On April 24, 1832, 57 Irish immigrants from the counties of Derry, Donegal and Tyrone boarded the barque John Stamp at the port of Derry to begin the eight-week sail toPhiladelphia. They had all taken different roads to arrive at this literal and emotional departure. John Ruddy was just 18 when he hugged his parents goodbye, knowing it was unlikely that he would see them again … [Read more...] about The Buried Massacre of Duffy’s Cut.
In a troubled world, thank God for the gift of hope called Christmas. For all of us, it is a time where we can take an opportunity to at least momentarily free ourselves of the chains of what seems the depressing realities of the world and once again engage in the saintly innocence of children where our eyes are opened to the magic of the universe and the potential of the human … [Read more...] about Yes, Virginia (O’Hanlon) There is a Santa Claus
Alfred "Al" Smith was born on 174th South Street on the Lower East Side of Manhattan, the area where he resided his entire life. He was the son of Catherine (née Mulvihill), the daughter of Irish immigrants from County Westmeath, Ireland, and Joseph Smith, the son of an Italian immigrant; Smith would always identify with his mother's Irish heritage. The family was … [Read more...] about Al Smith, ‘The Happy Warrior’
In the early days of Baseball, Irish Americans dominated the sport and helped transform it into America's national pastime. Young men made strong through the strenuous physical labor in what were often the only jobs available to them took what little relaxation they had in the new sport and soon came to dominate it and were innovators who transformed it into the game we … [Read more...] about ‘King Kelly’
January 30, 1972, was an uncharacteristically bright and sunny day for an Irish winter in Derry, Northern Ireland. It was the day of a planned peaceful protest march against the policy of internment without trial instituted by the British Army; a policy that, while allegedly created to curtail sectarian violence, was itself hypocritically sectarian in its targeting of … [Read more...] about The 50th Anniversary of Bloody Sunday