Finnegan is an Irish surname coming from the Gaelic Ó Fionnagáin, meaning “son of fair-haired.” James Joyce immortalized the name for all time in his 1939 novel Finnegans Wake. But literary giants aside, Finnegan is one of the most recognizable Irish surnames of our times. The Finnegan clan’s ties to America have only bound more tightly since the election of Joe Biden as … [Read more...] about The Finnegan Clan
Archives for May 2021
Walk on Weekend June 5 - 6, 2021
The Celtic FC Foundation’s Walk On Weekend will take place on Saturday, June 5 and Sunday, June 6, and we are encouraging supporters to get involved and take on a distance of their choice, no matter where they are in the world.
Among those taking part are members of Celtic supporters’ clubs in both New York and Philadelphia, as the Manhattan … [Read more...] about Football for Good
Walk on Weekend
Professor Maureen Murphy developed the New York State Great Hunger Curriculum and is historian of The Hunger Memorial in New York City. She reflects on teaching the Irish Famine, the Hunger Memorial, and the role of women such as Asenath Nicolson in alleviating hunger and homelessness in the past and present. Please join us for a live online post-show discussion on … [Read more...] about Teaching the Great Hunger in the United States
By Ray Cavanaugh
Tracing the origins of Memorial Day can become rather convoluted. After all, about two-dozen U.S. communities claim to have held the first such commemoration. On a less contested level, Gen. John A. Logan was the man who established an official day to honor military persons who made the ultimate sacrifice.
Born on Feb. 9, 1826, in Jackson County, Illinois, … [Read more...] about The “Woke” General
Who Launched Memorial Day
By Deaglán de Bréadún Certainty is always a rare commodity in Irish politics but it has rarely been so scarce as it is these days. Like many other places, we don’t know for sure how things are going to pan out in the immediate future, to say nothing of the longer term. North of the border, there have been changes at the top of the two main parties who favour retaining the … [Read more...] about From Ireland: Politics, Health, Security, and Recognition