Podcast:
Eileen Collins and Patricia Harty in Conversation

In this 45-minute podcast, Eileen Collins, the first woman to have command of a space shuttle mission and editor in chief Patricia Harty discuss Earth Day, April 22, and how the astronauts have helped spur awareness of forest clearing and environmental changes since the 1960s. Other topics include working with the Russians, what the future of space exploration looks like, private-public...

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The Titanic’s Irish Legacy

An excerpt from Titanic: True Stories of her Passengers, Crew and Legacy by Nicola Pierce explores three locations notable to the Irish links to the Titanic. ℘℘℘ THE NOVA SCOTIA GRAVEYARDS Titanic gravestones in Fairview Lawn Cemetery, Halifax, Nova Scotia. (Photo: Dennis Jarvis / Flickr) It was White Star Line who paid for the headstones that went up during the autumn of 1912. The Titanic...

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Weekly Comment:
Mary Todd, Abraham Lincoln, and their Irish Maids

A sneak preview of a new book, Lincoln and the Irish: The Untold Story of How the Irish Helped Abraham Lincoln Save the Union, by Irish America publisher, Niall O’Dowd. ℘℘℘ Hardcover & eBook / Skyhorse Publishing / February 2018 / 224 pp. / $24.99. Mary Todd Lincoln was of solid Irish stock. Mary’s paternal great-grandfather, David Levi Todd, was born in County Longford,...

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Irish America
Sweepstakes Winner Named

On Thursday, April 5, the winner of the Irish America sweepstakes for a luxury vacation package to Ireland for two was announced. The luck of the draw went to Stephanie Sullivan of Chicago, Illinois. Stephanie, who works in sales and marketing for mapping and location data company HERE Technologies, was overjoyed upon being contacted with the good news, and said, “It was like a miracle.” She...

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Weekly Comment:
Discover Your Ancestors on this Interactive Map of Irish Surnames

Have you ever wondered where your Irish family name is most common or originates from in Ireland? If you’re like most Irish Americans in the weeks following St. Patrick’s Day, the answer is almost certainly yes. And to get the answers, cartographer Kenneth Field and the American Geographical Society have shared an interactive map of Ireland based on the 1890 census that stunningly and...

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