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When It Comes to Health, Kathleen Cares

Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius (née Gilligan) on the future of American health care, her...

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The First Family of Irish America

Back in July, Bronx Irish Catholic Edwin F. O’Brien, after a 40-year career as a priest, military chaplain and aide to two...

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Presidential Visits to Ireland

President Obama’s visit brought the number of U.S. Presidents who have visited Ireland to seven. Tom Deignan looks...

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The Irish Brigade: Heroes of The Civil War

As we commemorate the 150th anniversary of the start of The Civil War, Matthew Brennan remembers the shining role of The...

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Tim Kaine’s Irish Roots

Just how Irish is the Democratic vice-presidential nominee? And what does Tim Kaine’s family tree have in common with...

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In This Issue

Brian Burns Named New Irish Ambassador

Seen at the Ireland-U.S. Council’s 2017 Winter Meeting in Palm Beach, Florida were (from left) Shane Stephens, Consul General for Ireland for the Southeast United States; Michael J. Gibbons, Chairman of the 2017 Winter Meeting; Brian W. Stack, President of the Ireland-U.S. Council; Guest Speaker Brian Burns, the next United States Ambassador to Ireland.

Philanthropist, businessman, and Irish America Hall of Fame member Brian Burns was officially announced as President Donald Trump’s appointment for ambassador to Ireland in January. He was tapped...

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Northern Ireland Undergoes Historic Election Shift

Sinn Féin's Michelle O'Neill (right) is  congratulated by party leader Gerry Adams and party members Mary Lou McDonald (left), and Órlaithí Flynn, in Belfast March 3, after Sinn Féin’s victories had become clear. (Photo: Peter Morrison / AP)

For the first time in history of Northern Ireland there will be a nationalist majority in the national assembly at Stormont. A short 10 months after the previous Northern Ireland Assembly election,...

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Tim Kaine’s Irish Roots

Immigrant John Mannion (left) and his son, T.P. Mannion (middle). Though it’s hard to see, the latter  is sporting a monocle. What do you think? Is there a resemblance? (Newspapers.com)

Just how Irish is the Democratic vice-presidential nominee? And what does Tim Kaine’s family tree have in common with Downtown Abbey? ℘℘℘ No sooner had Hillary Clinton announced Tim Kaine...

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Continuity and Change: The Irish Role in American Politics

Senator John A. Danaher, Republican of Connecticut,  in 1939. (Photo: Library of Congress)

For the second straight White House election, the Democratic and Republican candidates for vice president grew up in strong Irish American and Catholic families. Eyebrow-arching in itself, the fact...

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What Are You Like?
Mary Robinson

MARY ROBINSON (Photo: The Ethical Globalization Initiative)

Mary Robinson made history as Ireland’s first female president, in office from 1990 – 1997. She has since devoted her life to human rights on a global scale, serving as United Nations High...

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Irish Aid for Europe’s
Refugee Crisis

Syrian refugees wait in line for their winter clothes to be distributed by the Concern team at the informal tented settlement in the village of Mohamara, in Akkar, north of Lebanon Wednesday, February 18, 2015. Photographer: Dalia Khamissy

On September 3rd this year, the photograph of Aylan Kurdi, the Syrian three-year-old whose body washed ashore on a Turkish beach, ran across the front pages of newspapers world-wide, putting a...

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Last Word: The State of Play

Portmarnock Golf Club, one of the most prestigious clubs in Ireland, may soon open its doors to women.

Why women are still fighting male chauvinism on the greens of Ireland. ℘℘℘ Ireland is now a rainbow nation. With the passing of the referendum on same-sex marriage in May, all...

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Thousands Mourn
a Fallen Officer in Queens

Police officers carry Moore’s coffin from the church. (All photos by Peter Foley)

Family members, friends, neighbors, and thousands of police officers from across the country, gathered at St. James Roman Catholic Church in Seaford, New York, on Friday, May 8, to pay their last...

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Edward M. Kennedy Institute
Opens in Boston

The Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate opened in Dorchester, Mass. (Photo: Bruce T. Martin)

A new institute honoring the life and legacy of Senator Ted Kennedy opened in Boston with a historic ceremony featuring President Obama, Vice President Biden and other dignitaries. Chilly weather...

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When It Comes to Irish Peace,
Hillary and History Rhyme

Hillary Rodham Clinton is one of the most important figures in the Northern Irish Peace Process, says Niall O'Dowd.

Hillary Rodham Clinton’s role in the Irish peace process is often underestimated but there were few people more important. In retrospect it all seems so obvious. Once an American president focused...

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Vote Referendum Tabled

Gerry Adams addresses the Sinn Fein party congress.

Outrage was sparked when the Irish government refused to hold a referendum to extend the vote in Presidential elections to Irish citizens living in the North and elsewhere outside the Republic of...

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The Administrator

EPA administrator Gina McCarthy in her Washington, D.C. office. ©2013 John Loomis Photography, LLC

Gina McCarthy, the head of the Environmental Protection Agency, on why action on climate control is critical for our nation’s health. Gina McCarthy was appointed Administrator of the Environmental...

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Boston’s Man of the People: Marty Walsh

Mayor of Boston Marty Walsh

There was world renowned musician Yo-Yo Ma on center stage, playing an audacious solo of Danny Boy on his cello before 8,000 enraptured listeners. Mid-way through the performance and without missing...

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A Thousand Days of Grace

President John F. Kennedy. Photo by Jacques Lowe.

As we mark the 50th anniversary of John F. Kennedy’s assassination Michael Quinlin reflects on Kennedy’s vision, his desire for a united Ireland, his love of poetry, and what his presidency meant...

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When It Comes to Health, Kathleen Cares

Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius

Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius (née Gilligan) on the future of American health care, her father’s influence, her Irish heritage, and other topics. “I’m a...

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Did President Kennedy Have Celiac Disease?

John Fitzgerald Kennedy

Dr. Peter Green, Professor of Clinical Medicine, Director of the Celiac Disease Center at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, suspects that JFK was the victim of an undiagnosed...

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The American Cousin: Memories of JFK’s Trip to Ireland

President Kennedy's motorcade drives through Cork during his 1963 trip to Ireland.

In June 1963, President John F. Kennedy made a series of state visits throughout Europe. To Germany, where he made his famous Ich bin ein Berliner speech; to Italy; to England; and to Ireland, the...

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Joey From Scranton – Vice President Biden’s Irish Roots

Joe Biden with his mother, Jean Finnegan Biden, at the 2008 Democratic National Convention. Photo: AP.

It’s well known that Vice President Joe Biden spent his early years in the very Irish city of Scranton, Pennsylvania. But what about his ancestors? Genealogist Megan Smolenyak, who also traced...

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I’ll Be Back In the Springtime – JFK in Ireland

President Kennedy taking tea with his cousin Mary Kennedy Ryan and her daughter Mary Ann at the family home in Dunganstown, Co. Wexford. Photo: PJ Browne Photography.

Sean Reidy, CEO of the JFK Trust, looks back on President Kennedy’s visit to New Ross in 1963, and forward to celebrations on the 50th anniversary of that visit. “I’ll be back in the...

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What Are You Like? Mary Robinson

Former President of Ireland Mary Robinson.

Ireland’s first female president answers questions about her life and work. Mary Robinson made history as Ireland’s first female president, in office from 1990 – 1997. She has since devoted...

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Hillary Clinton Visits Ireland and Northern Ireland

Enda Kenny and Hillary Clinton in Dublin on December 6. Photo: Fine Gael

Clinton included the Emerald Isle in her final visits as Secretary of State. As part of one of her last international trips as Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton spent two days in Ireland at the...

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A Young Kennedy Returns to His Roots in Ireland

Minsiter Brendan Howlin presents Bobby Kennedy with the award marking the induction of his grandfather, Robert F. Kennedy, into the Irish America Hall of Fame. Photo: Patrick Browne.

Bobby Kennedy III travels to New Ross, Co. Wexford for the Irish America Hall of Fame inductions of Robert F. Kennedy and Eunice Shriver Kennedy, and the inaugural Kennedy Summer School. The...

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Healing Hearts on Rockaway Beach

Wounded Warriors Weekend. Photo: Travis Mitterway.

The eighth annual Wounded Warriors Weekend in Breezy Point, NY. Eight years ago, Rockaway Beach resident Flip Mullen, who served 18 years with the FDNY, his wife, Rita, and a group of former firemen...

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What America Can Learn From Ireland

Jon O'Brien

The Last Word: Birth Control is a Medical Issue, Not a Religious One The Irish, a fiercely independent people ruled by another country for centuries, have a unique appreciation for irony. As an...

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Irish Army Archives to go Public

Defense Forces Chief of Staff Lieutenant General Sean McCann shows the new online military archives to Mary-Clare Collins-Powell, the grandniece of Michael Collins.

The Irish Armed Forces is about to make a huge volume of historical documents available to the public by putting them online for general access. Lieutenant General Sean McCann, Defense Forces’...

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Chuck Schumer’s Irish Bill

Senator Chuck Schumer. From Wikimedia Commons.

New York Senator Charles Schumer has gained a great deal of support from the Irish in America since mid-December, when he introduced an Irish visa bill to the Senate. The bill, co-sponsored by...

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Ten Years after 9/11

Collier Wimmer dances an Irish jib on the sidewalk in front of her family's Winston-Salem home on Friday afternoon, Sept. 21, 2001, to raise money for victims of the terrorist attaches in New York and Washington. 'I felt sad for the children who lost their moms and dads,' she said. 'I wanted to do something about it.' (Winston-Salem Journal/Ted Richardson)

An estimated 1,000 of the nearly 3,000 victims of 9/11 were of Irish descent or birth. On the 10th anniversary of the attacks, we look at the “living” memorials such as the scholarships...

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Rebuilding the Skyline

Mike Reilly at work on the Freedom Tower.

The heroism and sacrifices of Irish Americans on September 11, 2001 have been well documented. What has not been discussed nearly as much are the contributions Irish Americans are currently making to...

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Presidential Visits to Ireland

President Kennedy leaving Ireland from Shannon Airport during his 1963 visit.

President Obama’s visit brought the number of U.S. Presidents who have visited Ireland to seven. Tom Deignan looks back at some memorable visits and some that barely registered. Ollie Hayes...

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The Last Word:
The Walk of a Queen

Lady Hazel Lavery as Cathleen ni Houlihan. Oil canvas (1923), by her husband, painter Sir John Lavery. This image of Lavery, who was born in Chicago, was used on Irish bank notes during most of the 20th century.

Reflections on Queen Elizabeth’s historic trip to Ireland. The recent four-day visit of Queen Elizabeth II to Ireland – the first by a reigning monarch in a hundred years – was a stunning...

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Ireland’s New Prime Minister on the Way Forward

Taoiseach Enda Kenny paid his respects at Ground Zero on May 4th.

On his recent trip to New York, between visiting Ground Zero and being welcomed at an Irish American community reception, Ireland’s new Taoiseach, Enda Kenny, spoke with Patricia Harty about...

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The Irish Brigade: Heroes of The Civil War

"A Donnybrook at Dusk" by Bradley Shmel; Brigadier General Thomas Francis Meagher; Savage Station, Virginia. Union field hospital after the battle of June 21.

As we commemorate the 150th anniversary of the start of The Civil War, Matthew Brennan remembers the shining role of The Irish Brigade. Irish American actor Martin Sheen commented in an interview...

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President William J. Clinton:
Irish America Hall of Fame

President Cinton and wife Hillary in Derry.

Politician, peacemaker, and hero to millions of Irish. As a major supporter of the Irish peace process, Bill Clinton moved mountains.  The 42nd President of the United States took the strongest...

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Jean Kennedy Smith:
Irish America Hall of Fame

Ambassador Jean Kennedy Smith

Activist, humanitarian, diplomat. Often referred to as the shy Kennedy, Jean Kennedy Smith has quietly blazed her own trail while still holding true to the family legacy of public service. The last...

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When the Men are Gone

Siobhan Fallon with her father, Eamon, and her daughter, Maeve, behing the bar at the South Gate Tavern.

Tom Deignan talks with author Siobhan Fallon about her writing, her Irish-American upbringing, and being an Army wife. Siobhan Fallon attended school in England, traveled widely in Ireland (where her...

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Ted Kennedy, History Buff

Ted Kennedy and family 2004

As the first anniversary of  Ted Kennedy’s death approaches, Thomas Fleming recalls the late senator’s fascination with American history and his desire to share that love with America’s...

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Fighting Irish Girl: Maureen Dowd

Left: Maureen Dowd as a young girl; Right: Maureen Dowd at the Irish America Top 100 celebration in 2010

Her mother was an Irish rebel, and her father a good cop who could spot a phony a mile away.  These inherited traits turned Maureen Dowd into an award-winning columnist and author. Somewhere in...

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Thomas Cahill: Civilization on Trial

Thomas Cahill author of How the Irish Saved Civilization

I first encountered Thomas Cahill in the reading requirements for ninth grade history, where Mr. Dachille’s designation of Cahill’s book The Gifts of the Jews as a substitute for the dry...

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Jane Sullivan Robert’s Rules for Success

Jane Sullivan Roberts and Justice John Roberts on their wedding day.

Her husband may be Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, but Jane Sullivan Roberts is an amazing success story all her own. Jane Sullivan Roberts, 54, is one of those rare Washington women who won’t...

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Obama’s Irish Roots: A House in Black, White & Green

President Barack Obama

When Barack Obama enters The White House as the 44th U.S. President, he will find that the Irish and African-American strands of his ancestry have been linked in many other ways throughout the...

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Second U.S.-Ireland Forum a Success

Pictured were Niall O'Dowd Publisher Irish American Magazine, with Loretta Brennan Glucksman Chairman of the American Ireland Fund with President of Ireland Mary McAleese and Dr. Hugh Brady President of UCD

Over 400 delegates attended the second annual U.S.-Ireland Forum hosted at University College Dublin in early November, which was yet another extraordinary success. The delegates were drawn from...

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Inside the Kennedy White House

President Kennedy's appearance at New Ross Quay in New Ross, Ireland, 27 June 1963.

When Barack Obama moved into the White House, many felt a sense of optimism despite the vast challenges facing America. Such feelings, naturally, recalled January of 1961 when, on a bright, frozen...

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A New Dawn in America

Barack Obama, Michelle Obama, Malia Obama, Sasha Obama celebrate on election night at a rally in their hometown of Chicago

Barack Hussein Obama was elected the 44th President of the United States on Tuesday, November 4, after he defeated Republican candidate John McCain. On a night of high emotion across the country and...

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The Real Bill Maher

Bill Maher outside the Vatican

Bill Maher gets real with Kelly Carlin-McCall about life, work and religion. Smart, funny, bold, proverbial line-crosser – all of these words could be used to describe Bill Maher.  They also could...

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The Conventions

Ted Kennedy at the Democratic Convention

Ireland was in the background at this year’s Democratic and Republican National Conventions, but it was there. On the eve of the Democratic Convention in Denver, Senator Barack Obama appeared in...

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The Battle Over Ulysses

Famed author James Joyce

 The court case that changed the way Americans read. During a first-season episode of the excellent AMC TV series Mad Men, set in the New York advertising world of the 1960s, several secretaries are...

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A Letter to the Editor: Mission Possible

I felt compelled to write you and say thank you for unintentionally helping my family. Because you put a group of wonderful people in the same room (for the awards ceremony of your “Top 100 Best...

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The First Family of Irish America

A painting of Charles Carroll as a young man.

Back in July, Bronx Irish Catholic Edwin F. O’Brien, after a 40-year career as a priest, military chaplain and aide to two cardinals, was named the new Archbishop of Baltimore. The archdiocese...

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Governor Martin O’Malley’s March

Governor Martin O'Malley joins Leo Moran of The Sawdoctors on stage at his inauguration party.

Youngest mayor of a large city at 37, governor at 43; it’s possible that Martin O’Malley, fueled by family, Jesuit ideals and Irish history, will march all the way to the White House. Martin...

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Faces of the Fallen

Part of the exhibition which was on view at the Women in Military Service Memorial. Photo- Mac Barnes

The Faces of the Fallen exhibition, which commemorated the men and women of the U.S. Armed Forces who lost their lives in Iraq and Afghanistan, recently closed. The story of Faces of the Fallen...

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Commodore John Barry

Commodore John Barry, “Father of the American Navy.”

From Irish immigrant to Commander of the American Navy, John Barry is a hero to remember. There are many Irish men and women whom one could declare a hero of our time but none is so profoundly...

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Peace at last in Northern Ireland?

Though political tensions linger, the Northern Ireland Assembly is up and running and both communities are working together for the future. The Reverend Ian Paisley, leader of the Democratic Unionist...

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De Valera’s “Tree of Liberty” at Notre Dame

October 15, 1919: Eamon de Valera prepares to plant the short-lived “Tree of Liberty” at Notre Dame.

Captured in May 1918 and imprisoned in Lincoln Prison, England, Eamon de Valera, Ireland’s future president, escaped in dramatic fashion on February 3, 1919. Fearing the propaganda boost his...

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The Prosecutor Goes to Dublin

Patrick Fitzgerald addresses the Chicago Bar Association.

Fresh from securing a conviction of Vice President Dick Cheney’s chief of staff Scooter Libby, Chicago federal prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald appeared in Dublin the day before St. Patrick’s Day to...

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1916 Anniversary Sparks Debate

On the eve of the 90th anniversary of the Easter Rising, mainstream political parties are actively competing for the legacy of Ireland’s historical revolution. The government has already...

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The Conventions

Ireland was in the background at this year’s Democratic and Republican National Conventions, but...

Northern Ireland Undergoes Historic Election Shift

For the first time in history of Northern Ireland there will be a nationalist majority in the...

Irish Aid for Europe’s
Refugee Crisis

On September 3rd this year, the photograph of Aylan Kurdi, the Syrian three-year-old whose body...

Faces of the Fallen

The Faces of the Fallen exhibition, which commemorated the men and women of the U.S. Armed Forces...

Thousands Mourn
a Fallen Officer in Queens

Family members, friends, neighbors, and thousands of police officers from across the country,...

A Young Kennedy Returns to His Roots in Ireland

Bobby Kennedy III travels to New Ross, Co. Wexford for the Irish America Hall of Fame inductions of...

De Valera’s “Tree of Liberty” at Notre Dame

Captured in May 1918 and imprisoned in Lincoln Prison, England, Eamon de Valera, Ireland’s future...

Healing Hearts on Rockaway Beach

The eighth annual Wounded Warriors Weekend in Breezy Point, NY. Eight years ago, Rockaway Beach...

Brian Burns Named New Irish Ambassador

Philanthropist, businessman, and Irish America Hall of Fame member Brian Burns was officially...

The Prosecutor Goes to Dublin

Fresh from securing a conviction of Vice President Dick Cheney’s chief of staff Scooter Libby,...

Edward M. Kennedy Institute
Opens in Boston

A new institute honoring the life and legacy of Senator Ted Kennedy opened in Boston with a...

Chuck Schumer’s Irish Bill

New York Senator Charles Schumer has gained a great deal of support from the Irish in America since...

Second U.S.-Ireland Forum a Success

Over 400 delegates attended the second annual U.S.-Ireland Forum hosted at University College...

Vote Referendum Tabled

Outrage was sparked when the Irish government refused to hold a referendum to extend the vote in...

A New Dawn in America

Barack Hussein Obama was elected the 44th President of the United States on Tuesday, November 4,...