Tag: Ireland

Don’t let the rancor of the election mislead you: America is awesome. But sometimes it takes an outsider to be truly persuasive, so Jack brings on his National Review colleague Cameron Hilditch, currently living in Northern Ireland, to explain why he loves America and why its critics are mistaken. Along the way, they also converse about Lord of the Rings, the merits of Tennessee, and other topics.

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About a week ago, I made a comment to @rushbabe49 in one of @henryracette‘s posts about doing a top 10 for conservative visitors to Ireland. Like most of my bright ideas, it was much harder than I thought to come up with 10 things. I’m calling this Part 1 in case I think of something […]

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This week on “The Learning Curve,” Cara and Gerard talk with Dr. Anna Egalite, Assistant Professor at North Carolina State University. They discuss Anna’s experiences as a student growing up in Ireland and teaching at Catholic schools there and in Florida. She was inspired to pursue education policy after observing the differences between the two countries’ views of “public” and “private” education, and was surprised to find that families here didn’t have the same range of school options available to them as those in Europe. She also shares her research on the benefits of school voucher programs in India, which allowed students to attend private schools with longer days and lower rates of multi-grade teaching, with positive impacts on English language skills, especially for females. Lastly, they explore the role of family background on students’ long-term outcomes and intergenerational economic mobility.

Story of the Week: As the nation deals with COVID-19, Cara and Gerard discuss the implications for K-12 and higher education. Students across the country are shifting from campuses and classrooms to virtual learning; how prepared is our education system to deliver quality, online instruction? Are we doing enough to maintain community ties and minimize the disruption for low-income students and families, who have fewer supports?

Fighting for Truth on Two Fronts


This is a story of fighting for truth. On two fronts: Providence College and Ireland.

When you have no argument, you do other things. You bully. You shout slogans. You attribute evil motives. You deflect attention from what is said. You do everything except address the actual point, which in Dominic’s case is whether marriage is what nature and God show it to be.

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A colleague just returned from a short vacation trip to Ireland.  She stayed in Dublin at an Airbnb place, and did most of her sightseeing on foot.  She did take one short tour outside of town, and she liked what she saw of the countryside.  She mentioned that she found Dublin to be, in her […]

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Richard Epstein argues that the European Union’s decision to impose heavy tax penalties on Apple may not be quite the disaster that critics suggest.

Apple, Ireland, and American Policy


Looking for consistency or an underlying set of principles in either candidate’s platform and campaign promises is a mug’s game, but I’d like to know how Ricochet views the EU’s judgement against Apple, and how they’d expect the two candidates to view it based on their official platforms and other statements about related issues.

Both candidates have promised to crack down on companies that relocate their operations overseas to lower their tax bills. So in principle, both candidates should be delighted that the EU ordered Ireland to collect $14.5 billion in taxes from Apple. But “in principle” doesn’t really apply to any discussion of our presidential race, so I really can’t guess how they’d view it. The majority view in the US seems to be that the judgment is outrageous, even though the candidates of both major parties favor policies that would be consistent with the ruling.

This Irishman Hates St. Patrick’s Day (well what it has now become sadly I’m sad to say)


st paddyToday, on the 17th of March, we celebrate the arrival of Christianity in Ireland. It is, of course, St. Patrick’s day. So how will the Irish of modern Ireland and people of nations around the world — with or without Irish blood or heritage — honor the man who brought Christianity to our shores and changed Ireland and Western Civilization for the better? (The conversion of Ireland rekindled the conversion of Northern Europe after the fall of Rome.)

Will people go to a church, Catholic or Protestant? Will they forego churchgoing but say a prayer, or have a meal, in his honor? Will they embrace Ireland and God with thanks for our liberation from the darkness of evil and ignorance?

I kid, of course. We all know what St. Patrick’s Day has become. (And God help anyone who says “St. Patty’s Day” to me — I will beat them with a Hurley.) Rather than celebrating a religious holiday that enlightened Ireland and Europe, the majority of celebrants around the world, be they Irish or not, will mark this feast with an orgy of unedifying drinking, thus living up to an unfortunate national stereotype and explaining why so many Irish people die from liver disease.

What Happened to Holy Ireland?


Ireland Holds Referendum On Same Sex Marriage LawThe New York Times and other organs of the mainstream media have offered only the most superficial and boringly predictable coverage of the referendum in which the Irish approved a constitutional amendment permitting gay marriage—according to the Times, the vote resulted from the march of enlightenment, the continuing dawning of modern consciousness, blah, blah, blah. So I’ve been looking around for commentary that truly attempted to explain how it happened.

How, that is, the nation that just a decade-and-a-half ago remained, with little Malta, one of the most Catholic nations in Europe; how the nation in which essentially the entire population turned out to greet the pontiff when John Paul II visited, how the nation that used to pride itself, that used to define itself, as faithful to the teachings of the Church even as Europe grew increasingly secular–how this nation could have changed so much, so quickly, as to reject the Church’s position on marriage by a margin of more than 3 to 2.

What have I found? “The Joyful Death of Catholic Ireland.” Although a long piece, it neatly sums up its entire argument in the concluding paragraph: