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FanFiction: My Son, by Sadie Meehan

February, 1919 My husband has goodness in his heart. He may do terrible things from time to time, but they are for the benefit of the poor, the dispossessed, and the needy. If courage is defined as overcoming fear, then … Continue reading

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FanFiction: The Tunic, William Brosnan

February, 1919 As I look out the tenement window, I’m reminded of the first year I was a patrolman in Brooklyn during the Great Blizzard of 1888. In the wake of this type of weather, there is always tragedy. I … Continue reading

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FanFiction: Darby Leighton’s Soft Revenge

Spoilers! If you haven’t read the first two books in the AULD IRISHTOWN trilogy. This POV character story is also at FanFiction.com (https://www.fanfiction.net/book/Auld-Irishtown-Trilogy/) February, 1919 I’ve been banished to the shadows of the night. It was Dinny Meehan’s doing, I … Continue reading

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When We Were Immigrants

On St. Patrick’s Day, 2017, I was invited to speak at Brooklyn’s Borough Hall with Borough President Eric Adams at the traditional Al O’Hagan breakfast. Below is the speech given.  St. Patrick’s Day has become a day of green top-hats, … Continue reading

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Snow by the Cemetery

The world is beautiful because of all the horror we’ve seen and know. Without horror, we would not have beauty. When I looked outside my window and saw it was snowing, I threw on a jacket, boots and my hat … Continue reading

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Escape to America

In support of all immigrants, their dreams and hopes, whether they be African, Mexican, Syrian or Irish, I am posting the first couple chapters of Light of the Diddicoy (2014), the first book in the Auld Irishtown trilogy for free. It … Continue reading

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FanFiction: The Girl Queen, Anna Lonergan

Spoilers! If you have not read the first two books in the AULD IRISHTOWN trilogy. This POV character story is also at FanFiction.net (https://www.fanfiction.net/book/Auld-Irishtown-Trilogy/) February, 1919 Men are animals. There’s no use in romanticizing it. All he wants is territory, … Continue reading

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