Today's top Irish news stories:

Confederate anthem ‘Dixie’ was originally an Irish music hall song (VIDEO)

A new book on the Irish and the Confederacy notes  that “Dixie” the anthem of the south “I wish I was in the land of cotton / Old times they are not forgotten” was actually written by an Irish American performer named Dan Emmett who sang it in black face at the conclusion of a minstrel show run by the O’Neill brothers from Ireland  in New York…READ MORE


Irish heroes of Boston marathon and Sandy Hook to be honored in Faneuil Hall

The Irish Emigrant, in partnership with IrishCentral and Irish America magazine, is proud to announce the winners of the Irish Heroes of New England Awards….READ MORE


3,000 Irish dancers descend on Belfast for the All-Ireland Dance Championships

Some 3,000 Irish dancers are set to compete at the All-Ireland Dance Championships at Belfast’s Waterfront Hall. The eight-day competition will included dancers from eight to 20 years old from all over the world….READ MORE


Work of the GPA in spotlight as stars arrive for NY Gala event

Legends of Gaelic games past and present will be in the New York Athletic Club on November 14 for the second annual GPA Ireland-US Gaelic Heritage Awards Gala Event…READ MORE


Thousands turn out for 'Rockaway Rising' one year on from Hurricane Sandy

It’s been a long, hard year on the Rockaway Peninsula in Queens, but Hurricane Sandy-battered residents stood proud along their pristine Atlantic coastline on Sunday to mark the 12-month period since the ruinous storm made landfall….READ MORE