Luke Dillon and Joseph McGarrity – Heroes Deserve the Best

Above: AOH Div. 25 Honor Guard. Photo – Tom Keenan By Msgr. Francis A. Carbine The weather was post-card perfect. Forsythia and magnolia flowers fulfilled expectations. Ornamental trees sported buds alive with promise. The breeze was tailored to the colorful flags, and the sun never shone more brightly on “the wearing of the green.” The occasion was […]



A Terrible Beauty — The Man…the Poet…WB Yeats

By Barbara Nolan On the 150th anniversary of his birth, let’s pause and admit that William Butler Yeats is not the most sympathetic character to have emerged from the contentious world of Irish letters.  In some ways, he is almost a figure of fun: a somewhat gawky young man from an entitled but impoverished Anglo-Irish […]


Michael Toner Critically Injured

by Hit-and-Run Driver Our dear friend Michael Toner, long-time Irish Edition contributor and stage actor, was critically injured by a hit-and-run driver about 1 a.m. on June 9 near 11th and Market Streets. He was taken to Jefferson Hospital where his left leg was amputated. Michael Toner has written reviews, interviews and features in the […]


The Bridge from Selma to Derry

Caption (above): On one of their famous murals, the Bogside Artists of Derry honor four Nobel Laureates —John Hume, Dr. Martin Luther King, Mother Teresa and Nelson Mandela. All were awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. For information, visit By Maurice Fitzpatrick Crossing a bridge in a time of high political tension can be a metaphor […]


Sister Cecile Reiley – A Moving Spirit Who “Floats Like a Butterfly”

Sister Cecile Anne Reiley R.I.P. Sister Cecile Anne Reiley, SSJ, 76, passed away April 24. Born in Pottsville, PA, she was sister of Edmond Reiley Jr., the Rev. Robert Reiley MM, John Reiley, Sister Kathleen Reiley MM and the late Eleanor Pepper. Religious, relatives and friends are invited to a viewing at 1:30 p.m., April […]

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