Dennis Clark’s Legacy

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 Irish Living Out Girls

Irish Living Out Girls - Irish Edition

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

Brian McCaul: Pride of County Tyrone

Brian McCaul. Photo - Denise Foley

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”

D-Day - Dwight D. Eisenhower and Francis McDonnell, author of "Living on the Edge: My Years in the U.S. Secret Service"

[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!

The McDermott family gathering in their hometown of Oldcastle, County Meath.

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

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

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

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