The Great Irish Famine: Worse Than Genocide?

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(above) The Famine Memorial in the Dublin Docklands. Photo by Andrew Diamond By Dennis J. Clark Reprinted from Irish Edition July 1993 to Sept 1993 PART ONE It is often alleged that Irish Americans have a distorted view of Irish… Continue Reading

The Irish Living Out Girls

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By Pete Sigmund Ever hear of “the living out girls?” They were, like the well-known characters in the Downton Abbey TV series, the servants who kept great estates going as maids, tutors, cooks, companions and other essential help. Living out… Continue Reading

“I Think of D-Day Every Day”

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[left] Francis McDonnell is the author of “Living on the Edge: My Years in the U.S. Secret Service.” He is also the president of the Philadelphia Donegal Association. [right] Dwight D. Eisenhower By Francis McDonnell During 1967-1968, the Philadelphia office of the… Continue Reading

From Ireland to Oreland…or from Pillar to Post…or Perhaps from Pope to Pope!

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By Norbert McDermott I was prompted to “put pen to paper,” as my dear mother would say, when I bumped into one Jane Duffin a few months ago – whom, despite me being a month-in month-out reader of the Irish… Continue Reading

REBELLION THAT STIRRED THE WORLD

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By Msgr. Francis A. Carbine The book, The 1916 Irish Rebellion, is a “Triumph.” Published by the University of Notre Dame Press on the centennial of the Rising, this book is a triumph of research, documentation, layout and a prose… Continue Reading

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

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

St. Anne Parish—Serving God and Country Since 1845

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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… Continue Reading