The Irish Oil Man: Dave O’Reilly

The highest- ranked Irish-born CEO in the U.S., and the longest- reigning CEO of an oil company, Chevron’s DAVE O’REILLY talks to Patricia Harty. Dave O’Reilly loves oil. It is why he became a chemical engineer. He doesn’t know how exactly this love came about – he wasn’t influenced by any American westerns featuring Texas wild-catters that populated the fledgling Irish television...

Patricia Harty

The First Word: A Tide of Hope

I’m flying from New York to San Francisco in a window seat looking out over the great expanse that is America.   It’s my favorite route to fly. As always I’m struck by the majesty of the countryside – the mountains and lakes and rivers and the tiny dots of houses that hunker down into the landscape like covered wagons. Invariably, the words to “God Bless America” enter my head. I...

Desmong and Kerry Lynch with their newborn triplets

Identical Triplets! And They’re Irish!

An Irish-American family went from four to seven in the space of an hour when Cormac, Declan and Kevin – identical triplets – were born to Desmond and Kerry Lyons on October 10 at New York Presbyterian Hospital in Manhattan. It was at the ten-week ultrasound that Kerry and Desmond – also parents to three-year-old Liam and one-year-old Ciara – discovered the “shocking yet wonderful”...

Mayor Bloomberg at the ribbon cutting ceremony of Duffy SAURE

Restoring Duffy’s Glory

The ribbon-cutting ceremony for the newly renovated Duffy Square was attended by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Council Speaker Christine Quinn, Bishop Dennis Sullivan of the New York Archdiocese, members of the 69th Regiment, the Coalition for Father Duffy, the Times Square Alliance and the Theatre Development Fund. The renovations on Times Square have transformed what was once merely a...

Barack Obama, Michelle Obama, Malia Obama, Sasha Obama celebrate on election night at a rally in their hometown of Chicago

A New Dawn in America

Barack Hussein Obama was elected the 44th President of the United States on Tuesday, November 4, after he defeated Republican candidate John McCain. On a night of high emotion across the country and around the world, Obama became the first African-American to attain to the office of President. He also joins a long list of commanders-in-chief who claim Irish heritage. So where exactly are...