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When Suffering is Part of the Journey

In the 1880’s, four Irish brothers set out for America, along with their sister, Mary Anne. They were Henry, Adam, Robert, and my great-grandfather, James. They hailed from the Northern Irish coastline, having been born in Kilkeel in County Down. My great-grandfather’s passage information lists him as a watchmaker in ...

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God’s Love of a Country

Patriotism embodies the stories of many throughout our history. It is the story of a young watchmaker who came to America from Northern Ireland with strong hands and a willingness to work hard and wait years to become a citizen of his new country. It is the story of a ...

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Unless I Die…

He was a young sailor when he sailed with the Spanish Armada in the year 1588. Sadly, what was at first an adventure would soon be his demise. Sailing aboard one of the fleet’s finely built ships near the coast at Antrim, Ireland, a fierce wind destroyed the vessel and ...

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A Good Name, or Gold?

Among my father’s things we found a letter dated May, 1886. The handwriting had faded, but the words of Robert White, minister at Sea-View Cottage in  County Down, Ireland, still attest to the character of my great-grandfather, James. In the letter, the minister bore testimony to the “honest”, “industrious”, and ...

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Does Ireland’s Decision on Gay Marriage Represent the Church?

The Republic of Ireland, one of the most devout and thoroughly Roman Catholic countries in the world, has just settled a controversial, popular referendum question–asking its citizens if the government will allow and endorse same-sex marriages.  In spite of recent Catholic bishop letters publicized (and read at recent church services), ...

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