Jim Murray and Ronald McDonald at golf outing

Making Murray on St. Patrick’s Day

Photo (above): Jim Murray and Ronald McDonald at golf outing Making Murray on St. Patrick’s Day By Frank Dougherty When Jim Murray learned he had been named grand marshal for the 2014 Saint Patrick’s Day Parade, he felt he had received a blessing from Heaven. “What a blessing to be so honored. Serving as grand marshal […]


Paisley’s Last Public Will and Testament

By  Peter Makem Ian Paisley suddenly came back into everybody’s living room. Not as the ranting, roaring demagogue but as an old soft spoken somewhat confused 87 year old who had agreed to do a series of TV interviews reflecting on his life. Now and again he raised eyebrows with his statements that in fact […]

Smuggling Times in the Late Fifties

By Peter Makem Among the first verbs I ever learned was the verb “to smuggle.” Among the earliest nouns that entered my vocabulary were “butter,” “fags” (cigarettes), “sugar” and “eggs,”— and each of these nouns was preceded by the word “Free-State” in the form of an adjective. The reason for this was simple. We lived […]


Memorial Ceremony Honors Irish Patriots Buried in St. Anne Cemetery

An Honor Ceremony was held on December 7, 2013 at St. Anne Church and Cemetery recognizing the Civil War heritage of the parish featuring the 150th Anniversary of the death of Lt. Col. Peter McAloon. McAloon was born in Kinawley, Co. Cavan. He enlisted in the Civil War in 1861. He fought in battles at […]


I’m A Kennedy Girl

By Ann Cummings In 1960, the Democratic Party nominated John F. Kennedy as their candidate for the Presidency of the United States of America. It was a significant accomplishment for an Irish Catholic to be a candidate for the Presidency. His candidacy was a major setback for those who did not care for Irish Catholics. Historically […]

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