Archive for February, 2021

The Life and Death
of Seneca Village

An exhibition tells the story of an interracial community destroyed to make way for New York’s Central Park. By Jill Fergus Dog walkers and joggers nonchalantly stepping over the barely visible cobblestones embedded in a grassy patch in New York’s Central Park have no idea that those stones were church foundations of a once prosperousRead more..

My Great-Grandmother Discovered

Submitted by Robert F. Lyons, Kennebunk, Maine It was the accidental discovery of a vintage photograph, which enabled me to meet my first Irish-American relative, my great grandmother, Ellen Whelan Lyons of Co Waterford, Ireland.  At a family reunion in South Dakota, my cousin, John Maloney, had tossed out on the table a bushel basketful of old photos.Read more..

Pennsylvania’s Irish and the
Founding of the State

Joe Biden’s nail-biting Pennsylvania win was just the latest episode in Pennsylvania’s rich Irish American history. BY TOM DEIGNAN You can take the boy out of Scranton.  But Scranton still helped put its most famous Irish Catholic boy – Joe Biden – into the White House. The 2020 presidential election famously came down to aRead more..

The Catalpa Rescue

In 1876, a daring escape from an Australian prison colony by six Fenian prisoners was masterminded by the revolutionary and journalist John Boyle O’Reilly. Story by Donald J. Magilligan The sailing triumph of the Catalpa and the daring escape of six prisoners from an Australian prison dates back to 10 years earlier, 1866, to theRead more..

Recently Published Books
of Irish Interest

Reviews by Darina Molloy Big Girl Small Town by Michelle Gallen Writer Sinead Moriarty has probably gifted Big Girl Small Town with the best synopsis ever – “Milkman meets Derry Girls. A cracking read’ – which is proudly emblazoned on the Irish version of the cover. Majella is one of those outliers – ignored byRead more..

The ‘Daddy of Baseball’
Was an Immigrant from
County Clare

Although almost completely forgotten now, Ted Sullivan (1848 – 1929) was once among the best-known characters in baseball. He was called “The Daddy of Baseball” and “The Godfather of the National Game.” His story touches dozens of American cities, from Chicago to Washington D.C., Milwaukee, St. Louis, Kansas City, and Dallas, where he managed teams, startedRead more..

Glucksman Ireland House
2021 Virtual Gala

Join Glucksman Ireland House NYU on Tuesday, February 23, 2021, at 7pm EST for the 2021 Virtual Gala. While extraordinary circumstances prevent us from celebrating in person, we will gather as a community for a fun evening featuring the best of Irish culture, music, poetry, business, journalism, and public service. Taoiseach (Prime Minister), Micheál Martin T.D. will join the virtual festivities GIHRead more..

Irish Eye on Hollywood

JESSIE BUCKLEY POISED FOR THE A-LIST Only the worldwide pandemic could slow down the stratospheric rise of Kerry native Jessie Buckley. And even with Hollywood more or less shut down, Buckley is still getting raves – meaning she will be poised to hit the A-list when show biz really opens up again in the newRead more..

JUDY COLLINS:
A RETURN TO HER LEGENDARY 1964 CONCERT

The Town Hall will present a special streaming concert event with music icon Judy Collins as she recreates her legendary 1964 New York City concert hall debut. Collins filmed the show onstage at The Town Hall and will be streamed on February 12 at 8 pm EST. Tickets are $40 and are available at TheRead more..

An Ordinary Woman Who Lived An Extraordinary Life

A profile of Bridget H. Murray, my mother. By Eileen Murray Bridget Harriet Collier filled the world with many things since she came into it on Tuesday, September 9, 1924: humor, kindness, love. Perhaps the only thing she was short on was complaints about the hardships she faced while raising her family. It’s why herRead more..

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