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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

Beloved US-based Irish priest and champion musician accused of child abuse

A profile of poise and courage - the tragic death of Emma Mhic Mhathúna

It is up to women to stop Trump’s gallop in November

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

IrishCentral celebrates Family History Month this October

Pope Francis asks Ireland for “forgiveness” for the abuse of the Catholic Church

LIVE: Watch Pope Francis’s final Mass at the Phoenix Park

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. 

Latest Stories

For Halloween, why not dress up as a sexy potato?

Remembering from afar - 9/11 memorials in Ireland

LISTEN: Hozier drops four stunning new songs on "Nina Cried Power"

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

How do you find out if you’re Irish or how Irish you are during National Family History Month?

Traditional Irish Halloween games try to marry off young girls

Irish people are not very concerned by climate change, survey shows

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

One giant step: Ryan Gosling's "First Man" delivers the thrills

Rupert Everett on playing Oscar Wilde in The Happy Prince

Could U.S. corporate pressure bring marriage equality to North?

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

Movie-loving Michael Flatley says he’ll never play James Bond

Queens Congressman Joe Crowley: “I’m ain’t done yet”

Caitriona Balfe spills on new series of “Outlander”

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

Three Irish geniuses one birthday - Oscar Wilde, Eugene O’Neill and Michael Collins

The death of this rebel-on-the-run marked the start of five weeks of British terror in Ireland

Busboy who cradled Bobby Kennedy in his arms after assassination dies aged 68

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

Cancer questions that remain over CervicalCheck scandal

Is Ireland’s economy crashing again?

Conor McGregor is an Irish joke

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

What Fintan O’Toole missed about Irish Americans

National Family History Month: Irish Famine refugee's story of arrival in America

After “Black 47,” we need the tale of famine survivors who came to the US

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

From Brexit, to abortion to Brett Kavanaugh - political intrigue all over

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

Ireland get on your knees and thank Donald Trump for his wisdom

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

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 Catholic priests “bullied” into not retiring

Ghost of young girl haunts Dublin’s Shelbourne Hotel, claim guests and staff

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

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

High-profile Irish police whistleblower is vindicated

Did you know Robert Emmet, executed on this day in 1803, has a D.C. park named after him?

Iconic The Saw Doctors members heading to the US for new tour

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

Jail for Irish Dad who almost murdered his four children

Northern Irish poll shows public favors Brexit over peace

Irish government budget helps homeless and hits smokers


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