Archive for December, 2011

Lawrence Welsh

Born and raised in South Central Los Angeles, first-generation Irish-American writer and poet Lawrence Welsh has lived an interesting and varied life in America’s Southwest. In 1979, he co-founded and wrote songs for the L.A.-based punk band The Alcoholics. The band broke up in 1982, releasing only one 7-inch, 5-song EP titled Alcoholics. Welsh thenRead more..

Micky Ward

“Irish” Micky Ward is a tough fighter with a humble outlook, whose life was portrayed by Mark Wahlberg in the Oscar-nominated 2010 biopic, The Fighter. The Lowell, Massachusetts native is a retired junior welterweight boxer who holds a World Boxing Union championship. His family traces their Irish heritage back to Co. Cork. Before turning professionalRead more..

Bennett Walsh

Lieutenant Colonel Bennett Walsh is one of seven children of Kateri and Dan Walsh of Springfield, Mass. He served three tours in Iraq and was under fire in Somalia commanding the same platoon that his father commanded in Vietnam: the 2nd Platoon, Lima Company, 3rd Battalion, First Marines. He returned from Afghanistan on September 25th,Read more..

Mark Wahlberg

He may have recently played the role of Irish Micky Ward in The Fighter, but Mark Wahlberg has some Irish heritage himself. “Wahlberg” may not sound very Irish, but his family tree includes members by the names of Bradley, Doherty, Dunn and Donnelly. His great-grandmother Sarah A. Doherty was born in Ireland in 1873. WahlbergRead more..

Paige Turilli

Paige Turilli, a fourteen-year-old Freshman at Pearl River High School in Pearl River, NY is the girls under 15 current World Champion of the all-Ireland finals in Irish-step dancing – and has been first in her age group for the past two years. Turilli studies at the Innisfree School of Irish Dancing. In an interviewRead more..

John Sweeney

On Tuesday, February 15, President Barack Obama presented a Medal of Freedom to John Sweeney, the renowned labor leader. Sweeney was honored for his work as President of the AFL-CIO (1995-2009), bringing new life to the American labor movement and working hard to protect the American worker. Born in the Bronx, New York, to IrishRead more..

Anne Sweeney

One of the most successful women in television, Anne Sweeney is Co-Chair of Disney Media Networks and President of Disney-ABC Television Group. We were honored to have Sweeney as our Keynote Speaker at our annual Business 100 luncheon last November. She gave a heartfelt speech in which she told what her Irish heritage meant toRead more..

Timothy S. Sullivan

Rear Admiral Timothy S. Sullivan has been protecting the seas and serving the country since he graduated from the Coast Guard Academy in 1975. Since then, he has worked his way up to Commander, Force Readiness Command as of June 2009, has held the position of Deputy Commander, Pacific Area. Prior to these appointments, RearRead more..

KT Sullivan

Renowned cabaret singer KT Sullivan has music in her blood. Born and raised in Oklahoma, she was one of eight children born to Jim and Betty Sullivan. Her father was a director of the Agricultural Stabilization and Conservation Service and her mother is a professional singer and hymn composer. At one point, KT, her motherRead more..

Tommy Smyth

Tommy Smyth has a lot to say about football, or soccer as Americans know it. Smyth has one of the most recognizable Irish broadcast voices in the world as he has been a sports broadcaster and soccer analyst on ESPN since 1993. Following a short football career with his hometown team in County Louth, Ireland,Read more..