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9 Ways to Celebrate Irish American Heritage Month

At the end of February, President Trump officially declared the month of March to be Irish American Heritage Month for 2018. He also took the opportunity to mention the numerous historical and cultural contributions the Irish have made to America over the years, mentioning specifically the nine signers of the Declaration of Independence who were “of Irish origin” – which included Thomas...

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Mother, Life, Landscape, and the Connection

In February of this year, globally-renowned Irish author Edna O’Brien was named as the winner of the PEN/Nabokov award for achievement in international literature. Today, on International Women’s Day, we celebrate this seminally feminist voice in modern Irish culture, and look back on Patricia Harty’s 2007 interview with O’Brien, where they talked writing, family, and...

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Celebrating the 2018 Irish America Hall of Fame

On March 2, Irish America magazine inducted four new members to the Irish America Hall of Fame at the Metropolitan Club in New York. See below for speeches, photos, and more from the exciting awards luncheon. ℘℘℘ Irish America magazine hosted the 2018 Irish America Hall of Fame March 2 in Manhattan, recognizing the diverse and critical work of Irish and Irish American leaders in the United...

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Meet Ireland’s Olympians

With the Olympics closing ceremony this weekend, get to know the Irish competitors. Though none came away with medals, there was plenty of spirit to go around. ℘℘℘ The 2018 Winter Olympics, held this year in Pyeongchang, South Korea, saw Ireland represented by five singular athletes who competed in a host of skiing and snowboarding events. Though not all of them were born and raised in...

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G.P.A. Healy, the Irish Painter of American Presidents

America’s most prolific 19th century portraitist, whose painting of Abraham Lincoln hangs in the State Dining Room at the White House, was an Irish American born into poverty in Boston. ℘℘℘ There are more portraits of American presidents hanging in the White House by George Peter Alexander Healy than any other artist, yet amazingly he remains a largely unknown figure to many Americans. In...

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