George Mitchell, the former senate majority leader (D – Maine) and Northern Ireland peace broker, has accepted the invitation to be the Grand Marshal of New York’s 5th Avenue St. Patrick’s Day parade. Mitchell was appointed United States Special Envoy for Northern Ireland by president Bill Clinton, and was a chief architect of the MitchellRead more..
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The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, co-founded by Irish America Hall of Fame inductee Pat Quinn and re-launched this past August, is being credited by researchers at Johns Hopkins University for recent breakthroughs in research for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, commonly known as ALS, or Lou Gehrig’s disease. Jonathan Ling, Olga Pletnikova, Juan Troncoso, and Philip Wong ofRead more..
The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, last summer’s internet viral sensation, was officially re-launched August 2 in Yonkers, New York, sponsored by the City of Yonkers and the Empire City Casino. More than 700 people gathered at the casino’s historic Yonkers Raceway to mark the event, including Pat Quinn, co-founder of ALS Ice Bucket Challenge and 2014Read more..
Patrick Quinn was diagnosed with ALS in March, 2013. After researching the disease and treatment options, he befriended Peter Frates, who was diagnosed with ALS in 2012. It was this friendship that gave birth to the Ice Bucket Challenge, which has raised over $100 million in donations for ALS research. He set up the websiteRead more..
Last summer, hundreds of thousands of people, including celebrities, politicians, sports stars, and even a group of Irish nuns, filmed themselves pouring buckets of ice water over their heads to raise awareness for ALS, the neurodegenerative disease also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. You may even have been one of them. Simply and appropriately dubbedRead more..
If you found yourself staring down an ice cold bucket of water ready to be dumped on your head this summer remember, first, that it was for a good cause, and second, that it was Irish-inspired. The ALS ice bucket challenge that has left everyone from politicians and celebrities to school teachers and grandparents soakingRead more..
The surname Quinn is derived from the Irish word O’Cuinn meaning “descending from Conn.” Conn comes from the Irish word ceann, meaning “head,” and denotes a person of high intelligence. Since Conn was a common name, there are five separate septs of this family. They came from different parts of counties Tyrone, Longford, Clare, andRead more..