Archive for May, 2020

All I’ve Ever Known

All I’ve Ever Known is a BBC film produced by John Callister in 1992. It is about Margaret Gallagher who lives in Belcoo, County Fermanagh, Northern Ireland.  Margaret is a fascinating soul, now in her 70’s she still lives in the thatched roof cottage where she was born without any of the amenities of theRead more..

Malachy Browne:

The Accidental Pulitzer Prize-winning Journalist By Emer Mullins The best journalism has always been based on excellent storytelling – the objective reporting of facts best told through the story of a person with whom others can relate. As social media has become ubiquitous and infotainment replaced news, as celebrity culture and fake news have becomeRead more..

Rory Saves Another Life

By Niall O’Dowd, Publisher My nephew Rory Staunton would have been 21-years-old this week, a strapping handsome young man no doubt well into a promising college career. Instead he lies in an Irish graveyard victim of a bungled medical emergency so bad it made the front page of The New York Times. The doctors failed toRead more..

America We Love You

General Martin Dempsey, who served as the 18th Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff explained, “A month ago, a group of musicians from the Army Chorus and I discussed if we could find a way to provide a bit of encouragement to our fellow citizens in these challenging times. Ambitious, but it’s amazing what youRead more..

The Gift That Keeps on Giving

The trails of death and the circles of giving. The Irish and Native American connection.  By Christine Kinealy Trails of Tears and Circles of Giving “I know the cause of humanity is one the world over,” wrote fugitive slave Frederick Douglass at the beginning of 1846, at the conclusion of his “transformative” four-month stay inRead more..

Famous Genealogist Solves Her Own Family’s Mystery

Solving a long-held family history mystery leads to an enigmatic playwright By Megan Smolenyak I couldn’t understand it. My nana had an amazing memory. As a professional genealogist, I’m more aware than most that we should take our family lore with a grain of salt. Whether deliberately or accidentally, it’s distorted as it travels throughRead more..

Provisional IRA Founded 50 Years Ago

The man behind the Provisional IRA was Londoner Seán MacStiofáin. By Brian Dooley If all politics really is local, as Tip O’Neill suggested, then it’s hard to know where to place Seán MacStiofáin, founder of the Provisional IRA. MacStiofáin was born and grew up in London as John Stephenson. His father was English and hisRead more..

Rediscovering Books in the Time of the Coronavirus

By Pat Fenton Each day as I watch the news on television I wonder about the book shelves the newscasters use as back drops as many of them broadcast from their homes, newscasters like Anthony Mason from CBS “This Morning” who actually uses some of his books to prop up the make shift lighting forRead more..

A Book’s Revival

African American and Northern Irish citizens in the Struggle for Civil Rights.

How Bobby Sands Changed Everything

By Niall O’Dowd, Publisher It was 39 years ago this week that Bobby Sands died on hunger strike in Northern Ireland. After 66 brutal days of starvation his body gave out but his spirit marched on. Eventually ten men died, their extraordinary belief in their rights to live as free Irishmen astounded the world. IRead more..