Welcome to my ninth annual Best of the Blog, a roundup of the year’s work. As always, I am grateful to readers, especially email subscribers and those who share the work on social media.
I also want to thank the librarians and archivists who helped my research. The pandemic kept me from returning to Ireland for the second consecutive year, but I was able to visit the Dioceses of Pittsburgh (Pa.) Archives, and the Catholic University of America Archives and Library of Congress in Washington, D.C.
These institutions provided requested digitized material: University of Pittsburgh (Pa.) Archive Service Center; Special Collections Research Center at Syracuse (N.Y.) University Libraries; Archdioceses of Baltimore (Md.) Archives; New York City (N.Y.) Public Library; Memphis (Tenn.) Public Library; Johnstown (Pa.) Area Heritage Association, Cambria County (Pa.) Library, and Dioceses of Altoona (Pa.); Princeton (N.J.) University Special Collections Library; National Library of Ireland, Dublin; and Trinity College Dublin. Apologies if I’ve missed any organizations.
Thanks again for visiting the site, and best wishes for the holiday and 2022. MH
I added 30 posts to my American Reporting of Irish Independence centenary series, which explores journalism and the Irish revolutionary period, mostly from this side of the Atlantic. This year’s highlights of 1921 included:
- Posts about the American Committee for Relief in Ireland, including two U.S. delegation visits to Ireland, and the U.S. tour of an Irish White Cross leader.
- U.S. mainstream and Irish-American press coverage of the truce, treaty, and partition of Northern Ireland.
- A 10-part “revisited” series on the book, A Journey in Ireland, 1921.
Freelance work & presentations:
I published five pieces on five websites beyond this blog:
- Book review: “The Mount Washington Transit Tunnel Disaster”
Western Pennsylvania History Magazine, Fall 2021
- Forgotten Charity Between Ireland and America, 1889 & 1921
The Irish Story, Sept. 3, 2021
- War Relief to Listowel and North Kerry, 1921
Listowel Connection, Aug. 23, 2021
- ACIS Connects the Past, Future of Irish-American Relations
History News Network, (George Washington University), June 14, 2021
- Cardinal Gibbons, who died 100 years ago, was committed to Ireland
Catholic Review (Baltimore), March 11, 2021
- A sixth piece is accepted by a U.S. state history magazine for publication in 2022.
I made two virtual presentations:
- June 2: American Conference for Irish Studies, “Irish Diaspora Witness Statements at the American Commission on Conditions in Ireland.” See my Nov. 15, 2020, story for the Irish Diaspora Histories Network.
- March 20: Irish Railroad Workers Museum (Baltimore), “Cardinal Gibbons and Ireland.” See my story for the Catholic Review (Baltimore), linked above the photo of Gibbons.
Five other favorites:
- Irish Americans back united Ireland with ad buy
- Biden, Boris, and Brexit, oh, my!
- Welcoming American tourists to Ireland, 1913-2021
- Don’t drink: Father Mathew’s temperance tour in Pittsburgh
- Ten books for year-end gift giving, or your ‘shelf’
- Kennedy and Parnell, lost leaders: Felix M. Larkin’s contribution to the new volume, From whence I came: The Kennedy Legacy, Ireland and America.
- From Donoughmore, Co. Cork, to Altoona, Pa.: Donoughmore historian Gerard O’Rourke on an emigrant who became bishop of Pittsburgh.
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Annual “Best of the Blog” posts since 2013, plus my (almost) monthly roundup of contemporary Irish news, “Catching up with modern Ireland,” are available in the Roundups section.