Celebrating Thanksgiving Irish American Style


Bernadette Gibbons,

Queens, New York.

"Relaxing and having a four-day weekend. We also attend the Christmas tree lighting in Red Bank, New Jersey the day after."

Peter Carey, Locust, New Jersey.

"I think my favorite part of the holiday is the night before Thanksgiving because there is a mass exodus out of Boston and the place becomes fairly quiet, much like Dublin a few days before Christmas when all the country folk head for the hills."

Thomas Bonner, who hails from Donegal but moved to

Boston to work withPricewaterhouse Coopers three years ago.

What plans do Irish people have this Thanksgiving?

"We will spend Thanksgiving with my wife Margaret and her brother John and sister-in-law Sarah. They cook and we bring the wine. I think we ended up with the better deal!"

Mike Brewster, who emigrated

from Longford in June of 1989.

"I will be traveling to Cleveland where my roommate is from and enjoying Thanksgiving with her and her family, who I now consider to be my own."

Shelia Hughes, from Dublin

but now living in Queens.

"I will be spending the day with my family. My mum is visiting from Ireland (Mayo) and is cooking dinner for us this year. There is nothing like your mother's cooking!"

Anne Marie Maxwell,

Enterprise Ireland, Boston office.

"This year we are having a very low key Thanksgiving and I am really looking forward to it considering the year I have had. My sister and I may attend the Thanksgiving Day Parade, the first time in about 10 years, and then we are going to cook Thanksgiving dinner at home, relax and watch movies. I am so excited just thinking about it!"

Lisa Murtagh, current Rose of

Tralee from New York.

"I am very excited about my first thanksgiving in the U.S. I have been at a Thanksgiving dinner before in Dublin, because my best friend is married to an American, and I enjoyed that thoroughly. But this year is obviously different."

"I am going to dinner at an American friend's house, along with an English friend. There will be a few international people there, but the important thing is that it will be mostly Americans, so they can direct us in following the proper protocol and traditions. If that means drinking beers and watching football on TV for a good part of the day, well then so be it, that's the American way and I wouldn't want to offend my hosts!"

Conn Corrigan from Co. Tipperary.

What are Irish people thankful for this Thanksgiving?

"I'm thankful for the great people I have in my life, my family, my friends and my co-workers." Fiona Brennan.

"I am thankful to my school staff and principal here in the U.S. for making an Irish person feel welcome enough to be here for her sixth year. I am especially thankful to the children I teach and their families for adopting Irish culture and for being so involved with the Irish dancing and culture which I have brought to the school."

Caroline Duggan.

"My wife's homemade apple pie, and putting the feet up after dinner."

Tony Murphy, Prudential Ireland

originally from South Armagh.

"I'm just happy to be here in America and thankful for all the opportunities it offers."

Mike Brewster.

"I will be thankful that all in my family are healthy. Also, my wife and I are especially thankful for our new arrival, Sienna, who was born in September."

James Foley.

"I will be thankful for such things as the food I receive, the house that I can come home to everyday, my loving and caring family, and that all of my loved ones are doing well."

Deirdre Burns, student at Dominican Academy

High School in Manhattan.

"Good health of my family is most important. I am very grateful for my 84-year old grandfather making it through risky hip replacement earlier this year at Mount Sinai and making a full recovery from complications after surgery. My mother also just celebrated her two year anniversary as a cancer survivor and her long Irish hair is finally back, growing faster and faster each day. So a lot to be grateful for this year."

Lauren Woods.

"I guess I will be thankful for having family here to support me. It's tough not having your immediate family around so I am grateful for the family I do have and the friends that have become my extended family."

Shelia Hughes.

What is Thanksgiving like for an American living in Ireland?

Rebecca McAvinchey is originally from Chagrin Falls, Ohio, a suburb outside of Cleveland. She now lives in Dublin with her husband, Paul, who hails from Kilruane, Co. Tipperary.

Rebecca met Paul four years ago when she went to Ireland to do a master's at Trinity College. Her father knew an acquaintance of Paul's family through work and Paul was nice enough to let her stay at his apartment before she moved into her dorm in Trinity.

And the rest is history! Here's her story on how she celebrates the American holiday in Ireland.

"My husband and I generally pick a Saturday close to the end of November (since we don't get any time off here!) and invite his siblings and a few close friends to our house for dinner. We normally get all our recipes from foodtv.com (I love the Food Network in the states) as I only wanted to include real, American Thanksgiving recipes.