Patricia Harty
Co-Founder and Editor-in-Chief Patricia Harty

Patricia Harty co-founded Irish America Magazine along with publisher Niall O’Dowd in October 1985.  Among Harty’s many interviews in the past 26 years are Nobel Prize-winning poet Seamus Heaney, Wall Street guru Peter Lynch, best-selling author Pat Conroy, Hollywood legend Gregory Peck, corporate titan Jack Welch and Ford Motor Executive Chairman William Clay Ford.

Harty received the 2009 Ambassador Award from the St. Patrick’s Committee of Holyoke, Massachusetts for her work “to promote the relationship between the people of the Republic of Ireland and the people of the United States.”

She was twice honored by the Office of the Comptroller of the City of New York for her “outstanding journalistic contributions to the Irish community in New York and throughout the United States.”

And in 2000, she was made a Citizen of the Bronx by Fernando James “Freddy” Ferrer, the Bronx Borough President.

Harty, who is a native of Tipperary,  serves on the board of Glucksman Ireland House, NYU’s center for Irish studies. She also serves on the Irish Repertory Theater’s Advisory Board, and on the committee for the annual Women of Concern Luncheon which raises funds for the Irish relief organization Concern Worldwide.

In addition to her book, Greatest Irish Americans of the 20th Century, Harty contributed essays to Being Irish: Personal Reflections on Irish Identity Today, edited by Paddy Logue, and The Irish Face in America by Julia McNamara.

Lifestyles Apostrophes In Names
Founding Publisher Niall O’Dowd

Niall is the co-founder of Irish America magazine as well as the founder of the Irish Voice Newspaper and Irishcentral.com and publishes Home and Away, a successful weekly freesheet. He was awarded an honorary doctorate by University College Dublin for his work on the Irish peace process which was a subject of a book Daring Diplomacy and a PBS Special An Irish Voice. He is also an adjunct professor at Columbia University journalism school.

He was a founder of the Irish Americans for Clinton campaign in 1991, supporting candidate Bill Clinton for president. He led an Irish American peace delegation to Northern Ireland after Clinton was elected[3] and he acted as intermediary between Sinn Féin and the White House at a critical period in the peace process. He played a key role in securing a U.S. visa for Gerry Adams in February 1994. His role was featured in the book Daring Diplomacy by The Irish Times journalist Conor O’Clery and also in an RTÉ-PBS documentary entitled An Irish Voice.He has created numerous successful business networks through his publications including the Wall Street 50, Business 100, Hall of Fame, Legal 100, Silicon Valley 50 magazine in conjunction with the Irish Technology and Leadership Group, and the Science and Technology 50. He created the US Ireland Forum, a forerunner of the Diaspora forum held by the Irish government in 2009

Niall has written for The New York Times, The Guardian, The Irish Times and many other leading publications. He has spoken to groups involved in the Middle East peace process as well as the former Sri Lanka conflict about the importance of diaspora involvement in seeking solutions.

In 2002, his book Fire in the Morning, about Irish people at the World Trade Center during the September 11 attacks, reached number two on the Irish best seller list.

He was named among New York’s most influential people by New York magazine in their issue of May 15, 2006. He was featured on the “People You Should Know” segment of the Paula Zahn Now program on CNN in 2007.  In January 2008, he was appointed an adjunct professor at Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.

Kate Overbeck
Vice President of Marketing Kate Overbeck

Kate Overbeck is the vice president of marketing at Irish America magazine. Since joining the publication in 2006, she has worked to identify and recognize outstanding Irish-American leaders who have made extraordinary contributions in fields ranging from business and finance to philanthropy and humanitarian aid. In addition to producing Irish America’s awards events honoring these distinguished leaders, Kate is also responsible for sponsor relationships, communications and development for the magazine.

In addition to her work at Irish America, in 2007, Kate took on the role of manager of the US-Ireland Forum to execute the creators’ vision of a three-day conference to debate and enlarge on the role of the Irish Diaspora as it affects Ireland economically, culturally, and educationally, and examine the question of what is next for the island of Ireland after the Celtic Tiger era and the peace process.

Kate graduated from Boston University with a B.A. in cultural anthropology.

Marian Fairweather
Art Director Marian Fairweather

Marian Fairweather is a graduate of The School of Visual Arts in NYC. She has been working in the graphic design field for over 20 years. Marian began working for Irish America Magazine not long after college but left to pursue other career opportunities. Eventually she returned to design the magazine again. She says, “I love working with everyone one on the talented staff and I am sure I am making my Irish grandmother proud!”

Sheila Langan. Photo by Kit DeFever.
Deputy Editor Sheila Langan

Sheila Langan is Irish America’s deputy editor. She joined the magazine in 2010, first working as an editorial assistant and then as assistant editor. She has interviewed actors Gabriel Byrne and Brendan Gleeson, Booker prize-winning Irish authors Anne Enright and John Banville, poet Meghan O’Rourke, and Bob Savage and Nanette Lepore, the husband-and-wife team behind the label Nanette Lepore.

Sheila graduated from Bard College with a BA in literature. There, she completed an undergraduate thesis on visual art in John Banville’s novels and worked with the Bard Prison Initiative, tutoring inmates working towards college degrees. A first-generation Irish American, she spent every summer of her childhood in Abbeydorney, a small town outside of Tralee, Co. Kerry.

Tara Dougherty
Advertising & Events Coordinator
Music Editor
Tara Dougherty

Tara joined the Irish America team as an editorial assistant in 2008 and has been the advertising and events coordinator since January 2011. A writer and musician, Tara is also the Music Editor at Irish America and has interviewed such music legends as Paddy Moloney (The Chieftains) and Martin Hayes, as well as newcomers Julie Feeney and James Vincent McMorrow. A graduate of New York University with degrees in history and creative writing, Tara is a native New Yorker with roots in Roscommon. To hear Tara’s music click here.

John Anderson
Copy Editor John Anderson

John Anderson, Irish America’s copy editor, was born in Minneapolis in 1928 and moved to New York in 1951 to look for a writing job. He was hired by a design and architecture magazine called Interiors, and worked there for 10 years, eventually becoming managing editor. Since 1961, he has enjoyed working as a freelance magazine and book editor. He appears here in a painting by the artist Philip Pearlstein.