All Blog Posts Tagged 'Queens' (5)

'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

'Irish Rebels Greeting Is Flashed in Times Square,' 1983

It was a cold night in November 1983, and I was in the middle of my 12-hour night shift driving a yellow cab in NYC.

Coming down Broadway in upper Manhattan, four people flagged me down. Three jumped in the back and one into the front, never a good plan from the perspective of the driver. The passenger in the front said: “Can you hurry up and get to Times Square?” and promised to take care of me when we arrived –- a…

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Added by John McDonagh on December 13, 2013 at 4:30pm — 6 Comments

The Irish of Laurel Hill (Part Two)

We might have been called “narrow-backs” or “Micks” or “Donkeys” but the Irish of Laurel Hill were joined together as a community. My dad was in the Holy Name Society. He read the Epistles at Mass in St. Theresa’s. We would travel to Gaelic Park to watch Uncle “Mick” or Uncle Martin beat Kilkenny or lose to Kerry; all while we yelled “UP TIPP!” at the top of…

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Added by Kevin Gleeson on October 2, 2013 at 7:00am — 11 Comments

The Irish of Laurel Hill (Part One)

I recently saw a post on Facebook about the former neighborhood of Laurel Hill, Queens, NY. The post described how progress for the City destroyed a community. I wanted to jot down some of my memories to speak (for those who no longer can) about a time, a place and a people.

The house I grew up in (50-77 45th Street just off Laurel Hill Blvd.)…

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Added by Kevin Gleeson on October 2, 2013 at 7:00am — 15 Comments

A New York Childhood 'More Irish Than American'

(First published 1/9/12) Kevin Gleeson, a talented guitarist and former portrayer of Keith Richards in Stones’ tribute bands Sticky Fingers and Beggars Banquet, is a graphic artist with the New York Police Department and a native of the borough of Queens, in New York City.  Gleeson’s heritage is steeped in both Irish music and the turbulent history of Northern…

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Added by The Wild Geese on May 27, 2013 at 4:00pm — No Comments

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