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 here without the help of others, especially Anne Devlin from Madrid Street in the...


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 me to speak?’ And she said, ‘Yeah, but it is not a big deal. It is just a couple of...


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‘d be honored in this way, I would…It...


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 closed out the evening with a final song, “Isle of Hope,...


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. The ship was designed and built by the Belfast industrial company, Harland and Wolff, and today...