Weekly Comment:
Irish Taoiseach Meets with Trump in Oval Office

Irish Taoiseach Leo Varadkar met with President Donald Trump on his first official state visit to the U.S. this week, presenting Trump with a bowl of Irish shamrocks, continuing a tradition that dates back to the 1950s. ℘℘℘ At the annual St. Patrick’s Day reception at the White House this week, Irish Taoiseach Leo Varadkar presented President Donald Trump with a bowl of Irish...

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9 Uniquely American
St. Patrick’s Day Traditions

From Honolulu to Hot Springs, North America has some of the oldest – and quirkiest – St. Patrick’s Day traditions. ℘℘℘ On the morning of March 17, 1853, Archbishop of New York John Hughes addressed a crowd of worshippers at St. Patrick’s Cathedral about the special significance that St. Patrick’s Day had taken on in recent years. He declared: “… the very misfortunes of a...

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The Choctaw Tribe
and the Irish Famine

Just 16 years after their own “Trail of Tears,” the Choctaw Indians raised money for Irish Famine relief. Visiting New York in 1989, Don Mullan, Director of Action From Ireland (AFrI), a Dublin-based human rights organization, was addressing members of the American Irish Political Education Committee about AFrI’s “Great Famine Project.” The Project had begun in 1988...

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9 Ways to Celebrate Irish American Heritage Month

At the end of February, President Trump officially declared the month of March to be Irish American Heritage Month for 2018. He also took the opportunity to mention the numerous historical and cultural contributions the Irish have made to America over the years, mentioning specifically the nine signers of the Declaration of Independence who were “of Irish origin” – which included Thomas...

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Mother, Life, Landscape, and the Connection

In February of this year, globally-renowned Irish author Edna O’Brien was named as the winner of the PEN/Nabokov award for achievement in international literature. Today, on International Women’s Day, we celebrate this seminally feminist voice in modern Irish culture, and look back on Patricia Harty’s 2007 interview with O’Brien, where they talked writing, family, and...

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