The year is 1903. It is the year the great short story writer Frank O’Connor was born in Cork, the same year the Vatican discusses canonizing Irish archbishop and martyr Oliver Plunkett, some two centuries after he was executed by the British, and the very same year that the University of Dublin decided that it would award degrees to female students as well as male students.
The evil that was wrought on September 11 continues to this day too alas but we hope that we have learned from our foolish mistakes that did nothing for the sacrifice of the men and women in the Twin Towers.
As most of ye over there know very well, there is nothing we at home here on the Emerald Isle relish as much as a good rousing election with all the craic and sound and stimulation that goes with polling battles.
Irish American World War One soldiers left their marks on the battlefields including graffiti mentioning their Knights of Columbus hall, their local Ancient Order of Hibernians chapters, or their favorite baseball teams.