As we prepare to celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day, I reflect back upon my family’s migration from Lisdoonvarna, County Clare, and what Irish identity means to me. As Irish President Michael D. Higgins said in a recent address, the Irish are a migrant people. We have brought our wit, our charm, our knowledge, and our cultural…… Continue reading What Saint Patrick’s Day Means to Me
I pay respect to Ireland, the Emerald Isle, “the land of saints and scholars,” that tiny little island on the outskirts of Europe. Let us reflect upon her ancient glories, her yearning for knowledge, her passion for understanding the mysteries of the world. Let us never forget the conditions of those who came before us,…… Continue reading Poem: I Pay Respect to Ireland
Today is Saint Patrick’s Day, which means that you might wear green, sport a shamrock, and perhaps drink a pint of Guinness. This expression of “Irish identity” is driven mainly by our materialist culture and the obsession that we need objects to represent our perceived identities. What’s unfortunate is that the real Saint Patrick is not…… Continue reading Who is the Real Saint Patrick?
Here is a video I produced in the summer of 2014. It relates to my Irish ancestral homeland, near Lisdoonvarna, the Cliffs of Moher, and the shores of the wild Atlantic Ocean. The video shows me in Killilagh Parish speaking on the history of Killilagh. The church was probably made in the 1400s. During the 17th century a radical…… Continue reading When English Puritans Burned Down Our Irish Catholic Church
Thanks to what RTE should be on YouTube for filming this discussion and writing up the following short description about Dr. Boyle’s book. *** United Ireland, Human Rights and International Law Dr Francis A. Boyle Professor of International Law, University of Illinois During the past three decades, international legal expert Francis A. Boyle has dealt with…… Continue reading The “Irish Famine” Constituted Genocide – A Discussion With Dr. Francis Boyle
19th century Irish immigrants fled from desperate poverty and arrived to the US in destitute conditions … In the United States, the Irish experienced not only religious and political bigotry, but they were also discriminated against through racial overtones. The use of racism against the Irish was at times more prevalent than the racist discrimination…… Continue reading How Irish Slaves Were Worse Off Than African Slaves During 19th Century, USA
Boston, where more than 20 percent of residents have Irish ancestry, is hosting the inaugural iFest festival, a $4 million event created by the Irish hospitality industry and politicians to promote Irish culture. According to the Boston Globe, iFest is a tool to increase tourism to Ireland. “It really will immerse visitors in the best…… Continue reading Upcoming Boston Festival to Promote Irish Culture