Archive for February, 2016

Weekly Comment: Danny McDonald and Colum McCann Honored at NYU Gala

Glucksman Ireland House hosted its annual gala this past Wednesday, honoring acclaimed writer Colum McCann and restaurant proprietor Danny McDonald. The event featured music from Lúnasa and freshly poured pints of Guinness. New York Times writer and memoirist Dan Barry acted as master of ceremonies, introducing McDonald and McCann for the Lewis L. Glucksman AwardRead more..

Weekly Comment:
Feminism, Equality, and
the Abbey Theatre

Next Sunday, Fordham University in New York will host a discussion about the inequalities women face in Irish theater in conjunction with the Waking the Feminists movement, a counterpoint to the Abbey Theatre’s “Waking the Nation” program aimed at drawing attention to the lack of female voices in Irish drama. “Waking the Nation,” a ten-playRead more..

Weekly Comment:
Announcing the 2016
Irish America Hall of Fame

Irish America magazine will present President Bill Clinton with a Lifetime Achievement Award and induct astronaut Eileen Collins, General Martin Dempsey, Pete Hamill, Edward Kenney to Irish America Hall of Fame. ℘℘℘ President Bill Clinton will receive a Lifetime Achievement award from Irish America magazine March 30th, at the 2016 Irish America Hall of Fame andRead more..

1916 – 2016: The Centenary

Welcome to the 1916 Centenary issue of Irish America. ℘℘℘ This special issue of Irish America is dedicated to the centenary of the 1916 Easter Rising. Its aim is two-fold: to highlight and investigate the key individuals and movements, both American and Irish, who had a hand in the planning, execution, and aftermath of theRead more..

First Word:
“Two Hearts Beat as One”

“No New York.  No America.  No Easter Rising.  It’s simple as that.” – Director of Glucksman Ireland House, NYU, J.J. Lee ℘℘℘ While editing the articles in this issue, I was struck by two related observations: without the Irish in America the 1916 Rising would not have happened; and Britain sealed its fate by implementing itsRead more..

First Trans-Atlantic Fiber-Optic
Cable Connects Ireland and US

Ireland and the U.S. are now connected through a brand new $300 million transatlantic fiber-optic cable that went live on January 31. Aqua Comms, the Irish based company behind the America Europe Connect (AEConnect) system, put the final splice in the cable in November of last year, making AEConnect the first and only dedicated modernRead more..

Irish Miracle Baby

Zoe Ireland Drake, the American baby girl born just minutes after landing in Dublin on October 28th, 2015, spent Christmas in Ireland. Her parents, Jenny and Gavin Drake, have remained in Dublin ever since their Nashville-bound American Airlines flight redirected to Dublin when Jenny went into premature labor at 25 weeks. Jenny and Gavin were heading homeRead more..

Waterford Artifact May Be
Oldest in Ireland

In mid-2015, a group of fishermen off the coast of Waterford inadvertently picked up what could potentially be Ireland’s oldest archeological artifact. While trawling for scallops off Creaden Head near Woodstown, they also caught a fragment of a flint axe, which they turned over to the Waterford History Group. The fragment has since traveled toRead more..

Kerry WWII Veteran Receives
France’s Highest Honor

Ninety-seven-year-old Kerry man John “Jack” Mahony was named a Chevalier de La Légion d’Honneur, France’s highest honor, for his participation in the European theater of World War II. Mahony received his medal and commendation from Phillipe Ray, first counsellor from the French Embassy, in early December at a ceremony in Midleton, Co. Cork, where heRead more..

Ireland Launches Campaign to
Bring Emigrants Back

In early December of 2015, the Irish government launched a campaign to bring its emigrants home to help grow the economy. Inspired in part by #hometovote, the hashtag that urged Irish abroad to come home to vote in the marriage equality referendum, the #hometowork campaign displayed posters in Ireland’s major airports just in time for heavyRead more..