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Northern Assembly Election Results

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Northern Assembly Results From its inception in 1920, the state of Northern Ireland was created to maintain a Unionist majority, putting an international border through the ancient Province of Ulster to keep the majority-Catholic counties of Donegal, Cavan, and Monaghan out of the new state. When the Northern Ireland Parliament at Stormont was created, the first Prime Minister James Craig...

St. Patrick’s Day 1982

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The highest honor one can receive in Irish-American circles is to be named Grand Marshal of their local St. Patrick's Day Parade, with the highest honor of all being Grand Marshal of the New York City St. Patrick's Day Parade, a parade which predates the establishment of the American Republic. The idea of an "Honorary Grand Marshal" was one...

Irish-American Heritage Month In Westchester

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White Plains, NY — The Westchester County Board of Legislators kicked off Irish-American Heritage Month with a virtual ceremony on March 7th that highlighted the life experiences of two Irish-Americans - Anne McPherson, former White Plains City Clerk, and Oliver Charles, proprietor of Yonkers’ “The Butcher’s Fancy” - and paid tribute to their civic accomplishments. Chairwoman Catherine Borgia (D–Briarcliff Manor,...

Ireland’s Great Hunger Museum Announces Move To Fairfield

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The Gaelic American has previously covered the decision to close Ireland's Great Hunger Museum at Quinnipiac University. Ireland's Great Hunger was and is an incredibly important time in modern history for the Irish people and their diaspora. The horrifying experiences of the Irish living under British rule at this time sent their people around the world in search of better...

Reactions to the Queen’s “Platinum Jubilee”

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This year marks 70 years of the rule of British Queen Elizabeth. The Gaelic American asked, how should the Irish people & their Diaspora view the Platinum Jubilee? Views expressed here are the opinion of their respective authors. Among the first groups to congratulate the Queen on her anniversary was Sinn Féin, on the heels of their decision to approve...

Hugh Lunney Remembered

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February 18, 2022 marked one year since the passing of Hugh Lunney. Known to some as Hugh O'Lunney, he was a giant in the New York Irish community for a lifetime. As the proprietor of O'Lunney's Bar in Times Square, he was host to a litany of Irish organizations from the time he first opened his doors in 1968....

Hercules Mulligan: The True Story

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Stephen McCracken, a Derry-based historian, has disproved commonly held beliefs about Hercules Mulligan, whose story was covered by The Gaelic American's Evacuation Day article. Recently it was reported by The Irish Echo and Irish Central that the Bowling Green Community Association, led by Arthur Piccolo, was looking to honor Hercules Mulligan by naming a bridge after him in Lower...

Trad Week At The Wolfhound

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Come Together for New York’s Most Anticipated Trad Music Festival! Monday Feb 14th - Sunday Feb 20th 2022 Trad Week is an annual tradition at The Wolfhound (38-14 30th Ave, Astoria, Queens, NY) , a full week to celebrate the enduring legacy of traditional Irish music. Musicians and singers are flown in from Ireland to perform all week long. Monday through...

Paine & The United Irishmen

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Early Life Thomas Paine was born on February 9, 1737 in Thetford, England. The son of a corset-maker, he worked as an excise officer in Sussex, in a town historically associated with anti-monarchical and pro-republican sentiment. In an effort to obtain better wages for he and his fellow excise workers, he tried his hand at writing a political pamphlet entitled The...

The Black & The Green: NY Irish Center Movie Showing

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The British policy of criminalizing the Irish struggle for independence continued when the "criminalization" of Irish republican prisoners was launched on March 1, 1976. Prisoners had their “Special Category Status” (de facto political status) revoked by the Thatcher administration that day. The revocation of political status meant that Irish republican prisoners would be treated the same as ordinary criminals....