Bram Stoker’s Dracula

The setting, Transylvania. The writing style, High Victorian. The story’s appeal, universal. But the author of one of fiction’s most famous and imitated works is Irish. Carstens Smith brings us the story of Bram Stoker, the creator of Dracula. ℘℘℘ Bram Stoker, whose name is less well known than that of his creation, Dracula, was born in Dublin on November 8, 1847. He was called...


Spirit of Samhain

The humble origins in a small Derry pub of what became Ireland’s largest Halloween festival. ℘℘℘ An award-winning Irish documentary that unravels the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain, or the beginning of the winter season, is currently streaming on Vimeo. Spiorad na Samhna, or “The Spirit of Samhain,” and also traces the beginnings of Ireland’s biggest Halloween carnival in Derry...


Tim Ryan’s 2017 Wall Street 50 Keynote Speech (Video)

Martin Kehoe welcomes 2017 Wall Street 50 keynote speaker Tim Ryan. Martin, thank you very much – I think I’m done. But sincerely, Martin, thank you. And on behalf of all of my partners, thank you as well for giving Martin some of the stories there and I appreciate it. Patricia and Niall, Irish America, thank you very much for having me here today. It is truly an honor and thank you...

The crafty Fear Dearg, just one of many Halloween costume ideas inspired by Irish lore. Image: By mirrix at deviantart.net

Halloween Costumes Inspired by Irish Folklore

With Halloween upon us, many are still scrambling to buy last minute costumes. Before you spend a dismembered arm and a pirate’s peg leg on a pre-packaged idea that’s probably been done a hundred times before, check out some of Ireland’s most fearsome creatures for inspiration. After all, Halloween’s roots can be found in ancient Celtic traditions, so why not trust the...


Weekly Comment: “We Are All Leaders”: Irish America Celebrates 20th Annual Wall Street 50 Awards

“Whether we all realize it or not, we are all leaders,” Tim Ryan, senior partner and U.S. chairman of PwC, says. “And like it or not, people are looking to us for our lead. And looking to us at a time of tremendous uncertainty and where people can be very scared.” ℘℘℘ Irish America magazine celebrated its 20th anniversary Wall Street 50 Awards October 11 at the St....