Joe Biden was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom with Distinction by Barack Obama in January.

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Joe Biden Awarded Medal of Freedom

Vice President Joe Biden was surprised with a tribute of the highest honor when awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by his president and close friend Barack Obama on Thursday. Obama presented the medal – the highest form of civilian honor existing in the United States – “with distinction,” an additional level of esteem, for the first time in his presidency, and called Biden “a...

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Martin McGuinness: The Man, The Myth, The Minister

  If it’s fair to judge the effectiveness of a politician by the depth of his opponents’ dislike for him, then the Sinn Féin MP and Assemblyman for Mid-Ulster, Martin McGuinness, must be a very effective politician indeed. Even more than Gerry Adams, McGuinness appears to drive unionists, as well as British conservatives, into a frenzy of irrational rage. The Ulster Unionist...

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Fionnula Flanagan has written a letter calling on people to send videos in support of housing Ireland's homeless population.

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Fionnula Flanagan’s Plea to End Dublin Homelessness

The takeover and conversion of an unused government-owned Dublin office building into a homeless shelter is “the most revolutionary event to have occurred in that city since 1916,” writes Fionnula Flanagan. ℘ ℘ ℘  Hollywood legend and Irish America Hall of Famer Fionnula Flanagan, known for her movies like Waking Ned Devine, The Others, and Devine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood, is...

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Clockwise from top left: Maureen O'Hara with her daughter Brigit Bronwin Fitzsimmons, Jack Leslie, John Timoney, Kay Starr, Bill Cunningham, Rick Cluchey, Alphie McCourt, Dan Tully, Michael Kennedy, Daniel Berrigan, and Tom Hayden.

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Those We Lost in 2016

2016 saw the passing of numerous Irish and Irish American luminaries, from the first female elected representative of Cook County in Illinois to 60s activists and renowned actors and musicians. Below we remember the lives of some of the most important figures in Irish and Irish American life. ℘℘℘ Editor’s Note: The first obituary we publish here was not published in Irish America, but...

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Left to right: Empire City CEO Tim Rooney, California toy donor Josh Blake, and Monsignor Kevin Sullivan. (Photo courtesy Empire City Casino)

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Empire City Drive Provides for Catholic Charities

The 10th annual “Christmas Spirit” Toy and Coat Drive was held by Empire City Casino of Yonkers, New York in aid of Catholic Charities on December 15. Nearly one thousand coats and children’s toys were donated to bring holiday cheer to many New Yorkers in need this winter season. President and CEO of Empire City Casino Timothy J. Rooney presented the donation to executive director of...

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