Gerry Regan's Blog Posts Tagged 'New York' (14)

Across Fairground, Echoes of 75-Year-Old Unsolved Murders

Flushing, N.Y. -- One of today’s speakers called the July 4, 1940 bomb explosion at the New York World’s Fair a first act in the war that was coming to our shores. The bomb rocked the entire city with sensational banner headlines, if only for a brief time. By the time the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor 18 months later, the two deaths that resulted from the Fair bombing became even more difficult to sort from casualty lists that eventually numbered in the…

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Added by Gerry Regan on July 27, 2015 at 5:30pm — No Comments

From Bockagh Hill to Bayside Heights: The P.F. Grady Saga

‘I am of Ireland,

And the Holy Land of Ireland,

And time runs on, cried she,

‘Come out of charity,

Come dance with me in…

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Added by Gerry Regan on July 27, 2015 at 5:00pm — No Comments

Irish Brigade Clears Way for Governor Mario Cuomo, March 1991

New York -- News of the passing of former New York state Governor Mario Cuomo reminds me of one of several serendipitous encounters I had with the Governor, whom I once happily envisioned as US president. With his flights of eloquence, his progressive views, and staunch opposition to the death penalty, he seemed to exude the self-assurance and humanism…

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Added by Gerry Regan on January 6, 2015 at 3:00pm — No Comments

‘Who Turned Those Lights On? Kill the B------’: Christmas at Sea 1942

Part 3 of 3 of the Series 'We Will Probably Land Christmas Day’: At War in the Atlantic, 1942 

This…

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Added by Gerry Regan on December 23, 2014 at 5:00pm — 5 Comments

‘3 More Shopping Days Left': A Christmas in Convoy 1942

Part 2 of 3 of the series ‘We Will Probably Land Christmas Day’: At War in the Atlantic, 1942 

Part 1 of 2, “Getting To Where We Are Going” includes my father's accounts of his first quiet week on the high…

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Added by Gerry Regan on December 13, 2014 at 5:00pm — No Comments

‘We Will Probably Land Christmas Day’: At War in the Atlantic, 1942

No large operation in World War II surpassed the invasion of North Africa in complexity, daring, risk, or -- as the official U.S. Army Air Forces history concludes -- 'the degree of strategic surprise achieved.'



     -- Author Rick Atkinson,…

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Added by Gerry Regan on December 13, 2014 at 3:30pm — 4 Comments

Beer, Strikebreaking, Exquisite Furniture: How Work Came to Define This Irish-American Family's History

Thoughts of labor this holiday, however modest in its aspirations, invite me to contemplate the role of work in both defining and coloring the lives of my family.



My grandfather Ray Regan was born in Harlem, in upper…

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Added by Gerry Regan on September 1, 2014 at 11:00am — 4 Comments

'Dysphasia,' 'Rory O'Shea': Irish Films With Heart, Hard Heads

Long Island City, N.Y. – How we try, and often fail to communicate, and how we ultimately and triumphantly can bridge that chasm came across as the focus of two extraordinary and allegorical films that screened Saturday night in Queens at New York Irish Center's…

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Added by Gerry Regan on July 21, 2014 at 2:00pm — No Comments

'The Wild Geese in NYC' Catch 'Gaelic Sports Day'

Breezy Point, N.Y. -- More than 100 individuals, a number likely to have doubled before the day ended, came to Breezy Point on Saturday to demonstrate the draw -- and drawing power -- of Gaelic sports worldwide.

The event, billed Gaelic Sports Day, was produced by Shannon Gaels Gaelic Football Club. The Gaels are the only Minor GAA club, serving…

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Added by Gerry Regan on June 9, 2014 at 10:30am — No Comments

Treasured Mementos: A Last Father's Day Card

My grandmother Susan C. Regan was born Susan Catherine Condon, the granddaughter of Irish immigrants. She was very excitable, what in another time and…

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Added by Gerry Regan on May 15, 2014 at 5:30pm — 4 Comments

'One Great Irish Spot': St. Patrick's 'Old' Cathedral -- Both Heart and Home

There are many Irish 'spots' in New York City that intrigue me, but perhaps none more so than St. Patrick's Old Cathedral. The edifice, today a parish church, is at turns historic, memorable, symbolic, poignant,…

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Added by Gerry Regan on March 8, 2014 at 10:00pm — 3 Comments

‘Birthday Boy’: Seeking Patrick O’Connor

I have not always been Gerry Regan.

I was born Patrick O’Connor, on February 26, 1953, to a woman I finally met 44 years later. And on learning my first and last name, I was frankly surprised. The name seemed stage-Irish, recalling for me, Harrigan and Hart. For a…

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Added by Gerry Regan on February 26, 2014 at 12:30pm — 28 Comments

Extended: Larry Kirwan's 1st Irish Theatre Fest Smash Hit 'Hard Times'

I've been looking for an opportunity to catch this for years now, and here at long last is a chance. :-)

After receiving critical acclaim and overwhelming demand by sold out New York audiences, Larry Kirwan’s Stephen Foster musical…

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Added by Gerry Regan on February 6, 2014 at 9:24am — No Comments

Nelson Mandela, Model of Reconciliation in World of Conflict

Former South African President Nelson Mandela has drawn quite a bit of attention at The Wild Geese, and not only within the past 24 hours since this legendary leader's passing.

Here are some of the tributes members have posted:

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Added by Gerry Regan on December 6, 2013 at 12:00pm — 11 Comments

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