Archive for July, 2020

Regis Philbin Buried at Notre Dame

Television host Regis Philbin was buried on Wednesday at the University of Notre Dame’s Cedar Grove Cemetery after a private service at the school’s Basilica of the Sacred Heart. The TV host graduated from the northern Indiana Catholic school in 1953, and was an enthusiastic alum who often returned to the South Bend campus forRead more..

History’s Heroes Not Always Set in Stone

By Deaglán de Bréadún A petition is circulating to have a statue of Jack Charlton installed at the Aviva Stadium (I still think of it as Lansdowne Road) in Dublin. There are moves also to have a statue put up in his native village of Ashington in Northumberland. As far back as 1994, a statueRead more..

Drinking With John Kerouac in a Rockaway Bar

“You wrote a book? So what’s the name of it?” Hot summer’s afternoon in the Sand Bar in the 50’s, a fetid, open aired boardwalk bar at the end of Beach 116th Street in Rockaway, Queens, just a short distance from where the sea begins. The last stop on the A train. No where toRead more..

Children’s Book Corner

By Mary Gallagher The Dog Who Lost His Bark By Eoin Colfer Illustrations by PJ Lynch This heartwarming story is perfect for enthusiastic young readers. With large, clear font, a simple vocabulary, and an engaging story about finding one’s family, the book hits all the right notes. “Dog” is a puppy who’s been through aRead more..

Thomas Kelly

Dr. Thomas Kelly has served as Head of School for over 15 years at Horace Mann, one of the top preparatory schools in America. For decades now, Kelly has brought an ambitious mix of optimism and determination to his work as an educator – from classroom teacher, to principal, to district superintendent, expanding educational accessRead more..

First Word

July 25, 2020

There’s a lot happening out there. Take a break and enter the world of Irish America. After so many years as editor of this magazine, I’ve come to think of “Irish America” as a place. Lately, the place I go, to take solace and restock my hope tank, is our Irish America archives. So manyRead more..

Sláinte! Bid Thy Guests Welcome Though They Come At Any Hour

By Edythe Preet In the 16th century Elizabeth I was Queen of England. Spain and England were at war, and their armadas stalked each other on the open seas. Certain Irish sailing captains who swore allegiance to neither nation raided both fleets for profit. Some called them pirates. Some called them heroes. One became aRead more..

Queen of the Klondike

By Gary Blackwood After the discovery of gold in the Klondike, 100 years ago, some 100,000 people headed north in search of a quick fortune. Only a handful of them found it, and of that handful, only one was a woman. When Belinda Mulrooney died nearly penniless in a nursing home near Seattle in 1970,Read more..

Something I Did Not Know I Was Missing

I went to Ireland with my two children in March/April of 2018. This was the first time that I had ever been. I always had the impression that Ireland was similar to the U.K. The trip completely dispelled that myth. I thought Ireland and the Irish people were beautiful and I came away with theRead more..

The Pull Of The Stars

By Tom Deignan Best-Selling Dublin-born author Emma Donoghue has a brilliant and timely new novel out. Set in an Irish maternity ward during the Spanish Flu pandemic of 1918, The Pull of the Stars explores the challenges and heroism of nurses and other health care workers, while at the same time tenderly chronicling the lovesRead more..