Jimmy Breslin 1928 – 2017 Legendary New York City reporter Jimmy Breslin, who appeared on Irish America’s second ever cover in January of 1986, died March 19 in Manhattan following a bout of pneumonia. Breslin had a knack for finding the overlooked characters on the periphery of major stories. He wrote columns on the gravediggerRead more..
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Recent passings in Ireland and Irish America. ℘℘℘ Desmond Connell 1926 – 2017 Former archbishop of Dublin Cardinal Desmond Connell, who stepped down from the position during the 2004 furor over the Catholic Church’s handling of sexual abuse cases perpetrated by members of the clergy, died in February at the age of 90. Ordained atRead more..
2016 saw the passing of numerous Irish and Irish American luminaries, from the first female elected representative of Cook County in Illinois to 60s activists and renowned actors and musicians. Below we remember the lives of some of the most important figures in Irish and Irish American life. ℘℘℘ Editor’s Note: The first obituary weRead more..
Recent passings in Ireland and Irish America. ℘℘℘ Kevin Curran 1957 – 2016 Television comedy writer Kevin Curran, best known for his work on Late Night with David Letterman, Married… With Children, and The Simpsons, died at his Los Angeles home in October following a battle with cancer. He was 59 years old. Curran wasRead more..
Recent passings in Ireland and Irish America. ℘℘℘ Peter Barry 1928 – 2016 Former Fine Gael leader, tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs Peter Barry died in August at his home in Cork city. He was 88. Barry was an instrumental figure in the establishment of the 1985 Anglo-Irish agreement, a treaty which contributed toRead more..
Irish Roman Catholic bishop and author Edward Daly, a former Bishop of Derry, died in hospital during the early hours of August 8th. He was 82. ℘℘℘ Throughout his Church career in Derry, Bishop Edward Daly participated in civil rights marches. He was present at the Battle of the Bogside in 1969, the early yearsRead more..
Mary Holt Moore – a prominent leader in New York’s Irish American community and only the second woman to lead the St. Patrick’s Day parade down Fifth Avenue – died in July at the age of 88. Born and raised in the Bronx, Moore attended Hunter College, where she founded the school’s Gaelic Society. She alsoRead more..
Leland Bardwell 1922 – 2016 Leland Bardwell, an Irish poet and novelist, died in June at the age of 94. She had a prolific literary career that spanned over five decades. Bardwell’s first collection of poetry, The Mad Cyclist, was published by the New Writer’s Press in 1970. In 1975, she co-founded the literary journalRead more..
Irish American writer and memoirist Alphonsus “Alphie” McCourt died suddenly of natural causes at his New York home July 2. McCourt, 75, was the younger brother of Frank McCourt, who authored the Pulitzer Prize-winning memoir Angela’s Ashes. Frank died in 2009. Michael McCourt, a renowned San Francisco bartender, died in 2015. Following in the footstepsRead more..