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J. Donald Monan, SJ, the 24th president and first chancellor of Boston College, died on March 18, 2017. The significance of Fr. Monan’s contributions to Boston College and the Boston College Libraries over his decades in office cannot be overstated. … Continue reading
Kathleen Daly was born in County Limerick in 1878 to a family of strong nationalists; her father and uncle were prominent Fenians (republicans). Kathleen was raised in a home where sacrifice for an independent Ireland was encouraged, and sacrifice to … Continue reading
Johanna “Hanna” Sheehy Skeffington, a champion of Irish feminism, an active advanced nationalist, and a socialist, was born in County Cork in 1877. She was the oldest child of Elizabeth (Bessie) Sheehy and David Sheehy, a mill owner, member of … Continue reading
Have you always wondered just what is at the Burns Library that makes it so special? Do you wish that someone at Burns would just show you something they love? On Tuesday, February 15, 2017 – when love was still in … Continue reading
The New York Times called Margaret Skinnider “the schoolteacher turned sniper,” which was both a testament and a slight to her remarkable life. Born to Irish parents in Scotland, she spent summers in the countryside of County Monaghan as a … Continue reading
Would you rather be knowledgeable on a variety of topics, or an expert on just one topic? Today’s emphasis on academic specialization supports the latter—we rarely encounter someone with multiple PhDs in unrelated fields. Rarely do we go beyond the … Continue reading
Mollie (or Máire, in Irish) Gill is the first woman featured in our Irish Women Rising blog series who did not come from the well-to-do, Anglo-Irish class. Hailing from an Irish family, Mollie Gill’s life is representative of thousands of young … Continue reading