Posts Tagged ‘Irish Studies’

The Last Word: The Father of Irish Studies

Tim Pat Coogan recalls Eoin McKiernan, who for many years wrote the “Last Word” column for this magazine and was a pioneer in the field of Irish Studies. The founder of the Irish American Cultural Institute and the Irish Way Program, McKiernan is now the subject of a new biography, Irish America Reawakening: The EoinRead more..

Bean an Tí – Celebrating Loretta & 20 Years of Glucksman Ireland House

Glucksman Ireland House, NYU’s center for Irish Studies celebrated 20 years and its founders, Loretta Brennan Glucksman and her late husband Lewis Glucksman. Seamus Heaney read “Lauds for Loretta,” his praise poem for Loretta Brennan Glucksman at the Gala Dinner celebrating the 20th Anniversary of Glucksman Ireland House, New York University’s renowned center for IrishRead more..

Molloy College Celebrates St. Brigid’s Day

On February 2, Molloy College’s Irish Studies Institute held its first St. Brigid’s Day Celebration – a fun afternoon of songs and stories that held the promise of exciting things to come for this fledgling Irish Studies program. St. Brigid’s Day, a Christian feast day, has its roots in the ancient Celtic festival of Imbolc,Read more..

Roots:
The Foley Family

The surname Foley is found in greatest concentration in counties Cork, Kerry, and Waterford. It is generally understood to be an Anglicized form of the Gaelic Ó Foghladha, which translates loosely to “pirate,” or “marauder,” possibly implying distant Viking roots. It may also be an Anglicized version of the Northern Irish name Mac Searraigh, chosenRead more..

Ethel Brogan

Born and raised in Armagh City, Northern Ireland, Ethel Brogan immigrated to America in 1946, living at first in New York City before eventually settling in upstate New York with her husband, Liam. As a child, Brogan absorbed herself in the Irish language and culture, living in a Gaeltacht (Irish-speaking district) for a month everyRead more..

Roots: The Ford Family

The Ford family name has several possible origins. Its Anglo-Saxon roots can be traced back to Devonshire, where the name derived from the topographical term “ford,” meaning “a shallow place where water can be crossed.” However, this term originally comes from the Norse “fjord,” meaning a narrow inlet of sea. Therefore, the Ford family nameRead more..

Uncovering Irish History in Lowell, MA and Northern Ireland

The Irish-American Heritage Archeological Program discovers Irish artifacts in Lowell, MA and Cosson, Co. Tyrone. Students and archeological experts from the University of Massachusetts, Lowell and Queen’s University, Belfast recently completed phase two of a four year archeological dig in the Massachusetts town, and expanded the project to include a site in Co. Tyrone, NorthernRead more..

Study in Ireland Fairs Come to Northeast

A new initiative called Education Ireland asks American students to consider studying in Ireland. Education Ireland, a new initiative of the Irish Government, is holding a series of “Study in Ireland” events in New York and Boston as part of their Fall Recruitment Week. Increasingly more American students are choosing to study abroad in IrelandRead more..

Banville on Black

“Sometimes, in the middle of the afternoon if I’m feeling a little bit sleepy, Black will sort of lean in over Banville’s shoulder and start writing. Or Banville will lean over Black’s shoulder and say ‘Oh that’s an interesting sentence, let’s play with that.’ I can see sometimes, revising the work, the points at whichRead more..

Roots: the history of the Ruane, Rowan and Ó Ruadain families

The surname Ruane comes from the old Gaelic Ó Ruadain, meaning the descendant of the red one, originally derived from the Gaelic ruadh. The pre-medieval clan stems from Ui Maine, an ancient territory that was made up of mid-Galway and South Roscommon, and Ui FIachrach, an ancient area of Mayo, Sligo, and Southern Galway. TheRead more..