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Playing the President

Brendan Gleeson as Trump on Showtime, and Martin Sheen’s West Wing Reunion on HBO Max. Irish actor Brendan Gleeson is widely acknowledged as one of the finest, most versatile performers of his generation. But it’s a safe bet that roughly half of his audience is not going to like him in his latest role. That’sRead more..

Mothers of Influence

A sampling of quotes from men interviewed in Irish America over the past 35 years on the impact that their Irish mothers had on their lives.  President Joe Biden On being inducted into the Irish America Hall of Fame: “My mother’s creed is the American creed: No one is better than you. Everyone is yourRead more..

The Star of West Wing
Goes to Tipperary

Martin Sheen takes time out from a family reunion in Ireland to meet war protesters. ℘℘℘ Martin Sheen was in Ireland for a family reunion in May. His mother, Mary Ann Phelan, was born in 1903 in Borrisokane, County Tipperary, and Sheen and his brothers Frank, John and Carlos, and his sister Carmen, returned toRead more..

Rebel With a Cause

Martin Sheen, backed by fellow actors, discusses letter from Artists Unite to Win Without War that urges President Bush to seek a peaceful solution to the Iraqi crisis. Sheen, who plays President Josiah Bartlett, occupying a fictional White House in the award-winning television series The West Wing, and is the son of an Irish-born mother andRead more..

Martin Sheen’s Enduring Spirit

Actor Martin Sheen was awarded Amnesty International’s Enduring Spirit Award for his tireless dedication to social justice. Of Irish and El Salvadorian heritage, he has been an activist for the rights of South and central Americans, protested political repression in Central America, and promoted more liberal political asylum policies in the U.S. The West WingRead more..

The Acting President

Martin Sheen, the star of The West Wing, is a complicated, ebullient tangle of philosophy, Catholicism, politics, altruism, and homespun wisdom. ℘℘℘ It’s a disconcerting sight: The leader of the free world is, uh, combing his eyelashes with a small mascara applicator… Okay, so it’s the make-believe leader of the free world. And it’s notRead more..

The First Word:
Now and in Time to Be

“I knew that we were Irish and I knew that Irish was the best thing to be.” – Novelist Alice McDermott ℘℘℘ When I immigrated to this country I had no idea of the history of the Irish in America – indeed, I had the idea that only someone born and raised in Ireland couldRead more..