Robert S. Mueller III arrived in Ireland August 13 for a ten-day "private" visit. Much security and secrecy surrounded the visit, which started off with a round of golf at Lahinch Golf Club in Co. Clare. A regular golfing visitor to Ireland, Mueller was nominated by President Bush on September 4, 2001, becoming the sixth director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. ♦ … [Read more...] about FBI Head Visits Ireland
In July, the Langone family – the first of nearly 250 families to take part in the Innisfree Program – arrived in Ireland. the program, which is run by the US-Ireland Alliance, offers a week's vacation in Ireland to the families of firefighters and police officers killed on September 11th. Sheila Langone of Roslyn Heights, Long Island lost two sons, Peter, 41, a firefighter, … [Read more...] about Innisfree Holidays Begin
On a drizzly morning in early summer -- what the Irish refer to as a "soft day" -- I'm doing something that has become rather commonplace during my numerous travels to Ireland. I'm talking about local history with two men who live in County Mayo and work at the Delphi Mountain Lodge and Spa. We stand at the entrance to a business that was constructed with the entrepreneurial … [Read more...] about Into the West & Far East
In this land of fiercely independent people, who value their poets as highly as their warriors, our strategy was to be road-warriors by day and elegant country houseguests in the evening... ℘℘℘ In 1922, my grandfather, James O'Sullivan, a captain in the fight for Ireland's independence, emigrated from Ireland to the United States via Canada -- one year after the partition of … [Read more...] about Hitching in Ireland with Mom
Ireland offers a warm welcome, even in winter. ℘℘℘ Dublin: The wind and rain lashed furiously on the tarmac at Dublin Airport, rocking our Aer Lingus Airbus like a gondola exposed to the elements on a mountaintop. We hadn't packed any sun block for this post-Christmas 2000 family trip to Ireland, but no one had told us we'd be landing in the monsoon season. It had proved … [Read more...] about Never Mind the Weather!