Archive for January, 2009

January 27, 2009

This marks the anniversary of President Barack Obama’s first State of the Union address. President Obama traces his Irish roots to Moneygall in County Offaly. The United States Constitution states that the president “…shall from time to time give to Congress information of the State of the Union and recommend to their Consideration such measuresRead more..

The Irish Oil Man: Dave O’Reilly

The highest- ranked Irish-born CEO in the U.S., and the longest- reigning CEO of an oil company, Chevron’s DAVE O’REILLY talks to Patricia Harty. Dave O’Reilly loves oil. It is why he became a chemical engineer. He doesn’t know how exactly this love came about – he wasn’t influenced by any American westerns featuring TexasRead more..

The First Word: A Tide of Hope

I’m flying from New York to San Francisco in a window seat looking out over the great expanse that is America.   It’s my favorite route to fly. As always I’m struck by the majesty of the countryside – the mountains and lakes and rivers and the tiny dots of houses that hunker down into theRead more..

Identical Triplets! And They’re Irish!

An Irish-American family went from four to seven in the space of an hour when Cormac, Declan and Kevin – identical triplets – were born to Desmond and Kerry Lyons on October 10 at New York Presbyterian Hospital in Manhattan. It was at the ten-week ultrasound that Kerry and Desmond – also parents to three-year-oldRead more..

Restoring Duffy’s Glory

The ribbon-cutting ceremony for the newly renovated Duffy Square was attended by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Council Speaker Christine Quinn, Bishop Dennis Sullivan of the New York Archdiocese, members of the 69th Regiment, the Coalition for Father Duffy, the Times Square Alliance and the Theatre Development Fund. The renovations on Times Square haveRead more..

A New Dawn in America

Barack Hussein Obama was elected the 44th President of the United States on Tuesday, November 4, after he defeated Republican candidate John McCain. On a night of high emotion across the country and around the world, Obama became the first African-American to attain to the office of President. He also joins a long list ofRead more..

Irish Eye on Hollywood

The end-of-year holiday season is, in the minds of many, the best time to be a movie fan. Theaters are flooded with crowd-pleasing blockbusters as well as critically-acclaimed dramas. Several movies based on the writings of Irish-Americans will be released during the 2008 Christmas movie season. First up, with a December 12 release date, isRead more..

Exploring the Kerry Kingdom

Who was the first European to discover the Americas? Contrary to popular opinion, it may not have been Christopher Columbus. In fact, it may well have been St. Brendan – an Irishman who hailed from County Kerry. Kerry is one of the loveliest of Ireland’s counties and if you have not yet paid it aRead more..

The Original Irish Tenor: John McCormack

The year was 1906. The setting was a stage in Savona, Italy, a northwestern port town south of Milan. The opera to be performed that particular evening was L’Amico Fritz by Pietro Mascagni, with a fresh-faced 21-year-old named Giovanni Foli included among the cast members. Though he had only a supporting role, Foli earned quite aRead more..

Stalking Irish Madness: Patrick Tracey

Patrick Tracey’s first book, Stalking Irish Madness: Searching for the Roots of My Family’s Schizophrenia, is a memoir, a research document, a medical ethnography, and certainly a page-turner. As Tracey says, “There’s many, many ways to write a book about schizophrenia. But I had my story to tell and to tell it this certain way.”Read more..