Mary Todd, Abraham Lincoln, and Their Irish Maids

An excerpt from Lincoln and the Irish: The Untold Story of How the Irish Helped Abraham Lincoln Save the Union, by Irish America publisher, Niall O’Dowd. ℘℘℘ Hardcover & eBook / Skyhorse Publishing / February 2018 / 224 pp. / $24.99. Mary Todd Lincoln was of solid Irish stock. Mary’s paternal great-grandfather, David Levi Todd, was born in County Longford, Ireland, and...

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Sweepstakes Winner Named

On Thursday, April 5, the winner of the Irish America sweepstakes for a luxury vacation package to Ireland for two was announced. The luck of the draw went to Stephanie Sullivan of Chicago, Illinois. Stephanie, who works in sales and marketing for mapping and location data company HERE Technologies, was overjoyed upon being contacted with the good news, and said, “It was like a miracle.” She...

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Discover Your Ancestors on this Interactive Map of Irish Surnames

Have you ever wondered where your Irish family name is most common or originates from in Ireland? If you’re like most Irish Americans in the weeks following St. Patrick’s Day, the answer is almost certainly yes. And to get the answers, cartographer Kenneth Field and the American Geographical Society have shared an interactive map of Ireland based on the 1890 census that stunningly and...

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Ireland’s Good Friday Alcohol Ban Has Been Lifted

Alcohol can be served for the first time since 1927 on Good Friday in Ireland this year. ℘℘℘ Finding a pint of plain on Good Friday in one of the Republic of Ireland’s world-famous pubs has been nigh impossible (legally) for 90 years. That changed on January 31 of this year, when Irish president Michael D. Higgins signed an amendment to the 1927 Intoxicating Liquor Act into law repealing...

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An Irish Music Playlist Just in Time for St. Patrick’s Day

From Turlough O’Carolan to The Chieftains, The Cranberries to The Corrs, Ireland has always had a world-wide reputation for musical prowess. This St. Patrick’s Day weekend, enjoy this special playlist of Irish music that ranges from traditional Irish songs to more contemporary fare like The Pogues and The Saw Doctors. The 200-song playlist curates the best of Irish music and hopefully...

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