Archive for December, 2014

Celebrating the 2014
Irish America Business 100 (Photos)

The 2014 Annual Irish America Business 100 Awards Luncheon was held Friday, December 12th at the Metropolitan Club in Manhattan, with the keynote address given by Shannon Deegan, Google’s director of Global Security Operations. All Photos Nuala Purcell. Now in it’s 29th year, the Irish America Business 100 aims to recognize the top business professionalsRead more..

The Mosaic Culture:
Shannon Deegan’s 2014
Business 100 Keynote Address

On Friday, December 12, 2014, Shannon Deegan, Google’s director of Global Security Operations, delivered the keynote address at the 29th Annual Irish America Business 100 Awards Luncheon. Touching on his childhood in Irish Montreal, the influence of hockey in his life, what he calls the “Canadian mosaic” of immigrants, and Google’s extraordinary culture of remainingRead more..

Play to Win: Shannon Deegan

Shannon Deegan, Director of Global Security Operations at Google, talks about growing up in Montreal, a grandfather who told him “always play to win,” the importance of knowing when to lead and when to follow, and why he loves his job at Google. Shannon Deegan, Director of Global Security Operations at Google, is taking meRead more..

The 29th Annual
Irish America Business 100

The Business 100 recognizes the phenomenal success of the Irish in corporate America. The executives, managers, partners, and directors profiles in the following pages represent some of the most innovative and impactful organizations doing business in the United States. From startups to well-established American entities, these companies are as integral to the economy as ourRead more..

First Word: Google & Me

Google was following me. Or so it seemed. Immediately after my visit to the Google complex in Mountain View, California, I drove on to Big Sur and the Monterey Peninsula. I confess to being a bit jaded at this stage in my life, and I wasn’t particularly looking forward to spending a couple of nights inRead more..

Distinguished Service Awards

Winners of this year’s Presidential Distinguished Service Awards for the Irish abroad included actress Fionnula Flanagan, humanitarian Dr. Kevin Cahill, and activist and founding publisher of Irish America magazine, Niall O’Dowd. “Recognition from Ireland for the Irish abroad is always very special. I feel I am in very distinguished company,” O’Dowd, who was honored forRead more..

Trinity Geologists Rewrite
Earth’s Evolutionary History

Geologists from Trinity College Dublin have rewritten evolutionary history by finding that oxygen-producing life forms were present on Earth some three billion years ago – 60 million years earlier than previously thought. Working with colleagues from the Presidency University in Kolkata, India, the geologists found evidence for chemical weathering of rocks leading to soil formationRead more..

Unpublished Poet Awarded
Patrick Kavanagh Poetry Prize

The literary world welcomed a new talent in September when the prestigious Patrick Kavanagh Poetry Award was given to UCC librarian John Fitzgerald. A virtual unknown, having no previous publications, Fitzgerald was quoted in the Irish Times as saying, “I wasn’t into publishing anything, mainly because I did not think it was up to standard.”Read more..

The Irish 66ers

The spirited “Irish 66ers” recently completed their 7th motorcycle journey on Route 66 in an effort to raise money for the Temple Street Children’s Hospital in Dublin. They were escorted by the Los Angeles police Emerald Society for the last leg of the famous highway to Santa Monica Pier where Councilman Kevin McKeown spoke toRead more..

Scientist John Bell Remembered

A ground-breaking exhibition, Science and Art, on the life and work of John Stewart Bell opened at the Naughton Gallery in Queen’s University Belfast on November 4. The exhibition was one of many events celebrating the Northern Irish physicist who 50 years ago became the originator of Bell’s Theorem, which resolved a decades-old dispute involving Albert Einstein andRead more..