Kathleen Snavely Is Officially
Ireland’s Oldest Living Person

As of midnight on March 25th, 2015, Kathleen Hayes Rollins Snavely is the oldest ever Irish-born person in the world, having reached the age of 113 years and 38 days (and counting!). This record was previously held by Anne Scott of County Tyrone, who passed away in 1996 at the age of 113 years and 37 days. Born Kathleen Hayes on February 16th, 1902 in Feakle, County Clare, she immigrated in 1921...


Weekly Comment:
Heaney Sonnet Named
Ireland’s Favorite Poem

A recent RTÉ poll identified Seamus Heaney’s sonnet, “When all the others were away at Mass,” as Ireland’s favorite poem of the last hundred years. The sonnet, published in 1987, comes from “Clearances In Memoriam M.K.H., 1911-1984,” a sequence Heaney composed on the death of his mother. In ‘When all the others were away at Mass,’ Heaney recalls an intimate moment between...


Event Photos from the 2015 Irish America Hall of Fame

On March 16th, Irish America magazine celebrated the 2015 Irish America Hall of Fame Inductees. The honorees Hillary Rodham Clinton, former Secretary of State, was honored for her work on behalf of the Irish peace process; Robert J. McCann, CEO of UBS Group Americas, honored for his Irish-American community involvement and philanthropic work; Emmett O’Connell, head of Great Western Mining,...


Weekly Comment:
Hillary Clinton Inducted to
Irish America Hall of Fame

“Irish Americans for Hillary,” said the buttons on the tables in the ballroom of the Essex House Hotel where Irish America magazine honored Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton for her work in advancing the Irish Peace Process by inducting her into the Irish America Hall of Fame, which is based on the Dunbrody Famine Ship Experience in New Ross, County Wexford, the ancestral home of John...


“Fully” Kearney: President
Obama’s Irish Ancestor

It was seven years ago when I identified Fulmoth Kearney of Moneygall, Ireland as the most recent immigrant on the maternal side of Barack Obama’s family tree. Inheriting land in Ohio from a brother, Fulmoth’s father, Joseph, left Ireland for the United States in 1849. Fulmoth and his sister, Margaret, followed in 1850, and his mother and two younger siblings in 1851 – a classic, chain...