View of the  O’Connell Bridge, looking north,  following the British shelling of Dublin during the  Rising.

1916 – 2016: The Centenary

Welcome to the 1916 Centenary issue of Irish America. ℘℘℘ This special issue of Irish America is dedicated to the centenary of the 1916 Easter Rising. Its aim is two-fold: to highlight and investigate the key individuals and movements, both American and Irish, who had a hand in the planning, execution, and aftermath of the Rising, and to showcase underrepresented aspects of the Rising, like...

Detail from an 1866 Fenian bond sold in America, urging Irish Civil War soldiers to return to Ireland to fight for independence.

First Word:
“Two Hearts Beat as One”

“No New York.  No America.  No Easter Rising.  It’s simple as that.” – Director of Glucksman Ireland House, NYU, J.J. Lee ℘℘℘ While editing the articles in this issue, I was struck by two related observations: without the Irish in America the 1916 Rising would not have happened; and Britain sealed its fate by implementing its terror policies, and allowing a famine that forced...

Enda Kenny observes the cable landing in Sligo last year. (Photo: Naoise Culhane)

First Trans-Atlantic Fiber-Optic
Cable Connects Ireland and US

Ireland and the U.S. are now connected through a brand new $300 million transatlantic fiber-optic cable that went live on January 31. Aqua Comms, the Irish based company behind the America Europe Connect (AEConnect) system, put the final splice in the cable in November of last year, making AEConnect the first and only dedicated modern subsea fiber-optic cable system running directly from Ireland...

Jenny and Zoe Ireland Drake at Dublin's Rotunda Hospital.

Irish Miracle Baby

Zoe Ireland Drake, the American baby girl born just minutes after landing in Dublin on October 28th, 2015, spent Christmas in Ireland. Her parents, Jenny and Gavin Drake, have remained in Dublin ever since their Nashville-bound American Airlines flight redirected to Dublin when Jenny went into premature labor at 25 weeks. Jenny and Gavin were heading home after enjoying a “babymoon” in...

A flint axe found in County Waterford similar to this one may be the oldest Irish artifact ever.

Waterford Artifact May Be
Oldest in Ireland

In mid-2015, a group of fishermen off the coast of Waterford inadvertently picked up what could potentially be Ireland’s oldest archeological artifact. While trawling for scallops off Creaden Head near Woodstown, they also caught a fragment of a flint axe, which they turned over to the Waterford History Group. The fragment has since traveled to University College Cork for age testing, but local...