Charles Martin: Across the Ocean Wild and Wide

By Msgr. Francis A. Carbine   ”I’ll take you home again, Kathleen, / To where your heart has ever been / Since you were first my bonnie bride / Across the ocean wild and wide.” “This is my favorite song”… Continue Reading

Dennis Clark’s Legacy

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By Dr. James Murphy Professor Emeritus Villanova University It would not be an exaggeration to say that we might not be here today without the foundation laid by the late Dennis Clark. This is especially so given the theme of… Continue Reading

The Great Irish Famine: Worse Than Genocide?

The Famine statues in the Dublin Docklands. Photo by Andrew Diamond

(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

Ireland is Suddenly a Lonely Island

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By Peter Makem Ireland is suddenly a lonely place. Old securities have been shattered since the people of the United Kingdom — specifically the people of England — voted to leave the European Union, voted Brexit, an abbreviation of British… Continue Reading

Brian McCaul: Pride of County Tyrone

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By Msgr Francis A. Carbine “For my first day attending St. John’s Primary School in Moy, County Tyrone, my  mother made me a suit of soft brown fabric with a Nehru jacket. I wore short pants reaching to my knees.” … 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

REBELLION THAT STIRRED THE WORLD

1916 Irish Easter Rising

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