Bandleader Brendan Ward
Dies at 97

Legendary Irish musician and Mayo native Brendan Ward died Saturday, July 24th in Rochester, New York. By Kevin O’Connor Mr. Brendan Ward, who has died at his daughter’s home in Rochester, New York on July 24th was hailed in his native Mayo as a musical genius. Foxford-born Brendan Ward (who was 97) learned the violin and piano at his local school and later became so...


News from Ireland:
Jack Lynch Dies in Dublin

There were fond tributes from government officials for former Irish Taoiseach (Prime Minister) and Fianna Fáil leader Jack Lynch, who died in Dublin on October 20 following a long illness. The Dáil (Parliament) observed a minute’s silence in memory of the 82-year-old former politician, and Taoiseach Bertie Ahern said: “On behalf of the Fianna Fáil party, we say a fond farewell to...

Dr. Barbara Murphy in the lab

Remembering Dr. Barbara Murphy, “a great researcher and a great mentor to many people.”

One of the country’s top transplant researchers Dr. Barbara Murphy, the Dublin-born chair of medicine at Mount Sinai Health System in New York, passed away on June 30th. She was 56. The cause was glioblastoma, an aggressive form of brain cancer, her husband, Peter Fogarty, said. In addition to her husband, she is survived by their son, Gavin; her sister, Dr. Celine Murphy, a cardiologist;...


Farewell to a Legend

Jim Dwyer, a beloved figure and Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter,
columnist, and author, passed away at the age of 63 on October 8, 2020

By Niall O’Dowd It was fitting that in his last column for The New York Times on May 26th, Jim Dwyer wrote about the quiet heroism of his great grandmother in saving her family during the 1918 flu pandemic. She was known as Nan the Point from a remote area near Killorglin in Co Kerry. Her daughter Mary, her son in law Paddy, and seven children had all contracted the...


Those We Lost

Mattie Maher(1939–2020) Irish bar owner Matthew (“Mattie”) Maher died in January, aged 80. The retired publican was a staple of McSorley’s Old Ale House, beloved for his affection for his customers and dedication to preserving the original aesthetic of the bar as it was ushered begrudgingly into modernity. Born in Threecastles, Kilkenny, in 1939 to Patrick and Ellen Maher, Mattie...