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.
Hugh McIntosh, "a 6-foot-4 mobster with a frame like a tree trunk.”
One of the more charming things about life in New York City is the street performers you might happen upon
The enduring legacy of John Ford's masterpiece "The Quiet Man" finally explained - there's more to it than donnybrooks and thatched cottages.
What we can learn from a St Patrick's Day shooting in the 1940s.
"Can you imagine if certain other “foreign” groups did this outside of certain other houses of worship today?"
"Those who do not learn history are doomed to repeat it" - from Donald Trump to Ireland and the Irish in America this is revealing itself to be frighteningly true.
So, when Irish folks shrug off knuckleheads like the Proud Boys —or even defend them—perhaps they need to remember they have (if you will) some skin in this game.
Maybe the only thing more depressing than day-to-day governing in the Trump era is the prospect of two dozen (give or take) Democrats braying that they are the antidote to the miseries of the Trump era.
There's is something particularly funny about very smart people saying things that are, well, kind of dumb.
What with the government shut down and his Twitter tantrums and daily mangling of the English language, many folks go on and on about the ways Donald Trump has made America worse, rather than great.