Official Certificate of Irish Heritage program ending

What do Bill Clinton, President Obama, and Tom Cruise have in common with each other that you could likely also have? They all have official proof of their Irish ancestry. It is a sense of pride for people all over the world to be a part of the Irish diaspora or to be of Irish […]

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14-year-old debunks professor’s Irish discrimination myth

For centuries scholars, historians and professors have been the go-to source for historical theory that is often taken at its word- largely in part because who else would have the credentials or the access to find evidence to challenge their assertions? As it turns out, a 14-year old girl was able to do just that to […]

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50,000 Adopted from Ireland may get access to birth certificates

The Irish Cabinet is discussing a bill this week that could provide answers for over 50,000 adopted individuals, including 2,000 Americans adopted from Ireland.  The Adoption Information and Tracking Bill would finally give those who have been adopted access to their birth certificates, which would contain important information regarding their birth parents, family history, and […]

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Once in a Long While

In 2007, the Irish independent film, Once, won an Oscar for the best original song, “Falling slowly;” a song created especially for the film. The song accentuates the film’s humanistic elements: the chance encounters and surprising intimacies that sometimes come when strangers meet. The film is about two musicians trying to survive in Dublin, who share a passion for music and a desire to have […]

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A Marriage Mural

Ireland, a country of fighters, union supporters and individuals coming together to optimize power, has recently passed a unanimous vote to legalized gay marriage. From the May 22nd referendum, Ireland has become the first country to embrace homosexual love coast-to-coast. And if the parades in the streets aren’t enough, there is evidence of a town, Dublin town, being painted with […]

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Irish in New York–Take to the Streets

For the rural Irish immigrating to New York for the first time, it’s hard to imagine what mighty impact the big city left on them or what they noticed first. It could have been The Statue of Liberty, of course; or Ellis Island; the amass of lights, or the fast pace of the people.  Onlookers, later to become […]

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Near the heart of Ireland–Athlone and Beyond

In leaving Ireland, I remember a song I heard on RTÉ radio a few days before returning to the United States. Its lyrics went: I left my heart in Athlon, my heart is an empty stone.” Still, I think of those lyrics today and envision the images of the place that captivated me as a stranger to the land. There is a […]

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Saint Patrick and the Ridding of the Snake

To some, Saint Patrick and the myth of riding Ireland of snakes is an allegory where the snake represents evil and Christianity is the cure—the eradicator—to that evil. Yet, others trust the geography of the island in answering the no snake question. Before the Emerald Island was an island, it was covered by ice. According […]

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Let Blessed Brigid Enter The House

This coming Sunday, February 1st marks the Feast of St. Bridget of Kildare. Along with St. Patrick and Saint Columba, Bridget is one of Ireland’s three patron saints. This day is also known as the Celtic festival of Imbolc, celebrating the beginning of Spring and an evening when Bridget goes from house to house offering […]

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