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The demons appeared again, right on schedule, during the second half of the All-Ireland football final in Croke Park in Dublin on Sunday afternoon.
It appeared for a time that Mayo, the Chicago Cubs of Irish sport, lovable losers of seven All-Ireland final appearances since their last victory in 1951, would finally remove the curse and defeat Dublin.
Just in time for the Clinton Global Initiative in Manhattan this week comes a major new controversy about who has access to former President Bill Clinton and his wife Hillary. There is a large Irish angle also.
Recent media attacks on Doug Band, formerly Bill Clinton’s right hand man also rope in his Irish business partner Declan Kelly, both of whom run Teneo, a public affairs company closely connected to the Clintons. (Full disclosure: I have known Declan Kelly for many years.)
I attended the first fundraising dinner for a most unusual Irish showcase event this week.
The Wexford Opera Festival, among the most popular opera festivals in the world, put on a smashing first night in America at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in New York on Wednesday.
In fact it is horseshit.
Martin McGuinness and Peter Robinson sat side by side at the Wall Street 50 event organized by our sister publication Irish America magazine in New York on Thursday night and seemed the best of colleagues.
At the podium when they spoke separately, the First Minister Robinson praised McGuinness and Deputy First Minister McGuinness did the same when it was his turn.
Randall Manor, Staten Island
There are about 200,000 native Irish living in the United States and a couple of hundred showed up at the Irish Center in Mineola, Long Island for the All-Ireland hurling final of 2013 between Cork and Clare on Sunday last.
It was a scene that was replicated in hundreds of Irish Centers and bars across America, Britain, Australia and wherever Irish gathered.
Politics is indeed a cruel sport.
I hope the innate good sense of the Southie Irish will bring about that outcome. It would speak volumes about how this is a far better era for race relations in Boston.
Dublin: They came to say goodbye to Seamus Heaney, Ireland’s greatest modern poet, on Sunday night and the crowd was somber and respectful.
Afterwards they spilled out into the surrounding church courtyard, men and women of all ages and background conversing on a beautiful late summer evening in South Dublin about a poet who touched the lives of so many.
All else is less important. Abraham Lincoln talked about the “mystic chords of memory” that bind us all in one of his greatest speeches. Ronald Reagan borrowed those lines in his address to the Irish parliament in 1984. They came alive to me last week in a special way.
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