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.
Amid a Mafia infested, sea of corruption, the Irish American Mayor of New York City William O'Dwyer simply walked away from his office, perhaps Donald Trump could learn from that?
Scorsese's tough guy cast is difficult to watch at times but the true tragedy is that the female character's stories from Frank “the Irishman” Sheeran life are not explored.
Celebrating the Irish roots of "The Great Gatsby" author F. Scott Fitzgerald
"Are those the names of all the people who died?”
Irish woman Annie Moore, the first person to enter the US through Ellis Island, was a "public charge." She was not the only one.
Basking in the last days of summer, and desperately trying to distract himself from Trump's antics, our New Yorker takes to Jersey to find out what exactly are these Irish potatoes behind the shamrock signs.
Marking the passing of the extraordinary Daniel John Callahan with some serious questions about Irish America's roots.