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.
The Irish in America who defied stereotypes about how uptight and stuffy the sons and daughters of Erin could be and created their own cultural movement, one which was part-Irish, part-East Village.
Maureen Cavanagh found herself looking for her daughter in drug-infested neighborhoods in Quincy, MA, as she tried desperately tried to save her daughter's life.
The historic Ragamuffin Day would see kids dressing up on Thanksgiving as they do on modern-day Halloween.
Lessons learned from Oscar Romero, the former archbishop and Robert White who was serving as ambassador to El Salvador.
Irish American Catholics played a central role in early 1960s Washington. Who were these movers and shakers who were so close to Kennedy, so Hibernian in background and temperament that they came to be called “the Irish mafia”?
It would do the United States good to remember that not so long ago Rhode Islanders "would rather have the Negroes vote the than the damned Irish".
Recalling the brilliants of the Irish folk band The Clancy Brothers and Tommy Maken on the anniversary of the great Tom Clancy's death.
Caesar Sayoc's attempted terrorist attack on Democrats and Donald Trump critics reminds isn't the first politically violent act in the US as the news has tried to suggest.
The time to speak out is now. There will be many, many more victims, far more pain before there is any peace.
Wearing shamrocks and green tie, Christy “Walsh believed in two things: Irish independence and the power of advertising,”