Weekly Comment: The Trump-Pence Irish Connection and a Different Kind of Wall

Donald Trump and Mike Pence have more in common than having won the presidential election. Pence, the governor of Indiana, has strong Irish roots. His grandmother came to the U.S. from Doonbeg, County Clare – which also happens to be the home of a Trump golf resort. Pence’s grandfather, Richard Michael Cawley, also came to the U.S. from Clare. A native of Tubercurry, Cawley passed through...

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Weekly Comment:
Joe Biden Awarded Medal of Freedom

Vice President Joe Biden was surprised with a tribute of the highest honor when awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by his president and close friend Barack Obama on Thursday. Obama presented the medal – the highest form of civilian honor existing in the United States – “with distinction,” an additional level of esteem, for the first time in his presidency, and called Biden “a...

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Martin McGuinness:
The Man, The Myth, The Minister

The evolution of Martin McGuinness from high school dropout and IRA man to political leader seeking an end to violence and, finally, his emergence as Northern Ireland’s Minister for Education. Photography by Kelvin Boyes. ℘℘℘ Cover photo: Kit DeFever If it’s fair to judge the effectiveness of a politician by the depth of his opponents’ dislike for him, then the Sinn Féin...

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Weekly Comment:
Fionnula Flanagan’s Plea to End Dublin Homelessness

The takeover and conversion of an unused government-owned Dublin office building into a homeless shelter is “the most revolutionary event to have occurred in that city since 1916,” writes Fionnula Flanagan. ℘ ℘ ℘  Hollywood legend and Irish America Hall of Famer Fionnula Flanagan, known for her movies like Waking Ned Devine, The Others, and Devine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood, is...

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Weekly Comment:
Those We Lost in 2016

2016 saw the passing of numerous Irish and Irish American luminaries, from the first female elected representative of Cook County in Illinois to 60s activists and renowned actors and musicians. Below we remember the lives of some of the most important figures in Irish and Irish American life. ℘℘℘ Editor’s Note: The first obituary we publish here was not published in Irish America, but...

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