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Peter Quinn’s Novel Redux

“Quinn has a way of making ordinary things, the ordinary or wise or inadequate thoughts of many persons in many circumstances not only convincing but merely actual: an ability that can remind a reader of James Joyce in stories like The Dead and in Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man.” – John CrowleyRead more..

Tom Deignan Interviews…

The Crisis in the
Catholic Church

Please join in the conversation about this important topic; we welcome your comments, thoughts, and feedback. James Carroll’s newest book, The Truth at the Heart of the Lie is available at Barnes and Noble and Amazon. View Tom’s previous interviews for Irish America with Emma Donoghue, Timothy Egan, John Feerick, and James Nesbitt. Tom DeignanRead more..

Flannery O’Connor:
The Storied Life of
the Writer from Georgia

By Tom Deignan A new documentary about the short life and powerful work of Irish American literary giant Flannery O’Connor has just been released and is available for streaming. Entitled “Flannery: The Storied Life of the Writer from Georgia,” the 97-minute film premiered on PBS on March 23. Directed by Mark Bosco and Elizabeth Coffman,Read more..

James Nesbitt: “Why I Love
Where I Come From”

By Tom Deignan Irish actor James Nesbitt stars in a new Northern Ireland crime thriller called Bloodlands, which begins streaming this week on AcornTV. Nesbitt – whose credits also include Bloody Sunday, The Hobbit trilogy, Danny Boyle’s Millions, and Waking Ned Devine – spoke to Irish America on Zoom this week, about the new show,Read more..

Warrior for Truth

By Tom Deignan His name was Cornelius Mahoney Sheehan. A son of Irish immigrants, he was born at the height of the Great Depression and raised on a farm in Massachusetts. By the time “Neil” Sheehan died earlier this month, at the age of 84, he’d won an armful of literary awards, and played aRead more..

Understanding the 25th Amendment and Impeachment

By Tom Deignan For five decades, John Feerick has done his best to make sure America can deal with things at their worst. If you read the headlines this week, you saw angry debates about what to do in the wake of protests-turned-riots in the nation’s capital. Ultimately, the House of Representatives voted – forRead more..

A Forgotten Irish
Civil Rights Trailblazer

By Tom Deignan In 1957, Martin Luther King. Jr. paid a visit to a Tennessee community organizing camp where he heard Pete Seeger perform a revised version of an old gospel tune for the first time. Within a decade, “We Shall Overcome” would become an anthem for civil rights marchers from Birmingham to Belfast. MartinRead more..

Presidential Distinguished Service Awards Announced

Three Irish Americans are among the recipients of this year’s Presidential Distinguished Service Awards for the Irish Abroad. Northwell Health executive, Michael J. Dowling, cultural scholar James W. Flannery, and oncologist Dennis J. Slamon were recognized alongside the likes of actress Fiona Shaw, and Professor Mitsuko Ohno of Japan, for their achievements in a wideRead more..

From Space to Washington –
Captain Mark Kelly Takes on a New Endeavour

Mark Kelly is the new Senator-elect for Arizona, filling the late Senator John McCain’s seat. Mark Kelly – just elected to the U.S. Senate – had already lived quite a life. He’d served as a fighter pilot, flying over three dozen combat missions during Operation Desert Storm. Then he applied to become an astronaut withRead more..