Friday, March 28, 2008

An update from Dublin...

Arrived here in Dublin early Wednesday morning. Already my house in the Kilnamanagh section of the City is beginning to feel like home.

A few quick observations. There continues to be great interest over here in the American Presidential election. In the last couple of days most media reports have been suggesting that Hillary drop out of the race. My guess is that she will hang in for at least another month.

This afternoon, courtesy of Skype, I was able to talk to a colleague in Massachusetts face-to-face. And our 30 minute transatlantic conversation was free!! I'm hoping this technology will help me stay in contact with friends and professional colleagues in the United States.

I'll be back in Massachusetts in a couple of weeks to arrange for the shipping of personal stuff. After May 1st I will be publishing regular posts from Dublin.

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

The Obama Speech...

It is not often that Maureen Dowd is full of praise for any politician...but this morning on the Op Ed page of the NYT she is full of praise for Barack Obama for the speech he delivered in Philadelphia yesterday. I agree with Dowd. It was an extraordinary speech.

The question is will the hate-mongers on cable tv let go of the race issue and move on. Not likely. Expect to see those comments by the preacher from Chicago played more than a thousand times between now and November if Obama is the Democratic candidate. One speech may not be enough to stop the media from exploiting the race issue.

Monday, March 10, 2008

Sen. Barack Obama rebounded from loses in Ohio, Texas and Rhode Island on March 4 with a decisive win in a small but very excited Wyoming caucus.

I've been a little out-of-touch with American politics for the past month because of a trip to Dublin, Ireland. I understand that Obama will have a MAJORITY of pledged delegates by May 20th...and that he almost certainly will go into the convention with a three-digit lead in delegates. What I don't understand is why all these mainstream media pundits are insisting that Hillary is going to win. I know the Clintons have a sense of entitlement...but this would seem to be taking it too far. What do you think?

(Photo: Andy Carpenean / AP /
Laramie Boomerang)

Saturday, March 08, 2008

No! I have not disappeared...

Some regular visitors to this site may be wondering why the Katrina Memo has mostly gone silent for the past few months. Part of the explanation has to do with the fact that I've been going through a major transition in my personal and professional life.

I decided the easiest way to explain was simply to post a copy of the announcement that I'm sending to friends and colleagues. My plan is to resume posting commentary after May 1st.

Haverhill, Massachusetts, March, 2008


This may come as a surprise to some friends and colleagues. On May 1st I will be relocating in Dublin, Ireland.

As many of you know, I’ve had a close relationship with my native Ireland for a long time. The good news is that I’ll continue to visit the United States on a regular basis. At the professional level I plan to be available for clients and former clients. And in Ireland I’ll collaborate with my friend and colleague Jean Roberts of Sligo. I also hope to revisit that memoir that I’ve been working on for a few years.

My address in Ireland is in the Kilnamanagh section of Dublin…about 25 minutes by commuter rail from the City Center. Of particular note for friends on this side of the pond is the fact that my house has two guest rooms!!

This is an opportune time to thank all of my friends – personal and professional – who have provided support during all the years I’ve been based in Massachusetts. I hope I can continue to enjoy the wonderful relationships established.

As some of you will have noticed, I’ve mostly suspended posting commentary on my news blog ( My hope is to re-launch this blog after I’m settled in Ireland…and I’ll publish commentary from an Irish/European perspective.

Let’s stay in touch! I’ve posted contact information below. Between now and May 1st I can be reached on my (U.S.) mobile phone at 857-389 2113 or by email at

Best wishes and kind regards.


Ed Deevy.

Contact Information:

Ireland: 6 Birchview Close, Kilnamanagh, Tallagh, Dublin 24
USA: P.O. Box 961786, Boston, MA 02196
Phone: 01/4420223
353/1/4420223 (USA)
085 1529535 (Mobile)