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Hercules Mulligan: Tailor, Patriot, Spy

How an Irish tailor named Hercules Mulligan, and his accomplice, and enslaved man named Cato, twice saved George Washington from capture during the Revolutionary War. ℘℘℘ Hercules Mulligan was born in Coleraine, of what was then called County Londonderry to Episcopalians Hugh and Sarah Mulligan, on September 25, 1740. Six years later, the Mulligan family immigrated to New York, where Hugh...

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Weekly Comment: The Carrowkeel Cairns

The celebration of summer solstice on June 21, when the sun rises before 5 a.m. in the northern hemisphere, marks a sacred tradition in Ireland dating back 5000 years, when the power of the sun is celebrated at the burial places of ancient gods, since pre-Christian times. ℘℘℘ Ireland has a number of megalithic monuments. Well-known sites such as the passage tomb called the Mound of the...

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Weekly Comment: Flags of Ireland

Whether for a warrior identifying friend from enemy, a nationalist wanting to represent their views, or a G.A.A. supporter flying their county’s colors, flags have played an important part throughout Ireland’s history. As we celebrate Flag Day here in the United States, let’s take a look back at the flags that have represented Ireland over the years. Some of the earliest...

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Weekly Comment: Bloomsday Around the World

Bloomsday Around the World June 16th marks 2018’s celebration of Bloomsday, a literary anniversary commemorating the date upon which Irish author James Joyce set the events of his iconic modern novel Ulysses. Since the masterwork’s first publication in 1922, Joyce’s insightful, no-holds-barred portrayal of the inner lives of turn-of-the-century Dubliners and mastery of English and other...

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Ireland and the Impacts of Brexit

Ambassador Dan Mulhall, Ireland’s ambassador to the United States, answers some frequently asked questions about the implications for Ireland as its nearest neighbor leaves the European Union.                                                                    ℘℘℘  Ireland has had a productive 45-year partnership with the United Kingdom as fellow members...

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