“The United States of America: Europe’s Perfect Cousin or Europe’s Evil Twin?”

There’s a couple of things worth noting this weekend. One is the return of Leviathan! And you’ll be pleased here that this time, you don’t have to trek the whole way down to Dublin to catch it. It’s got some great speakers and will be compered by Richard Delevan. Panelists include: Eamon McCann, Mary Lou McDonald, Kevin Cullen (Boston Globe) and Davy Adams I’m not directly involved but will be there for the night. Maybe, if I can get my MacBook fixed in time, I’ll be doing a spot of live blogging on the evening itself for those who can’t make it! Details below the fold:

Leviathan are proud to present an evening of provocative, illuminating and sometimes irreverent entertainment at Belfast’s Victorian Empire Music Hall on Sunday, September 28th at 8pm.

Hosted by US-born broadcaster and journalist Richard Delevan, a panel of commentators will discuss the finer points of relations – economic, cultural and political – between Europe and the United States. Contributions from the audience will be actively encouraged, as the assembled company asks whether the USA is the perfect result of European ideals applied to a virgin frontier or a grotesque debasement of Europe’s nurturing of democracy and enlightenment.

There will also be satirical musical contributions from the sardonic Mr. Clint Velour (Tubridy Tonight, RTE One Television)

Tickets for this event are £5 and will be available to purchase on the door 1 hour before the show.


Eamon McCann was born in Derry, Northern Ireland in 1943. As a young man he was one of the original organizers of the Northern Ireland Civil Rights Association. He personally witnessed and participated in many of the key events of the early part of the Northern conflict including the Battle of the Bogside in August 1969 and Bloody Sunday in January 1972. He is a prominent member of the Socialist Workers Party and stood as a candidate for the Socialist Environmental Alliance in the Northern Ireland Assembly elections. He is a columnist with the Belfast Telegraph and Hot Press magazine and a regular contributor to BBC, RTE and other media.

Mary Lou McDonald is the Sinn Féin Member of the European Parliament for the Dublin constitutency. She was born in Dublin in 1969. Educated in Trinity College, Dublin, the University of Limerick and Dublic City University.Her political career to-date has her involved in diverse roles, including consultant for the Irish Productivity Centre, Institute of European Affairs researcher and a trainer in the Partnership Unit of the Educational and Training Services Trust. Originally a member of Fianna Fáil, in 2004 McDonald became Sinn Féin’s first Member of the European Parliament in the Republic of Ireland when she was elected in the 2004 European elections. She is a member of the Sinn Féin Ard Comhairle (party leadership), as of 2001, and is the party’s national Chairperson. She played a leading role in Sinn Féin’s campaign against the Lisbon Treaty in the recent referendum in the Republic.

Kevin Cullen has been writing for The Boston Globe since 1985. He covered crime and legal affairs, winning a Livingston Award for his portrait of an East Boston hoodlum. He has covered the conflict in Northern Ireland for more than 20 years, longer than any American journalist, and in 1995 was awarded the citation of excellence by the Overseas Press Club of America for interpretive reporting in Northern Ireland. In 1997-1998, he was the Globe’s Dublin bureau chief, then moved to London to serve as the paper’s chief European correspondent, covering the war in the former Yugoslavia. In 2001, he returned to Boston and joined the Globe’s investigative team that broke open the sexual abuse scandal in the Catholic Church, for which the team received the 2003 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service. In more recent years, he worked as a projects reporter, writing longer narratives from Iraq, Ireland and closer to home. In July 2007, he started writing a metro column and was awarded the Batten Medal by the American Society of Newspaper Editors in 2008 for a series of columns about people facing adversity. A Boston native, he was graduated from the University of Massachusetts, attended Trinity College in Dublin, and was a 2003 Nieman Fellow at Harvard University. He is co-author of “Betrayal: The Crisis in the Catholic Church,” and was a contributor to the book, “Britain and Ireland: Lives Entwined II.”

David Adams is a former member of the now defunct loyalist Ulster Democratic Party who contributed to the negotiations which led to the Good Friday Agreement in 1998. He now works as a freelance journalist, commentating on politics and current affairs in print, and on radio and television. He is a columnist with the Irish Times, and has a weekly slot on BBC Radio Ulster’s Talk Back programme.

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