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.
His "life story rivals anything he managed to put between two book covers, as well as what Clint Eastwood put up onto the big screen."
Bad news for the haters: "The Quiet Man" is growing in stature, not merely as entertainment, but as a work of art.
Mott Street. Manhattan. 1936. These were tough times in a tough place. One might go so far as to say that things back then were even tougher than they are now.
From J.D. Vance’s Hillbilly Elegy to JFK - Irish Americans in general were loyal Democrats for a century. What happened?
Irish community in New York angered as 1975 bomber to honored in annual Puerto Rican parade.
Underneath all the Trump-Russia-impeachment talk, we are overlooking an Irish civil war on the issue of abortion.
"When not one, not two, but three spiritual leaders of America’s largest Catholic community congregated in, of all places, Naples."
Joe Kennedy, his sons, and Churchill were deeply intertwined.
Daniel James Brown’s book "The Boys in the Boat" looks at the boys who made Hitler doubt the "master race."
"Trump and his allies proudly passed a new health care bill which is blatantly un-Christian."