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.
In honor of F. Scott Fitzgerald, born on this day, September 24, 1896, we look back at the life and death of the famed author.
Whose voice are we listening to? Ultra-conservative Catholics -- Bannon-style kooks -- who hate the Pope and all of his open-minded mumbo jumbo.
Why are so many Americans - including many Irish Catholics - cheering for the bullies in 2017?
Bad news for the haters: "The Quiet Man" is growing in stature, not merely as entertainment, but as a work of art.
"Are those the names of all the people who died?”
This 9/11 anniversary, of course, arrives at a time when some Americans, to be blunt, seem more hateful than ever.
When the final history is written abusive priests should be brought to justice but we should remember those Catholics who made the world a better place.
Is it unfair that authors like Winslow are “allowed” to dabble in Irish stereotypes, but catch hell if they touch upon others?
Where does this end? Men can’t depict female characters? Irish Americans can’t depict Irish immigrants?
"What I've been doing as a writer is thinking about America. Starting from being an outsider,” he liked to say.