Archive for January, 2018

Weekly Comment: Announcing the 2018 Irish America Hall of Fame

On Friday, March 2, Irish America magazine will induct four new members to the Irish America Hall of Fame. The distinguished 2018 Hall of Fame inductees include Governor Jerry Brown of California; John O. Brennan, former director of the CIA; actress, singer and Tony Award-winner Kelli O’Hara; and Dennis P. Long, former president of Anheuser-Busch and member of the U.S. SoccerRead more..

Weekly Comment:
Celebrating 25 Years of Glucksman Ireland House

After a quarter century, New York University’s Glucksman Ireland House celebrates its achievements and looks forward to the next 25 years with their 2018 Gala Dinner. ℘℘℘ It is difficult to believe it but 2018 marks twenty-five years of Glucksman Ireland House, the prestigious home to Irish and Irish-American studies at New York University. ThisRead more..

Joe Kennedy III:
Why the Dream Will Never Die

Congressman Joe Kennedy is carrying on his family’s legacy in politics and making a name for himself as a champion of the underdog. On Tuesday, January 30, he will deliver the Democratic rebuttal to President Trump’s State of the Union. Could he be a future President himself?  ℘℘℘ Congressman Joseph Patrick Kennedy III wears hisRead more..

First Word:
The Dream That Never Dies

“As the first of the racial minorities, our forefathers were subject to every discrimination found wherever discrimination is known.” – Robert Kennedy speaking at a Friendly Sons of St. Patrick Day dinner in Scranton, PA It is fitting that we have Joe Kennedy III on the cover of this issue that marks the beginning ofRead more..

Over 400 G.A.A. Stars Unite to Fight Ireland’s Homeless Crisis

A group of over 400 current and former G.A.A. players held a solidarity sleep-out in December to draw attention to Ireland’s homelessness crisis, raising more than $150,000 in the process. The sleep-out took place in 13 towns and cities throughout Ireland and abroad, including Dublin, Boston, New York, Quebec City, Wexford, Galway, and Cork. AccordingRead more..

Band Aid Donates Archives to Ireland’s National Library

Bob Geldof and the Band Aid Trust donated their archives to the National Library of Ireland in December, opening them to public viewing for the first time. The charity effort raised £8 million for famine relief in Africa with the release of the 1984 single “Do They Know It’s Christmas?” The following year, the organizationRead more..

Mapping Irish DNA

In a study published late December in the journal Scientific Reports, researchers have found 10 genetic groupings that mirror the ancient and medieval boundaries of Irish kingdoms: Ulster, Leinster, Munster, and Connacht. The study was explored by a team of Irish, American, and British scientists that analyzed data from 194 Irish people with four generations ofRead more..

Ireland to Recognize Preferred Gender Pronouns in Registry of Foreign Births

In December, Ireland took further steps to grant equality to transgender citizens by introducing policy designed to formally recognize naturalized citizens of the Republic’s preferred names and gender identity through the establishment of a register of gender recognition of foreign births. In a statement, Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade Simon Coveney said,Read more..

Uilleann Pipes Acknowledged by UNESCO

The United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) approved recognition of uilleann piping as an element of the “intangible cultural heritage of humanity” in early December. After initiating the application process in March 2016, the Department of Culture, Heritage, and the Gaeltacht worked tirelessly for over a year to ensure the acceptance of Ireland’sRead more..

Ireland’s First Astronaut Ready to Take Flight

Ever since Dr. Norah Patten visited NASA’s Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, Ohio, as a child, she knew she wanted to be an astronaut. Twenty-three years later, the Mayo-born adventurer was selected as one of 12 scientists to train as an astronaut as part of Project PoSSUM, an astronautics research and education program that studiesRead more..