The Pre-Christian Religion of Ancient Ireland

Above: Hill of Tara By Carmel McCaffrey Although Christianity arrived in Ireland in the fifth century AD it did not come to a society unfamiliar with religious rituals or bereft of any deity. On the contrary, the new arrival came… Continue Reading

Ireland is Suddenly a Lonely Island

BREXIT - Illustration by Stormistrations

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

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

Two April TV Shows to Grapple with the Easter Rebellion

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

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

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

Dan O’Reilly and JFK

Photo Courtesy of the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum By John Rossi Elections, especially Presidential ones, were major events in my politically active family. My first election memory was the 1948 Presidential campaign. My family were all Republicans… Continue Reading