The Hottest Thing in Hats

It’s a hot night in Boston, hotter still in the narrow space of Studio Soto where barefoot models weave trance-like through the melting crowd. ℘℘℘ Exhibiting the kind of creative flair she’s known for, Ballina-born designer and hat maker Marie Galvin had forsaken the predictable run down the catwalk during Boston Spring Fashion Weekend in favor of an art gallery show that...

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The First Word:
“Dear Sir or Madam”

When Northern Ireland comes to lunch, it can be uncomfortable. It nags at complacency and the notion that everything will be okay and peace will hold, even though there are signs that say otherwise. On June 19 – a beautiful New York morning – I make my way to the Mutual of America building on Park Avenue for a National Committee on American Foreign Policy lunch to hear Geraldine Finucane...

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Sinn Féin Surges Ahead

On election day in Northern Ireland, David Trimble, leader of the Ulster Unionist Party and First Minister in the Northern Ireland Assembly, was roughed up by Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) supporters as he approached the polling station. Trimble needed the protection of the police to get in and out of the building unharmed, and ended up with a few bruises. When the votes were counted the next...

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Ireland Votes NO on Nice

European Union foreign ministers, furious at the Irish electorate’s decision to reject the Nice Treaty on EU enlargement, have ruled out any renegotiation of the treaty. While they insist that they respect the decision of the Irish people who voted 54-46 against the treaty, they will not reopen discussions on the deal and are adamant that Ireland will have to hold a second vote on the...

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St. Patrick’s Day in May

The sign in the display in Clery’s shop window on Dublin’s O’Connell Street said it all: “Strong, bold…and proud to be Irish.” The sentiment perfectly captured the spirit of the city’s belated St. Patrick’s Day festival this past May. St. Patrick’s Day celebrations throughout the country were canceled in March due to an outbreak of...

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