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Posts Tagged ‘The First Word’

First Word:
Trailblazers Past & Present

It was the first time that I knew the full weight of Irish America. Coming from a small country with few people, it’s difficult for an immigrant to grasp that in a place as big as America, the Irish could wield such power. I’m talking about the first Irish-American Presidential Forum in 1992. It wasRead more..

First Word:
The Gift of Heritage

Happy Christmas to all our readers. I love this time of year. New York is abuzz with lights and window displays, and good cheer. ’Tis the season… To make time for a little reflection to go along with a lot of celebration. To look back on the year, remember the highs and let go ofRead more..

First Word: Into the Future

“As long as you have your health, you have everything,” my mother, Norrie, used to say. She said a lot of things that annoyed me when I was younger, but as the years go by I realize that she was right about everything, especially about health being your most important asset. Many of us are guiltyRead more..

The First Word:
Making the Most of
What You’ve Got

“Being Irish means being the best you can be by making the most of what you’ve got. It’s about being loyal to your friends and family, sharing with them all the joys that make life worth living.”  – Wall Street 50 Honoree Sean Kelly. In the 1980s when Kathleen Lynch was making her way toRead more..

The First Word:
Let’s Talk About the Climate

I’m reminded as we go to press that in Ireland we always talk about the weather. “How about the weather now?” was an oft heard refrain of my childhood, one that brought the answer, “The weather is up.” The weather is up! Or should we say, something is up with the weather. It’s too darnRead more..

The First Word:
A Visit to Irish America

I’ve come to think of Irish America as an actual place unto itself, sort of like in an Irish fairytale where someone is magically transported to another world. And sometimes, if you’re lucky, you get to take a trip to that place without ever leaving American soil. That’s how it was for me the weekRead more..

The First Word: Hall of Fame

Past, Present, and Future In this issue, in which we celebrate the new inductees into our Hall of Fame, I’m reminded of great Irish Americans of the past such as John Barry, the father of the American Navy; John F. Kennedy, our first Catholic president; and Eugene O’Neill,  playwright and Nobel Laureate. Our incoming HallRead more..

The First Word: We Are All Immigrants

And  so it begins. A new year, and already a happy one with the election of an Irish mayor in Boston. And who better to embody the tough, tireless, tender trajectory of our Irish story, than Marty Walsh, son of immigrants and champion of the working class. Marty’s campaign, aimed at a range of ethnic and social groups,Read more..

The First Word:
Making a Difference

This magazine was created to bring you the stories of our people. And, as is often the case, the best stories are those where the mind and will win out over circumstances. One such story is of Michael Dowling, a man born into poverty whose commitment, focus and extraordinary hard work have brought him toRead more..

The First Word: Faugh A Ballagh

“The past is never dead. It’s not even past.” – William Faulkner,  from Requiem for a Nun (1950) Irish America’s impact on the history of America is well established, as the articles in this issue will attest.  From titans of industry such as the silver king John Mackay, to the boxer John Morrissey, who wasRead more..