Irish American of the Year: Michael Flatley

For what he has done for the world of Irish dance, Irish America is proud to honor Michael Flatley as our Irish American of the Year. Flatley talked to Debbie McGoldrick about his extraordinary journey and what’s next on the cards. ℘℘℘ It’s hard to remember the days when Irish stepdancing wasn’t in vogue, when it wasn’t scintillating and sublime and sexy, when it...

Patricia Harty - Editor-in-Chief.

First Word: The Things They Carried

“The Irish carry their culture around with them like snails with their houses on their backs.” – Denis Clarke ℘℘℘ Let me start with an apology. I’m sorry if some of your favorites are not on this list. I’m sorry that some of my own favorites are not on this list. Indeed, there are one or two on this list that I don’t think I would enjoy having a pint with....


Jeanie Sets Sail for New World

After many false starts, the Jeanie Johnston famine ship replica is on its way to the United States. ℘℘℘ If there is a symbol of the trials and tribulations of getting the Irish replica famine ship Jeanie Johnston to sea on its homage to history, Tom Kindre is the poster boy. When Tom McCarthy, the captain of the ship, quizzed him on crewing across the Atlantic, the member of the U.S. Coast...

One of the Northern Ireland posters on display at the John J. Burns Library, Boston College.

Troubled Images at
Boston College

A powerful new exhibit of propaganda posters from the bloody conflict in Northern Ireland kicks off an international tour in Boston this March. Boston College’s John J. Burns Library of Rare Books and Special Collections has assembled 70 posters of political and terrorist propaganda created during The Troubles, representing all sides of the war. “This exhibition brings home to people,...


Arizona’s Grand
Marshal Cowboy

Howard “Bill” O’Brien, a living legend among Irish cowboys, will lead the Phoenix St. Patrick’s Day parade in Arizona as the Grand Marshal. The 80-year-old replica of John Wayne has been so busy raising funds for the Irish Cultural and Learning Foundation in Phoenix that he has almost neglected the Irish Cowboys Association, an organization that he founded in 1997. Said...