Rediscovering Books in the Time of the Coronavirus

By Pat Fenton Each day as I watch the news on television I wonder about the book shelves the newscasters use as back drops as many of them broadcast from their homes, newscasters like Anthony Mason from CBS “This Morning” who actually uses some of his books to prop up the make shift lighting for his show, and Maurice Dubois from CBS’ evening news, and Gloria Borger from CNN along...


A Book’s Revival

By Brian Dooley More than 20 years ago I wrote a book about the links between the U.S. civil rights movement and the civil rights movement in Northern Ireland. Black and Green did okay, reviewers were kind, and some schools and universities in the U.S. and Europe forced their students to read it. What’s surprised me is that two decades on it’s enjoying a mini-revival. Its central...


How Bobby Sands Changed Everything

  By Niall O’Dowd, Publisher It was 40 years ago today (May 5, 1981) that Bobby Sands died on a hunger strike in Northern Ireland. After 66 brutal days of starvation his body gave out but his spirit marched on. Eventually, ten men died, their extraordinary belief in their rights to live as free Irishmen astounded the world. I was living in San Francisco at the time, 6,000 miles from...


The Irish Rep Goes Virtual

May 12th – 15th, 2020 Actress Geraldine Hughes plays Molly New York’s Irish Repertory Theater celebrated 30 years in 2019 and the founders Charlotte Moore and Ciaran O’Reilly know a thing or two about survival. The premier Irish theater group in the U.S. rebuilt its theater in recent years, and throughout its history has produced a bountiful crop of brilliant...