Archive for June, 2015

Weekly Comment: Justice
Anthony Kennedy’s Majority
Opinion in Gay Marriage Case

In a five to four ruling, the U.S. Supreme Court effectively voted to overturn states’ bans on same-sex marriage June 26th – the same day as United States v. Windsor (which overturned the Defense of Marriage Act in 2013) and Lawrence v. Texas (which overturned a Texas law – and by extension all state lawsRead more..

Weekly Comment:
Mourning the Berkeley Tragedy

This week, a tragedy of national proportion befell Ireland and Irish America. In the first morning hour of Tuesday, June 16th, a fourth floor balcony collapsed in Berkeley, California, killing six Irish citizens, and critically injuring seven more who were standing on it at the time. Five of the dead were on short-term J-1 studentRead more..

Bloomsday 2015: Global Irish
Celebrate Joyce’s Ulysses

Literary fireworks are once again set to go off all over the world as nations celebrate Bloomsday on June 16. Celebrated in honor of Leopold Bloom, the quixotic wanderer in James Joyce’s classic novel Ulysses, a smorgasbord of literary revivals and readings will take place in Ireland and across the globe. Bloom, who may haveRead more..

Ambassador Anne Anderson Named One of Ireland’s 25 Most Powerful Women

The Women’s Executive Network (WXN) celebrated the 2015 “Ireland’s Most Powerful Women: Top 25 Awards” June11th, naming Irish Ambassador to the U.S. Anne Anderson as one of the country’s most influential leaders in public service. More than 700 people attended the joint Leadership Summit and awards ceremony at Dublin’s Intercontinental Hotel, where Philomena Lee, MicrosoftRead more..

Weekly Comment:
Irish New York Celebrates
Yeats’s 150th Birthday (Photos)

“They must go out of the theatre with the strength they live by strengthened from looking upon some passion that could, whatever its chosen way of life, strike down an enemy, fill a long stocking with money or move a girl’s heart,” W.B. Yeats once said. And indeed the audience that packed with 1,200 peopleRead more..

Joseph Robinette “Beau” Biden III Laid to Rest in Delaware

“A mighty heart” were the words that echoed through the St. Anthony of Padua R.C. Church in Wilmington Delaware as President Obama eulogized the passing of Beau Biden, son of Vice President Joe Biden, Iraq war veteran, and former Attorney General of Delaware who died of complications from brain cancer at 46. Obama, who foughtRead more..

Weekly Comment:
Irish Non-Profit Raises $20K for Extreme Poverty

Of the 7.2 billion people living today, 1.2 billion live below the line of extreme poverty. In order to combat this grim reality, Concern Worldwide, an Irish charity dedicated to the eradication of extreme poverty in the world’s poorest places, became one of several Live Below the Line partner charities for the first time thisRead more..

USPS Gives Flannery O’Connor Her Own Stamp

Award-winning Irish American novelist and devout Catholic Flannery O’Connor will appear on a new postal stamp, joining distinguished authors like Hemingway and Steinbeck in the “Forever” U.S.P.S stamp series. Famous for her unnerving southern fiction style, O’Connor’s absorbing work deals with the ideas of racism, free will, sexism and inevitability of belief. Her autobiographer, BradRead more..

Weekly Comment:
Martin O’Malley Announces
2016 Presidential Bid

Last Saturday, May 30th, former Maryland governor and Baltimore mayor Martin O’Malley announced his bid for the Democratic nomination in the 2016 presidential race. O’Malley was inducted into the Irish America Hall of Fame in 2014 and knows his Irish history and the legacy his parents and extended family birthed him into, and he is known to quote fromRead more..