An excerpt from "Lincoln and the Irish: The Untold Story of How the Irish Helped Abraham Lincoln Save the Union," by Irish America publisher, Niall O’Dowd. By 1856, the Whig party Lincoln belonged to had destroyed itself over slavery and the violence of the Know-Nothings, an extremist group of nativists with a deep hatred of immigrants and Catholics that existed as an … [Read more...] about Lincoln’s New Party, Anti-Irish and Anti-Slavery
Archives for August 2020
An 1987 interview with the then U.S. Senator from Delaware, now presidential hopeful Joe Biden gave his first ever interview to an Irish publication in April, 1987 when he talked to Niall O'Dowd and revealed, for the first time in print, his passion for his Irish heritage, the story of his extraordinary Irish Catholic family, and his ambition, even back in 1987, to run for … [Read more...] about Fiery Joe Biden
John D. Feerick’s rise, from child of Irish immigrants to the hallowed halls of Fordham Law School, is covered in his new book, reviewed here by Stephen Fearon. It is often remarked that although the overwhelming majority of Irish immigrants to America in the early 20th century were literate and fluent in the English language, very few of them recorded their life stories in … [Read more...] about That Further Shore: A Memoir of Irish Roots and American Promise
Colin Lacey writes about the historic underwater cable that linked Kerry’s Valentia Island to Heart’s Content, Newfoundland, and why the island deserves to be added to UNESCO’s list of World Heritage Sites. The connections between Ireland and Newfoundland run deep. The Irish began visiting there as far back as the 17th century, first as seasonal fishermen, and later migrating … [Read more...] about The Transatlantic Cable That Changed the World
“Mr. Hume says Northern Ireland is too complicated to reduce to a Yes/No proposition,” Ted Smyth said to me. Fall 1976. I’m an Associate Producer at Good Morning America and Ted’s the Press Secretary for the Irish Embassy. We didn’t realize how young we were – Ted wasn’t 30; I was 31 and John Hume hadn’t turned 40. “But,” I said, “this would be his chance to reach millions of … [Read more...] about To Live For Ireland: Mary Pat Kelly writes about her friendship with politician and peacemaker, John Hume.