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By Jim Smith BOSTON — The South Boston home of former Boston mayor and ambassador to the Vatican Raymond Flynn was ransacked and burglarized last Thursday morning while Flynn and his wife, Cathy, were attending a funeral. Stolen items included personal treasures such as letters and mementoes from Ronald Reagan, Mother...

By Peter McDermott When Sergeant Raymond McGowan blew the whistle to start the 250th New York St. Patrick’s Day Parade he had a list of people on his mind. Top of it were two Irish immigrants who he knows would have been very proud of him. “It would have been nice if my parents had been there to see it,” he said...

By Peter McDermott The Dublin-born Harvard scholar who once called Hillary Clinton a “monster” has become an ally of the secretary of state in the camp arguing for U.S. intervention in the Libyan crisis. Samantha Power apologized and resigned three years ago from then Senator Obama’s campaign when comments she made...

By Peter McDermott Jill Callan has been seeing her business from different angles in recent times. A designer of children’s clothes for 17 years in Manhattan, she opened her own store, Petunia, in Sunnyside, Queens, on Sept. 15 last. “The merchandising and buying were on the flip side for me,” she said. And since the...

By Peter McDermott It was mainly humans, lots of them, that turned out for the opening of the Mascot Studio’s 12th Annual Dog Show recently. So many indeed that they spilled out from the small store onto the East 9th Street sidewalk. “I was pleasantly surprised at how it’s come together,” said owner Peter McCaffrey about...

By John McCarthy The recent election in Ireland marks the first time that Fine Gael won the largest number of Dáil seats. During all the six times the party had previously been in power, it was as the senior member of coalition governments. Each time Fianna Fáil, in opposition, had remained the largest party. That...

By Peter McDermott Enda Kenny was elected taoiseach last week with the backing of 117 TDs and just 27 opposing. That vote recalled another whopping Dáil margin in the fall of 2008 – 124 to 18, on the decision to guarantee the banks’ losses. All of the 18 were Labour TDs, whose leader Eamon Gilmore said that the...

By Peter McDermott Artist John Spinks has called his work showing at the Brooklyn Public Library a “conversation with a dead man.” “Letters from Wallsend” are full of news about soccer, the weather and the family back in the Northeast of England. When the day came for the artist to ask his parent if he could read those...

By Peter McDermott Kevin Holohan, author of "The Brothers' Lot." Back in the latter half of the 1980s when novelist Kevin Holohan had his first real job, he discovered he had something in common with his boss. The latter, who was the manager-owner of an English-language school in Spain’s La Mancha region and a...

By Ray O’Hanlon Many supporters of the New York St. Patrick’s Day Parade felt inclined to boo the city’s decision to reduce the length of the March 17 parade of parades, this despite the fact that this year’s is the landmark 250th such gathering in honor of St. Patrick. But the biggest boo this year could well end up...