Archive for March, 2021

Flannery O’Connor:
The Storied Life of
the Writer from Georgia

By Tom Deignan A new documentary about the short life and powerful work of Irish American literary giant Flannery O’Connor has just been released and is available for streaming. Entitled “Flannery: The Storied Life of the Writer from Georgia,” the 97-minute film premiered on PBS on March 23. Directed by Mark Bosco and Elizabeth Coffman,Read more..

Flannery O’Connor’s
Irish Roots

How Flannery O’Connor’s upbringing and her Irish Catholic heritage impacted her writing. By Joe Zenter O’Connor’s great-great-grandfather, Patrick Harty, came to Georgia in 1824 from County Tipperary, settling in Taliafero County. His Irish-born daughter Johannah, who became Flannery O’Connor’s great-grandmother, married Hugh Donnelly Treanor in 1848. Hugh had also emigrated from Tipperary, and moved inRead more..

A Vaccine Update from Ireland

By Deaglán de Bréadún Ireland is currently going through one of the most dreary and restrictive periods in its history, because of the coronavirus pandemic. Curbs on movement and social gatherings for work or pleasure mean that most people spend the bulk of their time at home. When they do go out, they are underRead more..

Maud Gonne and Famines in the 1890s

By Christine Kinealy Maud Gonne is frequently remembered as the unrequited love interest of the poet, W.B. Yeats, while her accomplishments as a nationalist, artist, actor, lecturer, polemist, writer and social activist are often marginalized. In particular, Maud’s role in engaging with the perennial poverty and intermittent subsistence crises that dogged Ireland in the finalRead more..

Marty Walsh is Confirmed as U.S. Labor Secretary

By Michael Quinlin Congratulations to Martin J. Walsh, who was confirmed on Monday, March 22, 2021 as the next U.S. Secretary of Labor. The U.S. Senate approved his nomination 68-29. Walsh has been mayor of Boston since January 2014, and prior to that was Massachusetts state representative and a leader in Boston’s trade unions. InRead more..

Seniors Enjoy A
Virtual Pint at McSorley’s

Senior living communities nationwide that use Rendever – a virtual reality program built to help reduce social isolation among seniors through shared experiences – are taking their residents to the best Irish places to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, including McSorley’s on New York’s lower east side. Rendever is overcoming social isolation through the power of virtual reality andRead more..

Let’s All Shine Green

Tourism Ireland has created a St. Patrick’s Day tradition with the Global Greening Initiative where buildings, landmarks, and historical sites will be illuminated green to celebrate Ireland’s National Day. This year the tradition continues with more sites around the world being illuminated green than ever before and we cannot wait to see them all.  TourismRead more..

Tourism Ireland Hosts
St. Patrick’s Day from Home

Virtual Pub Tour and Music Celebration Wednesday, March 17, 2021, 5:30 PM EST Everyone knows that the island of Ireland is the best place in the world to celebrate St Patrick’s Day. However, as overseas visitors can’t travel there, for now, this St Patrick’s Day Tourism Ireland will bring a taste of Ireland right into theRead more..

2021 New York City
St. Patrick’s Day Parade

The 2021 New York City Saint Patrick’s Day Parade will be celebrated on Wednesday, March 17, 2021. The Parade is the oldest and largest parade in the world and has marched on the streets of New York City every year since 1762, fourteen years before the Declaration of Independence that established the United States ofRead more..

History Loves a Parade
260 Years of the New York
St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Wednesday, March 17, 2021 4:00 pm EST, 8:00 pm Ireland The New York Irish Center Presents: History Loves A Parade An online Salute to 260 Years of the New York Saint Patrick’s Day Parade. Explore key milestones of the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in North America from Colonial times to the present. Featuring archival imagesRead more..