Archive for January, 2017

Announcing the 2017 Irish America Hall of Fame

On Wednesday, March 15, Irish America magazine will induct five new members to the Irish America Hall of Fame. The distinguished 2017 Hall of Fame inductees include Nobel laureate Dr. William C. Campbell; Michael Dowling, CEO of Northwell Health and grand marshal of the 2017 NYC St. Patrick’s Day Parade; Sister Teresa Fitzgerald, founder ofRead more..

Weekly Comment: The Trump-Pence Irish Connection and a Different Kind of Wall

Donald Trump and Mike Pence have more in common than having won the presidential election. Pence, the governor of Indiana, has strong Irish roots. His grandmother came to the U.S. from Doonbeg, County Clare – which also happens to be the home of a Trump golf resort. Pence’s grandfather, Richard Michael Cawley, also came toRead more..

Weekly Comment:
Joe Biden Awarded Medal of Freedom

Vice President Joe Biden was surprised with a tribute of the highest honor when awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by his president and close friend Barack Obama on Thursday. Obama presented the medal – the highest form of civilian honor existing in the United States – “with distinction,” an additional level of esteem, forRead more..

Martin McGuinness:
The Man, The Myth, The Minister

The evolution of Martin McGuinness from high school dropout and IRA man to political leader seeking an end to violence and, finally, his emergence as Northern Ireland’s Minister for Education. Photography by Kelvin Boyes. ℘℘℘ If it’s fair to judge the effectiveness of a politician by the depth of his opponents’ dislike for him, thenRead more..

Weekly Comment:
Fionnula Flanagan’s Plea to End Dublin Homelessness

The takeover and conversion of an unused government-owned Dublin office building into a homeless shelter is “the most revolutionary event to have occurred in that city since 1916,” writes Fionnula Flanagan. ℘ ℘ ℘  Hollywood legend and Irish America Hall of Famer Fionnula Flanagan, known for her movies like Waking Ned Devine, The Others, and Devine SecretsRead more..