1939 – Astor Bar, New York ℘℘℘ My father, Michael Rogers, was a bartender at New York’s legendary Astor Bar from 1936 to 1965. The photo above was taken for the N.Y. Daily News series, “The Correct Thing,” on tipping bartenders. It’s not a good shot of him, as it doesn’t do justice to hisRead more..
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“How hard Ireland was on the women who could not fit in – the wild ones, the ones who had to get out, seeming emigrants but actual exiles.” – Nuala O’Faolain ℘℘℘ Chicago May wasn’t from Chicago and, in fact, spent little time there, but the name somehow suited her. May Duignan was born inRead more..
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 IrishRead more..
In honor of Father’s Day, a collection of remembrances from Irish and Irish-American daughters on their fathers, many of which came from Irish America interviews. ℘℘℘ Eileen Murray, co-chair of Bridgewater Associates “My dad was in WWII, and Korea. He wanted to go to Vietnam, but did not. He felt that when the countryRead more..
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,Read more..
An American pioneer of dance and an important figure in both the arts and history, Isadora Duncan was known as the “Mother of Modern Dance.” ℘℘℘ “Sans Limites” Oh, body swayed to music, Oh, brightening glance. How can we know the dancer from the dance?” – William Butler Yeats, “Among School Children” “She wasRead more..
It took a movie, 1981’s Reds, to both lift Louise Bryant from obscurity and reduce her to the sniveling acolyte of American communist John Reed, Annie Hall in a babushka. Wrong. For all her (many) faults, Louise Bryant was always her own woman – a fearless journalist, activist, suffragette, and talented writer. She was alsoRead more..
Reflections on Twenty-Five Years of Irish America and New York University’s Glucksman Ireland House. ℘℘℘ Terry Golway assembled Irish and Irish-American writers to give voice to Being New York, Being Irish, a tribute to Glucksman Ireland House on its 25th Anniversary. The name, Glucksman Ireland House, always seemed somewhat offbeat, as “Glucksman” and “Ireland” don’tRead more..
The highs, lows, benefits, and downfalls of legalizing marijuana. ℘℘℘ The archeologists who discovered the bones of a man in China’s Gobi Desert determined his age at over 2700 years and noted he was buried alongside 28 ounces of marijuana. Thanks to dry desert conditions, the pot, unlike the man, was well-preserved and scientists speculatedRead more..
The famous British Army surgeon was actually an Irish woman. ℘℘℘ Dr. James Barry was born in County Cork as Margaret Anne Bulkley, the daughter of Jeremiah and Mary-Ann (neé Barry). Accounts vary on the year of her birth but whether it was 1789 or 1795, women were denied a formal education. Her father wasRead more..