For the fifth year running, the County Wexford town of New Ross will mark American Independence Day with Irish America Fest, a three-day celebration of transatlantic friendship and legacy beginning this weekend on Friday, June 30. The festival, held in association with the Wexford Co. Council, Failte Ireland, and Irish America magazine, will provide entertainmentRead more..
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What is the best way to properly mark the 100th birthday of John Fitzgerald Kennedy? ℘℘℘ On May 29, a series of events across the country will mark what would have been John Fitzgerald Kennedy’s 100th birthday. Already, the United States Postal Service has released a commemorative stamp. And in the Kennedy family’s historic hometownRead more..
“Immigration policy should be generous; it should be fair; it should be flexible. With such a policy we can turn to the world, and to our own past, with clean hands and a clear conscience.” – John F. Kennedy ℘℘℘ This past Thanksgiving, as I made my way to a home-cooked meal with friends, I couldn’tRead more..
The Irish Film Institute has digitized over 1,200 minutes of Irish cinema, documentary, and public information films dating back to 1910. The free online archive (available at ifiplayer.ie) also includes a number of rare Irish-American reels. “We wanted to make sure we represented as many parts of the collection as possible,” head of the archiveRead more..
The annual Kennedy Summer School took place in September in New Ross, County Wexford. Over 30 guest speakers, including the U.S. Ambassador Kevin O’Malley, attended a series of ten debates relating to Irish and American politics in President John F. Kennedy’s ancestral hometown. “It is quite remarkable to think that 53 years after President KennedyRead more..
The Irish American New York lawyer who defended a Russian spy, and negotiated on behalf of the thousands of prisoners captured after the failed Bay of Pigs invasion of Cuba, is remembered by his daughter Jan. ℘℘℘ It can often appear that the lives of individuals depicted on the silver screen are too fantastic toRead more..
Irish Sunday Independent journalist Alan Murray unearthed a plot by loyalist terrorist Johnny “Mad Dog” Adair to assassinate Courtney Kennedy, daughter of Robert Kennedy and her husband Paul Hill when they were in north Belfast in 1994. Adair had planned to attack the couple with a rocket-propelled grenade while they were driving in their car.Read more..
To mark the anniversary of John F. Kennedy’s death, three new books with fabulous photography have been released. One of Ourselves: John Fitzgerald Kennedy in Ireland, by James Robert Carroll, explores the details of the late president’s three and a half day trip to Ireland in late June 1963. The author discusses Kennedy’s famous “homecoming”Read more..