Irish Eyes Are Not Smiling Tonight

The Tiger is dead. Ireland spent the last decade and a half going from one of Europe’s backwaters to one of its wealthiest nations. That wealth has been wiped out by government policies in Ireland which promoted a housing bubble that made US homebuyers look restrained in comparison. The burst bubble is manifested by hundreds of “ghost estates” containing thousands of newly built homes which will never be lived in because no one can afford to buy them.
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Lá Fhéile Pádraig

A Happy St. Patrick’s Day to all, my family and especially my brothers Paul and John. We were raised to be very much aware of our Irish identity. Poppa NostraSeamus was active in the Philadelphia Irish American community and indulged in such activities as protesting when the Queen Elizabeth 2 docked in Philadelphia in the early 1970’s. There was a BP station near our house and Dad always used to tell me that, under no circumstances, was I ever to stop and buy gas at BP. If I was out of gas twenty feet from the BP at 4:00 AM with the wind howling and a foot of snow falling, I was to call him rather than give a penny to the Brits.
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