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

IRED_PaulDoris

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

Kevin Dougherty…Supreme Court Candidate and Compassionate Judge

IRED_dougherty

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

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

IRED_Mitchell1

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

Northern Ireland Activist Receives Passion for Peace Award

IRED_PassionPeaceAward1

Patricia Campbell, a psychiatric nurse from County Tyrone and the president of the Independent Workers Union in Ireland received the Passion for Peace award at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Chestnut Hill on Sunday, March 22nd. Campbell, who began her… Continue Reading

Catching Up with James Carroll…Seventeen Years Later

IRED_JamesCarroll

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

Boston College Belfast Project…Doomed from the Start

by Sabina Clarke The Boston College Belfast Project’s ill-fated attempt to capture the stories of former Irish Republican Army, IRA, members and former Loyalist paramilitary members during the period in Northern Ireland known as The Troubles has been fraught with… Continue Reading

Artist on the move…Talent runs in the family

Mulligan2

By Sabina Clarke When I met fine artist Catherine Mulligan at her Northern Liberties studio, I was astonished by how strikingly pretty she is—something unexpected based on her mesmeric and unsettling self-portrait featured in the current Women and Biography exhibit at… Continue Reading

The Girl from Rathgar…Sinn Fein’s Rising Star

MaryLouMcDonald_SClarke

by Sabina Clarke With Northern Ireland once again front and center and the 15th congressional hearing on Northern Ireland just held  in March, a Sinn Fein delegation arrived in Washington, D. C. for a round of  follow-up talks regarding the… Continue Reading

Police Service of Northern Ireland Lands Gerry Adams

By Sabina Clarke They finally got him. Gerry Adams, recently reelected Sinn Fein president was arrested — but not charged — by the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI), for questioning regarding the disappearance and murder of Jean McConville, a… Continue Reading