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Star Wars: The Force Awakens Features Irish World Heritage Site in Pivotal Scene

By Brendan Clay For those of you who saw Star Wars: The Force Awakens last month, you might have noticed that Ireland made two big contributions to the latest entry in America’s most culturally important space opera. The first came in the form of the talented Irish character actor Domhnall Gleeson in the role of […]



5 Questions for Susan Kelly Von Medicus: Local Artist Brings the Golden Age of Irish Manuscripts to Villanova

Photo above: Ne Timeas: walnut ink and egg tempera on Fabriano paper. Study for student project based on decorations in Lindisfame Gospel text from Luke at Annunciation: Fear not Mary. Were you always interested in art as a young girl? When I was quite young I was more interested in religion, at Sisters of Mercy […]


125 Years Later Roman Catholic High School Expands Thomas E. Cahill’s Dream

By Pete Hand, RCHS Class 1974 The year is 1890. On the northeast corner of Broad and Vine Streets, a new school opened. The first school of its kind not only in Philadelphia but in the U.S. The first steps for up to 500 students walking through the doors into a Catholic high school called […]


St. Anne Parish—Serving God and Country Since 1845

Caption: (above) St. Anne Parish 170th Anniversary and Tribute to First Responders—An American flag flew from the top of the Philadelphia Fire Department Ladder Company 16 hook-and-ladder truck. By Russell W. Wylie Only a few weeks after the Continental Congress established the Continental Army, its commander, General George Washington, on July 29, 1775 ordered the establishment […]


A NATION AND NOT A RABBLE: The Irish Revolution 1913-1923 by Diarmaid Ferriter

Reviewed by Msgr. Francis A. Carbine In 2016, the people of the Republic of Ireland and Irish Diaspora will observe the centenary of the Rising. This event on Easter Monday in Dublin, 1916, led to Ireland’s War of Independence [1919-1920]. An Anglo-Irish treaty was ratified in 1922. English dominance in twenty -six counties ended. What will […]

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