President John F. Kennedy – An Irish American Who Inspired A Generation

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Today, on the 50th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy’s death, I pay tribute to him, an Irish American who inspired a generation and beyond. Image Credit As a child growing up in Ireland I often heard people talk of where they were when they first heard of JFK’s assassination. Irish people revered Kennedy.  All […]

American Kindness

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It is hard to fathom the extent of human suffering and loss in the wake of the devastating tornadoes in Oklahoma this week. As I try to comprehend the human suffering in the town of Moore, I have been struck by the amazing strength of the people of Oklahoma and by the kindness of America. […]

A Snowy Kentucky Spring 2013

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Where is Spring?  That’s what I want to know. I thought Punxsutawney Phil predicted an early spring this year, but boy oh boy, did he get it wrong. As a fully fledged American I grew to believe the famous groundhog’s prediction had teeth. I always thought it would be great fun to attend the celebrations […]

Fish On Friday And The Discovery Of The New World.

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Fish on Friday is a traditional Catholic “sacrifice” for the Lenten season.  Growing up in Ireland we ate fish every Friday of Lent.  When I moved to Kentucky I was surprised to see how strong the tradition is here. Many churches host a Friday Lenten Fish Fry. Maybe I enjoy our Kentucky Fish Fry so […]

If Asked Would You Like A Drink In America, Just Say “Yes”!

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Today we are going to explore a little cultural nuance between Ireland and America.  When visiting someone’s home in America, if offered a drink, always answer “yes” straight away.  The offer is made at the start of the visit, with no extended repetitions until you finally accept. The opposite is true in Ireland.  If offered […]

Bless Me Ireland For I Have Changed

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Bless me Ireland, for I have changed, Here is my American confession……     I put no milk in my tea!   That’s right! No milk!  No sugar!  Just plain black tea!  I know – pure sacrilege by Irish tea drinking standards – not even the teeniest, tiniest, little drop of milk in my tay.  […]

Let’s Go, Fighting Irish!

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Tonight we will be watching and shouting for the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame as they play their championship game of the college football season. South Bend is just a few hours drive from Louisville and perhaps someday one of our sons or daughter will attend those hallowed halls of learning, or set foot on […]

Prayers For The Angels Of Sandy Hook Elementary School

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As I zipped up coats today, and placed back-packs on my children’s willing shoulders, I shuddered.  My thoughts turned to the families of Sandy Hook Elementary who will never again send their innocent children off to school. My prayers are for all children returning to school today, some with heavy hearts, burdened at a young […]

Is My Black Friday Shopping Trip A Major Milestone On My American Journey?

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Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving, is synonymous with feverish early-morning shopping, crazy consumerism, bargain-hunting, and unfortunately trampling troops of over-ecstatic shoppers rushing into stores in search of their hearts’ supposed desires. During my twenty-something years living in America I never before participated in this retail hype and hoopla.  For the entire duration of the […]

Thoughts On Citizenship, Voting & Democracy

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Today as this nation votes for President, my thoughts turned to my rights, endowed upon me as an American.  I wish to express my gratitude to my new homeland.  Thank you America, for accepting me as a citizen and granting me the right to vote. Image Credit America has welcomed me ever since I first […]

“Diaspora” – Do I Like Or Loathe The Word?

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The word diaspora is tossed around by the Irish media pretty frequently these days.  The term refers to people scattered far and wide, living away from their ancestral homeland.  The Irish Diaspora is estimated at 80 to 100 million people worldwide. I first took note of the word about five years ago when I was […]