Celebrating Joe Biden and the 2013 Irish America Hall of Fame Inductees

Comhghairdeas to all of our inductees! On Thursday, March 21 Irish America was honored to induct the 2013 class of honorees into the Irish America Hall of Fame. Vice President Joe Biden, art collector and benefactor Brian Burns, businessman and philanthropist Bob Devlin, hotelier and humanitarian John Fitzpatrick, and immigration reformer and former congressman Bruce Morrison were...


Ireland’s Favorite Astronaut Sings “Danny Boy” from Space on St. Paddy’s

If you’re not familiar with Commander Chris Hadfield of the Canadian Space Agency by now, you’re still not alone; but pretty soon, you’ll probably be in the minority. Commander Hadfield, who was recently named ISS commander (becoming the first Canadian to take control of the International Space Station), has literally skyrocketed himself to fame. Since entering orbit on the ISS on...


Mary Robinson to Give Free Author’s Talk at The Cooper Union

As Ireland’s first female President and a life-long human rights advocate, Mary Robinson has championed the need for equality world-wide. Tomorrow evening, she will discuss her new memoir Everybody Matters at The Cooper Union Great Hall in New York. The book seeks to lift the veil of her public life to chart her own personal journey towards a fairer world. Everybody Matters was shortlisted for...


After Sandy, Rockaways St. Patrick’s Day Parade Signals Neighborhood’s Resiliency

There was a brief moment back in November, in the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, when John Brennan questioned whether he should still hold the 38th annual Queens County St. Patrick’s Day Parade at Rockaway Beach. But Brennan, a Limerick-born 30-year Rockaway resident and Vice-President of the parade committee, told Irish Central it didn’t take long before the committee simply said,...


President Obama Proclaims March Irish-American Heritage Month

St. Patrick’s Day gets all the love and notoriety, but since 1991 all 31 days of March have been proclaimed Irish-American Heritage Month. In 1991, President George H.W. Bush issued the first Presidential Proclamation and the tradition has continued. The proclamation is issued each February 28th, honoring Irish Americans and their ancestors for their contributions to American history and...