It's a long way from California to New York, especially on a bicycle, but what makes this 4200 mile ride even more remarkable is that it was undertaken by two soldiers both of whom lost limbs in Iraq. Ryan Kelly, 24, and Heath Calhoun, 26, are part of a group called Soldier Ride, which raises money for wounded veterans. They were joined on the ride by the group's co-founder, … [Read more...] about Soldier Ride
October November 2005 Issue
Irish-American families in Rockaway, New York, played host to injured soldiers recently with a parade and street party organized by the community."We had to turn families down the support was so strong," said Flip Cullen, who organized the the visit of 28 wounded soldiers from the Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C. to the Rockaway area., During their visit, the … [Read more...] about Rockaway Irish Honor Veterans
When many Americans think of their ancestors at long last arriving in New York Harbor and catching their first glimpse of the Statue of Liberty they assume that their predecessors then headed straight to Ellis Island to be processed. However, many of their relatives probably didn't go to Ellis Island, but instead were sent to the little-known immigration center called Castle … [Read more...] about The First U.S. Immigrant Gateway
Irish-Americans are fiercely proud of their Irish heritage, as is evident in the number of Americans who apply for Irish citizenship and passports. Last year the Irish Consulate in New York received 1,200 applications for an Irish passport. However, with 40 million people claiming at least some Irish heritage in the United States alone, there are some constraints for issuing … [Read more...] about Irish Citizenship: Are You Eligible?
Mo Mowlam, the former Secretary of State of Northern Ireland, lost her long battle with a brain tumor in late August. She was 55. The former Secretary of State served from 1997-1999 and was an intricate part of the peace process in Northern Ireland. Mowlam was a very candid and feisty woman who worked tirelessly to promote peace. When appointed to the post in 1997, she was a … [Read more...] about In Memoriam: Mo Mowlam, unique and respected British politician