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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

Brexit fuels the return of Real IRA in Northern Ireland

How Martin Luther King inspired a Northern Ireland uprising

Nobel Prize Irish American DNA discoverer has sad downfall as racist

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

What Irish superfoods should you be eating in Ireland?

New Year, new you! Reasons potatoes are a true superfood

Paying tribute to Mary Raftery - Irish journalist who exposed child abuse in Ireland

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

Remembering Arthur Guinness, founder of the famous Dublin brewery, on the day of his death

Irish music and dance session breaks out on flight to Kerry

Liam Neeson’s sister planned to bring son home before his tragic death

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. 

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#SelfcareSunday: Fill your heart in Ireland with a mindful, restful yoga retreat

Meet the Irishman who takes the world’s best animal selfies

Moving Irish Humans of New York post has the internet sobbing

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

Stay somewhere flashy: the Lighthouse at Fanad Head in Donegal

We are not going back to the British border in Ireland

Controversial new Irish film on child killers makes Oscars shortlist

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

Colin Farrell gets magical live-action “Dumbo” 2019 treatment

Hero ALS advocate and Ice Bucket Challenge founder opens up about life and marriage breakup

Is Niall Horan's time with One Direction coming to a permanent end?

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

100 years ago today, the Irish War of Independence began

Remembering Kevin Barry whose execution led Ireland on the road to independence

James Joyce died on this day in 1941: How the famous writer ended up being buried in Zurich

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

Migration in Ireland a huge issue but what we need’s a solution

Airbnb gets its wings clipped in Ireland

Will 2019 be the hardest year Ireland has experienced since the crash?

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

Making America worse one honest, dumb, bigoted statement at a time

High and dry 100 years ago in New York during the Prohibition

US politics drowning in looney liberals and clueless conservatives

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

Wise men's gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh - Jesus was a wealthy child at Christmas

Magic in my peaceful song - Christmas In the Trenches

Yuletide in the neighborhood of Kilaloe, County Clare

Kathleen Maloney

Kathleen is currently working on a memoir, Twice Lost, which is about the devastating effects untreated mental illness has on a family. It's also about how she visited Ireland, home of her ancestors, after her husband's death and how a chance encounter in County Leitrim changed her life forever. The warmth and kindness of the people of Ireland would help to heal her broken heart.

Kathleen deeply cares about mental health reform in America and mental health awareness in Ireland. 

Latest Stories

Meet Ireland's most famous dolphin Fungie on National Dolphin Day

An ode to Ireland on St. Patrick's Day - how it healed and changed me forever

My mother’s mental health and its ripple effect on my life

Mairead Geary

Mairead Geary came to America for one year 20 years ago. She now lives with her husband and children in Kentucky and is proud to be an American citizen.

Latest Stories

Smell of an open fire in Ireland is intoxicating but what is Irish turf?

National Bread Week deserves this modern twist on the traditional Irish bread pudding recipe

Irish wedding blessings for a happy couple on their big day

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

Irish pile on the pounds over Christmas holidays

Lie-detectors used to hunt down family Christmas holiday thieves

Irish parents warned over kid’s menus and obesity

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

US congressman accused of "inappropriate" lobbying in Ireland over proposed ban on Israeli settlement imports

How would the Irish have survived without emigrating to the sanctuary cities of the US

Heroic Clare diver reveals how he saved lives in Thai cave rescue

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

Burning oil pan causes 10 deaths at Irish Traveller site tragedy

Top Broadway producer fights to stop sewage threat to Irish waters featured in “Game of Thrones”

Irish leader “all talk and no action” over cervical cancer scandal victim says


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