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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

What I missed about Ireland in the lost year of COVID

What you should know about Trump’s Paddies - Mike Kelly and Sean Parnell

The day David Dinkins, the first Black mayor of NYC, stood up for Irish gays

Kate Hickey

Kate Hickey is the Editorial Director at Irish Studio, overseeing IrishCentral, Ireland of the Welcomes and British Heritage Travel magazines. 

She joined IrishCentral as Editor in 2010 while living in New York. In 2015 she returned to her hometown of Dublin, expanding IrishCentral's base into Ireland. She now works from the Irish Studio Dublin office. 

In 2010 Kate moved to New York having worked in various online and print publications such as The Irish Independent, The Irish Times, and New York Arts among others. Kate has also worked as a Spokesperson for the Irish Lobby for Immigration Reform and as a European Tour Manager for Education First.

Latest Stories

The pagan origins of King of the goat’s Puck Fair

The deadly Irish American serial killer nurse Jolly Jane

Ancient Irish recorded solar eclipse in 512

Kerry O'Shea

New York Editor Kerry O'Shea, previously the Assistant Editor 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

Brexit: President-elect Joe Biden says “we just got to keep the border open”

Irish man appeals for videos of well-wishes for his young daughter’s last day of chemo

Female students at Co Carlow school told not to wear tight clothes as it’s distracting to male teachers

Shane O'Brien

Shane O'Brien is a journalist at IrishCentral. Shane studied journalism at DIT for four years before moving to New York in 2019, where he worked for the Queens Post, a local Queens publication. While living in New York he also freelanced for a number of Irish outlets and covered a number of high profile sporting events in the Big Apple. He started working with IrishCentral on his return to Ireland in January 2020.

Latest Stories

Great Hunger documentary explores how Irish people turned to survivor cannibalism

Ireland moves to Level 3 on Tuesday - here's what will come into effect

Family of murdered Mayo woman, 20 years on, just want her body returned

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

Flu unto others: Cardinal Dolan hails Supreme Court's shocking 'religious freedom' ruling

Celebrating Eugene O’Neill on the anniversary of his death

Why Mayor Dinkins's St. Patrick's Day Parade march with Irish LGBT group still matters

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

Learn the secrets of the once-illegal Irish poitin from Galway's Micil Distillery

A local's guide to ten of Galway's best-kept secrets

From New Jersey to the wilds of Mayo: How one man lived his dream

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

Hillbilly Elegy’s Amy Adams plans a return to Ireland

Does Normal People’s Paul Mescal have a secret girlfriend?

Mourning the passing of the Mighty Quinn, ALS hero

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

Larry Kirwan sums up Black 47's legendary career

Larry Kirwan discusses "Rise Up," a compilation of Black 47's "political" songs

And so it goes…"Last Call" for Black 47

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

Can Ireland soften COVID restrictions for Christmas?

Oh begorrah! The Wild Mountain Thyme Irish accent hilarity

Lessons Ireland can learn from the US Trump Biden election

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

On This Day: President John F. Kennedy assassinated in 1963

On this day: Joseph Mary Plunkett Easter Rising leader was born in 1887

Michael Collins and the Bloody Sunday massacre

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

Horror and hope for Catholics with Joe Biden in the White House

Netflix’s The Crown and Irish American grasp of history

A humble home for immigrant generations at the Biden Harris White House

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

Remembering Irish country music singer Larry Cunningham on the anniversary of his death

The day a halo appeared above my head in church

The beauty of peace and quiet

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

Ireland’s haunted triangle is the spookiest place on earth says ghost hunter

Love in a time of covid-19 - Irish couple tie the knot in empty church

Irish men voted the ugliest of all says elite dating site CEO

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

Details of the “macabre” exhumation of Roger Casement’s body 55 years ago revealed

EU efforts to save UK Ireland trade of sausages and more in Brexit deal

COVID vaccines hailed in Ireland, but still no Christmas hugs for public

Andrea M. Meek

Andrea M. Meek has been the Weekend Editor for IrishCentral since 2010. Before that, she was a contributing theater and film reviewer for Show Business Weekly and has also worked for Niche Media and American Media, Inc.  

Previously based in New York, she now resides in the New Orleans area.

Latest Stories

Two Irish cities named as the friendliest in Europe

Colm Meaney stars as Santa Claus in charming new Christmas ad

Achill International Harp Festival goes virtual Oct 23 - 25


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