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Sidewalks with Tom Deignan
Greatest Generation Still Haunts Us
RALPH Tupper Ferns, born in Co. Tipperary, was not a prominent man, not like, say, U.S. Senator Ted Kennedy, a member of Irish America’s royal family, who was back in the news this week.
What a Positive Campaign It’s Been
NOW that it is all said and done, many people seem happy to agree that this presidential race may have been historic, but it was also one of the nastiest, dirtiest campaigns in U.S. history.
Hate on the Campaign Trail
RORY O’Connor knows a thing or two about culture clash. He describes his dad, a former construction worker, as a “patriotic guy” who thought it was wrong to protest America’s involvement in the Vietnam War.
What Now for ‘Governor’ O’Byrne?
HE is arguably the most powerful Irish American in New York State. Earlier this month, one Democratic strategist said that he was essentially New York’s “governor.” And he has done this all while staying out of the spotlight, despite a controversial
A Godfather to Be Proud Of
IT is one of the most famous scenes in movie history –- the conclusion of The Godfather. By the end of the film, Michael Corleone (Al Pacino) has transformed himself from an all-American war hero to the ruthless boss of the Corleone crime family.
The Great Irish New Yorkers
YOU might think New Yorkers would be fed up with these billionaire mogul types, given that they are the poster boys for the economic turmoil we are falling deeper and deeper into.
Go Ahead! Drown Your Sorrows!
THE Emerald Inn is a cozy Irish pub with a white stone front on 69th Street and Columbus Avenue in Manhattan. It has been there since the 1940s, though it apparently will not make it to the 2010s.
The Battle for the 21st Century
WHEN she was growing up in Lexington, Massachusetts, Meghan O’Sullivan did not do her homework quite like all of the other kids. In second grade, when other kids might have been writing about their favorite color, O’Sullivan did a report about the Pa
The Worst of Times?
EDMUND Lynch was born in Baltimore, but relocated to New York City as generations of Irish American dreamers have been doing for roughly a century and a half.
Putting Teen Pregnancy in Focus
WHEN vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin shocked the world and announced that her 17-year-old daughter was pregnant, Erin Patrice O’Brien had a unique perspective on the issue.
He Ain’t Just Talking Trash
FRANK O’Keefe -– by day, a New York City Sanitation superintendent, whose parents came to the Bronx from Ireland — recalled an event when he was asked to do a bit of his stand up comedy routine.
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