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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

View from Ireland 49 years ago when America landed on the moon

Dire warning that Theresa May speech will “break the Irish peace process”

Remembering the late, great Frank McCourt

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

Limerick equipment used in miraculous rescue of Thai soccer team and coach

Ancient Irish recorded solar eclipse for the first time on this day in 512

Four 4,000-year-old Bronze Age gold rings unearthed in Donegal

Sheila Langan

Sheila Langan is Editor of IrishCentral and a contributor.

She previously spent three years with sister publication Irish America magazine, first as assistant editor and then in the deputy editor role.

A graduate of Bard College, she also attended Trinity College Dublin. A native New Yorker with Kerry roots, she is interested in literature, business, and good stories.

Latest Stories

Julia Louis-Dreyfus is having the time of her life in Ireland after cancer battle

DNA testing is offered by genealogy companies to reunite migrant parents and children

Think your ancestors came here legally and 'waited their turn'? Think again

Frances Mulraney

Frances joined IrishCentral in early 2014 shortly after arriving in New York from County Kildare.

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.

Latest Stories

Ireland’s most luxurious thatched cottages are up for sale and they are superb

UK flights will not land in Ireland after hard Brexit, confirms Aviation Authority

Pope concert at Croke Park to feature Riverdance, Daniel O’Donnell, and other Irish acts

James Wilson

James is a Reporter for IrishCentral, based in New York.

He studied French and History at Trinity College, Dublin where he was News Editor at Ireland's oldest student newspaper. James first came to America on a summer J-1 visa, in 2015, and returned in 2016 after brief period working for Thomson Reuters, in London. His interests include the Irish language, history, and the Kerry countryside.

Latest Stories

Canadian government want Kerry Island to become UNESCO World Heritage site

Hoax “birdman” discovery at ancient tomb of Loughcrew

"Stay away from Ireland," British anti-trans feminists told

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

Pierce Brosnan quietly steals the show in Mamma Mia 2

Trump's “Treason Summit” is a tragedy for America

Plight of the illegally adopted highlighted by Irish filmmaker

Paul Farrell

A native of Dublin, Paul is a specialist in SEO journalism and creating viral content. Paul is a graduate of Dublin City University and has lived in New York City since 2010.

Latest Stories

Prince's estate releases original 'Nothing Compares 2 U' video

Ryanair: The world's safest airline after Southwest incident

Don Burton: Who was Dolores O'Riordan's husband?

Peter Lee

A proud Galway man, Peter joined the IrishCentral team in late 2016, having moved to New York City.
Peter studied Journalism and New Media at the University of Limerick. During this period he interned in some of Ireland's top media outlets to gain first-hand experience in a variety of different areas.
Peter is a keen sports and travel enthusiast, which influenced his desire to get involved in the world of journalism.

Latest Stories

Ireland's secret breathtaking destinations

The most famous people in the world with Irish roots

The most beautiful castles in Ireland

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

Irish American community leader Brian O’Dwyer looks back as he takes on new responsibilities

Jonathan Rhys Meyers is still struggling with his demons

Bono, Varadkar and Robinson launch Ireland’s UN bid

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

From the 1916 Rising to The Quiet Man: The extraordinary life of Arthur Shields

Happy birthday to the man who brought Ireland from revolution to Europe

The Clancy Brothers and Tommy Makem taught me about Orangemen’s Day

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

Ireland and Brexit - preparing for the worst

Ireland’s immigration policies closer to Trump than you’d think

It’s migrants not Brexit that’s upsetting Europeans

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

One wild Irish love story with the world’s most famous conjoined twins

Cruel “Spotlight” never dims - Cardinal McCarrick’s sins

Irish immigrant’s history shows Trumpland’s immigrant situation could get worse

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

Irishmen should be ashamed, Irish women are the real sports stars

Great weather in Ireland - even better music, dancing and craic

Irish folklore would have it that the butterfly brings beautiful weather

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

Worth remembering on Veterans Day – the tale of two brothers in WWII

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

Irish wedding blessings for a happy couple on their big day

Champ! An Irish Mammy’s recipe for a traditional Irish potato dish

Was Freud right? Is psychoanalysis of no use to the Irish?

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

50% increase in scam charity door-to-door rackets in Ireland

Drones to aid Ireland’s war on illegal fishing and pollution

Pope Francis could address married priests issue on Irish visit says leading cleric

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

Galway family's extraordinary tribute to the brother they lost in the Vietnam War

Outrage at US treatment of child migrants puts spotlight on how Ireland treats asylum-seekers

The woman helping Ireland's Magdalene survivors find their voices and leave shame behind

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

May walks a political tightrope as Brexit deal remains elusive

Ireland’s heatwave takes its toll as drought threatens

Irish government leaders slam Sinn Fein’s McDonald’s rousing speech


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