His father's family was Highland Scots of the Clan MacDonald. Hugh McCain settled in North Carolina.
In an interview with our sister publication Irish America magazine McCain stated that Ireland would be his model for how successful economies come about.
"Ireland has been an incredible success. It is a great argument for a strong educational system, for low taxes, for forward thinking," he said.
Of course McCain played a major role in the immigration reform battle last year and attended three rallies hosted by the Irish Lobby for Immigration Reform, including an overflow event in the Bronx at St. Barnabas Church. He certainly endeared himself to the Irish at those meetings.
Obama's Irish Ode
IT had to happen. An Irish group calling itself "Hardy Drew and the Nancy Boys" have released a single entitled "There's No One as Irish as Barack O'Bama."
The Irish-based band certainly has a way with lyrics, if you could call them that. Here's a sample:
O' Leary, O'Reilly, O'Hare and O'Hara
There's no one as Irish as Barak (sic) O'Bama.
You don't believe me. I hear you say Barak's (sic) as Irish As was JFK His granddaddy's daddy Came from Donegal (sic) A small Irish village Well known to you all Toor a loo, tor a loo, tor a loo, toor a lama.
There's no one as Irish as Barak O'bama, he's as Irish as bacon and cabbage and stew. He's Hawaiian he's Kenyan, American too.
If he succeeds and he has a chance, I'm sure our Barak Will do Riverdance."
Well, you get the gist. American Idol material it ain't, but fair play to the Nancy Boys for taking a chance.