Posts Tagged ‘ Ireland ’

Happy St. Patrick’s Day

It turns out that many Irish-Americans follow the career path of their forefathers. For a great novel about Irish-American women, and their relationship to both the City and its exceptional fire department, I would suggest picking up a copy of my cousin Kathleen’s Ashes of Fiery Weather. To our readers, I’d just like to...
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A New York Story

A New York Story

Most of you will probably remember Kathleen Donohoe, an Irish-American writer and New Yorker-and full disclosure, my cousin-from previous posts on this website. This year saw the publication of her debut novel, Ashes Of Fiery Weather. The title is taken from a poem by Wallace Stevens, Our Stars Come From Ireland, which celebrates the importance...
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Reflections On The Easter Rebellion

Reflections On The Easter Rebellion

This week marks the centenary of a series of events which would forever change the future Ireland and Great Britain. Planned and set in motion by the Military Council of the Irish Republican Brotherhood-a group of Irish republicans seeking a democratic Irish state free of British rule-and supported by James Connally’s Irish Citizen Army...
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Irish Travelers

  We at American Rattlesnake would like to wish our followers, Irish and non-Irish alike, a happy St. Patrick’s Day. Despite the possibility of inclement weather here in the City-a perennial threat on this day-I’m sure that New Yorkers will celebrate boisterously, as is our custom.
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Irish Americans in the Arts

Irish Americans in the Arts

Earlier this week, I had the pleasure of attending the monthly salon held by the Irish American Writers and Artists  at The Cell theatre. Even though I had heard about this event previously, and had attended gatherings in other locations, this is the first time I had the opportunity to attend one of IAWA’s...
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Arts & Letters

Arts & Letters

Like much of this country, the Tri-State Area is filled with people whose ancestry-however far removed-can be traced back to Ireland. Either the Irish Republic itself, or the six counties constituting Northern Ireland-including its political and symbolic center, marked by the stone inscription seen  above. Last week I partook of an evening celebrating the...
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Paul’s Story

Paul’s Story

  The depressingly familiar “debate” we’re having over the aptly named Gang of Eight’s amnesty plan has covered a lot of territory, most of it found within well-maintained Potemkin villages created by a barely credible fourth estate. We, along with others of a similar disposition, have already explained the stupendous innumeracy-to say nothing of...
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National Day of Action (Hurricane Sandy Relief)

National Day of Action (Hurricane Sandy Relief)

One of the communities devastated by Hurricane Sandy is the Rockaways, a peninsula of Long Island located in the borough of Queens. Known for its many Irish and Irish-American residents, this part of New York City-among other neighborhoods-will be the beneficiary of outreach by a coalition of Irish organizations this coming Saturday. You can...
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Pork Barrel Immigration

Last month we learned about the attempt by Scott Brown and Chuck Schumer  to exploit the E-3 Visa program for the benefit of Irish nationals-but mostly in order to harvest Irish-American votes. Now, our good friend Roy Beck explains just why this is such a bad, and implicitly racist, idea to CNN.
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Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

In the spirit of St. Patrick’s Day, I thought I’d share a classic song by the legendary Celtic folk-punk band The Pogues which embodies the deep ambivalence the first wave of Irish immigrants felt upon leaving their homeland. Of course, I take issue with any song whose lyrics boast of toasting JFK-even if uttered...
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