On February 7, 1882, John L. Sullivan was on his way to becoming “America’s first sports hero.” All the 24-year-old son of Irish immigrants had to do was throw his hat into the ring....More
Edna O’Brien has published the memoir she swore she’d never write. Readers will be very glad she did. “You can write and I will never forgive you,” said Ernest Gébler, Edna O’Brien’s...More
On this day in 2005, President George W. Bush proclaimed March 2006 to be Irish-American Heritage Month. The following February, he issued a statement saying, “The histories of Ireland and the United States are deeply intertwined. For generations, the sons and daughters of Ireland have come to America with a spirit of determination and optimism that has strengthened our Nation’s character and enriched our history … Their hard work, firm values, and strong faith have made our Nation a better place.” His father, President George H.W. Bush, signed Public Law 101-428 in 1990, which proclaimed March 1991 as the first Irish American Heritage Month. This legislation was introduced in Congress at the suggestion of The American Foundation for Irish Heritage.