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Guide to the Ireland House Oral History Collection AIA.030

Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archive
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Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives

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

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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

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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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