Ireland’s Ambassador on why Biden is important to the Irish

Daniel Mulhall, Ireland’s Ambassador to the United States, says he was “honored” to attend Irish American Joe Biden’s inauguration in Washington, DC on January 20. In a heartfelt essay, Ambassador Mulhall reflects on Joe Biden’s Irish ancestry, one the newly-inaugurated President has always taken great pride in. Further, however, he looks at why Joe Biden … Read more

Irish priest in New York avoids jail after pleading guilty to drug charges

Michael O’Leary was arrested in New York state on March 17, 2019, after being discovered to have methamphetamine and packaging materials in his car. Father O’Leary was charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance, third-degree (intent to sell), a felony; two counts of criminal use of drug paraphernalia, a misdemeanor; and criminal possession of … Read more

DNA test shocker for Tennessee woman who always believed she was Irish

A Tennessee woman who always believed she was Irish got more than she bargained for when her father bought her an ancestral DNA test for Christmas.  Cat McDonald, from Nashville, Tennessee, always believed that she was of Irish descent due to her red hair and Irish-sounding surname, so her father bought the whole family ancestral … Read more

Bernie Sanders on a tour of Ireland thanks to viral meme

The eyes of the world were on Washington, DC on January 20 for President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris’s inauguration. However, it was Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders who spurred a meme that has since gone viral around the world, including Ireland. Sanders, who himself was in the running for the Democratic presidential nomination … Read more

One of the famed Guinness loving twins (96) has passed away from COVID

Doris Hobday, one of the famous Guinness-loving “Tipton Twins”, has sadly passed away after contracting COVID-19.  Hobday and her twin sister Lilian Cox both rocketed to fame after an interview on the British chat show “This Morning” where they proclaimed that “no sex and plenty of Guinness” was the secret to their long lives.  The … Read more

Nearly 1,000 people fined in Ireland for traveling more than 5km

Gardaí have issued almost 1,000 fines in the past ten days to people who traveled more than 5km from their own homes for non-essential reasons.  The Irish Government introduced €100 fines on January 11 for anyone traveling more than 5km from their home for non-essential reasons in order to encourage people to stay at home. … Read more

Former Miss Universe Ireland says Donald Trump made “extremely bad” comment about marginalized group

Irish model Roz Purcell has revealed that she once called Donald Trump out on his own TV channel after he made an offensive comment about a marginalized group.  The former Miss Universe Ireland model said that she met Trump shortly after the Miss Universe contest in Las Vegas in 2010. Speaking to former Irish President … Read more

AOH calls for Bruce Morrison to be Envoy to Northern Ireland

In a major development, America’s largest Irish organization, the Ancient Order of Hibernians, has thrown their clout behind peacemaker and Morrison Visas creator former Congressman Bruce Morrison for the position of Special Envoy to Northern Ireland. Daniel O’Connell the National President of the AOH has written to incoming National SecurityAdvisor Jake Sullivan on behalf of … Read more

Unreal views of Connemara in Ireland

Few properties in Ireland boast better views than this charming Irish cottage for sale in Galway.  Castle Cottage, a five bedroom-cottage in the Gaeltacht area of West Connemara, is on the market for €350,000 ($422,000) and offers spectacular views in every direction.  Located on the Renvyle Peninsula. the cottage overlooks the Atlantic Ocean and enjoys … Read more

A united Ireland is close, and Irish America is key

In January last year, John Finucane and I were in New York briefing Irish Americans. The week previously, both governments and all parties had signed an agreement to re-establish the institutions of the Good Friday Agreement. We had traveled to Washington and New York to brief lawmakers, Irish America, and Sinn Féin supporters. The Agreement … Read more

“Good riddance” to Winston Churchill bust in the Oval Office

President Joe Biden has removed a bust of former United Kingdom Prime Minister Winston Churchill from the Oval Office, triggering some British blowback. “Good riddance,” says Niall O’Dowd, founder of IrishCentral. “It was Churchill who ordered the Black and Tans into Ireland.” The Black and Tans first arrived in Ireland in March 1920 at the … Read more

Joe Biden’s favorite Irish poem featured in inaugural celebration

President Joe Biden frequently quotes the closing line – “hope and history rhyme” – from Irish poet Seamus Heaney’s “The Cure at Troy.” Introducing Lin Manuel Miranda, the creator of “Hamilton,” during the “Celebrating America” primetime special, host Tom Hanks said: “President Biden has often turned to the words of Irish poets for solace and … Read more

Liam Neeson’s “The Marksman” is a box office champ

Liam Neeson says that he’s done with action movies, but maybe last weekend’s box office numbers will give him reason to change his mind.   The Marksman, Neeson’s latest, dethroned Wonder Woman 1984 from top of the list, taking in $3.7 million, a big number considering that more than half of the cinemas in the … Read more

Barstool Fund rescues Bronx Irish bar

 The fund has made sure that a number of Irish pubs and restaurants can stay open during the pandemic. Publicans and restaurateurs all over America have seen their businesses decimated by Covid-19 restrictions, but some – including several beloved Irish locales – are thankful for a much-needed lifeline thanks to the Barstool Fund, which has … Read more

The end of my “Drinking Life”- I’m going to defeat my demons

For the great Pete Hamill, it was a packed party at the old Lion’s Head, in celebration of Normal Mailer’s 50th birthday.  As Hamill writes in his brilliant memoir A Drinking Life: “Joe Flaherty (was there). Jules Feiffer. Jack Lemmon. Hello. How are you? What’s doing? … Whatta you hear?” For me, it wasn’t quite … Read more

Irish scientists make cancer breakthrough

Irish scientists have made a significant breakthrough in the fight against breast cancer. They have discovered a molecule that selectively kills cells of a type of breast cancer which is typically difficult to treat — triple-negative breast cancer. The discovery could lead to new types of therapy with stronger outcomes for patients, according to The … Read more

Biden nixes deportations of undocumented immigrants for 100 days

President Joe Biden has halted the deportation of undocumented immigrants for 100 days as part of a series of immigration reform measures announced on his first day in office.  The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced the news on Wednesday night and said in a statement that the moratorium will allow the agency to “review … Read more

Irish politicians congratulate Joe Biden upon his inauguration

Joe Biden, a proud Irish American, was officially sworn in as the 46th President of the United States today, January 20. Michael D. Higgins, the President of Ireland, shared a letter issued to the new President of the United States. President Higgins, who said he and his wife Sabina look forward to again welcoming Biden … Read more

Brexit causes food shortages in Ireland due to delays at ports

Brexit has been blamed for triggering lengthy delays in transporting goods at Irish ports, with truck firms warning that fresh food shortages could be imminent. Haulage firms have reported that Brexit backlogs have triggered chaos in the supply chain, with food consignments destined for Irish supermarkets getting blocked in U.K. warehouses or facing prolonged hold-ups … Read more

US Capitol mob took directions directly from President Trump

If we judge intelligence as always including the ability to think through the consequences of one’s behavior before engaging in any action, then President Trump qualifies as a dunce of the first order, based on his invitation to his followers to join him on January 6 for a “wild” event. *Editor’s Note: This column first … Read more

Experience Ireland’s fresh coastal rain from the comfort of your own home

This website allows you to enjoy the soothing sounds of the Irish rain and sea without leaving the comfort of your living room.  Mynoise.net embarked on a boat trip to Cape Clear Island off the south-west coast of County Cork to record the relaxing sounds of a stormy day at sea.  The website aims to … Read more

Watch Joe Biden and Kamala Harris’s Inauguration live

Joe Biden will be inaugurated as the 46th President of the United States today, January 20.  President-elect Joe Biden and Vice-President-elect Kamala Harris will take their oaths of office at the U.S. Capitol today, January 20, 2021. You can watch live coverage here: A special ASL version is also available: Below is the full schedule … Read more

Irish Heritage Tree planting native trees in Ireland

Remember your ancestors or celebrate friends and family by planting native trees in Ireland, with Irish Heritage Tree. An ideal way to honor your family, friends, and Irish ancestry, IrishCentral’s Irish Heritage Tree program allows you to plant native trees in Ireland, a living symbol of your bond with Ireland, always and forever, planted in … Read more

Mother and Baby Home report deemed “cold” and “callous”

Calls are growing for an independent review into the final report of the Commission of Investigation into Mother and Baby Homes for being “cold” and “callous” and for ignoring the voices of survivors. Former social welfare minister Regina Doherty has urged the government not to accept the findings of the lengthy report until it has … Read more

St. Patrick’s Festival 2021 goes virtual with SPF TV

As Ireland continues to battle coronavirus, the national St. Patrick’s Day Festival 2021 has moved online bringing all the color, culture, and pageantry into homes around the world over six days and nights. Ireland’s St. Patrick’s Festival returns in 2021 will be presented through SPF TV, a St. Patrick’s Festival TV Channel, at www.stpatricksfestival.ie, and … Read more

Big Biden Irish zoom party, possible visit to Ireland in June

While in-person celebrations are out due to COVID, Irish America Democrats are still ready to party after their candidate Joe Biden has officially become the 46th president of the United States. News has also broken that Biden’s first visit to Ireland could come as soon as June, while he attends a G7 summit in Britain, … Read more

Court hears Belfast teen may have been assaulted

Noah Donohoe, the 14-year-old teen who was discovered dead in a storm drain in Belfast six days after being reported missing in June 2020, may have been assaulted shortly before his death. On January 18, Niall Murphy, the solicitor representing Noah’s mother Fiona, said during a preliminary hearing for the inquest into Donohoe’s death: “We … Read more

Quoting James Joyce, Joe Biden bids Delaware farewell

President-elect Joe Biden delivered farewell remarks from the Major Joseph R. “Beau” Biden III National Guard / Reserve Center, named for Biden’s late son, in Delaware the day before his inauguration. “I’ll always be a proud son of Delaware,” Joe Biden said in his remarks on January 19, the day before he is set to … Read more

Irish violinist to perform at mass

Patricia Treacy, an award-winning violinist from Co Louth, says she’s “honored” to be performing for the Biden family on the day of the presidential inauguration tomorrow, January 20. Treacy, who will be traveling from Chicago to Washington, DC for the special event, said: “This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to be able to perform for the … Read more

South Boston St. Patrick’s Day Parade 2021 canceled

The South Boston St. Patrick’s Day Parade, scheduled for March 14, 2021, has been canceled due to ongoing restrictions. On Tuesday, January 19, organizers said in a brief statement on Twitter: Due to ongoing state restrictions limiting outdoor public events to 25 people, the 2021 South Boston St. Patrick’s Day / Evacuation Day Parade has … Read more