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Moneygall prepares for Obama

Some images from a visit to Barack Obama’s ancestral hometown of Moneygall, Co Offaly, earlier this week. All images © Gerard Cunningham

Spreading The Word

If you’re a local election candidate, or running in the European elections in June, you’ve probably been contacted once or twice by now with offers to add some Obama Magic to your campaign. Maybe you got an email from miCandidate, or a text message from Marty Dunleavy. If you did, delete it. True, Barack Obama […]

Blog The Vote

It’s old news at this stage, but in the hours after the US election results came in, several news outlets reported that Fianna Fáil would look to the lessons that could be learned from Barack Obama’s campaign. But while media reports concentrated on the glossy finish to the campaign, with it’s use of blogs, twitters […]

Yes We Can

While most of the world was following the election of Barack Obama to the presidency of the United States, my own family was much more interested in one of the state contests. Francis Boyle emigrated to America from my home, Gleann Cholm Cille. He still returns regularly to Donegal for his summer holidays, along with […]

Seven Days

This will be the last article for a while, as I head for foreign parts and a week’s holidays, so consider this a virtual time capsule. As I write, the US Congress is still arguing over how large a blank cheque they should give to Wall Street (or if they should bail them out at […]

Pig Ignorant

‘Let’s just list this for a second.’ ‘John McCain says he’s for change too.’ ‘Except – So I guess his whole angle is, “watch out George Bush, except for economic policy, healthcare policy, tax policy, education policy, foreign policy, and Karl Rove style politics, we’re really going to shake things up in Washington”.’ ‘That’s not […]

Fences Make Good Neighbours

‘The walls between old allies on either side of the Atlantic cannot stand. The walls between the countries with the most and those with the least cannot stand. The walls between races and tribes; natives and immigrants; Christian and Muslim and Jew cannot stand. These now are the walls we must tear down.’ So said […]