(If you only knew) The Half of It
by KJ Keegan
Published: September 11, 2014.
Speculation ran rampant within the family as to whether or not my grandfather had been a member of the Irish Republication Brotherhood or ran guns to Ireland upon his arrival in New York. My mother refused to talk about it. She would only say, "If you only knew the half of it," alluding to Ireland's abuse over the centuries at the hands of the English. This story attempts to tell that half.