Straight Up Irish – Magan Vernon

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Straight Up Irish

Magan Vernon

Genre: New Adult

Publish Date: February 19, 2018

Publisher: Entangled Publishing, LLC

Seller: Macmillan


"Full of Irish charm, sweeping scenery, and swoon-worthy romance." – Jay Crownover, NYT bestselling author I need a wife if I want to help save my family’s billion-dollar pub empire. There’s just one problem: I never plan on marrying. So, I need someone who understands that this is just another business deal. I don’t do commitments. And my brother’s executive assistant, Fallon Smith, fits that bill. Fallon needs help with her grandmother’s expenses, and her pretending to be my fake wife is a way we can make that happen. She’s not my biggest fan, but we can help each other and then go our separate ways. That she’s beautiful and I enjoy spending time with her–doesn’t matter. When all of this is done, she’s heading home to America, and I’ve got a company to run. A fake wedding and a whole lot of whiskey. What could go wrong? Each book in the Murphy Brothers series is STANDALONE: * Straight Up Irish * Irish on the Rocks * Dirty Irish

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Irish Thoroughbred: Irish Hearts, Book 1 (Unabridged) – Nora Roberts

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Irish Thoroughbred: Irish Hearts, Book 1 (Unabridged)

Nora Roberts

Genre: Romance

Price: $ 8.99

Publish Date: April 21, 2015

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Essential Irish Drinking Songs & Sing Alongs – Whiskey In the Jar – Various Artists

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Essential Irish Drinking Songs & Sing Alongs – Whiskey In the Jar

Various Artists

Genre: Pop

Price: $ 16.99

Release Date: February 21, 2006

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Wild Irish Boxed Set – Mari Carr

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Wild Irish Boxed Set

Volumes 1-4

Mari Carr

Genre: Erotic Romance

Publish Date: January 4, 2015

Publisher: Carried Away Publishing

Seller: Mari Carr


The Wild Irish series by New York Times bestselling author, Mari Carr, has made the Collins clan one of the most beloved families in erotic romance. Read the first four books in the series: Come Monday, Ruby Tuesday, Waiting for Wednesday and Sweet Thursday in this special boxed set. Come Monday Forbidden fruit is always the sweetest. Keira recognizes daydreaming about her sexy professor is cliche, but that doesn’t help curb her fantasies of Professor Wallace bending her over his desk night after night. Will Wallace has never been tempted by a student…until Keira. Now he’s willing to break all the rules, offering sweet punishments and sweeter rewards. His sexual authority slowly strips away some of her precious control. But that’s the one thing Keira’s not ready to relinquish… Ruby Tuesday He wants so much more than just her music… Bad boy rocker Sky Mitchell wants to buy Teagan’s song. Only it’s not for sale. Neither is she, but that doesn’t stop him from challenging her to a contest, a game of winner take all. Waiting for Wednesday Lane used to be hands off and Tris knew it. He followed the rules and left her alone. Now she’s back and the game has changed. When Lane returned, she believed she could resist the far-too-sexy Tris. A life of disappointment had destroyed her ability to love, to trust a man. Or so she thought. Sweet Thursday Lily intends to rewrite the past at her high school reunion. When she was younger, she was too shy to act on her feelings, but she’s all grown up now. And ready to take what she wants. Even if it’s only for one night. Soldiers Justin and Killian are blown away when quiet Lily proposes a night too tempting, too hot to resist. But just one no-holds-barred, explosive evening with the stunning woman will never be enough.

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Jewels of the Sun: Irish Jewels Trilogy, Book 1 (Unabridged) – Nora Roberts

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Jewels of the Sun: Irish Jewels Trilogy, Book 1 (Unabridged)

Nora Roberts

Genre: Romance

Price: $ 19.99

Publish Date: June 10, 2008

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Irish Tour ‘74 (Live / Remastered 2017) – Rory Gallagher

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Irish Tour ‘74 (Live / Remastered 2017)

Rory Gallagher

Genre: Blues

Price: $ 7.99

Release Date: July 21, 1974

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Celtic Harp and Traditional Irish Music – Celtic Harp Soundscapes

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Celtic Harp and Traditional Irish Music

Celtic Harp Soundscapes

Genre: Instrumental

Price: $ 9.99

Release Date: June 26, 2010

© ℗ 2010 Equilibrium

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Irish Twins

The new father ran out of the delivery room and announced to the rest of his family who were waiting for the news: “We had twins! We’re naming them
Maureen and Colleen!”

The family was so excited they immediately asked, “Who do Maureen and Colleen look like?”

The father paused, smiled, and said, “Each other.”

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Irish Wolfhound

On a hot, sticky afternoon, a man decided to stop in at his favorite pub for a cold, frosty glass of his favorite beverage. He left his companion, a
massive Irish Wolfhound, tied to a post just outside. The man was enjoying his beverage when a very upset gentleman came in and asked nervously, “Who
owns the Wolfhound outside?”

The owner replied, “I do. Something wrong?”

The other man replied, “Sir, I’m sorry, but my dog just killed your dog.”

The Wolfhound’s owner was incredulous. “Wha- How- What kind of a dog do you have?”

The nervous gentleman replied, “A Chihuahua.”

The man was now even more incredulous. “How in the world could your Chihuahua kill my Wolfhound??”

The gentleman softly replied, “I think he got hung up in his throat.”

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Alex – Irish Winters

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Alex

Irish Winters

Genre: Military

Publish Date: May 29, 2016

Publisher: Irish Winters

Seller: Draft2Digital, LLC


He’s trying to forget…. Alex Stewart, ex-Marine and tough as nails boss of The TEAM, ditches the success of his fledgling business and flees to his cabin in the deep woods. He’s had enough. Four years after the deaths of his wife and daughter, he’s stuck in the anger stage of grief. Life used to make sense. It used to be worth living. Not any more. She’s trying to remember…. Left to die in those same deep woods, Kelsey is the last thing Alex expects to find at his cabin. She’s everything he’s running from. Responsibility. Memories. Having to care about someone who could hurt him. To make matters worse, she only remembers her first name. Neither can she explain the marks on her body, nor why two darling baby boys haunt her dreams. But Alex can….

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Celtic Harp and Traditional Irish Music – Celtic Harp Soundscapes

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Celtic Harp and Traditional Irish Music

Celtic Harp Soundscapes

Genre: Instrumental

Price: $ 9.99

Release Date: June 26, 2010

© ℗ 2010 Equilibrium

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Gucci Mane Stunts Around An Irish Country Club In His ‘Members Only’ Video

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The Irish Cottage: Finding Elizabeth – Juliet Gauvin

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The Irish Cottage: Finding Elizabeth

Juliet Gauvin

Genre: Literary

Publish Date: October 17, 2015

Publisher: Juliet Gauvin

Seller: Juliet Gauvin


A story about losing your way and finding your life. Book 1 of 3. Elizabeth Lara built a perfect life as San Francisco’s top divorce attorney, but when she loses her great-aunt Mags, the woman who raised her, she boards a plane and leaves it all behind. The Irish shores welcome her as she learns a shocking truth, kept secret for thirty-five years. Devastated and now alone in the world, Beth tries to find peace in a beautiful cottage by Lough Rhiannon, but peace isn’t what fate had in mind. Almost as soon as she arrives, Beth’s solitary retreat into the magic wilds of Ireland is interrupted by Connor Bannon. A man with light brown hair, ice blue eyes and a secret of his own. He’s gorgeous, grieving, and completely unexpected. With the help of Mags’ letters, the colorful townspeople of Dingle, and Connor, Elizabeth might just find a way back to the girl she lost long ago and become the woman she always wanted to be. A Note From Jules: Be forewarned you might not want to start this book late at night—several readers have reported “gobbling it up” and going on to the next book immediately. This book is literary women’s fiction, it is not a traditional romance, per se. It’s a trilogy, not a standalone. All three books are vital to the story: The Irish Cottage, The London Flat, and The Paris Apartment. That being said, I’ve found that traditional romance readers are VERY happy at the end of London. So take a ride with me, first to Ireland and then the world. “If you enjoy Nora Roberts, you’ll like Juliet Gauvin. The Irish Cottage is a fresh take on women’s literary fiction, sometimes light and scrumptious and other times quite profound in its observations on life, love and loss.” “A book that conveys the true feelings of Ireland when you visit…it’s a bit of a romance, history, travel, and mystery neatly tied into a book well worth reading.” “It will give you the feels—only the good ones!” The Irish Cottage: Finding Elizabeth is an international women’s literary fiction romance novel with three books in the novel series. Other themes include: romance literary fiction, women’s sagas, love stories, and second chances at life. EDITORIAL REVIEWS “It was like a drug that I couldn’t get enough of. The Irish Cottage started it all and now that I have finished all three, I’m starting all over.” -Amazon Reviewer "I started this book and couldn't put it down. It brought me to Ireland and I never wanted to leave." -Amazon Reviewer "There is so much to love in this, the first in the [The Irish Heart] Series…I wanted to look out my cottage window and see a Lough of my own and the pub was just asking me to come visit…This story pulled me in from the very first page and I'd highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys contemporary romance, stories of starting over, or romances set in other countries." -Goodreads "Picked this up because it was set in Ireland, and it took me right back there. Wonderful writer, if you love Ireland and a good read I would recommend this book. I will most definitely be reading the rest of the series." -Amazon Reviewer “I laughed, I cried, I hoped & dreamed. The series was beautifully told through poignant letters. A keeper of the heart.” -Amazon Reviewer "Excellent book, one that was very hard to put down. Well-written, exciting, great author! I highly recommend this book to all…Get it then get comfortable because you will be in for a good long read, enjoy!" -Goodreads "Great book! Elizabeth embodies strength and determination as well as compassion and forgiveness. The Irish Cottage combines the fairytale of Ireland with the real life struggles we all face." -Amazon Reviewer "I bought the book yesterday and couldn't put it down. Very romantic, very sexy, with a heroine who can save her own bacon…and the wounded, hunky hero–be still my heart." -Goodreads INTERVIEW WITH THE AUTHOR Q: How did you come up with The Irish Cottage? Jules : Well the story came together in pieces. I love Ireland, I've always been attracted to the country, the people, the music, the dancing. I've spent time traveling the country so I knew I wanted to set the book there. And then the character of Elizabeth was based on a lot of the experiences I had when I was in law in San Francisco. When I was immersed in that world–it was a very dark time, and I really did lose my way–like Elizabeth. I even let long-time relationships die because I was in such a dark place, it was difficult to see anything past my own nose. So yeah, I knew I wanted my heroine to be a "recovering attorney" and I knew that I wanted her to have this great love affair in Ireland that would open her up to the truly great possibilities life has to offer. Q: And what about Connor Bannon? Is he based on anyone? Jules : Ummm…he might be an amalgamation of several people, but I think I'll refrain from commenting further–have to keep some of it to myself, don't I? Q: Why did you elect to write literary women's fiction as opposed to traditional contemporary romance? Jules : I knew I wanted to write in the literary women's fiction space because writing a story where the heroine's evolution is paramount–not just her relationship with Connor–is what really gets me, drives me–I love those types of stories. I like writing her story–women's lives and journeys are so complex–I wanted to write a series that included a great love story, but didn't sacrifice the heroine's journey in any way. It's about Elizabeth finding her way–we all need to find our way. Sometimes people help with that, but ultimately each of us has to find our own path…and we all need love too.   Q: Why London and then Paris? Jules : I lived in London for a time–I love it so much. It's one of the best cities on the planet, really. When I closed my eyes and thought about where Elizabeth's journey would take her I knew London would be next. And Paris–I lived in Lyon for a time as well and I've spent a lot of time in Paris so it seemed only natural for the final book to be set there. I also set certain things in motion in The Irish Cottage that make it impossible to end anywhere else–I knew I wanted to end it in France. Plus, Elizabeth has a major sweet tooth, like me, and Paris has the most amazing dessert masters in the world. I spent many hours pouring over the websites of my favorites and discovering some new ones. Those were the hardest and best research nights–I'm nocturnal, I write at night–and pouring over the websites of my favorite masters was heaven and hell. I wanted to get on a plane already. My sugar intake definitely went up while I was writing The Paris Apartment–and my waistline with it.  

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‘Brooklyn’ Composer on Nodding to Irish Music, Keeping the Score “Non-Cheesy”

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The Irish Lass

When she had finished parochial school, a bright young girl named Betty shook the dust of Ireland off her shoes and made her way to New York, where
she soon became a successful performer in show business.

Eventually she returned to her home town in Ireland for a visit and on a Saturday night went to confession in the church which she had always attended
as a child. In the confessional, Father Sullivan recognized her and began asking her about her work.

She explained that she was an acrobatic dancer, and he wanted to know what that meant. She said she would be happy to show him the kind of thing she
did on stage.

She stepped out of the confessional, and within sight of Father Sullivan, she went into a series of cartwheels, leaping splits, handsprings, and back
flips.

Kneeling near the confessional, waiting their turn, were two older ladies. They witnessed Betty’s acrobatics with wide eyes, and one said to the
other, “Will ya just look at the penance Father Sullivan is givin’ out this night, and me without me Sunday bloomers on.”

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Tears of the Moon: Irish Jewels Trilogy, Book 2 (Unabridged) – Nora Roberts

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Tears of the Moon: Irish Jewels Trilogy, Book 2 (Unabridged)

Nora Roberts

Genre: Romance

Price: $ 19.95

Publish Date: June 10, 2008

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Wild Irish Heart – Tricia O’Malley

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Wild Irish Heart

Book 1 in the Mystic Cove Series

Tricia O’Malley

Genre: Paranormal

Publish Date: March 3, 2015

Publisher: Park & Stowell

Seller: Patricia OMalley


It is time…  An ancient book, a power untouched, and a heart unloved lead Keelin O'Brien from her graduate studies in Boston to a small village on the coast of Southern Ireland. Determined to unearth the secrets lying hidden in the enchanted waters of the cove, Keelin has little time for a surly Irishman who infuriates her during the day and haunts her fantasies at night.  Inexplicably drawn to the woman who has stepped from his dreams and into his world, Flynn fights a stubborn battle against his increasing attraction for Keelin. Forces unknown have better plans for the two.  Only the secrets of the cove can show Keelin who she really is, the beauty of her mysterious power, and a love that will break the bounds of what she knows.  From New York Times Bestselling author, Tricia O'Malley, comes a new romance series set on the rocky shores of Ireland.  Book 1: Wild Irish Roots (a prequel novella)  Book 2: Wild Irish Heart (the first in the series)  Book 3: Wild Irish Eyes  Book 4: Wild Irish Soul  Each book is a stand alone novel that can be read on its own.

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Heart of the Sea: Irish Jewels Trilogy, Book 3 (Unabridged) – Nora Roberts

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Heart of the Sea: Irish Jewels Trilogy, Book 3 (Unabridged)

Nora Roberts

Genre: Romance

Price: $ 19.95

Publish Date: June 10, 2008

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Irish Tour (Live) – Rory Gallagher

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Irish Tour (Live)

Rory Gallagher

Genre: Blues

Price: $ 5.99

Release Date: December 31, 1973

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Northern Irish Broadcaster Confirms ITV Talks


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I’m Irish but I Have No Luck – EP – Timmy Flaherty

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I’m Irish but I Have No Luck – EP

Timmy Flaherty

Genre: Instrumental

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Release Date: July 26, 2015

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Celtic Harp and Traditional Irish Music – Celtic Harp Soundscapes

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Celtic Harp and Traditional Irish Music

Celtic Harp Soundscapes

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Release Date: June 26, 2010

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The Seismic Shift in Irish Values, and One Reason It Happened

The landslide victory for marriage equality in Ireland caught some conservatives off guard. What happened to the staunchly conservative, almost fanatical Catholicism of the Irish people?

Paul Valleley, a professor of public ethics at the University of Chester, offered some important suggestions. He lists two major reasons. One is that “the Catholic Church has lost its grip on the Irish,” something he attributes to “self-destruction” by the church as a result of priestly child abuse and physical and psychological cruelty by nuns and priests at various institutions of the church, such as the infamous Magdalene laundries.

It is the second reason that I want to focus upon, however. Valleley writes:

Ireland had joined the EU, giving it access to markets much larger than previously when its trade had been predominantly with Britain. That, combined with an influx of foreign investment, transformed Ireland from one of the poorest countries in Europe to one of the wealthiest. Its economy grew so powerfully in the 1990s that Ireland became known as the Celtic tiger.

With that affluence, and an increased engagement with Europe, came a shift in social attitudes. Emigration, so long a potent norm in Irish society, fell away. Brighter and more enlightened Irish talent no longer looked abroad but remained at home and fostered change. The Economist named Ireland the best place to live in the world. “Rising material wealth seems to have expanded minds as well as wallets,” as one Irish commentator put it. Secularism became linked in the public imagination with the benefits of urban modernity and religion was relegated to an association with the poverty of the rural past.

Ireland, according to Seán Ó’Riain’s The Rise and Fall of Ireland’s Celtic Tiger, was in crisis, with “massive government debt accompanied by severe unemployment, immigration and weak labour force participation among women.” But a series of liberalizing market reforms led to “rapid economic growth and, even more significantly, exceptionally high employment growth in the second half of the decade. The numbers employed in Ireland almost doubled between 1988 and 2008, increasing by one million jobs.”

Historically, the more market-oriented the economy, the more the well-being of LGBT people increases. Politicized markets require political power, something sexual minorities rarely have, but depoliticized economies only need an entrepreneur willing to cater to a minority. Soviet-style, top-down economies would never allocate paper for books on gay issues, let alone for a thriving gay media. That required a bottom-up, depoliticized or less-politicized economy, where entrepreneurs only had to buy the paper and find a profit-seeking printer. Even in the McCarthy-dominated 1950s, the United States had publications for gay men and lesbians. In Europe these publications existed since the late 1800s, something not possible in Comstockian America at the time, mainly because postal regulations were used to close down any publication that Comstock deemed obscene, such as information on birth control.

It was the Financial Times that noted the role of material wealth on social liberalism. They wrote, “Ireland’s apparent willingness to embrace gay marriage is therefore as much a product of the Celtic Tiger years as it is a reflection of the decline of the Church’s influence.” With rising prosperity, Irish voters started embracing socially liberal reforms, matching the economically liberal reforms of a few years earlier: deregulation and more individual choice. Women demanded and won liberalization of contraception laws and legalization of divorce.

Sociologist Tom Inglis said of Ireland, “[W]e have all signed up for cultural liberal individualism and a laissez faire approach to civil rights.”

Similar seismic shifts in cultural values occurred in other nations following periods of economic boom. The relative prosperity of the 1950s in America gave way to the social turbulence of the ’60s, which saw the culmination of not only the civil rights movement but the movements for women’s liberation and, of course, gay liberation.

In 1943 Abraham Maslow proposed his famous hierarchy of human needs. He argued that people fulfill lower-order needs first and work their way up the pyramid. The lower three rungs are basic needs, such as food, water, and sleep; safety needs, such as employment and security; and social needs, such as family, friends, and love. The higher-order needs are esteem (respect, confidence, and self-esteem) and self-actualization, which is the individual finding personal fulfillment, self-growth and their understanding of the meaning of their life.

These last categories underline the gay rights revolution. Gay rights were not about access to markets; a closeted gay could still access markets even in a prejudicial culture. It was hard, however, to be closeted yet still have self-esteem and self-growth. Once lower-order needs were out of the way, people clamored for those choices in life that make them individuals — different from others. Economic prosperity creates that demand by filling the lower-order needs. While economic reform is necessary for economic prosperity, it is social reform that is necessary for individuals to live as free individuals.

Many have damned liberal economic reforms because they encourage individualism, the theory being that individualism promotes an uncaring, socially isolated, atomistic culture. Yet studies find that “the tolerance level of the average American has been climbing steadily since the early 1970s.” The reason that tolerance has increased is precisely because people became more individualistic in how they perceive themselves and others:

The increase in tolerance co-occurred with increases in individualistic beliefs such as rejecting traditional social rules around gender, race, religion, sexuality, and drug use. At the group level, tolerance was higher in years with more individualistic language in books and a higher need for uniqueness. These analyses cannot infer causation, but these results are consistent with our hypothesis that increasingly individualistic attitudes may be one cause of increasing tolerance for outgroups.

Rising economic prosperity encourages individualism. With the rise of individualism, it becomes harder and harder to damn those “not like us.” There is no “us” anymore, just many individuals, each with different values and priorities. Intolerance is largely fear of individualism; once you prosper economically, the individualistic genie is out of the bottle, and social change inevitably follows. Depoliticized markets ought to terrify conservatives, for in them social change is born.

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Joe Caslin Paints Pro-Gay Marriage Mural On Irish Castle

Just last month, a breathtaking pro-gay marriage mural popped up on the side of a building in Dublin, Ireland. Now, another massive mural from the same artist is splashed on the side of a castle in Galway.

Both murals are from artist Joe Caslin, whose work draws attention to the country’s upcoming vote on its Marriage Equality Referendum. The materials used to create the mural are biodegradable, so they aren’t causing damage to the buildings.

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Of the images, Caslin told The Irish Times: “The images that I wanted to show are things that are dignified… To show love, that’s essentially what it is, the equality that people should have no matter what sort of a relationship they’re in.”

Ireland faces a historic vote on May 22, one that would grant marriage equality to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people. To that end, Caslin wanted to make sure that he showcased the diversity of the LGBT community through this piece, which features two women, as his first mural featured two gay men.

“I didn’t want to have the piece of the two lads up and not follow it up with a female version,” he said. “I wanted to show the broader aspects of relationships.”

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Irish fend off Butler in OT; ACC 9-0 in tourney

Jerian Grant scored 16 points, including the clinching layup with 18 seconds left in overtime, and third-seeded Notre Dame edged Butler 67-64 on Saturday night.
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How Jackie Kennedy’s Favorite Irish Designer Paved the Way for a Generation

Sybil Connolly

Fashion doesn’t top the list of things that Ireland, that Emerald Isle, is known for—linen and lace, moss-topped cottages, and talents like James Joyce, Yeats, and Maud Gonne. Sybil Connolly, a favorite of Jacqueline Kennedy, who Vogue once described as “the vitamin C of the Erin-go-Couture movement,” was the first to put Irish design on the map when she showed her designs on a summer’s eve in 1953 at Dunsany Castle.

In 1956, Connelly developed her signature look: horizontal, hand-pleated, taffeta-backed handkerchief linen. So fine were these pleats that it took nine yards of fabric to create just one of the pleated material. Connolly was a romantic designer with a mission to incorporate native materials, like Carrickmacross lace and Donegal tweeds, into a feminine silhouette. Kennedy also deemed them suitable for the White House, selecting one of Connolly’s linen outfits for her 1970 official portrait by Aaron Shikler. More lasting than Connelly’s designs, though, lovely as they are, is her legacy, one that has enabled the careers of such breakout Irish runway stars as Simone Rocha and J.W.Anderson.

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My family are all proud of their Irish roots, and they should be. We were Irish cops and firemen on my Dad’s side. Also, train people who worked the railroads outside of Chicago, then New York. We were fighters. There’s a great black and white tin-type of the boxing ring my ancestors set up in the backyard one summer, my uncles and their handle-barred mustaches, fists raised. We were also vets. When the German’s called, we enlisted. On my Mom’s side, we were politicians and businessmen out of Boston. Lace-curtain Irish, we earned money and political favor in Boston. And it didn’t take long — we emigrated from the potato fields of Ireland around 1854. And like many Irish families, we lost a lot during the wars — and in the barrooms.

There was prejudice. But when the Irish formed a community, and stood up against oppression, they earned their stripes. They worked hard, they made their own beer, and eventually they folded into the great American batter like warm Irish butter. Growing up, I felt no prejudice for being green.

I remember my Mother, like Joan Leslie in the 1940’s, playing and singing Irish drinking songs on the piano. With a high, lilting trill, she sang ‘Harrigan’:

‘H, A, double R, I, G, A, N spells Harrigan.
Proud of all the Irish blood that’s in me.
Divvil a man can say a word agin’ me
H, A, double-R, I, G, A, N you see
Is a name that a shame never has been connected with
Harrigan, that’s me!’

I can draw a line to Tammany Hall, and place my great-great grandfather and several uncles on it. The trouble makers, the Molly Maguires, the drunken bums and their wounded widows. It was said my great-great uncle died in a tugboat fire — he was drunk. His wife, my great-great aunt, would have to collect his last paycheck alone. The Irish curse. My mother, on the other hand, rarely touched a drink. She loved Ireland so much, she died on St. Patrick’s Day. It was perfect — the best day of the year for her. There was corned beef and cabbage on the stove, and Irish soda-bread in the breadbox. Not even death can stop the Irish.

In 1992, I was 27. I lived in New York City, and this was the second year of the great St. Patrick’s Day Parade protests. A large group of Irish-American queers were marching north on Fifth Avenue. So, I packed up my little box video camera, Hi-8, analogue tape, and I marched with them. I didn’t expect much, but the crowd grew. And as it swelled, I videotaped the rising Irish-American, LGBTQ army of protesters. There was a drunk, older gay man there — he told the cops they were going to get AIDS. A feekin-eejit man on the sidewalk gave us the finger. A lesbian shaved a triangle in her terrier’s fur, then dyed it green, then put a sticker on top of that. The sticker read: ‘Kiss Me, I’m Gay Irish’. There was a green line up Fifth Avenue, and it matched my green and white sneakers, so I filmed them. Along the route, a mostly older, white crowd held signs declaring homosexuality a sin. It felt, like many days and nights during the height of the AIDS crisis in New York City, a little too biblical.

We paused in front of St. Patrick’s Cathedral. I was baptized Roman Catholic, so the most powerful doors of my faith, locally I mean, were now before me. The Cardinal, John O’Connor, a homophobic, mean-spirited, white, patriarch — who would not condone condom use in the face of a plague — and who worked tirelessly to ostracize the LGBTQ community, made this his nest. Basically, on this day, my rage was as red as his robes.

And then I felt it. What it might feel like to come to America and be hated. What everyone might feel once in their American life — to feel yourself an outsider, because of a trait. To have the largest doors of the institution that fostered my spiritual growth shun me now for my sexual orientation — it was a powerful moment in my Irish American life. Just then it started to snow. The wind was at my back, and the sun shone brightly upon my face, while a moment of silence was observed by the crowd. Because of the light dusting of snow, it really was silent.

They say two LGBTQ groups in Boston were invited to march in the St. Patrick’s Day Parade this year. Progress is measured in years. We can’t always see it. It moves too slow at times. But this year, I can certainly attest — with the changes on parade, the long road to equality has dutifully risen to meet me.
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Gay Irish Priest Comes Out To Parishioners — And Gets A Surprising Response

After serving a Roman Catholic parish in Ireland for 15 years, the Rev. Martin Dolan told congregants the truth about his sexual orientation over the weekend.

Dolan was standing at the pulpit during a Saturday mass at Dublin’s Church of St. Nicholas of Myra when he began encouraging parishioners to support legalizing same-sex marriage, according to The Irish Sun. Then, he made the unexpected announcement: “I’m gay myself.”

The priest reportedly received a standing ovation.

A community youth worker in Dublin told The Irish Sun, “We are all very proud of Father Martin. Because he has admitted that he is gay doesn’t change the person that he was before it.”

Two Irish LGBT rights groups confirmed the priest’s remarks to the HuffPost in emails.

Andrew Hyland, director of Marriage Equality, said that he lives on the same street as the church and that his father is one of Dolan’s parishioners.

“Fr. Dolan’s acknowledgement from the pulpit that he is gay and supports marriage equality has been warmly welcomed in Ireland,” Hyland wrote. “The parishioners of Francis Street have expressed a deep loyalty towards him since his brave announcement.”

Tiernan Brady, policy director for the Gay and Lesbian Equality Network, said Dolan’s coming out is “first and foremost a wonderful personal story.”

“It takes a lot of courage to do what Fr Dolan did and he must have experiences some trepidation before he said it,” Brady wrote. “The wonderful reaction of his congregation giving him a standing ovation after he spoke is a powerful endorsement of his brave decision.”

Neither Dolan nor Dublin’s archdiocese responded to requests for comment.

The church doesn’t formally ban gays from the priesthood, but requires all clergy to take a vow of celibacy. Pope Francis famously addressed the question of homosexuality in the priesthood in 2013, saying in Italian: “Who am I to judge a gay person of goodwill who seeks the Lord? You can’t marginalize these people.”

Ireland is preparing to hold a referendum on legalizing gay marriage in May. According to a 2011 census, Catholics made up 84.2 percent of Ireland’s population. Although the Catholic Church does not favor same-sex marriage, an Irish Times/Ipsos MRBI poll found that 71 percent of the electorate was willing to vote to approve marriage equality this spring.

“Fr. Dolan’s support will undoubtedly give a boost to a positive outcome in the referendum,” Hyland said. “It signals to people that despite what the hierarchy of the Church wills, regular Church goers can vote yes and know they join thousands of others in good conscience in doing so.

“Fr. Dolan’s move reminds people that many LGBT people have a deep faith and are an equal part of the Church and should be valued as such,” Hyland added.
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