By Gerry O'Shea

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O'SHEA: Revolutions and the Modern Era
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O'SHEA: Revolutions and the Modern Era
Most historians agree that two Revolutions at the end of the 18th century ushered in the modern era. The Americans sent the British home and put th...
O'SHEA: Keenly Anticipating the All-Ireland Football Final
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O'SHEA: Keenly Anticipating the All-Ireland Football Final
Monaghan and Derry had nearly all the support of unconnected football followers in their recent semi-final clashes with Dublin and Kerry. Outsiders...
O'SHEA: The Legacy of Racism and Slavery in Ireland
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O'SHEA: The Legacy of Racism and Slavery in Ireland
The Berkeley Library in Trinity College Dublin was built in the late 1960s and in 1978 it was named after one of its famous graduates, George Berke...
O'SHEA: So What was Donald Trump Thinking?
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O'SHEA: So What was Donald Trump Thinking?
Reading the 44-page indictment document prepared by Special Prosecutor, Jack Smith, one question kept recurring to me: what was Donald Trump thinki...
O'SHEA: A Call for Spiritual Revival in America
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O'SHEA: A Call for Spiritual Revival in America
In a recent article in the Daily Beast titled “The Left needs a Spiritual Renaissance. So Does America,” Senator Chris Murphy from Connecticut and ...
O'SHEA: Changing Economics on the Island of Ireland
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O'SHEA: Changing Economics on the Island of Ireland
A hundred years ago the economy in Belfast and its hinterland was booming led by shipbuilding and the burgeoning linen industry. With help from the...
O'SHEA: A Century Ago, the Irish Civil War
Opinion
O'SHEA: A Century Ago, the Irish Civil War
Liam Lynch was killed by the Free State army in the Knockmealdown Mountains in Tipperary on April 10th a hundred years and one month ago. Lynch, a ...
O'SHEA: Some Thoughts on the Ordination of Women
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O'SHEA: Some Thoughts on the Ordination of Women
About seven years ago, my wife and I participated in a Mass in San Antonio, Texas, where the main celebrant was a woman. We were part of about thre...
O'SHEA: Looking Back and Remembering Monica’s Story
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O'SHEA: Looking Back and Remembering Monica’s Story
"An aged man is but a paltry thing, A tattered coat upon a stick" From William Butler Yeats’s poem "Sailing to Byzantium." I recall well an unlikel...
O'SHEA: A New Look at a United Ireland
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O'SHEA: A New Look at a United Ireland
The census figures for Northern Ireland released last September show Catholics, broadly understood, at 45.7%, and Protestants, or people brought up...
O'SHEA: LGBTQ Issues Roll Into New Year
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O'SHEA: LGBTQ Issues Roll Into New Year
Some readers may remember the Stonewall riots that took place in Greenwich Village in June, 1969. The Stonewall Inn was one of a number of bars, mo...
O'SHEA: Looking Back at a Century of Irish Independence
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O'SHEA: Looking Back at a Century of Irish Independence
An outsider looking at Ireland’s hundred years of independence would surely be astonished by the gradual transition from rags to riches. The countr...

 

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