As James J. Braddock was rising out of boxing obscurity, and winning over the hearts of a Depression-ravaged nation, the legendary journalist Damon Runyan famously dubbed Braddock “Cinderella Man,” because of the fairy tale nature of Braddock’s comeback. That moniker was later used as the title of Jeremy Schaap’s brilliant book about Braddock, and RonRead more..
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Eileen Collins doesn’t harp. She doesn’t fixate, but instead fixes. And though she may have high standards for herself and her work, she is not a believer in perfection. When asked about the influence of her parents on her career (her father, James, was a postal worker, strapped for cash, yet able to contribute toRead more..
Sinead deRoiste was the first African-American Rose to compete in the Rose of Tralee competition in Ireland on August 24. A daughter of an Irish father and African-American mother, she proudly represented Philadelphia in the contest. Sinead is a niece of Adi Roche, the Irish founder of the Chernobyl Children Project. ♦
One of the most anticipated new television series to debut this fall is Crime Scene Investigation (CSI): New York, the third installment in the highly successful CSI franchise. Up-and-coming Irish-American actor Eddie Cahill stars in the new show, playing Detective Don Flack, an NYPD officer. Cahill told Irish America that his new job is “aRead more..
This interview with silver screen legend Maureen O’Hara was the cover story for the June/July 2004 issue of Irish America (above left). O’Hara was inducted into the Irish America Hall of Fame in 2011 (center ) she greets fans as she arrives at the Irish America Hall of Fame Museum in New Ross, Co. Wexford.Read more..
A year before the American Revolution, Dr. Samuel Johnson wrote a letter to the bishop of Killaloe in which he remarked, “The Irish are a fair people; They never speak well of one another.” This clever characterization — or caricature, if you like — may rub you the wrong way, but you will recognize inRead more..
If you don’t immediately recognize the name Moya Brennan, it’s only because she recently changed the spelling of her name. As the lead singer of Clannad, and now a successful solo artist in her own right, Brennan had been known as Maire Brennan for years. She explains, “I was not winning in trying to getRead more..
It was only natural that the young Eve Bolton would grow up to be a writer, and a very prolific one who would produce more than 200 books for children. From her earliest years in Maghera, a small town in County Derry, books and stories filled her life. Both of her parents were great readers.Read more..
In March, 2004, John Sweeney, then president of the AFL-CIO with three million workers under watch, was Irish America Magazine’s Irish American of the Year. In this far-reaching interview with Sarah Buscher, then Irish America’s assistant editor, Sweeney talked about the plight of immigrants; working families; and growing up in the Bronx, the son ofRead more..
Nick Clooney doesn’t fit the stereotypes typically applied to politicians. He recently announced that he will run as a Democrat in what promises to be a heated Congressional campaign in Northern Kentucky. He certainly hasn’t lived a boring life. And for a weekly columnist, former game show host and radio personality, father to one culturalRead more..