Alphie McCourt. Photo: University of Limerick / Twitter

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Remembering Alphie McCourt
(1940 – 2016)

Irish American writer and memoirist Alphonsus “Alphie” McCourt died suddenly of natural causes at his New York home July 2. McCourt, 75, was the younger brother of Frank McCourt, who authored the Pulitzer Prize-winning memoir Angela’s Ashes. Frank died in 2009. Michael McCourt, a renowned San Francisco bartender, died in 2015. Following in the footsteps of his brothers Frank and Malachy,...

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Consul General of Ireland in New York Barbara Jones commemorates the 100th anniversary of the first day of the Battle of the Somme in New York. Photo by James Higgins.

Battle of the Somme Centenary Commemorated in New York

The 100th anniversary of the first day of the Battle of the Somme, the bloodiest battle on the Western Front of WWI, is commemorated in New York.  ℘℘℘ The Irish Consulate in New York held a commemoration on the Plaza of 345 Park Avenue on this morning, Friday July 1, in remembrance of the first day of the Battle of the Somme which began 100 years ago today.  Consul General Barbara Jones...

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The inaugural Top 50 Power Women Awards Luncheon took place on June 30 in Manhattan. (All photos by Nuala Purcell)

Irish America Celebrates Inaugural Top 50 Power Women (Photos)

On June 30th, Irish America magazine celebrated the Top 50 Power Women with an awards luncheon in Manhattan. The event highlighted some of the most influential and innovative Irish and Irish American women working across multiple fields, from media, literature, and the arts to politics, finance, and medicine. While the list and luncheon showcased how integral the honorees are to the professional...

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Irish studies scholar Maureen Murphy will lead the Lower Manhattan Historical Society’s second annual Fourth of July parade on July 2, and raise the Irish Flag at Evacuation Day Plaza. Image courtesy Lower Manhattan Historical Society.

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Lower Manhattan Historical Society Plans Irish 4th of July Celebrations

Irish studies scholar Maureen Murphy will lead the Lower Manhattan Historical Society’s second annual Fourth of July parade. ℘℘℘ The Lower Manhattan Historical Society will celebrate American and Irish independence alike this weekend with a series of events in and around Battery Park. Assisting the society in running these activities will be the Consulate of Ireland in New York, the Sons...

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Taoiseach Enda Kenny responds to the U.K. vote to leave the E.U. (Photo Ireland Department of Foreign Affairs)

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Enda Kenny’s Statement on U.K. Brexit Vote

On June 23, the United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union, with 51.9 percent voting to leave, and 48.1 percent to remain. The British exit will take two years to fully be implemented, but the ramifications for Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland are already being considered, particularly fears of a return to the violence of the Troubles and increased border security in the...

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