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.
October 9, 2014 |
WHEN THE Irish Memorial was dedicated on Penn's Landing in 2003, Jack O'Connell, a member of the board that commissioned the sculpture, happily pointed out convincing evidence of how the Irish have prospered in America since the deadly famine of the 1800s. "All the committee members are overweight," joked O'Connell, himself a big man. In contrast, the 35 figures on the 30-foot-long monument show in their faces the ravages of a famine that killed millions when the Irish potato crop failed between 1845 and 1850, causing a massive migration to America.
October 3, 2014 |
Joseph P. Lamb Sr., 94, of Drexel Hill, a proud Irishman who never forgot his Philadelphia roots, died Friday, Sept. 26, of respiratory failure at Springfield Hospital in Delaware County. Born and raised in Southwest Philadelphia, Mr. Lamb was a 1937 graduate of West Philadelphia Catholic High School for Boys. While there, he played football, baseball, and basketball for the Connell Spades. He was a resident of Briarcliffe, a neighborhood of brick rowhouses in Glenolden, before moving to Drexel Hill in 1969.
May 23, 2013 |
DUBLIN, Ireland - British prosecutors have charged a 61-year-old Irishman with the 1982 IRA attack on the queen's cavalry in Hyde Park, a nail-bombing at a London tourist attraction that left four soldiers and seven horses dead. Wednesday's surprise arraignment of John Downey in a London court came on the 15th anniversary of the ratification of the Good Friday peace accord for Northern Ireland, which sought to end three decades of bloodshed over the disputed British territory. British authorities declined to explain why they arrested Downey as he arrived Sunday at London's Gatwick Airport nearly 31 years after the attack.
April 4, 2013 |
It was the usual for the tightly knit Irish and Irish- American community in the area - tragedy strikes, the phones ring, and fund-raising begins. This time, it was for Charlie Dunlop of Havertown. The 46-year-old electrician, who had emigrated from Northern Ireland, dropped dead in his kitchen. His wife and young son walked in to find Dunlop sprawled on the floor. For many in the Irish community and beyond, Charlie Dunlop's death more than a year ago felt like a direct hit. The cliche seemed to fit - everybody knew Charlie.
July 24, 2012 |
When Jim Holland arrived in Philadelphia from Ireland in 1949, he had a wife to support and needed a job. But many potential employers made it clear they didn't want to hire him. "No Irish Need Apply" signs often greeted him. But Jim was not one to be put off by that largely forgotten prejudice. He persisted and landed a job with a construction company. He then had one other obstacle to overcome: his wife. When the former Anna Duggan realized that her husband's job took him high up into tall buildings, she was horrified.
March 25, 2011 |
Not 15 minutes into Kill the Irishman and Cleveland dockworker Danny Greene has already slapped two guys silly and punched another out cold. Tough? You bet. If Brando's Terry Malloy could've been a contender, Ray Stevenson's Greene - a real-life stevedore turned union boss turned mob-connected Cleveland folk hero - definitely was one. But comparisons to On the Waterfront can stop right there. Kill the Irishman , from director Jonathan Hensleigh ( The Punisher )
March 24, 2011 |
In an era when even low-budget movies have slick digital presentation, the infectiously crude "Kill the Irishman" is a tonic of knocked-out teeth. The movie looks like it was made by two guys, one holding a 16 mm camera, another chasing the actors with a boom mike (to capture dialogue that wavers indiscriminately between good and bad). I felt like a kid at the drive-in watching Joe Don Baker bash guys with a board in "Walking Tall," except that "Irishman" is a strictly urban affair - based on the actual exploits of a guy named Danny Green, who instigated a mob war in Cleveland in the 1970s.
March 14, 2008 |
Sean Patrick Finnegan is dead before his time, or maybe just at the right time - the day his wedding to the comely Katherine O'Shea was scheduled to take place. But before he goes into the ground, he will have to endure a slew of just-short-of-censored Irish one-liners and as many ethnic stereotypes as the dozen-member cast of "Finnegan's Wake" can purvey. Atlantic City casinos have been trying all permutations of entertainment of late to attract varied clientele. Over the last year, the Showboat has been the most transformative.
March 14, 2008 |
The historic streets of Philadelphia may have been passed up for Virginia reproductions in the HBO miniseries "John Adams," but at least we can claim George Washington. David Morse, the versatile Philadelphia-based actor who spent two seasons driving a cab here in "Hack" shows up in a white wig and a nose and accent not his own in the second of two episodes premiering Sunday. Just know that he fought for the nose. "I had to convince them," he said last month during an interview in HBO's New York offices.