Archive for January, 2016

Weekly Comment:
The Poetry of 1916

Glucksman Ireland House, the center for Irish and Irish American Studies at New York University, is hosting an event centered on the poetry of the 1916 Easter Rising written by Irish and Irish-American authors. Titled “‘Her Exiled Children’: Poetry in America and the 1916 Easter Rising,” the event will be hosted by National Book Award-winningRead more..

Weekly Comment:
20 Years Ago the Last 1916
Rebel in the U.S. Died

The last remaining person in the U.S. to have fought in the 1916 Rising in Ireland died in Seattle, Washington, at the age of 99 on January 21, 1996. Elizabeth “Lily” Kempson McAlerney, who threatened a man at gunpoint when he wanted to leave the scene of the fighting, was exiled to the U.S. whenRead more..

Fionnula Flanagan Remembers Husband Garrett O’Connor, Addiction Treatment Pioneer

I met him in 1969. In the corridor of the Round Towner Motel in Baltimore. Maryland. Following a Broadway run, I was on a national tour with Lovers, the play that had brought me to the US. He was an Irish psychiatrist running the Psychiatric Emergency Clinic on the faculty at Johns Hopkins University Hospital.Read more..

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PBS Uncovers Surprising Genealogical Connections for O’Reilly, Maher, O’Brien

Bill O’Reilly, Soledad O’Brien, and Bill Maher’s Irish roots were uncovered in this week’s episode of Finding Your Roots, Jr. on PBS, and it turns out, O’Reilly and Maher are related. O’Brien is also related to another of the show’s previous guests – Stephen Colbert. The episode, “The Irish Factor,” used a combination of archivalRead more..

Saoirse Ronan and Stephen Colbert Talk Irish Accents

Saoirse Ronan stopped by The Late Show with Stephen Colbert this week. The Irish starlette did her best to teach Stephen a thing or two about the Irish accent. Irish actress Saoirse Ronan appeared on the Late Show with Stephen Colbert this week and the two enjoyed a lightly jibing conversation about Irish accents andRead more..

From the Archives: Special Easter Rising 75th Anniversary Commemorative Issue

In celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Easter Rising, Irish America has digitized its 75th anniversary Rising issue. Featuring an exclusive interview with Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams, the issue is both a historical look at the Rising and presages what was to transpire with the Peace Process throughout the 1990s. In his interview withRead more..

Weekly Comment:
Irish Government Launches Year of U.S. Commemorations for 1916 Centenary

The program for the 2016 U.S. commemorations of the 100th anniversary of the 1916 Easter Rising was launched this week by members of the Irish and American governments and Irish celebrities in New York City. On hand to mark the occasion was Minister for Foreign Affairs of Ireland Charlie Flanagan, Irish Ambassador Anne Anderson, NewRead more..