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.
"Prohibition became one battle in a much larger culture war which included attacks against Irish-dominated Tammany Hall, as well as Irish American skepticism about America's 1917 entrance into World War I."
“I think music has gotten very girly,” Bono opined. “And there are some good things about that, but hip-hop is the only place for young male anger at the moment -- and that's not good.
How much of what we know about Annie Moore, the first immigrant to arrive at Ellis Island, is myth and how much is true?
The KKK was not prepared for the likes of one Paddy McDermott.
Consider this: Schlesinger’s most important point may be one he does not even make directly - blacks and Irish Americans actually have something in common.
"There is a lot of work still to be done in the U.S. as in Ireland... for women’s equality in general and our demands for respect. It’s good to see that women are getting angry and active again this year."
Many people were made angry by any efforts to help the less fortunate... these same folks love bragging about how Christian they are."
"Part of a broader fear some have that “the West” is dying... it's hard not to think this sudden love for Europe is about anything but skin color."
“Holy Hell! Nuns behaving badly is 2017’s most surprising trend"... Bill Donohue will have his work cut out for him.
"We should ask tough questions... But we don’t. So we just keep spewing silliness."