Archive for April, 2010

John Fitzpatrick: Irish American of the Year

John Fitzpatrick is remembering back to the crystallizing day in his life as a hotelier – the day his hotel in Manhattan became more than just a place where the Taoiseach stayed and Liam Neeson and Gabriel Byrne could be spotted at the bar, and Irish shoppers fell over themselves and their suitcases taking theRead more..

The First Word: A Flavor of Ireland

“Ireland is an island of character and characters, brimming with history and teeming with verve.” – Joe Byrne, Executive Vice President, Tourism Ireland North America. I’m still thinking about the brown bread. One night in the recent past, a wet night, I might add – one that put me in mind of Ireland and warmRead more..

Fighting Irish Girl: Maureen Dowd

Her mother was an Irish rebel, and her father a good cop who could spot a phony a mile away.  These inherited traits turned Maureen Dowd into an award-winning columnist and author. Somewhere in Australia there’s an Irish lad called Rowan McCormick who broke Maureen Dowd’s heart. When she went back in the early 1970sRead more..

Touring Irish America

Mary Pat Kelly writes about encountering  Irish America readers on her tour to promote her historical novel Galway Bay. If you are reading this, I’ll bet I’ve met you. Since I began the book tour for my novel Galway Bay one year ago, I’ve encountered you, readers of Irish America magazine, in bookstores and IrishRead more..

Exploring Ulster

In this travel series, Irish America explores each of the four provinces of Ireland. The northern-most province of Ulster contains a diverse array of cultures and sites, which, combined, tell the tale of modern Ireland, a place of history, pluralism and an evolving culture. Ulster is divided into nine counties including the six that compriseRead more..

Magnificent Munster

In this travel series, Irish America explores each of the four provinces of Ireland. Munster is located in the southern part of Ireland and consists of six counties: Cork, Clare, Kerry, Limerick, Tipperary and Waterford. Its main centers of population include Cork City, the country’s third largest city after Dublin and Belfast; Limerick, the nearestRead more..

A Look at Leinster

In this travel series, Irish America explores each of the four provinces of Ireland. Leinster is sometimes overlooked by travelers to Ireland, with the raw and rugged splendor of the south, west and north coasts attracting more attention. However, the Leinster province, which is Ireland’s largest and borders the Irish Sea, has a rich resourceRead more..

Captivating Connacht

In this travel series, Irish America explores each of the four provinces of Ireland. Connacht is the ruggedly beautiful western province of Ireland, bounded by the Shannon, Ireland’s longest river, to the east, and the Atlantic Ocean. Connacht is comprised of counties Galway, Mayo and Roscommon, as well as Leitrim and Sligo farther north. ItRead more..

A Course Called Ireland

Bestselling golf author Tom Coyne wrote about trekking across Ireland for sixteen weeks in search of the greatest round of golf ever played. He shares his experience and excerpts from his book A Course Called Ireland exclusively for Irish America. Every adventure sets out to answer a question.  It might be, “Can I?” or “ShouldRead more..

A Winter Honeymoon

April Drew married John Mooney on Saturday, December 5, 2009 in Killarney, Co. Kerry. The New York couple discovered that a honeymoon in Ireland in mid-winter warmed the heart, offered spectacular scenery, luxurious hotels, and some surprises. The decision to honeymoon in Ireland in December was a risky one. Ireland is known for its erraticRead more..