In John Ford’s 1952 The Quiet Man, the introduction of Irish American lead character Sean Thorton, portrayed by cinematic legend John Wayne, is integral to the plot that will soon unfold. The narration that accompanies his first moments on screen is simple: “A fine, soft day in spring it was when the train pulled intoRead more..
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On Thursday, May 18, a plaque that signifies the 100th anniversary of the 1916 Easter Rising joined 193 other commemorative stones upon the interior walls of the Washington Monument, a 550-foot tall symbol of George Washington’s hopes for the American nation. Presented by Minister for the Office of Public Works and Flood Relief Seán Canney,Read more..
Irish organization Emerald Heritage is reaching out to Irish citizens and diaspora alike with the new “Go Green” souvenir plot scheme that aims to restore and preserve the natural beauty of Irish woodlands. The scheme encourages Irish families to purchase a plot of land in Glen Wood, an extension of Craigagh Wood within the famousRead more..
The 10th annual “Christmas Spirit” Toy and Coat Drive was held by Empire City Casino of Yonkers, New York in aid of Catholic Charities on December 15. Nearly one thousand coats and children’s toys were donated to bring holiday cheer to many New Yorkers in need this winter season. President and CEO of Empire CityRead more..
A new public service announcement campaign from the Rory Staunton Foundation for Sepsis Prevention, founded by one of Irish America’s 2016 Healthcare and Life Sciences 50 honorees, has gone viral. The new campaign called “Know the Signs of Sepsis,” is a series of videos featuring parents who have lost their children to sepsis. In eachRead more..
Five years ago this summer, a dream came true – but not quite the way the daydreamer envisioned it might. A decade earlier, I approached the poet and Nobel laureate Seamus Heaney, proposing a magazine profile of him and requesting an interview in Dublin. An enthusiastic admirer of his work, I’d just published an assessmentRead more..
Back in July, on a hot afternoon at Kennedy International Airport in Queens, a truck carried a 40,000-pound piece of debris – draped in an American flag – out of a building known as Hangar 17. The building, for well over a decade, housed over 2,000 items collected from the rubble of the World TradeRead more..
As you gather round the barbecue pit or head to the beach this Labor Day weekend, consider the contribution that the Irish have made, and continue to make to the American labor movement. It was Peter McGuire who first proposed a national holiday for workers. Born to Irish immigrants on the Lower East Side, New York City, inRead 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..
The Irish National Kitesurfing Championships will be brought to Co. Wexford’s Duncannon Beach August 13th and 14th as part of the Hooked Kitefest. In conjunction with the Irish Kitesurfing Association, the festival offers viewers the opportunity to take in an athletic spectacle of male, female, and junior-centric events that include course-racing, freestyle, and hang-time competitions.Read more..