"Oh George, you say that to all the journalists," I reply. But I am wrong. He had read it. The piece was on marriage break-up, how to get through one. George has also been through one; we are instantly best friends - there is arm clutching and hugging, and I feel instantly at home. Which is, of course, the feeling any Irish person who has stayed in either of John Fitzpatrick's Manhattan hotels will recognise. Fitzpatrick's is comfortable throughout; from the Kerrygold and Barry's tea at breakfast, to the calming decor and large, spacious rooms. After a celebratory we-have-arrived-in-New York meal of Prosecco, fresh orange juice and just-out-of-the-oven scones, and a half hour in the sun on the hotel's 17th storey penthouse balcony, it was time to head out. The theme of our trip was New York's hidden gems. The city feels like a place you could visit yearly for the rest of your life, and still find something new on each trip. I've been five times, and insider tips have provided the most … [Read more...] about New York: Hidden gems from Hudson Yards to Staten Island
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Born to a Ballinakill father and a Connemara mother, Pat Donohue is dyed in the wool when it comes to his GAA loyalties. Still, he is very much a child of the Bronx. Tomorrow night he'll take his place beside Marty Morrissey in the cosy green press box in Gaelic Park and his view on what's unfolding will be beamed around the GAA world. It's his third year to commentate on the New York game. When Morrissey enquired about someone on that side of the pond that knew GAA in the city, he was put in touch with Donohue and the pair hit it off. It was the latest progression in his GAA life less ordinary. Donohue's story is at once typical of the Irish-American experience and yet truly remarkable. He followed the well-worn path from the green of Gaelic Park to the blue of the NYPD. Both organisations would shape him fundamentally. There's not many who can talk the Poc Fada and 9/11; organised crime in the Big Apple and the formative years of Dessie Farrell. "I often say that I was American … [Read more...] about Gaels of New York
WASHINGTON – Robert Mueller's 448-page investigative report into allegations of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election includes 23 unredacted pages of Mueller's written questions and Donald Trump's written responses, the only direct exchange between the special counsel's office and the president. Mueller's team writes that it tried to interview the president for more than a year before Trump submitted written testimony in response to questions on certain Russia-related topics in November 2018. An introductory note included in the report said the special counsel's office found the responses indicative of "the inadequacy of the written format," especially given the office's inability to ask follow-up questions. Citing dozens of answers that Mueller's team considered incomplete, imprecise or unable to be provided because of the president's lack of recollections — for instance, the president gave no response at all to the final set of questions — the … [Read more...] about Full text of Mueller’s questions and Trump’s answers
Advocates of what passes for the hard left in the US celebrated, arguing their ideas were finally gaining momentum. A writer for the conservative National Review, David Boaz, pronounced the results "frightening". Credit it to a reaction against Donald Trump's presidency, a hangover from the Great Recession or a slower accumulation of myriad frustrations - but the American left is enjoying its most vibrant moment in living memory. The evidence can be seen in the Democratic Party's 2020 presidential field, too. Senator Bernie Sanders, an independent from Vermont and a self-described Democratic socialist, is one of the two leading candidates, snapping at the heels of former vice president Joe Biden in most opinion polls. (Biden had not declared his candidacy at the time of writing, though he is expected to do so soon.) Sanders had been a fringe figure in American politics until he stunned the establishment in 2016 by mounting a competitive challenge to Hillary Clinton for the Democratic … [Read more...] about Code Red: Is AOC the new face of US politics or a step too far to the left?
What we know about the New Zealand shooting 50 people are dead after shootings at two mosques; 50 others were wounded in the attack Friday. A suspected shooter, an Australian national, has been charged with murder and is in custody. Two others, whose roles remain unclear, are in custody. A man who claimed responsibility for the attack wrote a manifesto referencing "white genocide" driven by "mass immigration." The manifesto said guns were used to stoke the 2nd Amendment debate in the U.S., and called President Trump a "symbol of renewed white identity" Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern pledged the country's gun laws will change. A gun store owner in New Zealand said he sold four guns and ammunition to the suspect. Follow latest updates below: Christchurch gun store owner sold several weapons to suspect The owner of the store "Gun City" in Christchurch said he sold four guns and ammunition to the suspected mosque shooter using a "police-verified online mail order process," according … [Read more...] about New Zealand terror attack: Gun store owner says he previously sold 4 weapons to suspect