The image to the left is the first page of a hand-written letter from Jacqueline Kennedy to Eamon De Valera in January of 1964. In the letter, Mrs. Kennedy expresses how much her late husband's trip to Ireland the previous summer had impacted him, and how much his Irish heritage meant to…Continue
In the early morning hours of August 2, 1943, a small American torpedo boat was moving just west of New Georgia in the Solomon Islands. In command was a young Irish-American destined to be the first…Continue
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In 1963, when President John Fitzgerald Kennedy visited Ireland, I was 15 years of age.
To understand the impact of President…Continue
France has its Eiffel Tower, the U.S. its Statue of Liberty, but arguably the most iconic attraction in Ireland is that cathedral of conviviality, the Irish pub. The unique thing that this Irish institution has is that, unlike the others, it’s exportable, if you don’t count plaster-of- Paris…Continue
The government of Ireland has pledged aid of more than 3 million euro to the disaster-stricken Philippines, and Irish missionaries are in the forefront of providing assistance to the victims of Typhoon Haiyan, according to Irish news reports. Tipperary-born…Continue
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November 22nd. Strikes a sullen chord. Any year -- and yet this year, it is the 50th year. Striking a crescendo of deep and bitter sadness.
Maybe it’s because I was raised in a house where John Fitzgerald…Continue
Have a read and see what you think, but I think Colm O'Regan has captured the essence of of Irish Mammys. Don't some of these phrases ring bells? …Continue
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John Fitzgerald Kennedy, 35th President of the United States
It was early Friday afternoon, November 22, 1963. I…Continue
”They could take our land, starve our poor, destroy our homes and plunder our institutions; they could deny us education, but they could not destroy our music and song” No truer words were ever spoken. These are by Derek Warfield himself.
Derek Warfield is a…Continue
Ireland's worldwide invitation to the Irish diaspora to come home in the very ambitious and controversial countrywide event "The Gathering" has exceeded all expectations. A…Continue
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I made several trips back into the devastation after that initial writing. The work never got easier. In fact it got much harder. Age on a man is often internal and aches and pains are the wrinkles.
Above, Cross Bay Blvd and a ship washed into the median. See more pictures below. Photos by Kevin Gleeson
One friend in particular deserves a mention here – a year later. Living in east Rockaway on…Continue
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John Ridge Presents on Lost Irish Colonies of New York
John Ridge, premier researcher of Irish life in the New York metropolitan area, spoke about the discoveries he has made about Irish…Continue
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One of the joys of my early childhood was going with my family to the beaches of New York City, particularly Rockaway and Jacob Riis. Getting there was at least half the fun. We’d go over the George Washington Bridge, then…
A chairde (chara), we could use your help getting to the next stage of a competition for a $250,000 grant, offered by Chase Bank's Mission MainStreet. We need to garner 250 'votes,' and fast (by the Nov. 15th deadline).
This infusion of cash would help us…Continue
PART 1 IN A TWO-PART SERIES
By Lt. Col. Kenneth H. Powers, NYARNG (Ret.)…Continue
Perhaps the most famous — or infamous — Irishman ever to trod south of the equator was the outlaw Ned Kelly, whose legend gave birth to "…Continue
I wrote about my novel, Ghost of Gallipoli, in a previous blog. However, given the significance of Sunday, 10th November, I’d like to dedicate this article to all those men of the Royal Dublin Fusiliers, including my great-uncles, who…Continue
When I agreed to write about the poet Francis Ledwidge (right), I completely underestimated the impact that this exploration of his life, poetry and influence would have on…Continue
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