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.
A man called John Francis Kelly in American complaining about immigrants!? "Today’s huddled masses are somehow soiling the paradise your wealthy grandparents helped build."
From Lin-Manuel Miranda’s "Hamilton" to Denzel Washington playing an Irish American in "The Iceman Cometh" - finally we're moving on and having these conversations.
A new book reminds us that not all that long ago, it was only natural to have an Irish kid play one of the outsiders at a country club full of rich WASP Republican types. The Irish kid, of course, came from a huge family. And had an Irish girlfriend with a terrible accent and an even worse name. The story? Caddyshack.
As the competition for the One Book, One New York contest, the Irish in Brooklyn are represented by Jennifer Egan's "Manhattan Beach."
There's something frightening and sad about Irish Catholic Americans forgetting their roots but there is something important missing from this equation.
As Irish Americans across the land watch this Maureen O'Hara, John Wayne classic they might consider it in the light of the campaign to stop violence against women and the "empire of misogyny" the Catholic Church.
"Three Billboards outside of Ebbing, Missouri" brings up debate on violence against women and racism in America but shows closed minds.
Hidden among President Trump's budget proposal is a clause that may cut back on the healthcare provided to the 9/11 first responders.
Irish novelist Edna O’Brien was announced as this year’s winner of the PEN/Nabokov Award for Achievement in Literature.
Shouldn’t we be using the Jay-Z defense? Taking the words and imagery once used to oppress our people and turning them around.