Lawrence Welsh

Born and raised in South Central Los Angeles, first-generation Irish-American writer and poet Lawrence Welsh has lived an interesting and varied life in America’s Southwest. In 1979, he co-founded and wrote songs for the L.A.-based punk band The Alcoholics. The band broke up in 1982, releasing only one 7-inch, 5-song EP titled Alcoholics. Welsh then switched gears, enrolling at El Camino...

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Micky Ward

“Irish” Micky Ward is a tough fighter with a humble outlook, whose life was portrayed by Mark Wahlberg in the Oscar-nominated 2010 biopic, The Fighter. The Lowell, Massachusetts native is a retired junior welterweight boxer who holds a World Boxing Union championship. His family traces their Irish heritage back to Co. Cork. Before turning professional in 1985, Ward was a three-time New...

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Bennett Walsh

Lieutenant Colonel Bennett Walsh is one of seven children of Kateri and Dan Walsh of Springfield, Mass. He served three tours in Iraq and was under fire in Somalia commanding the same platoon that his father commanded in Vietnam: the 2nd Platoon, Lima Company, 3rd Battalion, First Marines. He returned from Afghanistan on September 25th, where he was the Current Operations Officer for the First...

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Mark Wahlberg

He may have recently played the role of Irish Micky Ward in The Fighter, but Mark Wahlberg has some Irish heritage himself. “Wahlberg” may not sound very Irish, but his family tree includes members by the names of Bradley, Doherty, Dunn and Donnelly. His great-grandmother Sarah A. Doherty was born in Ireland in 1873. Wahlberg had a rough start in his early life. After his parents divorced...

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Paige Turilli

Paige Turilli, a fourteen-year-old Freshman at Pearl River High School in Pearl River, NY is the girls under 15 current World Champion of the all-Ireland finals in Irish-step dancing – and has been first in her age group for the past two years. Turilli studies at the Innisfree School of Irish Dancing. In an interview with the Pearl River Patch, she said that she attends two to three classes a...

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