Manhattan Diaryby Cahir O'Doherty
- Bill O’Reilly slams Nelson Mandela as an unrepentant “communist”
- Forging a bond with my father during an idyllic trip to Donegal
- JFK and the Sacred Heart were the twin pillars of life in Donegal
- The War on Thanksgiving
- Honor our Irish American forefathers by maintaining the ailing US infrastructure
This week a YouTube video is making the rounds internationally. It stars what sounds like at least two young Irish men verbally abusing a young Korean girl who looks frightened out of her wits. The video was filmed in Korea.
It features a terrifying level of racist abuse and dehumanizing aggression aimed at one prone young Korean woman. It's about the saddest, hardest thing I've seen on the news cycle since the Newtown massacre and the Boston Marathon bombing.
It's purgatorial just to have to contemplate.
Lucinda Creighton went there. I was astounded to hear her adopt the 'some of my best friends are -' approach this week.
Speaking to Marian Finucance on RTE Radio, the former Fine Gael Junior Minister denied she is against gay rights.
The immigration reform bill that recently made it out of the Senate with a big majority is now languishing in the House, where most Republicans are eyeing it as though it had been laced with a strain of bubonic plague.
We should be worried. Rank and file GOP supporters hate the bill. More than that, they apparently hate the idea that the invisible people who staff our nation’s restaurants and bars, who pick our lettuce and recycle our trash, who live in fear of an early morning visit from the Department of Homeland Security, will at last be given some measure of security.
I sometimes think about how it must have looked to the locals of Connemara in the late 19th century to witness W.B. Yeats and Lady Gregory arrive outside their tiny thatched cottages, dressed in all their finery.
There’s something comical about it. I can hear the clatter of the carriage horses, then the step down onto the plain earth by these two extraordinary personages. It must have caused an oul’ stir. It must have looked a bit like the Martians landing.