This month, The Irish American Post gets into the spirit of Ireland
with an editorial package on whiskeys, beer and — of course, pubs. There
are even a few drink recipes to sample as the High Holy Season of March
approaches. Remember, however, that drinkin' and drivin' are not good mixers.
On the Northern Ireland front, Johnny (Mad Dog) Adair has been left
out in the cold as his paramilitary pals abandoned him and fled to Scotland.
Hopefully, this might help put an end to the bloody in—fighting among rightwing
gangs in the North. But we aren't holding our collective breath. Too much
animosity still exists among the "hard men" and too much money can be made
in the drug and prostitution world they control.
Toward the end of February, the Irish press photographers will again
hold their annual awards ceremony honoring their top shooters. It promises
to be a grand blowout as always. Again, The Post is planning to run the
award-winning news photos in an upcoming edition.
And speaking of news and journalism, read the interview with Hollywood
director Joel Schumacher who's soon-to-be-released film on assassinated
Irish journalist Veronica Guerin is bound to cause a stir. The reporter
was killed on June 26, 1996, in a Dublin ambush while pursuing a story
on Irish drug dealers. Less than a year earlier, Guerin had traveled to
New York City to accept the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) International
Press Freedom Award for her reporting on Ireland's criminal underworld.
Journalist/author Pete Hamill also talks about his latest book, Forever,
and how he uses his newspaper expertise to craft stories.
So there is plenty to read in this issue. Pull up to your computer or
run off the stories and settle into an easy chair to peruse The Post. Sip
a refreshing beverage while you are at it.
Martin Hintz, publisher.
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