Star Wars: The Force Awakens Features Irish World Heritage Site in Pivotal Scene

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By Brendan Clay For those of you who saw Star Wars: The Force Awakens last month, you might have noticed that Ireland made two big contributions to the latest entry in America’s most culturally important space opera. The first came… 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

Kevin Dougherty…Supreme Court Candidate and Compassionate Judge

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By Sabina Clarke Recently, I caught up with Judge Kevin Dougherty, a candidate for one of the three vacant seats opening up on the Pennsylvania Supreme Court — the highest court in the Commonwealth and the oldest court in the… Continue Reading

POPE FRANCIS: FROM THE ENDS OF THE EARTH

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by Msgr. Francis A. Carbine When Pope Francis speaks on the Parkway in Philadelphia during his September visit, listen carefully!   You may hear traces of an Irish lilt. In fact, the future Pope studied English for three months in Milltown,… Continue Reading

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

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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… Continue Reading

Luke Dillon and Joseph McGarrity – Heroes Deserve the Best

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Above: AOH Div. 25 Honor Guard. Photo – Tom Keenan By Msgr. Francis A. Carbine The weather was post-card perfect. Forsythia and magnolia flowers fulfilled expectations. Ornamental trees sported buds alive with promise. The breeze was tailored to the colorful flags, and… Continue Reading

Award Winning Mother’s Day Orchids For Sale

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Caption (Above Video): Lois Duffin Orchids interview by Fox 29 News on April 23, 2015 Mother’s day is just around the corner and Lois Duffin Orchids is the perfect choice for a beautiful gift that is sure to impress! Lois Duffin Orchids is… Continue Reading

Shall we dance…a haon…a dó…a trí!

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5 Questions For 5 Dancers: 1: How and when did you get involved in Irish Dance? 2: As your interest developed, did you set specific goals for yourself? 3: Do you consider Irish Dance a more artistic rather than athletic endeavor…or bit… Continue Reading

Catching Up with James Carroll…Seventeen Years Later

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By Sabina Clarke CHRIST ACTUALLY The Son of God for the Secular Age By James Carroll Viking 352 pp. $30 I first met James Carroll author, ex-priest and anti-war activist in 1997 when he was invited to the Free Library… Continue Reading