Two April TV Shows to Grapple with the Easter Rebellion

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By Brendan Clay Come Easter, America will be joining Ireland and the rest of the global Irish diaspora in commemorating the hundredth anniversary of Ireland’s Easter Rebellion, when the Irish Republican Brotherhood (IRB) led an armed occupation in Dublin on… Continue Reading

Interview with Paul Doris, St. Patrick’s Day Parade Grand Marshal and Irish Republican Activist

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By Sabina Clarke Philadelphia’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade, the second oldest in the country has been held continuously since 1771. This year with a nod to the 100th anniversary of the Easter Rising in Dublin the theme is “God Bless… Continue Reading

Part II: Friendly Sons of St. Patrick – A Tradition of Liberty and Charity

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By Russell W. Wylie General George Washington was desperate to provide his army encamped at Jockey Hollow in Morristown, NJ with something to boost their morale after enduring the most brutal winter on record. The men of the Continental Army… Continue Reading

Part I: Friendly Sons of St. Patrick—A Tradition of Liberty and Charity

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By Russell W. Wylie The traditional values of The Society of The Friendly Sons of St. Patrick were most aptly described by Mayor William J. Green III (the 120th Mayor of Philadelphia and member of the Society) in the preface… Continue Reading

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

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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?… Continue Reading

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

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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… Continue Reading