25 great years to remember at the Irish Voice
Senior Editor Debbie McGoldrick recalls the highlights
The Morrison program – christened, of course, after Congressman Bruce Morrison -- offered permanent legal status to nearly 50,000 during its three-year lifespan. The good old days indeed.
Scroll ahead to the present, and my second standout which happened only days ago – an interview with Bono.
He needs no introduction, of course. U2 has been the world’s biggest band for decades, period. Their last tour, U2360, grossed well over $700 million and was seen by more than seven million fans around the world, making it the biggest concert tour of all time.
Many have come, and many have gone – current darlings One Direction will eventually fade too, girls! – but U2 never goes out of style.
In addition to his day job, Bono has been one of the world’s most prominent and effective advocates on behalf of the African poor. For decades he’s traveled the globe lobbying politicians, pleading for relief for those who don’t have a voice.
And most of all, he’s fiercely proud to be Irish. He talks about that and so much more in our chat.
It was truly a pleasure interviewing Bono, something I always hoped I’d have a chance to do. And hearing him talk so nicely about the Irish Voice? Doesn’t get any better than that!
There are so many people who have been instrumental in ensuring that the Irish Voice reached its 25-year milestone. Our best friend and fervent supporter for years has been the one and only Danny Moloney, founder and president of Liffey Van Lines and Big Apple Storage, and his wonderful wife Rose.
Simply put, Danny and Rose have been there for us every step of the way. I can’t thank them enough for all they’ve done. They’ve helped so many down through the years – and if someone has connections to their counties of Clare and Mayo, even better!
Rory Dolan, proprietor of the famous Rory Dolan’s on McLean Avenue in Yonkers, and Joe Carty, owner of the Rambling House on Katonah Avenue in Woodlawn, have been with us forever. Brian O’Dwyer from O’Dwyer and Bernstien, Ciaran O’Reilly and Charlotte Moore from the Irish Repertory Theatre – thank you, thank you, thank you.
It’s not easy being in the newspaper publishing business these days.
We’ve had to find ways to somewhat reinvent ourselves, which thankfully we’ve managed to do through our website Irish Central – now with one million unique visitors each month – and two exciting end of year projects that have gone from strength to strength, the Irish Legal 100 and the Irish Education 100.
An old friend of mine from the IIRM days, John Dillon, is the creator and driving force behind the latter two efforts. He’s got boundless, 24-7 passion for what he does, and it really shows when the end product is complete.
Thanks to our financial controller Kevin Mangan, one of my Best BFFs, and so many others I’ve worked with throughout the years – Nuala Purcell, Cahir O’Doherty, Gen McCarthy, Steve Travers, April Drew, Robbie Hogan, Nicola McClean, Darina Molloy … the list goes on and on.
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