Posts Tagged ‘Niall O’Dowd’

President-elect Joe Biden’s Irish roots – from fleeing Famine Ireland to winning the White House

President-elect Joe Biden’s rich Irish ancestry helped lead him to the White House. By Niall O’Dowd, Publisher As is true in the case of Presidents John F. Kennedy, Barack Obama, Ronald Reagan, and now Joe Biden, the Irish Famine had the untold impact of creating a US president by sending their forefathers to America. Biden’sRead more..

Farewell to a Legend

Jim Dwyer, a beloved figure and Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter,
columnist, and author, passed away at the age of 63 on October 8, 2020

By Niall O’Dowd It was fitting that in his last column for The New York Times on May 26th, Jim Dwyer wrote about the quiet heroism of his great grandmother in saving her family during the 1918 flu pandemic. She was known as Nan the Point from a remote area near Killorglin in Co Kerry. HerRead more..

Michael Dowling – What Real Leadership Looks Like During a Pandemic

Irish America Publisher Niall O’Dowd reviews Irish-born CEO Michael Dowling’s new book about Leading Through a Pandemic. The coronavirus, the greatest public health crisis in United States history, will spawn a thousand books, TV programs, and even movies. However, I doubt any will be as revealing and relevant as “Leading Through a Pandemic” which isRead more..

Lincoln’s New Party, Anti-Irish and Anti-Slavery

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.

By 1856, the Whig party Lincoln belonged to had destroyed itself over slavery and the violence of the Know-Nothings, an extremist group of nativists with a deep hatred of immigrants and Catholics that existed as an independent force but who were much closer to the Whigs and later the new Republican Party.  Lincoln by thenRead more..

Fiery Joe Biden

A 1987 interview with the then U.S. Senator from Delaware, now presidential hopeful Joe Biden gave his first ever interview to an Irish publication in April, 1987 when he talked to Niall O’Dowd and revealed, for the first time in print, his passion for his Irish heritage, the story of his extraordinary Irish Catholic family,Read more..

The Amazing Role Gay Women Played in the 1916 Rising

Niall O’Dowd, Publisher This weekend marks the 104th anniversary of the The  Easter Rising of 1916. In his new book, Niall O’Dowd looks at the women who took part in the Rising. Historical accounts of the gay movement in Ireland usually omit women, yet they had a remarkable part to play in the 1916 RisingRead more..

Easter 1916 a Terrible Beauty

By Niall O’Dowd, Publisher This Easter time, despite Coronavirus and the suffering and isolation it has caused we should pause to remember the 104th anniversary of the Easter 1916 Rising which reminds us of the extraordinary sacrifices of previous generations. It should give us inspiration that fighting against the odds whether they be a deadlyRead more..

Irish Americans
Honored in New Ross

The Hall of Fame, Kennedy Summer School, and the opening of a Savannah exhibit all happened in New Ross in early September.  ℘℘℘ Two Americans with connections to New Ross were inducted into the Irish America Hall of Fame in County Wexford in September. Dr. Frank Rossiter, a pioneering Savannah doctor, and the late JohnRead more..

Music and Merriment at Irish America’s 2019 Hall of Fame

On Thursday, March 14, hundreds gathered in the Cotillion Room of the Pierre Hotel in Manhattan for Irish America magazine’s 10th annual Hall of Fame luncheon. This year’s inductees were lawyer, public servant, and peacemaker John C. Dearie; broadcaster Adrian Flannelly; Academy Award-winning director Terry George; Irish Repertory Theatre founders Charlotte Moore and Ciarán O’Reilly; GrammyRead more..

Hall of Fame:
John O. Brennan

John Owen Brennan’s 29-year career with the Central Intelligence Agency was spectacular. He was director of the agency from March 2013 to January 2017 and prior to that, his career included stints as intelligence briefer for President Bill Clinton, top deputy to CIA director George Tenet, director of the National Counterterrorism Center during George W. Bush’s presidency, andRead more..