Posts Tagged ‘Irish Heritage’

My Wild Irish Mother

℘℘℘ In commemorating the wonderful life of Mary Higgins Clark, who passed away on January 31, 2020, we honor her life with a piece from our archives written by herself about her mother Nora. In 1967 when she was eighty, I tossed a birthday party for Mother. There were over seventy people present: my generationRead more..

Margaret Smyth

Margaret Mary (Peggy) Smyth is CFO for National Grid U.S., one of the world’s largest publicly owned electricity, natural gas, and clean energy delivery companies serving more than 20 million people. Under Peggy’s leadership, National Grid is driving the transition to the clean energy future, developing financing models for new energy solutions like battery storage, solarRead more..

Judy Collins Opens Concern Gala

℘℘℘ Concern Worldwide U.S.’s Seeds of Hope annual awards dinner got off to a good start with singing legend Judy Collins singing her classic “Both Sides Now,” and classic anthem “Amazing Grace,” telling how she first came across the song. The event took place on Tuesday, October 29, at Cipriani South Street. Concern honored Microsoft and Kate Johnson (President, Microsoft U.S.) Dominic MacSorley,Read more..

On the Edge of Our Seats

℘℘℘ A Chat with Mary Higgins Clark The Queen of Suspense did not come by her title overnight – Mary Higgins Clark’s 40+-year career in literature and consistent domination of the New York Times Best Seller list have made her a household name in the mystery genre from the release of her very first suspenseRead more..

Kevin Fortuna

Kevin Fortuna is an entrepreneur, author and filmmaker. Currently, he runs Gramercy Labs, the NYC-based incubator that has launched successful startups such as Lot18, GeistM, GearBrain and BeoFior. He serves as founder / CEO of www.GeistM.com and www.Lot18.com whose wine subscription service, www.TastingRoom.com is the #1 personalized wine subscription in the nation. Lot18 “powers” theRead more..

First Word: Inventing
The Future of Medicine

You would think after all this time as editor of this magazine, I would cease to be surprised at the mighty achievements of Irish-Americans. We have showcased the measure of that success down through the years, and yet the honorees profiled in this issue give me pause. The incredible work that they do – inRead more..

Pittsburgh Couple Finds Ancestors Are in the Same Boat

On their first date ten years ago in a French restaurant in Pittsburgh, John Kudlik and Susan Showalter, both part Irish, discovered they had something in common. John, a historian, is the great-great-grandson of Daniel Dowd, a farmer who came to America on the Jeanie Johnston in 1849. When he told Susan his family wasRead more..

Kennedy,
O’Kennedy, Ó Cinnéide

The Irish Kennedys are descended from Dunchaun, the brother of the mighty King Brian Born. The name comes from his father Ceann Eidig, meaning “helmet head.” Appropriately, the arms of the Kennedys have three helmets. From the 11th-15th centuries they were Lords of Ormond. The Kennedys dealt with the various conquests and confiscations better thanRead more..

Irish Roots: The McNamaras

The hotel lobby buzzed with conversation. Irish inflections mingled with accents from New Zealand, Australia, England, Canada, and various parts of the U.S. And above the hum the name would grab my ear. “McNamara.” “McNamara.” As a reflex, I’d ram. And almost instantly smile and shake my head, laughing to myself at how often IRead more..

The Origins of
The Clan McNamara

The roots of the McNamara family are in the distant past of Thomond, the region of Ireland that today is known as County Clare. By the 11th century the sept (or clan) had become the Lords of Clancullen, the territory comprising most of East Clare. The Irish form of the surname, MacConmara, which means “sonRead more..