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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

Mueller report shows a Mafia-style gangster in the White House

Bestseller "Say Nothing" is really a get Gerry Adams exercise

The 1916 Easter Rising - How Irish America and Ireland saw it very differently

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

Sonar images show Titanic in its ocean grave on anniversary of tragic sinking

The Irish woman who shot Mussolini in the face

American marching bands descend Dublin’s St. Patrick’s Festival Parade

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

Irish-dancing NFL player stood up for boy being bullied about his love of dance

WATCH: Teen reinvents Irish dance with pop music choreographies

This Riverdancing baby will put a smile on your face

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

Why do we care about the Titanic more than the Lusitania?

Irish dancing across the wondrous Irish landscape

Game of Thrones final season features an epic battle filmed in Northern Ireland

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

UN blasts absentee landlords pushing Irish out of homes with government's help

My Father Left Me Ireland - an Irish American's long journey home

Why Irish dancing has lost its way and needs to change

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

Game of Thrones show its love for Belfast as it says goodbye

Is Trump's border policy doomed?

Who are the DUP, the Northern Irish political party at the heart of the Brexit blockage?

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

An IRA Holy Week shooting in New York

Irish famine movie and James Joyce documentary project to be shown in the US

Arthur Shields: "The Quiet Man" star and Easter Rising volunteer

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

Manhattan comes to Dublin as plans for 22-story building okayed

Ireland’s big street begging scam

Prosecution of Bloody Sunday British soldier is correct

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

Democrat’s abortion problem and the 2020 presidential campaign

Irish America’s legacy and their duty to remember where they came from

New York Mafia boss “Snakes” favorite Irishman “Apples”

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

An Easter tale of lost love - a most passionate kiss on Good Friday

The world didn't need April Fool's Day to be foolish in 2019

Irish locals taking over role of priests amid Catholic Church's demise

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

Reflection and mindfulness from an expert in Celtic spirituality this St Patrick's Day

St. Brigid - amazing tales of a true strong Irish woman

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

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

Paralyzed Italian victim of Dublin attack returns to thank Ireland 20 years on

The Chieftains Paddy Moloney still a piping legend at 80

Female immigrant workers unhappy in Ireland

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

Shock as Italian fascists plan meeting in Co Galway pub

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

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

Bertie Ahern and Tony Blair plea for new Brexit vote for UK

Irish ISIS bride says she’s sorry

A Brexit crash looks all the more likely

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

Stirring up a "Fire of Freedom" with the Black 47

Making Irish republican records when Sinn Féin were still pariahs - The creation of “Black 47”

Black 47 lead singer Larry Kirwan looks back on the band’s history: “Home of the Brave”


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