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That Obama pint drinking image was good, but . . .
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That Obama pint drinking image was good, but . . .
The photo-op was inevitable. And for many who saw it, it very likely prompted a smile. There they were, the president and first lady of the United ...
A long road ahead
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A long road ahead
Well the presidential and royal parties have both departed Irish shores, though it's fair to say that there is something of a warm afterglow that w...
Nature's wrath
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Nature's wrath
The tornadoes that have been late causing terror and devastation in the nation's heartland have been frightening reminders of our vulnerability. Al...
Righting an historic wrong
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Righting an historic wrong
I write this column on the day the Queen of England departs our shores and heads home, and two days before the President of the United States arriv...
Garret FitzGerald: a man for all reasons
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Garret FitzGerald: a man for all reasons
Garret FitzGerald was a simple and a complicated man. By that I mean he had a habit, mischievous some would say, of making the complicated simple, ...
Quite a week
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Quite a week
Even from a distance it was possible to sense that the past week in Ireland has been extraordinary. An English queen and an American president as b...
Celebrating 175 years of Hibernian pride
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Celebrating 175 years of Hibernian pride
The great waves of immigration from Ireland to America were just beginning when in May, 1836 a group of Irish Catholic men in New York and Pennsylv...
Nothing new about hiding in plain sight
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Nothing new about hiding in plain sight
If you know anything about the struggle for Irish freedom nearly a century ago, you ought to be more than a little skeptical of assertions that Pak...
So why is the queen coming to Ireland?
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So why is the queen coming to Ireland?
The Queen of England will visit Ireland next week. The visit, the first by a British monarch since before the Easter Rebellion, is curious for its ...
Not a saint, but in the company of them
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Not a saint, but in the company of them
I never considered myself a saint growing up in Southie, but neither did I ever expect to ever get to know two people who are saints. A few days ag...
Here’s my post-bin Laden to-do list
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Here’s my post-bin Laden to-do list
If I was an American soldier that has served or is currently serving in Iraq or Afghanistan, I would give myself a well-deserved pat on the back. W...
The North decides
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The North decides
The voters of Northern Ireland have spoken and a new Assembly is set to take its seats in Stormont. That the election campaign was completed by the...