Obama Names Three to Second Term Cabinet for EPA, Energy, Budget

Weekly Comment:
Obama and McCarthy Announce Clean Power Plan

On Monday, August 3, President Obama and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy released the final Clean Power Plan, a historic step in the Obama Administration’s fight against climate change. The regulations are the strongest yet unveiled by any U.S. administration and are a huge step to curbing what the President described as one of the greatest national security,...

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Pat Quinn Re-launches
ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, last summer’s internet viral sensation, was officially re-launched August 2 in Yonkers, New York, sponsored by the City of Yonkers and the Empire City Casino. More than 700 people gathered at the casino’s historic Yonkers Raceway to mark the event, including Pat Quinn, co-founder of ALS Ice Bucket Challenge and 2014 Irish America Hall of Fame inductee; Yonkers...

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Weekly Comment:
August 1st May Have Changed Ireland Forever

By the turn of the 20th Century, new Irish rebellion movements emerged that inspired a collective longing for national independence. A political party named Sinn Fein fostered by Arthur Griffith advocated for Irish nationhood. But while Griffith and others became the public faces of Irish nationalism, another, more radical group called the Irish Republican Brotherhood (IRB) worked in the...

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“The International” by Tim
Ruddy Premieres on Broadway

The International, a play about war and genocide in our age by Irish actor and playwright Tim Ruddy, has made an aptly timed return to the stage as the 20-year anniversary of the Bosniak genocide in Srebrenica is mourned. The recent Off-Broadway return of The International is fueled by Urbanite Theatre of Sarasota Florida, which aims to give new life to plays that did not reach their full...

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“Quiet Man” Cottage Given
Protected Status

UPDATE: In the wake of Maureen O’Hara’s death earlier this month, a new petition has been started by fans hoping to see the Co. Galway cottage where The Quiet Man, one of her best-known films, was shot faithfully restored in her memory.  The petition was started by Patrick McCormack, founder of the White O’Morn Foundation, and has amassed more than 1,600 signatures in just a...

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