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Remembering a Reluctant Irishman

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NEW Casey Chalk: “My grandfather was profoundly conflicted about his Irish heritage—indeed, even a little ashamed of it—in a manner that seemed strange, especially in a post-Kennedy era when being Irish (and Catholic) was becoming synonymous with being a ‘full-blooded American.'”

Remembering a Reluctant Irishman

The writer’s grandfather traded in martyr complexes and despair to become a proud American.


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