Archive for June, 2018

Weekly Comment:
Hercules Mulligan: Tailor, Patriot, Spy

How an Irish tailor named Hercules Mulligan, and his accomplice, and enslaved man named Cato, twice saved George Washington from capture during the Revolutionary War. ℘℘℘ Hercules Mulligan was born in Coleraine, of what was then called County Londonderry to Episcopalians Hugh and Sarah Mulligan, on September 25, 1740. Six years later, the Mulligan familyRead more..

Weekly Comment: The Carrowkeel Cairns

The celebration of summer solstice on June 21, when the sun rises before 5 a.m. in the northern hemisphere, marks a sacred tradition in Ireland dating back 5000 years, when the power of the sun is celebrated at the burial places of ancient gods, since pre-Christian times. ℘℘℘ Ireland has a number of megalithic monuments. Well-known sites suchRead more..

Weekly Comment: Flags of Ireland

Whether for a warrior identifying friend from enemy, a nationalist wanting to represent their views, or a G.A.A. supporter flying their county’s colors, flags have played an important part throughout Ireland’s history. As we celebrate Flag Day here in the United States, let’s take a look back at the flags that have represented Ireland overRead more..

Mary Gallagher

Mary Gallagher is a former intern for Irish America, and currently functions as an Assistant Editor for the magazine. She lives in Long Island, New York, and graduated from Molloy College in 2018 with a B.A. in literature and a minor in history. She continues to nurture a fervent interest in Ireland’s storied history andRead more..

Dave Lewis

Dave Lewis is an Assistant Editor at Irish America Magazine. In 2017, Dave started out as an editorial assistant writing briefing papers for a potential Irish Ambassadorial candidate and soon started writing about Irish history, the GAA in the United States, and profiles on Irish innovators and leaders. In addition to writing Dave is theRead more..

Weekly Comment: Bloomsday Around the World

Bloomsday Around the World June 16th marks 2018’s celebration of Bloomsday, a literary anniversary commemorating the date upon which Irish author James Joyce set the events of his iconic modern novel Ulysses. Since the masterwork’s first publication in 1922, Joyce’s insightful, no-holds-barred portrayal of the inner lives of turn-of-the-century Dubliners and mastery of English andRead more..

Ireland and the Impacts of Brexit

Ambassador Dan Mulhall, Ireland’s ambassador to the United States, answers some frequently asked questions about the implications for Ireland as its nearest neighbor leaves the European Union.                                                         Read more..