Onboard the Orient Express

Tenth in a series from Europe… And what more exotic destination than Istanbul or, better yet, Constantinople. From the 1880’s until the...

La Dolce Vita by Rail…

[Near Radda in Chianti] – Probably the best way to really enjoy and appreciate the Tuscan countryside is on foot, trekking from one...

Air Worst

Let’s just say this: I know what the policy should be – no cell phone calls on airplanes. None. Zilch. With so very much glamor involved...

Seamus Heaney, 1939 – 2013

One wonders why Ireland, a country with 4.5 million people, has produced so many of history’s greatest men – yes, mostly men – of...

Preserving Irish History

Most Americans, myself included, have only the haziest knowledge of The Rising, the surprise Easter Monday attack launched by Irish...

O’Bama

“The problem with some people is that when they aren’t drunk, they’re sober.” – William Butler Yeats When Barack Obama stood before a...

Railing Against Rail

I’m going to admit my obvious bias right up front: I love trains. I love travel by train. I collect visits to train stations. I am...

The Troubles

It has been said that the 20th Century was the most violent century since man started walking upright. From the Boer War to the Balkans,...

Hard Times in Ireland

St. Patrick’s Day has always been a bigger production in places like Boston, Chicago and Butte than in Dublin, Cork and Dingle. Good...