Archive for December, 2019

Margaret Smyth

Margaret Mary (Peggy) Smyth is CFO for National Grid U.S., one of the world’s largest publicly owned electricity, natural gas, and clean energy delivery companies serving more than 20 million people. Under Peggy’s leadership, National Grid is driving the transition to the clean energy future, developing financing models for new energy solutions like battery storage, solarRead more..

Meet the Nolans

Family stories endure. It has been 75 years since the publication of Betty Smith’s best-selling novel A Tree Grows In Brooklyn. Since that time, Tree has been hailed as a modern classic and was cited by the NY Public Library as one of the best books of the 20th century. In a national survey conductedRead more..

Movers, Shakers,
& Music Makers

On Tuesday, December 10, Irish America magazine hosted its 34th annual Business 100 awards luncheon at the Metropolitan Club in New York City.  The best and brightest Irish-American business leaders, representing some of the nation’s top corporations, were honored.  Mike Clune, founder of Clune Construction and chairman of the board of the Irish American Partnership,Read more..

Paul Boskind:
A Man and His Castle

Paul Boskind, Ph.D. is a psychologist, chief executive officer, national LGBTQ activist, philanthropist, and Tony Award-winning producer and owner of a castle in Ireland. ℘℘℘ Paul Boskind couldn’t have picked a better time to visit Ireland. As he checked into the Fitzwilliam Hotel, the desk clerk warned, “It’s going to be crazy here tomorrow.  It’sRead more..

Those We Lost: Denis Kelleher

Irish America lost a beloved one of our own in late November with the passing of Denis Kelleher, a Kerry-born powerhouse of a businessman. Over the course of his 80 years, Kelleher built two financial services firms from the ground up, raised a close-knit family of three with his wife Carol, and held fast toRead more..

Paul O’Hara

Paul O’Hara is senior vice president in the marketing division of Mutual of America Life Insurance Company and has been with the company for 32 years. He oversees research and competitive analysis and his team provides a variety of support services for the company’s sales operations. Throughout his career, he has had wide exposure toRead more..

We Banjo 3

A band from Galway plays a blend of traditional Irish, old-time, and bluegrass music they call Celtgrass. ℘℘℘ The banjo has a long, contested, and even controversial history. Musicologists now generally agree that an early form of the instrument was first brought to America by enslaved people from west Africa. It was possibly an akonting,Read more..

Dan Schmedlen

Dan Schmedlen is CEO of LTC Global, Inc., a national finance and insurance distribution company. Under Dan’s leadership, LTC Global has grown significantly and in July 2018 successfully executed the first-ever rated term securitization of long-term care insurance commission assets. Prior to joining LTC Global in 2007, Dan was a global finance partner in the NewRead more..

First Word:
The Dreamer of Dreams

“We are the music makers / And we are the dreamers of dreams, / Wandering by lone sea-breakers, / And sitting by desolate streams; / World-losers and world-forsakers, / On whom the pale moon gleams: / Yet we are the movers and shakers / Of the world for ever, it seems. – “The Music Makers”Read more..

An Tánaiste Opens Georgia  Southern University Facility in Wexford

℘℘℘ Georgia Southern University is the first public university in the United States to open an outreach learning facility in Ireland. On November 20, the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney officially opened the Georgia Southern Global Hub – Ireland in Wexford Town.There is a strong historic connection between Wexford and Savannah, withRead more..