Geoffrey Cobb's Blog (5)

Fr. Sylvester Malone: Famed for Love of America and Ecumenicism

When Fr. Sylvester Malone died Dec. 29, 1899, almost at the very end of the century, it signaled the end of an era not only for the Catholic community  in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, but also for the entire neighborhood. A beloved and respected figure among all local residents, Fr. Malone (pictured left) had…

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Added by Geoffrey Cobb on April 7, 2019 at 8:30pm — No Comments

William Sampson: United Irishman and Protector of Religious Freedom in Precedent Setting New York Court Case

William Sampson is one of the most important Irish-Americans in the legal history of New York State, but sadly few remember his name or how this Protestant Irishman made an invaluable contribution both to the rights of Catholic New Yorkers and to the religious freedom of all New Yorkers. Sampson was born…

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Added by Geoffrey Cobb on March 25, 2019 at 10:00pm — No Comments

Fin Dwyer: Irish Podcaster with Worldwide Fan Base

As a historian, I attend many historical lectures, book readings and walking tours, but notice that sadly few young people seem to be interested in the past. That is why the success of Kilkenny’s Fin Dwyer’s podcasts with people of all ages is even more impressive.

I…

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Added by Geoffrey Cobb on March 23, 2019 at 12:00pm — No Comments

'Wild Bill' Donovan -- Irish-American War Hero and CIA Founder

Among “Wild Bill “ Donovan’s many fascinating friends was Ian Fleming, creator of James Bond, the fictional, globe trotting superspy. Donovan’s real-life feats, however, surpassed even Bond’s wildest exploits.

Perhaps no other Irish-American served his country more daringly, yet Donovan’s largely…

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Added by Geoffrey Cobb on March 17, 2019 at 9:30am — No Comments

Rinty Monaghan -- Beloved Belfast Champion Boxer

His fists earned him a world featherweight boxing title, but his songs and geniality won him his city’s hearts. Nicknamed the singing Irishman, Rinty Monaghan, even decades after he left the ring, remains a beloved Belfast icon. In a town full of fascinating characters, Monaghan has proven to be one of…

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Added by Geoffrey Cobb on March 7, 2019 at 1:00pm — No Comments

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