My father Cyril DeFever grew up on a dairy farm near Detroit, Michigan. His parents had immigrated to the U.S. from Belgium. My mother, Marie Clancy, the daughter of an insurance man, was Irish. Her grandfather grew up on Turbot Island off Connemara. Her uncle Robert Clancy was a U.S. senator. Dad boxed as a young manRead more..
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More than 350 people attended a special ceremony at the John F. Kennedy Arboretum near New Ross, County Wexford, on May 29, marking the hour of the birth of America’s 35th president 100 years ago that day. Minister with Responsibility for Defense Paul Kehoe, Wexford County Council chairman Paddy Kavanagh, and U.S. Air Force LieutenantRead more..
To commemorate the 100th anniversary of President John Fitzgerald Kennedy’s birth, the New York Historical Society has mounted a bold exhibition, American Visionary: John F. Kennedy’s Life and Times. The primary display of the exhibition is a series of 77 images – “some iconic, some rarely seen,” according to the society’s description of the showRead more..
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..
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..