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The Crossing: An American Tradition

Catalina Sofia Dansberger Duque | Posted 11.16.2015 | Politics
Catalina Sofia Dansberger Duque

An anthem for an immigrant nation where crossing borders and cultures out of necessity, in hopes of greater opportunities, are as American as apple pie (which, by the way, was brought by British and Dutch immigrants.)

Irish LGBT Group's Final Roadblock to Much Needed Resource Centre

Sean O'Toole | Posted 10.29.2015 | Gay Voices
Sean O'Toole

This points to a larger problem that everyone in Ireland simply has to become very aware of -- this misconception that in the wake of the Yes vote in the Marriage Equality referendum, that there is simply no more everyday LGBT discrimination because there is no more legal discrimination.

Ann Coulter's Immigrant Ancestors

Megan Smolenyak | Posted 10.20.2015 | Politics
Megan Smolenyak

Coulter's peculiar logic and word play provoked my own curiosity about her heritage. I decided to take a peek into her past, starting with her parents.

Notes From a Dive Bar XXX

Alan Black | Posted 09.14.2015 | San Francisco
Alan Black

Condoms on the bar floor everywhere. An Irish tourist is blowing them up like balloons, while his mate makes armpit farts and I think of James Joyce and how he liked to talk dirty about his wife's gas leaks.

The Secret Ingredient In Irish Spaghetti Sauce

Kristy L. Moore | Posted 08.10.2015 | Women
Kristy L. Moore

Here I am, standing in my kitchen over a pot of my grandmother's "gravy." Having made it only a few times, I am not yet fully confident in my abilities that I could make it as well as she did. I am fully confident, however, that I have finally discovered its secret ingredient.

Celebrate the Midwest's Mutli-Ethnic Heritage with Folksongs of Another America

Stephen D. Winick | Posted 08.06.2015 | Arts
Stephen D. Winick

James P. Leary's new book and CD set, Folksongs of Another America, reveals astonishing diversity in the music of the Upper Midwest.

Observations From Below: An Introduction

Bryan Dooley | Posted 08.04.2015 | Healthy Living
Bryan Dooley

With a name like Bryan Dooley, you can probably guess that I'm Irish. Bryan is a Celtic word meaning strength and nobility or high. I'm going to stick...

Shedding Imperial Conceit

James Zogby | Posted 06.27.2015 | Politics
James Zogby

This is not mere ancient history. It is playing out today, and not just in the consequences of British (or French, or German, or American) imperial misadventures. It informs our Western portrayal of the "East" and our understanding of its peoples. We still see ourselves as the civilized world, the bearers of universal values. And we still portray the "East" as less civilized, more prone to violence, less respectful of human life and liberty.

Trump Joins Narratives of Hate over Immigration Battles

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 06.18.2015 | Politics
Warren J. Blumenfeld

The gigantic cover banner headline, "CLOWN RUNS FOR PREZ," appeared on the New York Daily News the morning following real estate mogul Donald Trump's announced run for the office of the presidency.

Yiddish-Wong-ish --It's All Fun in the Theater

Nancy Cohen-koan | Posted 06.18.2015 | Arts
Nancy Cohen-koan

Talk about diversity. New York is certainly the land of plenty. Just this week alone, I spent time in an Irish/Yiddish world and the next day was transported by intergalactic forces to the Planet Wongo. All this for a subway token.

A Tale of Four Cities: Dublin

Maddy Lederman | Posted 06.15.2015 | Travel
Maddy Lederman

If you're as ignorant as I was, know The River Liffey winds through Dublin, and asking this question was the equivalent of going to Paris and wondering aloud: "What's this Eifel Tower everyone talks about?"

7 Days of Guilt-Free Drinking

Kerri Allen | Posted 06.03.2015 | Taste
Kerri Allen

Instead of tying myself in knots over a few indulgences, I'll tie a few on.

A New Ireland Has Been Born

Ruairí McKiernan | Posted 05.26.2015 | Politics
Ruairí McKiernan

The yes vote has inspired a generation just as Ireland prepares to commemorate the 1916 rising. It has shown us what is possible when we dare to dream and realise our huge power to change reality no matter how impossible it might seem.

The Irish Heritage of the Remarkable Anne Meara

Megan Smolenyak | Posted 05.25.2015 | Entertainment
Megan Smolenyak

Like so many, I am mourning the loss of actress, comedian and writer, Anne Meara. Partnered in every sense of the word with Jerry Stiller, her husband of 61 years, she brought smiles to all of us, but there was so much more to her career than many of us appreciated.

For Mom on Mother's Day

Thea Halo | Posted 05.10.2015 | Books
Thea Halo

There had always been only us: my mother, my father, my five sisters and four brothers, one uncle, an Armenian aunt -- probably with her own sad story to tell -- and their daughter who married and moved away too soon. Then a void.

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

Alexandra Villarreal | Posted 05.06.2015 | 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.

Point of View

Marcia Liss | Posted 05.01.2015 | Comedy
Marcia Liss


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.

Top Of The Morning

Rich Siegel | Posted 05.17.2015 | Comedy
Rich Siegel

I'm old enough to remember New York City before it became a haven for big box stores, chain restaurants and tourists willing to drop a mortgage payment on fancified candies.

The Secrets Behind the Perfect Irish Coffee | Posted 05.17.2015 | Taste

100 bottles of Irish whiskey and 2,000 Irish Coffees? That's a normal day's yield at San Francisco's time-honored Buena Vista Cafe. Batched along the bar in a neat line of 28 glass goblets, the cafe pours more Irish whiskey than anyone in the world thanks to its renowned recipe.

'Let Jim Run His Own Funeral' - Irish Laughter Through Tears

Kevin Walsh | Posted 05.17.2015 | Detroit
Kevin Walsh

From picking the casket that matched the paneling in our family room to the blue blazer winning in five consecutive coin tosses over the grey suit, my dad did run his own funeral and it became, like his mother's seven years earlier, a joyful celebration with tears, but plenty of laughter.

An Irishman Explains His Country's Reputation for Enjoying Alcohol So Much

Quora | Posted 05.18.2015 | Travel

I am afraid you are going to be disappointed... We have a reputation for enjoying alcohol because we enjoy alcohol.

See The Wild Ways The World Is Celebrating St. Patrick's Day

AP | SHAWN POGATCHNIK | Posted 05.17.2015 | World

DUBLIN (AP) -- Landmark buildings across Ireland and the world have been floodlit green for St. Patrick's Day as global celebrations of the Emerald Is...

March Memories

Cheryl Carlesimo | Posted 05.17.2015 | Taste
Cheryl Carlesimo

These pancakes are very tasty and easy to make. Who doesn't love a potato pancake?