Senator George Mitchell—Gentle Persuasion—Crafting Peace Around the World

By Sabina Clarke I am on a transatlantic call with former Senator George Mitchell ensconced in the Meridian Piccadilly Hotel in London’s West End near Piccadilly Circus. I want to lapse into a leisurely conversation about The Troubles and his penetrating and insightful book Making Peace (1999) which I devoured. It is a riveting behind […]



Conor McGregor versus Chad Mendes: A Dublin Boy Goes Up Against an All-American Wrestler in UFC 189

Caption (above): McGregor the Irishman delivers something no other fighter can: a new audience in the nation of Ireland. By Brendan Clay I’m sitting at the bar at Tír na nÓg in center city sipping on a water and waiting to watch Irish mixed martial arts sensation Conor McGregor go up against the most significant […]


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 […]

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