Colm Toibin’s Newest Book Release: Brooklyn

Reviewed by Mary Sue McFarland 262 pp. Scribner. Through all of Colm Toibin’s books and stories, intimations of attachment, abandonment and strong feeling (felt but rarely spoken) fall like a plumb line. The trap line that Toibin’s novel,  “Brooklyn” sets, stands apart because Eilis Lacey, the main character has such an uncritical nature. She doesn’t […]

Irish Government Launches Network for Irish Pubs Around the World

The Irish Minister for Diaspora, Jimmy Deenihan launched an official network of nearly 7,000 global Irish pubs recently creating a platform from which Irish pub owners can collaborate for mutual benefit and the benefit of Ireland. The Irish Pubs Global Federation is an extension of Irish Pubs Global, which aims to create and support a […]

Maureen O’Hara Selling her Ireland Residence

Maureen O’Hara, the “Quiet Man” star, is selling her West Cork home that she and husband bought in 1970 for a holiday home. She moved there permanently in 2005. The property is just outside the town of Glengarrif, on the Cork/Kerry border, which offers spectacular views. The house was built by William Martin Murphy in […]

The First Victim of a Car Bomb in North America was in St. Paul

by Jim Brooks Dapper Dan Hogan, called that because of his snappy dress, was considered the “Irish Godfather” of Saint Paul. Dapper Dan came to Minnesota in 1908 and he quickly connected himself to the local political scene and certain corrupt police officers in Saint Paul. He was once described by the Justice Department as […]

Irish Fair of Minnesota to hold 1/2 Way Party

The Irish Fair of Minnesota will celebrate the halfway point tonext year’s Irish Fair on Saturday, February 28 at O’Gara’s Bar and Grill in St. Paul starting at 5 p.m. The event will feature a performance by the Rince na Chroi dancers, a silent auction, whiskey walk, pub quiz, topped by a live performance by […]

Cadbury Chocolate banned in the United States

The Hersey Chocolate Company has made a successful lawsuit against Cadbury Chocolate of Britain and Ireland and the settlement result is there will be no Cadbury Chocolate imported into the U.S. There will be no importing of KitKat bars, Toffee Crisps, Yorkie chocolate bars and Maltesers. Hershey claims that packaging on these items too closely […]