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Thatcher Considered Cromwell-type Removal of Catholics from North, New Book Reveals

A new book by a former British Ambassador to Ireland reveals shocking examples of Margaret Thatcher’s ignorance on Irish issues. By Niall O’Dowd, Publisher Margaret Thatcher considered a Cromwell-type solution to the Northern Ireland problem by forcibly moving Irish Catholics in Northern Ireland from the six counties a new book has revealed. The late British...

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The Homecoming:
My Joyous First Return to Ireland Since Covid Began

Niall O’Dowd was on the first full Aer Lingus flight from New York to Dublin this week as entry requirements in Ireland were finally rolled back. Aer Lingus flew its first full flight since March 2020 from New York to Dublin on Monday, as Covid travel restrictions in Ireland are no longer in place and families can again reunite. Irish America’s publisher Niall O’Dowd was on...

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From a Donegal Rowboat to Olympic Gold: The Untold Irish-American Story of the
1964 Tokyo Olympics

Billions of viewers will watch the Tokyo Olympics this summer. You can bet there will be countless feature stories about the 1964 Olympics when Japan first hosted the games. Keep an eye open for a detailed recounting of the historic showdown between the German and American teams in the eight man rowing competition, a marquis event in that era. By Joe Quinlan It’s still...

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The Real Mr. Tanner

The life of Martin J. Tubridy was the inspiration for Harry Chapin’s hit song “Mr. Tanner.” Story by Pat Fenton “Mr. Tanner was a cleaner from a town in the Midwest. And of all the cleaning shops around he'd made his the best. But he also was a baritone who sang while hanging clothes. He practiced scales while pressing tails and sang at local shows.” It’s...

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New Files Reveal Secret British Battle to Defeat Irish America

Documents reveal the British thinking in relation to the IRA ceasefire, the Adams visa, the MacBride Principles, and appointment of Mitchell as special envoy. By Niall O’Dowd, Publisher Newly released files in Northern Ireland show the underground war the British waged to stop the Gerry Adams U.S. visa in 1994 and prevent a special U.S. envoy to the North, the job Senator George...

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