Left to right: William C. Ford, Jr., Brian Moynihan, and Anne Sweeney.

Key Notes

Irish America’s keynote speakers are making headlines. Three of Irish America’s former keynote speakers have been in the news recently, attesting to the enduring relevance of all our honorees and the range of activities they involve themselves in. Time to catch up with our former keynotes. Bill Ford Defends Unions In an interview on CNBC’s  “Squawk Box,” Irish America’s 2011...


Guinness Saved Ireland

On 17 March, in honour of Ireland’s patron saint, many a pint of Guinness will be sunk. But, as they clasp their ‘pint of plain’, few revellers will appreciate the extent to which Ireland owes its very survival as a sovereign state to the Black Stuff. Seventy years ago – February 1944 – and it is at last clear that the Allies are going to win the Second World War (1939-45). In...

2014 Irish America Hall of Fame inductee Bill O'Reilly at the annual awards luncheon on March 12 at the Metropolitan Club in New York.Photos by Nuala Purcell

Celebrating the 2014 Irish America Hall of Fame

Irish America celebrated the induction of the 2014 honorees to the Irish America Hall of Fame Wednesday, March 12 at the Metropolitan Club in New York. Inducted at the Annual Hall of Fame Luncheon were talk-show hosts Bill O’Reilly and Chris Matthews; Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley; Famine scholar Christine Kinealy; businessmen and champions for Ireland Andrew McKenna (chairman of the...

The 2014 Irish America Hall of Fame inductees

Eight to be inducted at the Irish America Hall of Fame 2014 Luncheon and Ceremony

On Thursday, January 30th, Irish America magazine announced its Irish America Hall of Fame Class of 2014.   Governor Martin O’Malley, and TV personalities Bill O’Reilly and Chris Matthews included on this year’s list.   The induction ceremony is to be held on Wednesday March 12th at the Metropolitan Club, New York City. For more information on our Hall of...

Actress Judi Dench with Philomena Lee at the premier of Steve Coogan's Philomena.

Irish at the Oscars

It’s that time of year again and the Oscar nods arrived this morning. Among the contenders for Best Picture this year is Philomena, the true story of Philomena Lee’s search for her son after a clandestine adoption under the shadow of the Catholic Church and Irish State. Much of the movie was filmed in Ireland and, as we told you about in our last issue, highlights the troubled history of the...