Happy 20th Anniversary,
Ellis Island Immigrant Database!

What a difference two decades make By Megan Smolenyak In April of 2001, a miracle occurred. Well, it certainly seemed that way at the time. The Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation (SOLEIF) opened the American Family Immigration History Center (AFIHC), launching an online database — digitized and indexed — of the passenger records of millions of immigrants who took...

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The Crisis in the
Catholic Church

Please join in the conversation about this important topic; we welcome your comments, thoughts, and feedback. James Carroll’s newest book, The Truth at the Heart of the Lie is available at Barnes and Noble and Amazon. View Tom’s previous interviews for Irish America with Emma Donoghue, Timothy Egan, John Feerick, and James Nesbitt. Tom Deignan is a teacher, author, and...

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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...

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Silent Night

By Pat Fenton A Christmas Eve memory comes back to me, almost hauntingly in this crazy long night of the Pandemic, the Corona Virus we’re all living through. And it makes me think again of the importance of memory and how it brings us back so faithfully to the way we were. I’m 20 years old, a young soldier from 17th Street in Windsor Terrace, Brooklyn. And I’m down in Fort...

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The New York
Irish Center Presents

Home Away From Home This ChristmasAirs December 24 @ 2 PM EST (7PM Ireland) A celebration of Ireland’s greatest writers from Ireland’s most loved artists From W. B. Yeats to Frank McCourtDirected by George C. HeslinProduced by Turlough McConnell The New York Irish Center brings comfort and joy to those prevented from returning to Ireland due to Covid-19. Last year, around 1.2...

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