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Niall O'Dowd

Niall is the Founder of IrishCentral as well as of Irish America Magazine and the Irish Voice Newspaper. He is also responsible for publishing IrishCentral.com community newspaper and The Irish Emigrant newspaper, in Boston.

He founded the Wall Street 50 awards, the Top 100 Irish Americans, the Business 100 and more recently the Top 50 Women in Business and the Irish Legal 100 awards.

Niall was awarded an honorary doctorate by University College Dublin for his work on the Irish peace process, which was a subject of a book, "Daring Diplomacy" and a PBS Special, "An Irish Voice."

Latest Stories

Reasons to say Bah Humbug! at Christmas

Pathé newsreel shows Michael Collins sign "his own death warrant" on this day in 1921

Randy Andy scandal and Brexit are busting up Britain

Kate Hickey

Kate Hickey joined the IrishCentral as Editor in 2010 while living in New York. She is IrishCentral's Managing Editor and Irish Correspondent, based out of Dublin.

She moved to New York having worked in various online and print publications following on from her MA in Journalism. Throughout her career in Ireland and in New York, Kate worked on publications such as The Irish Independent, The Irish Times, and New York Arts among others. Kate has also worked as a Spokeperson for the Irish Lobby for Immigration Reform and as a European Tour Manager for Education First.

Kate now lives in her hometown, Dublin City, where she is responsible for sourcing, commissioning and managing content of the site.

Latest Stories

The deadly Irish American serial killer nurse Jolly Jane

A snapshot of the people of the Wild Atlantic Way

33k 9/11 first responders suffering and hundreds dead, horrific number continues to rise

Frances Mulraney

Frances joined IrishCentral in early 2015 shortly after arriving in New York from County Kildare. Working first as assistant editor, she became the editor of IrishCentral in August 2018. 

A graduate of Dublin City University and Trinity College Dublin, she had worked in Irish-language media and research before moving to the US and was awarded two national student media awards for Irish-language journalism while studying in DCU and Trinity. She also teaches Irish with the Irish Arts Center and previously taught with Fordham University. 

Latest Stories

Enya’s beautiful Irish rendition of the Christmas song “Silent Night”

Irish grandmother accidentally decorates Christmas tree with sparkly purple thongs

Celebrating the joy of Christmas airport arrivals on Advent calendar, Day 10

Kerry O'Shea

Assistant Editor Kerry O'Shea, previously a staff writer at IrishCentral, returned to the website in 2018 after roles at NBCUniversal, SiriusXM, and Hearst Digital Media. The daughter of a Kerryman and an Irish American, Kerry grew up in New Jersey and visits Ireland annually. She holds a degree in English and Writing from Marist College in New York.

Latest Stories

CLRG issues second statement about Irish dance sexual abuse lawsuits

Irish dance organizations CLRG, IDTANA respond to sexual abuse lawsuits

Concerned, frustrated parents form Irish Dance Parent Union

Sheila Langan

Sheila Langan contributes native and editorial content to IrishCentral. 

She previously served as IrishCentral's editor in New York for four years. Prior to this, she spent three years with sister publication Irish America magazine in the deputy editor role.

A native New Yorker with Kerry roots, Sheila is a graduate of Bard College and also attended Trinity College Dublin. She is currently pursuing her master's degree in social work at New York University. 

Latest Stories

Dropkick Murphys celebrate dysfunctional families at Christmas

How one little girl inspired a New York journalist to restore faith in Santa

Unlock IrishCentral's Christmas advent calendar, day two

Cahir O'Doherty

Cahir O'Doherty is the longtime Arts Editor and Features Writer for The Irish Voice, Irish America magazine and IrishCentral.com. He has reported on the culture, politics, and heritage of Irish America for over a decade.

Cahir is a graduate of Yale University and the University of Ulster. 

In 2015 Cahir was awared the Silver Blogger of the Year award at Ireland's Digital Media Awards.

Latest Stories

On British Brexit election eve DUP is besieged within its own siege

The Irish love affair with Italy and why it endures

Hanukkah menorahs have become a favorite Christmas decoration for the Irish

Ciaran Tierney

A former newspaper journalist, Ciaran was a staff reporter with the Connacht Tribune group in Galway for over 22 years. He has regularly contributed to The Irish Times and Hot Press magazine, as well as a number of travel and political publications. Ciaran has a keen interest in Irish culture, music, politics, and travel, and is seeking new challenges in the digital age.

Latest Stories

Who are the real "spongers" in modern Ireland?

Irish politician accused of “disgraceful racism” over immigrants sending money home

Young priest murdered by the Black and Tans remembered

Debbie McGoldrick

Debbie McGoldrick is Senior Editor of the Irish Voice newspaper, where she has worked since 1991.

Her writings cover politics, immigration and community issues. She is also the editor of the Voice’s annual Irish Legal 100 and Irish Education 100 issues.

Latest Stories

Joan Henchy becomes first female leader of New York GAA

Saoirse Ronan backs Little Women’s Greta after Golden Globe disappointment

Hozier has no love for Donald Trump

Larry Kirwan

Larry Kirwan was the leader of the Irish political rock band Black 47 for 25 years during which the band played 2,500 gigs, released 16 albums, appeared on Leno, Letterman, O’Brien, Fallon and every major US TV show.

A playwright and novelist, an Irish Echo columnist and a celebrity host/producer of Celtic Crush on SiriusXM Satellite Radio, he has written 16 plays and musicals, three novels, a memoir, and A History of Irish Music.

His musical, Paradise Square, recently ran for ten weeks and was twice extended at Berkeley Rep. His latest novel, "A Raving Autumn," will be published in Spring 2020 by Cornell University Press. He is currently completing two new musicals, IRAQ, and The Catacombs (the life and times of Brendan Behan).

Latest Stories

Poor but unbowed, Sean O'Casey left priceless treasure

The last album before 9/11 - Black 47’s Larry Kirwan on “Trouble in the Land”

The reality of life in a rock band - Black 47's Larry Kirwan spills the tea

John Spain

John is a veteran Dublin journalist who has worked in senior editorial positions in national newspapers in Ireland for 40 years. He has been writing his weekly Ireland Calling column for the Irish Voice newspaper in New York since its foundation. The column now also appears on IrishCentral.

A graduate in Economics and Politics from Trinity College Dublin, John started his career in the early 1970s in the Irish Press, where he worked in News and Features and was Assistant Editor of the paper for over ten years.  He joined the Irish Independent group in 1987 and worked in News and News Analysis and as an editorial writer. He also worked as Features Editor and Supplements Editor, developing new sections for the paper like the Weekend magazine and starting the educational supplements which are now a regular part of Irish newspapers.

Now semi-retired, in recent years he has been Literary Editor of the Irish Independent. When his now adult children ask him why he doesn't write books he points out that his weekly Irish Voice column has been running for 29 years and that adds up to a small library!

Latest Stories

Irish beef farmers feeling the pinch

Irish react to return of our arrogant ISIS bride

Brexit election Labour win would be best for Ireland

Dermot McEvoy

Dermot McEvoy was born in Dublin in 1950. For 25 years he was an editor/writer for Publishers Weekly magazine.

He is the author of five books including the novels "The 13th Apostle: A Novel of Michael Collins and the Irish Uprising," "Terrible Angel: A Novel of Michael Collins in New York," "Our Lady of Greenwich Village," and two nonfiction works: "Irish Miscellany" and "The Little Book of Irish Wisdom."

He lives in Jersey City, NJ.

Latest Stories

Michael Collins signed the Anglo-Irish Treaty and his death warrant 98 years ago this week

On This Day: Liam Clancy of The Clancy Brothers passes away in 2009

Remembering JFK – the assassination took place 56 years ago today

Tom Deignan

Tom Deignan is the author of "Irish Americans: Coming to America" (Barron’s) and served as a contributing writer for the book "Irish American Chronicle" (Publications International Ltd.).

He writes the weekly Sidewalks column for the Irish Voice newspaper and contributes a monthly Op Ed column to the Newark Star Ledger.

His writing has appeared in newspapers such as the New York Times, Washington Post and Irish Independent, and magazines such as Commonweal, America, Publisher's Weekly and Irish America. Currently an English teacher in Brooklyn, Deignan has taught history, cinema and English at CUNY, St. John’s University and Bowling Green State University.

Born in Staten Island, he lives in New Jersey with his wife and four children. He is currently working on a novel set in Brooklyn on the eve of World War II.

Latest Stories

“White privilege” - how the Irish ruined everything

Donald Trump to the Democrats: Thank You!

For Irish Americans, Thanksgiving used to be Halloween

Cormac MacConnell

Cormac MacConnell is a veteran writer and journalist. His much loved column, about his life in County Clare and observations about Irish life, has appeared in the Irish Voice for close to 30 years.

Latest Stories

A Donald Trump Doonbeg Christmas Carol

The perils of November - Gay Bryne's death, RTE, power plants, and tainted water

Having a gay old time, despite everything

Nick Bramhill

Nick Bramhill lives in Greystones, County Wicklow, where he is married with four young children. Bramhill has extensive national newspaper experience in Ireland and has been working full-time as a freelance journalist since 2010.

Latest Stories

Shane McGowan defends lyrics of Fairytale of New York

What Irish food make immigrants homesick at Christmas

Irish people suffering from eating disorders find Christmas overwhelming

Paddy Clancy

Paddy Clancy has spent a lifetime in journalism, having worked for Irish and British national newspapers and is a former presenter of “It Says In The Papers” on RTE radio.

He has contributed to IrishCentral's sister publication, the Irish Voice, for a decade and now lives in Donegal where he continues to freelance for a variety of papers.

Latest Stories

Simon Coveney says Boris Johnson is untruthful

Irish soccer association in financial free-fall

Fresh inquiry opens into 43-year-old suspected loyalist murder in Louth


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