Archive for April, 2016

Weekly Comment:
Explore the First Weekly Irish Times Published After the Rising

The first issue of The Weekly Irish Times published following the Easter Rising has been digitized for free by Ireland’s Great Hunger Institute at Quinnipiac University. The issue, covering the weeks of April 29, May 6, and May 13, calls the Rising “The Darkest Week in the History of Dublin.” A subheading on page oneRead more..

Weekly Comment:
New York City Commemorates Easter Rising Centenary

This week the Government of Ireland as well as NYU’s Glucksman Ireland House Center for Irish and Irish American Studies will be putting on a number of events in New York City to mark the centenary of the 1916 Easter Rising and to highlight the American dimensions of this historic event. The events kicked offRead more..

Weekly Comment:
2016 Hall of Fame Speeches

Five feature speeches from the 2016 Irish America Hall of Fame. President Bill Clinton received Irish America’s Lifetime Achievement Award and Col. Eileen Collins, America’s first female space shuttle pilot; journalist, novelist, columnist, and commentator Pete Hamill; humanitarian Ed Kenney; and Gen. Martin Dempsey, former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, were inducted to theRead more..

Bill Clinton’s 2016 Hall of Fame Speech

Thank you very much. I’m delighted to be here. I thank you for the award. Ambassador Anderson, thank you for your kind remarks and for taking us all down memory lane a little bit. I want to congratulate the other honorees. General Martin Dempsey, I thank you for your outstanding service to our nation. EdwardRead more..

Col. Eileen Collins’s 2016 Hall of Fame Speech

Wow, that was amazing! Thank you Patricia and Judy Collins wherever you are. Oh my gosh! That was just beautiful, wonderful! I‘ve always wanted to be a singer, but I could not sing so—maybe in another life–I decided to go fly. You know, this is really great– to be here…Before… I‘ll just make about fiveRead more..

Pete Hamill in His Own Words

Pete Hamill was inducted into the Irish America Hall of Fame in March 2016.  In his acceptance remarks, printed here, he talks about being “an alloy,” and what he owes to other cultures. Like all the others here in this room—not simply the people winning awards but all of us– I could not be hereRead more..

Edward Kenney’s 2016 Hall of Fame Speech

I always thought that Patricia is my friend and so she put me up here following Bill Clinton, Pete Hamill and Eileen Collins. Fortunately, she has held General Dempsey till the end… Otherwise, I‘d be a dead duck here. And actually, when Patricia invited me to accept this honor, I said, ‘Well, you want meRead more..

Gen. Martin Dempsey’s 2016 Hall of Fame Speech

Niall and Patricia and other organizers of this terrific event, my fellow Honorees, and –the president Clinton has departed– but this has been quite an extraordinary day for Deanie and I… You know, if forty years ago—forty-one years ago when I entered the military or thirty-nine years ago when we were married, someone said that we‘dRead more..

Annie Moore Descendent Sings “Isle of Hope, Isle of Tears”

The 2016 Irish America Hall of Fame marked the upcoming anniversary of Annie Moore’s entrance to the United States with the first-time meeting of the descendants and relatives of Moore, the first person to pass through Ellis Island when it opened January, 1, 1892. Among the family members present was Irish tenor Paul Linehan, who closedRead more..

Weekly Comment:
How Irish Was the Titanic?

This week marks the 104th anniversary of the sinking of the R.M.S. Titanic in the early morning hours of April 15, 1912. With the ship’s final port in Europe in Cobh, Ireland (then called Queenstown,) one does not have to dive too far into the story of the R.M.S. Titanic to find Irish connections. TheRead more..