The Entertainment Outlook

By Tom Deignan Movie theaters, Broadway and concert venues across much of the U.S. remain closed because of the Coronavirus. But from TV dramas and documentaries, to streaming concerts and plays, there is still plenty of entertainment with Irish and Irish-American flavor to be had. And don’t forget all those great books, which have always been a favored form of entertainment among...


The School Around the Corner Will Not Reopen

By Turlough McConnell Before COVID-19, New York’s Catholic schools were braced with challenges. Now, the pandemic has inflicted devastating financial damage on the region’s parochial schools.   The situation is stark. Registration for the fall has dropped, as widespread unemployment and health concerns have left more families unable to pay tuition. Parish contributions that...


A Century of Treaty Trauma

By Brian Dooley Every Friday during the 1970s The Irish Post was delivered to our house. It was the newspaper for Irish people living in Britain, for families like us. As a teenager I loved laughing at old people getting worked up on the letters page about The Treaty which, for God’s sake, had happened half a century before. Let it go, I thought, there’s a new war in...


Devil Women: How the Church Wrote the Irish Constitution 

Article 45.4.2 The State shall endeavour to ensure that the inadequate strength of women and the tender age of children shall not be abused, and that women or children shall not be forced by economic necessity to enter avocations unsuited to their sex, age or strength. From the 1937 Irish Constitution “In the Name of the Most Holy Trinity and of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Universal King, we the...


Sinn Féin’s Path to Power Blocked

Leaders of the two centrist parties shun Sinn Féin

Deaglán de Bréadún Ever since the Anglo-Irish Treaty of 1921, on which the State was founded, analysts and observers have complained that Irish politics was based on the conflict, which erupted over the terms of that agreement, rather than normal left-right issues. The forebears of the two dominant parties, Fianna Fáil (‘Soldiers of Destiny’) and Fine Gael (‘Tribe of the...