Irish man’s experience of being adopted from a Mother and Baby Home

An online petition has been launched calling for an amendment to the Irish Civil Registration Act to give adopted people the right to access their birth certificates. Editor’s Note: In light of the final Mother and Baby Home report published in Ireland on January 12, Irish musician Hally shared to IrishCentral this personal, brief account … Read more

Micheál Martin looks forward to Joe Biden’s administration

Taoiseach Micheál Martin discussed US-Ireland relations ahead of Biden’s inauguration during a webinar presented today, January 15, by the Dublin-based Institute of International and European Affairs. The Taoiseach was asked during the webinar hosted by the Dublin-based IIEA whether or not he feels “confident” that he’ll be in Washington, DC for St. Patrick’s Day. The … Read more

Ireland’s CMOs issue statement urging people to stay home

Chief Medical Officers (CMOs) Dr. Tony Holohan in the Republic of Ireland and Dr. Michael McBride in Northern Ireland have released a joint statement urging people to stay at home due to the ongoing pandemic. Dr. Holohan and Dr. McBride said in a joint statement issued on January 15: “As CMOs, we are gravely concerned … Read more

This 1983 Irish Spring Soap ad’s accents will make you laugh

This US soap commercial from 1983 will leave you in stitches thanks to its hilariously stereotypical Irish accents.  Irish accents are never easy to pull off, but Irish Spring’s “Fresh & Clean as a Whistle” commercial from 1983 are up there with the worst we’ve heard.  The commercial itself is also totally bizarre, featuring a … Read more

Dublin woman blackmailed over sex tape she didn’t know about

An Irish show business writer and businesswoman has said that she spent five years living in fear over a sex tape made without her knowledge.  Dublin Alexandra Ryan, who founded gossip website Goss.ie, spoke out in support of revenge porn victims and said that she was blackmailed by the new partner of a man she … Read more

Three people fined in Ireland after traveling 80km for burgers

Three people were issued with on-the-spot fines after they told gardaí that they drove more than 80km to “collect burgers from a takeaway”. Gardaí have issued 29 on-the-spot fines, known as Fixed Payment Notices (FPN), to people who traveled more than 5km from their home without a valid excuse.  The €100 fines came into effect … Read more

GoFundMe for Westmeath couple’s home destroyed in fire

An online fundraiser has raised almost €90,000 to help an elderly couple rebuild their home after it was destroyed by a fire.  Pat and Attracta Murray of Rathowen in County Westmeath have thanked the public for their generosity and said that they will rebuild their home with the money donated from all over Ireland over … Read more

Dublin’s “Brother Hubbard Cookbook” roast beetroot and tomato soup recipe

Famed for its creative dishes with an international influence, Garrett Fitzgerald of Brother Hubbard café on Dublin’s Capel Street has launched his first cookbook packed with culinary gifts. Why not try his delicious beetroot and tomato soup recipe to celebrate National Soup Month?  Taking inspiration from his journeys through the Middle East and Melbourne, he … Read more

Killarney National Park paired with Montana’s Glacier National Park

Ireland and the United States have signed an agreement that will pair Killarney National Park with Glacier National Park in Montana.  The agreement will make the two parks “sister parks”, allowing the Irish and American national parks services to exchange ideas about how best to manage the amenities.  The two countries will collaborate on a … Read more

Edward Crawford’s role as US Ambassador to Ireland comes to an end

Edward Crawford, whose parents both hailed from Co Cork, served as US Ambassador to Ireland for nearly two years. Edward Crawford said in a string of tweets on January 14 that he has “enjoyed every moment” of his time in Ireland as Ambassador. My time in Ireland as U.S, Ambassador has come to an end, … Read more

Emily Blunt loved her time in Ireland

Wild Mountain Thyme’s time in movie theaters must have been very short because it’s no longer playing on the big screen after debuting about four weeks ago. The much-maligned film is still available on several on-demand platforms, and it’s female lead, Emily Blunt, has zero regrets. British-born Emily told the Sunday World that she “loved” … Read more

Tuam nuns apologize after Final Mother and Baby Home report

The Sisters of Bon Secours Ireland, who operated the Tuam Mother and Baby Home in Co Galway for nearly 40 years, have issued an apology following the January 12 publication of The Final Report of the Commission of Investigation into Mother and Baby Homes. Sister Eileen O’Connor, the Area Leader of the Sisters of Bon … Read more

Ireland’s COVID rate is the worst in the world, it’s time to get jabbing

We’re now paying the price for the loosening of Covid-19 restrictions here in Ireland in the weeks before Christmas.  Infection rates are soaring, with 6,000-7,000 new cases a day last week in comparison with the 200 a day we were down to a month ago.  That had been achieved by the six week lockdown we … Read more

Mother and Baby report confirms illegal adoptees went to US

Around 1,638 children, residents in Ireland’s Mother and Baby Homes and County Homes were placed for foreign adoption, the report finds that the “vast majority” went to America. A 3,000-page report released by the Mother and Baby Homes Commission revealed that the “vast majority” of babies put up for illegal adoption from these religious institutions … Read more

The life of the Irish philanthropist Thomas Barnardo

Born in Dublin, Thomas John Barnardo’s children charity, founded in 1867 is still going strong today and to date has taken in 60k children. I knew one interesting fact about the gentleman straight away. He’s one of only two individuals to have had their coffin conveyed to its funeral on the London Underground. The journey … Read more

Two Irish bars in New York on sale only by Bitcoin

The owner of two Irish bars in New York City could make history by selling his establishments through Bitcoin-only. Patrick Hughes, who owns Hellcat Annie’s and Scruffy Duffy’s in Hell’s Kitchen, plans to sell both establishments through cryptocurrency by completing the first cryptocurrency-only restaurant sale in American history.  Hughes, 56, has placed the two bars … Read more

Celtic MKE producing African & Irish American symposium

The organizers of the Milwaukee Irish Fest are hosting a virtual cultural event to celebrate the connection between Irish-Americans and African Americans.  CelticMKE will host a free virtual symposium on Saturday, January 16, which begins at 1 p.m. EST and features four presentations focusing on the similarities between Irish and African American experiences.  Audience members … Read more

Make America hate again – Irish America reacts to Capitol riots

Irish Americans are far from a monolithic block when it comes to voting in presidential elections, but they seem to agree unanimously that the violence perpetrated in Washington, D.C. last week by enraged supporters of President Trump was a direct attack against democracy. The Irish Voice contacted several Irish Americans, some of whom voted for … Read more

Darina Allen’s Quiche Lorraine recipe

This recipe is a family favorite of Darina’s clan, the O’Connell’s from Cullahill, County Laois. Darina Allen usually brings a big quiche to all the family picnics, lunches, or light dinners. “Named after the Lorraine region of north-east France, this classic quiche is delicious served with a green salad and tangy relish. It tastes great … Read more

Ireland’s heritage sites in 3D

An amazing website launched in 2015 features 3D models of iconic monuments, heritage sites, and buildings from Ireland. Over 130 monuments and buildings were scanned and brought together at www.3dicons.ie. The site offers 3D images as well as a range of other media (images, texts, and videos) showcasing important sites such as Bru Na Boinne, … Read more

Final report on Ireland’s Mother and Baby Homes published

The Final Report of the Commission of Investigation into Mother and Baby Homes was published on January 12 after being submitted to the Irish government on October 30. Speaking on Tuesday in response to the publication, Taoiseach Micheál Martin, who earlier in the day met virtually with survivors, said: The final Mother and Baby Homes … Read more

Negative PCR test required for entry from Jan 16

Failure to produce a negative PCR test upon arrival into the Republic of Ireland from January 16 could result in prosecution punishable by a fine or imprisonment. The Irish Government has confirmed that beginning this Saturday, January 16, all people arriving into the Republic of Ireland must produce a negative / “not detected” pre-departure PCR … Read more

Taoiseach offers apology after final Mother and Baby Home Report

Taoiseach Micheál Martin and Tanaiste Leo Varadkar responded today to yesterday’s long-awaited publication of the Final Report of the Commission of Investigation into Mother and Baby Homes. The final report was published on January 12, nearly six years after the Mother and Baby Homes Commission of Investigation was first launched.  According to the final report, which … Read more

Van Morrison’s anti-masker songs are tone deaf

Anti-lockdowner Van Morrison was eviscerated by Variety magazine earlier this month for his tunes blasting COVID-19 restrictions.  Van, the mag says, hurt our ears really bad, producing four of 2020’s worst songs. “A year ago at this time, if you’d have told us that Van Morrison would be single-handedly responsible for nearly a third of … Read more

Van Morrison’s anti-masker songs slammed as “horrific”

Anti-lockdowner Van Morrison was eviscerated by Variety magazine earlier this month for his tunes blasting COVID-19 restrictions. Belfast native Van Morrison, the magazine says, produced four of the worst songs in 2020. “No More Lockdown,” “Born to Be Free,” “As I Walked Out,” and “Stand and Deliver” (written by Van and sung by Eric Clapton) … Read more

Dublin-born Samantha Power named by Biden as USAID head

US President-elect Joe Biden, who will be inaugurated on Jan 20, said Power’s deep experience addressing crises around the world made her the top choice to lead USAID, which administers civilian foreign aid and development assistance. It had a 39.3 billion dollar budget in 2019. A statement released by President-elect Joe Biden’s transition team read: … Read more

Samantha Power nominated by Joe Biden to be USAID Administrator

US President-elect Joe Biden has nominated Irish-born Samantha Power to the role of USAID Administrator. A statement released by President-elect Joe Biden’s transition team on January 13 read: “Power will rally the international community and work with our partners to confront the biggest challenges of our time – including COVID-19, climate change, global poverty, and … Read more

Irish writer James Joyce died on this day in 1941

James Joyce died in Zurich, Switzerland, on January 13, 1941, but how did the most famous chronicler of Dublin life end up being buried in Zurich? According to Richard Ellmann’s spectacular biography of Joyce, “James Joyce,” the reason can be found in Joyce’s family troubles, his stubbornness, his failure to embrace Ireland—all wrapped around Adolph … Read more

Irish Heritage Tree now offers multiple certificates

Irish Heritage Tree allows you to honor your loved ones by planting a tree or several trees in Ireland. Now you can order multiple certificates with your order to share your tree’s dedication with your family or friends around the world.  Launched in December 2020, the Irish Heritage Tree offers the Irish Diaspora around the … Read more

Daniel O’Connell’s first speech opposing Union with England

On January 13, 1800, Daniel O’Connell made the first of many speeches opposing Ireland’s union with Great Britain, his very first public speech, at a meeting of Catholics held in the Royal Exchange, Dublin, to protest against the Union. Daniel O’Connell, often known as the Emancipator or the Liberator, was a major Irish political leader … Read more

JFK’s lesson for Donald Trump on leadership and how not to abuse power

John F. Kennedy’s speech “On Poetry and National Power” once explained what real leadership requires and shows how failed and lacking Donald Trump has been. On October 26, 1963, less than a month before he was assassinated, President John F. Kennedy gave an extraordinary address at Amherst College in Massachusetts called “On Poetry and National … Read more

Paralyzed top Irish equestrian sees hope in new spinal treatment

An Irish Olympian show jumper who was paralyzed after a riding accident finds hope in a promising new stem cell treatment. On August 30, 2019, equestrian Kevin Babington, now 52, was flung from his horse, Sholapur, at the Hampton Classic, a horse show in Bridgehampton, NY. He hit the ground headfirst, severely bruising his spinal … Read more

Letters between Michael Collins and Winston Churchill

Featured as part of an online exhibition from Trinity College Dublin, is a file of letters written between former rivals Collins and Churchill from May to August, in 1922. Highlights of the collections of the Library of Trinity College Dublin and their fascinating history are being showcased in an online exhibition Director’s Choice Uncut. Part of … Read more