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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

The tragedy behind how abortion became legal in Ireland

Was your family shanty or lace curtain Irish? It’s important

The American Revolution was Ireland’s first victory

Kate Hickey

Kate Hickey is the CEO at Irish Studio, overseeing IrishCentral, Ireland of the Welcomes and British Heritage Travel, along with The IrishCentral Box and Irish Heritage Tree. 

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.

Latest Stories

The medicinal magic of a hot Irish whiskey

Best ways to spend a summer’s weekend in Dublin

The fascinating 8,000-year history of Irish cuisine

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

Northern Ireland Protocol Bill progresses in UK government

Ireland reacts to US Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v Wade

WATCH: This video of Ireland will give you serious wanderlust

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

Pagan idol, 100 years pre-St. Patrick, discovered in Roscommon

Goldie Hawn swears by this Irish baker's "magic" bread

Trading places: Ireland moves forward while Supreme Court hurtles US back to the Stone Age

Catherine Devane

Catherine Devane is a copywriter/journalist with IrishCentral. Her bylines have appeared in national and local print publications and she has also been a contributor for radio stations. Coming from Dingle in County Kerry, she has a love for the Irish culture, heritage, and scenery. Catherine holds a BA. in journalism from the Technological University Dublin.

Latest Stories

Seeing a different way of life - what's it like to study abroad on the West Coast of Ireland

How to see Dingle like a local - food, coffee and sight-seeing

Dublin to host global conference on the importance of walking this September

Cahir O'Doherty

Cahir O'Doherty is 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.

In 2015 Cahir was awarded Silver Blogger of the Year award at Ireland's Digital Media Awards and is seen/heard (or has bylines) on RTE, Sirius, Newstalk, Today FM, BBC Radio 4, BBC Radio Ulster, Irish America Magazine, The New York Post.

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

Latest Stories

Guinness, Baileys, and Jameson chocolate cupcakes recipe

Palm Springs, U2's The Joshua Tree - and me

How much anger can America take before it breaks?

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

Pierce Brosnan’s son Sean opens up about his struggles and life as a counselor

Bruce Springsteen invited to his Irish homestead of Kildare

New York's Gaelic Park finally begins multi-million dollar revamp

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

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

US family proves you can make a successful move to Ireland

Bealtaine- A visit to the heart of Ireland, the Hill of Uisneach

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

Mixing the sacred and the profane - Larry Kirwan remembers Shay Healy

Larry Kirwan sums up Black 47's legendary career

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

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

Last call from "Ireland Calling" - John Spain's final column after 34 years

Climate change among burning problems in Ireland’s future

President Higgins was wrong to refuse invite to partition event

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 Kennedy delivers his iconic Berlin Wall speech in Germany

Larry Kirwan, New York's Irish Renaissance man

On This Day: The first executions of 1916 Easter Rising leaders begin

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

Classic Irish-Jewish story celebrates 100th anniversary of Broadway debut

Pride, prejudice, and the Pope

A new century, a new fight in the American labor story

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

When orange and green couldn’t be seen in Northern Ireland

On This Day: Irish country music singer Larry Cunningham born in 1938

Everything you know about the St. Patrick's Day shamrock is a lie

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.

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Irish Everest climber forced to abort mission due to bad weather

The South African widow who moved to Ireland to find love at Lisdoonvarna matchmaking festival

Holiday money and marriage woes expected for Irish in New Year

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

Dublin Airport delays draws formal complaint from four international airlines

Irish EU representative learns of civilian horrors while in Ukraine

Countess Markievicz's home Lissadell House reopens to the public

Andrea M. Meek

Andrea M. Meek is the Senior Weekend Editor and has worked 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 among the friendliest in Europe

Four hotels in Ireland have been named among Europe’s top resorts

Buffalo's St Patrick's Day Parade returning for 2022