Meet Stormy…My Person of the Year

by Sabina Clarke Stormy the cow, seven years old and approximately 1600 pounds is my pick for the Person of the Year Award because of her determination to ‘follow her bliss’ in the face of insurmountable obstacles: the Philadelphia Police… Continue Reading

The Amazing Doc Halladay…And the Perfect Pitch

(Reprinted from Irish Edition, November 2010 issue; illustration by Megan Lawlor) By Coleman Clarke Phillies Pitcher Roy Halladay, otherwise known as ‘Doc Halladay,’ traded to the Philadelphia Phillies in the off-season, may just be Phillies manager Charlie Manuel’s answered prayer.… Continue Reading

On CRAIC Radio, Two Former Dubliners Share Their Musical Tastes With Philadelphia

Photo by Jennifer Logue By Brendan Clay Airing ad free on WPPM 106.5 FM on Thursdays from 3 to 5 pm, CRAIC Radio is a music program put together by two men from Dublin who have been part of the… Continue Reading

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” said… 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

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

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

Part II: Friendly Sons of St. Patrick – A Tradition of Liberty and Charity

By Russell W. Wylie General George Washington was desperate to provide his army encamped at Jockey Hollow in Morristown, NJ with something to boost their morale after enduring the most brutal winter on record. The men of the Continental Army… Continue Reading

Part I: Friendly Sons of St. Patrick—A Tradition of Liberty and Charity

By Russell W. Wylie The traditional values of The Society of The Friendly Sons of St. Patrick were most aptly described by Mayor William J. Green III (the 120th Mayor of Philadelphia and member of the Society) in the preface… Continue Reading