Irish · Irish Diaspora

What Saint Patrick’s Day Means to Me

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

Commentary

Commentary: The meaning of ‘Peace’ in the Nobel Peace Prize

So the E.U. at large has received the 2012 Nobel ‘Peace’ Prize. I’ve put Peace in quotes because it seems the Nobel committee has lost sight of what that word means. Obama won it a few years ago even as he escalated several wars around the world, violated human rights, and blatantly ignored international law.…… Continue reading Commentary: The meaning of ‘Peace’ in the Nobel Peace Prize

Politics

Politics: Who is ‘We’ and what have they ‘Built’?

I won’t be tuning into the Republican National Convention, though last night, while eating dinner, I overheard that the theme for the first night of the Convention was ‘We Built That’. So who and/or what is the Grand Old Party (GOP) referring to with ‘We’? Who exactly is ‘We’? Is it a reference to Americans generally or…… Continue reading Politics: Who is ‘We’ and what have they ‘Built’?

Music

Music: Sail Away

Listen carefully. I am interested to hear about your interpretation of this tune. Leave it below and I will share mine.

Commentary

What Does the Confederate Flag Mean?

I just had a Twitter conversation with a presumably white, southern man who had argued that the real definition of the Confederate flag is pride in the confederacy and states rights and only these two things.  I told him that he needs to be careful with such bold definitions because this was his subjective interpretation.  He proceeded…… Continue reading What Does the Confederate Flag Mean?