Irish American Writers & Artists

February 24, 2014

As they say on Broadway, “A Boffo Night!”: The 2/18 IAW&A Salon at the Cell

Filed under: dance,Essay,Literature,Music,Social Activism,Uncategorized — by scripts2013 @ 1:59 am

by Karen Daly
Photos by Alexandra Jakstas

What do you call a night that featured poems, plays, a world-renowned fiddle player, a percussionist/clown, fiction, memoir, an Irish ballerina, a sly Sinatra tribute, and the massive charm of Malachy McCourt?

Just say it was the Irish American Writers & Artists Salon at the Cell on Tuesday, February 18.

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Ray Lindie

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Mary Tierney, Ron Ryan

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Michael Burrell 

First up, Ray Lindie presented short scenes from his play, Pearl’s Paradise, set in a famous bar/restaurant/writers’ hangout in NYC. These scenes introduce the principal characters, Pearl and Neil, partners in the business and the bartender, Michael. The play is seen from Michael’s perspective. The roles were expertly played by the pros: Mary Tierney, Michael Burrell, Ron Ryan, respectively. The author, Ray, who took the part of Fredo, once worked at Elaine’s, the former famous bar/restaurant/writers’ hangout in NYC.

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Gary Cahill

Gary Cahill returned to the salon after a short absence with a reading from his newly published short story. A spooky, noir crime tale, “Sirens” is about misguided love, sex, death and madness at the south Jersey Shore. You can enjoy the shocking story for free at http://www.plan-b-magazine.com/sirens-by-gary-cahill/. Soon there will be a free audio posting at the Plan B site. Please post a comment at the end of the story on Plan B. You can reach Gary at garycahill66nj@yahoo.com.

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Vivian O’Shaughnessy

In the first of the night’s three poetry offerings, translator and artist Vivian O’Shaughnessy read a charming poem “Colors,” which she translated from the French. “Colors” is from the collection Woman, I Am (Je La Femme, Enfin), 70 poems about women by French/Italian academician Giovanni Dotoli. Vivian will be presenting the poem at the poetry fair, Saint Sulpice Marché de la Poésie in Paris in June 2014. Vivian is often at the salons at The Cell with her sketchpad. You can see her art at vivianoshaughnessy.com.

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John Kearns

Salon producer and host (and novelist, playwright, poet) John Kearns read two short poems, “Mindsong” about remembering and forgetting and “No Longer a Summertime Self” about internal growth and maturity. Find a selection of John’s poems at http://kearnscafe.com/Poets_Pub/Poet.htm.

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Tom Mahon

Tom Mahon has been serializing his novel, American Mastery. In tonight’s piece, the Fenton brothers are in Japan looking for a manufacturer for their mentor’s products. Just when they’re about to sign contracts, they get the news that their father has had a heart attack back home. Like his father, Charlie Fenton has elevated blood pressure, so he’s thrown by the news. Charlie is beginning to see the importance of good health. Told by Tom, with his usual panache.

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Maura Mulligan

Maura Mulligan served as harbinger of spring with two offerings. First was a spirited passage from her memoir, Call of the Lark that vividly described the procedure of dibbling the spuds. As a child in her native County Mayo, Maura participated in this springtime family farm work. (We noticed she was signing copies of her book at the intermission).

Next Maura introduced the poem, “Anois Teacht an Earraigh” by Antoine Raftery, a wandering 19th century bard from Cill Aodáin, a village near her own birthplace. She read an English translation of this poem by Michael Coady titled, “The Blind Poet’s Vision of Spring” and followed with an enchanting recitation of the original Irish version.

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Brian Fleming

Visiting for the St. Pat’s for all Parade, and literally a one-man band, Brian Fleming, entertainer and drummer, wowed us with a unique performance that showcased his musical and comedic skills, as well as his colorful briefs in an extract from one-man show, Have Yis No Homes To Go To. Brian, who formed the Afro-Irish music group De Jimbe, demonstrated some of the clown skills he learned so he could participate in the charity Clowns without Borders (www.cwbireland.com)

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Enjoying the break

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Fraser Brown

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Monica Loughman

Two charismatic representatives of the Monica Loughman Ballet Company, Ireland’s classical ballet company, Fraser Brown and the ballerina, Monica Loughman, described their efforts to get national arts funding for their program, and to stage a ballet based on the Children of Lir legend, the precursor to Swan Lake. You really need to see their website to appreciate Monica’s unique accomplishments. Monicaloughmanballet.ie.

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Pat Fenton

Writer and storyteller Pat Fenton, told a great tale about tracking down Jack Kerouac’s hangouts in Ozone Park, especially the library where he researched and mapped out the route for the journey that became the classic On the Road. Pat read a scene from his film script Jack’s Last Call that imagined Kerouac consulting the librarian.

A radio version of Pat’s a stage play about Kerouac’s last night in Northport, Long Island was produced on CD by Sue Media Productions, and later nominated for the prestigious Audie Awards.

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Tony DeMarco

World-class fiddle player Tony DeMarco thrilled the audience a few songs. First was a slow air called “The Blackbird” that he played for Kathleen Walsh D’Arcy, co-chair of the St. Pat’s for All Parade who invited Tony to the IAW&A Salon. Tony also played some reels. More about Tony and his music at co-www.tonydemarcomusic.net.

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Mike Swift

Playwright Mike Swift made his salon debut in February at the Thalia and returned Tuesday with a second reading from his one man play, First Born, about five generations of men in an Irish-American family over a hundred year period. Tonight he read the monologues of Todd Donahoe, whose father moved the family from New York City to New Jersey. Todd lost his father when he was six so he was raised predominantly by a single mother. Mike describes Todd as “Turnpike Trash” and self- aware, with a mean streak of loyalty. Todd’s story takes place in 1994. Salon goers look forward to hearing more of the Donahoes.

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Karen Daly

Following Mike, Karen Daly read a piece about one hundred years of another Irish-American family. The subject here was Karen’s family, and it dealt with four generations of women. “Finding Nora” describes how she discovered details about her great grandmother, Nora Hogan O’Connor, whose history was hidden by the family. Karen found the location of Nora’s grave in Calvary Cemetery, which she plans to visit in the spring.

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Sean Carlson

In his salon debut, Sean Carlson, read his Irish Times essay, “The Reach of a Single Village,” a reflection on the significance of emigration through the experience of Moyvane, Co. Kerry (near the literary hub of Listowel). Sean has been completing his first book, a nonfictional narrative of love and loss through a family story from Ireland to London and the Bronx. A former manager of global communications and public affairs at Google, Sean was named by the Irish Echo as one of its Top 40 Under 40 in 2012. After such a warm reception, Sean looks forward to taking the stage again at future salons. Here is a link to his essay: http://www.irishtimes.com/blogs/generationemigration/2013/04/25/the-reach-of-a-single-village/.

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David Coles

Our friend from Washington, DC, David Coles loves New York, and tonight he read an essay exploring the mix of constancy and relentless change that often greets him on his return to the city. In this case, he laments the remaking of St. Vincent’s Hospital in Greenwich Village into luxury condos, a further unraveling of the city as he knew it in the 1970′s. It seemed like many salongoers shared Dave’s point of view.

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Jack DiMonte

Ever surprising and educating the audience with his song choices, Jack Di Monte sang “The Singer” a tribute to Frank Sinatra written by Vincent Falcone and Joseph Cocuzzo, two musicians who spent many years in Sinatra’s band. The song manages to celebrate the crooner’s impact with perfect clarity without ever mentioning his name, a feat that any writer should envy!

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Applauding the Boffo Night

As a perfect ending to an incredible night, raconteur, wit, singer Malachy McCourt shared his latest adventures, and sent us off with the song, “Carrickfergus.”

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Malachy McCourt

See you at Bar Thalia on March 4th at 7 pm!

February 20, 2014

IAW&A Sponsors Event at Museum of the City of New York with Peter Quinn, Terry Golway & more…(discount for members)

Immigrant, Archbishop, and Politician: John Hughes and the Rise of Irish New York
Thursday, March 13 at 6:30 pm

Join us for an evening exploring the life of legendary New Yorker John Hughes (1797-1864) as portrayed in both fact and fiction. A pivotal figure in the history of New York City and its Irish-American experience, Hughes presided as the Catholic archbishop of New York from the Irish Famine immigration until nearly the end of the American Civil War. First, playwright and author Honor Molloy and New York Times columnist Dan Barry will read excerpts from novelist Peter Quinn’s Banished Children (Overlook TP, 2008) and historian Terry Golway’s Machine Made (Liverwright, 2014), which capture Hughes in his varied roles as prelate, politician, and ethnic leader. After a musical interlude by Mick Moloney, featuring political and popular songs of the period, Peter Quinn and Terry Golway sit down with moderator Jim Quinn for a lively discussion about Hughes and his times.

Co-sponsored by the Irish American Writers & Artists, Inc.   IAW&A members can order tickets and get a 40 percent discount by using code “3IAWA14″ HERE

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IAW&A Members: Join us in marching in St. Pat’s for All, March 2nd!

Filed under: Uncategorized — by scripts2013 @ 3:53 pm

IAW&A Members: Join us in marching in the St. Pat’s for All, Sunday March 2nd!

 15th annual

St. Pat’s for All Parade of Queens, NY.

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March 2nd, 2014

Assembly & Remarks 1:00pm / Parade Step-Off 2:00pm

Marchers: meet John Kearns with the IAW&A banner at 47th at Skillman at 12:45 pm.

Parade Route:

1) Starts at 47th St and Skillman Ave in Sunnyside

2) Walk East on Skillman Ave. to 56th St

3) Walk North on 56th Street to Woodside Avenue

4) East on Woodside Ave. to 58th Street

Visithttp://www.stpatsforall.com/

See you there!

February 19, 2014

Fiction Writing Group Looking for Members

Filed under: Uncategorized — by scripts2013 @ 10:33 pm

Established group of committed fiction writers seek one to two writers after two recent vacancies reduced our number to three. We prefer to keep the group small in size.

Writers of novels, novellas, or short stories are welcome to submit an up to ten page sample for consideration. Poetry and non-fiction will not be considered.

We meet monthly on week nights at 6-6:30pm in a magnificent old literary building located in midtown Manhattan. We send our pages to one another in advance of meetings after which we spend our time together discussing and critiquing our work.

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Only serious writer(s) should apply, those who would be a good fit and benefit from the regularity of our group. Fee is the cost of annual membership to the Center for Fiction ($150 annual).

If interested please send sample and contact information to: writersfeedback@yahoo.com.

February 11, 2014

IAW&A Night at John Patrick Shanley’s “Outside Mullingar”

Filed under: Uncategorized — by scripts2013 @ 4:27 pm

Join us on Thursday, February 27th at 8 pm for IAW&A Night at the Broadway play, Outside Mullingar, by John Patrick Shanley!

John Patrick Shanley is the most recent recipient of the IAW&A’s Eugene O’Neill Lifetime Achievement Award.

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Here is the discount information.  You can use the discount code for IAW&A Night or any other performance of Outside Mullingar.  If you can’t make it on February 27th, enjoy the show at a discount another time.

Save up to $45:
$59*
Mezz E–G
All Perfs
$74*
Mezz C–D
All Perfs
$89*
Orch/PC/Mezz A–B
Tue–Fri
$99*
Orch/PC/Mezz A–B
Sat at 2pm & 8pm,
Sun at 2pm
CLICK HERE or call 212-947-8844 and use code OMFND48
Or, bring a printout of this offer to the Friedman Theatre box office,
261 W. 47th St. (btwn Broadway & 8th Ave.).
For box office hours and performance schedule, CLICK HERE
Strictly Limited Engagement thru March 16 Only!

After the show on February 27th, join us for a pint at Langan’s Pub.

150 W 47th St
New York, NY 10036‎
(212) 869-5482
langans.com

February 10, 2014

Great Writing, Original Songs, and Tributes to Pete Seeger at February 4th IAW&A Salon

Filed under: Literature,Music,Theater,Uncategorized — by scripts2013 @ 10:24 pm

by Mary Lannon
Photos by Cat Dwyer

As usual great writers abounded at Bar Thalia this past Tuesday evening but two singers with tributes to the late Pete Seeger stole the show at the IAW&A salon.

In the middle of the second half, Maureen Hossbacher blew away the crowd with a gorgeous rendition of “The Water is Wide,” as a tribute to Seeger and his work cleaning up the Hudson River. Seeger popularized the tune in the 60s. Many regular salon-goers knew Maureen could write but had no idea what an amazing singer she is!!

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Maureen Hossbacher

Ending the first half, John Munnelly led a rousing sing-along rendition of Seeger’s “If I had a Hammer.” Prior to that Munnelly sang two original songs that had the crowd both singing along and laughing.  First the sing-along was ““Non Illegitemi carborundum est ( Don’t let the bastards grind you down),” and second was “Brooklyn” a send-up of a struggling Brooklyn artist that provoked much laughter.  Munnelly has a  reservations-recommended show on Saturday Feb. 8 at 8 p.m.  See details at http://www.brooklynmusicshop.com/# and on his web site at http://johnmunnellymusic.com/

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John Munnelly

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Marni Rice

Another beautiful original song came from Marni Rice who also hosted the evening.  She sang “Looks like Rain” and also read a poem from her collection of poems, It’s Not the End of the World.

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John Skocik

Last (but not least) of the singer/musicians John Skocik ended the evening with a couple of his original songs.  John is the lead singer of the band Girl to Gorilla, which is finishing up its new album.  John is also an accomplished actor who is in the running to be the host of the Philadelphia Flower Show.

As always, the salon also featured an abundance of talented writers and storytellers.

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Kevin Holohan

The versatile Kevin Holohan read a comic outtake from his novel The Brothers’ Lot featuring the shadowy and sinister guild-like Brannigan Brothers Amalgamated Services that seem to control all of the trades and skilled labor in the Dublin of the story.  It was recently published on writing.ie to inaugurate their On the Cutting Room Floor feature: http://www.writing.ie/news/on-the-cutting-room-floor-kevin-holohans-out-take-whats-yours/

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Mary Lannon

Mary Lannon read from her novel, and as she seeks to publish it, she asked all to friend her main character on Facebook.  Please take a moment to friend Miranda J. McCleod:   https://www.facebook.com/mirandaj.mccleod

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Tom Mahon

As always Tom Mahon did a stand-up job reading from his novel in progress, American Mastery.  In this chapter, Charlie Fenton confronts his inordinate fear of flying. He boards the plane and it takes off, but throughout, he’s convinced he’ll die or be killed. When they’re aloft and he sees clouds out his window, he assumes they’ve crashed and he’s dead, and he was right all along.’’

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Ed Farrell

The talented Ed Farrell recited two of his poems, “Coole Sonnet” and “Re-Union on a Winter Afternoon.” Farrell said the IAW&A Salon audience is the best he’s ever experienced.

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John Kearns

The prolific and talented John Kearns read an excerpt from his novel-in-progress, Worlds, in which Janey Logan takes her children, Paul and Kitty, from Ardmore, PA into Center City, Philadelphia to visit their father’s office and to see the Wanamaker’s Light Show or “The Holiday Pageant of Lights.”  In the excerpt John read, Janey and the children travel into the city and meet an unmarried former coworker of Janey’s who delays them with small talk and with remarks about how happy she is to be going home rather than out into the cold and then to a crowded light show.  The story of the Logan family’s visit to the Light Show, the Enchanted Colonial Village, and Santa will he heard at upcoming Salons.

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John Farrell

The multi-dimensional John Farrell enchanted the crowd with a story about his youth and making a difference. It was his first time storytelling; he also builds sets for movies and has a band called Fishcakes and the Fried Daddies (next gig at The Old ’776 House in Tappan, NY).

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Kathleen D’Arcy Walsh promoting the St. Pat’s For All Parade, March 2nd

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Enjoying the presentations…

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Honor Molloy

Honor Molloy gave a spirited reading from Moss Hart’s Act One.

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Mike Swift

Mike Swift read from his one-man play, First Born, about 5 generations of men in an Irish-American family, the Donahoes, from 1910 to the present day. The monologues he read were Seamus’ story of landing in Manhattan in the early 20th century, his great-great grandson Declan finding the family home again in the present day and video logging the fact that he has been kicked out of school, Declan’s Grandfather James talking about getting drunk at age 11 on the day Pearl Harbor was bombed, and his son, Todd, talking about his experience in the Iraq war.

Don’t forget the St. Pat’s for All Parade on March 2nd!

The next IAW&A Salon is on February 18th at the Cell Theatre. See you there!

January 27, 2014

St. Pat’s for All Fundraiser at Molly Bloom’s, Feb. 1st!

Filed under: Events,Music,Social Activism — by scripts2013 @ 5:06 am

Join fellow IAW&A members at a fundraiser for the Saint Pat’s for All Parade!

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And, save the date for the February 28th concert at the Irish Arts Center and for the parade itself on Sunday, March 2nd!

Visit www.stpatsforall.com for details.

January 24, 2014

Maura Mulligan Invites Members to Celebrate Celtic Festival of Imbolc & the Feast of St. Brigid

Filed under: dance,Events,Literature,Uncategorized — by scripts2013 @ 3:55 pm

by Maura Mulligan

You are invited to celebrate the ancient Celtic festival of Imbolc & the feast of St. Brigid. February 1st marks the beginning of spring in Ireland. The goddess, Brigid, and the saint are both known as patroness of poets, bards, musicians, midwives, farmers and healers.

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Qualified teachers will offer mini lessons in Irish language, dance, weaving & yoga.
The classes are free. Participants are asked to donate for studio rental & invited to share homemade food offerings.

Guests may share artistic gifts of poetry, song, story, music and dance.

The following teachers are lined up for the event:

  • Mary McIntyre, native of Co. Mayo has taught Irish language both in Ireland and here in New York. She works for the NYC DOE
  • Philomena Connors is a certified Hatha 1 Yoga teacher. She studied at Integral Yoga Institute here in New York and teaches there regularly.
  • Bernadette Cullen is a poet and teacher in New York.
  • Maura Mulligan, Mayo native has taught Irish language & dance in NY for over twenty years. She is a certifiedCéilí dance teacher.

Two rooms are booked at Ripley Grier Studios, 131 West 72nd St (between Broadway & Columbus). 6:30-9:30 pm.

Classes are free. Participants will share the studio rental. At about $15 per person, it’s the best deal in NYC!

In the interest of time, some classes will run concurrently.

1. Yoga (active participation)
2. Weaving St. Brigid’s cross (active participation)
3. Irish language (active participation – two levels offered)
4.Ceílí Dancing (active participation)
5. Poetry (lecture/discussion)

It’s not too late to sign up.

We will have guest presentations at the social hour following the classes. So far, we have the promise of a song from the lovely voice of Vera Wrenn. The vivacious Kathleen Higgins will remind us about good nutrition. Witty comedian, Sarah Fearon has “penciled this in.” I hope that means she’ll share her talent.

We’ll be tempted to taste bones when we sample St. Brigid’s cakes from Deirdre Batson’s amazing kitchen. What else? Oh yes, Nancy Oda says she loves to cook. Yum!

Participants are welcome to bring wine, cheese, fruit and or a favorite dish to share.

The celebration is Friday, Jan 31st from 6:30-9:30 pm.

Location: Ripley Grier Studios, 131 West 72nd St. (between Broadway & Columbus) you’ll warm up climbing the stairs to the 2nd floor. No elevator.

RSVP requested by 1/26.

Email Maura Mulligan at mauramulligan@aol.com.

Phone: 201 869 6717

Member Tim Dwyer Calls for Action on Imprisonment of Activitist/Writer/Actress Margaretta D’Arcy

Filed under: American Politics,Irish Politics,Social Activism,Theater,Uncategorized — by scripts2013 @ 2:50 pm
by Tim Dwyer
IAW&A Members: Please, as concerned individuals, support the release of Margaretta D’Arcy from Limerick Prison. She is one of the original members of Aosdana. Whether you agree with her political beliefs and her non-violent actions that preceded her incarceration- walking onto a runway at Shannon Airport with one other person to protest U.S. military use of the airport-it is unethical to place a 79 year old woman with cancer and Parkinson’s Disease in Limerick prison for 3 months.
A 2012 official Irish report concluded that Limerick prison has a number of serious deficiencies, including its medical care. With Margaretta’s medical issues, incarceration could be a death sentence.  There were more humane, healthy and safe ways to incarcerate Margaretta, such as house arrest.
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I am calling on concerned members, particularly those strongly networked, involved with the media, with leadership and organizing abilities, to help us identify and execute means of expression, that may include letters, meetings or vigils  promoting these concerns to such entities as the Irish Consulate and the Irish Minister of Justice.  As I have none of these strengths and live 100 miles north of NYC, I am calling on our esteemed and accomplished members to lead the way in this important issue.  Believe me, I am not experienced in activism, so I am asking others for help.
Please respond so we can begin identifying and executing our expressions of concern.  This will be the expression of concerned individuals, and not an official statement of IAW&A.   I thank you for Margaretta!

January 15, 2014

Maura Mulligan Profiled in “The Western People’ newspaper

Filed under: Uncategorized — by scripts2013 @ 6:09 pm

IAW&A member and active Salon participant, Maura Mulligan was recently featured in the West of Ireland newspaper, The Western People. In the Decembert 23, 2013 article, The Western People discussed Maura’s career and her being honored at the Irish Echo Labor banquet. The event, held at the Sheraton New York, Times Square Hotel was organized to pay tribute to the Irish American labor legacy.

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Congratulations, Maura! Comhghairdeas leat!

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