Liam Cosgrave 1920 – 2017 Former prime minister of Ireland Liam Cosgrave died this past October at the age of 97 in Dublin. Cosgrave served as taoiseach from 1973 to 1977, during which time he was renowned for a firm stance against terrorism and for his skills as a diplomat. He is also remembered forRead more..
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Glen Campbell 1936 – 2017 Country singer, songwriter, session musician, actor, and television host Glen Campbell, best known for his 1975 hit “Rhinestone Cowboy,” died in Nashville, Tennessee in August following a six-year battle with Alzheimer’s. He was 81. Campbell sold over 45 million records in his six-decade career, outselling even The Beatles at theRead more..
Rosamond Mary Moore Carew 1911 – 2017 The most recent oldest living Irish American, Rosamund Mary Moore Carew, known to her loved ones as “Mema,” died in her family home in September. Her 106th birthday was celebrated at the Irish America Hall of Fame luncheon at the New York Yacht Club in March, with addressesRead more..
J.P. Donleavy, the Irish American novelist and playwright who penned The Ginger Man, which was initially turned away by over 45 publishers for its sexual obscenity but eventually sold more than 45 million copies and became considered a modern cult classic, died on September 11 in a hospital near his Mullingar, Co. Westmeath home. HeRead more..
Jack Finucane 1937 – 2017 Father Jack Finucane, who co-founded the Irish humanitarian organization Concern Worldwide with his brother, Father Aengus, died in June at the age of 80. The Limerick-born priests first came to international prominence for their selfless humanitarianism during the 1960s when they began famine relief efforts by shipping food to starving BeafransRead more..
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..