Unbeknownst to many, Lady Liberty has a girlfriend. Thanks to the Irish immigrant turned prominent Brooklyn businessman Charles Higgins, Liberty has gazed directly into the eyes of a statue of Minerva – who stands contentedly in Brooklyn's Greenwood Cemetery – for the past 85 years. Since its founding in 1838, many prominent New Yorkers have been buried in the cemetery, … [Read more...] about The View to Liberty
During his father's time, the Dodgers broke the color barrier with Jackie Robinson. Now, Peter O'Malley is helping to internationalize the most American of sports by building baseball fields in Ireland, China, and Nicaragua and supporting baseball programs in Japan and other countries. ℘℘℘ Peter O'Malley is an internationalist. You can tell by the gigantic pictures of baseball … [Read more...] about An Irish Field of Dreams
1972: The Noone Family, Brooklyn. ℘℘℘ Little did Luke Noone and Mary Ellen Doherty dream when they left Ireland that they would leave a legacy of five children, 20 grandchildren and 30 great-grandchildren – a total of 55 good-looking, God-fearing Narrowbacks (as Luke often referred to his family). Luke emigrated from Curramaeigh, Kilkerrin, Co. Galway in 1922 at 20 … [Read more...] about Photo Album: All in the Family
Tom Dunphy talks to Chris Byrne of Unity Squad. Chris Byrne is an unrepentant Fenian bastard. That's not a smear by this writer, mind you: the Brooklyn-born uillean piper, who recently departed the Irish agit-rock band Black 47 after a decade in that group, will freely tell you that – and rap you that – himself. That's clear on "Fenians," a track from Seanchai … [Read more...] about Who’s Rappin’ Now?