Ford Company Celebrates
100 Years in Ireland

William Clay Ford, Jr. Ford executive chairman and Irish America Hall of Fame inductee, traveled to County Cork to pay tribute to the centenary of the first Ford plant in Ireland. ℘℘℘ William Clay Ford, Jr. the great-great grandson of Irish American automobile pioneer Henry Ford, unveiled a plaque and bench in Ballinascarthy, Ireland on April 20 to commemorate 100 years of Ford in the...

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The Great Tate Caper

On April 12, 1956, two young Irish men walked into the Tate Gallery in London with one brazen objective in mind – to seize an £8 million impressionist masterpiece in the name of their country. ℘℘℘ Dubliner Paul Hogan and his mate Billy Fogarty from Galway believed that the painting, Berthe Morisot’s Jour d’Été, was the property of Ireland and had been unjustly obtained by the...

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Irish America and WWI: The Story of Peter Thompson

April 6, 2017 marks the 100th anniversary of the entrance of the United States into World War I. Irish Americans were mixed about intervention in Europe’s war, some supporting the dictum “England’s difficulty isIreland’s opportunity,” but nonetheless hundred of thousands of them enlisted to fight. Among the Irish who fought in America’s military was Butte,...

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Ireland’s Longest Greenway Is Officially Open to the Public

Waterford Greenway, the longest off-road walking and cycling path in Ireland, opened to the public at the end of March. Running 46km from Waterford City to Dungarvan and tracing the former route of the Great Southern and Western railway line, the €15 million project is also part of the Atlantic Coast Route of EuroVelo, a long distance cycling network connecting Europe. “The Greenway is a...

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Dan Barry Remembers Jimmy Breslin (1928 – 2017)

Ed: Legendary New York City reporter Jimmy Breslin, who appeared on Irish America‘s second ever cover in January of 1986 (see below), died March 19 in Manhattan following a bout of pneumonia.  Born and raised in the Richmond Hill section of Queens, Breslin honed a brash wit and descriptive writing style that became known as New Journalism throughout the 1960s and early ’70s, though...

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