March 20, 2016
The Immortal Irishman The Irish Revolutionary Who Became an American Hero By Timothy Egan Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 448 pp. $30 Reviewed by Paul Jablow From his earliest years in Ireland to the battlefields of the Civil War to his mysterious death in an icy Montana river, Thomas Francis Meagher was driven by visions of freeing his native Ireland from the yoke of Britain. It was a mirage constantly fading into the horizon. Born to family wealth he easily tossed aside, Meagher had been sentenced in 1848 to hang for revolutionary activities.
June 22, 2015 |
People are suddenly asking Dwight Evans for lottery picks. That happens when you are two-for-two betting long on the most important political offices in Pennsylvania. In back-to-back elections, the Democratic state representative from West Oak Lane has wagered and won big with his support of the relatively unknown Tom Wolf for governor last year and Jim Kenney for the Democratic nomination for mayor of Philadelphia last month. Evans now can boast of having the ear of both men and an inside track on favors and future political appointments.
December 10, 2014 |
IF YOU LISTEN carefully, you can still hear Joe Montgomery singing "Danny Boy. " It's been some years since Joe graced the choir loft of Transfiguration Church in West Philadelphia with his distinctive Irish tenor. But there are those who swear they can still hear his voice raised in those songs that never fail to stir the heart or bring a tear to the eye of a true Irish patriot. Joe Montgomery is gone, but the work he did for the Irish community in Philadelphia and the people he inspired with his devotion to the rites and traditions of those places live on wherever green is worn.
November 16, 2012 |
The number of babies born with Tay-Sachs in the United States has fallen dramatically since the 1970s, when Jews began to be screened for the defective gene that causes the rare neurological disorder. Now, Einstein Medical Center in North Philadelphia is leading a study to determine whether carrier screening should be recommended for another ethnic group - Irish Americans. Carriers of the Tay-Sachs gene are healthy, but the offspring of two carriers have a 25 percent chance of inheriting two bad genes and thus the disease, which is usually fatal by age 5. Limited evidence in medical literature suggests that Americans of Irish descent have an elevated carrier frequency, but estimates vary wildly.
October 15, 2012 |
Enda Kenny , Taoiseach (TEE-shock, Irish for Big Chief) of Ireland, left troubles home in Dublin when he flew into Philadelphia at dawn Friday. The prime minister is presiding over a bundle of miseries: Managing an unpopular multibillion-euro bailout of the nation's profligate banks. Making ugly budget cuts amid tough negotiations with tight-fisted global bankers and Eurocrats. Bailing out deadbeat borrowers, an initiative that has frugal Irish who pay their bills steaming. And watching frustrated job-seekers support leftist and nationalist rivals, or leave for the mines in Canada and Australia, restarting the long emigration the Irish thought they had left behind.
July 21, 2012 |
Tom McGrath, owner of the Black Sheep Pub in Manhattan, is an ultra-marathoner of some repute. A native of Ireland who first came to the United States in 1969 to play Gaelic football, he has, among other astonishing accomplishments, run across the United States in 53 days, run 24 hours nonstop numerous times, and completed several 1,000-mile solo runs. Many of his runs are dedicated to charity, such as raising money for the pediatrics unit at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. On Friday, McGrath, 61, will embark on another long jaunt on behalf of a worthy cause.
January 2, 2009
Club Totals 2. Quaker City . . . 93.900 3. South Philly . . . 91.550 4. Ferko . . . 87.500 5. Avalon . . . 86.650 6. Polish American . . . 86.350 7. Greater Kensington . . . 86.100 8. Woodland . . . 83.650 9. Hegeman . . . 81.850 10. Uptown . . . 78.450 11. Durning . . . 72.700 12. Duffy . . . 70.750 13. Greater Overbrook . . . 62.150 14. Broomall . . . 60.750 ...
March 17, 2008 |
I had my first real introduction to Irish American culture when I met my husband in 1989. Coming into his big Irish Catholic family, I soon learned that the heart of being Irish isn't the color green, beer, leprechauns or shamrocks. No, the core identity for the Irish is a good story, and everything else is a variation on this: religion, family lore, a song or a joke. I found this out at one of the first dinners I attended at the Dolan house. Looking for salad dressing, someone asked, "Please pass the Italian," at which point the nearest of the seven brothers lifted me from my seat.
June 29, 2005
The public debate continues over the decision to have mandatory African and African American history studies in the Philadelphia schools. Here are a variety of opinions on the subject. The decision to require African American history in Philadelphia public schools is good one - and long overdue. The need for a comprehensive approach to understanding the role of African people in the development of the United States is illustrated by a factual question raised by The Inquirer's coverage of the controversy over the decision.
March 17, 2005 |
Margaret Johnson grew up in a traditional Irish American family outside Boston. But she never ate anything called a fool, not to mention a flummery. It wasn't until she began researching recipes for her collection of Irish cookbooks that she discovered the rich tradition of Irish baking and desserts. "I was almost like a food investigator," Johnson, a retired schoolteacher who lives in New York, says of her search for unique dishes at Irish guest houses and restaurants. Everywhere she went, she coaxed bakers and chefs into giving her their recipes.