In the eighth episode of The Last Hurrah podcast on Irish America, Trina Vargo — President of the US-Ireland Alliance, creator of the George J. Mitchell Scholarship Program, and former advisor to Sen. Edward Kennedy and Democratic Presidential campaigns — chats with Liam Kennedy and Scott Lucas about the challenges of building educational and cultural links.

We discuss the significance of the past, including Vargo’s perspective as an insider in the Northern Ireland peace process.

We talks about the present, with the US-Irish relationship challenged by a lack of resources to back up expressions of goodwill.

And we consider the future, with a Biden Administration and Ireland’s changing position in Europe.