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DUBLIN – Summayah Kenna has headed the public relations department of the Islamic Cultural Centre of Ireland, or ICCI, for over 20 years. From 1980 until 1991, she lived under Muammar Gaddafi’s dictatorship in Benghazi, Libya, volunteering as a social worker while raising three children. In the late 1970s, she converted to Islam in secret […]
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DUBLIN – Sue Jordan was 16 years old when she stopped eating. She had to stop her stomach from growing. She couldn’t tell a soul about the baby growing inside. Eight months into her pregnancy, she told her family. The same night, she packed her things and left. “All hell broke loose,” she said. She […]
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DUBLIN—On screen, a young woman vigorously shakes a pregnancy test in a convenience mart. “That ain’t no Etch-a-Sketch. This is one doodle that can’t be undid,” says the attendant at the counter. For some, Juno is a popular, coming-of-age, American film to watch with friends. For others, like Maynooth University student Niamh Codd, this is […]
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Brown curls flouncing, one hand gripping her tiny waist, the other poised on a Win, Lose or Drag spinning wheel, Miss Bunny O’Hare confided to the audience of the George in a dulcet tone, “I’m just a bad Protestant.”  Instantly, the plaid, leather, and denim-bedecked collective became her confessors – a kind of democratized confessional, […]
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DUBLIN – Images and monuments of Celtic crosses, angels smiting devils, the Virgin Mary and Jesus Christ cover the tombs and headstones of Glasnevin Cemetery. Victims and rebels of the 1916 Easter Rising lie peacefully under the earth, their fighting over Irish independence behind them, and Catholics and Protestants lie together at rest. In less […]
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DUBLIN — Framed by the front door of the Holyhead hostel, a little girl peeps through the glass, loose strands of her blonde hair falling from her ponytail. She watches the hustle and bustle of cars and people on Talbot Street, a pink pacifier bobbing in her mouth. Above her, a woman sits on a […]
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BELFAST, Northern Ireland—The stark white walls of Conflict Resolution Services Ireland were interrupted by a small, sooty stain right across from Jim Auld’s office. “Sorry for the mess here,” Auld said. He let out an irritated sigh. “We were bombed a couple of days ago.” Located on Falls Road, the epicenter of Irish nationalism in […]
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Father Gerard Tanham, 72, tugged at the neckband of his black shirt. Only a sliver of his white priest’s collar peeked through. He doesn’t remember when he started hiding it. He does remember a December concert at the parish school where he was blocking a child’s view. “I asked if I should move, and his mother said ‘Oh it’s all right, Father. If he can’t see, he’ll just sit on your knee.’” Her husband exploded, hurling epithets for the whole room to hear. “I didn’t say anything,” Tanham recalled, his eyes wet and his voice thick. The night was ruined. Responding was pointless.
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BELFAST, Northern Ireland — At the school in Magherafelt, about 30 miles outside of Belfast, they pushed the kids to embrace their identities and traditions, determined to overcome a history of conflict that has kept Catholics and Protestants divided and alienated from one another. Then one boy brought sheep to school. In full farmer gear, […]
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BELFAST — In a city of walls, I found myself looking through a skylight. The day had been gray and rainy, but now light streamed through, illuminating the stairwell and the Irish Rugby poster that proclaimed, “Belief or Nothing.” The window was set into the slanted roof of a building on the north side of the […]
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DUBLIN – Mary Smith stopped talking, leaned over and rolled up her right pant leg to reveal evidence of the suffering of her youth. “Look,” she said. On her kneecap were twin divots, shaped in the bone by years of waxing, scrubbing and atoning for her sins in Ireland’s network of reformatory institutions. As a […]
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DUBLIN — It’s a Friday afternoon in the Irish capital. Talbot Street, not far from the city center, is host to a casino, a Starbucks and an Irish gift shop. But tucked in the middle of it all is the Anwar-E-Madina mosque. Just like every Friday, hundreds of men shuffle in and out of the […]
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BELFAST, Northern Ireland — Brexit has sparked a scramble for Irish passports by British citizens desperate to avoid eviction from the European Union, and Cahal McLaughlin’s family is no exception. “My three children were born and raised in the London area to a British mother and all three have a British passport,” said McLaughlin, a […]
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Words by Taylor Telford; Pictures/Picture Story by Sara Miller LONDONDERRY — He has few pictures of that time, when he was known not by name but number. In the one he returns to most, he is a stout boy on the steps of the Londonderry Guildhall, surrounded by other round-faced, smiling kids from a Catholic children’s […]
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CASTLEBLAYNEY — At a recent cattle auction in Castleblayney, an Irish Republic town of 3,600 people near the border of Northern Ireland, Connell Nugent stepped onto the auctioneer’s block as he and his father before him have for decades. He sat behind a wooden desk worn down by decades of gaveling, welcomed the crowd and launched […]