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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."

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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.

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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.

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Irish clinic offering free therapy for clown phobia after 'IT' popularity

Short film reveals the terrible history of No Irish Need Apply

How to plan the ultimate ancestry trip and trace your roots in Ireland

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.

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Guess which famous Irish fashion item is suddenly red hot again!

Irish pro-choice abortion group protest wearing chilling Handmaid’s Tale costumes

Maine Irish fundraise to bring Ancestry DNA tests to Galway

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 to Ireland in 2016 after brief period working for Thomson Reuters, in London. His interests include the Irish language, history, and the Kerry countryside.

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Glasgow memorial to Irish Great Hunger deemed offensive

The secret, tragic fate of Oscar Wilde’s sisters

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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.

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Donald Trump is a relic from the past

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Irish Minister Simon Coveney to address United Nations General Assembly

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.

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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.

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The most beautiful castles in Ireland

Most famous people in the world with Irish roots

A chainsaw wielding nun in South Florida is taking the social media by storm

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.

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U2's Bono to be honored with inaugural George W. Bush Medal of Distinguished Leadership

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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.

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Was Easter Rising 1916 martyr Michael Mallin set up by the British?

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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!

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All aboard the Belfast budget Brexit train

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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.

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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.

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

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Kathleen Maloney

Kathleen Maloney is currently working on a book, "Twice Lost," about what happened to her husband and how finding her roots in Ireland after his death helped her to heal.

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There’s no mystery why Fungie the dolphin calls Dingle home

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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.

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

What visitors to Ireland should know about nettles

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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.

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Irish town refuses to remove Confederate plaque

Confederate slave dealer has no place being honored by Galway town

Buzzing Belfast is learning to leave its troubles behind


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