Archive for May, 2020

Margaret Gallagher, An Update

Last week we brought you the video of Margaret Gallagher who lives in a 280+year old thatched roof cottage in Belcoo, County Fermanagh. Margaret turned 78 on January 26th, she still walks down through the field to fetch fresh spring water and stokes the fire each day to cook, keep warm, and keep a roofRead more..

A Card Trick that Tells the Story of Michael Collins

Dylan Murray, a 22 year old magician from Keadue, County Donegal created this original card trick as a tribute to the life of Irish hero Michael Collins. Dylan has won numerous talent competitions including Derry’s Got Talent in 2016, the Dublin Talent Variety 2017, and has been named Ireland’s Magician of The Year twice. ThisRead more..

Paul Robeson – Singer, Actor, and Renaissance Man – Had a Love for Ireland

By Christine Kinealy Paul Robeson was born in in Princeton in New Jersey in 1898. His father was a former runaway slave who had become a Presbyterian minister and his mother was part of a Quaker abolitionist family. His mother, Anna Louisa Bustill, died in a fire when Robeson was aged 6. Despite growing upRead more..

All I’ve Ever Known

All I’ve Ever Known is a BBC film produced by John Callister in 1992. It is about Margaret Gallagher who lives in Belcoo, County Fermanagh, Northern Ireland. Margaret is a fascinating soul, now in her late 70’s she still lives in the thatched roof cottage where she was born without any of the amenities ofRead more..

Malachy Browne:

The Accidental Pulitzer Prize-winning Journalist By Emer Mullins The best journalism has always been based on excellent storytelling – the objective reporting of facts best told through the story of a person with whom others can relate. As social media has become ubiquitous and infotainment replaced news, as celebrity culture and fake news have becomeRead more..

Rory Saves Another Life

By Niall O’Dowd, Publisher My nephew Rory Staunton would have been 21-years-old this week, a strapping handsome young man no doubt well into a promising college career. Instead he lies in an Irish graveyard victim of a bungled medical emergency so bad it made the front page of The New York Times. The doctors failed toRead more..

America We Love You

General Martin Dempsey, who served as the 18th Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff explained, “A month ago, a group of musicians from the Army Chorus and I discussed if we could find a way to provide a bit of encouragement to our fellow citizens in these challenging times. Ambitious, but it’s amazing what youRead more..

The Gift That Keeps on Giving

The trails of death and the circles of giving. The Irish and Native American connection.  By Christine Kinealy Trails of Tears and Circles of Giving “I know the cause of humanity is one the world over,” wrote fugitive slave Frederick Douglass at the beginning of 1846, at the conclusion of his “transformative” four-month stay inRead more..

Famous Genealogist Solves Her Own Family’s Mystery

Solving a long-held family history mystery leads to an enigmatic playwright By Megan Smolenyak I couldn’t understand it. My nana had an amazing memory. As a professional genealogist, I’m more aware than most that we should take our family lore with a grain of salt. Whether deliberately or accidentally, it’s distorted as it travels throughRead more..

Provisional IRA Founded 50 Years Ago

The man behind the Provisional IRA was Londoner Seán MacStiofáin. By Brian Dooley If all politics really is local, as Tip O’Neill suggested, then it’s hard to know where to place Seán MacStiofáin, founder of the Provisional IRA. MacStiofáin was born and grew up in London as John Stephenson. His father was English and hisRead more..