Irish contributions to American history received a special recognition this week. The 150th anniversary of connecting the First Transcontinental Railroad was commemorated in a two-day celebration in Utah May 9 and 10 at Promontory Point, the state landmark where the Golden Spike connecting the track’s east and west branches was struck on May 10, 1869.Read more..
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John Gilmary Shea preserved much of the existing knowledge of the beginnings of American Catholicism. ℘℘℘ Considering the Irish-American influence on U.S. Catholicism, it makes sense that someone of Irish descent – John Gilmary Shea – undertook to preserve much of the existing knowledge of the beginnings of American Catholicism. A prolific writer and doggedRead more..
Recently-published books of Irish and Irish-American interest. ℘℘℘ FICTION A Keeper By: Graham Norton As a friend commented recently, is there anything Graham Norton can’t do? He’s already got the perfect chat show, the reasonably decent wine varieties, and even added best-selling novelist to his array of talents two years ago with Holding. And now,Read more..
Alice Delahunt, a County Wicklow native and Trinity College graduate, has been named the inaugural chief digital officer of Ralph Lauren. “So incredibly excited by the opportunity at hand, and humbled to move from one incredible brand to another,” Delahunt, who will relocate to New York from California for the position, wrote in an Instagram post announcingRead more..
The American Institute of Physics has appointed Irish physicist Michael H. Moloney (right) as their new CEO. The unanimous appointment of Moloney, who holds a doctorate in experimental physics from Trinity College Dublin, is expected to bring a focused effort on aeronautics and space technologies. “Science is rapidly changing and becoming more interdisciplinary, and theRead more..
Ohio-raised Kathleen Sullivan recently discovered that she was one of thousands of Irish babies sent to well-off American families in the mid-20th century for profit. While Sullivan knew that she was adopted, it was her son Dennis’s insistence on contacting respected Irish adoption researcher Clodagh Malone that led to the eventual revelation that Sullivan wasRead more..
The former Phillip Spiwak, a Polish American attorney who unsuccessfully ran for a judicial position in Illinois’s Will County as a Republican in 2010, has a new identity in hopes of boosting his turnout in this year’s race. In addition to a party change – he is now running as a Democrat for a vacancy inRead more..
The United Irish Counties Association of New York held its 114th annual banquet in January at the historic Antun’s in Queens Village, New York, recognizing the contributions of activist and attorney Sean Downes and former Leitrim Society and UIC president Joseph McManus. Downes, who has maternal roots in County Cork, received the 2018 Gael of theRead more..
April 6, 2017 marks the 100th anniversary of the entrance of the United States into World War I. Irish Americans were mixed about intervention in Europe’s war, some supporting the dictum “England’s difficulty isIreland’s opportunity,” but nonetheless hundred of thousands of them enlisted to fight. Among the Irish who fought in America’s military was Butte,Read more..
This week, a tragedy of national proportion befell Ireland and Irish America. In the first morning hour of Tuesday, June 16th, a fourth floor balcony collapsed in Berkeley, California, killing six Irish citizens, and critically injuring seven more who were standing on it at the time. Five of the dead were on short-term J-1 studentRead more..