Posts Tagged ‘New York City’

Weekly Comment:
Dan Barry Remembers Jimmy Breslin (1928 – 2017)

Ed: Legendary New York City reporter Jimmy Breslin, who appeared on Irish America‘s second ever cover in January of 1986 (see below), died March 19 in Manhattan following a bout of pneumonia.  Born and raised in the Richmond Hill section of Queens, Breslin honed a brash wit and descriptive writing style that became known as New JournalismRead more..

Knock Visionary to Be Reinterred at St. Patrick’s Cathedral

The remains of John Curry, the youngest visionary to have claimed to see the alleged 1879 apparition of the Virgin Mary at Knock, County Mayo, are to be reinterred at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York this May. The plan was conceived during Cardinal Timothy Dolan’s 2015 trip to Ireland, in which he met withRead more..

The Irishman Who Built New York Harbor

John Wolfe Ambrose emigrated from County Limerick as a boy and went on to leave an indelible mark on New York City. He cleaned the streets and turned New York Harbor into a world port. ℘℘℘ Like a true Renaissance man, John Ambrose had many interests and talents. His son-in-law, George F. Shrady, Jr., saidRead more..

New York City Street Renamed for Easter Rising

New York’s Irish bonds were celebrated in November at the renaming ceremony of a municipal stairway in Maspeth, Queens. The step-street, now officially “Easter Rising Way,” overlooks Calvary Cemetery, the final resting place of many Irish Americans native to the area. Also visible is the Fenian Monument, erected by the Irish Revolutionary Brotherhood in 1907Read more..

Dead Shot Mary

New York City police officer and detective Mary Agnes Shanley (1896-1989) was the first policewoman to use a gun in an arrest. She made over 1,000 collars in her career and, at just 160 pounds, had the strength to subdue an adult male. ℘℘℘ Born in 1896, Mary Shanley and family left the poverty ofRead more..

Weekly Comment:
Irish Patriot Remembered

About 75 people turned out in rainy weather, on Thursday October 27, 2016 at 3:30 PM for the rededication of the 1818 monument honoring Irish patriot and New York lawyer, Thomas Addis Emmet, at St. Paul’s Church on Broadway and Fulton Street in Manhattan. Among those in attendance were numerous descendants of Emmet, including AlexandriaRead more..

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New York City Commemorates Easter Rising Centenary

This week the Government of Ireland as well as NYU’s Glucksman Ireland House Center for Irish and Irish American Studies will be putting on a number of events in New York City to mark the centenary of the 1916 Easter Rising and to highlight the American dimensions of this historic event. The events kicked offRead more..

A Lavender and Green Parade for NYC

The New York City St. Patrick’s Day Parade this year added two first-time marchers to the roster: The Lavender and Green Alliance, a group of LGBT Irish, and New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, who had boycotted the parade since he first took office until it became inclusive for gay and lesbian groups. Brendan Fay,Read more..

Surprising Irish Links in NYC’s Mayoral Mansion

Built between 1799 and 1809 by Ezra Weeks, Gracie Mansion is the mayoral residence in New York, and it’s likely that Irish builders, artisans, and tradespeople were numerous among the construction team, and the ballroom’s chandelier is Irish crystal, donated to the house by the descendants of William Russell Grace, the city’s first Catholic mayor, whoRead more..

Weekly Comment:
Times Square’s Waterford Crystal New Year’s Eve Ball

For the 16th year in a row, Waterford Crystal will be the focal point for over one billion pairs of eyes as the Waterford Crystal Times Square New Years Eve Ball begins its descent at 11:59 New Years Eve. The ball, the current iteration of which has been in place since the 2007 centenary ofRead more..