Archive for March, 2014

Guinness Saved Ireland

On 17 March, in honour of Ireland’s patron saint, many a pint of Guinness will be sunk. But, as they clasp their ‘pint of plain’, few revellers will appreciate the extent to which Ireland owes its very survival as a sovereign state to the Black Stuff. Seventy years ago – February 1944 – and itRead more..

Photo Coverage of the 2014 Hall of Fame

Celebrating the 2014 Irish America Hall of Fame

Irish America celebrated the induction of the 2014 honorees to the Irish America Hall of Fame Wednesday, March 12 at the Metropolitan Club in New York. Inducted at the Annual Hall of Fame Luncheon were talk-show hosts Bill O’Reilly and Chris Matthews; Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley; Famine scholar Christine Kinealy; businessmen and champions for IrelandRead more..

At Home with the McDonalds

Ed: NYPD Detective Steven McDonald, who was inducted into the Irish America Hall of Fame in 2014, died Tuesday, January 10, 2017 at North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset, NY following complications from a heart attack. McDonald was paralyzed from the neck down in July 1986 after confronting potential bicycle thieves in Central Park, one of whomRead more..

The First Word: Hall of Fame

Past, Present, and Future In this issue, in which we celebrate the new inductees into our Hall of Fame, I’m reminded of great Irish Americans of the past such as John Barry, the father of the American Navy; John F. Kennedy, our first Catholic president; and Eugene O’Neill,  playwright and Nobel Laureate. Our incoming HallRead more..

Christine Kinealy:
Historian, Author, Activist

Christine Kinealy is the world-renowned historian and newly appointed professor of history and founding director of Ireland’s Great Hunger Institute at Quinnipiac University, Connecticut. Beginning with her Ph.D. dissertation at Trinity College on the Irish workhouse system and continuing, in 1997, with her breakthrough book This Great Calamity: The Irish Famine 1845-52, Kinealy has becomeRead more..

Chris Matthews:
Political Commentator, Author

Chris Matthews has been following American politics since the first Eisenhower campaign. As a young teen, he became enthralled with the historic rivalry of John F. Kennedy and Richard Nixon. It was a time of big downtown rallies and ticker tape parades on Wall Street, when supporters wore boater hats and bright campaign buttons. HardlyRead more..

Andrew McKenna:
Corporate Titan, Community Leader

Andrew McKenna is one of Chicago’s premier businessmen. He is nicknamed “St. Andrew of the Boardroom” because most of his work happens behind the scenes. But at the age of 84, “an age when most directors have politely been told to go home,” quipped Chicago magazine when they named him one of their 100 MostRead more..

Martin O’Malley:
Politician, Lawyer, Musician

Martin O’Malley is the governor of Maryland and the former mayor of Baltimore. He was born, one of six children, in Washington, D.C. to Barbara and Thomas O’Malley, a former U.S Army Air Force pilot. It was his family who gave him the spark to enter public service. His dad’s father was a ward leaderRead more..

Bill O’Reilly:
Broadcaster, Author

Since he joined the Fox News Channel as the anchor of “The O’Reilly Factor” in 1996, Bill O’Reilly has been the exemplar of cable news personalities. His style of challenging inquiry, the ease he shows in his role behind his desk, and the frank honesty of his editorializing has set a standard for other cableRead more..