Congratulations are in order for James Houlihan of Dublin and Kevin O'Regan of Tallaght, Ireland. In 1997, they won the Redington Scholarship, established in honor of Irish immigrant Joseph P. Redington, and his wife, Elizabeth Brennan Redington. Since 1985 the scholarship has helped students from Ireland pursue their education in America. James Houlihan, who fulfilled his … [Read more...] about Isle of Scholars
How Sinn Féin's Martin McGuinness is adjusting to his new role as Northern Ireland's Minister for Education. ℘℘℘ Unusually for a politician, Martin McGuinness is early. He arrives at the Irish-speaking primary school in Newry, the Bunscoil an luir, as part of his duties as Minister for Education in the Northern Ireland Executive. The Executive, and McGuinness, are back to … [Read more...] about Educating Martin
The Irish and American governments are joining together in the fight against illiteracy. They plan to tackle poor literacy levels, improve classroom teaching, and encourage student exchanges between the two countries. The U.S. Secretary of Education, Richard Riley, and the Irish Minister of Education, Dr. Michael Woods, are implementing the proposal. Part of the plan entails … [Read more...] about Hibernia: Ireland and U.S. Join to Improve Literacy
Over the years, I've spent an inordinate amount of time thinking about what it means to be Irish. Occasionally, my public writings and ruminations on the subject have led to me being described (and dismissed) as a "professional Irishman." If only it were true! Unfortunately, I'm still a semi-pro, forced to make a living at activities unrelated to my ethnic investigations.
A … [Read more...] about Confessions of a
Bronx Irish Catholic