Speaker of New York City Council, Corey Johnson, at the Irish Arts Center. Pictured are Irish Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, Corey, Mayor Bill de Blasio, and Pauline Turley, the center's vice chair. Speaking at the event, which marked a $2.5 million grant from the Irish Government to the center, Johnson said: "The story of this project, in many ways, is the story of Ireland and the story of New York. It's persistent, gritty history of how we moved this project forward."

Corey Johnson:
Lightning in a Bottle

Corey Johnson zoomed into New York like a comet and burst onto the political scene. In just a few short years he became speaker of the city council. He’s smart, articulate, high-energy, and the kind of guy who is going places fast. He talks to Rosemary Rogers about his history, his health, and his Irish pride. ℘℘℘ In 2013, Corey Johnson, with little money and less connections (he’s from...

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Climate Change:
A Mum’s Mission

Trócaire’s Lorna Tevnan Gold on saving the future from the present. ℘℘℘ Dr. Lorna Tevnan Gold of the Irish humanitarian organization Trócaire has been working to change environmental policy and appealing to the public to see climate change for the impending disaster already-in-motion that it is for the past 15 years, and now she’s written a book about it. Climate Generation –...

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Irish Power, U.S. Politics

U.S. Rep. Richie Neal Talks to Niall O’Dowd

Richie Neal’s extraordinary journey from a working-class neighborhood in Springfield, Massachusetts, to Washington, D.C., and one of the most powerful jobs in American politics as the chairman of the Ways & Means Committee. ℘℘℘ On November 7, 1960, Mary Garvey Neal, who had roots in Ventry, County Kerry, took her son to the Springfield, Massachusetts, town hall. It was very late and...

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James Connolly Visitor
Centre Opens in Belfast

At a ceremony on Friday, April 19, President of Ireland Michael D. Higgins officially opened Áras Uí Chonghaile, the new James Connolly Visitor Centre, providing a new space for discovery, education, study, work, meeting, and socializing on the Falls Road in West Belfast, only yards from where Connolly lived. Connolly, a labor leader, was executed for his part in the 1916 Rising. A James...

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Wild Irish Women:

A Most Sorrowful Mystery

Oh! star of Erin, queen of tears, Black clouds have beset thy birth, And your people die like morning stars, That your light may grace the earth. – “Stars of Freedom,” 1981 By IRA volunteer Bobby Sands, M.P. H-Block, Long Kesh Prison Camp ℘℘℘ Watching Bobby Sands die in 1981, much of the world realized, finally, that the young IRA soldier and hunger striker was a...

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