Archive for January, 2021

Archie’s Irish “Family” –
50 Years Later

TV legend Norman Lear had heard it before. “That face screams Irish!” Lear was on the set of a new TV sitcom he was writing and producing, about a working-class family in Queens, New York. The star of the show – with the working title “All in the Family” – was a New York City-bornRead more..

Biden Country

By Darina Molloy Mayo on the west coast and Louth on the east, boast some of the most historic sites in Ireland, and now locals living in the area of the Cooley Peninsula and Ballina can expect many the curious traveler on the trail of President Joe Biden’s Irish ancestors.  (All images: Tourism Ireland). WeeRead more..

Warrior for Truth

By Tom Deignan His name was Cornelius Mahoney Sheehan. A son of Irish immigrants, he was born at the height of the Great Depression and raised on a farm in Massachusetts. By the time “Neil” Sheehan died earlier this month, at the age of 84, he’d won an armful of literary awards, and played aRead more..

The Irish Rep’s Theatre
@ Home Winter Festival

The Irish Repertory Theatre begins its Theatre @ Home Winter Festival on Tuesday with its first of nine different productions that will run between January 26th – February 21st with each production playing at four different times throughout the month. MOLLY SWEENEY Molly Sweeney has lived in happy, capable, and independent darkness since she wasRead more..

Understanding the 25th Amendment and Impeachment

By Tom Deignan For five decades, John Feerick has done his best to make sure America can deal with things at their worst. If you read the headlines this week, you saw angry debates about what to do in the wake of protests-turned-riots in the nation’s capital. Ultimately, the House of Representatives voted – forRead more..

X the Waves

A virtual musical event featuring artists from Ireland in support of the all-island peace-building organization, Co-operation Ireland. Listen in this Saturday, January 16th at 12:00 PM EST for ‘X the Waves’ (Cross the Waves) virtual musical event in support of the non-profit organization Co-operation Ireland whose mission is to sustain peace by helping to build aRead more..

“FOR JACK YEATS AND FOR IRELAND…”

By Margy Kinmonth Filmmaker Margy Kinmonth writes about making To The Western World, a film inspired by the paintings of Jack B. Yeats, and how she enticed film director, screenwriter, and actor, John Huston to narrate the film. The New York Irish Center will present To The Western World on Tuesday, January 19 at 3:00Read more..

A Forgotten Irish
Civil Rights Trailblazer

By Tom Deignan In 1957, Martin Luther King. Jr. paid a visit to a Tennessee community organizing camp where he heard Pete Seeger perform a revised version of an old gospel tune for the first time. Within a decade, “We Shall Overcome” would become an anthem for civil rights marchers from Birmingham to Belfast. MartinRead more..

Irish American Partnership Celebrates Women’s Leadership

Hosted by the Irish American Partnership the January 6th women’s leadership event featured: Global leader & Seventh President of Ireland, Mary Robinson Editor-in-Chief of Glamour, Samantha Barry Permanent Representative of Ireland to the United Nations, Ambassador Geraldine Byrne Nason Co-anchor and National Broadcast Journalist with RTÉ, Caitríona Perry The Irish American Partnership hosted its 9th annual (and first virtual) Nollaig na mBan Women’sRead more..

CNN’s Donie O’Sullivan Braved an Angry Mob to Cover the Chaos

By Tom Deignan Amidst the carnage and chaos of this week’s rally-turned-riot in Washington D.C., one Irishman is earning high marks for his work on the ground – Kerry native and CNN reporter Donie O’Sullivan. The New York Times reported that “as the 6:00 PM curfew (on January 6) approached and the authorities moved the mob awayRead more..