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British tabloid culture is all about us
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British tabloid culture is all about us
By all accounts, Rupert Murdoch loves newspapers. And that makes me want to love him, because you can be sure that his advisors, and even his own c...
Kenny's service
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Kenny's service
Taoiseach Enda Kenny's extraordinary broadside at the Vatican would have been unthinkable in Ireland just a handful of years ago. It certainly stan...
After thirty years, finally embracing new home
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After thirty years, finally embracing new home
Mr. Modest didn't come all the way from County Down to break up fights on the Lower East Side. He came to play soccer on a college scholarship. Act...
What it takes to be a functioning citizen
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What it takes to be a functioning citizen
A few weeks ago, the federally run National Assessment of Educational Progress issued its latest "report card" on civics education in the United St...
Despite obvious woes, Ireland is not Greece
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Despite obvious woes, Ireland is not Greece
Radical elements in Ireland must be envying the riotous opposition in the streets of Athens to the Greek government's "capitulation" to the Europea...
The big four
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The big four
He took his time, but he sure chose his moment. Darren Clarke capped a professional golfing career of more than twenty years in the most majestic w...
Respecting fame for its own sake
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Respecting fame for its own sake
In some of the stories about his discovery and arrest, mobster Whitey Bulger was described as "legendary" and "colorful." One newspaper described B...
Nickels and nuggets
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Nickels and nuggets
In the Charlie Brown cartoons, Lucy offers psychiatric help for five cents. It's the kind of bargain offer that the Irish government might want to ...
Right stuff words
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Right stuff words
Well, that’s it for the time being folks. Or at least it will be once the space shuttle Atlantis touches down after its mission to the Internationa...
How Sean P. Keating set his stamp on the world
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How Sean P. Keating set his stamp on the world
On a bright June day in 1968, millions of viewers tuned in to watch the television coverage of Senator Robert F. Kennedy's funeral train making the...
High time to meet at the Barry Gate
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High time to meet at the Barry Gate
For decades the Ancient Order of Hibernians in America has petitioned United States Navy historians andmany others in the government to honor a tru...
Voices from the outside raised in protest
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Voices from the outside raised in protest
For many years now the primary focus of the immigration debate in this country has been on comprehensive reform, the presence of millions of illega...

 

 

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