Timothy Egan: A Modern Day Pilgrim

By Tom Deignan In late October, media outlets around the world reported that Pope Francis had expressed support for civil unions, “a significant break from his predecessors that staked out new ground for the church in its recognition of gay people,” as the New York Times put it. It was the latest historic moment for a pope who has excited reformers within the church, while...


A Modern Day Pilgrim

Best-selling author and New York Times columnist, Timothy Egan’s latest book is called A Pilgrimage to Eternity: From to Canterbuy to Rome in Search of Faith. He talks to Tom Deignan about all that and more. Can you start by telling us why you wanted to write a book like this? And it’s been out for a little while now. It’s only just out in paperback. Can you tell...

Ulysses S. Grant, 18th president of the United States (1869-1877). Photo Wikimedia Commons

Presidents & First Ladies of Irish Ancestry

By Carl Sferrazza Anthony There’s as much of the old sod in the White House as there is on its south lawn. The backgrounds of America’s First Families are diverse: Nancy Reagan and Lady Bird Johnson have Spanish forebears; Herbert Hoover was Swiss and Canadian; Mamie Eisenhower was part Swedish while Ike was German; Martin Van Buren and the Roosevelts were Dutch; James...

Eugene O'Neill

Eugene O’Neill:
An Irish-American Boyhood

Presented by Irish American Writers & Artists Presents an Online Production of Eugene O’Neill: An Irish-American Boyhood By Turlough McConnellFeaturingCiaran Byrne, Maria Deasy and Colin Ryan DATE:      Saturday, October 17, 2020TIME:      2PM – 3: 30PM EST (Ireland 7PM)PLACE:   Zoom –...


Crime Pays for John Banville

By Tom Deignan Will Real John Banville Please Stand Up! Wexford native and Booker-prize-winner John Banville has spent his celebrated literary career exploring the slippery nature of identity and reality. Characters in Banville’s dazzling, challenging novels, such as The Untouchable or Athena, slip in and out of personas, and conceal so many secrets from friends and family (not to mention...