei is still terrible; Daenerys is coming home; and Tyrion may or may not be a Targaryen (but definitely is). With the action shifting back to Westeros and the North (No king but the king inRead more..

Weekly Comment:
The Boys of Summer

Writer Holly Millea on how an old baseball photo convinced her father to embrace technology. ℘℘℘ For years my father, Roger Millea, a retired urologist, has refused to use a computer. So for his 83rd birthday, I flew to Rapid City, South Dakota, presented him with an iPad, and tutored him against his will inRead more..

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Preserving The Quiet Man Railway Station

In John Ford’s 1952 The Quiet Man, the introduction of Irish American lead character Sean Thorton, portrayed by cinematic legend John Wayne, is integral to the plot that will soon unfold. The narration that accompanies his first moments on screen is simple: “A fine, soft day in spring it was when the train pulled intoRead more..

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Rising Remembered at Washington Monument

On Thursday, May 18, a plaque that signifies the 100th anniversary of the 1916 Easter Rising joined 193 other commemorative stones upon the interior walls of the Washington Monument, a 550-foot tall symbol of George Washington’s hopes for the American nation. Presented by Minister for the Office of Public Works and Flood Relief Seán Canney,Read more..

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A Bid to Save Irish Woodlands

Irish organization Emerald Heritage is reaching out to Irish citizens and diaspora alike with the new “Go Green” souvenir plot scheme that aims to restore and preserve the natural beauty of Irish woodlands. The scheme encourages Irish families to purchase a plot of land in Glen Wood, an extension of Craigagh Wood within the famousRead more..

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Empire City Drive Provides for Catholic Charities

The 10th annual “Christmas Spirit” Toy and Coat Drive was held by Empire City Casino of Yonkers, New York in aid of Catholic Charities on December 15. Nearly one thousand coats and children’s toys were donated to bring holiday cheer to many New Yorkers in need this winter season. President and CEO of Empire CityRead more..

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Irish-run Sepsis Awareness
PSA Goes Viral

A new public service announcement campaign from the Rory Staunton Foundation for Sepsis Prevention, founded by one of Irish America’s 2016 Healthcare and Life Sciences 50 honorees, has gone viral. The new campaign called “Know the Signs of Sepsis,” is a series of videos featuring parents who have lost their children to sepsis. In eachRead more..