Archive for March, 2011

Obama’s visit to Ireland

Monday, March 21st, 2011

It’s great. First we get a long-overdue change of Government, one that now has a massive mandate from the people of Ireland. Then we beat England in a famous victory at the Aviva in Lansdowne Road, playing our best rugby of the season and stopping a Grand Slam. We triumph at Cheltenham and we even pull a sweet victory over our friends from across the Irish Sea at cricket. As well, we hear the Queen of England will visit, confirming the new relationship between Ireland and the old enemy and now we hear that President Obama will be paying us a visit, the same week in May. Ireland has turned a corner. To top it all, Bill  Clinton gave a wonderful speech about Ireland at the Irish America magazine Hall of Fame event in New York last week. His words were deeply moving, insightful and spiritual, in the proper sense of ennobling the human spirit. It is well worth your time to listen to it, especially its last few minutes. You can hear it on or by clicking here.

Jenn Ashworth: A Kind of Intimacy

Tuesday, March 8th, 2011

Our next Wise Owl Book Club, in April, is Jenn Ashworth’s A Kind of Intimacy. If you are interested in joining the book club, email me editor AT