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Collection processed by Rebecca Altermatt, Rachel Searcy

This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on March 31, 2022
Description is in English using Describing Archives: A Content Standard

 Updated by Megan O'Shea to incorporate material from accession number 2018.100 Updated by Lyric Evans-Hunter to reflect the digitization of electronic records  , September 2018 , March 2022

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Glucksman Ireland House
Title: Ireland House Oral History Collection
Dates [inclusive]: 2005-2017
Abstract: The Ireland House Oral History Collection contains interviews of Irish and Irish Americans conducted between 2005 and 2017 by undergraduates, doctoral students, and faculty in the Irish Studies program at New York University, as well as staff of the Glucksman Ireland House. Topics covered in the interviews include childhood, education, family life, immigration experience, working life, political activity, and cultural activity. Many of the narrators were active in immigration reform, Irish republican politics, and the Irish American community in New York City.
Quantity: 4 Linear Feet in 4 record cartons
Quantity: 105 Gigabytes in 146 recordings
Language: Materials are in English and Irish.
Call Phrase: AIA.030

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Historical Note

Multi-generational interviews conducted since 2005 as part of an undergraduate oral history course for the Irish Studies program at New York University, under the auspices of Glucksman Ireland House. Subsequent interviews have been conducted by Ireland House staff.

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Scope and Contents

The Ireland House Oral History Collection contains interviews of Irish and Irish Americans conducted between 2005 and 2017 by undergraduates, doctoral students, and faculty in the Irish Studies program at New York University, as well as staff of the Glucksman Ireland House. The oral histories document the lives of people born between the 1910s and 1980s, working in Ireland and the United States (U.S.) as diplomats, business owners, laborers, educators, journalists, lawyers, members of Catholic orders, politicians, musicians, and actors. The interviews were conducted in Ireland and in the U.S., mainly in English, with at least one interview conducted in Irish. Topics covered include childhood, education, family life, immigration experience, working life, political activity, and cultural activity. Many of the narrators were active in immigration reform, Irish republican politics, and the Irish American community in New York City and other American cities with large Irish American populations.

Arrangement

Arranged alphabetically by interviewee. Dates recorded refer to date of interview.

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Access Points

Subject Names

  • Minihane, Sean
  • Burns, Edward, 1968-
  • Sexton, John Edward, 1942-
  • King, Peter T., 1944-
  • Benson, Sean

Document Type

  • Transcripts.
  • Oral histories (literary works)

Subject Organizations

  • Irish Northern Aid Committee

Subject Topics

  • Irish Americans -- Social life and customs.
  • Northern Ireland -- History -- 1968-1998
  • Irish Americans -- Interviews
  • Irish -- Interviews.
  • Emigration and immigration law.

Subject Places

  • Ireland -- Emigration and immigration.

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Administrative Information

Custodial History Note

Interviews were conducted by students in the Irish Studies program. Materials are transferred to the Archives after access copies of interviews have been created on DVDs and transcripts typed up.

Conditions Governing Access

Open for research with restrictions as noted per individual interview.

Conditions Governing Use

Any rights (including copyright and related rights to publicity and privacy) held by Glucksman Ireland House are maintained by New York University. Permission to publish or reproduce materials in this collection must be secured from repository. Please contact tamiment.wagner@nyu.edu.

Preferred Citation

Identification of item, date; Ireland House Oral History Collection; AIA 030; box number; folder number; Tamiment Library & Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives, New York University.

Related Material at the Tamiment Library/Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives

Irish Immigration Reform Movement Records AIA 016

Audiovisual Access Policies and Procedures

Access to audiovisual materials in this collection is available through digitized access copies. Researchers may view an item's original container, but the media themselves are not available for playback because of preservation concerns. Materials that have already been digitized are noted in the collection's finding aid and can be requested in our reading room. Materials that have already been digitized are noted in the collection's finding aid and can be requested in our reading room. Materials not yet digitized will need to have access copies made before they can be used. To request an access copy, or if you are unsure if an item has been digitized, please contact tamiment.wagner@nyu.edu with the collection name, collection number, and a description of the item(s) requested. A staff member will respond to you with further information.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

An additional accretion was donated in 2018 by Marion Casey. The accession number associated with this gift is 2018.100.

Processing Information

Roughly 25 interviews in the 2018 accretion were described using information sheets. The remaining 72 interviews in the 2018 accretion were described after listening to at least 45 minutes of audio per interview; this included the first 20 minutes of each interview, as well as an additional 10-25 minutes throughout the recording.

One external hard drive was forensically imaged and and mounted to local storage. New York University Libraries follow professional standards and best practices when imaging, ingesting, and processing born-digital material in order to maintain the integrity and authenticity of the content.

Accruals Note

Additional accruals to this collection are expected.

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Container List

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Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: Electronic records E-records : TW_AIA_30_ER_51 Alcock, Leslie

Alcock, Leslie: 2015-   https://aeon.library.nyu.edu/remoteauth/aeon.dll?Logon&Action=10&Form=31&Value=http://dlib.nyu.edu/findingaids/ead/tamwag/aia_030.xml&view=xml

Biographical Note

Leslie Alcock was born in 1984 in Dublin, Ireland. She attended St. Leo's Mercy Convent in Carlow, County Carlow, Ireland and graduated from Maynooth University in Maynooth, County Kildare, Ireland in 2005. Alcock immigrated to the United States in 2012 to work at the Irish Immigration Center in Upper Darby, Pennsylvania.

Scope and Contents

This interview was conducted by Íde B. O'Carroll at the Irish Immigration Center in Upper Darby, Pennsylvania on April 16, 2015. The interview contains Leslie Alcock's family and career history. Alcock recounts her memories of her leadership training in youth groups during her teens, which inspired her to gain her degree in social work. She describes the process of gaining a position as a social worker at the Irish Immigration Center of Philadelphia. Alcock elaborates on her work with the senior citizens of Philadelphia in her social work at the Irish Immigration Center. Alcock describes her responsibilities of planning and hosting public programming at the Irish Immigration Center for senior citizens.

2015
Box: 4 Folder : 20 Allen, Sandie

Historical/Biographical Note

Sandie Allen (b. London, England, 1966) is an accomplished photographer who has documented events in Boston's Irish community for almost three decades.

May 2, 2013
Box: Electronic records E-records : TW_AIA_30_ER_61 Anderson, Anne

Anderson, Anne: 2016-   https://aeon.library.nyu.edu/remoteauth/aeon.dll?Logon&Action=10&Form=31&Value=http://dlib.nyu.edu/findingaids/ead/tamwag/aia_030.xml&view=xml

Biographical Note

Anne Anderson was born in 1952 in Clonmel, County Tipperary, Ireland.  She received her bachelor's degree from University College Dublin in 1972 and her legal degree from the Honourable Society of King's Inns in Dublin.  In 1972 she joined Ireland's Department of Foreign Affairs. Throughout her career she served in various positions in the European Union, the United Nations, and the United States.  Anderson was Ireland's first female ambassador to the United States in 2013 and was in that position at the time of the 2016 interview.

Scope and Contents

This interview was conducted by Íde B. O'Carroll at the Consulate-General of Ireland in Boston, Massachusetts on December 1, 2016.  The interview focuses Anne Anderson's education and career in Ireland's Department of Foreign Affairs. Anderson discusses her parents, her extended family, and her early education.  She discusses her decision to attend University College Dublin (UCD) rather than Trinity College Dublin and recounts her experience studying at UCD. She recounts her decision to join Ireland's Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) in 1972 and her early experiences in the DFA.  She describes the role of women in the DFA, from her early experiences as one of two women in her department to her groundbreaking role as Ireland's first female ambassador to the United States (US). She also discusses emigration from Ireland to Australia in the 2000s and the difference in perception between emigration to Australia and to the US.

2016

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Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 4 Folder : 21 Barry, Dan

Historical/Biographical Note

Dan Barry (b. 1958) is a Pulitzer Prize-winning writer for The New York Times and has covered many topics, including the World Trade Center disaster and the damage to the Gulf Coast from Hurricane Katrina. He is the author of three books, including the autobiography Pull Me Up (2004).

Nov 3, 2011
Box: 1 Folder : 1 Behan, Joe

Historical/Biographical Note

Joe Behan (b. Dublin, Co. Dublin, 1961) has been Head Coach of the New York University Men's Soccer team since 1996. He brought the team their first two NCAA Division III Championship appearances and was named Coach of the Year in 1999 and 2010.

May 4, 2011
Box: 1 Folder : 2 Beirne, Hilary

Scope and Content Note

Hilary Beirne was interviewed on the 26th of October, 2009 at the Glucksman Ireland House at New York University by James Herron and Linda Dowling Almeida. The topics discussed were wide and varied, starting with his background, growing up in County Roscommon, Ireland and following through his life from college days to working in Ireland in the 1970s and '80s to immigrating to the United States in the late '80s and ending with his distinguished work with the St. Patrick's Day Parade.

Beirne discusses his early life, growing up with nine brothers and sisters in a large farmhouse that his father, a veterinary surgeon, purchased around the time Beirne was born. He talks about his experiences in National School, and the effects that the small learning community, corporal punishment, and religious doctrine had on his education. He went to secondary school, earning high enough marks to attend college and earn a degree in agricultural studies. He discusses his first few jobs in Ireland, where he worked on projects that redesigned the way Irish farms operate and store various crops.

He eventually left his job and immigrated to the U.S. to become a science teacher in the Bronx. It was at this time that he became involved in the New York City St. Patrick's Day Parade, upon which a large portion of this interview is based. Beirne discusses the finances, the history, the operations and the future of the parade in great detail. He provides an excellent behind-the-scenes view of the production of one of the largest parades in the world. Beirne also discusses, in great detail, the various other Irish fraternal clubs of which he is a member.

As a teacher, Beirne discusses his instructing methods and how he engages the student. He also spends time discussing how he became a teacher and the reasons why. He also talks about what he thinks makes a good teacher, and the necessary traits to perform the job well.

He then returns to a broader discussion on why Irish-American heritage is important to this country, stating, "40 million Americans trace their heritage back to Ireland…" in order to show just how important the parade is.

Throughout the interview, Beirne takes breaks from discussing his life and the parade to talk about his family. He discusses his twin brother and the unique skills he possesses that his twin does not and vice versa. He discusses the odd relationship his siblings (2 brothers, 7 sisters) had with his parents, specifically, the love and strong bond they all had with their mother and poor relationship they had with their father. He also talks about the day he left Ireland and the effects his leaving had on his mother.

This oral history was digitally recorded on a Marantz CDR420. The interview is 2 hours and 28 minutes long, on 3 CDs. The interview took place on October 29, 2009, and the interviewers were James Herron and Linda Dowling Almedia.

Related Archival Materials

Interview with Tommy Smyth. Ireland House Oral History Collection, Archives of Irish America, New York University. Interview with Treasa Goodwin Smyth. Ireland House Oral History Collection, Archives of Irish America, New York University.

Other Finding Aids Note

This interview has been logged at ten-minute intervals, and the Word file is available upon request at tamiment.wagner@nyu.edu.

Historical/Biographical Note

Hilary Beirne (b. Boyle, Co. Roscommon, 1961) is a science teacher who emigrated to New York in 1988. He is a longtime member of the New York St. Patrick's Day Parade Committee and the nephew of the late Frank Beirne.

Oct 29, 2009
Box: Electronic records E-records : TW_AIA_30_ER_25 Beirne, Thomas

Beirne, Thomas: 2014-   https://aeon.library.nyu.edu/remoteauth/aeon.dll?Logon&Action=10&Form=31&Value=http://dlib.nyu.edu/findingaids/ead/tamwag/aia_030.xml&view=xml

Biographical Note

Thomas Beirne was born in 1968 in New York, New York. He graduated from Manhattan College with a bachelor's degree in civil engineering in 1990. In 2014, he was the district president of the New York chapter of the Ancient Order of the Hibernians and worked in construction management.

Scope and Contents

This interview was conducted by Danielle Zach on September 9, 2014 at New York University's Glucksman Ireland House in New York, New York. This interview covers Thomas Beirne's early life in the Woodlawn neighborhood of the Bronx, New York and in Yonkers, New York. He recounts his memories of his father's involvement in political activism for Irish Americans and the Ancient Order of the Hibernians. Describing his position in 2014 as the district president of the Ancient Order of the Hibernians, he details his involvement with the St. Patrick's Day Parade planning committee.

2014
Box: 1 Folder : 3-4 Benson, Sean

Biographical Note

Sean Benson (b. 1960), was one of the organizers of the Irish Immigration Reform Movement. He is the former Executive Director of the Emerald Isle Immigration Center and remains a member of its board.

Nov 29, 2005
Box: Electronic records E-records : TW_AIA_30_ER_59 Blancato, Robert

Blancato, Robert: 2015-   https://aeon.library.nyu.edu/remoteauth/aeon.dll?Logon&Action=10&Form=31&Value=http://dlib.nyu.edu/findingaids/ead/tamwag/aia_030.xml&view=xml

Biographical Note

Robert Blancato was born in the Bronxville neighborhood of the Bronx, New York in 1951. He graduated in 1970 from Iona Preparatory High School in New Rochelle, New York and attended Georgetown University in Washington, D.C.

Scope and Contents

This interview was conducted by Danielle Zach on August 3, 2015 in Washington, D.C. The interview covers Robert Blancato's early life and career working for Congressman Mario Biaggi. He describes his internship with Congressman Biaggi in 1972 and how it resulted in a job as a congressional aide after graduating from college. He recounts his involvement with the founding of the Ad Hoc Congressional Committee for Irish Affairs in 1977. He describes the goal of the committee to understand the conflict in Northern Ireland and make a peace forum where all parties involved in the conflict could be represented. Blancato recalls his trip to Ireland in 1978 where he personally negotiated with Gerry Adams to create a peace forum. He describes how his interactions with the Ancient Order of Hibernians and the Irish Northern Aide helped him build the Congressional Committee for Irish Affairs.

2015
Box: 1 Folder : 5 Boucher, Jack

Biographical Note

Jack Boucher (b. New York, New York, 1938), a union bartender and Vietnam veteran, is the son of immigrants from County Leitrim, and County Sligo, Ireland. Raised in New York's Washington Heights, he was a member of the youth gang the Jesters.

Scope and Content Note

This oral history was digitally recorded on a Marantz PCM660. The interview took place on January 23, 2009, and the interviewer was Myriam Nyhan.

Jan 23, 2009
Box: Electronic records E-records : TW_AIA_30_ER_90 Bowden, Noreen

Bowden, Noreen: 2016-   https://aeon.library.nyu.edu/remoteauth/aeon.dll?Logon&Action=10&Form=31&Value=http://dlib.nyu.edu/findingaids/ead/tamwag/aia_030.xml&view=xml

Biographical Note

Noreen Bowden was born in 1969 in Suffern, New York.  She received her bachelor's degree from Notre Dame University in Notre Dame, Indiana and her master's degree in public policy from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University in Cambridge.

Scope and Contents

This interview was conducted by Íde B. O'Carroll at New York University's Elmer Holmes Bobst Library in New York, New York on April 28, 2016.  The interview covers Noreen Bowden's family and her working life. Bowden discusses her family, their immigration and work experiences, and the death of her mother in 1986.  She discusses her involvement with the Irish Immigration Reform Movement and the Irish Immigration Center in Boston in the 1990s. She discusses her work for multiple online Irish news sources, including VitualIrish.com, the Irish Emigrant>'s online newspaper, and her own website, www.Globalirish.ie, which covers issues relating to Irish identity and the Irish diaspora.

2016
Box: 1 Folder : 6 Bowles, Dympna Farrell

Historical/Biographical Note

Dymphna Farrell Bowles (b. Ennistown, Co. Meath, Ireland, 1922) a long-time resident of New Rochelle, New York, moved to Belfast in 1942. She married there in 1947 and later emigrated to the United States with five young children. Her sixth child was born in New York.

Apr 19, 2011
Box: Electronic records E-records : TW_AIA_30_ER_11 Boyer, Sandy

Boyer, Sandy: 2014-   https://aeon.library.nyu.edu/remoteauth/aeon.dll?Logon&Action=10&Form=31&Value=http://dlib.nyu.edu/findingaids/ead/tamwag/aia_030.xml&view=xml

Biographical Note

Sandy Boyer was born in 1943 in New York, New York and was raised in Croton-on-Hudson, New York.  He was a political activist and journalist. He died in 2016.

Scope and Contents

This interview was conducted by Danielle Zach at New York University's Glucksman Ireland House on June 30 and July 7, 2014.  The interview covers Sandy Boyer's childhood and his political activity as an adult. Boyer discusses his childhood and his parents, including their backgrounds, careers, and their membership in the Communist Party of the United States of America.  He discusses his involvement in Irish republican causes from the 1970s to the 1990s, particularly Irish Northern Aid Committee (NORAID), the popularity of fundraising through pub socials, and the role of Irish music in politics. He discusses the relationship between Irish and Irish American political organizations including NORAID, National H-Block / Armagh Committee, the Irish Republican Socialist Party, People's Democracy, and Sinn Fein.  He discusses multiple Irish political prisoners to whom he lent his support including Marian Price, Martin Corey, Gerry Conlon, and Gerry McGeough.

2014
Box: 1 Folder : 7 Boylan, Jim

Scope and Content Note

In the interview, Boylan focuses on growing up in 1940s/50s Harlem; the racial dynamics of Harlem and the Irish living in that setting; the impact of Puerto Ricans in his neighbourhood; how Irishness is passed on to next generation; 1950s migrants coming to stay with them; and his parents first trip back to Ireland.

This oral history was digitally recorded on a Marantz PMD660. The interview is approximately 160 minutes long, on 2 CDs. The interview took place on February 26, 2009, and the interviewer was Myriam Nyhan.

Biographical Note

Jim Boylan (b. New York, New York, 1941), is the son of 1920s immigrants from County Monaghan,Ireland. He grew up in Harlem, New York, and spent his career working in telecommunications.

Feb 26, 2009
Box: Electronic records E-records : TW_AIA_30_ER_18 Brady, Elizabeth

Brady, Elizabeth: 2014-   https://aeon.library.nyu.edu/remoteauth/aeon.dll?Logon&Action=10&Form=31&Value=http://dlib.nyu.edu/findingaids/ead/tamwag/aia_030.xml&view=xml

Biographical Note

Elizabeth Brady was born in 1930 in Ballyshannon, County Donegal, Ireland.  She immigrated to the United States in 1956, settling in Chicago, Illinois.  She met her husband, Joseph Brady, in 1958 and was married in 1960. They returned to Ireland in 1967 and settled on a farm in Tullaghan in County Leitrim.  They had two children.

Scope and Contents

This interview was conducted by Íde B. O'Carroll in Mullingar, County Westmeath, Ireland on July 28, 2014.  The interview covers Elizabeth Brady's early life in Ireland, her working life in Ireland and the United States (US), and her family.  Brady describes her parents, her father's experiences working in the US and Ireland, and their extended families. She discusses her education, her working life, and describes the different jobs she held in Ireland and the US.  She describes her preparations for immigrating to the US, her voyage via ship in 1956, and her impressions of New York, New York and Chicago, Illinois. She describes her husband, their married life together, and their decision to move from Chicago to a farm in County Leitrim, Ireland.  She recounts her family's life on their farm and their social lives.

2014
Box: 4 Folder : 22 Branley, Mary

Historical/Biographical Note

Mary Branley (b. Sligo Town, Co. Sligo, Ireland, 1962) studied Multicultural Education in Boston, taught in an inner city school, then returned to Ireland where she is a teacher and poet.

Aug 1, 2013
Box: Electronic records E-records : TW_AIA_30_ER_60 Brazil, Áine

Brazil, Aine: 2016-   https://aeon.library.nyu.edu/remoteauth/aeon.dll?Logon&Action=10&Form=31&Value=http://dlib.nyu.edu/findingaids/ead/tamwag/aia_030.xml&view=xml

Biographical Note

Áine Brazil was born in 1956 in Galway, County Galway, Ireland.  She received her bachelor's degree from University College Galway in 1977 and her master's degree from Imperial College in London, England in 1980.  She established the Máire Brazil Prize at National University of Ireland Galway to provide a four-year scholarship for women pursuing engineering degrees.  She married in 1982. At the time of the 2016 interview, Brazil was working as a structural engineer at Thornton Tomasetti in New York, New York.

Scope and Contents

This interview was conducted by Íde B. O'Carroll at Áine Brazil's office at Thornton Tomasetti in New York, New York on April 28, 2016.  The interview covers Brazil's family, education, and working life in the United States. Brazil discusses her parents, including their families, education, and careers.  She discusses her education, citing her teachers and the availability of honors math at her school as critical to her professional path. She recounts her experiences at University College Galway as one of three women in a class of 63 and discusses her decision to major in structural engineering.  She discusses working London, England; entering a master's program in Imperial College in London; and her experiences as an Irish person in England in the 1980s. She describes her job responsibilities and her work on the Hudson Yards project in Manhattan in detail.

2016
Box: Electronic records E-records : TW_AIA_30_ER_77 Brennan, Gerry

Brennan, Gerry: 2016-   https://aeon.library.nyu.edu/remoteauth/aeon.dll?Logon&Action=10&Form=31&Value=http://dlib.nyu.edu/findingaids/ead/tamwag/aia_030.xml&view=xml

Biographical Note

Gerry Brennan was born in 1952 in Dublin, Ireland and was raised in Naas, County Kildare.  In 1973, he graduated from the Dublin Institute of Technology and immigrated to the United States (US).  He has owned a number of properties in the US and Ireland, including many popular Irish bars in Boston, Massachusetts.  He married and has three sons.

Scope and Contents

This interview was conducted by Íde B. O'Carroll at Gerry Brennan's home in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts on August 16, 2016.  The interview covers Brennan's early life in Ireland and his working life in the United States (US). Brennan discusses his family, including the education and working life of his parents.  He recounts immigrating to the US in 1973, settling in Boston, and establishing a painting and renovation business with his brother. He explains that they were able to establish this business despite not having visas or Green Cards and discusses their expansion of their business in the 1980s.  He explains the way in which he gained a Green Card and the expansion of his real estate investments after this change in his resident status. He describes the bars he owned in Boston, including the Brendan Behan Pub in Jamaica Plain and the Thirsty Scholar in Cambridge, and discusses the role of these bars in the Irish and Irish American culture in the Boston area.  Brennan also discusses his real estate investments in County Kildare, Ireland and the work ethic his parents instilled in him and his siblings.

2016
Box: 4 Folder : 23 Brennan, John

Historical/Biographical Note

John Brennan (b. Co. Kerry, Ireland, 1972) worked in Henry Ford & Son Ltd in Cork from 1948-1953 when he immigrated to NY , served in the US Army, and received his BA in Economics from Fordham University. He spent most of his life working in insurance.

Oct 19, 2012
Box: Electronic records E-records : TW_AIA_30_ER_64 Brosnan, Maureen

Brosnan, Maureen: 2014-   https://aeon.library.nyu.edu/remoteauth/aeon.dll?Logon&Action=10&Form=31&Value=http://dlib.nyu.edu/findingaids/ead/tamwag/aia_030.xml&view=xml

Biographical Note

Maureen Brosnan was born in 1929 in the Bronx, New York. She received her bachelor's degree from Fordham University in the Bronx in 1949.

Scope and Contents

This interview was conducted by Miriam Nyhan at Maureen Brosnan's home in the Bronx, New York on September 25, 2014. The interview covers Brosnan's life in the Bronx. Brosnan describes her parents, their early lives in Ireland, and stories of their immigration to the United States (US). She recounts her father's experience in the Irish Republican Brotherhood in Ireland and his activities with other Irish republican organizations in the US in the early to mid 20th century. She discusses working in advertising agencies in New York City while attending Fordham University in the Bronx in the late 1940s. She recounts her experiences visiting Ireland throughout her life and her participation in Irish American organizations in New York City throughout her life.

2014
Box: Electronic records E-records : TW_AIA_30_ER_17 Browne, Anna

Browne, Anna: 2014-   https://aeon.library.nyu.edu/remoteauth/aeon.dll?Logon&Action=10&Form=31&Value=http://dlib.nyu.edu/findingaids/ead/tamwag/aia_030.xml&view=xml

Biographical Note

Anna Browne was born in 1962 in Chicago, Illinois.  Her parents immigrated to the United States (US), settling in Chicago, in the 1950s.  The family returned to Ireland in 1967, settling on a farm in Mullingar, County Westmeath.  Browne received her bachelor's degree in computer science from University College Dublin in the 1980s.  She worked as a computer programmer in the US and Ireland between 1984 and 2009. At the time of the 2014 interview, she was working as a developer of job training material in Ireland.  She is married and has two children.

Scope and Contents

This interview was conducted by Íde B. O'Carroll at Anna Browne's home in Mullingar, County Westmeath, Ireland on July 28, 2014.  The interview covers Browne's early childhood in the United States (US) and Ireland, her education in Ireland, and her working life in the US and Ireland.  Browne discusses her family's decision to return to Ireland in 1967 and recounts the differences in life between Chicago and County Kildare where the family settled.  She discusses her education in Ireland, her interest in general science, her decision to choose computer science as her area of educational focus, and her interest in computer programming.  She recounts her time at University College Dublin in the 1980s and her decision to return to the US after her graduation in 1984. She discusses her experiences working for different technology companies in the US and Ireland and the relationship amongst Irish and Irish Americans in the technology field.  Browne describes issues she and her husband faced being working parents, and their decision for her husband to leave work and stay home with their children. She discusses her children's education in Ireland in the early 2000s. She describes her job at the time of the interview as a developer of job training material for businesses and describes the theory behind her work.

2014
Box: 1 Folder : 8 Burns, Edward Sr.

Scope and Content Note

In this interview, Sgt. Burns discusses a range of topics, from his family's history in New York City to his own role in the New York community. Sgt Burns spends most of the interview discussing his heritage and his family history, which is an interest of his. He describes his attempts to trace his ancestry to Ireland through his paternal family, the Burns, which leads him to County Cork. His maternal family, the Fitzgeralds, led him to County Galway. Then he describes his family's place in New York, where they lived and worked.

Burns remembers his mother, Josephine Marie Fitzgerald, born to Eddie Fitzgerald and Anna Erika Octavia Johanson. The Fitzgeralds he has traced back to County Galway, Ireland, but his grandmother, whom the family called Grandma Svenska, was from Sweden. Burns also discusses the Burns side of the family. His great-grandfather was the first to emigrate from Ireland and he believes the family is from Cork. Neither of Sgt. Burns' grandmothers were Irish. His paternal grandmother was Mary Gale, a an immigrant, believed to be French German. Burns discusses speculation and 'Burns legend' about her emigration but he admits that very little is actually known about it. The speculation is that she was at some point in her youth orphaned and migrated to Pittsburgh. What is definite, Burns discovered, is that Mary Gale and Andrew Burns were living in the same Hell's Kitchen (a famously Irish area on Manhattan's West Side) boarding house, according to the 1900 census.

Burns discusses his paternal grandfather, Andrew Burns, at length. He recalls Pop Burns, as he called him, fondly, often calling him quite a character. He tells stories about Pop Burns' business, hauling vinegar for Fleischmann's in New York. He talks about their summers in Rockaway Beach and stories about his Pop's swimming prowess. Burns discusses Pop growing up in Hell's Kitchen and their style of dress. He also talks about Pop Burns and his friends raising pit bulls on the roof tops and his grandfather's choice to not drink, referring to him as a teetotaler.

Burns also fondly discusses his mother, Josephine Marie Fitzgerald, who grew up in the Yorkville section of Manhattan's Upper East Side. As a young woman she worked as a secretary at Bonwit Teller, an upscale New York City department store, now closed. Burns remarks about his mother's exceptionally small feet, that were the same size as all the sample shoes delivered to the department store. One of the perks of her job was taking home the sample pairs she liked. He observed that his mother always had the most stylish footwear in the neighborhood. Burns also discusses a story, that he could never verify, that his mother played the piano at Carnegie Hall for a school performance while attending Dominican Academy on Manhattan's Upper East Side.

Burns speaks about his different career choices, including six years in the Army Reserves. Then he discusses his tenure with the New York Police Department (NYPD). He recalls his entry into the police academy on 20 June 1966 and being out on the street to keep the peace during riots in Harlem two weeks later on 4 July 1966. Burns spent 27 years working for the NYPD in various aspects. He remained at the 25th precinct in Harlem until 1970. Burns then became a plain clothes officer working for public morals, a division of the NYPD that deals with liquor, gambling, and prostitution violations. Burns was transferred to Glendale, Queens, for two years which he describes as the most boring part of his police career. While Burns was investigating recruits the NYPD came out with their Law Enforcement Assistance Program. Burns took advantage of the program and completed a degree in Criminal Justice at Saint John's University, resuming a college career that he quit to join the Army Reserves. During this time Burns was also studying to be a sergeant and working full time. As a sergeant with the NYPD he began working at the Office of the Deputy Commissioner, Public Information (DCPI) where Burns was the voice of the NYPD. Burns discusses how this change in his police career impacted hi life after the NYPD. Burns released official NYPD statements to the press. It was here that he became interested in the public relations business. He decided to go back to school and received his masters degree with honors from New York University in Media Ecology in 1979 or 1980. Five years later Sgt. Burns became an adjunct professor at NYU in the same program, while still working with the DCPI. Following his police career Sgt. Burns successfully opened two public relations firms. Burns also took an active role in helping his children with their careers.

Sgt. Burn's children are a main focus of the interview. He initially lived in Astoria, Queens, with his wife and young family but moved to Valley Stream, Long Island, where he raised his family. Burns eldest child, Mary, attended the Fashion Institute of Technology and lives on Long Island. His two sons Edward and Brian, whom he calls Irish twins because they were born so close to one another in the tradition of many Catholic Irish families, are both involved in the film and television industry. Edward is a writer/director/actor for various films, including the movie that began his career, The Brothers McMullen, which won the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival in 1995. Burns talks with pride about his son's accomplishments. Brian is also a writer/producer for various programs including the hit HBO television show,  Entourage. Sgt. Burns discussed at length his views on parenting and education.

Sgt Burns also discusses his involvement in a group called the First Friday Club - the name alludes to a Catholic practice of attending mass for the first Friday of nine consecutive months to receive a special blessing. This group drew New York Irish American writers, politicians and intellectuals and would meet for lunch at Eamonn Doran's. Sgt. Burns describes the lunch as a meeting of friends that sometimes lasted from noon to six or seven at night. Writers like Frank and Malachy McCourt, William Kennedy, and Terry Moran were in regular attendance. Sgt. Burns describes this group as a small gathering of 10 to 12 that grew into a much larger gathering of thirty or more with the rising celebrity of members like Frank McCourt and his son Edward.

Sergeant Edward Burns was interviewed on 14 November 2008 at the Glucksman Ireland House at New York University by Emily Mahoney and Professor Linda Dowling Almeida. Sgt. Burns' oral history interview was digitally recorded on a Marantz CD420. The interview is one hour, 57 minutes and 54 seconds long, recorded on two CDs, and has been logged in ten minute intervals.

Other Finding Aids Note

This interview has been logged at ten-minute intervals, and the Word file is available upon request at tamiment.wagner@nyu.edu.

Historical/Biographical Note

Sergeant Edward Burns (b. New York, New York, 1937) Sgt. Burns is a former New York City police officer with strong New York City roots and Irish ancestry. He is the father of Ed Burns, Jr., director of The Brothers McMullen.

Nov 14, 2008
Box: 1 Folder : 9 Burns, Edward Jr.

Scope and Content Note

Burns was born in Woodside, Queens, but grew up in Valley Stream, Long Island, which he affectionately calls "the burbs," referring to the area as a suburb of New York City. He discusses his experience as a young Irish Catholic and his impressions and memories of a suburban childhood. Particularly interesting are his childhood revelations of being Irish.

Burns describes the family history, as he knows it, of his mother and father. He details his mother's childhood, as the daughter of Irish immigrants, growing up without a mother and a father who worked as a sandhog and who was often absent. He believes that his father's family emigrated from Ireland during the potato famine. Burns traces the professions of his various paternal relatives, including a great-grandfather who owned a horse and carriage trucking company on the west side of Manhattan.

Burns explains the process of making The Brothers McMullen and the various challenges that he faced in shooting the film on a low budget. He tells a few stories of the more unique things he had to do to get "the shot", including sneaking into a graveyard.

Burns took The Brothers McMullen to the Sundance Film Festival in 1995. Burns' retelling of his acceptance to Sundance is particularly interesting and at the end of his story, Burns notes "Print the legend."  The Brothers McMullen won the Grand Jury Prize, which is the equivalent of the Oscar for Best Picture. Burns relates his memories of winning the actual award and all the strangeness that he felt in the moments after the announcement, including a possible embrace with "Sam Jackson", the actor Samuel L. Jackson to the rest of us.

Burns also discusses the roles of the Irish in entertainment and how they are portrayed in movies and television. Remarking about the Irish content and references in The Brothers McMullen, "none of this has been in a film, so I'm going to put all of it in" almost to the point of going overboard. He also discusses prominent Irish authors whose work he enjoys. Burns explains that he has attempted to adapt a couple of Irish-American novels into films, but to date none have worked.

Burns continues to discuss the portrayal of Irish Americans on film and television. He notes that most of the Irish-American characters on film and television tend to be police officers, fire fighters or other stereotypically Irish professions. What Burns says had not been portrayed before was an Irish-American family and their everyday existence.

Burns discusses his family's drive for the next generation to leave the New York suburbs and return to Manhattan, which Burns has done. Burns' father pushed Burns and his brother to attend college and to pursue the American dream of "doing better" than the previous generation. Burns juxtaposes this ambition with the fact that none of the parents of his friends in Valley Stream had gone to college. He draws the analogy of his own social climbing to the old saying "When your grandfather came here there were signs that said 'No Irish Need Apply' and in 1963 we put JFK in the White House."

Near the conclusion of the interview, Burns defines what his perception of Irish American is and what it means to him.

Edward Burns was interviewed on October 30, 2007 at Glucksman Ireland House at New York University by Callan Stout, Linda Dowling Almeida, and Joe Ready. This oral history was digitally recorded on a Marantz CDR420. The interview is 1 hour and 25 minutes long, recorded on two CDs and has been broken into tracks of ten-minute segments.

Other Finding Aids Note

This interview has been logged at ten-minute intervals, and the Word file is available upon request at tamiment.wagner@nyu.edu.

Historical/Biographical Note

Edward Burns, Jr. (b. Queens, New York, 1968) a writer, director, and actor who shot to fame in 1995 when his film The Brothers McMullen, about three Irish American brothers coming of age on Long Island won the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival. He is the son of Edward Burns, Sr.

Oct 30, 2007
Box: 1 Folder : 10 Butler, Aoife E.

Historical/Biographical Note

Aoife E. Butler (b. Ballinasloe, Co. Galway, 1975), a pharmaceuticals industry researcher, is active with the Irish Network U.S.A., an organization aimed at attracting young Irish professionals. She has also been a volunteer for children with disabilities.

Apr 9, 2011
Box: 1 Folder : 11 Butler, Jean

Historical/Biographical Note

Jean Butler (b. Mineola, New York, 1971) is a professional dancer and choreographer. She toured with the Green Fields of America, Cherish the Ladies and the Chieftains before starring in and co-choreographing the original production of Riverdance in 1994. She has a Master's degree in Contemporary Irish Dance from the University of Limerick.

Apr 21, 2011
Box: 1 Folder : 12 Byrne, Gabriel

Historical/Biographical Note

Gabriel Byrne (b. Dublin, Ireland, 1950) is an actor and producer who works in theatre and film. In 2010 he was named the Cultural Ambassador for Ireland and spearheaded "Imagine Ireland," a program that featured 400 cultural events across the United States.

Nov 17, 2010
Box: Electronic records E-records : TW_AIA_30_ER_4 Byrne, Cornelius

Byrne, Cornelius: 2014-   https://aeon.library.nyu.edu/remoteauth/aeon.dll?Logon&Action=10&Form=31&Value=http://dlib.nyu.edu/findingaids/ead/tamwag/aia_030.xml&view=xml

Biographical Note

Cornelius Byrne was born in 1946 in Manhattan, New York. He graduated from St. Joseph Preparatory High School in the Greenpoint neighborhood of Brooklyn in 1964. Byrne bought his first stable in 1976 and owned and operated a stable in Manhattan in 2014.

Scope and Contents

This interview was conducted by Linda Dowling Almeida in Manhattan, New York on April 2, 2014. The interview covers Cornelius Byrne's family, their history of immigration from Ireland, and his experiences as a carriage driver and stable owner in New York City. He recounts his memories of attending Catholic schools in Brooklyn in the 1950s. He describes the state of carriage driving in Manhattan's Central Park in 2014 and compares it to his father's experiences as a carriage driver in New York City during World War II. He shares his concerns on Mayor Bill De Blasio's 2014 bid to restrict carriage horses to Central Park.

2014

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Box: 1 Folder : 13 Cagney, Bridget

Biographical Note

Bridget Cagney (b. Cork, Co. Cork, 1937), is a retired program analyst for the Institute of International Education and member of "Point Thank You," a post-9/11 support group in New York City.

Nov 8, 2006
Box: 4 Folder : 24 Caine, Rosemary

Historical/Biographical Note

Rosemary Caine (b. Ardee, Co. Louth, Ireland, 1945) is a Bunratty Castle banquet singer. She performs and directs her own theatrical productions in the United States and Ireland based on themes from Irish history.

Apr 29, 2013
Box: 1 Folder : 14 Callaghan, Margaret

Historical/Biographical Note

Margaret Callaghan (b. New York, New York, 1934, d. Queens, New York, 2012), the daughter of immigrants from County Armagh, was raised in Manhattan and later resided in Queens, New York. She worked as a dental assistant and was a longtime member and leader in the Armagh Association of New York.

Related Archival Materials

Margaret Callaghan Papers (AIA 059)

Aug 2, 2011
Box: 1 Folder : 15 Campbell, Colm

Biographical Note

Colm Campbell (b. 1935), is Executive Director of the New York Irish Center in Long Island City, former Director of the Irish Apostolate USA, and former Director of Youth Services for the Diocese of Down and Connor in Northern Ireland.

Nov 13, 2006
Box: Electronic records E-records : TW_AIA_30_ER_65 Cardosi, Mark

Cardosi, Mark: 2015-   https://aeon.library.nyu.edu/remoteauth/aeon.dll?Logon&Action=10&Form=31&Value=http://dlib.nyu.edu/findingaids/ead/tamwag/aia_030.xml&view=xml

Biographical Note

Mark Cardosi was born in 1957 at Sean Ross Abbey in Roscrea, County Tipperary, Ireland.  He was raised in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Scope and Contents

This interview was conducted by Miriam Nyhan at New York University's Glucksman Ireland House in Manhattan, New York on June 12, 2015.  The interview focuses Mark Cardosi's identity as an adopted child born in Sean Ross Abbey in County Tipperary, Ireland in the 1950s. Cardosi describes the situation of his birth in Ireland in 1957, his adoption by an American family in 1958, and his knowledge about these events.  He relates his knowledge about the Sean Ross Abbey, his experiences as an adopted child, and the fact that his background was something that was openly discussed in his family. He describes his parents and their backgrounds. He describes a trip to Sean Ross Abbey with his wife in the 1980s, in which they toured the facility, met some of the staff, and conducted research on the circumstances of his birth.  He discusses the movie Philomena, the discussion started by the movie in 2013 about mother and baby homes in Ireland, and his decision to engage in the discussion.  

Adoption -- Ireland -- History -- 20th century.
Adoptees -- Personal narratives.
2015
Box: 1 Folder : 16 Carey, Governor Hugh

Scope and Content Note

This oral history was digitally recorded on a Marantz PMD660. The interview took place on June 25, 2009, and the interviewer was Peter Quinn.

Other Finding Aid Note

A partial transcript of this interview has been created, and the Word file is available upon request at tamiment.wagner@nyu.edu.

Historical/Biographical Note

Hugh Carey (April 11, 1919-August 7, 2011) was an Irish American attorney, a seven-term United States Representative (1961-1974), and the 51st Governor of New York (1975-1982).

Jun 25, 2009
Box: 1 Folder : 17 Carey, Meghan

Historical/Biographical Note

Meghan Carey (b. Southfield, Michigan, 1989) was raised in Michigan by an Irish American father and a mother of Bermudian heritage. She moved to New York to attend New York University.

Apr 6, 2011
Box: 1 Folder : 18 Carr, Darrah

Historical/Biographical Note

Darrah Carr (b. Toledo, Ohio, 1974) is a dance professional who received her MFA from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts. In 2005 she founded ModERIN, a dance company that combines traditional Irish step with contemporary modern dance. She is also the North American Editor of Dance Insider.

Apr 13, 2011
Box: Electronic records E-records : TW_AIA_30_ER_31 Carroll, Liz

Carroll, Liz: 2014-   https://aeon.library.nyu.edu/remoteauth/aeon.dll?Logon&Action=10&Form=31&Value=http://dlib.nyu.edu/findingaids/ead/tamwag/aia_030.xml&view=xml

Biographical Note

Liz Carroll was born in 1956 in Chicago, Illinois.  Carroll is a musician and composer of traditional Irish music.

Scope and Contents

This interview was conducted by Íde B. O'Carroll in Chicago, Illinois on November 21, 2014.  The interview covers Liz Carroll's family and her working life as a musician. Carroll describes her parents, their early lives in Ireland, and their immigration experiences.  She describes her introduction to music and her choice of the fiddle over the accordion. She discusses the influence of music in her life and her realization that she could create her own music.  She also discusses other traditional Irish musicians in Chicago in the 1980s and 1990s including Martin Hayes, Larry Nugent, Pauline Conneely, Seamus Cooley, and Gerry Carey.

2014
Box: 1 Folder : 19 Carroll, Martina

Biographical Note

Martina Carroll (b. Doolough, Geesala, Co. Mayo, c. 1920), the youngest of 11 children, emigrated to New York in the late 1940s. She married Bernard Carroll, who was the sexton of St. Patrick's Cathedral for fifty-six years, and raised three children (including Patrick Carroll and Mary Carroll French) in Stuyvesant Town on the east side of Manhattan.

Scope and Content Note

In this interview, Carroll discusses contact had been lost with eldest sister and when Martina came she met her for the first time (Track 2, at 7 mins she talks of meeting her sister for first time); her husband, who worked in St. Patrick's Cathedral for 56 years; about being delighted that the Irish do not HAVE to emigrate from Ireland; and how she found leaving home very difficult.

This oral history was digitally recorded on a Marantz PMD660. The interview is approximately 80 minutes long, on 1 CD. The interview took place on February 20, 2009, and the interviewer was Myriam Nyhan.

Other Finding Aid Note

Subject notes have been created by track number, and the Word file is available upon request at tamiment.wagner@nyu.edu.

Feb 20, 2009
Box: Electronic records E-records : TW_AIA_30_ER_36 Carroll, Megan

Carroll, Megan: 2015-   https://aeon.library.nyu.edu/remoteauth/aeon.dll?Logon&Action=10&Form=31&Value=http://dlib.nyu.edu/findingaids/ead/tamwag/aia_030.xml&view=xml

Biographical Note

Megan Carroll was born in 1967 in Lake Forest, Illinois.  She received her bachelor's degree from Boston College in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts in 1989 and her law degree from Boston College Law School in 1992.  In 1993 she founded Carroll Associates, Counsel for the Arts. At the time of the 2015 interview, she was the Executive Director of the Irish Pastoral Centre in Boston, Massachusetts.

Scope and Contents

This interview was conducted by Íde B. O'Carroll in Boston, Massachusetts on February 11, 2015.  The interview covers Megan Carroll's family and her working life. Carroll describes her family and her education.  She relates numerous anecdotes about her experiences during college and law school between 1985 and 1992 and discusses her establishment of an arts law firm in Boston in 1993.  She discusses her involvement with the Irish International Immigrant Center and the Irish Pastoral Centre (IPC) in Boston in the 2000s and describes programs provided by the IPC.

2015
Box: Electronic records E-records : TW_AIA_30_ER_87 Carroll, Mike

Carroll, Mike: 2016-   https://aeon.library.nyu.edu/remoteauth/aeon.dll?Logon&Action=10&Form=31&Value=http://dlib.nyu.edu/findingaids/ead/tamwag/aia_030.xml&view=xml

Biographical Note

Mike Carroll was born in 1959 in Manhattan, New York and was raised in the Bronx.  He married in 1989 and has three children.

Scope and Contents

This interview was conducted by Íde B. O'Carroll at Mike Carroll's office in New York, New York on May 4, 2016.  The interview covers Carroll's family and working life. Carroll describes his family and their immigration and work experiences.  He recounts his experiences in the real estate industry and his decision to enter law school. He discusses his work connecting since the 1990s with nationalists in Northern Ireland and in the government of the Republic of Ireland, and his work leading delegations of New York politicians to Northern Ireland in aid of the Peace Process.  He discusses the establishment of the Council for American Ireland Relations at O'Dwyer & Bernstein and its work to sponsor activities and projects that promote education and understanding of Ireland and Northern Ireland amongst elected officials in New York City.

2016
Box: 1 Folder : 20 Carroll, Patrick

Scope and Content Note

This oral history was digitally recorded on a Marantz PMD660. The interview is approximately 2 hours and 45 minutes long, on 3 CDs. The interview took place on April 7, 2009, and the interviewer was Myriam Nyhan.

Biographical Note

Patrick Carroll (b. New York, New York, 1965) is 2nd generation Irish through his mother, Martina Carroll, and 3rd generation Irish through his father. He was raised in Manhattan's Stuyvesant Town. He is a Special Agent for the US Department of Justice, Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Apr 7, 2009
Box: 1 Folder : 21 Casey, Sr. Noreen

Scope and Content Note

This oral history was digitally recorded on a Marantz PMD660. The interview is approximately 90 minutes long, on 1 CD. The interview took place on April 16, 2009, and the interviewer was Myriam Nyhan.

Biographical Note

Sr. Noreen Casey (b. Knocknagree, County Cork, Ireland, 1920) is a Missionary Franciscan Sister, who spent her career in education and retired as a school principal in Savannah, Georgia.

Apr 16, 2009
Box: 1 Folder : 22 Cassidy, Daniel

Historical/Biographical Note

Daniel Cassidy (b. Brooklyn, New York, 1943, d. San Francisco, California, 2008) was a musician, author, labor activist, and teacher. He was the founder and co-director of the Irish Studies Program at the New College of California in San Francisco, CA. His book How the Irish Invented Slang: The Secret Language of the Crossroads won the American Book Award in 2007.

Scope and Content Note

In this oral history Cassidy, author and scholar, traces the link between his family history his involvement in Irish Studies, and the origins of his research which culminated in How the Irish Invented Slang. In a largely chronological manner, Cassidy starts by discussing his Brooklyn roots; his parents; his education; Vietnam; his battle with drugs and twenty-three month stay at Phoenix House; friendships with comedian George Carlin and musician Kenny Rankin; and the meaning of Irish identity. After starting off with a clear New York/East Coast focus, the narrative then shifts geographically to Cassidy's life in California and most particularly in San Francisco. Topics like his writing (his screenplay, The Volunteer, was sold to Francis Ford Coppola), labor organizing, and his move into teaching are covered. Cassidy engages in a detailed discussion of language and slang, in the context of Irish American culture, with his long-time friend Peter Quinn, author of  Banished Children of Eve. Cassidy provides an insider's perspective on the day JFK was assassinated as a rookie journalist in the newsroom of the  New York Times. The interview concludes with Cassidy emphasizing the extent to which Irish American scholarship awaits thorough excavation, by contending that immense research potential sits like 'gold nuggets' on the ground.

Danny Cassidy was interviewed in his home in San Francisco on July 20, 2008 by Peter Quinn. This oral history was digitally recorded on a Marantz PMD660. It is 148 minutes and 49 seconds long, on three CDs, and has been logged at five minute intervals.

Other Finding Aid Note

This interview has been logged at five-minute intervals, and the Word file is available upon request at tamiment.wagner@nyu.edu.

Jun 20, 2008
Box: 1 Folder : 23 Clancy, Cummin

Biographical Note

Cummin Clancy (b. Oughterard, County Galway, Ireland, 1922) is an insurance broker with the firm of Clancy and Clancy Brokerage Ltd. in Garden City, New York. A former Olympic athlete (1948 Games in London), he is the founder of the Long Island Chapter of the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick.

Scope and Content Note

This oral history was digitally recorded on a Marantz PMD660. The interview is approximately 80 minutes long, on 2 CDs. The interview took place on April 29, 2009, and the interviewer was Myriam Nyhan.

Other Finding Aid Note

Subject notes have been created by track number, and the Word file is available upon request at tamiment.wagner@nyu.edu.

Apr 29, 2009
Box: 1 Folder : 24 Clancy, Liam

Biographical Note

Liam Clancy (b. Carrick-On-Suir, County Tipperary, Ireland, 1935, d. Cork, County Cork, Ireland, 2009), musician, vocalist, and youngest member of the Clancy Brothers and Tommy Makem, a folk supergroup which revolutionized Irish traditional music in the United States. He published his memoir The Mountain of the Women in 2001.

Scope and Content Note

This oral history was digitally recorded on a Marantz PMD660. The interview is approximately 90 minutes long, on 2 CDs. The interview took place on March 29, 2009, at the Washington Square Hotel, and the interviewer was Myriam Nyhan.

Other Finding Aids Note

Subject notes have been created by track number, and the Word file is available upon request at tamiment.wagner@nyu.edu.

Mar 29, 2009
Box: Electronic records E-records : TW_AIA_30_ER_2 Clinton Stables

Clinton Stables: 2014-   https://aeon.library.nyu.edu/remoteauth/aeon.dll?Logon&Action=10&Form=31&Value=http://dlib.nyu.edu/findingaids/ead/tamwag/aia_030.xml&view=xml

Historical Note

Clinton Stables was created in 2003 when 15 carriage drivers bought and renovated a 19th century stable on 52nd Street in Manhattan, New York.

Scope and Contents

This interview was conducted by Linda Dowling Almeida at Clinton Stables on March 25th 2014. The interview includes Conor McHugh, the manager of Clinton Stables and a former carriage driver; Christina Hanson, a carriage driver in 2014; and Eddie Hayes, the stable's farrier. McHugh describes his early memories of farm horses in Ireland, his immigration to the United States (US) in 1986, and his opinions on the legislation needed to protect the carriage trade. McHugh recounts the founding of Clinton Stables in 2003 and the history of the stable building. Hanson explains the history of carriage rides in New York City and the carriage driver licensing held by the New York City Department of Health. Hayes recounts his father's farrier business in Jersey City, New Jersey and New York City and his personal tips on horse management and horse husbandry.

2014
Box: 4 Folder : 25 Cody, Rena

Historical/Biographical Note

Rena Cody (b. Templemore, Co. Tipperary, Ireland, 1952), co-founder of the Irish Immigration Center in Boston, she worked at Neponset Health Center. She returned to Ireland in 1993 and works as a local government Social Exclusion Officer.

Jul 26, 2013
Box: Electronic records E-records : TW_AIA_30_ER_95 Cole, Williams Rossa

Cole, Williams Rossa: 2015-   https://aeon.library.nyu.edu/remoteauth/aeon.dll?Logon&Action=10&Form=31&Value=http://dlib.nyu.edu/findingaids/ead/tamwag/aia_030.xml&view=xml

Biographical Note

Williams Rossa Cole was born in 1968 in New York, New York.  He is a filmmaker.

Scope and Contents

This interview was conducted by Miriam Nyhan at New York University's Glucksman Ireland House in New York, New York on June 3, 2015.  The interview covers Williams Rossa Cole's family and the life of his great-grandfather Jeremiah O'Donovan Rossa. Cole discusses his family, including his father, WIlliam Rossa Cole, and their ancestor O'Donovan Rossa.  He recounts stories told in his family about O'Donovan Rossa and his own relationship to this history. He discusses Rebel Rossa, a documentary about O'Donovan Rossa, which Cole was filming at the time of the interview.  He describes the impetus for  Rebel Rossa, citing his learning more about O'Donovan Rossa's dynamite campaign and his work for Irish freedom, and the approaching centenary of O'Donovan Rossa's death in 2015.  

2015
Box: 1 Folder : 25 Collins, John

Historical/Biographical Note

John P. Collins (b. Manhattan, New York, 1939), the son of immigrants from Co. Limerick, has been a judge for the New York City Criminal Court since 1978. He received his B.S. from Fordham University and his J.D. from New York University. In the 1960s he was active in the movement to counter restrictions on emigration from Ireland.

Apr 5, 2011
Box: 1 Folder : 26 Conlon, Ray
Aug 24, 2010
Box: 1 Folder : 27 Connolly, Marie

Biographical Note

Marie Connolly (b. New York, 1935), raised in County Longford, Ireland, from the age of two, she returned to Astoria, NY as a teenager in 1949. She later worked in admissions for the Berkeley School and the Wood School in Manhattan before raising three children on Long Island.

Scope and Content Note

This oral history was digitally recorded on a Marantz PMD660. The interview is approximately 100 minutes long, on 2 CDs. The interview took place in Wantagh, NY, on February 26, 2009, and the interviewer was Myriam Nyhan.

Jun 23, 2009
Box: 4 Folder : 26 Conway, Kevin

Historical/Biographical Note

Kevin Conway (b. Manchester, England, 1966) grew up near Manchester, UK, where his parents had emigrated in the 1950s. The family returned to Finny, Co. Galway in 1981. He came to the United States in 1988, and again in 1990, married an American wife in 1991, and heads the imaging Research Laboratory at Massachussetts General Hospital.

May 25, 2013
Box: 1 Folder : 28 Cook, Terri Connolly

Other Finding Aids Note

Subject headings have been created by track number, and the Excel file is available upon request at tamiment.wagner@nyu.edu.

Scope and Content Note

The interview with Terri Connolly Cook touches on several themes, including: being an Irish Catholic woman in corporate America; 9/11 and Irish terrorism; claddagh rings found after 9/11; Irish America and being Democrat-('we were all raised to be democrats') and the move to Republican party; Obama and the younger generation; and JFK.

This oral history was digitally recorded on a Marantz PCM660. The interview is approximately 110 minutes long. The interview took place in New York on October 20, 2008, and the interviewer was Myriam Nyhan.

Biographical Note

Terri Connolly Cook (b. New York, New York, 1942), retired fashion industry executive, grew up in the Mott Haven and Bedford Park sections of the Bronx, New York. The daughter of 1920s immigrants, she curated the 2008 photo exhibition "The Monaghan Society in New York" at the Monaghan County Museum in Ireland.

Oct 30, 2009
Box: 4 Folder : 27 Cooke, Caitriona

Historical/Biographical Note

Caitriona Cooke (b. Dublin, Ireland, 1951) was a schoolteacher in Ireland who re-trained as a conservation consultant in Boston, specializing in energy efficiency systems for buildings.

May 25, 2013
Box: 1 Folder : 29 Corcoran, Sr. Eileen

Historical/Biographical Note

Eileen Corcoran of the Sisters of St. Dominic (b. Bronx, New York, 1941), the daughter of Irish immigrants from Counties Donegal and Cork, was raised in the Parkchester section of the Bronx. Through her vocation with the Dominican sisters, she has worked on creating art retreats, fundraising, and teaching religious and physical education, most recently at Our Lady Queen of Martyrs in Centerport, New York.

Jul 14, 2011
Box: Electronic records E-records : TW_AIA_30_ER_80 Corrigan, Louise

Corrigan, Louise: 2015-   https://aeon.library.nyu.edu/remoteauth/aeon.dll?Logon&Action=10&Form=31&Value=http://dlib.nyu.edu/findingaids/ead/tamwag/aia_030.xml&view=xml

Biographical Note

Louise Corrigan was born in 1982 in Dublin, Ireland and was raised in Kilmeade, County Kildare.  She received her Bachelor's degree from University College Dublin in 2005 and received her legal training at the Law Society of Ireland in Dublin.  She was admitted to the New York State Bar in 2007 and worked for the New York County Defender's Office between 2008 and 2014. She returned to Ireland in 2014 and established a legal practice offering immigration advice to Irish and American citizens.  In 2015, Corrigan co-founded the the Dublin chapter of Irish Network USA.

Scope and Contents

This interview was conducted by Íde B. O'Carroll at Louise Corrigan's home in Dublin, Ireland on August 5, 2015.  The interview covers Corrigan's education and working life. Corrigan discusses her education at University College Dublin and her legal training at the Law Society of Ireland in Dublin.  She discusses her decision to study for the New York State Bar exam and her work in the New York County Defender's Office between 2008 and 2014. She describes her connections in New York with other Irish immigrants, particularly her association with Irish Network USA and a community of Irish dancers.  She explains the support she received from these communities during her time in the United States. She recounts meeting her husband in New York in 2012 and deciding to return to Ireland in 2014. She describes her legal practice advising Irish and American citizens on immigration issues and her work co-founding the Dublin chapter of Irish Network USA.

2015
Box: Electronic records E-records : TW_AIA_30_ER_67 Costello, Anne O'Connor

Costello, Anne O'Connor: 2014-   https://aeon.library.nyu.edu/remoteauth/aeon.dll?Logon&Action=10&Form=31&Value=http://dlib.nyu.edu/findingaids/ead/tamwag/aia_030.xml&view=xml

Biographical Note

Anne O'Connor Costello was born in 1958 in Tubber, County Clare, Ireland.  She graduated from nursing school in 1979. She immigrated to the United States in 1985 and settled in Boston, Massachusetts.  She moved to Northern Ireland in 1999 with her husband and their four sons.

Scope and Contents

This interview was conducted by Miriam Nyhan at New York University's Glucksman Ireland House in Manhattan, New York on October 23, 2014.  The interview covers Anne O'Connor Costello's early life in Ireland and her life in the United States (US). Costello describes her family members, her childhood, and her education.  She discusses the importance of Irish sports to her, in particular hurling and camogie, and describes the schools she attended nursing school. She describes her experiences in nursing school and working as a nurse in Galway after graduation in 1979.  She discusses her first visits to Boston, Massachusetts in the early 1980s; her first impressions of the city; and her decision to immigrate to the US in 1985. She also discusses the importance of traveling frequently between Ireland and the US to her decision to settle in the US.  She discusses her and her husband's decision to move to Northern Ireland in the 1999, citing her sons's interest in Irish sports and the difference in values between Ireland and the US. She recounts their decision to settle in Belfast, the differences in the city between 1999 and the time of the interview, and her happiness with her life in Belfast.  Throughout the interview, Costello discusses the importance of camogie in her life, in both Ireland and the US.

2014
Box: 1 Folder : 30 Costello, Frank

Biographical Note

Frank Costello (b. Newark, New Jersey, 1955) is Director of Costello Associates in Belfast, a firm that promotes community development investment in Ireland and the U.S. Born in Newark, NJ, he attended boarding school at St. Mary's College, Galway, while a teenager, later earning a Ph.D. from Boston College in 1992. He is the author of The Irish Revolution and its Aftermath 1916–1923: Years of Revolt (2002).

Scope and Content Note

This oral history was digitally recorded on a Marantz PMD660. The interview is approximately 3 hours long, on 2 CDs. The interview took place in Newark, NJ, on April 9, 2009, and the interviewer was Myriam Nyhan.

Apr 9, 2009
Box: 1 Folder : 31 Cronacher, Lola Lee

Historical/Biographical Note

Lola Lee Cronacher (b. Floral Park, New York, 1934) is a retired school teacher. Raised in Hollis, Queens, her mother was from Tralee, Co. Kerry and her father was an Irish American from Brooklyn.

Feb 15, 2011
Box: 1 Folder : 32 Crotty, Paul

Scope and Content Note

Some of the topics this interview covers include: Buffalo Irish; Crotty's grandparents, who were immigrants from Clare, his dad, a lawyer, and he is a judge; Irishness, Catholicism, Democrats; worldview of Irish Catholics when he was coming up; how all Irish Catholic communities had a similar make-up (which he noticed when he went to Notre Dame); and Ireland and poverty.

This oral history was digitally recorded on a Marantz PMD660. The interview is approximately 120 minutes long, on 2 CDs. The interview took place in New York City on March 10, 2009, and the interviewer was Myriam Nyhan.

Historical/Biographical Note

Paul Crotty (b. Buffalo, New York, 1941), US District Court Justice for the Southern District of New York, was raised in Buffalo, New York. He is the grandson of immigrants from Co. Clare and a former partner in the law firm of Donovan, Leisure, Newton & Irvine.

Mar 10, 2009
Box: Electronic records E-records : TW_AIA_30_ER_68 Crotty, Vincent

Crotty, Vincent: 2016-   https://aeon.library.nyu.edu/remoteauth/aeon.dll?Logon&Action=10&Form=31&Value=http://dlib.nyu.edu/findingaids/ead/tamwag/aia_030.xml&view=xml

Biographical Note

Vincent Crotty was born in 1964 in Cork City, County Cork, Ireland. He grew up in Kanturk, County Cork. He immigrated to the United States in 1990 as an undocumented immigrant and attended the Cambridge School of Adult Education in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He married in 2003.

Scope and Contents

This interview was conducted  by Íde B. O'Carroll on October 28, 2016 in Dorchester, Massachusetts. The interview contains Vincent Crotty's family history and his early interest in art. He describes how he traveled to the United States and started selling his artwork in Aisling Gallery in Hingham, Massachusetts in 1990. He recounts his mentor John Kilroy's advice to relearn his rendering skills at the Cambridge School of Adult Education in Cambridge,. Crotty recounts how Father Dan Finn and Father Tim Sullivan of St. Mark's Parish in Dorchester helped him with employment, housing, and his status as an undocumented immigrant.  

2016
Box: 1 Folder : 33 Culhane, Noreen M.

Other Finding Aids Note

This interview has been logged at ten-minute intervals, and the Word file is available upon request at tamiment.wagner@nyu.edu.

Scope and Content Note

The interview is approximately 1 hour, 4 minutes, and 40 seconds long. The interview took place on December 7, 2006, and the interviewers were Lorraine Saxton and Marion R. Casey.

Historical/Biographical Note

Noreen M. Culhane (b. Bronx, New York, 1950) is an Executive Vice President at the New York Stock Exchange and the 1970 New York Rose of Tralee.

Dec 7, 2006
Box: 1 Folder : 34 Cullen, Fr. Daniel

Biographical Note

Father Daniel Cullen (b. Larne, County Antrim, Ireland, 1920) served in the Society of African Missions (SMA) for more than sixty years. He worked in Liberia and then, for nineteen years, as a fundraiser for the SMA in the United States.

Other Finding Aids Note

Subject notes have been created by track number, and the Word file is available upon request at tamiment.wagner@nyu.edu.

Scope and Content Note

This oral history was digitally recorded on a Marantz PMD660. The interview is on 2 CDs. The interview took place in Tenafly, NJ, on May 6, 2009, and the interviewer was Myriam Nyhan.

May 6, 2009
Box: 4 Folder : 28 Cullen, James

Historical/Biographical Note

James Cullen (b. Astoria, New York, 1945) was born in New York but stayed with relatives in Co. Offaly for some time as a child. The son of Irish immigrants from Cos. Offaly and Roscommon, he has had a long career in law and was elected as the first President of the Brehon Law Society n 1978. He is a retired brigadier general in the United States Army Reserve Judge Advocate General's Corps, and was involved in the movement to ban the use of torture by the United States after the Abu Ghraib abuses were brought to light.

Dec 9, 2011
Box: 4 Folder : 29 Cullen, Kevin

Historical/Biographical Note

Kevin Cullen (b. Malden, MA, 1958) is a Pulitzer Prize- winning Boston Globe journalist who has reported on immigration, Northern Ireland, and the Whitey Bulger case. He also contributes to Irish radio NewsTalkFM.

Oct 18, 2013
Box: 4 Folder : 30 Cullimore, John

Historical/Biographical Note

John Cullimore (b. Wexford Town, Co. Wexford, Ireland, 1959) established a successful painting/renovation company specializing in the rehabilitation of Victorian homes in Cambridge, MA; returned to Ireland in 1996.

Jul 27, 2013
Box: Electronic records E-records : TW_AIA_30_ER_56 Cullinane, John

Cullinane, John: 2015-   https://aeon.library.nyu.edu/remoteauth/aeon.dll?Logon&Action=10&Form=31&Value=http://dlib.nyu.edu/findingaids/ead/tamwag/aia_030.xml&view=xml

Biographical Note

John Cullinane was born in 1934 in Dedham, Massachusetts. He graduated in 1952 from Arlington High School in Arlington and attended Northeastern University in Boston. In 1968 he founded the software company Cullinet.

Scope and Contents

This interview was conducted by Íde B. O'Carroll on April 27, 2015 in Dedham, Massachusetts. The interview covers John Cullinane's family history and early career. He recounts his founding of the database management software company Cullinet and its early success in the software industry. He describes orchestrating the merger of the Ireland Fund and the American Ireland Foundation in 1983. Cullinane recounts connecting Irish programmers to American investors by hosting C.E.O. seminars in Boston in 1993. He describes his involvement with Barack Obama's political campaign in 2008 as the head of outreach for Irish Americans.

2015
Box: Electronic records E-records : TW_AIA_30_ER_23 Cummings, Michael

Cummings, Michael: 2014-   https://aeon.library.nyu.edu/remoteauth/aeon.dll?Logon&Action=10&Form=31&Value=http://dlib.nyu.edu/findingaids/ead/tamwag/aia_030.xml&view=xml

Biographical Note

Michael Cummings was born in Springfield, Massachusetts in 1946. He attended St. Anselm's College in New Hampshire from 1964 to 1967 and received his master's degree in public administration from New York University.

Scope and Contents

This interview was conducted by Danielle Zach in New York, New York on September 8, 2014. The interview covers Michael Cummings's family's history of immigration to the United States and his early childhood. He recounts the beginning of his Irish republican  activism in the 1970s, describing the events of Bloody Sunday in 1972 as his inspiration. He describes his involvement with having the MacBride Principles be accepted as US foreign policy in 1984 and his associations with Irish Northern Aid Committee (NORAID), the Irish American Unity Conference, and the Ancient Order of the Hibernians.

2014
Box: Electronic records E-records : TW_AIA_30_ER_69 Cunningham, Annette

Cunningham, Annette: 2016-   https://aeon.library.nyu.edu/remoteauth/aeon.dll?Logon&Action=10&Form=31&Value=http://dlib.nyu.edu/findingaids/ead/tamwag/aia_030.xml&view=xml

Biographical Note

Annette Cunningham was born in Manhattan, Illinois. She was a member of the Irish Government's Export Board, Córas Tráchtála, as the communications director for North America.

Scope and Contents

This interview was conducted by Neeve Kelly at New York University's Glucksman Ireland House in Manhattan, New York on July 25, 2016. The interview contains Annette Cunningham's mother's immigration story and Cunningham's marketing career. She describes her duties as the communications director for North America for the Irish Government's Export Board, Córas Tráchtála. She recalls how her marketing skills helped to create an identity for Ireland as a source for high quality luxury products.

2016
Box: 1 Folder : 35 Cunningham, Joseph

Historical/Biographical Note

Joseph Cunningham (b. Crusheen, Co. Clare, Ireland, 1912) emigrated to New York in 1929 and played accordion for sixty years with the Joe Cunningham Band. He raised five children in Yonkers.

Mar 28, 2011
Box: 1 Folder : 36 Curran, Sean

Other Finding Aids Note

Subject notes have been created by track number, and the Word file is available upon request at tamiment.wagner@nyu.edu.

Scope and Content Note

This oral history was digitally recorded on a Marantz PMD660. The interview is approximately 150 minutes long, on 3 CDs. The interview took place in New York on March 18, 2009, and the interviewer was Myriam Nyhan.

Historical/Biographical Note

Sean Curran (b. Boston, Massachusetts, 1961) a modern dancer and choreographer, is the son of immigrants from Counties Cork and Roscommon. A former Irish step dancer, lead dancer with the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company, and cast member of Stomp!, he founded the Sean Curran Company in New York in 1997.

Mar 28, 2009

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Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 1 Folder : 37 Daly, Anita

Historical/Biographical Note

Anita Daly (b. Brooklyn, New York, 1953) is the founder and president of Daly Communications, a music marketing company that includes a roster of Irish musicians such as Van Morrison, Clannad, and Eileen Ivers.

Jun 28, 2011
Box: 1 Folder : 38 D'Arcy, Kathleen Walsh (two interviews)

Related Archival Materials

Kathleen Kearney Walsh Papers (AIA 029)

Biographical Note

Kathleen Walsh D'Arcy (b. 1948), a social worker, writer, and organizer of the St. Pat's for All Parade in Queens (est. 2005), is the daughter of 1920s immigrants from Co. Offaly and Co. Tipperary. She co-edited two fiction collections by Irish women writers, Territories of the Voice (1990) and  A Green and Mortal Sound (2001).

Scope and Content Note

Some of the themes that D'Arcy focuses on in these interviews include: class divisions in Irish post-war community and how Kathleen related in an up-scale school environment; growing up in an extremely Irish-oriented household; parents were very open and Kathleen thinks that they were unique in that way (track 4); she was in a convent, as a novitiate, for a year; McNiff school of dancing (track 5); and her work in Dublin in the early 1970s.

This oral history was digitally recorded on a Marantz PMD660. The interview took place over two sessions: February 12, 2009 and April 22, 2009. The 2/12/09 interview is approximately 2 hours long and on two CDs, and the 4/22/09 interview is approximately 70 minutes long. The interviews both took place in New York, and the interviewer was Myriam Nyhan.

Feb 12, 2009-Apr 22, 2009
Box: 1 Folder : 39 Davis, Ashley

Historical/Biographical Note

Ashley Davis (b. Kansas City, Kansas, 1976) is a singer of both her own original music and of traditional songs in the Celtic languages. She received her MA from the University of Limerick in Traditional Irish Music. In 2006 she traveled to the Isle of Man to capture and record the native Manx language as well as the stories and music of the island. She released a CD Songs of the Celtic Winter in 2012.

Apr 8, 2011
Box: 1 Folder : 40 Deegan, Seamus

Historical/Biographical Note

Seamus Deegan (b. Dunlavin, Co. Wicklow, 1942), a social worker, emigrated in 1966, to serve as a priest for the Diocese of Rockville Centre in Mineola, New York. In 1974 he decided to leave the priesthood and pursued graduate studies in psychology and social work.

Feb 25, 2011
Box: Electronic records E-records : TW_AIA_30_ER_78 Deenihan, Jimmy

Deenihan, Jimmy: 2016-   https://aeon.library.nyu.edu/remoteauth/aeon.dll?Logon&Action=10&Form=31&Value=http://dlib.nyu.edu/findingaids/ead/tamwag/aia_030.xml&view=xml

Biographical Note

Jimmy Deenihan was born in 1952 in Finuge, County Kerry, Ireland.  He graduated from Thomond College of Education in County Limerick. He worked as a secondary teacher and played Gaelic football until 1982.  He was appointed Senator in the Seanad Éireann in 1983 and served until 1987. Between 1987 and 2016 he served as a Teachta Dála in the Dáil Éireann.  He held multiple ministerial posts during his time in politics, including Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht and Minister of State for the Diaspora.

Scope and Contents

This interview was conducted by at Jimmy Deenihan's home in County Kerry, Ireland on June 16, 2016.  The interview covers Deenihan's early life and working life. Deenihan discusses his family and his early ambition to be a Gaelic football player.  He discusses his football career, his career as a secondary teacher, and the injury he sustained in 1982 which led to the end of these careers. He discusses his transition to politics in 1983 and his appointment to Seanad Éireann by Taoiseach Garret Fitzgerald as a member of the Fine Gael Party.  He discusses his work as the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht and as Ireland's first Minister for State for the Diaspora.

2016
Box: Electronic records E-records : TW_AIA_30_ER_34 Deevy, Lena, Sister

Deevy, Lena, Sister: 2014-   https://aeon.library.nyu.edu/remoteauth/aeon.dll?Logon&Action=10&Form=31&Value=http://dlib.nyu.edu/findingaids/ead/tamwag/aia_030.xml&view=xml

Biographical Note

Sister Lena Deevy was born in 1942 in Crettyard, County Laois, Ireland.  She immigrated to the United States in 1988 and settled in Massachusetts.  She received her master's degree from the Harvard Graduate School of Education in Cambridge, Massachusetts in 1990.  She co-founded the Irish International Immigrant Center in Boston, Massachusetts in 1989.

Scope and Contents

This interview was conducted by Íde B. O'Carroll at Sister Lena Deevy's home in the Dorchester neighborhood of Boston, Massachusetts on December 10, 2014.  The interview covers Deevy's work as a nurse in Dublin, Ireland and her work with the Irish International Immigrant Center in Boston. Deevy describes her family and her childhood in Crettyard, County Laois, Ireland.  She recounts training as a nurse in North Wales, England in the 1950s, serving as a midwife in Dublin in the 1960s, and deciding to join the Little Sisters of the Assumption (LSA). She describes her vocation, her decision to join the LSA, and her work in the Ballymun neighborhood of Dublin.  She discusses her decision to leave Ireland for a year in 1988, her decision to pursue a master's degree in education at Harvard Graduate School of Education, and her work with the Irish immigrant community in the Boston area. She discusses her opinion of the importance of creating an inclusive organization in Boston for all immigrants and the importance of creating a safe place for Irish immigrants who may not identify with traditional Irish American organizations that existed in the late 1980s in Boston.

2014
Box: 1 Folder : 41 Delaney, Agnes

Historical/Biographical Note

Agnes Delaney (b. Ardnagall, Co. Galway, 1943) emigrated to the United States in 1964. After completing a Masters degree in Social Work and Health Care Administration at Columbia University, she worked for more than two decades in the field of healthcare in the New York area. Since 2005, she has been Chairperson of the Board of Directors, Aisling Irish Community Center in Yonkers.

Jul 12, 2011
Box: Electronic records E-records : TW_AIA_30_ER_72 Delaney, Peter

Delaney, Peter: 2014-   https://aeon.library.nyu.edu/remoteauth/aeon.dll?Logon&Action=10&Form=31&Value=http://dlib.nyu.edu/findingaids/ead/tamwag/aia_030.xml&view=xml

Biographical Note

Peter Delaney was born in 1949 in Tipperary, County Tipperary, Ireland. He moved to London, England in 1963 after being expelled from the Abbey School in Tipperary. He married Lilly Delaney in 1967 and they moved to Dublin in 1969. He immigrated to the United States and settled in the Bronx, New York in 1995.

Scope and Contents

This interview was conducted by Miriam Nyhan on October 13, 2014 at New York University's Glucksman Ireland House in Manhattan, New York. The interview contains Peter Delaney's family history and early childhood in Tipperary, County Tipperary, Ireland. He recounts his time in London, England working as a day laborer and at the National Hotel in the 1960s. He describes his experiences of anti-Irish prejudice in London and the fact that these experiences convinced him to move to Dublin in 1969. Delaney describes how he obtained a visa in 1995 to immigrate to the United States. He shares how he became a facilities manager at New York University in 2006.

2014
Box: Electronic records E-records : TW_AIA_30_ER_70 Dennehy, Dan

Dennehy, Dan: 2016-   https://aeon.library.nyu.edu/remoteauth/aeon.dll?Logon&Action=10&Form=31&Value=http://dlib.nyu.edu/findingaids/ead/tamwag/aia_030.xml&view=xml

Biographical Note

Dan Dennehy was born in 1964 in the Woodlawn neighborhood of the Bronx, New York.  He graduated high school in the 1970s and trained as an elevator technician. He married Siobhán Dennehy in 1993 and has two children.  Dennehy has long been involved in the Ancient Order of the Hibernians, and at the time of the 2016 interview was serving as its Immigration Officer.

Scope and Contents

This interview was conducted by Íde B. O'Carroll at the Elmer Holmes Bobst Library at New York University in New York, New York on November 10, 2016.  The interview covers Dan Dennehy's family, his family's experience in the Woodlawn neighborhood in the Bronx, and his participation in Irish American organizations.  Dennehy discusses his family, detailing the immigration, education, and work experiences of his parents and and the relationships among Irish and Irish American families in the Woodlawn neighborhood of the Bronx between the 1960s and the 1970s.  Dennehy discusses his family's involvement with the Ancient Order of Hibernians and his role as the Immigration Officer between 2002 and the time of the interview. He recounts the experience of his wife Siobhán and other undocumented Irish immigrants in the 1980s and the fact that this led Dennehy to become involved in Irish immigration issues, particularly through the AOH, the Irish Immigration Reform Movement, and Irish Lobby for Immigration Reform.  He also discusses his relationship to the County Cork Benevolent, Patriotic and Protective Association; his establishment of the Hudson Valley Irish Festival; and his association with the St. Patrick's Day Parade in New York City.

2016
Box: Electronic records E-records : TW_AIA_30_ER_45 Dennehy, Siobhan

Dennehy, Siobhan: 2015-   https://aeon.library.nyu.edu/remoteauth/aeon.dll?Logon&Action=10&Form=31&Value=http://dlib.nyu.edu/findingaids/ead/tamwag/aia_030.xml&view=xml

Biographical Note

Siobhan Dennehy was born in 1964 in Dublin, Ireland.  She graduated from Trinity College in Dublin in 1987.  She immigrated to the United States in 1987 and settled in Yonkers, New York.  At the time of the 2015 interview, she was the Executive Director of the Emerald Isle Immigration Center in Queens.

Scope and Contents

This interview was conducted by Íde B. O'Carroll at the Emerald Isle Immigration Center in Queens, New York on March 19, 2015.  The interview covers Siobhan Dennehy's early life in Ireland and her working life in New York City. Dennehy describes her family members, the working lives of her parents, and recounts numerous anecdotes from her childhood.  She discusses her experiences at Trinity College in Dublin in the early 1980s and her decision to immigrate to the United States (US) after her graduation in 1987. She recounts jobs she held in the US before starting at the Emerald Isle Immigration Center in 2002.  She discusses her work at the Center, in particular expanding funding for programs and expanding the communities to whom they target their programs.

2015
Box: 1 Folder : 42 Dennehy, Thomas

Scope and Content Note

This oral history was digitally recorded on a Marantz PMD660. The interview is approximately 80 minutes long, on 2 CDs. The interview took place on March 19, 2009, and the interviewer was Myriam Nyhan.

Historical/Biographical Note

Thomas Dennehy (b. Cork, Co. Cork, 1938), a bus driver, emigrated with his family to New Jersey in 1982 after a period living in England and Ireland.

Mar 19, 2009
Box: Electronic records E-records : TW_AIA_30_ER_20 Diedrich, James

Diedrich, James: 2014-   https://aeon.library.nyu.edu/remoteauth/aeon.dll?Logon&Action=10&Form=31&Value=http://dlib.nyu.edu/findingaids/ead/tamwag/aia_030.xml&view=xml

Biographical Note

James Diedrich was born in 1991 in Poughkeepsie, New York. He graduated from John Jay Senior High School in Poughkeepsie in 2010 and from New York University (NYU) in Manhattan in 2014. His father and grandfather are ironworkers and are members of Metallic Lathers & Reinforcing Ironworkers, Local 46. Diedrich worked as an ironworker in New York while attending high school from 2008 to 2010 to save enough money to attend NYU.

Scope and Contents

This interview was conducted by Miriam Nyhan on August 19, 2014 at New York University's Glucksman Ireland House in New York, New York. The interview covers James Diedrich's family history and his childhood Poughkeepsie, New York. He recounts the history of Metallic Lathers & Reinforcing Ironworkers, Local 46 and his family's membership in that local. He recounts stories related to him by his parents about their experiences of the racial tensions in the Bronx in the 1960s and 1970s.

2014
Box: Electronic records E-records : TW_AIA_30_ER_29 Dineen, Peter

Dineen, Peter: 2014-   https://aeon.library.nyu.edu/remoteauth/aeon.dll?Logon&Action=10&Form=31&Value=http://dlib.nyu.edu/findingaids/ead/tamwag/aia_030.xml&view=xml

Biographical Note

Peter Dineen was born in 1969 in Cork, County Cork, Ireland.  He graduated from Regional Technical College in Cork in 1986. He immigrated to the United States in 1993 and settled in Chicago, Illinois.

Scope and Contents

This interview was conducted by  Íde B. O'Carroll in Chicago, Illinois on November 21, 2014.  The interview covers Peter Dineen's family and his working life.  Dineen describes his family and his childhood on a farm in County Cork, Ireland.  He discusses his experiences in college in Cork, his working life after graduation, and his decision to immigrate to the United States in 1993.  He recounts his decision to settle in Chicago, his early experiences in Chicago, and the establishment of his business, Hibernian Development, in 1999.  He also discusses his work with the Center for Immigration Support and relates numerous anecdotes from his time in Chicago.

2014
Box: 1 Folder : 43 Dolan, Brendan

Historical/Biographical Note

Brendan Dolan (b. Manhattan, New York, 1966), a member of the Andy Statman Quartet and the Pride of New York, is a classically trained pianist and Irish traditional musician who has written music for television and film. The son of Felix and Joan Dolan, he holds an MA in Irish and Irish American Studies from New York University.

Nov 12, 2010
Box: 1 Folder : 44 Dolan, Felix

Historical/Biographical Note

Felix Dolan (b. Bronx, New York, 1937), a renowned Irish traditional music pianist who was raised in the Highbridge section of the Bronx, is the son of immigrants from Counties Leitrim and Mayo. In 1958 he was a founding member of the New York Ceili Band. From 1963-1996 he worked for IBM as a computer programmer and in computer information security, retiring as a Director of Information at IBM. In 1997 he was inducted into the Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann, Mid-Atlantic Region, Hall of Fame.

Feb 25, 2011
Box: 1 Folder : 45 Dolan, Joan

Scope and Content Note

Joan Dolan's first memories come from her time as a child growing up in Ireland. Her mother had moved her there from New York when she was only two and a half years old to live with her grandparents and her uncle. She had grown up on a small farm in Killarue, and she attended National School in Cavan until the age of eleven. Her parents and had come back to Ireland in order to bring her back to the United States. She has thought about her return to America at age eleven after spending nine years in Ireland. Joan only knew life on the small farm on which she lived. She felt that moving to New York was both exciting; however she has second guessed her parents' decision to bring her back to the United States. She does not have regrets about returned when she did, as affirms that she has a wonderful life here. She does; however, remember that her uncle wished that she could have stayed until she were grown up, as she brought happiness to the lives of two older people and a bachelor. She thinks perhaps she should have left as a seventeen or eighteen year old. Joan admits that is was difficult reunite with her parents since she really did not know them. She began to know her parents only after she was brought back from Ireland when she was eleven years old in April of 1948. She describes her father as a quiet man who was dedicated to his family and his work. Her mother was a talented cook who had received on the job training in her first years as an immigrant in Providence, Rhode Island.

Although she is happy with the way events of her life have turned out, Joan wonders what her life would have been like if she had stayed in Ireland. She does feel; however, that she would have had to have left Ireland in order to immigrate to the United States anyway. It just would have been a matter of time as there would have been little room for her on the farm, and there were few jobs to be found in Ireland. Since she did return at a young age; however, she had to adjust to American life. She recalls the drastic change, "From Killarue to Times Square, my goodness." She attended St. Jean Baptiste High School on the Upper East Side where she admits that it was difficult to fit in at first. The immigrant mentality focused on assimilation. Joan remembers that she did not want to project an image of Irishness in school; rather, she wished to be seen as an American. These feelings changed as she grew past her adolescence, and she wished to explore and promote her Irish culture.

When Joan was twelve years old, her parents enrolled her in Irish dancing classes in 1949 under the direction James McKenna. She describes him as a strict, yet effective instructor. She had lost interest in dancing after a year of lessons, and she decided to quit. When she was nineteen, Joan resumed Irish dancing under the direction of Peter and Cyril McNiff. She became one of their ceili dancers, and she danced competitively for four years. She describes her time she spent dancing as one of the greatest parts of her life—she danced because she enjoyed dancing, and so she could be around the friends she made in her ceili, including Andy McCann, Eva McManus, Peter McNiff, Cyril McNiff, Hannah O'Leary, Larry Reddigan, Peter Smith, Gerry Wallace, Lori Walsh, Mike Bergin Peggy Bergin, Edmund Brown, Joan Cass, Eugene Clancy, Pat Clancy, and Jimmy Erwin. She described the ceili uniforms of her team as being quite simple—green skirts, white stockings, white shirt, and a black dance jacket. She compares those more traditional outfits to many of the new styles used in Irish dancing today. She very much approves of popular productions such as Riverdance because have brought Irish dancing into the mainstream; however, the outfits—wigs, outrageous colors, and fancy embroidery—really do not embody the spirit of the dance; rather they commercialize the Irish dancing.

After Joan married Felix Dolan, she lived in the Woodlawn and Highbridge sections of the Bronx. Both areas were decidedly Irish; however once she had kids, the Dolan family moved to Golden's Bridge in Westchester County, NY. She believes that she has gravitated towards people with common interests. Even though this section of Westchester was ethnically diverse, Joan managed to find many Irish friends, including her best friend Ann McEnearny.

Joan sincerely believes that it is important that her Irish culture lives on through the generations. Joan gave her children traditional Irish names, and she afforded all of them Irish dancing lessons. Her children have now named their own children traditional Irish names, and some of them have begun Irish dance lessons. In addition to dance, Joan also believed that attending Irish events as a family promoted the preservation of Irish culture. Joan has practiced what she believes as the Dolan family has marched annually with the Gaelic League in the St. Patrick's Day Parade. Today Joan continues to attend ceilis as she still retains her passion for dancing.

This oral history with Joan Dolan was digitally recorded on a Marantz CDR 420. It is 120 minutes long, on 2 CDs. The interview took place on November 16, 2006, and the interviewers were Andrew Ciancimino and Marion R. Casey.

Other Finding Aids Note

This interview has been logged at ten-minute intervals, and the Word file is available upon request at tamiment.wagner@nyu.edu.

Historical/Biographical Note

Joan Dolan (b. New York, New York, 1937), former McNiff dancer, founding member of the Bedford (NY) Ceili group, and wife of Irish traditional pianist Felix Dolan.

Nov 16, 2006
Box: 1 Folder : 46 Donnelly, John

Scope and Content Note

This oral history was digitally recorded on a Marantz PCM660. The interview is approximately 130 minutes long, on 2 CDs. The interview took place In New York on October 26, 2008, and the interviewer was Myriam Nyhan.

Oct 25, 2009
Box: Electronic records E-records : TW_AIA_30_ER_3 Donovan, Mary

Donovan, Mary: 2014-   https://aeon.library.nyu.edu/remoteauth/aeon.dll?Logon&Action=10&Form=31&Value=http://dlib.nyu.edu/findingaids/ead/tamwag/aia_030.xml&view=xml

Biographical Note

Mary Donovan was born in 1932 in Kilrush, County Clare, Ireland. In 1954 she received her registered nursing license from King Edward Memorial Hospital in the Ealing neighborhood of London, England and immigrated to the United States.

Scope and Contents

This interview was conducted by Miriam Nyhan in New York, New York on February 23, 2014.  The interview covers Mary Donovan's early life in Ireland, family history, and travels between Ireland and the United States (US). In her family history, Donovan includes the lives of her parents, grandparents, and aunts and uncles who immigrated to the US. She describes her decision to move to the Ealing neighborhood of London, England to gain a license in registered nursing. She recounts meeting her husband in 1951 while at an Irish dance hall in Ealing. She discusses her many moves between Ireland and the US due to her husband's homesickness and how her nursing license allowed her to find employment in both countries.

2014
Box: 4 Folder : 31 Doran, Mary

Historical/Biographical Note

Mary Doran (b. Dublin, Ireland, 1952) worked as an architect, established the Irish Film Association in New York City, and returned to Ireland in 1997.

Aug 7, 2013
Box: 1 Folder : 47 Dorgan, Mike

Historical/Biographical Note

Mike Dorgan (b. Whitechurch, Co. Cork, 1936) is the past president of the Cork Association of New York.

Apr 24, 2011
Box: Electronic records E-records : TW_AIA_30_ER_97 Doyle, Sean

Doyle, Sean: 2015-   https://aeon.library.nyu.edu/remoteauth/aeon.dll?Logon&Action=10&Form=31&Value=http://dlib.nyu.edu/findingaids/ead/tamwag/aia_030.xml&view=xml

Biographical Note

Sean Doyle was born in 1934 in Dublin, Ireland. He grew up in Fairview, County Dublin and apprenticed as an electrician at 15 years old. He immigrated to the United States in 1957.

Scope and Contents

This interview was conducted by Miriam Nyhan on October 5, 2015 at New York University's Glucksman Ireland House in Manhattan, New York. The interview contains Sean Doyle's family history and his memories of growing up in Dublin, Ireland during World War II. He describes his memories of his father talking about his time in the Frongoch internment camp in Wales as a prisoner of war because of his involvement in the Irish Republican Brotherhood. Doyle recalls his time as a bar owner in New York City in the Yorkville neighborhood of Manhattan in the 1960s and 1970s.

2015
Box: 4 Folder : 32 Drew, Fr. James

Historical/Biographical Note

Fr. James Drew (b. Croagh Hill, Co. Cork, Ireland, 1948) came to the United States in 1971. He was ordained in the Diocese of Honolulu in 1974 and serves as the administrator for Our Lady of the Snow parish in Blue Point, New York.

Feb 24, 2012
Box: 1 Folder : 48 Driscoll, John
Apr 21, 2010
Box: Electronic records E-records : TW_AIA_30_ER_8 Duffy, Frances

Duffy, Frances: 2014-   https://aeon.library.nyu.edu/remoteauth/aeon.dll?Logon&Action=10&Form=31&Value=http://dlib.nyu.edu/findingaids/ead/tamwag/aia_030.xml&view=xml

Biographical Note

Frances Duffy was born in 1940 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  She married in 1958 and has four children.

Scope and Contents

This interview was conducted by Danielle Zach in Upper Darby, Pennsylvania on June 17, 2014.  The interview covers Frances Duffy's life in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and her involvement in Irish American cultural and political organizations.  Duffy describes her parents, their immigration experiences, and, her father's experiences as a young child in County Donegal, Ireland. She discusses the strong Irish community her parents were part of in Philadelphia during Duffy's childhood.  She discusses her and her husband's involvement in political organizations focused on Irish republican issues, particularly between the 1970s and 1990s. She recalls the riots in Northern Ireland in 1969 as being the event which spurred her and her husband to join the Derry Society of Philadelphia and later the Philadelphia Committee for Irish Freedom and Irish Northern Aid Committee (NORAID).  She also discusses her family's annual trips to County Derry and her memories of the announcement about the Good Friday Agreement in 1998.

2014
Box: 4 Folder : 33 Duggan, Donal

Historical/Biographical Note

Donal Duggan (b. Ballintotis, Co. Cork, Ireland, 1962) is a musician who emigrated in 1985 to relatives in Weston, Massachusetts, where he worked as a landscaper, received a Donnelly visa, married, and returned to Ireland in 1994.

Jul 31, 2013
Box: 1 Folder : 49 Dunne, Martin

Historical/Biographical Note

Martin Dunne (b. Mullinahone, Co. Tipperary, 1939) emigrated to the United States in the 1950s and is a member of the Tipperary Association.

Jan 22, 2011
Box: 1 Folder : 50 Dunne, Vincent

Scope and Content Note

Mr. Dunn discusses a range of topics, beginning with his childhood growing up in Sunnyside, Queens. After failing out of St. Teresa's Catholic School, Woodside, Queens, in the 7th grade, Dunn went on to finish the year at St. Anthony's Catholic School in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. At the age of 16 Dunn dropped out of Queens Vocational High School and began a series of part-time jobs that lasted for a year. When he was 17 Dunn enlisted in the Navy. He was stationed in Guantanamo, Cuba for four years, and was discharged at the age of 21.

Dunn discusses his time in the Navy where he completed the G.E.D. (General Equivalency Diploma). While in the service, he also prepared for the city civil service test. He took the exam for the fire service. After passing the test and returning to New York, Dunn began his career as a fireman. He quickly climbed up the ranks of the fire service, moving from rookie fireman to deputy chief, lieutenant, and captain. Dunn then returned to school with the help of the G.I. Bill, and applied to Queens College in New York. Eventually, he received his Bachelors and Master's Degrees. In 1959, at the age of 24, Dunn married his wife Patricia. He tells of the purchase of their first house in Douglaston, New York and the decoration of its backyard with stone faces and gargoyle statues acquired from torn down buildings in Harlem.

Dunn retired in 1999 after serving 42 years as a fireman. Two years later the attacks on the World Trade Center occurred. Dunn remarks upon the construction of these buildings and their collapse. He shares that much of his life post-retirement is spent writing articles and giving lectures on the topic of building construction and fire-safety.

Vincent Dunn was interviewed on 13 November 2007 at Glucksman Ireland House at New York University by Karen Shua-Haim and Linda Dowling Almeida. This oral history with Vincent Dunn was digitally recorded on a Marantz CDR420. The interview is 1 hour, 56 minutes long, on two CDs and had been logged at ten minute intervals.

Other Finding Aids Note

This interview has been logged at ten-minute intervals, and the Word file is available upon request at tamiment.wagner@nyu.edu.

Historical/Biographical Note

Vincent Dunne (b. Queens, New York, 1935), a forty-two year veteran of the New York Fire Department who writes and lectures nationally on fire and firefighter safety.

Nov 13, 2007
Box: Electronic records E-records : TW_AIA_30_ER_9 Dunleavy, John

Dunleavy, John: 2014-   https://aeon.library.nyu.edu/remoteauth/aeon.dll?Logon&Action=10&Form=31&Value=http://dlib.nyu.edu/findingaids/ead/tamwag/aia_030.xml&view=xml

Biographical Note

John Dunleavy was born in 1938 in Coole, County Westmeath, Ireland.  At the time of the 2014 interview, he was the chairman of the board of New York City's St. Patrick's Day Parade.

Scope and Contents

This interview was conducted by Danielle Zach at New York University's Glucksman Ireland House in New York, New York on June 19, 2014.  The interview covers John Dunleavy's life in Ireland and in the United States. Dunleavy recounts his earliest memories from childhood, in particular working with his uncle who was a blacksmith and experiencing rationing during World War II.  He discusses his first experiences in the US, going to the employment agency at the Irish Institute in Manhattan his service in the US Army, and his career as a bus driver. He also discusses his involvement in New York's St. Patrick's Day Parade and Irish republican political organizations.  Throughout the interview, Dunleavy recounts numerous anecdotes from all phases of his life, including stories about people he knew and events in which he was involved.

2014
Box: 1 Folder : 51 Dunphy, Michael P.

Historical/Biographical Note

Michael P. Dunphy (b. Ballinakill, Co. Laois, 1944) emigrated to New York with his family at age 10. He is the past president of the Laois County Association of New York.

May 4, 2011
Box: Electronic records E-records : TW_AIA_30_ER_57 Durkan, Monica

Durkan, Monica: 2015-   https://aeon.library.nyu.edu/remoteauth/aeon.dll?Logon&Action=10&Form=31&Value=http://dlib.nyu.edu/findingaids/ead/tamwag/aia_030.xml&view=xml

Biographical Note

Monica Durkan was born Monica Goggin in Dublin, Ireland on 1941. In 1965 Durkan worked as a  flight attendant for Pan American World Airways and immigrated the United States, settling in New York, New York. She spent four years in San Francisco, California before traveling to London, England for 6 months in 1974. In 1975 she returned to New York and started dating Frank Durkan. In 1980 she and Durkan married and she began pursuing her undergraduate degree at Fordham University in the Bronx. In 2015, she was a member of the Board of Directors of the Irish Institute of New York.

Scope and Contents

This interview was conducted by Danielle Zach on February 8, 2015 in Rye, New York. The interview covers Monica Durkan's early childhood in the suburbs of Dublin, Ireland and her travels as Pan American World Airways flight attendant. She relates her many moves for her job as a flight attendant, including four years in San Francisco, California before traveling to London, England for 6 months in 1974. Durkan recalls her experiences of anti-irish sentiment after the Monaghan and Dublin bombings in 1974 while living in London. She describes meeting her husband, Frank Durkan, in 1975 in New York, his involvement with Irish American organizations, and his connections with activist Paul O'Dwyer. She describes the Irish American community's polarization over political history and the Irish Civil War causing rifts in the Irish community. She identifies the Irish Republican leanings of Irish immigrants compared to Irish Americans and how women are taking leading rolls in Irish politics.

2015
Box: 4 Folder : 34 Dwyer, Jim

Historical/Biographical Note

Jim Dwyer (b. New York, New York, 1957) is the son of Irish immigrant parents from Co. Kerry. He is a Puliter Prize-winning writer for the New York Times and has published four books, including 102 Minutes: The Incredible Story of My Fight to Survive Inside the Twin Towers.

Nov 11, 2011
Box: 4 Folder : 35 Dwyer, Phillip

Historical/Biographical Note

Phillip Dwyer (b. Sneem, Co. Kerry, Ireland, 1926, d. New York, NY, 2014) was drafted into the Army after emigrating to the United States in 1949. He became an electrician and settled on the Upper West side of Manhattan with his wife and children.

Mar 9, 2012

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Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 1 Folder : 52 Early, John F.

Historical/Biographical Note

John F. Early (b. Brooklyn, New York, 1943), a graduate of New York University, worked for the Irish Arts Center in the 1970s. He was a member of the Eagle Tavern group which split off from the Irish Arts Center in the mid 1980s.

Mar 1, 2011
Box: 4 Folder : 36 Egan, Norah

Historical/Biographical Note

Norah Egan (b. Co. Westmeath, Ireland, 1974) grew up in Co. Longford and moved to the United States in the early 1990s. Since then she had worked as a childcare provider for several families in and around New York City.

Mar 29, 2012
Box: 4 Folder : 37 English, Peter

Historical/Biographical Note

Peter English (b. Arklow, Co. Wicklow, Ireland, 1923): Peter's father left for New York in 1922 and he and his mother and siblings followed over and arrived in New York in 1928. The English family settled in the West Village/Chelsea area of New York, where there were a lot of Arklow people with strong connections to the Waterfront activities. Having served as a Marine, he joined the NYPD in 1950. He married a an Irish American, Mildred, who he had worked with. His son, Peter, followed his footsteps by joining the NYPD.

Oct 16, 2011
Box: 4 Folder : 38 Enright, Thomas

Historical/Biographical Note

Thomas Enright (b. Dublin, Ireland, 1931) emigrated to the United States in 1956 and owns a garage in Queens. He became involved in Northern Irish activism and was part of several organizations including the American Congress for Irish Freedom and Irish Northern Aid Committee.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

Duration: 144 minutes

Enright, Thomas   https://aeon.library.nyu.edu/Logon?Action=10&Form=31&Value=http://dlib.nyu.edu/findingaids/ead/tamwag/aia_030.xml&view=xml

Apr 25, 2012
Box: 1 Folder : 53 Evans, Tom

Historical/Biographical Note

Tom Evans (b. Bronx, New York, 1954), the son of immigrants from Skibbereen, Co. Cork and Ballingarry, Co. Limerick, grew up in Long Island City. His father was a long time member of New York's Cork Association and one of the few non-Catholic members in any county association at that time.

May 13, 2011

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Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 1 Folder : 54 Fallon, John J.

Biographical Note

John J. Fallon (b. Galway, Ireland, 1919, d. 2011) was the retired Principal of Bay Ridge High School and former president of the American Irish Teachers Association.

Nov 16, 2005
Box: 1 Folder : 55 Fanning, Charles

Scope and Content Note

Mr. Fanning discusses his family background, his childhood in 1950s Norwood, Massachusetts, Irish American literature and his own academic and literary pursuits. Fanning begins the interview with background about his family. His father, Charles Fanning Sr., worked in a variety of jobs before settling as a custodian in Norwood public schools. The Fannings roots are in County Monaghan, Ireland. They immigrated during the famine and became farmers in Needham, Massachusetts. Fanning's mother Frances Patricia Fanning never worked outside the home. Her mother was born in Cork because her parents, who had immigrated to Boston, had returned to Ireland to settle an estate.

Fanning describes his childhood in Norwood which he remembers as an ideal time. He explains the separation in Norwood between the Irish, the Yankees and the new immigrants; mainly the groups were divided geographically by ethnic neighborhoods but there was no animosity between the communities. Fanning also talks about his family's unique attitude towards the Yankees because in previous generations his family included intermarriages between Irish and Yankees.

After attending public schools in Norwood, Fanning explains that he then attended Harvard University despite his guidance counselor's urging to apply to Boston College. At Harvard, Fanning studied literature. When he graduated, he went to the University of California at Berkley where he pursued graduate studies in English. Fanning explains his interest shifted to teaching so he left Berkley to attend Harvard again for its graduate teaching programs. Fanning also admits while reviewing his education choices that fear of being drafted into the Viet Nam War kept him in school. In his final graduate program at the University of Pennsylvania in 1967 , Fanning explains that he discovered his true passion while pursuing American studies and explored the connection between literature and history. Fanning wrote his dissertation on the work of Finley Peter Dunne which examined the Chicago Irish. Fanning also talks about his mentors John Kelleher, professor at Harvard, and Tom Brown at the University of Massachusetts, whose advice directed him toward Dunne.

Fanning talks about his teaching career which began at Bridgewater State College in Massachusetts and the competition for teaching posts at the time he was finishing his PhD. He briefly mentions his two year stint teaching at the University of Missouri St. Louis before he went to Southern Illinois University at Carbondale where he founded an Irish studies program. Fanning talks about the reception of the Irish studies program which was positive in Carbondale. He also explains the extensive library of Irish literature at Carbondale which includes letters and manuscripts from Joyce and Yeats. Fanning also discusses Irish American literature at length and the future of Irish American literature.

Fanning discusses his work beyond his dissertation, which he later developed into his first book published in 1968. He explains his writing process and his upcoming projects which include a memoir and a novel about Chicago in the 1880s.

Charles Fanning was interviewed on 4 November 2009 at Glucksman Ireland House at New York University by Tara Dougherty and Linda Dowling Almeida. The interview is 1 hour, 58 minutes, and 45 seconds long, on 2 CDs.

Other Finding Aids Note

This interview has been logged at ten-minute intervals, and the Word file is available upon request at tamiment.wagner@nyu.edu.

Historical/Biographical Note

Charles Fanning (b. Norwood, Massachusetts, 1942), Emeritus Professor of English at Southern Illinois University, Carbondale where he built a respected Irish Studies program, is the author of several works including The Irish Voice in America: Irish-American Fiction from the 1760s to the 1980s (1990) and Finley Peter Dunne and Mr. Dooley: The Chicago Years (2008). For 21 years, he taught at Bridgewater State College in Massachusetts and spent two years as assistant to the chancellor of the University of Missouri, St. Louis. A descendant of Famine immigrants from Co. Monaghan, his maternal grandmother was from Co. Cork.

Nov 4, 2009
Box: 1 Folder : 56 Farragher, Michael and Eileen

Historical/Biographical Note

Michael and Eileen Farragher (b. Co. Galway, 1935) (b. Co. Limerick, 1941) met after emigrating from Ireland, married in 1965 and raised two sons in New Jersey. Michael, a US Army veteran, worked for the New Jersey Turnpike for 35 years. Their son is the writer Mike Farragher.

Jun 20, 2011
Box: 4 Folder : 39 Farragher, Mike

Historical/Biographical Note

Mike Farragher (b. 1966) is the son of Irish-born parents from Cos. Limerick and Galway. He writes for the Irish Voice and Irishcentral.com and has published a series of essay collections entitled This Is Your Brain on Shamrocks.

Nov 1, 2011
Box: 4 Folder : 40 Farrell, Brendan P.

Historical/Biographical Note

Brendan P. Farrell (b. New York, New York, 1964), a successful businessman, he developed XPS, software used throughout the globe in financial services and was Ernst & Young's Businessperson of the year in 2011.

Oct 9, 2013
Box: Electronic records E-records : TW_AIA_30_ER_21 Farrell, Brigid Brannigan

Farrell, Brigid Brannigan: 2014-   https://aeon.library.nyu.edu/remoteauth/aeon.dll?Logon&Action=10&Form=31&Value=http://dlib.nyu.edu/findingaids/ead/tamwag/aia_030.xml&view=xml

Biographical Note

Brigid Brannigan Farrell was born in 1945 in Cullyhanna, County Armagh, Ireland.  She was a member of American Congress for Irish Freedom and Irish Northern Aid Committee (NORAID).

Scope and Contents

This interview was conducted by Danielle Zach at New York University's Glucksman Ireland House in New York, New York on August 19, 2014.  The interview covers Brigid Brannigan Farrell's early life in Ireland and her political activity in the United States. Farrell describes her childhood on a farm in County Armagh, Ireland; the relationship between Catholic and Protestant people in her village in Armagh; and recounts her decision to immigrate to the United States in 1964.  She recounts her reasons for leaving Ireland, in particular the neglect of Catholic areas in Northern Ireland and her inability to get a good job as a Catholic. She discusses her membership in the American Congress for Irish Freedom (ACIF), her memories of Bernadette Devlin McAliskey and Sandy Boyer, and the civil rights movement in Northern Ireland in the 1960s.  She discusses her involvement in the Irish Northern Aid Committee (NORAID), describes the beginning of the organization in New York, and recounts the many Irish American political organizations worked together in the 1970s. She also discusses the opinion of Irish Americans to the activities of the ACIF and NORAID, the experiences of her siblings who remained in Northern Ireland, and the importance of Irish music in Irish republican politics in the 1970s and 1980s.

2014
Box: 1 Folder : 57 (Mixed Materials [31142063408093]) Feighery, John

Feighrey, John: 2014-   https://aeon.library.nyu.edu/remoteauth/aeon.dll?Logon&Action=10&Form=31&Value=http://dlib.nyu.edu/findingaids/ead/tamwag/aia_030.xml&view=xml

Biographical Note

John Feighery (b. 1933), a printer, is the son of 1920s immigrants from County Offaly and County Tipperary, Ireland. He is a member of the County Offaly Association as well as a volunteer coach and athletic director at his Bronx alma mater, Sacred Heart School, in Highbridge, NY.

Scope and Content Note

An initial interview was conducted on May 1, 2009 by Miriam Nyhan.

A second interview was conducted by Miriam Nyhan on October 4, 2014 in the Crestwood neighborhood of Yonkers, New York. The interview consists of John Feighery's descriptions of his work as Athletic Director of Sacred Heart Church in the Bronx, New York. He describes his family's history of supporting the Irish republican causes promoted by the Irish Republican Army.  He recounts a childhood memory of visiting his aunt in the Marymount Convent in Tarrytown, New York while the Federal Bureau of Investigation was monitoring the convent due to the involvement of the nuns with Phillip and Daniel Berrigan.

2009-2014
Box: Electronic records E-records : TW_AIA_30_ER_74 (Electronic Records)
Box: 1 Folder : 58 Feighery, Nancy

Historical/Biographical Note

Nancy Feighery (b. Tullamore, Co. Offaly, 1934) studied nursing in Liverpool, England, before coming to America at the age of 20 in 1955. She married in 1960; she and her husband then moved back and forth between Ireland and New York with their children several times through the late 1960s and 1970s. They have owned and operated the Fiddler's Green, an Irish bar in Carmel, New York, since 1981.

Jun 23, 2011
Box: Electronic records E-records : TW_AIA_30_ER_75 Ferris, William

Ferris, William: 2015-   https://aeon.library.nyu.edu/remoteauth/aeon.dll?Logon&Action=10&Form=31&Value=http://dlib.nyu.edu/findingaids/ead/tamwag/aia_030.xml&view=xml

Biographical Note

William Ferris was born in 1942 in Vicksburg, Mississippi.

Scope and Contents

This interview was conducted by Miriam Nyhan at New York University's Glucksman Ireland House in Manhattan, New York in on April 18, 2015.  The interview covers William Ferris's life in Mississippi and his work as a folklorist. Ferris describes his childhood on a farm in Vicksburg, Mississippi and the importance of their Irish connections to him and his family.  Throughout the interview, he describes the importance of the farm to his family. He discusses his identity as a southerner and an Irish American, and the differences in opinions on ethnic identity amongst Irish Americans across the United States.  He discusses his relationship to the African American community in Vicksburg from his childhood through the time of the interview in 2015 and incidents between his family and the Ku Klux Klan because of their close relationship with the African American community in the 1960s.  He describes his work as a folklorist, his focus on African American music and culture, and the ways in which he approaches his work and gaining the trust of people with whom he works.

2015
Box: Electronic records E-records : TW_AIA_30_ER_79 Fincham, Kelly

Fincham, Kelly: 2016-   https://aeon.library.nyu.edu/remoteauth/aeon.dll?Logon&Action=10&Form=31&Value=http://dlib.nyu.edu/findingaids/ead/tamwag/aia_030.xml&view=xml

Biographical Note

Kelly Fincham was born in 1966 in Hampton, England. In 1979 Fincham left England with her family and moved to Drogheda, County Louth, Ireland. She graduated from Presentation Secondary School in Castleisland, County Kerry in 1983. She married her husband in 2006.

Scope and Contents

This interview was conducted by by Íde B. O'Carroll on November 11, 2016 in Yonkers, New York. The interview covers Kelly Fincham's family history, childhood, and career trajectory in journalism. Fincham discusses her family tree in Ireland and her family's immigration to England before her birth. She describes her early childhood in England and her education after her family moved to Ireland. Fincham describes her travels to Paris as an au pair in 1986. She recounts her career as a journalist in Australia, Ireland, and the United States. She elaborates on her time in Australia in 1991 as a substitute copy editor in the Australia Financial Review and the  Sydney Telegraph. She recalls her move back to Dublin, Ireland and her job with the  Irish Independent Newspaper from 1992 to 2002. She recounts how she spent a year in New York, New York in 2001 working with the  Irish Voice.

2016
Box: 4 Folder : 41 Fine, Rosemary

Historical/Biographical Note

Rosemary Fine (b. Limerick City, Co. Limerick, Ireland, 1962) is an actor from an Irish Jewish family who toured the United States, married, re- located, and runs 'Java Joes' in Park Slope, Brooklyn.

Aug 21, 2013
Box: Electronic records E-records : TW_AIA_30_ER_76 Finn, Dan, Father

Finn, Dan, Father: 2016-   https://aeon.library.nyu.edu/remoteauth/aeon.dll?Logon&Action=10&Form=31&Value=http://dlib.nyu.edu/findingaids/ead/tamwag/aia_030.xml&view=xml

Biographical Note

Father Dan Finn was born in 1944 in Kanturk, County Cork, Ireland.  He immigrated to the United States with his family in the 1960s, settling in Boston, Massachusetts.  He attended Cardinal O'Connell Seminary and St. John's Seminary in Boston and was ordained in 1972. Father Finn served as the pastor of St. Mark's Catholic Church in the Dorchester neighborhood of Boston for 22 years, retiring in 2015.  At the time of the 2016 interview, he was serving as the Executive Director of the Irish Pastoral Center in Dorchester.

Scope and Contents

This interview was conducted by Íde B. O'Carroll at the Irish Pastoral Center in the Dorchester neighborhood of Boston, Massachusetts on April 11, 2016.  The interview covers Father Dan Finn's family and his experiences as a priest in Boston for over 35 years. Father Finn describes his family, his childhood and early education in Ireland, and his family's immigration to the United States in 1960s.  He describes his vocation and his religious education and training at Cardinal O'Connell Seminary in the Jamaica Plain neighborhood of Boston, and later St. John's Seminary in the Brighton neighborhood of Boston. He describes the changes in the ethnic and cultural composition of the congregation at St. Mark's between the 1980s and the time of the interview, from largely Irish and Irish American to Vietnamese, Haitian, and Dominican.  He recounts his involvement in the immigration reform movement in Boston, starting in 1987 with his introduction to the situation of undocumented Irish immigrants with Sister Veronica Dobson and his involvement with the Irish Immigration Reform Movement. Father Finn also discusses his involvement in the Greater Boston Interfaith Organisation, his focus on building connections in the community, and his participation in the Gaelic Athletic Association.

2016
Box: Electronic records E-records : TW_AIA_30_ER_47 Finnegan, Paul

Finnegan, Paul: 2015-   https://aeon.library.nyu.edu/remoteauth/aeon.dll?Logon&Action=10&Form=31&Value=http://dlib.nyu.edu/findingaids/ead/tamwag/aia_030.xml&view=xml

Biographical Note

Paul Finnegan was born in 1965 in Phoenix, Arizona and was raised in County Galway, Ireland.  He graduated from University College Galway in 1986. He immigrated to the United States in 1986 and settled in New York, New York.  He received his master's degree from Baruch College in 1997. At the time of the 2015 interview, he was the Executive Director of the New York Irish Center in Queens.

Scope and Contents

This interview was conducted by Íde B. O'Carroll at the New York Irish Center in Queens, New York on March 20, 2015.  The interview covers Paul Finnegan's family, his early life in Ireland, and his working life in the United States (US).  Finnegan describes his family members in detail and discusses his father's working life in the US and in Ireland. He discusses his education and his decision to immigrate to the US in 1986.  He discusses working in different fields in the late 1980s and early 1990s and volunteering with Irish American organizations. He describes his experiences at the Emerald Isle Immigration Center, starting as a volunteer to executive director.  He discusses his work at the New York Irish Center, including programs he was managing at the time of the interview.

2015
Box: 1 Folder : 59 Fitzgerald, Sr. Tesa

Historical/Biographical Note

Sr. Tesa Fitzgerald of the Sisters of St. Joseph (b. Far Rockaway, New York, 1946) is the daughter of immigrants from Counties Kerry and Donegal. She is the founder of Hour Children, a non-profit organization that provides support for incarcerated women and their families, in and out of the prison system.

May 23, 2011
Box: 1 Folder : 60 Flanagan, Fionnula

Historical/Biographical Note

Fionnula Flanagan (b. Dublin, Ireland, 1941), a stage, television and film actress, has lived in Los Angeles since 1968. A fluent Irish speaker and a committed Irish nationalist, she is the wife of Dr. Garrett O'Connor.

Apr 15, 2011
Box: 1 Folder : 61 Flanagan, James

Biographical Note

James K. Flanagan (b. 1940), also known as Séamas Ó Flannagáin, is a poet and storyteller with roots in County Clare and County Roscommon, Ireland. A native of Jersey City, NJ, with a Ph.D. in English from the University of Notre Dame, he taught in Asbury Park and specialized in African-American literature.

Scope and Content Note

The interview focuses on themes like: being Irish in 1940s and 1950s Jersey city; Irish teenagers having romantic encounters with Italian teenagers; today's blacks and latinos as the Irish of 150 years ago; Jersey City accent; parishes of Jersey City; Catholicism and politics in Jersey City; and the death of John Kennedy.

This oral history was digitally recorded on a Marantz PMD660. The interview is approximately 300 minutes long, on 3 CDs. The interview took place in New York City on February 17, 2009, and the interviewer was Myriam Nyhan.

Feb 17, 2009
Box: 2 Folder : 1 Flanagan, Rose; Mulvihill, Margie; Furlong, Patty

Historical/Biographical Note

Rose Conway Flanagan, Patty Furlong, and Margie Mulvihill are all second generation Irish Americans raised in the Bronx, New York, are traditional Irish musicians. They play music together, as well as teach, in Rockland County and the New York City area.

Feb 15, 2011
Box: 2 Folder : 2 Flannelly, Adrian (2 inteviews)

Biographical Note

Adrian Flannelly (b. County Mayo, Ireland, 1942), a broadcast journalist, community leader and promoter, is a founding Board Member of the Emerald Isle Immigration Center, The Irish Repertory Theatre, and Ireland Chamber of Commerce USA (ICCUSA), as well as co-founder of Project Irish Outreach, Catholic Charities (Archdiocese of New York). He emigrated to New York in 1959 and has been broadcasting on local radio since the 1970s.

Scope and Content Note

This oral history was digitally recorded on a Marantz PCM660. The interview took place over two sessions: November 13 and 19, 2008. The 11/13/08 interview is approximately 115 minutes long and the 11/19/08 interview is approximately 150 minutes long, on 5 CDs. The interview took place in New York City, and the interviewer was Myriam Nyhan.

Nov 13, 2008- Nov 19, 2008
Box: 2 Folder : 3 Fleming, Tom

Scope and Content Note

Some themes that are disscussed in the interview are: how does Irishness play out through his writing, and trying to escape his Irish American roots (track 17, 5 minutes); Irish versus Irish American; 'all these god damn people remind me of my relatives!'re: Irish on his first trip to IRL in 1958 (track 19, 5 minutes); 'I can't do it. I can't imagine how an American would think, that isn't an Irish American. It was that strong.' (track 17, 9 minutes); and Catholic versus Protestant in Jersey City (track 1).

This oral history was digitally recorded on a Marantz PMD660. The interview is approximately 3 hours and 15 minutes long, on 3 CDs. The interview took place in New York City on February 27, 2009, and the interviewer was Myriam Nyhan.

Historical/Biographical Note

Tom Fleming (b. Jersey City, New Jersey, 1927), historian and novelist whose many published works have won main selections for the Book-of-the-Month Club in both fiction and nonfiction, is third generation Irish American. His 1961 novel All Good Men and his 2005 memoir Mysteries of My Father recall his childhood in Jersey City, New Jersey and the politics of the Frank Hague machine.

Feb 27, 2009
Box: Electronic records E-records : TW_AIA_30_ER_42 Flood, Cora

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Biographical Note

Cora Flood was born in Graiguenamanagh, County Kilkenny, Ireland in 1970.  She graduated from University College Dublin in 1991. She immigrated to the United States in 1993.

Scope and Contents

This interview was conducted by Íde B. O'Carroll at the Irish Pastoral Centre in Boston, Massachusetts on March 12, 2015.  The interview covers Cora Flood's early life in Ireland and her working life in Ireland and the United States (US). Flood describes her family members.  She discusses her experiences at University College Dublin in the late 1980s and early 1990s and her struggles finding a job after graduation in 1991. She discusses her decision to immigrate to the US in 1993; her work in Boston, particularly in the Dorchester and Roxbury neighborhoods; and one program she coordinated bringing Irish and West Indian immigrants together.  She describes her work at the Irish Pastoral Centre with Irish and Irish American senior citizens and the Centre's relationship with the Irish Cultural Centre in Canton.

2015
Box: 2 Folder : 4 Flynn, Tom

Historical/Biographical Note

Tom Flynn (b. Albany, New York, 1946) is a descendant of Irish immigrants on both sides of his family tree, with known roots in Counties Waterford and Sligo. Dispersing from Canada and Boston, his ancestors ultimately found their way to New York State. Now a free-lance producer and author of a fledgling series of murder mysteries, he worked for 25 years at CBS News. He is the author of the epic poem, Bikeman, which recalls the morning of September 11, 2001.

May 11, 2011
Box: 2 Folder : 5 Foley, Fr. John

Historical/Biographical Note

Fr. John Foley (b. Dublin, Ireland, 1940), Vice President of the Paulist Fathers, emigrated to New York at a young age. He was ordained as a Paulist priest in 1967 and served for over 44 years in New York, Texas, Rome, San Francisco and New Jersey. He earned a doctorate in canon law from Gregorian University in Rome and for 8 years was the Paulist liaison with the Vatican.

Jul 13, 2011
Box: 2 Folder : 6 Forrester, Janet

Historical/Biographical Note

Janet Forrester (b. Kent, England, 1964) grew up in Northern Ireland and emigrated to the U.S. in the 1980s. A graduate of CUNY Law School with an MSW, she is a lawyer who represents parolees at Rikers Island, New York City's central prison.

Feb 12, 2011
Box: 2 Folder : 7 French, Mary Carroll

Biographical Note

Mary Carroll French (b. 1963), a lawyer, is a second generation Irish American and life-long resident of Stuyvesant Town on Manhattan's east side. Her mother is Martina Carroll and her brother is Patrick Carroll.

Scope and Content Note

This oral history was digitally recorded on a Marantz PMD660. The interview is approximately 100 minutes long. The interview took place in New York City on February 2, 2009, and the interviewer was Myriam Nyhan.

Feb 2, 2009

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Box: 2 Folder : 8 Gardiner, Fr. Jim

Historical/Biographical Note

Fr. Jim Gardiner of the Dominican Order (b. Bronx, New York, 1942) is a Franciscan Friar and former director of Graymoor Spiritual Life Center in Garrison, New York. He worked with civil rights activists in Washington, DC, in the 1970s, and with AIDS patients in New York City in the 1980s and 1990s. He led the 22nd St. Patrick's Day Parade in Peekskill, New York, in 2011.

Aug 8, 2011
Box: 4 Folder : 42 Geary, Karl

Historical/Biographical Note

Karl Geary (b. Dublin, Ireland, 1972) is an actor and club owner who emigrated to the United States at the age of fifteen in 1987. He has appeared in several films and television shows, including Sex and the City, and wrote the film  Coney Island Baby.

Mar 2, 2012
Box: 2 Folder : 9 Gebhard, Catherine

Historical/Biographical Note

Catherine Gebhard (b. Limerick City, Co. Limerick, 1943), a nurse specializing in Oncology, Neurology and hospice care, emigrated to New York City with her parents in 1950. She raised 2 children on Long Island.

Dec 3, 2010
Box: 4 Folder : 43 Gleeson, Sheila

Historical/Biographical Note

Sheila Gleeson (b. Dublin, Ireland, 1956) was lead immigration specialist at the Irish Immigration Center in Boston from 1995-2005, and later Director of the Coalition of Irish Immigration Centers, USA.

Sep 18, 2013
Box: 4 Folder : 44 Glynn, Greg

Historical/Biographical Note

Greg Glynn (b. Oughterard, Co. Galway, Ireland, 1958) was co-founder of the Boston Irish Immigrant Reform Movement and a major advocate for immigration reform in the United States. He returned to Ireland in 1992 where he is partner in Arthur Cox and Company.

Jun 5, 2013
Box: 2 Folder : 10 Goldman, Ira

Biographical Note

Ira Goldman (b. 1938), a government administrator, has been active in various Irish American organizations. Although his stock is primarily Jewish, he also identifies himself as Irish and believes that he holds an ancestral link to Famine immigrants from County Donegal.

Scope and Content Note

Some key themes discussed in the interview are: Jewish versus Irish identity; Northern Ireland; and race and religion.

This oral history was digitally recorded on a Marantz PCM660. The interview is approximately 200 minutes long, on 3 CDs. The interview took place on November 11, 2008, and the interviewer was Myriam Nyhan.

Nov 11, 2008
Box: Electronic records E-records : TW_AIA_30_ER_58 Gormley, Donal

Gormley, Donal: 2015-   https://aeon.library.nyu.edu/remoteauth/aeon.dll?Logon&Action=10&Form=31&Value=http://dlib.nyu.edu/findingaids/ead/tamwag/aia_030.xml&view=xml

Biographical Note

Donal Gormley was born in 1948 in Aughnasheelin, County Leitrim, Ireland. He graduated from St. Fillan's in Ballymore, County Westmeath and immigrated to the United States (US) in 1967. He was drafted into the United States Army in 1969 and trained at Fort Jackson, South Carolina before serving in Vietnam. Returning to the US in 1971, he joined  Irish Northern Aid Committee (NORAID). In 1977 he married Rita Heely, a secretary for the Bronx, New York chapter of Irish Northern Aid.

Scope and Contents

This interview was conducted by Danielle Zach on February 17, 2015 in New City, New York. The interview includes Donal Gormley's early life in County Leitrim, Ireland and his mother's strong Irish republicanism. He recalls his eldest sister's help getting him settled in the Bronx, New York in 1967. He recounts how his military service in the Vietnam War sharpened his sympathies for the civil rights struggles in Ireland and the United States. He describes the Irish American apathy for Irish civil rights and compares it to his observation of unions in New York supporting Irish Northern Aid Committee (NORAID) fundraisers. He discusses his arrest and trial in 1982 on suspicion of gun running for the Irish Republican Army.

2015
Box: 2 Folder : 11 Gormley, Sean

Historical/Biographical Note

Sean Gormley (b. Dublin, Co. Dublin, 1964) is an actor, film-maker and musician who wrote and directed the film Blackout (2006). A member of the Irish band, The Commitments, he emigrated to the U.S. with his American-born wife in 1997.

Oct 28, 2009
Box: Electronic records E-records : TW_AIA_30_ER_35 Gormley, Thomas Anthony

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Biographical Note

Thomas Anthony Gormley was born in 1944 in County Leitrim, Ireland.  He immigrated to the United States in 1962 and settled in the Bronx, New York.  He served in the National Guard of the United States between 1964 and 1970. He was a police officer in Mount Vernon, New York.  He was a member of the Irish Northern Aid Committee (NORAID) and served as a the head of the Bronx chapter in the 1970s.

Scope and Contents

This interview was conducted by Danielle Zach in the Bronx, New York on January 15, 2015.  The interview covers Thomas Anthony" Gormley's childhood in Ireland and his political activity in the United States.  Gormley describes his childhood in County Leitrim and his parents. He discusses his decision to immigrate to the United States in 1962, describes the responsibility of his aunt in the Bronx who agreed to sponsor him, and recounts his first impressions of New York City.  He recounts jobs he held in New York City in the 1960s and 1970s and his service in the National Guard of the United States between 1964 and 1970. He recalls his impressions of the civil rights movement in Northern Ireland in the 1960s and 1970s, the beginning of The Troubles in the 1960s, and the establishment of Irish Northern Aid Committee (NORAID) in 1970.  He discusses his work as the head of the Bronx chapter of NORAID in the 1970s and describes activities of the group during that time. He also discusses playing music in a band in New York in the 1960s, working in the Mount Vernon Police Department in the 1970s and the 1980s, and his membership in various Irish American organizations.

2015
Box: 2 Folder : 12 Gormley, Unateresa

Historical/Biographical Note

Unateresa Gormley (b. Bronx, New York, 1961), the daughter of immigrants from Counties Longford and Kerry, is a TCRG certified Irish dance teacher, and the founder and chairperson of the Big Apple Feis, as well as director of the Big Apple Rose of Tralee. She also serves as a volunteer for Project Children, hosting children from Northern Ireland for summers in the US.

Jun 15, 2011
Box: Electronic records E-records : TW_AIA_30_ER_32 Gorski, Mary Johnson

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Biographical Note

Mary Johnson Gorski was born in 1960 in New Haven, Connecticut.  She married in 1980 and has two daughters. She is a co-founder of the Chicago Irish Immigrant Support in Chicago, Illinois in 1998.  

Scope and Contents

This interview was conducted by Íde B. O'Carroll in Chicago, Illinois on November 21, 2014.  The interview covers Mary Johnson Gorski's family and her involvement in the Irish immigrant community in Chicago.  Gorski describes her parents and her early life in Connecticut. She describes her friendship with Maureen O'Looney, O'Looney's work with the Irish immigrant community in Chicago, and their work to establish the Chicago Irish Immigrant Support together in 1998.  She also discusses her work to establish programs for senior citizens through the Irish American Heritage Center and her opinion on the importance of community.

2014
Box: 4 Folder : 45 Grall, Emer
Oct 24, 2013
Box: 2 Folder : 13 Grange, Fr. Sean (John)

Scope and Content Note

Fr. Grange begins by discussing how his parents met on vacation at Rockaway Beach in Queens, New York. He talks extensively about his relatives and their experiences in New York. His grandparents on his mother's side were both from Ireland, coming to the United States at an early age. His grandfather eventually became the manager of the Harvard Club of New York City, which along with his investments, allowed him to purchase a brownstone on Alexander Avenue, "the Irish Fifth Avenue," in the South Bronx. Recalling his father's side, Fr. Grange reveals that his grandmother had had three husbands prior to his grandfather. His grandfather and all of his uncles were policemen, and his aunt worked for the New York City Parks department. Fr. Grange compares his immigrant family's entry into civil service positions with the current trend of Mexican immigrants joining the ranks of city employees.

Although his mother's parents did not talk much about Ireland, Fr. Grange explains that he does not think they were involved with the insurrections against the British around the time of the Easter Rising in 1916. Coming to the U.S. at very young ages, Fr. Grange believes they were told to leave home because there was not enough food, and as a result they never went back to Ireland. Instead, his grandfather participated in the Irish American community in New York, joining the annual Feis, an Irish dance and music competition. His father was a very steady man, refusing to drink because his younger brother died from alcoholism.

Fr. Grange discusses his mother's siblings, explaining how his mother's eldest brother was thrown out of the New York Seminary. His aunt was a nun in the Sisters of Charity order. Another uncle was also temporarily thrown out of the seminary, but eventually organized a missionary group in Harlem in the 1930s, which conducted hundreds of conversions and baptisms a year for the predominantly African-American community that had migrated from the South in the 1920s. Discussing another aunt, Fr. Grange describes the abusive relationship she had with her husband. She is now the last survivor of that generation. The child born after her died early, which strongly affected Fr. Grange's grandmother. Fr. Grange mentions that later in life, his grandmother had Alzheimer's, which would cause her to sit in her rocking chair all day, waiting for her husband to return from work.

Fr. Grange moves on to talk about his father's side of the family in Rockaway Beach. He remembers going to their house and being bored because there were not many children to play with, and an episode in which they killed ducks in the backyard. Fr. Grange mostly interacted with his mother's side of the family. His parents moved around to progressively larger apartments as his family grew, near his grandmother's home on Alexander Avenue.

Fr. Grange describes going to school at St. Jerome's, where he was taught by the Ursuline nuns for the first six years, and the De La Salle Christian Brothers until secondary school. At that time, St. Jerome's was a growing parish with many vocations. He remembers that the priests had fancy cars and were very respected in the community. The only priest from Ireland in the parish left to go on a mission to Peru, where he was threatened by the terrorist group, the Shining Path , but survived to afterwards become the Chaplain of Cork University. Fr. Grange discusses another woman he knows who was killed by the Shining Path. Fr. Grange then returns to discussing his schooling, describing the brothers as very strict and penal. After graduating St. Jerome's, Fr. Grange attended Cathedral Preparatory Seminary in Flushing, Queens, explaining that the students got off on Thursdays instead of Fridays, so that they could not attend dances. Fr. Grange's twin brother, Joseph, left after the first four years of seminary school, but Fr. Grange stayed on. Before being ordained in 1966, Fr. Grange took a year off to teach English and History at Immaculata High School in Manhattan. After his ordination, Fr. Grange noticed other priests who were learning Spanish and working with the growing communities of Puerto Ricans, which influenced him to go to language school in Puerto Rico.

After returning from Puerto Rico, Fr. Grange explains that he was assigned to work at St. Columba School in the Chelsea neighborhood of Manhattan. While there, he became more involved with the Puerto Rican community. After six years, Fr. Grange was transferred to Annunciation School in Harlem, which was a primarily Dominican community. When Annunciation was given over to Spanish priests, he took the opportunity to arrange a transfer to St. Jerome's with the ambition of eventually becoming a pastor. In the 1980s, a large influx of Mexican immigrants started visiting him and attending church at St. Jerome's. Fr. Grange describes how mass attendance continued to grow over the years despite the difficulties the undocumented Mexican immigrant community faced. Fr. Grange explains that in the late nineties, St. Jerome's began to physically decay, prompting him to confront Cardinal Egan about funding for the renovation. Cardinal Egan decided to give St. Jerome's the funding to renovate the Church, but three years later, he awarded the parish to a group of Argentinean priests and transferred Fr. Grange to St. Athanasius in the Bronx. Fr. Grange discusses the tension between the St. Jerome's parish and their new priests that stems from their cultural and religious differences. Fr. Grange also mentions the problem of illegal immigrants wanting to get married, but not being able to under New York law. Fr. Grange's new parish, St. Athanasius, is a mostly Puerto Rican community. He expresses concern for the parish, as most of the parishioners are elderly and oftentimes he performs several funerals a week.

Fr. Grange explains that part of what has slowed him down recently has been an inflammatory disease called Polymyalgia Rheumatica, which causes severe pain in his back. He goes on to discuss how the changes made during Vatican II have made the Church more compassionate, but that not all religious have embraced the changes. Although there has been an increase in Spanish-speaking priests in the archdiocese, many have not fully invested in the communities they serve. Fr. Grange expresses concern about recently installed Cardinal Timothy Dolan, considering the problematic relationship former Cardinal Egan had with the priests. Fr. Grange goes on to discuss the problematic role of Pope Benedict XVI and the schism in the Church between those who agree with the Vatican II changes and those who do not. He mentions the lack of priests in the South Bronx, and the recent increase in violence.

Then Fr. Grange discusses the community's treatment of priests following the sexual abuse scandals. Fr. Grange comments on the various ways the Church has attempted to improve awareness about sexual abuse. Although there have been some leadership problems and "joy" has left the Church as an institution, Fr. Grange fundamentally believes that God is in the Church.

Then Fr. Grange goes on to describe a typical day in his life, which begins with Qigong, Tai-Chi, and meditation. Fr. Grange discusses his love for swimming and how he held the record in his age group for the 100-yard free-style for five consecutive years.

Fr. Grange explains that he rarely visits his former parish at St. Jerome's, except to perform occasional funerals or marriages. Although his family is Irish-American, Fr. Grange does not identify with them, but rather feels a stronger connection with the Mexican community. Then, turning to his former political involvement, Fr. Grange discusses his involvement with the South Bronx Churches, an ecumenical group founded to protect the rights and quality of life for residents of the South Bronx. One of their main causes was to build houses for people in need. Fr. Grange ends by relating a story about the destruction of Church property while he was protesting with South Bronx Churches against poor medical care at Lincoln Hospital, prompting him to write a letter to Cardinal John Joseph O'Connor.

Father John Grange was interviewed on 29 October 2009 at Glucksman Ireland House at New York University by Caitlin O'Brien and Linda Dowling Almeida. The interview is 1 hour, 51 minutes long, and 39 seconds long, on 2 CDs. The interview took place on October, 2009.

Other Finding Aids Note

This interview has been logged at ten-minute intervals, and the Word file is available upon request at tamiment.wagner@nyu.edu.

Historical/Biographical Note

Fr. Sean (John) Grange (b. 1940) has served the Archdiocese of New York as priest and pastor since 1966. The grandson of immigrants, he was raised South Bronx. His ministry has included assisting immigrants, particularly in the Puerto Rican community.

Oct 29, 2009
Box: 2 Folder : 14 Gray, Rita

Historical/Biographical Note

Rita Fahy Gray (b. Ballydavok, Co. Mayo, d. Astoria, Queens, 2012), one of nine children, emigrated to the US in 1938 at the age of 19, after spending a year and a half in Manchester, England. She met her Irish-American husband through her first job as a domestic in Manhattan and they raised three children in Queens.

Mar 26, 2011
Box: 2 Folder : 15 Greene, John

Scope and Content Note

Some of the themes discussed in this interview include: being Irish in Vietnam; Greene's life in the Bronx for 2 years when he was approximately 12; and how the Irish-born express Irishness as opposed to Irish Americans.

This oral history was digitally recorded on a Marantz PMD660. The interview is approximately 140 minutes long, on 2 CDs. The interview took place In New York City on March 27, 2009, and the interviewer was Myriam Nyhan.

Historical/Biographical Note

John Greene (b. Cootehill, Co. Cavan, 1945), a lawyer with the U.S. Department of Justice and a Vietnam veteran, he emigrated to the U.S. with his parents in 1957.

Mar 27, 2009
Box: 2 Folder : 16 Grimes, Claire (two interviews)

Biographical Note

Claire Grimes (b. 1936), publisher of the Irish Echo newspaper, was raised in the Riverdale section of the Bronx, NY. With roots in County Westmeath and County Sligo, Ireland, she married John Grimes, whom she succeeded as publisher after his premature death in 1987. To commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Famine, she commissioned Patrick Cassidy's  Famine Remembrance symphony and premiered it in New York's St. Patrick's Cathedral in 1996.

Scope and Content Note

Some of the key themes discussed in this interview include: her first perception of Ireland on her first trip; death of JFK (track 6); Obama for blacks what JFK was for Irish Catholics; Claire grandmother's (Delia Gilligan from Co. Westmeath) was probably an 1880s immigrant; Irish Echo newspaper; father was an alcoholic; changes in Ireland; 'I didn't realize that I had been raised in an Irish home' (track 4, 7 mins); and the insular nature of Irish New York community when she was growing up--no one left to go to school away.

This oral history was digitally recorded on a Marantz PMD660. The interview took place over 2 sessions and is approximately 2 hours long, on 2 CDs. The interview took place in New York City on February 4 and February 11, 2009, and the interviewer was Myriam Nyhan.

Feb 4, 2009-Feb 11, 2009
Box: 2 Folder : 17 Grimes, Patrick H.
Dec 5, 2008

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Box: 2 Folder : 18 Hamill, Peter

Historical/Biographical Note

Pete Hamill (b. 1935), a novelist, essayist, journalist, and Distinguished Writer in Residence at New York University. Raised in Park Slope, Brooklyn, NY, the son of immigrants from Belfast, he was editor-in-chief of both the New York Post and the  New York Daily News, and a columnist for both as well as for  New York Newsday, the  Village Voice,  New York magazine and  Esquire. His 1994 memoir,  A Drinking Life, was on the same New York Times best-seller list for 13 weeks.

Oct 22, 2009
Box: 2 Folder : 19 Hanley, Tom

Historical/Biographical Note

Tom Hanley (b. Jersey City, New Jersey, 1939), raised in Hoboken and a longshoreman since age 17, has been very involved with waterfront union politics. At age 14 he made an appearance in the film classic On the Waterfront (1954), directed by Elia Kazan.

Nov 5, 2010
Box: Electronic records E-records : TW_AIA_30_ER_22 Harrington, Odette

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Biographical Note

Odette Harrington was born in 1960 in San Francisco, California.  In 1962, her family returned to Ireland and settled in Ballintubbert, Athy, County Kildare, Ireland.  She worked at the Irish International Immigrant Center in Boston, Massachusetts in the 1980s and 1990s.

Scope and Contents

This interview was conducted by Íde B. O'Carroll at Odette Harrington's home in Ballintubbert, Athy, County Kildare, Ireland on July 5, 2014.  The interview covers Harrington's early life in Ireland and her working life in the United States (US).  Harrington discusses her parents, their immigration experiences, and their decision to return to Athy in 1962.  She recounts her education and jobs she held before immigrating to the US in 1985. She discusses living in San Francisco, California; working in elder care; and living in Chicago, Illinois and Savannah, Georgia for six months in 1987.  She discusses her move to Massachusetts in 1987 and her work as companion to an older woman in Cambridge. She describes her work with the Irish Immigration Reform Movement (IIRM) and at the Irish International Immigrant Center (IIIC), and recounts the decision to establish the IIIC in 1989.

2014
Box: 2 Folder : 20 Hartigan, Daniel (two interviews)

Historical/Biographical Note

Daniel Hartigan, Jr. (born 1926), is an Irish immigrant, born in Limerick, whose father was an ardent follower of Eamon De Valera. His dad's allegiance to De Valera through the 1920s and 1930s cost him and the family dearly. Hartigan Sr.'s political choices led to financial and social reverses for the family and ultimately the migration of Daniel, Jr. and most of his siblings. Life for this IRA family in the west of Ireland during the 20s and through World War II offered few other options.

Mar 29, 2008-Dec 9, 2008
Box: 4 Folder : 46 Haughey, Philip C.

Historical/Biographical Note

Philip C. Haughey (b. Waltham, MA, 1935) has served as Chair of Celtic Studies at his alma mater, Harvard University, on the board of University College Dublin's Smurfit School of Business in Ireland, and was awarded an honorary doctorate in 2005 from the University of Ulster, Coleraine, for his contribution to business and support for philanthropic organizations.

Apr 10, 2013
Box: 2 Folder : 21 Hayes, Catriona

Biographical Note

Catriona Hayes (b. Cahirciveen, Co. Kerry, Ireland, 1974), a homemaker and a student nurse, emigrated to New York in 2000 after spending a period studying and working in London. She is married to Eddie Hayes.

Scope and Content Note

In this oral history, Hayes focuses on several topics, including: differences between Irish-born and Irish Americans, the latter assuming that children should attend Catholic school; difference between New York and London; dealing with Irish Americans in Irish pubs in New York (e.g. 'Maggie's Place'); her son growing up American; and changes in Ireland.

This oral history was digitally recorded on a Marantz PMD660. The interview is approximately 80 minutes long, on 1 CD. The interview took place in Bellerose Terrace, New York, on March 9, 2009, and the interviewer was Myriam Nyhan.

Other Finding Aids Note

Subject notes have been created by track number, and the Word file is available upon request at tamiment.wagner@nyu.edu.

Mar 9, 2009
Box: 2 Folder : 22 Hayes, Eddie

Biographical Note

Eddie Hayes (b. Co. Limerick, Ireland, 1966), a narcotics detective with the New York City Police Department, emigrated in 1989. After service with the U.S. Navy, he joined the NYPD in 1996. He is married to Catriona Hayes.

Other Finding Aids Note

Subject notes have been created by track number, and the Word file is available upon request at tamiment.wagner@nyu.edu.

Scope and Content Note

Some key themes that Hayes discusses in this history are: being Irish in the navy ; racial dynamics of the navy; and being Irish in the NYPD and working in Harlem.

This oral history was digitally recorded on a Marantz PMD660. The interview is approximately 80 minutes long, on 1 CD. The interview took place in Bellerose Terrace, New York, on March 9, 2009, and the interviewer was Myriam Nyhan.

Mar 9, 2009
Box: 2 Folder : 23 Hayes, Thomas

Scope and Content Note

This oral history was digitally recorded on a Marantz PMD660. The interview is 1 hour, 22 minutes, and 11 seconds long, on 2 CDs. The interview took place in San Francisco, on June 2, 2009, and the interviewer was Myriam Nyhan.

Historical/Biographical Note

Thomas F. Hayes (b. Co. Limerick, 1925, d. San Francisco, 2010) emigrated to California in 1949 and in 1958 started his own business there, Tom Hayes Plastering. He was a founding member of the All Ireland Social Club and the United Irish Cultural Club, as well as a longtime member of the San Francisco Gaelic Athletic Association. He was appointed a Director of the Bay Area Rapid Transit by San Francisco Mayor Joseph Alioto in 1974. He is the father of the San Francisco Fire Chief Joanne Hayes- White.

Jun 2, 2009
Box: 4 Folder : 47 Hearn, Anne

Historical/Biographical Note

Anne Hearn (b. Co. Longford, Ireland, 1943) emigrated to the United States in 1961 and began working at Verizon Communications until she retired in 1997. She is very involved in both the Longford Association and the United Irish Counties Association of New York.

Mar 31, 2012
Box: 2 Folder : 24 Heffernan, Eileen Reilly

Historical/Biographical Note

Eileen Reilly Heffernan (b. Bronx, New York, 1962), a former member of the Peace Corps, has taught in Washington State and in the Bronx. She is the daughter of Eileen Reilly Mescall.

Jun 17, 2011
Box: 4 Folder : 48 Henchy, Seamus

Historical/Biographical Note

Seamus Henchy (b. Ennistymon, Co. Clare, Ireland, 1954) came to the United States in 1983 and has established a niche business in New York managing museum and gallery renovations.

Apr 23, 2013
Box: 2 Folder : 25 Higgins, Brigid

Historical/Biographical Note

Brigid Higgins (b. Loughrea, Co. Galway, 1935), a former Dominican nun and New York City school teacher, emigrated to America twice: at age 9 and at age 53. She lived in Ireland between 1972-88, then returned to New York where she completed her MA in Education at Manhattan College in 1992 and became a bedside educator for Memorial Sloane Kettering.

May 5, 2011
Box: 2 Folder : 26 Hurley, Patrick

Other Finding Aids Note

This interview has been logged at ten-minute intervals, and the Word file is available upon request at tamiment.wagner@nyu.edu.

Historical/Biographical Note

Patrick Hurley (b. Wellington, New Zeland, 1962), raised in County Cork, was a member of the New Irish generation who found himself in New York City in the 1980s as an "illegal" alien with few options to succeed in America without proper documentation. Along with a core group of partners, he helped to found the Irish Immigration Reform Movement in 1987 and lobbied successfully to change immigration law in the US with the passage of the Immigration Act of 1990 HR-4300 which granted thousands of non-preference visas to immigrants considered unfairly disadvantaged by previous legislation, many of whom were Irish.

Oct 31, 2007

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Box: 2 Folder : 27 Isacsson, Fr. Alfred

Historical/Biographical Note

Fr. Alread Isacsson of the Carmelite Order (b. Brooklyn, New York, 1932, d. Middletown, New York, 2011) was a High School teacher and Principal at St. Albert's Junior Seminary in Middletown, New York and at Pope John Paul II High School in Boca Raton, Florida. He was also a Parochial Vicar and Pastor at Transfiguration Church in Tarrytown, New York. Fr. Isacsson drew upon the Carmelite Archives in a number of articles, papers and books that explored the Carmelite relationship of the Irish independence movement in the early 20th century.

Apr 29, 2011
Box: 2 Folder : 28 Isaly, Rosalie

Historical/Biographical Note

Rosalie Isaly (b. Chicago, Illinois, 1943) was born into a family in the Chicago funeral parlor business. Her father was John Louis O'Hanley who took over operations from his father. One of seven children raised on the South Side, she attended Loyola College and studied art in Perugia, Italy, and French in Paris. After working in advertising and marketing in Chicago, she moved to New York where she raised her children and worked as an art teacher.

Jun 9, 2011

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Box: 2 Folder : 29 Johnston, Lisa

Biographical Note

Lisa Johnston (b. 1966), an immigration lawyer in private practice in Yonkers, NY, is the great-granddaughter of immigrants from Co. Donegal. She was an instrumental member of the Irish Immigration Reform Movement and is a board member of the Emerald Isle Immigration Center.

Scope and Content Note

This oral history was digitally recorded on a Marantz PMD660. The interview is approximately 80 minutes long, on 2 CDs. The interview took place in New York City on March 26, 2009, and the interviewer was Myriam Nyhan.

Mar 26, 2009

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Box: 4 Folder : 49 Keane, Maurice

Historical/Biographical Note

Maurice "Moss" Keane (b. Castleisland, Co. Kerry, Ireland, 1960) developed a successful business in property renovation in Boston for which he has received numerous awards.

Oct 24, 2013
Box: Electronic records E-records : TW_AIA_30_ER_14 Keating, Geoffrey

Keating, Geoffrey: 2014-   https://aeon.library.nyu.edu/remoteauth/aeon.dll?Logon&Action=10&Form=31&Value=http://dlib.nyu.edu/findingaids/ead/tamwag/aia_030.xml&view=xml

Biographical Note

Geoffrey Keating was born in 1957 in New York, New York.  He married and has two children. He is an ambassador in Ireland's Department of Foreign Affairs and, at the time of the 2014 interview, was preparing for his next posting as Ireland's Ambassador to Singapore.

Scope and Contents

This interview was conducted by Íde B. O'Carroll at Geoffrey Keating's office in Dublin, Ireland on June 20, 2014.  The interview covers Keating's family, his early life, and his working life. Keating describes his parents, his father's work as an Irish diplomat, and his mother's work as a medical doctor.  He recounts his early life living in various countries and his education at different schools in Ireland and England. He recounts his decision to join the Department of Foreign Affairs in 1981, his postings to Italy, Bulgaria, and the United States, and the impact of these postings on his family.  

2014
Box: 2 Folder : 30 Kehoe, George

Historical/Biographical Note

George Kehoe (b. Dallas, Texas, 1952) a 3rd generation Irish American, has worked as an actor, writer and teacher. He wrote and directed Hunger, a play based on the prison writings of 1981 Irish hunger striker Bobby Sands.

Jun 2, 2011
Box: 2 Folder : 31 Kelleher, Erin

Historical/Biographical Note

Erin Kelleher (b. Mt. Kisco, New York, 1973), the grandchild of four immigrants from County Cork, is a pediatrician in Tuckahoe, New York. Her mother was raised in Jersey City; her father was a fifth grade teacher. A graduate of the University of Notre Dame, she studied medicine at Trinity College Dublin, where she met her Irish-born husband.

Jul 5, 2011
Box: 4 Folder : 50 Kelleher, Margaret

Historical/Biographical Note

Margaret Kelleher (b. Mallow, Co. Cork, Ireland, 1964) studied for a Ph.D. in English Literature at Boston College, returned to teach in Ireland in 1990, and in 2012 was appointed Chair of Anglo-Irish Literature at University College Dublin.

Jul 30, 2013
Box: Electronic records E-records : TW_AIA_30_ER_91 Kelleher, Orla

Kelleher, Orla: 2016-   https://aeon.library.nyu.edu/remoteauth/aeon.dll?Logon&Action=10&Form=31&Value=http://dlib.nyu.edu/findingaids/ead/tamwag/aia_030.xml&view=xml

Biographical Note

Orla Kelleher was born in 1970 in Kilgarvan, County Kerry, Ireland.  She immigrated to the United States in 2004 and began working at the Aisling Irish Center in Yonkers, New York.  In 2006 she became the Executive Director of the Center.

Scope and Contents

This interview was conducted by Íde B. O'Carroll at Orla Kelleher's office at the Aisling Irish Center in Yonkers, New York on April 21, 2016.  The interview covers Kelleher's family, early life in Ireland, her immigration to the United States (US), and her working life. Kelleher describes her early life in a small village in County Kerry, Ireland; her family; and her experience entering the workforce in County Cork in 1990.  She recounts her visits to the US, her decision to take an extended break from work in 2004 in the US, and her decision to remain in the US permanently. She describes the work of the Aisling Irish Center to provide support and advice to Irish immigrants and its role in the community. She also discusses her work with the Coalition of Irish Immigration Centers.

2016
Box: Electronic records E-records : TW_AIA_30_ER_53 Kelley, Joseph

Kelley, Joseph: 2015-   https://aeon.library.nyu.edu/remoteauth/aeon.dll?Logon&Action=10&Form=31&Value=http://dlib.nyu.edu/findingaids/ead/tamwag/aia_030.xml&view=xml

Biographical Note

Joseph Kelley was born in 1945 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He graduated from Villanova University in Villanova, Pennsylvania with a bachelor's degree in political science in 1967. He received his law degree from Villanova University's Charles Widger School of Law in 1970. He married Donna Deverant in 1969.

Scope and Contents

This interview was conducted by Íde B. O'Carroll at the Joseph Kelley Law Firm in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on April 17, 2015.  The interview contains Joseph Kelley's family history and his father's involvement with the Philadelphia Council of the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO). He details his motivations for attending law school and his work representing labor unions in Philadelphia. He recounts the beginning of his involvement with the Commodore Barry Arts and Cultural Center in Philadelphia to rework the center's Internal Revenue Service status and his continuing presence on their Board of Directors.

2015
Box: 4 Folder : 51 Kelly, Catherine

Historical/Biographical Note

Catherine Kelly (b. Carrickmore, Co. Tyrone, Northern Ireland, 1962) was a Morrison Visa recipient who grew up in Northern Ireland. She teaches Political Science with a focus on American and International Politics.

Apr 24, 2013
Box: 2 Folder : 32 Kelly, Donald A.

Biographical Note

Donald Kelly (b. 1935), is a retired Senior Vice President of Emigrant Savings Bank and President of the Executive Committee of the Emerald Isle Immigration Center.

Nov 15, 2006
Box: Electronic records E-records : TW_AIA_30_ER_44 Kelly, Marguerite, Sister

Kelly, Marguerite, Sister: 2015-   https://aeon.library.nyu.edu/remoteauth/aeon.dll?Logon&Action=10&Form=31&Value=http://dlib.nyu.edu/findingaids/ead/tamwag/aia_030.xml&view=xml

Biographical Note

Sister Marguerite Kelly was born in 1938 in Caltra, County Galway, Ireland.  She is a sister in the Missionary Franciscan Sisters of the Immaculate Conception.  She worked in Italy, the United States, Bolivia, and Peru before settling permanently in the US in 2003.  At the time of the 2015 interview, she was the Executive Director of the Irish Pastoral Centre in Boston.

Scope and Contents

This interview was conducted by Íde B. O'Carroll at the Irish Pastoral Centre in Boston, Massachusetts on March 12, 2015.  The interview covers Sister Marguerite Kelly's early life in Ireland, her life as a religious sister, and her working life in Boston, Massachusetts.  Kelly describes her family members and her childhood on a farm in County Galway, Ireland. She discusses her education, her decision to join the Missionary Franciscan Sisters of the Immaculate Conception in 1955, and the reaction of her parents to her vocation.  She recounts her early experiences of religious life, her postings in Italy and the United States (US), and her missionary work in Bolivia between the late 1960s and 1980. She discusses her education at Boston College in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts, her experiences teaching in the Boston area in the 1980s, and her work as a missionary in Peru in the late 1980s.  She discusses her return to the Boston area in 1989, her experiences between 1989 and her introduction to the Irish Pastoral Centre in 2004, and her work at the Centre between then and the time of the interview. She describes her responsibilities at the Centre, including her involvement in the senior citizen program and her work to write the Centre's by-laws.

2015
Box: 2 Folder : 33 Kelly, Patrick, M.D.

Scope and Content Note

This oral history was digitally recorded on a Marantz CDR420. The interview took place in New York City on January 17, 2009, and the interviewers Myriam Nyhan and Marion Casey.

Historical/Biographical Note

Patrick J. Kelly (b. 1941), a neurosurgeon and Chairman of the Department of Neurological Surgery at NYU Langone Medical Center. Third generation Irish raised in Lackawanna, New York, he pioneered Computer-Assisted Stereotactic Neurosurgery and founded the New York-based charity the Brain Tumor Foundation.

Jan 17, 2009
Box: 2 Folder : 34 Kelly, Ray

Historical/Biographical Note

Ray Kelly (b. Manhattan, 1941) is Commissioner of the New York City Police Department (1992-1994; 2001-present). He is a Vietnam veteran and retired Marine Colonel, with advanced degrees from St. John's University, New York University and Harvard. As a second-generation Irish American with ties to Counties Cavan, Roscommon, and Longford, Kelly served as Grand Marshal of the 2010 New York City St. Patrick's Day Parade. His brother is Don Kelly.

Nov 19, 2010
Box: 2 Folder : 35 Kelly, Sr. Theresa

Other Finding Aids Note

This interview has been logged at ten-minute intervals, and the Word file is available upon request at tamiment.wagner@nyu.edu.

Scope and Content Note

Sister Theresa begins the discussion with a description of her parents lives in Ballinlough, County Roscommon, Ireland. She includes information such as what life was like there in general, as well as the work involved with owning a family farm. She recalls that her parents lived on the same street but came over to America separately and for different reasons in the early 1920s.

Sister Theresa talks about her parents' occupations after arriving in America. Her mother worked as a housekeeper and was later promoted to cook. Her father's occupation as a police officer in combination with her mother's strong money management enabled the couple to buy their own home. This was the house that Sister grew up in the Brooklyn, New York neighborhood of Bushwick with her two older siblings, James and Mary Anne. When Sister was five, her older brother left to attend the seminary, St. Joseph's College in Princeton, New Jersey, eventually fulfilling his passion and becoming ordained as a Vincentian priest. Sister explains the differences between Vincentian and diocesan priests, and goes on to describe a typical day for a priest and his duties in general.

Sister Theresa attended the single-sex Catholic educational institution St. John the Baptist grammar school. She went on to attend Bishop McDonnell Memorial High School in Brookyln, also a single-sex Catholic school. Sister Theresa mentions that being around religious figures her whole life played a part in motivating her to become a nun. However, after graduating in 1952, she was not yet sure of what she wanted to do, and went on to work in the accounting department at Pfizer Incorporated. After five years, in 1957, Sister Theresa chose to join the Brooklyn Sisters of Mercy. She talks about her various assignments at different schools, ranging from her first teaching assignment in Sunnyside, Queens, to a librarian at St. Patrick's on Kent Avenue in Brooklyn, as well as her work as principal at Our Lady of Refuge in East Flatbush, Brooklyn.

It was during her assignment at St. Patrick's on Kent Avenue that Vatican II occurred. Sister Theresa describes the changes she saw in the Church, the effects the movement had on Catholic educations and the habit, as well as on the convent itself and the women within it. Sister's opinion of the reforms were mostly negative. She believes that before Vatican II the women in the convent had a strict schedule that was followed, and without that kind of structure the women felt lost; she points to this as one of the changes that provoked many women to leave. She also disliked the changes in the habit. She discusses in detail the full habit nuns used to wear before Vatican II, as well as why she enjoyed wearing it and why she still wears the modified habit today, even though it is not a requirement. However, she does mention that she enjoyed the new freedom nuns had to vacation and visit family whenever they chose, as compared to before when time away from the convent was limited. She describes her family's home in Breezy Point, Queens, and the joy it brought her to be able to go back there for vacations. Sister also discusses the effects Vatican II had on the convent, the Church and religion in general, as well as its impact on Catholic educations.

Sister Theresa also discusses her Irish identity throughout the interview. She remembers listening to the Irish radio stations with her mother, and mentions that her sister took Irish dancing classes. She describes her Irishness as being inherent, and something that has always simply been a part of her. When asked about her Irish-American identity she explains that although she does not necessarily think about it, she knows she is Irish, and describes herself as more Irish than American, but that the greatness of America is also simply a part of who she is.

Sister Theresa ends with a discussion about her current position at Our Lady of Mercy Academy in Syosset, New York, as event coordinator, where she organizes school events and fundraisers. She mentions the various events she handles yearly and the amount of money raised at some of them.

This oral history with Sister Theresa Kelly was digitally recorded on a Marantz CDR420. The interview is 2 hours, 28 minutes long, on 3 CDs, and has been logged at ten minute intervals. Sister Theresa Kelly was interviewed on November 8, 2007, at Glucksman Ireland House at New York University by Kristina Galati, Linda Dowling Almeida, and Joseph Ready.

Historical/Biographical Note

Sr. Theresa Kelly (b. 1934) a member of the Sisters of Mercy of the Mid-Atlantic Community who, after a long teaching career, retired as Principal of Our Lady of Refuge in East Flatbush, Brooklyn (NY).

Nov 8, 2007
Box: 2 Folder : 36 Kelly, Thomas

Scope and Content Note

The interview is approximately 1 hour, 36 minutes long. The interview took place on December 14, 2005, and the interviewers were Tess Sheridan and Linda Dowling Almeida.

Historical/Biographical Note

Thomas Kelly (b. 1961), author of several books including Payback,  The Rackets, and  Empire Rising. Drawing on his working class background in New York City and New Jersey he writes about the Irish experience in the construction industry. Kelly put himself through school working as a sandhog digging Water Tunnel Number Three in New York, graduated from Fordham, earned a Masters degree from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard and served as advance director for New York City Mayor David Dinkin's reelection campaign in 1993 before retiring to write full time.

Dec 14, 2005
Box: 2 Folder : 37 King, Peter T.

Biographical Note

Peter T. King (b. 1944), is a Republican Congressman from Long Island and one of the architects of the Northern Ireland peace process in the 1990s.

Nov 28, 2005
Box: 4 Folder : 52 Kirwan, Larry

Historical/Biographical Note

Larry Kirwan (b. 1954) is a writer and musician and is most notable as the lead singer of the Irish rock band Black 47. He also hosts the Sirius Satellite Radio show Celtic Crush.

Oct 18, 2011

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Box: 2 Folder : 38 Landigan, Rosemary

Historical/Biographical Note

Rosemary Landigan (b. New York, New York, 1935), the daughter of immigrants from County Armagh who met in New York at the Armagh Ball, was born and raised in the Bronx, New York. Her father was a publican and one of the founders of the County Armagh Pipe and Drum Band. She made her first trip to Ireland in 1936 and her second trip in 1950.

Jan 22, 2011
Box: 2 Folder : 39 Lang, Danny
Dec 13, 2006
Box: 2 Folder : 40 Lavery, Bobby

Biographical Note

Bobby Lavery (b. Belfast, Co. Antrim, Ireland, 1948), is a former political prisoner at Long Kesh and elected Sinn Fein representative for North Belfast. He emigrated with his American-born wife to San Francisco, CA, in 2000. Before its demise, he worked in Development for the New College of California.

Scope and Content Note

This oral history was digitally recorded on a Marantz PMD660. The interview is approximately 90 minutes long, on 2 CDs. The interview took place in San Francisco, California, on June 3, 2009, and the interviewer was Myriam Nyhan.

Jun 3, 2009
Box: 2 Folder : 41 Laverty, Charles (two interviews)

Biographical Note

Charles A. Laverty (b. Moy, Co. Tyrone, Ireland, 1930), is a journalist and retired reserve member of the U.S. Army Special Forces. He emigrated to New York in 1948. Active in Irish Republican circles thereafter, he served as President of the New York Irish History Roundtable from 2003–2007.

Scope and Content Note

This oral history was digitally recorded on a Marantz CDR420. The interview is 1 hour, 14 minutes, and 41 seconds long, on 1 CD. The interview took place over two sessions in New York City, on October 16, 2009 and February 19, 2010, and the interviewer was Marion Casey.

Oct 16, 2009-Feb 19, 2010
Box: Electronic records E-records : TW_AIA_30_ER_30 Lawless, Anne

Lawless, Anne: 2014-   https://aeon.library.nyu.edu/remoteauth/aeon.dll?Logon&Action=10&Form=31&Value=http://dlib.nyu.edu/findingaids/ead/tamwag/aia_030.xml&view=xml

Biographical Note

Anne Lawless was born in 1949 in Galway, County Galway, Ireland.  She graduated from University College Galway in 1971. She married in 1971 and has four children.  She immigrated to the United States in 1998.

Scope and Contents

This interview was conducted by Íde B. O'Carroll at Anne Lawless's home in Chicago, Illinois on November 21, 2014.  The interview covers Lawless's childhood, life in Ireland, and her life in the United States (US). Lawless discusses her family, her education, and her decision to  attend a boarding school. She recounts her experiences at University College Galway between 1967 and 1971, and discusses meeting her husband in 1970. She discusses the jobs her husband held, the fact that she worked in the home until her children had left home, and the fact that she enjoyed working behind the bar in their pubs in Galway.  She also discusses her and her husband's decision to immigrate to the US in 1998, her children's professions, and her opinion of Galway at the time of the interview.

2014
Box: Electronic records E-records : TW_AIA_30_ER_28 Lawless, Billy

Lawless, Billy: 2014-   https://aeon.library.nyu.edu/remoteauth/aeon.dll?Logon&Action=10&Form=31&Value=http://dlib.nyu.edu/findingaids/ead/tamwag/aia_030.xml&view=xml

Biographical Note

Billy Lawless was born in 1950 in Galway, County Galway, Ireland.  He married in 1971. He immigrated to the United States in 1998.

Scope and Contents

This interview was conducted by Íde B. O'Carroll at Billy Lawless's home in Chicago, Illinois on November 21, 2014.  Lawless's wife, Anne Lawless, participates in the interview. The interview covers Lawless's early life in Ireland, his working life, and his political activity.  Lawless describes his parents and grandparents, and their working lives. He recounts stories from his childhood, including distributing milk with his father in Galway.  He discusses different fields in which he worked before his immigration to the United States, including farming, forestry, and hospitality. He discusses his work in immigration reform, his introduction to the topic, and his opinion on President Barack Obama's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals policy.

2014
Box: 4 Folder : 53 Lawlor, Margaret (Cis)

Historical/Biographical Note

Margaret "Cis" Lawlor (b. Co. Offaly, Ireland, 1920) remembers her paternal grandparents sharing their memories of surviving the Famine when growing up in Co. Offaly. She emigrated to the United States for the first time in 1948 and then returned to Ireland in 1954. After coming back to the US in October 1954, she raised her family in Manhattan and in Elmhurst, Queens.

Feb 9, 2012
Box: 4 Folder : 54 Lawlor, Tom

Historical/Biographical Note

Tom Lawlor (b. Shanahoe, Co. Laois, Ireland, 1941) was a member of the Co. Laois association of New York. He retired from the New York Police Department and moved to Ireland.

Jul 30, 2011
Box: 4 Folder : 55 Leddy, Mary

Historical/Biographical Note

Mary Leddy (b. Co. Cavan, Ireland, 1947) has worked in major hotels in the US and Ireland and is now theConcierge at the Harvard Club of New York.

Sep 5, 2013
Box: 2 Folder : 42 Leonard, Pat

Historical/Biographical Note

Pat Leonard (b. Manhattan, New York, 1944), the daughter of immigrants from Co. Kerry, grew up in the Inwood section of Manhattan. She lived in the Bronx and in Boston before settling in New Jersey with her husband and children.

Jul 21, 2011
Box: 2 Folder : 43 Leonard, Peggy

Historical/Biographical Note

Peggy Leonard (b. West Babylon, New York, 1941), the daughter of immigrants from Arklow, Co. Wicklow, grew up in the Chelsea section of Manhattan. Her father was the long-time proprietor of O'Neill's Bar & Grill (now operating as Moran's) in Chelsea, a popular eating establishment for longshoremen for many decades.

May 19, 2011
Box: 4 Folder : 56 Long, George

Historical/Biographical Note

George Long (b. New York, New York, 1940) is the son of Irish immigrant parents from Arklow, Co. Wicklow, and he grew up in Manhattan's Chelsea neighborhood. He worked on the Chelsea Piers as a longshoreman in his teens, but then moved on to become Vice-President of a prominent New York City bank before his retirement. He retired with his wife, Bonny, to Belle Harbor, New York.

Related Archival Materials

Joe Long Oral History Collection (AIA 070)

Mar 27, 2012
Box: 4 Folder : 57 Long, Joseph

Historical/Biographical Note

Joseph Long (b. New York, New York, 1952) is the son of Irish immigrant parents from Arklow, Co. Wicklow and grew up in Manhattan's Chelsea neighborhood. He spent his career in management with United Technologies and Otis Elevator. He has a Master's Degree in Irish and Irish-American Studies from Glucksman Ireland House, New York University.

Related Archival Materials

Joseph Long Oral History Collection (AIA 070)

Apr 21, 2012
Box: 4 Folder : 58 Long, Veronica (Bunny)

Historical/Biographical Note

Veronica "Bunny" Long (b. Bronx, New York, 1943) is the granddaughter of Irish immigrants from Co. Tyrone. She grew up in the Bronx and married George Long.

Mar 27, 2012
Box: 2 Folder : 44 Loughran, Erin

Historical/Biographical Note

Erin Loughran (b. Englewood, New Jersey, 1988), an All Ireland champion on the fiddle who was the 2011 New York Rose of Tralee, is the daughter of the Irish musicians Margie Mulvihill (a Bronx native) and Frank Loughran from of Co. Tyrone. She earned a B.A. in Irish Music and Dance at the University of Limerick and teaches music throughout New York and New Jersey.

Jun 29, 2011
Box: 2 Folder : 45 Lynch, Danny; Kissane, Pat; Keane, Chris; Brosnan, Sean
Oct 24, 2006
Box: 4 Folder : 59 Lynch, James

Historical/Biographical Note

Dr. James Lynch (b. Queens, New York, 1965) is the only child of postwar Cavan immigrants. He grew up in Elmhurst, Queens, surrounded by extended family on both his father's and mother's sides. Having attended Catholic schools, he attended medical school and specialized in psychiatry. He watched in horror from his Brooklyn Heights office as the Twin Towers crumbled on 9/11. He is married to an Irish-American and has two children. Dr. Lynch is often consulted in cases related to sexual abuse in Ireland.

Apr 27, 2012
Box: 2 Folder : 46 Lynch, Jimmy
Nov 9, 2006
Box: 2 Folder : 47 Lynch, Thomas

Historical/Biographical Note

Thomas Lynch (b. Detroit, Michigan, 1948) is an author and undertaker. He has published several books of poetry, fiction and non-fiction including Skating with Heather Grace (1987),  Grimalkin and Other Poems (1994),  The Undertaking: Life Studies from the Dismal Trade (1997) and  Apparition and Late Fictions (2010). He has been running his family funeral home in Michigan since 1974.

Nov 16, 2010
Box: Electronic records E-records : TW_AIA_30_ER_83 Lyons, Martin

Lyons, Martin: 2014-   https://aeon.library.nyu.edu/remoteauth/aeon.dll?Logon&Action=10&Form=31&Value=http://dlib.nyu.edu/findingaids/ead/tamwag/aia_030.xml&view=xml

Biographical Note

Martin Lyons was born in 1936 in Cashel, County Galway, Ireland. He immigrated to the United States in 1959. He was a co-founder and first chairman for the state of New York for the American Congress for Irish Freedom and a co-founder and first chairman of the Irish Northern Aid Committee (NORAID).

Scope and Contents

This interview was conducted by Miriam Nyhan at Martin Lyons's home in Prattsville, New York on August 21, 2014. The interview covers Lyons's early life in Ireland, his life in the United States (US), and his participation in Irish republican organizations. Lyons discusses his father's and uncle's experiences during the Irish Civil War as members of the Third Western Battalion of the Irish Republican Army (IRA) and his experiences growing up in a family involved in Irish republican politics. He discusses his immigration to the US in 1959, his decision to settle in New York City, and his working life in the city. He discusses his introduction to the IRA in New York City and the organization of the IRA in the US. He discusses his introduction to George Harrison in New York City, the difference between the IRA in the late 1950s and in the 1970s, and the work of Lyons and others to revive the interest in Irish civil rights in the US. He discusses his work with others to establish the American Congress for Irish Freedom and the Irish Northern Aid Committee (NORAID) and his work as the chairman of both organizations. Throughout the interview, he recounts stories of his experiences in these and other Irish American republican organizations, and his experiences with members of these groups from the 1960s through the 1980s. He discusses his identity as Irish and Irish American, and his children's identity as Irish Americans.

2014
Box: Electronic records E-records : TW_AIA_30_ER_50 Lyons, Siobhan

Lyons, Siobhan: 2015-   https://aeon.library.nyu.edu/remoteauth/aeon.dll?Logon&Action=10&Form=31&Value=http://dlib.nyu.edu/findingaids/ead/tamwag/aia_030.xml&view=xml

Biographical Note

Siobhan Lyons was born in 1973 in Killowen Grange, County Down, Northern Ireland. Lyons graduated from the University of London with a bachelor's degree in Arabic. She married in 2004 and immigrated to the United States.  She moved to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 2006 and became the program director for the World Affairs Council of Philadelphia. In 2015 she was the Executive Director at the Irish Immigration Center of Philadelphia.

Scope and Contents

This interview was conducted by Íde B. O'Carroll on April 16, 2015 in the Irish Immigration Center of Philadelphia in Upper Darby, Pennsylvania. The interview contains Siobhan Lyons's early life and family history. She discusses her family's international moves due to her father's work for the Irish Department of Foreign Affairs. She recalls her interest in Arabic due to her father's posting in Saudi Arabia. She describes her visa application process from 2004 to 2007 and its effects on her job application process in the United States. Lyons describes her work with the senior citizens of Philadelphia as the Executive Director at the Irish Immigration Center of Philadelphia.

2015

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Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 4 Folder : 60 MacCurtain, Sr. Margaret

Historical/Biographical Note

Sr. Margaret MacCurtain (b. Cork City, Co. Cork, Ireland, 1929) is a noted Irish historian, teacher, editor and human rights activist. Her impressive body of work includes the book Ariadne's Thread: Writing Women into Irish History.

Apr 25, 2013
Box: Electronic records E-records : TW_AIA_30_ER_85 MacGearailt, Micheál

MacGearailt, Micheal: 2015-   https://aeon.library.nyu.edu/remoteauth/aeon.dll?Logon&Action=10&Form=31&Value=http://dlib.nyu.edu/findingaids/ead/tamwag/aia_030.xml&view=xml

Biographical Note

Micheál MacGearailt was born in 1941 in Dingle, County Kerry, Ireland.  At the time of the interview, MacGearailt was a contributor to Radio na Gaeltachta as a saoi, explaining the etymology of Irish phrases and words.

Scope and Contents

This interview was conducted by Íde B. O'Carroll at Micheál MacGearailt's home in Dingle, County Kerry, Ireland on August 13, 2015.  This interview was conducted entirely in Irish and covers MacGearailt's family, his time in the United States (US), and his appreciation for the Irish language and culture.  MacGearailt describes his family and their experiences immigrating to the US and returning to Ireland. He recounts his experiences living in Hartford, Connecticut and the connections he made there playing Gaelic football and speaking Irish with other members of the Gaelic Athletic Association.  He discusses his work as an air traffic controller at Shannon Airport in County Clare, his work as a mail carrier in Hartford, and his decision to return to his family's farm in 1975.

2015
Box: Electronic records E-records : TW_AIA_30_ER_33 Magee, Breandán

Magee, Breandan: 2014-   https://aeon.library.nyu.edu/remoteauth/aeon.dll?Logon&Action=10&Form=31&Value=http://dlib.nyu.edu/findingaids/ead/tamwag/aia_030.xml&view=xml

Biographical Note

Breandán Magee was born in 1978 in Belfast, Northern Ireland.  He received his master's degree at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in 2002.  At the time of the 2014 interview, he was the Senior Director of Programs at Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights.

Scope and Contents

This interview was conducted by Íde B. O'Carroll in Chicago, Illinois on November 22, 2014.  The interview covers Breandán Magee's early life in Northern Ireland and his working life in the United States (US).  Magee describes his parents and his childhood in Northern Ireland. He discusses his experiences of The Troubles in Belfast, Northern Ireland in 1980s, including his memories of bomb scares and his fear of his home being invaded as a child.  He discusses his education and his decision to stay in the US after completing his master's degree at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in 2002.  He discusses working at the Ireland Institute of Pittsburgh with the Walsh Visa Program and Wider Horizons Program in the early 2000s.  He describes his work as the Executive Director at Chicago Irish Immigrant Support (CIIS), the senior programs started at CIIS under his direction, and his work at the time of the interview as the Senior Director of Programs at Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights.  He also discusses immigration policies in the US and their effect on all immigrants.

Northern Ireland -- History -- 1968-1998 -- Personal narratives.
2014
Box: 2 Folder : 48 Maguire, Anne

Biographical Note

Anne Maguire (b. Dublin, Co. Dublin, Ireland, 1962), an activist for gay/lesbian rights, emigrated to New York in 1987. She was a founder of the Irish Lesbian and Gay Organization and the New York Lesbian Avengers. Her memoir, Rock the Sham! The Irish Lesbian & Gay Organization's Battle to March in New York City's St. Patrick's Day Parade, was published in 2006.

Scope and Content Note

Some of the key themes that Maguire focuses on are how her attitude to where 'home' (Ireland/New York) is has changed over time and how Irish American and Irish-born gays interacted.

This oral history was digitally recorded on a Marantz PMD660. The interview took place in New York City on January 24, 2009, and the interviewer was Myriam Nyhan.

Jan 24, 2009
Box: 2 Folder : 49 Mahon, Pat

Scope and Content Note

Pat Mahon discusses a range of topics from his Irish Catholic childhood in the Bronx to international Irish traditional music competitions and performance to life on Wall Street as an Irish Catholic New Yorker.

He begins the interview discussing his family life and youth in the changing and diverse neighborhoods of the Bronx in the 1960s. As the oldest son of Irish immigrants, he and his three siblings were educated in Catholic grammar schools and he and his sister both tested into prestigious public high schools. He reflects on the importance of Irish identity for his parents and how they encouraged their children to build their own ethnic identity through music. Pat learned the button accordion and trained and competed with some well-known figures in the field of traditional music including Joannie Madden, Eileen Ivers, and Brian Conway. He describes his experience as the first American to win the All-Ireland championship in 1973 at the Fleadh in Listowel, Co. Kerry.

It is clear from his discussion that music fills a central place in his life. He reflects on his short stint as a professional musician that interrupted his undergraduate education at Fordham University and how the reality of making a living sent him back to City University of New York-Lehman College for a degree in accounting. Despite a 20+ year career on Wall Street he has never abandoned his music and Mahon recalls how he pursued his passion for traditional music while stationed around the world for work, including years in Japan and England. His discussion of the traditional music world and its active participants is among the most fascinating highlights of the interview, in particular, his memories of performing with Eileen Ivers in Japan are wonderful.

Mahon also discusses the various career paths of his siblings, particularly his two brothers, who pursued seemingly "typical" Irish vocations in law enforcement. He observes that the attacks on the World Trade Center altered the parameters of their work and made their occupations anything but typical. He speaks candidly about life on Wall Street and the ethnic culture of certain corporations and jobs in the financial services sector, but admitted that he did not suffer one way or the other by being Irish. As an ex-pat for most of his adult life and career, his identity as a "Yank" created more of an identity issue for him.

He and his wife have three children who are themselves musicians but who identify themselves as European rather than Irish, American or Irish American. He reflects on how he and his wife met and the Irish background of his wife and her experience as an Irish dancer. He muses on the Riverdance craze and the boost it gave the Irish dance industry around the world, including the dance studio that his sister-in-law operates in Florida. In one anecdote he recalls how out of context it was to see young Japanese girls in "Sheila" wigs at competitions in Japan.

This oral history with Pat Mahon was digitally recorded on a Marantz CDR420. The interview is 1 hour, 18 minutes, and 18 seconds long, on two CDs and has been logged at ten-minute intervals. The interview took place on November 14, 2007.

Other Finding Aids Note

This interview has been logged at ten-minute intervals, and the Word file is available upon request at tamiment.wagner@nyu.edu.

Historical/Biographical Note

Pat Mahon (b. Bronx, New York, 1958), a Bronx-born financial industry executive who lives in London. In 1973 he became the first American to win the All-Ireland button accordian championship. He continues to play music even as he travels the world for his career, including several years performing with an Irish band he formed while living in Tokyo.

Nov 14, 2007
Box: Electronic records E-records : TW_AIA_30_ER_81 Mahoney, Robert

Mahoney, Robert: 2015-   https://aeon.library.nyu.edu/remoteauth/aeon.dll?Logon&Action=10&Form=31&Value=http://dlib.nyu.edu/findingaids/ead/tamwag/aia_030.xml&view=xml

Biographical Note

Robert Mahoney was born in 1945 in the Greenwich Village neighborhood of Manhattan, New York.

Scope and Contents

This interview was conducted by Marion Casey on January 14, 2015 at New York University's Glucksman Ireland House in Manhattan, New York. The interview contains Robert Mahoney's family history and early childhood. He describes the Greenwich Village neighborhood in which he grew up and his negative experiences in Catholic schools in the neighborhood.  He retells how his father taught him to value his education and understand the dignity of labor by finding him labor intensive summer jobs.

2015
Box: 2 Folder : 50 Malone, Mary

Historical/Biographical Note

Mary Malone (b. New York, New York, 1939), the daughter of an immigrant from Ballymahon, County Longford, grew up in St. Nicholas of Tolentine parish in the Bronx. She worked for many years in Administration and Human Resources at AIG before retiring in 1996.

Apr 7, 2011
Box: Electronic records E-records : TW_AIA_30_ER_6 Malone, Stephen

Malone, Stephen: 2014-   https://aeon.library.nyu.edu/remoteauth/aeon.dll?Logon&Action=10&Form=31&Value=http://dlib.nyu.edu/findingaids/ead/tamwag/aia_030.xml&view=xml

Biographical Note

Stephen Malone was born in 1969 in the Sunnyside neighborhood of Queens, New York.  In 2014, he had been working as a carriage driver in New York for 27 years.

Scope and Contents

This interview is conducted by Linda Dowling Almeida on June 2nd, 2014 at Clinton Stables in New York, New York. The interview covers Stephen Malone's family immigration story and his father's farrier business between 1967 and 1995. He recounts how he advocated against the exploitation of the carriage drivers by the City of New York with the help of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters. He shares the differences between his commercial carriage business and his father's carriage driving business.

2014
Box: Electronic records E-records : TW_AIA_30_ER_73 Martin, Don

Martin, Don: 2017-   https://aeon.library.nyu.edu/remoteauth/aeon.dll?Logon&Action=10&Form=31&Value=http://dlib.nyu.edu/findingaids/ead/tamwag/aia_030.xml&view=xml

Biographical Note

Don Martin was born in 1942 in the Morningside Heights neighborhood of Manhattan, New York. He graduated from Columbia College in Manhattan with a degree in English Literature. He attended New York Law School in Manhattan, while working for the United States Trust Company. His worked for Post, Dumont and Crow in real estate law and the American Broadcasting Company as legal counsel.

Scope and Contents

This interview was conducted by Linda Dowling Almeida on November 15, 2017 at New York University's Glucksman Ireland House in Manhattan, New York. The interview covers Don Martin's early  life in the Morningside Heights neighborhood of Manhattan and his education at Mary Help of Christians in Manhattan. He recounts his memories of his work as legal counsel for the American Broadcasting Company and his political activism for the Irish Immigration Reform Movement.

2017
Box: 2 Folder : 51 McAllister, Brian

Other Finding Aids

This interview has been logged at ten-minute intervals, and the Word file is available upon request at tamiment.wagner@nyu.edu.

Scope and Content Note

The interview is approximately 1 hour and 40 minutes long. The interview took place on November 7, 2005, and the interviewers were Kerri Farrell, Linda Dowling Almeida, Marion R. Casey.

Historical/Biographical Note

Brian McAllister (b. 1932), president of McAllister Towing & Transport, a tugboat firm operating on the Eastern seaboard but principally in New York harbor.

Nov 7, 2005
Box: 4 Folder : 61 McCann, Rosemary

Historical/Biographical Note

Rosemary McCann (Ridgewood, New Jersey, 1955) has done a great deal of in-depth research on her family's immigration history. She has been able to trace her family back several generations to Cos. Armagh, Mayo, Meath, and Offaly.

Apr 5, 2012
Box: 4 Folder : 62 McCarthy, Larry

Historical/Biographical Note

Larry McCarthy (b. Co. Cork, Ireland, 1954) is a lifelong promoter of the Gaelic Athletic Association and a professor at Seton Hall University who received the Mayor's Award, New York City, for his work in support of Gaelic Park, New York.

Sep 4, 2013
Box: 2 Folder : 52 McCarthy, Margaret

Historical/Biographical Note

Margaret McCarthy (b. White Plains, New York, 1953) is a photographer who has documented the peace and social justice movements of the last two decades through her photographs. She has published plays and poetry in literary magazines, journals and anthologies.

May 11, 2011
Box: 2 Folder : 53 McCarthy, Monica

Historical/Biographical Note

Monica McCarthy (b. Castlebar, County Mayo, 1942), a second cousin of Irish Taoiseach Enda Kenny, was a civil servant in Dublin before emigrating to London in 1964 to work at the Irish Embassy there. She married an Irish American and the couple settled in Washington, D.C. Her grandparents had spent time in Philadelphia, where her mother was born in 1900.

May 25, 2011
Box: 2 Folder : 54 McCarthy, Sr. Rita

Scope and Content Note

This oral history was digitally recorded on a Marantz PMD660. The interview is approximately 40 minutes long, on 1 CD. The interview took place in Tenalfy, New Jersey, on April 8, 2009, and the interviewer was Myriam Nyhan.

Other Finding Aids

Subject notes have been created by track number, and the Word file is available upon request at tamiment.wagner@nyu.edu.

Historical/Biographical Note

Sr. Rita McCarthy (b. Lombardstown, Co. Cork, 1915), a Missionary Franciscan Sister, began her career in education at Our Lady of Peace, Brooklyn, in 1934. She retired as a school principal.

Apr 8, 2009
Box: 2 Folder : 55 McDermott, Alice

Historical/Biographical Note

Alice McDermott (b. Brooklyn, New York, 1953), the Richard A. Macksy Professor of Humanities at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland, is a writer since 1983. She is the author of several books in which Irish America is central to understanding character including Charming Billy (1990) winner of the National Book Award for fiction.

Nov 12, 2010
Box: 4 Folder : 63 McDermott, Hugh and McPhillips, John

Historical/Biographical Note

Hugh McDermott and John McPhillips (b. Co. Tyrone, Northern Ireland, 1930) and (b. Montreal, Canada, 1929, d. 25 October 2012) both emigrated to Philadelphia in the 1950s, where they became involved with the Philadelphia Tyrone Society.

Apr 8, 2012
Box: Electronic records E-records : TW_AIA_30_ER_19 McDonagh, Orla

McDonagh, Orla: 2014-   https://aeon.library.nyu.edu/remoteauth/aeon.dll?Logon&Action=10&Form=31&Value=http://dlib.nyu.edu/findingaids/ead/tamwag/aia_030.xml&view=xml

Biographical Note

Orla McDonagh was born in 1972 in Dublin, Ireland.  She studied piano at the Royal Irish Academy in Dublin.  She moved to New York, New York in 1991 to study at the Juilliard School, receiving her bachelor's degree in piano performance in 1995, and received her Ph.D. in piano performance from Indiana University Bloomington in 1999.  She was a professor of piano music theory at Indiana University between 1998 and 2001 and at Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon between 2001 and 2010. In 2010 she returned to Ireland and taught at the Royal Irish Academy.  At the time of the 2014 interview, McDonagh was teaching at the Royal Irish Academy, touring worldwide as a performer, and returning to Bloomington each summer to teach at Indiana University's Jacobs School of Music Piano Academy.

Scope and Contents

This interview was conducted by Íde B. O'Carroll at Orla McDonagh's home in Dublin, Ireland on July 31, 2014.  The interview covers McDonagh's training as a pianist, her work as a music professor in the United States (US) and Ireland, and her experiences living in the US and Ireland.  She discusses her parents and their siblings who emigrated from Ireland. She recounts her decision to study music at a young age and her education and training as a pianist. She discusses her education at the Juilliard School in New York and her experiences in New York in the 1990s.  She describes her positions as a music professor at Indiana University Bloomington and Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon, and her social and working lives in Bloomington and Portland. She discusses her position at the time of the interview as a professor at the Royal Irish Academy and summer instructor at Indiana University's Jacobs School of Music Piano Academy, and her feelings about both programs.

2014
Box: 2 Folder : 56 McFadden, Stephen

Scope and Content Note

This oral history was digitally recorded on a Marantz PMD660. The interview is approximately 130 minutes long, on 2 CDs. The interview took place on May 19, 2009, and the interviewer was Myriam Nyhan.

Historical/Biographical Note

Stephen McFadden (b. 1942), co-owner of Ryan McFadden's, a New York bar, is the son of emigrants from Co. Armagh and Co. Mayo immigrants.

May 19, 2009
Box: 2 Folder : 57 McGimpsey, William
Jul 24, 2010
Box: Electronic records E-records : TW_AIA_30_ER_71 McGoldrick, Debbie

McGoldrick, Debbie: 2016-   https://aeon.library.nyu.edu/remoteauth/aeon.dll?Logon&Action=10&Form=31&Value=http://dlib.nyu.edu/findingaids/ead/tamwag/aia_030.xml&view=xml

Biographical Note

Debbie McGoldrick was born in 1965 in Mineola, New York.  She graduated high school 1983 and graduated from Adelphi University in Garden City, New York in 1987.  She worked at the Irish Echo between 1987 and 1991, before moving to the  Irish Voice in 1991.  She married Niall O'Dowd, founder of the  Irish Voice, and has one daughter.  At the time of the interview, McGoldrick was the editor of the  Irish Voice.

Scope and Contents

This interview was conducted by Íde B. O'Carroll at Debbie McGoldrick's office at the Irish Voice in New York, New York on April 22, 2016.  The interview covers McGoldrick's family and her working life.  McGoldrick discusses her parents, their immigration experiences, and their working lives.  She discusses her relationship with Ireland and her desire to find a job related to Irish culture.  McGoldrick recounts her experiences as a reporter and editor at New York's two main Irish newspapers, the  Irish Echo and the  Irish Voice between the 1980s and the time of the interview.  She discusses the differences between the two newspapers, including their audiences, and the role the newspapers served for new Irish immigrants.  She discusses her weekly "Green Card" column at the  Irish Voice, the support she received from James O'Malley on legal matters, and the fact that the column was a vital source of information for Irish immigrants in the 1990s.  She recounts her involvement in immigration reform organizations in the 1980s and 1990s, including the Irish Immigration Reform Movement, and the relationships between the two newspapers and this movement.  She also discusses the decline in readership for print newspapers, the future of the  Irish Voice with the rise of online news sources, and the relationship between the  Irish Voice and the online new source IrishCentral.

2016
Box: 4 Folder : 64 McGowan, William

Historical/Biographical Note

William McGowan (b. Enniscrone, Co. Sligo, Ireland, 1940) is a central figure in Boston's Irish community involved in sporting and business affairs, founder of the Massachusetts Immigration Committee's campaign in the 1980s.

Sep 28, 2013
Box: 2 Folder : 58 McGuire, Fr. John

Historical/Biographical Note

Fr. John McGuire of the Dominican Order (b. Manhattan, New York, 1943) is the Pastor of New York University's Catholic Campus Ministry based at St. Joseph's Church in Greenwich Village. Formerly a Trappist Monk, he was also the Director of the International Ecumenical Center at Coventry in England, the first Roman Catholic Priest to be employed by the Anglican Church. His mother was an Irish speaker from Co. Galway and his father was a Protestant from Northern Ireland.

Jun 7, 2011
Box: 2 Folder : 59 McKeown, Susan

Biographical Note

Susan McKeown (b. Terenure, Co. Dublin, Ireland 1967), is a folk musician who has recorded over ten albums of traditional Irish, English, Scottish, and Jewish music. She emigrated to New York in 1990 and settled in Manhattan's East Village. She has collaborated on major projects with Johnny Cunningham, Mabou Mines, and The Klezmatics, among others.

Nov 3, 2009
Box: 2 Folder : 60 McInerney, Bridie
Oct 20, 2006
Box: 4 Folder : 65 McLaughlin, Jeanie and Charlie

Historical/Biographical Note

Jeanine and Charlie McLaughlin (b. New York, New York, 1926) and (b. Bronx, New York, 1924) have family roots in Cos. Dublin, Offaly, Offaly, and Galway. They have been active in many Irish organizations over the last five decades, including the Ancient Order of Hibernians, Irish Northern Aid Committee, and Clan na Gael.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

Duration: 130 Minutes.

McLaughlin, Jeanie and Charlie   https://aeon.library.nyu.edu/Logon?Action=10&Form=31&Value=http://dlib.nyu.edu/findingaids/ead/tamwag/aia_030.xml&view=xml

Feb 6, 2012
Box: 2 Folder : 61 McManus, Jim

Biographical Note

Jim McManus (b. 1934), grandnephew of the late Thomas McManus ("The McManus"), has overseen the McManus Midtown Democratic Association in Manhattan, New York since 1963. He has been a funeral director and an elected member of the New York State Assembly.

Scope and Content Note

Some of the key themes in this oral history are: the McManus Club and the dynamics of democratic politics in 20th century New York; Irish involvement in politics and how this operated beside other ethnic groups; Democrats versus reformers; Tammany Hall; growing up in 1930s and '40s Hells Kitchen; Mikey Spillane (his father said that he would break his daughter's heart); how the Democrats operated alongside the Republicans; shift of politics from working-class interest to more of a pursuit of the elite; and that Irish were not numeric minority but always held the positions of power in the district.

Mar 5, 2009
Box: 4 Folder : 66 McManus, Joe

Historical/Biographical Note

Joe McManus (b. Drumshanbo, Co. Leitrim, Ireland, 1950) was active in county society and Republican circles in New York City. He worked in real estate after arriving in the United States in the mid-1980s.

Dec 8, 2011
Box: Electronic records E-records : TW_AIA_30_ER_52 McMenamin, Sean

McMenamin, Sean: 2015-   https://aeon.library.nyu.edu/remoteauth/aeon.dll?Logon&Action=10&Form=31&Value=http://dlib.nyu.edu/findingaids/ead/tamwag/aia_030.xml&view=xml

Biographical Note

Sean McMenamin was born in 1941 in Kildangan, County Mayo, Ireland. McMenamin was apprenticed as a carpenter in St. Albans, England from 1959 to 1963. In 1965 he obtained a visa to work in the United States. McMenamin served in the United States Army for two years before marrying in 1968. He moved to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and worked for Dupont Pharmaceuticals.

Scope and Contents

This interview was conducted by Íde B. O'Carroll on April 16, 2015 at the Irish Immigration Center of Philadelphia in Upper Darby, Pennsylvania. The interview contains Sean McMenamin's family history and immigration story. McMenamin discusses his active membership in the Commodore Barry Arts and Cultural Center in Philadelphia and his 34 years working as a facilities engineer for Dupont Pharmaceuticals. He details his work with Dupont to make sure the buildings and services of the Dupont Pharmaceuticals campus met the requirements of its employees.

2015
Box: 2 Folder : 62 McMullan, Mary

Biographical Note

Mary McTaggart McMullan (b. Co. Derry, Ireland, 1931), is an active member of the County Derry Society of New York. She emigrated in 1958 to join her soon-to-be-husband, John, who had immigrated five years earlier. Most of her career was spent working in the auto industry in sales and bookkeeping.

Scope and Content Note

Two of the major themes discussed in the interview are 9/11 and growing up in the North of Ireland.

This oral history was digitally recorded on a Marantz PCM660. The interview is approximately 120 minutes long, on 2 CDs. The interview took place in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, on October 28, 2008, and the interviewer was Myriam Nyhan.

Oct 28, 2008
Box: 4 Folder : 67 McNamara, Sr. Lillian

Historical/Biographical Note

Sr. Lillian McNamara (b. New York, New York, 1940) is the daughter of Irish parents from Co. Clare and grew up in Manhattan. She has been working with Encore Community Services since 1976 and is currently the Director of Operations there.

Apr 18, 2012
Box: Electronic records E-records : TW_AIA_30_ER_7 McPaul, James

McPaul, James: 2014-   https://aeon.library.nyu.edu/remoteauth/aeon.dll?Logon&Action=10&Form=31&Value=http://dlib.nyu.edu/findingaids/ead/tamwag/aia_030.xml&view=xml

Biographical Note

James McPaul was born in 1935 in County Donegal, Ireland.  He was one of six children. He is married and has two sons.  He immigrated to the United States in 1961, settling in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Scope and Contents

This interview was conducted by Danielle Zach in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on June 16, 2014.  The interview covers James McPaul's early life in Ireland, his immigration to the United States (US), and his work and political experiences.  McPaul describes his childhood, his family, and his community in County Donegal, Ireland. He recounts entering the workforce at the age of 14 and describes jobs he held in Ireland and England in the 1940s and 1950s.  He discusses the social divisions between Catholic and Protestant Irish in Donegal in the 1930s through 1950s, providing his opinion on income and other disparities between the two groups. He mentions receiving his first pay packet and explains the importance of receiving money for work.  He discusses meeting his wife in Ireland, following her to the US, and settling in Philadelphia. He discusses his involvement with Irish Northern Aid Committee (NORAID) in Philadelphia, its relationship to the group in New York City, and the activities of NORAID in Philadelphia during the 1970s.  He also discusses his memories of the assassinations of John F. Kennedy and Robert F. Kennedy and the civil rights movement in Philadelphia the 1960s.

2014
Box: 2 Folder : 63 Meade, Don

Historical/Biographical Note

Don Meade (b. Fort Belvoir, Virginia, 1954), a banjo and harmonica player, is the producer of a long-running Irish traditional music concert series in New York City at venues like the Eagle Tavern, the Blarney Star and at New York University's Glucksman Ireland House. In addition to being active with the Catskills Irish Arts Weekly in East Durham, New York and the Washington Square Harp and Shamrock Orchestra, he has published several articles on Irish American music.

Feb 5, 2011
Box: 3 Folder : 1 Meagher, Tim

Historical/Biographical Note

Tim Meagher (b. Worcester, Massachusetts, 1949) is a Professor of History and University Archivist at Catholic University of America. He is the author of Inventing Irish America: Generation, Class, and Ethnic Identity in a New England City, 1880-1928 and the  Columbia Guide to Irish American History, and co- editor of  The New York Irish, in addition to many essays on the Irish in America.

May 25, 2011
Box: Electronic records E-records : TW_AIA_30_ER_84 Mellody, Philomena

Mellody, Philomena: 2014-   https://aeon.library.nyu.edu/remoteauth/aeon.dll?Logon&Action=10&Form=31&Value=http://dlib.nyu.edu/findingaids/ead/tamwag/aia_030.xml&view=xml

Biographical Note

Philomena Mellody was born in 1941 in Mullaghmore, County Galway, Ireland.  She immigrated to the United States in 1958.

Scope and Contents

This interview was conducted by Miriam Nyhan at Phyllis Powell's home in North Brunswick, New Jersey on November 2, 2014.  The interview covers Philomena Mellody's early life in Ireland and her experiences as a nun in Ireland and the United States (US) in the 1960s.  Mellody discusses her childhood in Ireland and describes her family and neighbors. She describes her siblings in detail and their experiences as children on a farm in County Galway.  She discusses her joining the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word in 1956 and her enjoyment of her training there. She recounts traveling from Ireland to the Incarnate Word convent in San Antonio, Texas in 1958 and her first impressions of the US.  She describes her experiences as a postulate and teacher in San Antonio, her experiences after taking final vows in 1966, and her opinions of other nuns in Incarnate Word.

2014
Box: 3 Folder : 2 Mescall, Eileen Reilly

Historical/Biographical Note

Eileen Reilly Mescall (b. Holyoke, Massachusetts, 1928), a second generation Irish American, returned to Ireland with her parents during the Depression. She grew up in Co. Clare and later emigrated to live in New York. She is the mother of Patricia Mescall Heffernan.

May 18, 2011
Box: 3 Folder : 3 Mescall, Patricia
Jun 7, 2011
Box: Electronic records E-records : TW_AIA_30_ER_41 Millar, Ronnie

Millar, Ronnie: 2015-   https://aeon.library.nyu.edu/remoteauth/aeon.dll?Logon&Action=10&Form=31&Value=http://dlib.nyu.edu/findingaids/ead/tamwag/aia_030.xml&view=xml

Biographical Note

Ronnie Millar was born in 1964 in London, England and was raised in Antrim, County Antrim, Northern Ireland.  At the time of the 2015 interview, Millar was the Executive Director of the Irish International Immigration Center in Boston, Massachusetts.

Scope and Contents

This interview was conducted by Íde B. O'Carroll at the Irish International Immigration Center in Boston, Massachusetts on March 11, 2015.  The interview covers Ronnie Millar's early life in Northern Ireland, his experiences of The Troubles in Northern Ireland in the 1970s and 1980s, and his working life.  Millar describes his parents and his siblings, and describes his family's identity as a mixed family, as his father was Protestant and his mother was Catholic. He recounts his family's moves between Ireland and England in the 1960s and 1970s and the lack of safety Millar felt as a child.  He recounts numerous stories about his experiences of The Troubles in Antrim, Northern Ireland in the 1970s and 1980s, including being evacuated from buildings and encountering violence during his daily life. He discusses leaving school around 1979 and entering the punk rock scene in Belfast.  He discusses the impact of his participation in the punk scene on his family, his decision to take an apprenticeship in 1982, and the fact that these events led him to reflect upon his religious faith. He discusses his decision to immigrate to the United States in 1995, his experiences of the differences between the Boston area and Belfast, and his appreciation of the opportunity to experience something different.  He describes the work of the Irish International Immigration Center and details their programs and services.

2015
Box: 3 Folder : 4 Minihane, Sean

Biographical Note

Sean Minihane (b. Co. Cork, Ireland), is an Irish-born member of the New Irish generation of the 1980s and one of the founders of the Irish Immigration Reform Movement (IIRM). Immigrating to New York in 1986, he quickly recognized the plight of his undocumented peers and helped lead the IIRM to lobby for and achieve legislative reform with the passage of the Immigration Act of 1990 HR-4300. The law granted thousands of non-preference visas to immigrants considered disadvantaged by previous legislation, many of whom were Irish.

Oct 25, 2007
Box: 4 Folder : 68 Minogue, Aine

Historical/Biographical Note

Aine Minogue (b. Borriskane, Co. Tipperary, Ireland, 1965) is a professional composer and harpist who immigrated to the United States in 1983. She uses Irish mythology and history as sources for her creative works and performances.

Apr 22, 2013
Box: 3 Folder : 5 Miskell, Frank

Biographical Note

Frank Miskell (b. 1954), is a longshoreman in Port Elizabeth, New Jersey. The descendant of Famine immigrants, his family has worked the port of New York for generations.

Scope and Content Note

Some of the key themes discussed include: Irish working-class Catholic longshoremen and West Side identity; labour dynamics on the docks; violence on the West Side; his father, a reformer on the docks; and a discussion of On the Waterfront.

This oral history was digitally recorded on a Marantz PMD660. The interview is approximately 120 minutes long, on 2 CDs. The interview took place in New York City on March 21, 2009, and the interviewer was Myriam Nyhan.

Mar 21, 2009
Box: 4 Folder : 69 Moloney, Fr. Pat

Historical/Biographical Note

Fr. Pat Moloney (b. Limerick, Co. Limerick, Ireland, 1932) emigrated to the United States in 1955 and began a ministry for the poor in New York's East Village. He is the son and grandson of Irish Republican Army fighting men, and his own Republicanism was a target from the 1970s to the 1990s.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

Duration: 219 Minutes.

Moloney, Fr. Pat   https://aeon.library.nyu.edu/Logon?Action=10&Form=31&Value=http://dlib.nyu.edu/findingaids/ead/tamwag/aia_030.xml&view=xml

Feb 4, 2012
Box: 4 Folder : 70 Moloney, John

Historical/Biographical Note

John Moloney (b. Limerick, Co. Limerick, Ireland, 1937) is the brother of Fr Pat Moloney. He is from Limerick, Ireland, and was imprisoned in Ireland for Republian activities.

Feb 4, 2012
Box: Electronic records E-records : TW_AIA_30_ER_82 Molloy, Margaret

Molloy, Margaret: 2016-   https://aeon.library.nyu.edu/remoteauth/aeon.dll?Logon&Action=10&Form=31&Value=http://dlib.nyu.edu/findingaids/ead/tamwag/aia_030.xml&view=xml

Biographical Note

Margaret Molloy was born in 1970 in Tubber, County Offaly, Ireland.  She married in 1997. She received her bachelor's degree from University of Ulster in Coleraine, Northern Ireland in 1993 and her master's degree in Business Administration from Harvard Business School in Boston, Massachusetts in 2000.  She is married and has two sons. At the time of the 2016 interview, she was the Global Chief Marketing Officer for Siegel+Gale in New York.

Scope and Contents

This interview was conducted by Íde B. O'Carroll at Margaret Molloy's office in Manhattan, New York on April 29, 2016.  The interview covers Molloy's working life. Molloy begins by describing her early life on a dairy farm in County Offaly, Ireland and her family.  She explains her decision to attend the University of Ulster and to study business and Spanish, and describes her experiences during college. She recounts her experiences in Enterprise Ireland's International Graduate Programme in 1993, her placement in New York City, and her decision to remain in the United States (US) at the end of her internship.  She recounts her experiences working with Irish and American companies in New York through the 1990s and 2000s and her work as the Global Chief Marketing Officer at Siegel+Gale at the time of the interview. She also discusses her husband's work as an economist and her experiences as a member of the Irish diaspora.

2016
Box: 3 Folder : 6 Mooney, Charlie

Historical/Biographical Note

Charlie Mooney (b. Bronx, New York, 1938)

Apr 14, 2011
Box: Electronic records E-records : TW_AIA_30_ER_39 Mooney, David

Mooney, David: 2015-   https://aeon.library.nyu.edu/remoteauth/aeon.dll?Logon&Action=10&Form=31&Value=http://dlib.nyu.edu/findingaids/ead/tamwag/aia_030.xml&view=xml

Biographical Note

David Mooney was born in 1959 in Dublin, Ireland.  He immigrated to the United States in 1986.

Scope and Contents

This interview was conducted at Íde B. O'Carroll in Cambridge, Massachusetts on March 11, 2015.  The interview covers David Mooney's early life in Ireland and his working life in the United States (US).  Mooney describes his family and his childhood in Dublin. He recounts his decision to immigrate to the US in 1986 and describes jobs he held in California and Louisiana before settling permanently in Boston in 1988.  He describes his introduction to the Irish International Immigration Center (IIIC) in Boston, his job as an outreach coordinator at the IIIC, and programs he managed particularly for recipients of Morrison visas. He also discusses meeting his wife and his frequent visits to Ireland.

2015
Box: 3 Folder : 7 Mooney, Maureen

Historical/Biographical Note

Maureen Griffin Mooney (b. Bronx, New York, 1939)

Apr 14, 2011
Box: Electronic records E-records : TW_AIA_30_ER_27 Morahan, Paschal

Morahan, Paschal: 2014-   https://aeon.library.nyu.edu/remoteauth/aeon.dll?Logon&Action=10&Form=31&Value=http://dlib.nyu.edu/findingaids/ead/tamwag/aia_030.xml&view=xml

Biographical Note

Paschal Morahan was born in 1946 in County Roscommon, Ireland. He immigrated to England in 1962 and worked in Birmingham on a construction crew. In 1964 Morahan immigrated to the United States (US) and settled in the Bronx, New York.  He was a member of the Fort Worth Five, five Irish men from New York who were imprisoned in Fort Worth, Texas between 1972 and 1973 for refusing to answer questions regarding alleged arms smuggling between the US and Ireland.

Scope and Contents

This interview was conducted by Danielle Zach on October 10, 2014 in Nanuet, New York. The interview covers Paschal Morahan's recollections of his childhood and his immigration to England and then the United States. He recounts attending an event at which Bernadette Devlin McAliskey spoke in the Bronx and the civil rights issues within New York City in the 1960s. He describes his time being held without bail in Fort Worth, Texas between 1972 and 1973 on suspicion of gun running for the Irish Republican Army. He shares how supportive the Irish American community was during his imprisonment.

2014
Box: 3 Folder : 8 Morrissey, Kevin
Oct 12, 2006
Box: 3 Folder : 9 Motherway, Patrick

Scope and Content Note

This oral history was digitally recorded on a Marantz PMD660. The interview is approximately 90 minutes long, on 2 CDs. The interview took place in College Point, New York, on June 8, 2009, and the interviewer was Myriam Nyhan.

Jun 8, 2009
Box: 3 Folder : 10 Moylan, John

Historical/Biographical Note

John Moylan (b. Manhattan, New York, 1940), the son of immigrants from Co. Cork, spent his career as a doorman at Tavern on the Green, a restaurant located in Central Park. He is also the author of several articles including "Remembering Kelso," "The Boys of Summer's Past" and "The Finest of the Finest."

Mar 25, 2011
Box: 3 Folder : 11 Mulcahy, Denis

Historical/Biographical Note

Denis Mulcahy (b. Channel Islands, UK, 1944), retired NYPD bomb squad detective, emigrated to the United States from Cork. He is the founder of Project Children, a program that has fostered peace since 1975 by mixing Catholic and Protestant young people from Northern Ireland together during a stress-free summer in the United States.

Aug 3, 2011
Box: Electronic records E-records : TW_AIA_30_ER_86 Mulcrone, Mick

Mulcrone, Mick: 2017-   https://aeon.library.nyu.edu/remoteauth/aeon.dll?Logon&Action=10&Form=31&Value=http://dlib.nyu.edu/findingaids/ead/tamwag/aia_030.xml&view=xml

Biographical Note

Mick Mulcrone was born in 1948 in Cleveland, Ohio.  At the time of the 2017 interview he was living in Ireland.

Scope and Contents

This interview was conducted by Marion Casey at New York University's Glucksman Ireland House in Manhattan, New York on October 27, 2017.  The interview covers Mick Mulcrone's early life in Cleveland, Ohio; his family; and his working life. Mulcrone describes his parents and grandparents, their working lives, and their immigration to the United States.  He discusses his memories of the Irish neighborhoods in Cleveland, his grandfather introducing to music, and his first visit to Ireland in 1971. He discusses jobs he held in Cleveland in the early 1970s, his desire to return to Ireland, and his move to Fairbanks, Alaska in the 1970s.  He describes Fairbanks in the 1970s and 1980s, his experience working for an unspecified laborers union, and the community of Irish and Irish Americans at the time. He also discusses meeting his wife and deciding to immigrate to Ireland.

2017
Box: Electronic records E-records : TW_AIA_30_ER_88 Mulloy, Brigid

Mulloy, Brigid: 2015-   https://aeon.library.nyu.edu/remoteauth/aeon.dll?Logon&Action=10&Form=31&Value=http://dlib.nyu.edu/findingaids/ead/tamwag/aia_030.xml&view=xml

Biographical Note

Brigid Mulloy was born in 1951 in Laramie, Wyoming. She lived on Easter Island from 1960 to 1961.

Scope and Contents

This interview was conducted by Miriam Nyhan in Estes Park, Colorado on June 20, 2015. The interview contains Brigid Mulloy's family history and her father's career trajectory. She describes her father's ancestry and her family's immigration story. She recounts her father's work with the United States Army during World War II. Mulloy discusses her father's employment as a professor of anthropology at the University of Wyoming and his work on Easter Island.

2015
Box: 3 Folder : 12 Mulvihill, James

Biographical Note

Jim Mulvihill (b. 1931) retired as Principal Investigator, Office of the Attorney General of the State of New York in 1995. The son of emigrants from Co. Kerry, he was also Master Paymaster of the Old Guard of the City of New York.

Scope and Content Note

This oral history was digitally recorded on a Marantz PCM660. The interview is approximately 100 minutes long, on 2 CDs. The interview took place in New York City on November 7, 2008, and the interviewer was Myriam Nyhan.

Nov 7, 2008
Box: 3 Folder : 13 Murphy, Sr. Bernice

Other Finding Aids

Subject notes have been created by track number, and the Word file is available upon request at tamiment.wagner@nyu.edu.

Biographical Note

Sr. Bernice Murphy (b. Castleisland, Co. Kerry, Ireland, 1917), a Missionary Franciscan Sister, taught in Boston, Minnesota and Brooklyn after emigrating to the United States during World War II.

Scope and Content Note

This oral history was digitally recorded on a Marantz PMD660. The interview is approximately 40 minutes long, on 1 CD. The interview took place in Tenafly, New Jersey, on April 8, 2009, and the interviewer was Myriam Nyhan.

Apr 8, 2009
Box: 3 Folder : 14 Murphy, Christina

Historical/Biographical Note

Christina Murphy (b. Newark, New Jersey) is a Senior Director of Learning and Development for Century 21 Real Estate, and teaches in the Graduate School of Business at Touro College of New York. She is active in New Jersey with the Friends of Erin Scholarship program in Kearney and the Nutley Irish American Alliance.

Jul 20, 2011
Box: 3 Folder : 15 Murphy, James

Biographical Note

James Murphy, Ph.D. (b. 1940), was born in Brooklyn to 1920s immigrants from Mayo and Leitrim, Ireland. Jim attained his Ph.D. at Temple University and he initiated the Irish Studies program at Villanova University, where he still teaches.

Scope and Content Note

Some key themes discussed in this interview include: Murphy's aunt who lived on Staten Island who had no contact with other 9 Murphy siblings who were in New York, and it was only her son who 'discovered' the family in recent years; the jump from generations of farmers to his dad (a truck salesman) to Jim, a PhD; Irish versus Irish America; a lovely anecdote of his blind cousin 'seeing' the Murphy home-place on a 1995 family reunion trip back to Ireland; talks about his grandparents being disconnected from family networks by the emigration of so many of their children; class aspirations of his aunts ('lace curtain') and his mother; how Joyce was familiar to Jim when he first read it (track 4); and the dominant role of the Church when he was coming up- he was in a seminary for 2 years.

This oral history was digitally recorded on a Marantz PMD660. The interview is approximately 135 minutes long, on 2 CDs. The interview took place in New York City on February 6, 2009, and the interviewer was Myriam Nyhan.

Feb 6, 2009
Box: 3 Folder : 16 Murphy, James (Jim)

Scope and Content Note

Mr. Murphy discusses a range of topics, beginning with his parents' background and his childhood in the 1960s and 1970s in Queens, New York. Murphy briefly describes his experience as a student at Our Lady of Lourdes, a Catholic grammar school in Queens. He discusses his education at Regis High School, a full scholarship Jesuit institution in Manhattan. During high school, he began an internship at WPIX (now the CW11), where he learned to write and produce news segments under such figures as Dan Doherty. Murphy explains that after high school graduation, he attended classes at Queens College, but he dropped out at the age of 19 to continue working full-time at the station.

In 1981, Murphy moved to WABC where he became the producer of the Six O'Clock Eyewitness News with news anchor Roger Grimsby, who became one of Murphy's close friends. He also met Adrienne Barr at WABC, whom he would marry in 1986. Murphy relates that after he left WABC, he moved to WCBS, Channel 2, where he worked alongside his sister Mary, a street crime reporter at the time. Murphy then discusses his move to the syndicated film criticism program Siskel & Ebert & the Movies. Murphy describes how he and his new wife juggled their personal and professional lives after his move to Chicago. He explains that in 1993, he decided to return to New York City and to broadcast journalism because he missed the newsroom.

Murphy discusses some of his experiences while working at CBS. He talks about the September 11th attacks on the World Trade Center and his experience working as executive producer for the Evening News in the days following the attack. He also discusses his involvement in the first network news broadcasts from Afghanistan after the fall of the Taliban. Murphy also explains how he helped CBS secure an important interview with former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, during which Sharon announced a drastic policy change to break relations with former Palestinian President Yasser Arafat. Finally, Murphy highlights some of the bigger moments of his career, including the day he and Rather interviewed Saddam Hussein just weeks before the outbreak of the Iraq War in 2003. He describes the surreal circumstances when he met Saddam Hussein. Murphy also shares his conversation with Rather and Hussein following the interview, in which Hussein expressed his amazement with American political and media strategies. Finally, Murphy talks about returning to Iraq after the Americans began their occupation, and he describes the changing landscape of Iraq.

Murphy then explains that he left CBS in 2005, following Dan Rather's departure. He talks about taking a job at ABC's Good Morning America in 2006, where he currently serves as the senior executive producer, working with anchorwoman Diane Sawyer. Murphy describes the personalities and professional capabilities of anchors such as Rather and Sawyer.

In the course of the interview, Murphy elaborates on his personal life, discussing his Irish identity, his departure from the Church, and his family history, touching upon his father's isolated and abusive personality. He talks about visiting Ireland in the 1960s, the 1970s, and in more recent years. Murphy discusses how the economy in Ireland has transformed the country in the past few decades, and how the Celtic Tiger has affected his own family in Ireland. He reflects on the importance of his Irish identity but also on his tendency not to join Irish fraternal organizations.

The small remainder of the interview focuses on his current job at Good Morning America. Murphy discusses the nature of morning news and his program's fierce competition with the  Today Show.

The Interview is 1 hour and 40 minutes long. Jim Murphy was interviewed on 19 October 2007 at Glucksman Ireland House at New York University by Sarah O'Hare and Linda Dowling Almeida.

Other Finding Aids

This interview has been logged at ten-minute intervals, and the Word file is available upon request at tamiment.wagner@nyu.edu.

Historical/Biographical Note

James (Jim) Murphy (b. 1960), senior executive producer of Good Morning America, ABC's morning news show, is the son of immigrants and the brother of television news reporter, Mary Murphy.

Oct 19, 2007
Box: 3 Folder : 17 Murphy, Joseph

Historical/Biographical Note

Joseph Murphy (b. Millstreet, Co. Cork, 1931), a former columnist with the Irish Echo, is an active member of the County Cork Association of New York. His wife is Judy Murphy.

Feb 19, 2011
Box: 3 Folder : 18 Murphy, Judy

Historical/Biographical Note

Judy Murphy (b. Ballinamore Bridge, Co. Galway, 1938) came to the United States from Rome, where she had been training to become a Franciscan nun. She left religious life and settled in New York in 1957 where she worked in banking. Her husband is Joe Murphy.

Feb 19, 2011
Box: 3 Folder : 19 Murphy, Liam
May 29, 2008
Box: Electronic records E-records : TW_AIA_30_ER_26 Murphy, Liam

Murphy, Liam: 2014-   https://aeon.library.nyu.edu/remoteauth/aeon.dll?Logon&Action=10&Form=31&Value=http://dlib.nyu.edu/findingaids/ead/tamwag/aia_030.xml&view=xml

Biographical Note

Liam Murphy was born in Lubbock, Texas in 1943. He grew up in Irvington, Pennsylvania and graduated from the Virginia Military Institute in Lexington, Virginia.  

Scope and Contents

This interview was conducted by Danielle Zach on September 29 and December 15, 2014 at the State University of New York Maritime College in the Bronx, New York. The interview covers Liam Murphy's early life in Irvington, New Jersey and his interest in Ireland during his childhood. Murphy recounts his father's term as mayor of Irvington in the 1940s. He discusses his membership in the Ancient Order of the Hibernians.

2014
Box: 3 Folder : 20 Murphy, Mary

Biographical Note

Mary Murphy (b. 1959), Emmy-award winning television reporter, currently the weekend anchor of the CW11 News at Ten (New York) and correspondent for the "Fact Finders", a crime investigative team consisting of herself and fellow reporter Peter Thorne on the CW-11, is the daughter of immigrants and the brother of Jim Murphy, senior executive producer of Good Morning America.

Nov 14, 2008
Box: 3 Folder : 21 Murphy, Maureen
Oct 23, 2008
Box: 3 Folder : 22 Murphy, Sr. Regina

Other Finding Aids

This interview has been logged at ten-minute intervals, and the Word file is available upon request at tamiment.wagner@nyu.edu.

Scope and Content Note

Sister Regina Murphy discusses many aspects of her life, beginning with her parents' immigration to America and her childhood in Riverdale, New York. She details the occupations her parents held as new arrivals in America – her mother a live-in maid and her father a clerk in a grocery store. When her parents wed her father quickly bought out a grocery store, and her mother stopped domestic work and assisted in the store.

Sister Regina Murphy reviews her childhood – she received religious education throughout her life, attending St. Margaret's School in Riverdale for primary education, New York, Sacred Heart of Mary High School, and two years at Marymount College in Tarrytown before she entered the convent. She stresses that her religious education during those formative years greatly influence her decision to enter the convent.

Sister Regina Murphy discusses her decision to enter the convent, against the wishes of her parents. Four years earlier, her older brother Tommy joined the brothers. He would leave before taking final vows, but at the time she entered the convent in 1959, he was still with the brothers. She declares that the only time she remembers her father using profanity was when she told him she wanted to enter the convent. In a similarly vehement reaction, her mother tore up her acceptance letter to the Sisters of Charity, and it was only upon further inquiry with the order that Sister Regina Murphy learned she had been accepted. Although her parents did not initially accept her vocation, Sister Regina Murphy says she felt truly called to enter the convent. She recalls that she was especially stirred at the prospect of doing missionary work.

Sr. Murphy describes her first foreign mission was to the Bahamas. She worked in education, but during her tenure, she noticed the stark difference between the lives of the native poor and the tourists who visited the Bahamas. This started her personal quest for a better understanding of social justice principles. She talks about her appointment as Mission Coordinator for the order, and how she was able to visit missions in Guatemala. She recalls meeting with a fellow sister named Barbara Ann Ford, who was influential in creating water projects in the poor villages and who participated in The Recovery of Historical Memory project organized by Bishop Juan Geraldi to collect the stories of the survivors and victims of the civil war in Guatemala. Part of the project included providing mental health service for those who were affected by the rampant violence and crime that accompanied the war. Sr. Barbara was shot and killed in 2001 under suspicious circumstance, however her work in Guatemala helped many and also influenced Sister Regina Murphy.

She describes how her experiences in the Bahamas and Guatemala along with the coming of Vatican II sparked an awakening in her. She saw the changes enacted as part of Vatican II as an energizing and necessary force in the Church. It seemed to her that religious work evolved from seeking to help individuals on a day to day basis to fixing the societal infrastructure responsible for basic injustices. These realizations propelled Sister Regina Murphy to become involved in justice, peace, and corporate responsibility projects.

When advocating for corporate responsibility, Sister Regina Murphy describes her integral role in the implementation of the McBride Principles and the enactment of the Fair Employment Act in Northern Ireland in 1988. As part of the Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility, she traveled to Northern Ireland in the hopes of getting factories to sign onto the McBride Principles. She recalls that the ICCR was successful in obtaining the signatures of fifty companies. While Sister Regina Murphy was in one General Motors Factory in Northern Ireland, she talks about how her presence caused a temporary strike and shutdown of the factory. Although she was not dressed in a traditional habit, workers guessed that she was a Catholic nun. Seeing her discuss workplace issues with managers in the factory upset the predominately Protestant workers, inciting them to walk off the job. Despite this fervor against the McBride Principles, it was her support, along with that of the ICCR, that she says helped to pass the Fair Employment Act.

Sister Murphy talks about the current state of vocations in the Church and what she sees for the future of the convent. She describes her life today as a religious woman – what it means to her and what her Irish identity means. She ends the interview talking about her job as property manager for the order, acting as general contractor on major construction projects for the order

This oral history with Sister Regina Murphy was digitally recorded on a Marantz CDR420. The interview took place on 9 November 2007 at Glucksman Ireland House at New York University by Julia Ryan and Linda Dowling Almeida. The interview is 2 hours, 47 minutes long, on 2 CDs and had been logged at ten minute intervals.

Historical/Biographical Note

Sr. Regina Murphy (b. 1939), the property manager for the Sisters of Charity of New York and an advocate for corporate responsibility, fought hard to establish the McBride Principles.

Nov 9, 2007

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Box: 3 Folder : 23 Naughton, Frank

Historical/Biographical Note

Frank Naughton (b. Manhattan, New York, 1939), a Professor and former Chairperson of Sociology at Kean University in New Jersey, was President of the New York Irish History Roundtable. His father was raised in Cahir, Co. Tipperary from age 6 to 19.

Mar 18, 2011
Box: Electronic records E-records : TW_AIA_30_ER_94 Neal, Richard E.

Neal, Richard E.: 2016-   https://aeon.library.nyu.edu/remoteauth/aeon.dll?Logon&Action=10&Form=31&Value=http://dlib.nyu.edu/findingaids/ead/tamwag/aia_030.xml&view=xml

Biographical Note

Richard E. Neal was born in 1949 in Worcester, Massachusetts and was raised in Springfield.  He received his bachelor's degree from International American College in Springfield in 1972 and his master's degree from the University of Hartford in Hartford, Connecticut in 1976.  He was elected mayor of Springfield in 1984, serving until his election to the House of Representatives in 1988. At the time of the 2016 interview he was the ranking member of the Ways and Means Committee, a co-chairman of the New England Congressional Caucus, and the Democratic Leader of the Friends of Ireland Caucus.

Scope and Contents

This interview was conducted by Íde B. O'Carroll at Richard E. Neal's office in Springfield, Massachusetts on May 2, 2016.  The interview covers Neal's early life and his political career. Neal describes his family and his difficult home life. He discusses his entry into politics, his election as mayor of Springfield in 1984, and his election to the House of Representatives in 1988.  He discusses his involvement in peace negotiations in Northern Ireland in the 1980s and 1990s and his work with Representative Thomas P. "Tip" O'Neill and Senator Edward M. Kennedy in this work. He also discusses his involvement in immigration reform in the United States, particularly on behalf of Irish immigrants and the history of the Irish in Massachusetts.

2016
Box: 4 Folder : 71 Nolan, Mary B.

Historical/Biographical Note

Mary B. Nolan (b. Kilfinny, Co. Limerick, Ireland, 1937) is a long-time resident of Brooklyn who became involved in many Irish organizations after emigrating to New York City in 1953.

Mar 8, 2012

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Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: Electronic records E-records : TW_AIA_30_ER_13 O'Brien, Cathleen

O'Brien, Cathleen: 2014-   https://aeon.library.nyu.edu/remoteauth/aeon.dll?Logon&Action=10&Form=31&Value=http://dlib.nyu.edu/findingaids/ead/tamwag/aia_030.xml&view=xml

Biographical Note

Cathleen O'Brien was born in 1955 in New Rochelle, New York and was raised on Long Island.  She was a member of Irish Northern Aid Committee (NORAID).

Scope and Contents

This interview was conducted by Danielle Zach in the Riverdale neighborhood of the Bronx, New York on July 1, 2014.  The interview covers Cathleen O'Brien's childhood and her political activities. O'Brien discusses her childhood, the importance of Irish cultural activities in her family, and the participation of her parents and grandparents in Irish and Irish American organizations, including Clan na Gael, Friends of Irish Freedom, and Irish Northern Aid Committee (NORAID).  She recounts becoming aware of Irish republican issues, becoming involved in NORAID, and hosting an annual commemoration of the events of Bloody Sunday in 1972. She also discusses the 1981 hunger strike in Northern Ireland and the acquittal of George Harrison in 1982.

2014
Box: 3 Folder : 24 O'Brien, Jack

Historical/Biographical Note

Jack O'Brien (b. Hoboken, New Jersey, 1928) played fife for the Jefferson Street Hoboken Playground Band, New York World's Fair Champions in 1939. In 2002 he was inducted into the New Jersey Drum Corps Hall of Fame. He has also taught classes at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts.

Mar 22, 2011
Box: Electronic records E-records : TW_AIA_30_ER_24 O'Brien, Jack

O'Brien, Jack: 2014-   https://aeon.library.nyu.edu/remoteauth/aeon.dll?Logon&Action=10&Form=31&Value=http://dlib.nyu.edu/findingaids/ead/tamwag/aia_030.xml&view=xml

Biographical Note

Jack O'Brien was born in Washington, D.C.  in 1938. He graduated from McKinley High School in Washington. He joined the United States Army after high school and served in the Korean War. He left the Army in 1967 and served in the Army Reserves for the next 12 years.

Scope and Contents

This interview was conducted by Danielle Zach on September 9, 2014 at New York University's Glucksman Ireland House in Manhattan, New York. The interview covers Jack O'Brien's early life in Washington, D.C. and the significance of Irish culture in his life. He recounts how his experiences in the United States Army aided his work representing labor unions in Washington and his involvement with the Irish Republican Information Services in Dublin, Ireland.

2014
Box: Electronic records E-records : TW_AIA_30_ER_54 O'Callaghan, Anne

O'Callaghan, Anne: 2015-   https://aeon.library.nyu.edu/remoteauth/aeon.dll?Logon&Action=10&Form=31&Value=http://dlib.nyu.edu/findingaids/ead/tamwag/aia_030.xml&view=xml

Biographical Note

Anne O'Callaghan was born in 1942 in Ballybay, County Monaghan, Ireland. She graduated from St. Louis Secondary School in Monaghan. She immigrated to the United States, settling in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1970. She married Sean O'Callaghan in 1971.

Scope and Contents

This interview was conducted by Íde B. O'Carroll on April 17, 2015 at the offices of John O'Malley and Associates in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The interview contains Anne O'Callaghan's family ancestry and her early education. She recounts the story of her immigration to the United States,and her work at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. She describes meeting and marrying Sean O'Callaghan and having three children. Callaghan recounts her involvement with the Irish Immigration Center in Philadelphia and her work with Tom Counihan to establish  the original board of directors in 1998.

2015
Box: 3 Folder : 25 O'Callaghan, Patricia

Other Finding Aids

This interview has been logged at ten-minute intervals, and the Word file is available upon request at tamiment.wagner@nyu.edu.

Scope and Content Note

Ms. O'Callaghan discusses a variety of topics beginning with her family and childhood in Cork, Ireland and what life was like growing up on a farm. After obtaining a Bachelor of Arts in English, French and Sociology at the University of County Cork, she moved to Dublin to pursue a Higher Diploma in Education at Trinity College. In Dublin she was given the chance to teach inner-city kids, a far cry from the one room school house she attended as a child. She describes returning to Cork to work for Cork Local Radio as a news presenter. Wanderlust led her to answer an ad in the newspaper for a job marketing Irish hand-crafts in San Francisco, California. Ms. O'Callaghan was handed an H-3 Visa to live in what describes as a fantasy life in the United States, an experience that was somewhat different from the lives of the people she helped later in life.

She talks about how she turned a temporary stay into a permanent move after she left California for New York to work as a flight attendant for Transamerica Airlines. Reintegrating the Irish back into her life, she became involved with Adrian Flannelly's Irish radio talk show. She describes how the growing number of undocumented Irish in the mid-1980s led Adrian Flannelly to discuss solutions with the Archdiocese of New York. The talks led to the formation of Project Irish Outreach within the Catholic Charities division of the archdiocese, under the supervision of Monsignor James Murray.

Asked to help with the project's establishment, Ms. O'Callaghan found a real purpose in helping the undocumented. She wrote a small booklet titled Immigrating USA: A Guide for Irish Immigrants to answer immigrants frequently-asked questions. Project Irish Outreach had a great impact on Ms. O'Callaghan and the Irish community and she discusses at length the work that the project was able to do through community outreach, immigration and social services, and partaking in efforts to inform people of their rights. The program became a social worker network in a number of fields.

She recalls the mobilization of the Irish American community along with various other social service and legal organizations during the 1980s, also noting the always positive attitude that Americans, especially New Yorkers, have had towards the Irish.

While discussing the way her position and role within Catholic Charities has diversified and evolved, Ms. O'Callaghan explains the transformation of Project Irish Outreach since its establishment in 1987. She expresses the many ways in which immigration and the immigrants themselves have changed over time, including the complexity of the immigration system and the choices available to immigrants and emigrants. She delves into the hurdles that the undocumented and documented have to face and the ways the immigration system and legislation can evolve to fit the needs of the immigrant population.

She closes with describing the strength of the Irish community and the people that have affected her life through her work and what her Catholic and Irish identities mean to her.

Patricia O'Callaghan was interviewed on 2 November 2007 at Glucksman Ireland House at New York University by Katie Hiebert, Linda Dowling Almeida, and Joe Ready. This oral history was digitally recorded on a Marantz CDR420. The interview is 1 hour, 41 minutes long, on two CDs and had been logged at ten minute intervals.

Historical/Biographical Note

Patricia O'Callaghan (b. 1951 Cork City, Ireland). She emigrated to San Francisco and has become an advocate for immigratant rights. She has run Project Irish Outreach for 20 years.

Nov 2, 2007
Box: Electronic records E-records : TW_AIA_30_ER_5 O'Cearna, Micael

O'Cearna, Micael: 2014-   https://aeon.library.nyu.edu/remoteauth/aeon.dll?Logon&Action=10&Form=31&Value=http://dlib.nyu.edu/findingaids/ead/tamwag/aia_030.xml&view=xml

Biographical Note

Micael O'Cearna was born in 1920 on Great Blasket Island, County Kerry, Ireland.

Scope and Contents

These interviews were conducted on April 3, 2014 by Miriam Nyhan and on May 1, 2014 by Siobhra Aiken.  The interviews were conducted at Micael O'Cearna's home in East Longmeadow, Massachusetts. Both of the interviews were conducted in Irish.

2014
Box: 3 Folder : 26 O'Connor, Patricia Young

Historical/Biographical Note

Patricia Young O'Connor (b. Co. Cork, 1928) became President of the Cork Ladies' Auxiliary of New York in 1960 and served as their delegate to the United Irish Counties Association and to the St. Patrick's Day Parade Committee. She owned a bookstore in Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn and worked for the Board of Education at Beach Channel High School until retirement.

May 21, 2011
Box: Electronic records E-records : TW_AIA_30_ER_48 O'Donnell, Lisa

O'Donnell, Lisa: 2015-   https://aeon.library.nyu.edu/remoteauth/aeon.dll?Logon&Action=10&Form=31&Value=http://dlib.nyu.edu/findingaids/ead/tamwag/aia_030.xml&view=xml

Biographical Note

Lisa O'Donnell was born in 1986 in County Galway, Ireland.  She received her bachelor's degree from Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology in Galway in the 2000s and received her master's degree from Central Saint Martins in London, England in 2011.

Scope and Contents

This interview was conducted by Íde B. O'Carroll in Amherst, Massachusetts on April 10, 2015.  The interview covers Lisa O'Donnell's family, education, and career as an artist. O'Donnell describes her family members, her education, and her interest in the arts.  She discusses her love of drawing as a child, her realization as a teenager that she could become an artist. She discusses her experiences and teachers at Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology (GMIT) in the 2000s.  She describes relationships she developed with her instructors and other students at GMIT and her decision to immigrate to England. She discusses her influences, her working methods, and projects on which she was working at the time of the interview.  She describes pieces of her work to O'Carroll and the inspiration behind them.

2015
Box: 4 Folder : 72 O'Donoghue, Clare

Historical/Biographical Note

Clare O'Donoghue (b. Clonmel, Co. Tipperary, Ireland, 1960) worked as a banker in Ireland, came to Boston in 1992 on a Donnelly visa and works in the health sector.

Oct 10, 2013
Box: 3 Folder : 27 O'Donoghue, Margaret

Historical/Biographical Note

Margaret O'Donoghue (b. Limerick City, Ireland, 1960), a psychotherapist and an adjunct professor at the New York University School of Social Work, emigrated to America in 1982 and is raising two children in New Jersey.

Jul 8, 2011
Box: Electronic records E-records : TW_AIA_30_ER_49 O'Donoghue, Myra

O'Donoghue, Myra: 2015-   https://aeon.library.nyu.edu/remoteauth/aeon.dll?Logon&Action=10&Form=31&Value=http://dlib.nyu.edu/findingaids/ead/tamwag/aia_030.xml&view=xml

Biographical Note

Myra O'Donoghue was born in 1966 in Clonmel, County Tipperary, Ireland.  She received her bachelor's degree from University College Cork in 1988. She received her doctorate from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, Massachusetts in 1998.

Scope and Contents

This interview was conducted by Íde B. O'Carroll in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on April 15, 2015.  The interview covers Myra O'Donoghue's early life in Ireland and her working life in the United States (US).  O'Donoghue describes her family and recounts memories from her childhood in Ireland. She discusses her interest in the sciences and her experiences in college.  She discusses spending the summer of 1988 in Boston, Massachusetts and her decision to remain in the US. She discusses her decision to apply to doctorate programs in chemistry in 1993 and describes her experiences at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology between 1994 and 1998.  She describes the type of work she has done between 1998 to the time of the interview and recounts her experiences as a woman in the chemistry field.

2015
Box: 3 Folder : 28 O'Donoghue, Noreen Lydon

Historical/Biographical Note

Noreen Lydon O'Donoghue (b. Tourmakeady, Co. Mayo, 1947), a fluent Irish speaker, emigrated to New York at the age of 16. She has been active in the Irish Immigration Reform Movement and the Emerald Isle Immigration Center in Woodside, Queens since 1988.

Jan 22, 2011
Box: 4 Folder : 73 O'Donovan, Brian

Historical/Biographical Note

Brian O'Donovan (b. Clonakilty, Co. Cork, Ireland, 1957) is host of WGBH radio's 'Celtic Sojourn' and a central figure in the Boston Irish music scene.

Oct 16, 2013
Box: Electronic records E-records : TW_AIA_30_ER_89 O'Dowd, Niall

O'Dowd, Niall: 2016-   https://aeon.library.nyu.edu/remoteauth/aeon.dll?Logon&Action=10&Form=31&Value=http://dlib.nyu.edu/findingaids/ead/tamwag/aia_030.xml&view=xml

Biographical Note

Niall O'Dowd was born in 1953 in Thurles, County Tipperary, Ireland.  He immigrated to the United States in the 1980s, settling in Chicago, Illinois before moving to San Francisco, California and then New York in 1985.  He has launched a number of publications, including The Irishman,  Irish-America Magazine, the  Irish Voice, and IrishCentral.  

Scope and Contents

This interview was conducted by Íde B. O'Carroll at Niall O'Dowd's office at the Irish Voice in New York, New York on April 21, 2016.  The interview covers O'Dowd's family, working life, and his involvement in the immigration reform movement. O'Dowd discusses his family and the education and work experiences of his parents.  He discusses his immigration to the United States; his experiences in Chicago, Illinois and San Francisco, California; and his decision to settle permanently in New York in 1985. He recounts his establishment of numerous publications focused on Irish and Irish American issues, including  The Irishman,  Irish-America Magazine, the  Irish Voice, and IrishCentral.  O'Dowd describes the  Irish Voice as the main vehicle for promoting the aims of the Irish Immigration Reform Movement in the 1980s, and its advocacy for temporary visa programs sponsored by Representatives Brian J. Donnelly, Bruce Morrison and Howard Berman.  He discusses the decline of print newspapers and the rise of online news sources, and the future of the  Irish Voice and IrishCentral.  He recounts his introduction to the politics of Irish and British relations in 1981, his participation in the Northern Ireland peace process, and his involvement in the Irish Lobby for Immigration Reform.

2016
Box: 3 Folder : 29 O'Driscoll, Mae

Other Finding Aids

This interview has been logged at ten-minute intervals, and the Word file is available upon request at tamiment.wagner@nyu.edu.

Scope and Content Note

In this interview, O'Driscoll provides detailed information on her childhood in Skibbereen, County Cork, Ireland, including living in rural Ireland and the effects World War II had on her family such as power outages and food rationing. She discusses the options available to her after secondary school at the time and her decision to immigrate to the United States in 1958 to further her education.

Upon arriving in New York City, O'Driscoll interviewed with the three companies in the city known for hiring large numbers of Irish: the phone company, Metropolitan Life Insurance Company, and Citibank. Within one month of her arrival, O'Driscoll began working at Citibank, a job she kept until 1964. She discusses in detail the discrimination faced by immigrants at the time, including the perception vocalized by an interviewer that the Irish were uneducated. O'Driscoll continues to speak about her early accounting jobs and her eventual hiring at JP Morgan & Co. in 1974.

In 1975, O'Driscoll enrolled at Brooklyn College and received her Bachelor of Science degree in accounting in 1981. She talks about her decision to return to school and the impact it had on her career. She discusses the discrimination she dealt with as a woman working on Wall Street at the time including being passed over for promotions and eventually having to change departments because of the lack of advancement opportunities open to her.

Active in the Irish community, O'Driscoll became involved in the Ladies Auxiliary of the Ancient Order of Hibernians (AOH), the National Association for Irish Justice 1969, the Cork Association and in 1989 its first woman president. O' Driscoll served an integral part in the formation of the Irish Immigration Reform Movement (IIRM) in 1987. She discusses in detail the grassroots efforts of the organization including interaction with legislators and the campaign to raise awareness locally and nationally on the issue and is frank in her assessment of the great obstacles facing the very small group. The IIRM was successful in their efforts in 1990 with the passing of HR-4300, the Immigration Act of 1990. O'Driscoll also speaks about her continued involvement with the Emerald Isle Immigration Center in Woodside, Queens.

O'Driscoll currently resides in Brooklyn, New York and is still a member of the Cork Association and a trustee and secretary of the Emerald Isle Immigration Center Executive Committee.

Mae O'Driscoll was interviewed at New York University's Glucksman Ireland House on 18 November 2005 by Bethany Hartzell and Linda Dowling Almeida. This oral history was digitally recorded on a Marantz CDR420. It is 1 hour, 38 minutes, 27 seconds long, on two CDs, and has been logged at ten minute intervals.

Historical/Biographical Note

Mae O'Driscoll (b. 1939), retired Assistant Vice President of the facilities management department for J.P. Morgan Chase, one of the organizers of the Irish Immigration Reform Movement, and a Trustee and Secretary of the Executive Committee of the Emerald Isle Immigration Center.

Nov 18, 2005
Box: Electronic records E-records : TW_AIA_30_ER_62 O'Dwyer, Brian

O'Dwyer, Brian: 2016-   https://aeon.library.nyu.edu/remoteauth/aeon.dll?Logon&Action=10&Form=31&Value=http://dlib.nyu.edu/findingaids/ead/tamwag/aia_030.xml&view=xml

Biographical Note

Brian O'Dwyer was born in 1945 in New York, New York.  His father was Paul O'Dwyer, who was a prominent lawyer and politician in New York City, and his uncle was William O'Dwyer, who served as mayor of New York between 1946 and 1950.  He founded the Emerald Isle Immigration Center and was serving as the Chair of the organization at the time of the 2016 interview.

Scope and Contents

This interview was conducted by Íde B. O'Carroll at Brian O'Dwyer's office at O'Dwyer & Bernstein in New York, New York on May 5, 2016.  The interview covers O'Dwyer's family and working life. O'Dwyer discusses his parents, their extended families, and his siblings. He discusses his experiences in New York Irish American circles and the difficulties he faced making a name for himself after the work of his father and his cousin Frank Durkin in promoting Irish republican issues in the United States.  He recounts his decision to focus on the issues of Irish immigrants, and eventually all immigrants, in New York. He discusses his early involvement in the Irish Immigration Reform Movement in the 1980s, the role of O'Dwyer & Bernstein as the first stop for newly arrived Irish immigrants, and how his involvement in both of these organizations led to the founding of the Emerald Isle Immigration Center (EIIC) in 1986.  He describes the support provided to immigrants through the EIIC. O'Dwyer discusses current immigration issues in the United States at the time of the interview, including division between Democrats and Republicans on the topic and the need for a new immigration policy in the US. He also discusses the Northern Ireland peace process in the 1990s and his views on the Catholic Church.

2016
Box: 3 Folder : 30 O'Fianghusa, Seamus

Historical/Biographical Note

Seamus O'Fianghusa (b. Brooklyn, New York, 1976), the grandchild of immigrants from Counties Limerick and Clare, has Korean ancestry through his mother. A fluent Irish speaker and member of the Donegal Association of New York, he served in Afghanistan with the New York National Guard (69th New York Infantry).

Apr 21, 2011
Box: 3 Folder : 31 O'Hanlan, Terry
Nov 1, 2005
Box: 2 Folder : 32 O'Hara, Mary

Biographical Note

Mary O'Hara was born in Co. Sligo, Ireland, in 1935. A singer and harpist, she became an acclaimed artist in the 1950s and early 1960s. After a twelve-year stint in a monastery, she returned to her passion in 1974 and retired from performing in 1994. Creativity runs in the family; her sister was the well-known actor Joan O'Hara and her nephew is the writer Sebastian Barry.

Oct 8, 2009
Box: 4 Folder : 74 O'Hara, Teresa

Historical/Biographical Note

Teresa O'Hara (b. New York, New York, 1965), co-founder of the Irish Immigration Center, Boston, and a Health Policy specialist. She returned to Ireland to teach, currently at the Athlone Institute of Technology.

Jul 31, 2013
Box: Electronic records E-records : TW_AIA_30_ER_1 O'Leary, John and Ellen O'Leary

O'Leary, John and Ellen O'Leary: 2014-   https://aeon.library.nyu.edu/remoteauth/aeon.dll?Logon&Action=10&Form=31&Value=http://dlib.nyu.edu/findingaids/ead/tamwag/aia_030.xml&view=xml

Biographical Note

John O'Leary was born in the Astoria neighborhood of Queens, New York. Ellen O'Leary was born Ellen Gorry in Brooklyn. Both Ellen and John attended Catholic schools in New York City. Ellen became a public school teacher in 1966. In 2014, they lived together in the Bay Ridge neighborhood of Brooklyn.

Scope and Contents

This interview was conducted by Marion Casey at New York University's Glucksman Ireland House in Manhattan, New York on February 27, 2014. The interview covers John O'Leary's early life and family history including his mother's immigration to the United States (US) when she was 13 years old. Ellen O'Leary relates her family history and her experiences growing up in the Flatbush neighborhood of Brooklyn. They both share their families's immigration stories and the professions available to them in New York City. Ellen recounts her visit with family in Dromore West, County Sligo, Ireland with her father in 1966.

2014
Box: 3 Folder : 33 O'Leary, Stella

Historical/Biographical Note

Stella O'Leary (b. Dublin, Ireland, 1938) won a UNESCO scholarship to travel to America to archive a collection of rare Irish books and manuscripts at the Catholic University of America. In 1996 she founded Irish American Democrats, an organization whose goal was to ensure continuation of the Irish peace process.

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Box: 4 Folder : 75 O'Mahony, Donal

Historical/Biographical Note

Donal O'Mahony (b. Clonakilty, Co. Cork, Ireland, 1968) studied ceramics, worked as a painter/decorator in Boston, and as a barman at the Brendan Behan pub. He is facilities manager at Canton High School.

Oct 5, 2013
Box: 4 Folder : 76 O'Mahony, Rosaleen

Historical/Biographical Note

Rosaleen O'Mahony (b. New York, New York, 1967) studied ceramics before emigrating to Boston in 1989 where she re-trained as a nurse who specializes in elder care.

Oct 5, 2013
Box: Electronic records E-records : TW_AIA_30_ER_46 O'Malley, James

O'Malley, James: 2015-   https://aeon.library.nyu.edu/remoteauth/aeon.dll?Logon&Action=10&Form=31&Value=http://dlib.nyu.edu/findingaids/ead/tamwag/aia_030.xml&view=xml

Biographical Note

James O'Malley was born in 1951 in Limerick City, County Limerick, Ireland.  He graduated from University College Galway in 1977.  He received his law degree from New York Law School in Manhattan, New York in 1984.  He opened his law office in 1985.

Scope and Contents

This interview was conducted by Íde B. O'Carroll at James O'Malley's office in New York, New York on March 20, 2015.  The interview covers O'Malley's early life in Ireland and his working life in the United States (US). O'Malley describes his family members and his experiences growing up in Limerick City.  He discusses his education, his decision to transfer from Trinity College in Dublin to University College Galway, and his graduate education in the US. He discusses his decision to enter New York Law School and recounts his experiences working as a paralegal while attending classes at night between 1980 and 1984.  He recounts opening his law office in Manhattan in 1985, describes the growth of the firm, and discusses his decision to focus on immigration law. He also recounts his first impressions of the US in the 1978, his opinion about the creation in Ireland of a minister for the diaspora, and the politicization of New York's St. Patrick's Day Parade.

2015
Box: 3 Folder : 34 O'Neill, John

Historical/Biographical Note

John O'Neill (b. Labasheeda, Co. Clare, 1930) came to United States in 1949 and within two years joined the County Clare Association of New York. He worked for the MTA for 39 years and at weekends played music in the John O'Neill Band. He raised 4 children on Long Island.

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Box: 3 Folder : 35 O'Rourke, Hugh

Biographical Note

Hugh O'Rourke was born in the Bronx, New York in 1942. He was the son of immigrants from Tyrone and Kerry, Ireland, who arrived in the 1910s and 1920s. Hugh is now retired from the NYPD and has a Ph.D. from the City University of New York. Hugh is the father of Mary O'Rourke who is also a contributor to this collection of oral histories.

Scope and Content Note

Some of the themes discussed in this interview include: Irishness and the police force; growing up in the Bronx in the 1940s; Irish New Yorkers and some degree of apathy towards further education; his father and being a Democrat; his parents' view of Ireland versus Hugh's view of Ireland (more positive); and the Irish enclave in East Durham, New York.

This oral history was digitally recorded on a Marantz CDR420. The interview is approximately 160 minutes long, on 3 CDs. The interview took place in New York City on January 14, 2009, and the interviewer was Myriam Nyhan.

Jan 14, 2009
Box: 4 Folder : 77 O'Rourke, Kevin

Historical/Biographical Note

Kevin O'Rourke (b. Bern, Switzerland, 1963) studied for a Ph.D. in economics at Harvard University before returning to Ireland in 1994 to teach at University College Dublin, Trinity College Dublin, and, as Chichele Professor of Economic History, University of Oxford.

Jun 10, 2013
Box: 3 Folder : 36 O'Rourke, Mary

Biographical Note

Mary O'Rourke was born on Long Island, New York, in 1980. A teacher by profession, she is an avid soccer and gaelic football player. She is third generation Irish and has a lot of interaction with young Irish immigrants, due to her involvement in Irish sports. Mary is the daughter of Hugh O'Rourke, who is also a contributor to this collection of oral histories.

Scope and Content Note

This oral history was digitally recorded on a Marantz PMD660. The interview is approximately 1 hour long, on 1 CD. The interview took place in New York City on April 17, 2009, and the interviewer was Myriam Nyhan.

Apr 17, 2009
Box: 3 Folder : 37 O'Rourke, Sheila

Biographical Note

Sheila O'Rourke was born in San Francisco in 1939, the daughter of Kerry immigrants who arrived in the 1910s and 1920s. She has worked in financial and customer service environments for most of her career.

Scope and Content Note

This oral history was digitally recorded on a Marantz PMD660. The interview is approximately 2 hours, 43 minutes long, on 3 CDs. The interview took place in San Francisco, California, on June 1, 2009, and the interviewer was Myriam Nyhan.

Jun 1, 2009
Box: 3 Folder : 38 O'Sullivan, Kathleen and Downing, Albine
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Box: Electronic records E-records : TW_AIA_30_ER_37 O'Sullivan, Kieran

O'Sullivan, Kieran: 2015-   https://aeon.library.nyu.edu/remoteauth/aeon.dll?Logon&Action=10&Form=31&Value=http://dlib.nyu.edu/findingaids/ead/tamwag/aia_030.xml&view=xml

Biographical Note

Kieran O'Sullivan was born in 1964 in County Kerry, Ireland.  He immigrated to the United States in 1982 and settled in Boston, Massachusetts.  At the time of the 2015 interview, he was an immigration counselor at the Irish Pastoral Centre in Boston.

Scope and Contents

This interview was conducted by Íde B. O'Carroll in Cambridge, Massachusetts on February 12, 2015.  The interview covers Kieran O'Sullivan's early life in Ireland and his working life in Boston. O'Sullivan describes his parents and his childhood in County Kerry.  His discusses his decisions to visit the United States (US) in 1982 and to settle in Boston. He recounts jobs he held in the Boston area in the 1980s, issues he faced as an Irish immigrant in Boston at that time, and help he was able to provide to Irish who arrived in the late 1980s.  He describes the difference in experiences of undocumented immigrants in the US before and after September 11, 2001. O'Sullivan discusses his work as an immigration counselor at the Irish Pastoral Centre in Boston and events the Centre holds at pubs in the Boston area for immigrants in the 2010s.

2015
Box: 3 Folder : 39 O'Sullivan, Sheena

Biographical Note

Sheena O'Sullivan was born in London, to Irish immigrants, in 1969. At the age of six months, her family returned to Cahirciveen, Co. Kerry, Ireland. Sheena immigrated to New York in 1994 and has since trained as a nurse. She is married to another Irish immigrant and is the sister of Catriona Hayes, who is also a contributor to this collection of oral histories.

Scope and Content Note

Some of the key themes in this interview are: her parents' break-up in 1970s Ireland and lack of overt class differences; the significance of returning to higher education in the US; why London didn't ever appeal to her; Irish nurses in the US and how they are seen in comparison with Ireland; the American Dream (track 5); and the Celtic Tiger.

This oral history was digitally recorded on a Marantz PMD660. The interview is approximately 48 minutes long, on 1 CD. The interview took place in Middle Village, New York, on February 13, 2009, and the interviewer was Myriam Nyhan.

Other Finding Aids

Subject notes have been created by track number, and the Word file is available upon request at tamiment.wagner@nyu.edu.

Feb 13, 2009
Box: Electronic records E-records : TW_AIA_30_ER_38 O'Toole, Larry

O'Toole, Larry: 2015-   https://aeon.library.nyu.edu/remoteauth/aeon.dll?Logon&Action=10&Form=31&Value=http://dlib.nyu.edu/findingaids/ead/tamwag/aia_030.xml&view=xml

Biographical Note

Larry O'Toole was born in 1950 in Dublin, Ireland and raised in County Clare.  He immigrated to the United States and settled in Somerville, Massachusetts. He founded Gentle Giant Moving Company in 1980.  

Scope and Contents

This interview was conducted by Íde B. O'Carroll in Somerville, Massachusetts on February 13, 2015.  The interview covers Larry O'Toole's family, early life in Ireland, and his working life in the United States (US).  O'Toole describes his family and childhood in Ireland in detail. He describes his paternal grandparents who lived in Shanghai, China in the early 20th century.  He recounts stories told to him by his father about Shanghai in the 1930s and 1940s, in particular his grandfather's work as a policeman with the Shanghai Municipal Police, his father's experiences of conflicts between Chinese communist and nationalist forces, and his work at a newspaper in from the age of 14.  He discusses his childhood and his education in Ireland, and his parents's decision to immigrate to the US in 1965. He discusses, in detail, the death of his father and issues he had in his personal life as a result of this. O'Toole describes in detail jobs he held prior to founding the Gentle Giant Moving Company and relates numerous anecdotes about his life in the US in the 1970s.  He describes his decision to found Gentle Giant and his opinion about the success of the business being due to the camaraderie and physical fitness of his team of movers.

2015

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Box: 3 Folder : 40 Petters, Mary and Hale, Marie
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Box: Electronic records E-records : TW_AIA_30_ER_92 Powell, Phyllis

Powell, Phyllis: 2014-   https://aeon.library.nyu.edu/remoteauth/aeon.dll?Logon&Action=10&Form=31&Value=http://dlib.nyu.edu/findingaids/ead/tamwag/aia_030.xml&view=xml

Biographical Note

Phyllis Powell was born Phyliss Igoe in 1938 in Tuam, County Galway, Ireland. She worked as a nurse and a midwife. She married Timothy Powell in 1968. They have two children. She was a founding member of the Tara Association in New Jersey in 1971.

Scope and Contents

This interview was conducted by Miriam Nyhan at Phyllis Powell's home in North Brunswick, New Jersey on November 2, 2014. The interview covers Powell's childhood in Ireland and her working life in Ireland and the United States (US). Powell discusses her family, her parents's working lives, and her education. She discusses her training as a nurse and midwife in England and Scotland in the 1950s and 1960s. She describes her work as a nurse in a hospital in County Galway and her decision to immigrate to the US in the early 1960s. She discusses meeting her husband and deciding to remain in the US. She recounts the fact that she and her husband always intended to return to Ireland, the reasons why they remained in the US, and the fact that they visited Ireland every year with their sons. She discusses her work to establish the Tara Association in New Jersey in 1971, her work as the first treasurer, and the work of the organization.

2014
Box: 3 Folder : 42 Prendiville, Sean

Related Archival Materials

Sean Prendiville Papers (AIA 005)

Biographical Note

Sean Prendiville was born in San Francisco in 1951, the son of Irish immigrants from Kerry and Roscommon. He attended Catholic high school at St. Ignatius, in the Haight-Ashbury district, and graduated from the University of San Francisco in 1973. Sean worked at the Plough and the Stars, an Irish bar in San Francisco, where he met his wife Eileen, before establishing a career in the computer business.

Scope and Content Note

This oral history was digitally recorded on a Marantz PMD660. The interview is approximately 2 hours and 20 minutes long, on 3 CDs. The interview took place in San Francisco on May 31, 2009, and the interviewer was Myriam Nyhan.

May 31, 2009

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Box: 3 Folder : 43 Quigley, Martin

Biographical Note

Martin Quigley was born in Chicago in 1917. He graduated from Georgetown University in 1939 and worked as a journalist in the film industry. In the 1940s, Martin worked as an undercover agent for the U.S. Office of Secret Services gathering intelligence in Ireland on the issue of neutrality during World War II. He went on to receive a Ph.D. at Columbia University and led a career in writing, politics and education. Martin is the author of several books, including A US Spy in Ireland and  Great Gaels: Ireland and Peace in a World at War.

Scope and Content Note

This oral history was digitally recorded on a Marantz PMD660. The interview is approximately 130 minutes long, on 2 CDs. The interview took place in West Hartford, Connecticut, on May 21, 2009, and the interviewer was Myriam Nyhan.

May 21, 2009
Box: Electronic records E-records : TW_AIA_30_ER_55 Quilin, Michael

Quilin, Michael: 2015-   https://aeon.library.nyu.edu/remoteauth/aeon.dll?Logon&Action=10&Form=31&Value=http://dlib.nyu.edu/findingaids/ead/tamwag/aia_030.xml&view=xml

Biographical Note

Michael Quilin was born in 1952 in Bellevue, Pennsylvania. In 1961 his family moved to Castle Shannon, Pennsylvania. He graduated from La Salle College High School in Wyndmoor, Pennsylvania and continued on to La Salle University in Philadelphia as an English major, graduating in 1974. After graduating he spent a year in Ireland at the School of Irish Studies in Dublin.

Scope and Contents

This interview was conducted by Íde B. O'Carroll on April 26th 2015 in Milton, Massachusetts. The interview covers Michael Quilin's family ancestry and his early education. He recounts the way in which he and his sister Margaret became involved in importing Irish publications into the United States with Quilin and Campbell Publishers. He explains his involvement with Bill Clinton's presidential campaign in the 1990s and his advocacy for Irish American and Irish nationalist concerns.

2015
Box: 3 Folder : 44 Quinlan, Tom

Historical/Biographical Note

Tom Quinlan (b. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1925), the grandson of immigrants from Counties Cork and Fermanagh, taught English for many years.

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Box: 3 Folder : 45 Quinn, Charles B.
Jun 10, 2005
Box: 3 Folder : 46 Quinn, Florence

Historical/Biographical Note

Florence Quinn (b. Bristol, Connecticut, 1955) is the President and founder of Quinn & Co., a public relations firm in Manhattan.

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Box: 4 Folder : 78 Quinn, Marion

Historical/Biographical Note

Marion Quinn (b. Chicago, Illinois, 1964) is the youngest child and only daughter in a family of five children. Her parents, Michael and Teresa Quinn met through family connections. Both were born and raised in County Offaly Ireland. They married in 1956. Her parents migrated from Ireland to Canada, then to London, England before settling in Chicago where her father, an English literature professor, taught at Loyola University.

Sep 30, 2011
Box: 3 Folder : 47 Quinn, Peter

Biographical Note

Peter Quinn (b. 1947) is a writer and self-proclaimed BIC – Bronx Irish Catholic – whose roots date back to the famine generation. Peter began his career as a speech writer for New York State Governors Mario Cuomo and Hugh Carey, both Democrats, before moving on to become editorial director for Time, Inc. His first novel, The Banished Children of Eve, is set during the Draft Riots of 1863. Retired from the corporate world, Peter's latest novel is  The Man Who Never Returned about the infamous disappearance of New York State Supreme Court Judge Force Crater in the 1930s.

Nov 11, 2009
Box: 3 Folder : 48 Quinn, Sean

Biographical Note

Sean Quinn was born in New York in 1947, the son of Irish immigrants from Monaghan and Armagh. Sean inherited a talent for music from his father, Irish fiddler Louis Quinn, and as a child in the 1950s Sean learned to play with Irish musicians who gathered in his family's home in Queens. One of seven children, Sean and his siblings formed the musical group the Quinn Family, which recorded and toured Ireland. He is a musician and music teacher in New York.

Scope and Content Note

Some of the key themes discussed in this interview are: JFK's death; the significance of music as a way of uniting people; influences of Riverdance and the Clancys and Tommy Makem; and growing up as the son of a well-known musician.

This oral history was digitally recorded on a Marantz PMD660. The interview is approximately 2 hours long, on 2 CDs. The interview took place on February 7, 2009, and the interviewer was Myriam Nyhan.

Feb 7, 2009
Box: 3 Folder : 49 Quinn, Terry

Historical/Biographical Note

Terry Quinn (b. Brooklyn, New York) a veteran of the New York Fire Department and the father of three children, has roots in County Roscommon. He has spent many years in the bar business in New York City and was a technical adviser to the television show Rescue Me.

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Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: Electronic records E-records : TW_AIA_30_ER_16 Rath, Anne

Rath, Anne: 2014-   https://aeon.library.nyu.edu/remoteauth/aeon.dll?Logon&Action=10&Form=31&Value=http://dlib.nyu.edu/findingaids/ead/tamwag/aia_030.xml&view=xml

Biographical Note

Anne Rath was born in 1955 in Ballycanew, County Wexford, Ireland as the sixth child of 15 children.  She graduated from University College Dublin in 1975 and worked as a primary teacher in Cork.  She immigrated to the United States (US) in 1986, settling in Belmont, Massachusetts. She worked for the British Consulate for over two years before being accepted to Harvard Graduate School of Education.  She received her doctorate in 1995. In 1996 she returned to Ireland to teach at University College Cork and was a member of the Department of Education for 14 years. She retired and returned to the US and has worked as a counsellor and writing workshop instructor since 2009.  She and her partner, John Cullimore, have two children.

Scope and Contents

This interview was conducted by Íde B. O'Carroll in Lismore, County Waterford, Ireland on July 17, 2014.  The interview covers Anne Rath's early life and education in Ireland, her immigration to the United States in 1986, and her work as a college professor in Ireland in the 1990s and 2000s.  Rath discusses her childhood in rural Ballycanew in County Wexford, Ireland, including her parents, their childhoods and professions. She discusses her work as a teacher in Cork, deciding to receive extra training in guidance counselling, and visiting Boston, Massachusetts in the summer of 1986.  She recalls working various jobs in the summer of 1986 before working at the British Consulate. She recounts her decision to return to Ireland in 1996, the difficulties she and her family faced with adjusting to the move, and the issues she faced returning to teaching. In particular she discusses the difficulties being a working mother with young children in Ireland, the lack of social life in Ireland for Rath and her partner, and the difficulties the family faced in adjusting to the differences in life, work, and school between the US and Ireland.

2014
Box: Electronic records E-records : TW_AIA_30_ER_40 Rattigan, John

Rattigan, John: 2015-   https://aeon.library.nyu.edu/remoteauth/aeon.dll?Logon&Action=10&Form=31&Value=http://dlib.nyu.edu/findingaids/ead/tamwag/aia_030.xml&view=xml

Biographical Note

John Rattigan was born in 1946 in Boston, Massachusetts.  He graduated from Boston College in Chestnut Hill in 1968 and received his law degree from Suffolk University in Boston in 1974.

Scope and Contents

This interview was conducted by Íde B. O'Carroll at the Irish International Immigration Center in Boston, Massachusetts on March 11, 2015.  The interview covers John Rattigan's family and his working life in Boston. Rattigan describes his parents and siblings, and recounts his memories of his first visit to Ireland in the 1960s.  He discusses his education and his first jobs as a lawyer in Boston before joining the Irish International Immigration Center (IIIC) in 2000. He discusses his work as an immigration counselor at the IIIC, his work at the time of the interview coordinating community legal clinics in various neighborhoods in Boston, and other initiatives of the IIIC.  He also discusses his membership in the Charitable Irish Society of Boston and Irish American newspapers to which he contributes articles on immigration.

2015
Box: Electronic records E-records : TW_AIA_30_ER_93 Reardon, Daniel

Reardon, Daniel: 2014-   https://aeon.library.nyu.edu/remoteauth/aeon.dll?Logon&Action=10&Form=31&Value=http://dlib.nyu.edu/findingaids/ead/tamwag/aia_030.xml&view=xml

Biographical Note

Daniel Reardon was born in 1946 in Brooklyn, New York. He graduated from the Loyola School in Manhattan in 1964 and entered St. Andrew-on-Hudson in Hyde Park, New York. He graduated from Fordham University in the Bronx with bachelor's degrees in English and Classics in 1970. In 1974 he graduated from Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland with a master's degree in literature. Reardon joined Raidió Teilifís Éireann (RTÉ) in 1974 and married in 1977.

Scope and Contents

This interview was conducted by Miriam Nyhan on November 5, 2014 at New York University's Glucksman Ireland House in Manhattan, New York. The interview contains Daniel Reardon's family history and immigration story as well as his early memories of growing up in the Stuyvesant Town residential development in Manhattan. He describes his education and his reason for leaving St. Andrew-on-Hudson due to his mental health. He recounts his involvement with a theatre group starting in 1970 and his disenchantment with academia that led him to become a professional actor.

2014
Box: 3 Folder : 50 Reidy, Sr. Virgilius

Other Finding Aids

Subject notes have been created by track number, and the Word file is available upon request at tamiment.wagner@nyu.edu.

Biographical Note

Sister Virgilius Reidy was born in 1913 in Ballymacelligott, Co. Kerry, Ireland, the youngest of ten children. She lost her brother Jack when he was killed by the Black and Tans in 1920. Sister Virgilius entered the order of Franciscan Sisters in 1931 and immigrated to America in 1934. She began teaching and served as Mother Superior in schools in the East New York section of Brooklyn. In the 1950s she worked in Augusta and Savannah, Georgia, where she witnessed racial integration in public schools, and taught future Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas.

Scope and Content Note

This oral history was digitally recorded on a Marantz PMD660. The interview is approximately 40 minutes long. The interview took place in Tenafly, New Jersey, on April 8, 2009, and the interviewer was Myriam Nyhan.

Apr 8, 2009
Box: 3 Folder : 51 Reilly, Fr. Gavin

Historical/Biographical Note

Fr. Gavin Reilly of the Capuchin Order (b. Brooklyn, New York, 1928) graduated from the Pontifical Gregorian University, Rome in 1958. Fr. Reilly has taught theology at the Capuchin Theological Seminary in Garrison, New York and at St. Anselm's College in Manchester, New Hampshire.

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Box: Electronic records E-records : TW_AIA_30_ER_10 Reilly, Matthias

Reilly, Matthias: 2014-   https://aeon.library.nyu.edu/remoteauth/aeon.dll?Logon&Action=10&Form=31&Value=http://dlib.nyu.edu/findingaids/ead/tamwag/aia_030.xml&view=xml

Biographical Note

Matthias Reilly was born in 1941 in County Fermanagh, Ireland.  He immigrated to the United States (US) in 1962 and settled in New York, New York.  He worked as a bus driver for New York City Transit Authority. He was a member of the Fort Worth Five, five Irish men from New York who were imprisoned in Fort Worth, Texas between 1972 and 1973 for refusing to answer questions regarding alleged arms smuggling between the US and Ireland.

Scope and Contents

This interview was conducted by Danielle Zach at New York University's Glucksman Ireland House in New York, New York on June 20, 2014.  The interview covers Matthias Reilly's early life in Ireland, his life in the United States (US), and his experiences as a member of the Fort Worth Five.  Reilly describes his childhood on a farm in Northern Ireland and recounts his memories of the social and political divisions between Catholic and Protestant people in his village.  He recounts his reasons for immigrating to the US and for settling in New York in 1962. He discusses the establishment of Irish Northern Aid Committee (NORAID) in the mid-1970s. He recounts the events that led to his being jailed in Fort Worth, Texas and a member of the Fort Worth Five.  He discusses the other men imprisoned with him and their legal team led by Paul O'Dwyer. He also recounts his encounters with members of the Ulster Special Constabulary in his village in the 1950s and his memories of his reaction to Bloody Sunday in 1972.

2014
Box: 3 Folder : 52 Reilly, Megan

Historical/Biographical Note

Megan Reilly (b. Memphis, Tennessee, 1976) is a singer and songwriter who has been called one of the "Top Nine Emerging Songwriters".

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Box: 3 Folder : 53 Ridge, John

Historical/Biographical Note

John T. Ridge (b. Brooklyn, New York, 1947), the son of immigrants from Galway and Longford, is an historian who has documented the history of the Ancient Order of Hibernians and the St. Patrick's Day Parade as well as many other aspects of New York Irish history. In 2011 he published Celebrating 250 Years of the New York City St. Patrick's Day Parade. He has been a long-time officer, including President, of the New York Irish History Roundtable.

Related Archival Materials

John T. Ridge Collection (AIA 068)

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Box: 4 Folder : 79 Rodriguez, Margaret

Historical/Biographical Note

Margaret Rodriguez (b. New York, New York, 1938) is the daughter of Irish immigrant parents from Counties Roscommon and Cork. She began working for NYU in 1969 and stayed until her retirement in 2011.

Nov 12, 2011
Box: 3 Folder : 54 Rogers, James

Biographical Note

James Silas Rogers was born in 1952 in St. Paul, MN. He traces Irish ancestry through his mother's family, the Davitts, who immigrated from Mayo in the 19th Century. James became involved with the Irish American Cultural Institute in 1983 and initiated a degree program in Irish Studies at Metropolitan State University, in St. Paul, MN. He is the editor of the New Hibernia Review, managing director of the Center for Irish Studies at the University of St. Thomas, and president of the American Conference for Irish Studies.

Scope and Content Note

This oral history was digitally recorded on a Marantz CDR420. The interview is approximately 2 hours, 18 minutes long. The interview took place in New York City on October 9, 2009, and the interviewer was Marion Casey.

Oct 9. 2009
Box: Electronic records E-records : TW_AIA_30_ER_43 Rohan, Kathleen

Rohan, Kathleen: 2015-   https://aeon.library.nyu.edu/remoteauth/aeon.dll?Logon&Action=10&Form=31&Value=http://dlib.nyu.edu/findingaids/ead/tamwag/aia_030.xml&view=xml

Biographical Note

Kathleen Rohan was born in Ballinspittle, County Cork, Ireland in 1967.  She immigrated to the United States in 1989. At the time of the 2015 interview, she was the Deputy Director of Operations at the Irish Pastoral Centre in Boston, Massachusetts.

Scope and Contents

This interview was conducted by Íde B. O'Carroll at the Irish Pastoral Centre in Boston, Massachusetts on March 12, 2015.  The interview covers Kathleen Rohan's early life in Ireland and her working life in the United States (US). Rohan describes her family and her childhood in Ballinspittle in County Cork.  She discusses her experiences after graduating from high school in 1986 and immigrating to the US in 1989. She discusses her early experiences in Boston as an undocumented immigrant and the difference in the types of jobs she could acquire once she obtained a Morrison visa.  She discusses her involvement in the Gaelic Athletic Association from the 1990s through the time of the interview, her establishment of and participation in the Boston Shamrocks Ladies Gaelic Football Club, and the importance of sports to her.  She discusses her work at the Irish Pastoral Centre and the role of the Centre's programs in the Irish and Irish American communities in the Boston area.

2015
Box: 3 Folder : 55 Rohs, Steve

Historical/Biographical Note

Steve Rohs (b. Cincinnati, Ohio, 1965) is a professor of American Studies at Michigan State University's James Madison College of Public Affairs. He is the author of Eccentric Nation: Irish Embodiment and Performance in Nineteenth Century New York City (2009). Raised in a West Side working class Catholic family, he is of German ancestry on his father's side. His mother is descended from Brian (Barnard) White who emigrated from Sligo to avoid jail in 1852 and worked as a stonemason in Cincinnati.

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Box: 3 Folder : 56 Rooney, James E.

Scope and Content Note

Rooney discussed the significant role that family and tradition plays in his life. He also discussed his ties to Mayo and Newry, Co. Down, Ireland. His great grandfather, Dan Rooney, and great grandmother Margaret Devlan, emigrated from Ireland to Wales via Prince Edward Island for 10 years, and then came to Coulter, Pa (outside of Pittsburgh) in the United States.

When the Rooney's arrived in America, Jim's great grandfather, Dan Rooney, a distinct leader in the 1st Ward of Pittsburgh's North Side, opened a bar on Federal Street. The bar encapsulates the Rooney's future business style in that it led to his grandfather's introduction into professional boxing and sports as well as leading him into the position of 1st Ward Chairman on the North Side, which evolved his career into politics.

His grandfather, Art "The Chief" Rooney, was married to Kathleen McNulty in June of 1931 and had 5 children. He grew up and lived all his life in the North Side of Pittsburgh. He was an adamant sports fan and loved to gamble. He played minor league baseball from 1920-1925, and made the Olympic Boxing Team in 1920, but did not participate. He also played in many minor league football teams around Pittsburgh. Jim referred several times to his grandfather as a risk taker.

His maternal grandparents came to America from Ballaghaderreen, County Mayo, Ireland. Martin Reagan came in 1921 and sent for his wife Mary Duffy in 1923.2 of 10 kids grew up in Pittsburgh's North Side, which he refers to as the Irish Ghetto in the turn of the 19th century. Rooney grew up there, too. His mom went to University of Pittsburgh later in life to gain the education that she had always wanted. His mom viewed vernaculars as an anathema, and had a 'tough as nails' personality that he asserts to the large family that she was in care of. His maternal grandmother is still alive today at the age of 96. Jim notes that his mother and grandmother are very similar in their tough personalities. He talked about the role his mother, Patricia Reagan, and his grandmother, Mary Duffy, played in his childhood. They emphasized education and compassion, while maintaining a 'tough as nails' demeanor. However he talks about his dad being the biggest influence in his adult life. He says this is because his dads inability to engage with a child. He discussed that his mother and father had met in the first grade and grew up together.

Dan Rooney, Jim Rooney's father, was born 7-30-1932 on the North Side of Pittsburgh, PA and is the current owner of the Pittsburgh Steelers football team, which was passed down to him from his father Art "The Chief" Rooney in 1975. He was a member of the 1950 class at North Catholic High School and the 1955 class at Duquesne University. He is the Vice-Chairman of the American Ireland Fund, involved in The United Way of America, The American Diabetes Association, Presbyterian University Hospital, The Pittsburgh History and Landmarks Foundation and Duquesne University. He is also the benefactor of the Rooney Prize for Irish Literature, the founder of the Newry-Pittsburgh Partnership, and is the 3rd person to ever receive the Charter of Newry. He was also inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2000.

He talks of his St. Bernard's and Gilmour Academy Catholic School upbringing in St. Peter's parish on the North Side of Pittsburgh, PA. Jim tells how his own kids have continued on, with the tradition of Catholic Schooling. He discusses the unique blend that Catholic school brings to a child's education. He also talks of his ties to St. Peters Church near the Steelers stadium on the North Side of Pittsburgh and how everyone in his family has been baptized and married there and that he still goes to church there.

After his completion of college, he went to South Africa and worked with diabetic youth, which he says opened his eyes up to working with Ireland. In the mid 90's, right after he got out of college, he went to Belfast to support his father's efforts with the Ireland Fund. He was inspired by the immense economic growth that he witnessed from the first visit to Ireland in 1976 to his current visits in the 90's, which motivated him to remain involved with efforts in Ireland.

A year after completing Boston College, Jim traveled to South America to work with diabetic youth. After this, in the mid-90's Jim's father, Dan Rooney, asked him to take up business dealings in Belfast to support his father's work with the American Ireland Fund.

In 2001, he ran for state Senate as Democrat and lost, but has worked for many political campaigns. His wife steered him away from politics due to the stress and exposure in politics.

He talks about his five attempts at starting his own business, in which two have failed, one has been slightly successful and his current engagement is in progress. Part of his current business involved him in the creation of security robots called the 'Kuchera Robots' for the 2006 Super Bowl in Detroit as the director of First Link. The Kuchera Robot is a 30-pound robot that spins, crawls and looks through windows by remote control and takes photos; created for the use in Iraq, but used in the 2006 Super Bowl. First Link is in charge of marketing ideas, and works with Pantherlab Works to advance the technology in the ideas.

Jim Rooney was interviewed at New York University's Glucksman Ireland House on November 9th 2006 by Amanda Snatchko and Marion Casey. The interview took place before Jim was scheduled to talk about his father and the Steelers tradition later that night at the Glucksman Ireland House as well.

Other Finding Aids

This interview has been logged at ten-minute intervals, and the Word file is available upon request at tamiment.wagner@nyu.edu.

Historical/Biographical Note

James E. Rooney (b. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 1967), director of FirstLink at the University of Pittsburgh's Institute for Entrepreneurial Excellence, Katz Graduate School of Business, and grandson of Pittsburgh Steelers founder Art Rooney.

Nov 9, 2006
Box: Electronic records E-records : TW_AIA_30_ER_96 Rowland, Seán

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Biographical Note

Seán Rowland was born in 1959 in Turlough, County Mayo, Ireland.  He immigrated to the United States in 1986, settling in Boston, Massachusetts.  He established Hibernia College, an online university, in 2000.

Scope and Contents

This interview was conducted by Íde B. O'Carroll in Dublin, Ireland on July 9, 2014.  This interview covers Seán Rowland's early life in Ireland and his working life in the United States (US).  Rowland discusses his family and his education in Ireland. He discusses his decision to immigrate to the US in 1986; to settle in Boston, Massachusetts; and to complete his Doctor of Education degree at Boston College in Chestnut Hill.  He discusses his work in the field of distance education, his work with Boston College to establish Boston College Ireland in Dublin, and his work to establish Hibernia College in 2000. He describes Hibernia College and his desire to create an online distance learning school for people interested in obtaining a graduate degree.  He describes his work with Boston College's Irish Institute, Developing Entrepreneurs in Boston for Ireland (DEBI), and Center for Irish Management programs.

2014
Box: 3 Folder : 57 Ryan, Fr. Gerald R.

Scope and Content Note

Ryan discusses the neighborhood in which he grew up. He describes 1920's Pelham Bay in the Bronx as farmland with fruit trees and gardens. He remembers his childhood as well as his family, specifically his mother and father, immigrants from Ireland who met in New York City. He discusses his Catholic upbringing and describes his parents' reaction to his desire to be a priest; his mother's delight and his father's support.

After attending P.S. 71 for three years, Ryan attended the parish elementary school of Our Lady of Assumption after it opened in 1928, graduating in 1933. He continued his education at Cathedral College for high school and his first two years of college and then St. Joseph's Seminary for the remainder of his college education and seminary training. He reveals his father's belief that he should always pay his own way and because of his conviction, he would not allow Ryan to attend Seminary school on credit as the rest of the seminarians did.

On January 27, 1945 Gerald Ryan was ordained by Cardinal Francis Spellman (1889–1967). Twelve years after entering the seminary in a class of ninety-nine, sixteen were ordained. He discusses the changes in the Catholic Church and the seminary since his pre-Vatican II educational training, including the drop in numbers of young men with vocations.

While waiting for a position as an English teacher at Cardinal Hayes High School, Ryan was assigned to St. Anthony of Padua parish in the Bronx immediately after ordination. He discusses his adjustments to parish life in an African-American community and how he came interested in the civil rights movement. Ryan marched in Washington, DC and heard the famous "I Have a Dream" speech given by Dr. Martin Luther King in 1963, and two years later joined King and other religious leaders in Selma, Alabama to cross the Edmund Pettus Bridge in support of African-American voting rights. He describes the bus ride to Selma and the unknown fear of what could happen during the march. He tells the story of the angry southerners yelling at those participating in the protest and how the atmosphere changed once the crowd recognized singer Harry Belafonte in the line of marchers. Back in New York, Ryan continued to participate in demonstrations on issues affecting all poor communities such as housing and health.

Ryan served at St. Anthony's until he was assigned as pastor of St. Luke's parish in 1966. Several years later he learned that the call for a teaching position never came in 1945 because the pastor of St. Anthony's had personally requested of the Cardinal that Ryan remain in the parish to work with him. Looking back, Ryan feels that remaining at St. Anthony's instead of leaving to teach was for the best.

As pastor of St. Luke's parish, Ryan ministers to a primarily Hispanic community. He discusses the differences in participation between his current parish and the primarily Irish parish he belonged to as a child. He tells of the current parishioners' interest in participating in the liturgy and running of the parish. He speaks of the irony that as a young priest he served with three other priests in a parish and now as an older man he is the only priest in a bi-lingual parish. Ryan is currently the longest serving pastor in the diocese of New York. He spends his day running the parish with his other staff and administering to his parishioners' needs. In addition to saying the majority of the masses at St. Luke's, he works with the parish council and leads a weekly session for the troubled teens of the parish.

Ryan concludes the interview by discussing his opinions on the reasons for the lack of vocations to the priesthood and the loss of American Catholic faith. He speaks of his love for Ireland and in particular his special devotion to the Shrine of Our Lady of Knock in County Mayo.

Rev. Msgr. Gerald Ryan was interviewed at New York University's Glucksman Ireland House on 17 November 2005 by Natalie Rose and Linda Dowling Almeida. This oral history with Msgr. Gerald Ryan was digitally recorded on a Marantz CDR420. The interview is 99 minutes long, on two CDs and had been logged at ten-minute intervals.

Other Finding Aids

This interview has been logged at ten-minute intervals, and the Word file is available upon request at tamiment.wagner@nyu.edu.

Historical/Biographical Note

Fr. Gerald R. Ryan (b. New York, New York, 1920), pastor of St. Luke's R.C. Church in the South Bronx and the longest serving pastor in the Archdiocese of New York.

Nov 17, 2005
Box: 3 Folder : 58 Rygor, Stanley and Kathleen

Biographical Note

Stanley Rygor was born in New York in 1926, and wife Kathleen Rygor was born in Birr, Co. Offaly, Ireland, in 1929. Kathleen immigrated to New York in 1950 and met Stanley at an Irish dance the following year. Stanley and Kathleen's late son Robert, an AIDS activist and leader of the Irish Lesbian and Gay Organization (ILGO) in New York, died of AIDS in 1994. The Rygors became involved in the ILGO through Robert and are active in the annual St. Pat's For All parade and in the organization Parents and Friends of Lesbians & Gays.

Scope and Content Note

This oral history was digitally recorded on a Marantz PMD660. The interview is approximately 100 minutes long, on 2 CDs. The interview took place in Astoria, Queens, New York, on May 14, 2009, and the interviewer was Myriam Nyhan.

May 14, 2009

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Box: 3 Folder : 59-60 Sax, Eithne Golden

Biographical Note

Eithne Golden Sax (b. 1919) is a retired multilingual translator for the United Nations, daughter of Irish nationalist organizer Peter Golden, and pupil of Irish republican author Ernie O'Malley.

Scope and Content Note

Eithne begins by talking about the family backgrounds of her parents, Peter Golden and Helen Merriam, who met while performing in A Comedy of Errors with Ben Greet's Elizabethan Society of England. She recounts incidents from the family's time in the Amsterdam Avenue apartment, such as visits by Irish nationalists like the poet Joseph Campbell (1879-1944) and Eamon De Valera as well as members of the Friends of Freedom for India. Purnendu Sinha apparently was admired for his ability to "carry the nappies in from the line so elegantly." Eithne has only one clear memory of her father, when he tried to cure her earache with castor oil.

Eithne discusses her mother, Helen Merriam, in great depth, describing her as a "bohemian, a maverick," and the "black sheep of the family." She repeats a favorite anecdote from Christmas 1918 that her mother obviously relished telling the Golden children. She describes the family's move to Pasadena, California, where Helen sold books at Brentano's until Ernie O'Malley convinced the family to relocate to Taos, New Mexico in 1931.

In Taos, Eithne met various artists and local Pueblo Indians, even dancing with Thornton Wilder (1897-1975) at the home of Mabel Dodge Luhan (1879-1962). Alexandra Belkovitch (d. 1983), wife of painter Nicolai Fechin (1881-1955), taught her Russian lullabies that would later inspire her lifelong passion for foreign languages. Every day O'Malley tutored the Golden children and a local Mexican girl named Aurora in subjects ranging from grammar to geography; Eithne claims he called the Goldens the "stupidest children in the world" despite her fond memories of these sessions.

As a result, Eithne moved to New Jersey to live with friends while pursuing an opera career in New York City in 1938. Her beloved Aunt Pat, her father's sister, greeted her at Pennsylvania Station, she recalls. But she quickly set her musical ambitions aside. By 1940, she moved to Lisbon, Portugal to work as a Foreign Service clerk, translating for the legation during World War II, she explains.

Eithne then discusses her time exploring the local music scene in Lisbon, which was cut short when she returned home to Taos to her ailing mother who was sick with cancer. After her mother's death in 1943, Eithne moved to New York City's East Village. She describes her experience working for a local group of Basque sympathizers, and she discusses a past love interest, Antonio Irela, the Secretary of the President of the Autonomous Basque Republic, Antón de Irala Basque government delegate to the United States

Eithne also touches upon her musical pursuits, as she co-founded the New York Society of Classical Guitar in 1946, as well as the Guitar Review magazine.

In the next part of the interview, Eithne describes her experience working for the United Nations as a translator beginning in 1949. She met her future husband, Ernie Sax, at a United Nations party in 1956, and admits that she thought Sax was a snob after their first meeting and that he "looked down on us girls." But a few weeks later, when Sax was hospitalized after a car accident, she visited him in the hospital, which Eithne claims was the start of a "great love affair." Eithne and Ernie Sax married that same year.

In the small remainder of the interview, Eithne explores the idea of Irish identity, and she discusses her trip to Ireland in 1959. Eithne describes her life after her husband's death in 1969, and details her current pursuits, explaining that she takes Irish language classes and attends events at the Glucksman Ireland House. Finally, Eithne explains that she is currently writing her memoirs.

Eithne Merriam Golden Sax was interviewed on 2 November 2006 at her home on in New York City's upper east side by Elizabeth Bedell and Marion R. Casey. This oral history with Eithne Merriam Golden Sax was digitally recorded on a Marantz CDR420. The interview is 140 minutes long, on two CDs and has been logged at ten-minute intervals.

Other Finding Aids

This interview has been logged at ten-minute intervals, and the Word file is available upon request at tamiment.wagner@nyu.edu.

Nov 2, 2006
Box: 3 Folder : 61-62 Scally, Robert J.

Biographical Note

Robert J. Scally (b. 1937), retired Professor of History, New York University and inaugural Director, Glucksman Ireland House, New York University.

Nov 20, 2006
Box: 3 Folder : 63 Scully, Bill

Historical/Biographical Note

Billy Scully (b. Glenamaddy, Co. Galway, 1937) has tended bar at McGovern's Tavern since arriving in Newark, New Jersey in 1958. He married the niece of the original owner, Frank McGovern, and took over ownership in the late 1960s.

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Box: 3 Folder : 64 Sexton, John E.

Scope and Content Note

Sexton provides detailed information primarily on his youth and family life, from 1942 to 1975. Sexton's grandfather, James J. Sexton (1875-1947), was born in County Sligo (near the border with Donegal), Ireland, the son of the village blacksmith. He came to the United States at the age of 20 and settled in Brooklyn, New York, where he worked as a blacksmith and became an active member and eventual president of the International Union of Journeymen Horseshoers. James Sexton entered local politics in 1915 as Democratic District leader in the Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn and by 1929 was serving Mayor James J. Walker as President of the New York City Board of Taxes and Assessments. Sexton gives an example of his grandfather's character and influence during the Depression while head of Brooklyn's Jefferson Democratic Club.

Sexton's father, John E. Sexton, a graduate of Manhattan College and Fordham University Law School, died in 1960 when his son was eighteen, after years battling the effects of alcoholism. He discusses the good and bad experiences he had as a child, including hardships resulting from the chronic ill health of his father. Sexton describes how his father taught him the value of helping other people by bringing home what Sexton refers to as "handymen." Rather than renting out the extra room in their house, Sexton's father would take in homeless men who were frequently recovering alcoholics and allow them to stay until they got back on their feet. Sexton acknowledges the centrality of his relationship with his father to subsequent choices he made in life, and briefly talks about his strained relationship with his uncle Jim Sexton. He attributes his knowledge of his Irish heritage to his aunt Ruth Sexton (Sr. James Marie), a Dominican nun.

While remaining closest to his mother's German family, Sexton personally identifies himself as Irish. He talks about the pastor-like persona of all the Sexton men in his family and how readily it translates to his current position as President of New York University and Dean of its Law School before that. Sexton attributes this love of people to being Irish and says this was passed down to him by his father. Although he refers throughout the interview to the NYU Law School as his "parish" and the university as his "archdiocese," Sexton does not otherwise agree with the hierarchy of the Catholic Church. He discusses his personal concept of Catholicism and his relationship with the Church, reflecting on the Jewish identity of his wife, children and grandchildren.

He describes his education and work experience, especially his time at Fordham University and St. Francis College. Following his father's death, Sexton began coaching a debate team at St. Brendan's Diocesan High School for girls where his sister was enrolled. He talks extensively about the fifteen years he spent with the debate team, the significance of the experience both for him and for the girls he coached, and describes the first reunion the team had recently. He credits one of his teachers at Brooklyn Prep, Charlie Winans, with being the inspiration behind his efforts with the St. Brendan's debaters. He recounts how his first application to Harvard Law School was rejected and how his friend, Lawrence Tribe, called in a few favors, convincing the admissions department to give his application reconsideration; nevertheless, Sexton's commitment to St. Brendan's was so great that he deferred going to law school until 1975.

Fifty-three minutes into this oral history, Edward C. Smith, general auditor and senior vice president of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, arrives for a meeting and Sexton invites him to listen in on the remainder of the interview. He asks Smith if there is a demonstration outside, which is a reference to the rally organized by the United Auto Workers in support of striking NYU graduate assistants that was scheduled for noon that day outside Bobst Library. This is the second brief reference Sexton makes to the strike during this interview.

John E. Sexton was interviewed in his academic office in Vanderbilt Hall at New York University School of Law on 2 December 2005 by Shawna C. Meechan and Marion R. Casey. This oral history with John E. Sexton was digitally recorded on a Marantz CDR420. Interview is 71 minutes, 56 seconds long, on two CDs and had been logged at ten minute intervals.

Other Finding Aids

This interview has been logged at ten-minute intervals, and the Word file is available upon request at tamiment.wagner@nyu.edu.

Historical/Biographical Note

John E. Sexton (b. 1942) is the President of New York University and former Dean of its School of Law.

Dec 2, 2005
Box: 3 Folder : 65 Shanley, John Patrick

Scope and Content Note

Mr. Shanley discusses a range of topics, focusing particularly on his success in the writing world, both in theater and film, as well as his Irish background and identity.

Mr. Shanley begins by discussing his childhood in the Bronx, and the difficulties he had in school because of his "differences." He describes feeling misunderstood because of his creativity, particularly by his father, who, as a survivor of the Great Depression, wanted Shanley to pursue a career with security and a pension. Shanley's difficulties in school manifested themselves as behavioral issues which resulted in hours of detention over the course of his academic career. He was asked to leave several schools before a teacher at his New Hampshire boarding school took him under his wing and ensured that he graduated.

Shanley describes his career at New York University and the way in which a five year leave from academia after high school helped his education. He explains how his two year stint in the Marine Corps in the middle of the Vietnam War provided him with the insight to negotiate institutional structures for his personal benefit, rather than battle against them. Shanley credits the discipline of the Marines for his success at NYU, from which he graduated as valedictorian of his class in 1977.

Much of Shanley's best known work focuses on individuals struggling within institutional structures, particularly Doubt, which Shanley based on his experiences in religious-based institutions. He identifies the inspiration for  Doubt as emerging from his own philosophy on life -- which advocates sticking to his convictions, regardless of his certainty in their correctness -- and draws on some of his school experiences, particularly his primary school, St. Anthony's, which was run by the Sisters of Charity. His first grade teacher was the model for the character of Sister James in the play. Shanley later hired her as a consultant on the movie version of the play, which premiered in 2008.

Doubt has garnered multiple awards for Shanley, including a 2005 Tony for best play and the 2005 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. Shanley was also the recipient of an Oscar for best original screenplay for the movie  Moonstruck, a 1987 film that focused on the convoluted love life of an Italian American played by Cher. During the interview he focuses largely on the evolution of his career. He discusses life experience as it relates to his success, as well as persistence -- at one point, he was living below the poverty line and working a series of odd jobs, but still producing about one play a year.

Shanley talks about his two adopted sons from his first marriage who come from very diverse ethnic backgrounds. Shanley does not consider ethnicity an integral part of their upbringing, and refers to his own Irishness as being a literal part of him, rather than something that derives from his own social or cultural upbringing. He does, however, credit his Irish background for his ability to tell a story, saying that a visit to his family's farm in Ireland made him realize how like his Irish relatives he was—finally finding a niche after years of feeling "different" and "weird."

John Patrick Shanley was interviewed on 5 November 2008 at Glucksman Ireland House at New York University by Mary Catherine Williamson and Linda Dowling Almeida. This oral history with John Patrick Shanley was digitally recorded on a Marantz CDR420. Interview is 1 hr, 22 minutes long, on 2 CDs and has been logged at 10 minute intervals.

Other Finding Aids

This interview has been logged at ten-minute intervals, and the Word file is available upon request at tamiment.wagner@nyu.edu.

Historical/Biographical Note

John Patrick Shanley (b. 1950), writer and director best known for the screenplay for Moonstruck (1988), winner of a Best Screenplay Oscar, and  Doubt: A Parable (2004), which won the Pulitzer Prize and a Tony Award for Best Play. He directed his own adaptation of the play on film, which garnered five Oscar nominations, including one for Best Adapted Screenplay.

Nov 5, 2008
Box: 4 Folder : 1 Shannon, Catherine

Historical/Biographical Note

Catherine Shannon (b. Rockaway Beach, New York), the Director of Infection Prevention and Employee Health Services at St. Catherine of Siena Medical Center in Smithtown, Long Island, is a registered nurse and family nurse practitioner. The mother of two sons, she also plays the fife and bagpipes.

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Box: 4 Folder : 80 Shannon, Catherine B.
Feb 21, 2013
Box: 4 Folder : 2 Shea, Sr. Catherine

Biographical Note

Sister Catherine Shea was born in Laharn, Co. Kerry, Ireland, in 1917. Sister Catherine immigrated to Boston in 1929 and at the age of 15 entered the convent of the Sisters of Charity of St. Elizabeth in Convent Station, New Jersey. She taught in New Jersey and in Puerto Rico, and retired in 1993.

Scope and Content Note

This oral history was digitally recorded on a Marantz PMD660. The interview is approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes long, on 2 CDs. The interview took place in Convent Station, New Jersey, on June 12, 2009, and the interviewer was Myriam Nyhan.

Jun 12, 2009
Box: 4 Folder : 81 Sheehan, Virginia

Historical/Biographical Note

Virginia Sheehan (b. Greenpoint, New York, 1930) is the daughter of Irish immigrants from Co. Cork and grew up in Greenpoint, Brooklyn when it was a predominantly Irish neighborhood.

Apr 10, 2012
Box: 4 Folder : 3 Shelley, Msgr. Thomas

Historical/Biographical Note

Msgr. Thomas Shelley of the Jesuit Order (b. South Bronx, New York, 1937) is a Monsignor and Professor of Theology at Fordham University and the author of several major books on Catholicism in America, including Greenwich Village Catholics and  The History of the Archdiocese of New York.

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Box: 4 Folder : 4 Smith, Ellen
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Box: 4 Folder : 82 Smolenyak, Megan

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Megan Smolenyak (b. La Chapelle-Saint-Mesmin, France, 1960) is a genealogical adventurer and history detective, as well as an author and TV personality. Her most recent books include Hey, America, Your Roots are Showing and  Who Do You Think You Are? Her research corrected the story of Annie Moore, the first immigrant processed at Ellis Island.

Apr 1, 2013
Box: 4 Folder : 83 Smyth, Mary

Historical/Biographical Note

Mary Smyth (b. Doonfeeny, Co. Mayo, Ireland, 1932) grew up on a farm in Co. Mayo and emigrated to New York City in 1953 where she worked in a series of domestic jobs and raised a family.

Jul 30, 2013
Box: 4 Folder : 5 Smyth, Tommy

Other Finding Aids

This interview has been logged at ten-minute intervals, and the Word file is available upon request at tamiment.wagner@nyu.edu.

Historical/Biographical Note

Tommy Smyth (b. 1945) is an internationally recognized soccer analyst and sports broadcaster for ESPN and was the 2008 Grand Marshall of the New York City St. Patrick's Day Parade.

Oct 24, 2008
Box: 4 Folder : 6 Smyth, Treasa Goodwin

Other Finding Aids

This interview has been logged at ten-minute intervals, and the Word file is available upon request at tamiment.wagner@nyu.edu.

Scope and Content Note

Smyth opens the interview talking about her childhood, starting with her mother's pregnancy with her and her twin sister. She discusses the experiences of growing up with ten siblings who all lived under one roof in an old farmhouse. She describes her mom cooking on a hearth fireplace and the sleeping arrangements in her house. She remembers her mother as a fantastic cook, making delicious dishes with simple resources and how her mother would make Treasa gather the wood in the morning to start the fire in the hearth. She recalls selling the vegetables they raised on the farm and milking cows and talks about wearing rubber boots, or wellies, when farming. She admits surprise when she sees people wearing them today as fashionable footwear. She remembers how her dog Scotty would help her with the daily chores and talks about watching TV shows like Eurovision, Flipper, and Skippy the Kangaroo.

She remembers her dad's passing and seeing a banshee that night, and knowing it was a sign that her dad had died. After her father's death all her siblings had to help maintain the farm. She recalls with sadness that some of her dad's customers did not pay their bills after his death and how that disturbed her because of his fairness to them while he was alive.

She talks about the importance of religion in her family. Her parents did not tolerate distractions or disruptions during their daily prayers and every Saturday her family went to confession. She recalls her first confession and how she could not think up a sin, so a nun told her to make one up.

She talks about going to school at Saint Mary's National School in Cobh and describes how the nuns were very mean to her and how in one incident a nun did not let her use the bathroom. She felt the nuns were biased against her and her siblings because they were poor and from the country and made them clean up after the rich city girls. She also recalls a funny story about having to choose between getting in trouble with her sister or a nun. She talks about being forced to learn Irish in school without much success, but that at 17 she decided to really take an interest in the language and got a scholarship to study it at summer school. She recalls her choice to continue her studies at the vocational school rather than continue with the nuns. At vocational school she started to fall in love with learning as she acquired very practical skills like accounting and wood work. She also talks about one teacher whom she admired who played camogie.

She recalls growing up playing sports and listening to games on the radio. She talks about her mom's disapproval of girls playing sports and that she had to sneak out of the house to try out for the camogie team, only to break her ankle at the tryout. On her second attempt she made the national team but managed to hide it from her mother. She remembers that her mother finally accepted her athletic pursuits later on in her life. She also talks about the importance of the sport to her even in America and how she would help other players of the game immigrate to the US.

She describes going to Gurteen Agriculture College to study farm management and how she was one of the only women at the school. She remembers not being treated well by her male peers. During her apprenticeship she performed a job that required three men to complete when she left. Smyth chats about working in pig management and her job on a pig farm supervising 10 men. She remembers how she had to work carefully with all the men to make them feel comfortable as members of a team and ultimately winning their respect and allegiance.

She talks about her first experience giving birth in Ireland, how she was kept in the dark about what was going to happen and where the baby would come from. She talks about the privacy in her household and the reluctance to share intimate information. She compares it to Ireland today and how more open the culture is and that people talk a little too much about their lives now.

Treasa describes coming to America for the first time and observing the degree of its diversity with some surprise. She discusses her early jobs as a domestic and how it was hard for her to make ends meet as a single mother. She talks about becoming a nurse and how at first she resisted the idea because she thought nurses were arrogant, but finally decided to go to night school. It took her four years to complete her degree. She talks about finding her social network by playing camogie at Gaelic Park and the importance of immigrants helping each other when they arrive through sports and other outlets. She also talks about being an undocumented alien. Treasa talks about her mom dying and how her mother waited to pass until Treasa was back in Ireland. She recalls having a vision of her father, who was dead, holding her mother's hand as her mom died. She talks about the funeral and explains how Tommy Smyth, her husband, supported her during that time. She talks about how she met Smyth, an ESPN soccer analyst, and their 12 year courtship. Treasa talks about her faith and how Mass for her is the beginning of a new week. She talks about raising her kids in the Catholic Church.

She says her children identify themselves as Americans even though every summer Treasa sent them to Ireland to stay with family and experience life on the farm with their Irish relatives. She ends the interview describing how she is an Irish person in her heart but she loves America.

This oral history with Treasa Goodwin Smyth was digitally recorded on Marantz CDR420. The interview is 2 hours and 23 minutes. The interview took place on November 6, 2009, and the interviewers were Alexia Townsend and Linda Dowling Almeida.

Historical/Biographical Note

Treasa Goodwin Smyth (b. 1960), a radio host of Ireland Calls on WVOX 1460 AM and wife of ESPN soccer analyst Tommy Smyth. An immigrant from County Cork who arrived in the United States in the 1980s, she raised her children as a single mom and put herself through nursing school by cleaning houses. Treasa was a member of Ireland's national camogie team and continued to play the sport at GaelicPark in the first years after she arrived New York.

Nov 6, 2009
Box: 4 Folder : 84 Stanley, Patricia

Historical/Biographical Note

Patricia E. Stanley (b. Jersey City, New Jersey, 1953) is a data analyst with a background in theater and music. She has done extensive genealogical research on her own family's history and has traced both sides of her family to Co. Mayo.

Mar 28, 2012
Box: Electronic records E-records : TW_AIA_30_ER_66 Staunton, Ciarán

Staunton, Ciaran: 2016-   https://aeon.library.nyu.edu/remoteauth/aeon.dll?Logon&Action=10&Form=31&Value=http://dlib.nyu.edu/findingaids/ead/tamwag/aia_030.xml&view=xml

Biographical Note

Ciarán Staunton was born in 1963 in County Galway, Ireland and was raised in Louisburgh, County Mayo.  He immigrated to the United States in 1982, settling in Boston, Massachusetts and moving to New York, New York in 1991.  He owned a number of bars in Boston and New York. He helped for the Irish Immigration Reform Movement in 1987 and co-founded the Irish Lobby for Immigration Reform in 2005.  He married and had two children.

Scope and Contents

This interview was conducted by Íde B. O'Carroll at the Rory Staunton Foundation for Sepsis Prevention in New York, New York on November 10, 2016.  The interview covers Ciarán Staunton's early life in Ireland, his working life, and his participation in immigration reform organizations. Staunton discusses his childhood in Ireland and his extended family.  He recounts his management of the family's farm and his decision to leave Ireland in 1980. He recounts jobs he held in bars in England, his decision to immigrate to the United States, the benefits of the indefinite validity visa he received.  He describes in detail his experiences in Boston, Massachusetts and New York, including his work experiences in Irish bars in Boston and his involvement in Irish immigration and human rights organizations, including Irish Northern Aid Committee (NORAID), Irish Immigration Reform Movement, and Irish Lobby for Immigration Reform.  He discusses his involvement with the Friends of Sinn Féin and the peace process in Northern Ireland in the 1990s. Staunton also discusses his son's, Rory, death from sepsis, his establishment of the Rory Staunton Foundation for Sepsis Prevention, and the work of the foundation.

2016
Box: 4 Folder : 85 Sullivan, John

Historical/Biographical Note

John Sullivan (b. Manchester, England, 1945) was born in Manchester, England and came to the United States with his family in 1949. He has family roots in Cos. Kerry and Mayo. Before his retirement, he was in charge of marketing and sales for ABB in North America.

Apr 20, 2012
Box: 4 Folder : 7 Sullivan, Maureen

Historical/Biographical Note

Maureen Sullivan (b. Brooklyn, New York, 1943), the daughter of immigrants from Counties Clare and Roscommon, was raised in Brooklyn. She spent her early career teaching and working in the advertising industry. She is the President of Maureen Sullivan Communications and the author of two children's books, Ankle Soup and  Custard and Mustard.

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Box: 4 Folder : 86 Sweetman, Ruth

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Ruth Sweetman (b. Palmerstown, Co. Dublin, Ireland, 1942) grew up outside of Dublin and has strong family ties to the struggle for Irish independence in the early 20th century. She is the niece of the Irish patriot, Kevin Barry. One of her most treasured possessions is a bracelet which was presented to her mother and is inscribed, "To Eileen M Barry with esteem from St Ita's Committee New York Aug 1929." She was a guidance counselor at the elite bording school, Clongowes Wood.

May 15, 2013

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Box: 4 Folder : 87 Tahaney, Sr. Anne and Sr. Margaret

Historical/Biographical Note

Sr. Anne Tahaney and Sr. Margaret Tahaney (b. Long Island City, New York, 1931; b. New York, New York, 1929) of the Dominican Order are both children of Irish immigrants. They traveled to Pakistan in 1957 and taught at a Dominican school there while also living and working in the local community.

Jan 23, 2013, Feb 7, 2012
Box: 4 Folder : 8 Tatty, Matthew
Mar 7, 2009
Box: 4 Folder : 9 Tanner, Peggy

Scope and Content Note

This oral history was digitally recorded on a Marantz PCM660. The interview is approximately 40 minutes long, on 1 CD. The interview took place in Bayville, New Jersey, on November 24, 2008, and the interviewer was Myriam Nyhan.

Biographical Note

Peggy Tanner was born in the Bronx in 1929, but moved with her family back to Kilgarvan, Co. Kerry, Ireland, as a young child during the Depression. Her father, Denis Hegarty, was a commandant in the IRA who fought in the 1916 Easter Rising. Peggy trained as a nurse in England in 1947 and immigrated to America in 1953, where she continued her work in nursing. She became involved in local politics in New York and served on the Advisory Committee on Parks and Landscapes.

Nov 24, 2008
Box: 4 Folder : 10 Taylor, Joe

Biographical Note

Joe Taylor was born in 1937 in Co. Leitrim, Ireland. He settled in New York in the early 1960s and became a member of the Leitrim Association of New York, where he served as president from 1994-1996. His daughter Margaret is also in the organization and was president from 2001-2003. Joe worked as a bartender for thirty years at the Liffey Bar in Queens.

Scope and Content Note

This oral history was digitally recorded on a Marantz PCM660. The interview is approximately 1 hour long, on 1 CD. The interview took place in Elmhurts, New York, on January 29, 2009, and the interviewer was Myriam Nyhan.

Jan 29, 2009
Box: 4 Folder : 11 Tierney, Kenneth
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Box: Electronic records E-records : TW_AIA_30_ER_63 Tolle, Brian

Tolle, Brian: 2015-   https://aeon.library.nyu.edu/remoteauth/aeon.dll?Logon&Action=10&Form=31&Value=http://dlib.nyu.edu/findingaids/ead/tamwag/aia_030.xml&view=xml

Biographical Note

Brian Tolle was born in Queens, New York. He received a bachelor's degree in political science from the States University of New York at Albany and a bachelor's degree in fine arts from the Parsons School of Design in Manhattan. He was awarded the commision of the Irish Hunger Memorial in New York City in 2000.

Scope and Contents

This interview was conducted by Miriam Nyhan at New York University's Glucksman Ireland House in Manhattan, New York on August 13, 2015. The interview contains Brian Tolle's family history, education, and his design of the Irish Hunger Memorial in New York City between 2000 and 2002. He describes his anxiety of framing the historical events of the past for a contemporary audience. He recounts the way in which he wanted to create an environment where the half acre of land would let viewers interpret their own opinion about the Great Famine in Ireland in the 1840s. He describes his memories of witnessing the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center in New York on September 11th, 2001.

September 11 Terrorist Attacks, 2001 -- Personal narratives.
2015
Box: 4 Folder : 88 Tracey, Patrick

Historical/Biographical Note

Patrick Tracey (b. Boston, Massachusetts, 1958) is the son of Irish-American parents and can trace his family?s roots to Famine-era Co. Roscommon. He is the author of Stalking Irish Madness: Searching for the Roots of My Family's Schizophrenia.

Apr 2, 2012
Box: 4 Folder : 89 Tubridy, Dan

Historical/Biographical Note

Dan Tubridy (b. Rockaway, New York, 1948) is the grandchild of Irish immigrants from Counties Kerry and Clare and can trace his family?s Irish lineage back to the eighteenth century. He is the owner of the Bungalow Bar in Far Rockaway, which was featured on Spike TV's Bar Rescue.

Dec 2, 2011
Box: 4 Folder : 90 Tunney, Jay R.

Historical/Biographical Note

Jay R. Tunney (b. New York, New York, 1936) grew up in Stanford, CT, and is the son of Irish-American world heavyweight-boxing champion Gene Tunney. He is the author of The Prizefighter and the Playwright, in which he chronicles his father's relationship with the renowned playwright George Bernard Shaw.

Mar 29, 2012

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Box: 4 Folder : 13 Vajrathan-Childers, Monica

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Monica Vajrathan-Childers (b. Bangkok, Thailand, 1936) has ancestry from County Cork. She is the daughter of a Thai mother and a father with Irish and Swiss ancestry. Her grandfather was Joseph Culfield James (1860-1925), principal tutor to the Thai Royal Family. After attending university in Bangkok, Paris, and Illinois she worked for the United Nations in Asia and New York. She married Erskine Childers III, the journalist and son of Irish President Erskine Hamilton Childers (1905-1974). In New York they both held positions at the United Nations and developed relationships with key Irish diplomats and civil servants, including Sean MacBride and Garret Fitzgerald. She has contributed to international dialogue on women's rights and also works as a visual artist.

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Box: 4 Folder : 91 Wall, Eamonn

Historical/Biographical Note

Eamonn Wall (b. Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford, Ireland, 1955) emigrated to the United States in 1982 and currently lives in St. Louis, Missouri, where he teaches Irish, Irish-American, and British Literature courses at UM ? St. Louis. He has published six collections of poetry and two books, including Writing the Irish West: Ecologies and Traditions and  From the Sin-é Café to the Black Hills.

Nov 30, 2011, Apr 4, 2013
Box: 4 Folder : 92 Walsh, James

Historical/Biographical Note

James P. Walsh (b. San Francisco, California, 1937) is the son of Irish parents from Co. Mayo. He is currently Professor Emeritus of History at San Jose State University and lives in San Francisco, California.

Sep 27, 2013
Box: Electronic records E-records : TW_AIA_30_ER_12 Walsh, Peter

Walsh, Peter: 2014-   https://aeon.library.nyu.edu/remoteauth/aeon.dll?Logon&Action=10&Form=31&Value=http://dlib.nyu.edu/findingaids/ead/tamwag/aia_030.xml&view=xml

Biographical Note

Peter Walsh was born in 1947 in New York, New York. He graduated from Mount St. Michael High School in the Bronx and attended Marist College in Poughkeepsie between 1965 and 1968. He studied at the University of London in London, England in 1969. Walsh served in the United States Army during the Vietnam War. After the war he graduated from Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut.

Scope and Contents

This interview was conducted by Miriam Nyhan on June 30, 2014 at New York University's Glucksman Ireland House in Manhattan, New York. This interview contains Peter Walsh's description of his family's history as immigrants and later as Irish Americans. He recounts stories about his great-grandmother, and his father's childhood stories during the Great Depression. He describes his childhood as an Irish American in New York, his education, and his first trip to Ireland.

2014
Box: 4 Folder : 14 Waters, Mary

Historical/Biographical Note

Mary Waters (b. New York, 1927) is the past president of the Cork Association of New York.

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Box: 4 Folder : 15 Waters, Sr. Victor

Biographical Note

Sr. Victor Waters was born in Cornamona, Co. Galway, Ireland, in 1904. She immigrated to Chicago in 1925 with her two brothers, one of whom was fleeing the Black and Tans. She entered the order of the Franciscan Sisters in Boston in 1928, and served in Rome for four years during World War II.

Scope and Content Note

This oral history was digitally recorded on a Marantz PMD660. The interview is approximately 50 minutes long, on 1 CD. The interview took place in Tenafly, New Jersey, on April 8, 2009, and the interviewer was Myriam Nyhan.

Other Finding Aids

Subject notes have been created by track number, and the Word file is available upon request at tamiment.wagner@nyu.edu.

Apr 8, 2009
Box: Electronic records E-records : TW_AIA_30_ER_15 Watson, Eve

Watson, Eve: 2014-   https://aeon.library.nyu.edu/remoteauth/aeon.dll?Logon&Action=10&Form=31&Value=http://dlib.nyu.edu/findingaids/ead/tamwag/aia_030.xml&view=xml

Biographical Note

Eve Watson was born in 1971 in Limerick, County Limerick, Ireland and was raised in Ballyagran, County Limerick. She graduated from Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island in 1996 and received her Ph.D. in psychology from University College Dublin in 2008.  At the time of the 2014 interview, Watson was the Head of the Arts and Psychology Department at Independent College Dublin.

Scope and Contents

This interview was conducted by Íde B. O'Carroll at Eve Watson's office at Independent College in Dublin, Ireland on July 7, 2014.  The interview covers Watson's family, early life, education, and working life. Watson discusses her family and early life in Ireland.  She discusses the importance of athletics in her early life, her aptitude and interest in running, and the way in which this led to her attending Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island.  She discusses her mental health before and during college, and her decision to her return to Ireland and enter therapy. She recounts her experiences in Kathmandu, Nepal between 1998 and 2001 and her decision to leave  due to mental health issues. She recounts her decision to return to Ireland in late 2001 in order to pursue a degree in psychology and her work in the psychology department at Independent College Dublin.

2014
Box: 4 Folder : 16 Weadock, Joe
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Box: 4 Folder : 17 White, Richard

Historical/Biographical Note

Richard White (b. Flushing, New York, 1947), the Margaret Byrne Professor of American History at Stanford University, is the past President of the Organization of American Historians and a Pulitzer Prize-nominated author of several books regarding the American West, Native American history and Environmental history. Remembering Ahanagran: A History of Stories is his account of his mother's emigration from County Kerry.

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Box: 4 Folder : 18 Winch, Terry

Historical/Biographical Note

Terry Winch (b. Bronx, New York, 1960) is a musician and writer. He is the author of five books of poems and two short story collections and has won the Columbia Book Award for The Great Indoors (1995) and the American Book Award for  Irish Musicians/American Friends (2007). His experiences of growing up in a Bronx immigrant neighborhood are frequently his subjects. In 1977 he co-founded the traditional Irish music group Celtic Thunder.

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Box: 4 Folder : 19 Zurell, Eileen

Biographical Note

Eileen Houlihan Zurrell was born in New York in 1942 and grew up in Woodside, Queens. The daughter of 1920s immigrants from Co. Limerick, Ireland, her father was a member of Limerick Men's Association in New York. She held a career in administration. Eileen married her husband John in 1970 and began studying the Irish language after giving birth to her son and daughter in the early 1970s.

Scope and Content Note

Some of the key themes discussed in this interview include: different generations of Irish; 9/11 and loss of life in her parish; the 2008 election of Obama and comparisons with JFK; and her mother preparing the American parcel.

This oral history was digitally recorded on a Marantz PCM660. The interview is approximately 90 minutes long, on 2 CDs. The interview took place in New York City on November 6, 2008, and the interviewer was Myriam Nyhan.

Nov 6, 2008

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