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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

Martin McGuinness poetry prize upsets British... too bad

Robert F. Kennedy on the need for the Irish to lead the battle against racism

The unsung Irishman who saved George Washington’s life twice

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 Irish and Ash Wednesday - Lent, meatless Fridays, hot-crossed buns

On This Day: Iconic Irish actor David Kelly dies in 2012

The medicinal magic of a hot Irish whiskey

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.

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Irish government unveils plans to end Direct Provision by 2024

67-year-old Irish man’s wholesome Instagram goes viral nearly overnight

WATCH: Irish American teen remembered in beautiful Co Kerry beach tribute

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

Frederick Douglass's visit to Ireland still inspiring young black musicians

Michael Collin's bright blue slippers are hidden away in Dublin museum

Coronavirus live updates: Nine deaths reported today between NI and RoI

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

“Ag Críost an Síol” - a St. Patrick’s Day song to remember

The beginning of the end of the coronavirus pandemic is here

Dublin production company brings us 'French Exit'

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

New York’s Irish community mourns teenager Sarah Lynch

Eve Hewson keeping busy with Behind Her Eyes and The Luminaries

NYC St. Patrick's Day parade set to be small but symbolic this year

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

Why now is not the time for an Irish Unity poll

Are we heading for the return of a hard Irish border?

Ireland making slow progress in fight against COVID

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: Pat Finucane murdered in his home in Belfast

On This Day: Michael Collins exacts revenge on John “Shankers” Ryan

On this day: Easter Rising leader Thomas MacDonagh born in Tipperary

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

Joe Biden’s looming border battle

The sometimes skewed understanding of European identity in the US

Catholicism as a healing tool

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

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

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

The day a halo appeared above my head in church

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 pubs and nightclubs set to get extended opening hours

Northern Ireland’s DUP to launch legal action against Britain’s Brexit

Irish cops could quiz Leo Varadkar about document leak

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

A sad lullaby - my times spent inside an Irish COVID ward

Baileys Irish cream cows listen to carols at Christmas

Boris Johnson wants Brexit talks delayed

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

Colm Meaney stars as Santa Claus in charming new Christmas ad

It’s going to be a long winter! Here are the best Irish books of 2020

Two Irish cities named as the friendliest in Europe


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