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Blue Crabs and Much More Make Annapolis a Great Dining Out City

John Mariani | Posted 05.24.2016 | Travel
John Mariani

I suspect I am not alone in being helpless to resist ordering crab in every form when eating around Annapolis. Even though the fat Maryland blue crabs--including softshells--are just now coming into season, the restaurateurs of Annapolis are able to maintain a steady supply of the best blue crab from down the coast and the Gulf of Mexico pretty much year round.

26 Things Irish People Find Fascinating About America

Carissa Howard | Posted 03.01.2017 | Good News
Carissa Howard

I know quite a few native Irish people, in particular, my husband of nine years, his family, his friends, and many of our mutual friends. Like most Europeans, the Irish find the United States fascinating because of the sheer volume of people, diversity of cultures, consumer products, the prevalence of gun violence, and the fact that everything is on sale, all the time.

Two American Heroes Show Us How to Restore Our Exceptionalism

Molly Alexander Darden | Posted 06.10.2016 | Politics
Molly Alexander Darden

On June 6th, they buried Beau Biden, an American hero. Biden expressed his patriotism by living his ideals as a loving family man, an attorney, military officer in the Judge Advocate General Corp, an Iraq War veteran and a politician.

LINES Ballet's Writing Ground Is Physical Poetry -- Literally

Alexandra Villarreal | Posted 05.05.2016 | Arts
Alexandra Villarreal

"There are times I will need ropes and ladders and caribiners and helmets just to climb down into myself." Madeline DeVries shatters into shards, tortured by music and memories. She crumbles as her eyes accuse.

EXCLUSIVE VIDEO: Sean Hayes Discovers Family's Criminal Past

Megan Smolenyak | Posted 05.28.2015 | Entertainment
Megan Smolenyak

Sean explores his paternal ancestry focusing on his Hayes line, and that leads him via Chicago and Dublin back to Ballylongford in County Kerry. What will he learn there? Check out this exclusive video provided by TLC to get a taste:

On Being Irish: A St. Patrick's Day Rant

Ashley Allen | Posted 05.17.2015 | Women
Ashley Allen

I'm protective of my heritage. It connects me to my beloved departed grandfather, who considered himself Irish to the core. It makes me feel part of a family, a part of history, something bigger than the here and now, bigger than myself.

Irish Pride, Catholic Guilt and Not "Particularly Huggy"

Katharine Rose | Posted 05.10.2015 | Good News
Katharine Rose

Humor Mr. O'Connor certainly displayed during our interview, where I sought to debunk his "Irishness" and examine what it means for him to be an "Irish-American."

What Democrats Must Do to Win in November

James Zogby | Posted 06.19.2014 | Politics
James Zogby

This November, Democrats will have chance to reconnect with ethnic voters and win support from them while still courting other key groups. It is not an either-or proposition.

John O'Hara and F. Scott Fitzgerald

Anne Margaret Daniel | Posted 11.16.2013 | Home
Anne Margaret Daniel

O'Hara's admiration for Fitzgerald's first novel This Side of Paradise is well documented -- he fell in love with the book, that's how he put it. It's not surprising to find Fitzgerald the author he had to copy, and try to surmount.

"Tread Softly Because You Tread on My Dreams," A Story of American Greatness

Molly Alexander Darden | Posted 07.07.2013 | Good News
Molly Alexander Darden

Long pause. Then Foster looked them in the eyes, her voice still strong, still perspiring, and made her last-ditch pitch. "This is the smartest thing I've ever come up with to do. It's my life; it's all that I do," she said. "Right now, I'm homeless." You could've heard a pin drop.

'The Hand That Rocks the Cradle Rocks the World'

Molly Alexander Darden | Posted 05.18.2013 | Impact
Molly Alexander Darden

Throughout Mary Robinson's career the fight for justice has driven her life-choices, and the enormity of her courageous decisions cannot be underestimated.

10 (American) Irish Pubs Worth Visiting

Posted 03.16.2013 | Travel

St. Patrick's Day is a celebration of many things -- Irish heritage, shamrocks, the ministrations of a 5th-century priest -- but in modern American cu...

A Map Of Irish America

Jed Kolko | Posted 05.16.2013 | Travel
Jed Kolko

There are more than five times as many Americans with at least partial Irish ancestry as there are people who live in Ireland.

5 Reasons To Love Irish Men

Aisling Carroll | Posted 05.15.2013 | Women
Aisling Carroll

I have just been hit by the "Irish charm cannons," as my brother coined them. Here are five other reasons to love Irish men:

Kiss Me, I'm 1/16 Irish: African-, Irish-, and the Hyphenated-Americans

Theodore Johnson | Posted 05.15.2013 | Black Voices
Theodore Johnson

The plights of the Irish and blacks in America are extremely different, but share some similarities. Irish were sometimes thought of as black people "turned inside out," and blacks as "smoked Irish."

Letter to Ireland Answered -- 28 Years Later

Megan Smolenyak | Posted 05.05.2013 | Weird News
Megan Smolenyak

Not long ago, I received a response to a letter I wrote to a stranger in Ireland -- in 1984. Making the experience more peculiar still is the fact that the gentleman I contacted had passed away in 1990. Perhaps I should explain.

Nothing Like Those Kennedys: A Review of The Other Irish by Karen F. McCarthy

Court Stroud | Posted 11.09.2015 | Home
Court Stroud

Rare is the writer who can not only recite historical facts, but also make them vibrant and flesh-colored. Karen McCarthy is indeed one such gifted writer.

Irish-American Conference to Commemorate the Life and Career of Governor Hugh Carey

Chris Rodda | Posted 08.11.2012 | Politics
Chris Rodda

A conference to be held in July in Tuam, County Galway, will feature a commemoration of the life and career of Governor Hugh L. Carey, whose grandparents emigrated from that part of Ireland to settle in Brooklyn in the 1880s.

Lower East Side Tenement Museum Tells a Story

Kalia N. Baker | Posted 05.29.2012 | Home
Kalia N. Baker

Whether it was the famine or political and religious persecution that brought these Irish families to America, as described on the tour, they were met with much discrimination -- one of which is reflected in their housing and economic opportunity.

No Irish Need Apply

Terence Clarke | Posted 05.22.2012 | Politics
Terence Clarke

As with the Irish in the United States in the 20th century, new immigrants today will write much of the history of this country in the 21st. Names such as "Santorum," "Romney" and "Gingrich," like those of their forebears in 1842 in New York, will have been forgotten.

Sober St. Patrick's: Drunken Past, Sparkling Future

Gerit Quealy | Posted 05.19.2012 | Home
Gerit Quealy

I had to ask. How did the Irish get the reputation for being such heavy drinkers? Even my own father is derisive about it, and he's where my Irish heritage comes from. Malachy McCourt has a theory. (I knew he would.)

PHOTOS: Urban Outfitters Sells Disputed St. Patrick's Day Clothing

The Huffington Post | Michelle Manetti | Posted 03.01.2012 | Style

Urban Outfitters has done it again: offended a cultural group through derogatory clothing. The fashion store recently started selling clothing targ...

The Non-Existent Irish-American Vote

Trina Y. Vargo | Posted 07.18.2011 | Politics
Trina Y. Vargo

There is no 'Irish vote.' Irish Americans are Democrats and Republicans, Catholics and Protestants, and there are no galvanizing issues around which a significant number of them rally.

Six Surprising Facts About St. Patrick's Day

Kate Kelly | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Kate Kelly

St. Patrick's Day is an American holiday -- the first St. Patrick's Day parade took place in the United States on March 17, 1762.

No Green Beer: Keeping St. Patrick's Day Holy

Michele Somerville | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Michele Somerville

My memories of St. Patrick's Day in New York do not revolve whoozily around Guinness and Jameson, although both have been on hand.