There is a sign on the wall at Gleason’s, Brooklyn’s storied boxing gym, posting an invitation from the poet Virgil: “Now whoever has courage, and a strong and collected spirit in his breast, let him come forth, lace up his gloves, and put up his hands.” John Duddy, a young boxer from Derry, was inRead more..
Posts Tagged ‘Peace’
He’s been nominated for Oscars, was recently awarded the French Legion d’Honneur, and won dozens of Grammies and other prestigious music awards. So it really isn’t a big deal that U2 lead singer Bono has now been nominated for a little thing called the Nobel Peace Prize, is it? Think again. “It’s just a hugeRead more..
“This is the first time the inside story of the Irish peace process has been told by so many of the major politicians and paramilitary leaders who helped shape it.” – WGBH executive producer Zvi Dor-Ner ℘℘℘ Endgame in Ireland, a four-hour PBS special documenting the hard-fought road to peace in Northern Ireland from theRead more..
An historic breakthrough was made in the Northern Ireland peace process at the end of October when the first IRA arms were put permanently beyond use in a move monitored by the International Commission on Decommissioning. In the early hours of October 23 General John de Chastelain oversaw the disposal of what was called aRead more..
The Irish Immigration Center in Boston is having its annual fundraising awards luncheon on November 20 at the Boston Copley Mariot Hotel. This ear’s winner of The Solas Award will be former president Bill Clinton for his tireless effort to bring peace to Ireland. It was his influence and intervention that proved vital in bringingRead more..
Rioting fans, hooliganism and remote and sometimes ugly multi-millionaires have given sports a bad name in recent times. But every now and then, the world of fun and games provides an uplifting story, like the one unfolding in Belfast, where a team of American and Canadian hockey players is being heralded for improving relations betweenRead more..
Kelly Candaele talks to Gerry Adams about recent developments in Northern Ireland. ℘℘℘ Gerry Adams is no stranger to violence. In 1984, he told reporters that he believed there was a ninety percent chance he would be assassinated. Two months later, he was shot by loyalist paramilitaries. While he denies ever having been a memberRead more..
A tourist haven? Tommy Makem thinks so and he held a festival there to prove it. ℘℘℘ June, 2000. A bus packed with American tourists pulls out of Newry and takes the road to South Armagh. On one side it passes a British army observation post, currently being dismantled. On the other, a large posterRead more..
“Hushed be that sigh, be dry that tear,Nor let us lose our heaven here…” – Richard Brinsley Sheridan ℘℘℘ On a plane to San Francisco a young couple sit across from me with two boys. The younger one is kicking up a ruckus. As I reach for my ear-plugs I hear the wife say somethingRead more..