Irish American Writers & Artists

January 13, 2014

Malachy McCourt joins Eamon Loingsigh at Barrow Street Theater

with readings by author EAMON LOINGSIGH
and famed Irish writer MALACHY McCOURT(A Monk Swimming)


with readings by author RICHARD VETERE
and Obie award-winning playwright ISRAEL HOROVITZ

Three Rooms Press will present a sneak peek of forthcoming novels LIGHT OF THE DIDDICOY and THE WRITERS AFTERLIFE with very special guest readers Malachy McCourt and Israel Horovitz as well as authors Eamon Loingsigh and Richard Vetere.

NOVEL IDEAS: A sneak peak @ new books  
Thursday, January 16 at 7 pm at Barrow Street Theater, 27 Barrow St. (at 7th Avenue).
Tickets $10, available at the door.

Eamon Loingsigh


ISBN 978-0-9884008-9-4, Original Trade Paperback, 230 pages, March 2014

LIGHT OF THE DIDDICOY is the brutal saga of Irish-American gangs on the Brooklyn waterfront in the early part of the twentieth century, told through the eyes of Irish immigrant Liam Garrity. Forced at age 14 to travel alone to America on the eve of the 1916 Easter Rising, Garrity stumbles directly into the hard-knock streets of the Brooklyn pier neighborhoods run by Bridge District gang The White Hand. In the industrialized enclaves where Famine Irish settled a generation earlier, Garrity has no choice but to use any means necessary to survive within the clan-like loyalties of the gang.

The book has received widespread pre-publication praise from early readers, including Malachy McCourt, who raves, “LIGHT OF THE DIDDICOY is an amazing series of literary leaps from terra firma into the stratosphere above. The writing embraces you, and his description of the savagery visited on poor people is offset by the humor and love of the traditional Irish community. Don’t leave the store without this book.” T.J. English, author of Paddy Whacked and The Westies, enthusiastically applauds the book, saying “LIGHT OF THE DIDDICOY is written with tremendous flavor and panache. Historical fiction at its best.”

And Alphie McCourt, author of Heartscald, notes, “Eamon Loinsigh is a poet with a pickaxe and a scalpel attached to the working end. Mr. Loingsigh, the meticulous historian, paints a rich picture. Mr. Loingsigh, the novelist, tells it like it was. LIGHT OF THE DIDDICOY is a great read.”

Author Eamon Loingsigh is a journalist with a long-held fascination for the Irish-American New York City experience. His family emigrated from Ireland in the late nineteenth century and his grandfather and great-grandfather ran a longshoreman’s saloon on Hudson Street in Manhattan for much of the twentieth century. LIGHT OF THE DIDDICOY is his first full-length novel.


THE WRITERS AFTERLIFE is a truly original, hilarious and triumphant tale of a writer given one last chance to realize his lifelong dream – after he dies. Tom Chillo, a 44-year-old writer with two novels under his belt, plus countless hack survival jobs, dies suddenly and is faced with one chance to return to earth for one week and set the wheels in motion to achieve eternal fame for his true life’s work. Failure is not an option.

Author Richard Vetere is has written more than 30 plays which have been performed worldwide. His 1997 novel, The Third Miracle, was made into the namesake 2000 film produced by Francis Ford Coppola and starring Ed Harris and Anne Heche.


October 10, 2013

Gabriel Byrne, Colum McCann, William Kennedy Join in Advance Praise for Peter Quinn’s “Dry Bones”

Past president of the IAW&A Peter Quinn has penned (and he still writes by pen) the finale of his Fintan Dunne trilogy, due on the bookshelves on November 1.   Here are some early reactions and reviews of Dry Bones…

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“Peter Quinn is a poet and an historian and one of our finest storytellers. He sits at the fireside of the American imagination. He can carve mystery out of mystery. The work is generous and agile and profound.” – Colum McCann

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Kirkus Reviews


Author: Peter Quinn


Pages: 352

Price ( Hardcover ): $25.95

Publication Date: October 31, 2013

ISBN ( Hardcover ): 978-1-4683-0736-8

Quinn’s final installment in a spy trilogy that began with Hour of the Cat (2005) and The Man Who Never Returned (2010) sends New York PI Fintan Dunne on a secret wartime mission to Slovakia to rescue OSS officers from the last gasps of Nazi aggression.

Dunne and his deceptively tough partner, the poetry-spouting banker’s son Dick Van Hull, barely escape Slovakia, where nothing is as it was described. A slippery chain of events exposes them to Dr. Karsten Heinz, a war criminal whose grave offenses include supervising gruesome experiments on concentration camp victims. Not only does Heinz avoid conviction, he appears to be among the many Nazi scientists and technicians being imported by the U.S. government to aid in the fight against communism. That men who were employed by Hitler to help kill millions would be awarded new careers in America is, says an outraged OSS officer, “the greatest danger we face…becoming the enemy we oppose.”

Jump to 1958. Working for a high-profile Manhattan security firm (complete with a smart and beautiful office assistant), Dunne comes across coded instructions to meet an OSS crony who has crucial information about Heinz’s whereabouts. More old friends and foes emerge from the shadows, while Van Hull, now a drunken shadow of his old self, remains hidden with a secret of his own.

Quinn writes with elegant restraint; he’s a master of tone and a deft orchestrator of people and events. His portrayal of Wild Bill Donovan, controversial head of the OSS, is but one of his sure-handed transformations of reality to fiction.

Gripping up to the end, the book—which takes its title from the old spiritual about everything being connected—will send readers who were new to Quinn back to his other books in the series.

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Dry Bones is a savvy, suspenseful tale of World War II espionage and Cold War skullduggery in which Fintan Dunne cements his place in the PI pantheon alongside Philip Marlowe and Sam Spade. Dunne can be misled and mishandled, but he can’t be deterred. Every bit as unpredictable as Quinn’s first two installments, this riveting conclusion to the trilogy leaves no doubt that Dunne is an ace of Spades who knows when to hold ’em and when to fold ’em.” – William Kennedy

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Issue: October 15, 2013

Dry Bones.

Quinn, Peter (Author)

Nov 2013. 352 p. Overlook/Duckworth, hardcover, $25.95. (9781468307368).

WWII is nearing its end in Europe, but General “Wild Bill” Donovan, head of the Office of StrategicServices, picks Fintan Dunne and Dick Van Hull to parachute into occupied Czechoslovakia to extract OSS officers dropped there to organize the Czech resistance. Immediately, Dunne and Van Hull are on the run, from Nazis, Czech Fascists, Russian troops, and hordes of refugees. They barely get out alive, but they discover an appalling secret that could cost them their lives.

Quinn’s plots defy easy summary, but his characters fascinate, and his sense of place and time is compelling. Dunne has seen too much war and salutes lost comrades with altar-boy Latin prayers. Van Hull’s recitations of poetry provide apt punctuation for everything the men experience.

Quinn’s Czechoslovakia is a maelstrom; his evocation of ruined German cities almost palpable. Donovan’s skill at navigating Washington’s internecine wars, his abrupt jettisoning at war’s end, and the dismissal of war-crimes charges for hundreds of culpable Nazis deemed useful in the coming Cold War are vividly drawn. Readers who want to really taste history will welcome

Dry Bones. – Thomas Gaughan

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“From first sentence to last, Peter Quinn keeps the reader gripped. I love the simplicity of the writing: it is both subtle and intelligent. Peter Quinn is such a marvelous storyteller that sometimes it’s hard to tell fact from fiction. But you know you are in a world that is singular and compelling. Fintan Dunne is a splendid creation, a character you will remember long after you have finished this superb novel.” – Gabriel Byrne

September 13, 2013

LAST CALL for IAW&A Theater Night at “Brendan at the Chelsea”


Tickets going fast for IAW&A Theater Night at Brendan at the Chelsea on Thurs., Sept. 19 at 8 PM

Please send ticket request ASAP to (limit two tickets per member).
Special ticket price of $37.75 represents a 40% discount and eliminates “convenience fees” when ordering online or by phone.

We are close to our ticket allotment, but maybe be able to secure more seats if we hear from you NOW!

Adrian Dunbar as Behan with Samantha Pearl as Lianne.

Adrian Dunbar as Behan with Samantha Pearl as Lianne.

August 19, 2013

Peter Quinn Reading and Q&A about his new novel “Dry Bones” at IAC, Nov. 19

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Peter Quinn
and Dry Bones, The Final Chapter of the Fintan Dunne Trilogy

Tuesday, November 19 | 7:30 pm

“Peter Quinn just might make it into the history books himself. He is perfecting, if not actually creating, a genre you could call the history-mystery.” – James Patterson, The New York Times bestselling author

Celebrated Bronx writer Peter Quinn (Banished Children of Eve, Looking for Jimmy: In Search of Irish America, Hour of the CarThe Man Who Never Returned) returns to the Irish Arts Center to read from his recently released historic novelDry Bonesthe final installment of the detective Fintan Dunne series, which centers around an ill-fated OSS mission in the Eastern front and its consequences more than a decade after World War II. Join Peter for a Q&A after his reading to learn more about his exhaustive research on World War II and the liberties a writer sometimes has to take with history.

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July 27, 2013

John Patrick Shanley to Receive Eugene O’Neill Lifetime Achievement Award

Pulitzer Prize, Academy Award and Tony Award Winner to be feted on Oct. 21 at Irish American Writers & Artists annual event

Pulitzer, Oscar and Tony Award winner, the writer John Patrick Shanley will add the Eugene O’Neill Lifetime Achievement Award to his his list of honors at the Irish American Writers & Artists annual celebration on Oct. 21 in New York.

Renowned playwright, screenwriter and movie director John Patrick Shanley, winner of the artistic “trifecta” of a Pulitzer Prize, an Oscar and a Tony Award will add the Eugene O’Neill Lifetime Achievement Award to his list of honors at the Irish American Writers & Artists annual celebration this fall. Shanley will receive his Tiffany award on Monday, October 21, 2013 during a festive evening in the Manhattan Club in the Times Square district, just a few blocks north of where O’Neill was born on October 16, 1888.

The Eugene O’Neill Lifetime Achievement Award was established in 2009 to honor the accomplishments of a writer, actor, musician or other artist whose body of work best exemplifies the level of integrity established by O’Neill.


Few contemporary artists fit the criteria for the award as well as Shanley. He has written over 20 plays including Danny and the Deep Blue Sea and Savage in Limbo. For his play, Doubt, he received both a Tony and the Pulitzer Prize. As a screenwriter he received an Academy Award for best original screenplay for Moonstruck. The film version of Doubt, in which he directed Meryl Streep, Philip Seymour Hoffman and Amy Adams, was nominated for five Academy Awards, including Best Adapted Screenplay.

“This distinction comes at a time when I have noticed several Irish demons running amuck on my keyboard,” Shanley said, upon being notified that he will receive the award.  “I quite recently wrote a recollection about my family in Ireland entitled ‘Darkness of an Irish Morning’. It was published in the editorial section of The New York Times. In addition, my new play, Outside Mullingar  is set in County Westmeath, and will be presented by Manhattan Theatre Club on Broadway this winter. It will star an Irishman named Brian F. O’Byrne, who you may recall from his turn as Father Flynn in my play Doubt. I have always admired Eugene O’Neill, even while praying I would not wake up one day and be him.”

Meryl Streep and Philip Seymour Hoffman in John Patrick Shanley’s “Doubt”

T.J. English, President of the Irish American Writers & Artists, Inc, said, “Writer and director John Patrick Shanley is the consummate contemporary artist; he gives us characters that are indelible and stories that illuminate and enrich the human experience. He’s been honored with almost every prestigious award that exists for an artist today, and rightfully so – in the theater and in the movie business, few can claim to have attained his level of accomplishment or, in the tradition of the great Eugene O’Neill, maintained such a high standard of quality and integrity.”

The previous Eugene O’Neill Lifetime Achievement Award honorees include Pulitzer Prize winning author William Kennedy; veteran actor and noted O’Neill interpreter Brian Dennehy; co-founders of New York’s Irish Repertory Theatre, Charlotte Moore and Ciarán O’Reilly, and legendary folk singer and activist Judy Collins.

The Eugene O’Neill Lifetime Achievement Award Celebration has a convivial, casual cocktail party atmosphere, with much conversation and mingling with guests both famous and infamous, an extensive array of appetizers and desserts, and an open bar. The evening at the Manhattan Club above Rosie O’Grady’s (800 7th Ave, New York, NY 10019) begins at 6 pm and continues until 10 pm.

For more information on the IAW&A and to purchase tickets for the Eugene O’Neill Lifetime Award Celebration, go to

July 8, 2013

New talent, high spirits at IAW&A salon at Bar Thalia

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By Karen Daly

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That smart comedy duo of Sarah Fearon and Mark Butler hosted the Irish American Writers & Artists salon on Tuesday, July 2, 2013 with great charm. Hot weather, holidays, vacations…nothing seems to prevent a robust turnout at the Bar Thalia. Moreover, nothing stops the creativity and fun from flowing or stops new members from adding their talents to the mix.

The versatile Tom Mahon read the first chapter of a novel with the working title American Mastery. Set in territory that Tom knows well, rural upstate New York, it’s about two brothers who couldn’t be less alike, but who join forces to create a business that provides them and their families an independent, creative and rewarding life together. Tom began (and stopped) writing this novel years ago and recently picked up where he had left off.

Jon Gordon

Jon Gordon  ( read from his recently released memoir, For Sue – A Memoir, which has been  called “…an American Angela’s Ashes…” (Guillermo Echanique, publisher Chimbarazu Press Brooklyn, NY). The best-selling, award-winning author, Peter Straub says:  “… the exceptional alto player Jon Gordon has written an emotionally honest, in fact painfully open-hearted account of himself as the loving son of an all but entirely inadequate alcoholic, drug-mesmerized mother who forced him to become more her parent than child. This is a book to cherish.”


First time presenter Sile Houlihan Fee said she’d been “sitting, just watching salons long enough” and it was time to present. She told the story of Chicago May, based on a Nuala O’Faolain book. At 15, May fled Co. Longford, Ireland, travelled alone to America in the late 1890’s and pursued a lifestyle that Sile says “ would make a sailor blush.” In O’Faolain’s foreword, she talks about how she learned of May’s existence and her fascinating, though criminal, life. Sile met the late author at a reading at Lolita’s Pub downtown. Sile tried to tell May’s story with Nuala’s enthusiasm and she surely did. A New Yorker with Co. Limerick born parents, Sile grew up in a “thatched cottage” in Woodside. She has been studying the Irish language for four years. She won a Fulbright/Irish government grant to study Irish in the Galway Gaeltacht, the first such grant for Americans studying the language. She is also the mother of two sons and proud seanmháthair of three.

Brendan Costello Jr. read, “De-Fused,” a short piece inspired by Franz Kafka’s “An Imperial Message.” He started by reading the Kafka passage, a parable of hopelessness and entropy, followed by his own darkly comic response, about the 2010 attempt to bomb Times Square. His piece managed to combine road rage, fireworks, and antidepressants, in what he called a tribute to “the 4th of July, the most Kafkaesque of American holidays.”  We called it brilliant!

Maura Mulligan read a poem “Beannacht” (blessing) from the late John O’ Donohue’s book To Bless the Space Between Us. Widely praised for his gift of drawing on Celtic spiritual traditions to create words of inspiration and wisdom for today, his work offers readers comfort and encouragement on their journeys through life.  Maura has a personal connection to O’ Donohue. The Irish teacher, poet and philosopher was a college classmate of her brother John Mulligan and she cherishes her signed copies of his books. Here’s the link to the poem:

In July, Maura will be reading from her memoir, Call of the Lark in Drumshanbo, Co. Leitrim, Westport, Co. Mayo and Achill Island. She has a residency at the Tyrone Guthrie Center in Co. Monaghan for three weeks in August. In between all the writing and reading, of course, she’ll be dancing.

The many talented Guenevere Donohue, self-described raconteur-in-training, as well as playwright, director, singer, told a charming story from her childhood, and followed with the song “Love is Teasing.”

Karen Daly is a fan of the Irish born writer Maeve Brennan, who wrote for the New Yorker magazine in the 1950’s and 60’s. Tonight she read Brennan’s Talk of the Town feature set on the miserably hot Sunday of July 3, 1966, when there was “nothing to breathe except heavy displeasure.” Brennan was in a midtown restaurant observing the few customers who happened by — a family, two showgirls  (“Their dresses did all the work.”) and a man from  seemed to be from out-of town. Karen chose this piece because of its timing, but  mainly because Brennan’s powerful description and completeness of expression.  Karen is now tweeting about NYC history, Irish American and Irish events, and books and looking for followers at Kdaly321 on Twitter.

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New member Daniel MacGowan, a physician, wowed the group with his rendition of  the folk song “Sam Hall,” an old favorite of his. It’s about an unrepentant criminal sentenced to hang. Dan looks forward to hearing and telling more tales at the Salon. We can’t wait to hear what else he has in store.

In her salon debut Jen Callan read her first published piece “ Who Do You Think You Are and Is it Limiting You?” Jen shared her yearlong experiment of challenging everything she believed to be true about herself. She discovered that she was much more amazing than she once believed. Although this was her first experience on a mic, she harnessed the energy flowing inside to deliver a heartfelt presentation. She is slowly learning to call herself a writer. She is honored to share her work in a group of such talented artists who shine so brightly. Jen will continue to be a lover of the light. You can find her story at

Michele Cetera celebrated the anniversary of her first IAW&A reading one year ago by revisiting the moving story she read that night. Hectic Day is about the life of an oncology nurse, who is pulled in five different directions at once. Nursing can be rewarding and yet exhausting, some days you just want to give it all up. The nurse in the story is having a hectic day:  a patient nearly faints in the hallway, another demands test results and a young patient gets a diagnosis of less than a year to live. Needing a few minutes for herself, the nurse finds a quiet office where she discovers the chart of a previous patient. She reflects on how nurse, patient and patient’s husband dealt with Mattie’s, breast cancer, which she called an “inconvenience.” And  she realizes that in our busy lives and minor  inconveniences, we often lose site of the gift of everyday.

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Mark William Butler presented a comedic sketch called “ Greater Than/Less Than” which is about the tumultuous domestic lives of mathematical symbols. The dynamic acting duo of  Gwen Eyster and  Richard Butler  brought the piece hilariously to life. Mark himself made a cameo appearance as a numeral. The sketch is part of Mark’s comedy revue “Instant Happy!” which played at the Planet Connections Theatre Festivity in 2009.

Congratulations to Mark for another short comedy. Mark’s “The Laundry War,” also directed by Richard Butler just won a Best Play award at The Players Theatre Short Play and Musical Festival, here in NYC. Link to the festival blog, which includes an interview with the author.

Richard Butler quickly switched from math to history as he celebrated Independence Day and brought the house down with a stirring rendition of the song “Is Anybody There?” from the musical 1776, with music and lyrics by Sherman Edwards.

The evening ended with the traditional talk by Malachy McCourt. Tonight he read a piece about his views on what religion has wrought.  “I’m an atheist, thank God.” And  he led us in a stirring version of  “Johnny, We Hardly Knew Ye.”

Next salon will be Tuesday, July 16, 7 pm at the Cell Theatre.

April 28, 2013

American Ireland Fund Dinner Gala 2013 Honors IAW&A Supporters

This year our friends at the American Ireland Fund will honor two great supporters of the IAW&A, Loretta Brennan Glucksman, Chairman of The American Ireland Fund and James E. Quinn, former President of Tiffany & Company which annually provides us with the Eugene O’Neill Award trophy.

At this time, some tickets are still available for the May 9 Gala.  Details  are available HERE.

Loretta Brennan Glucksman Chairman, The American Ireland Fund honored with with The American Ireland Fund 2013 Humanitarian Award

James E. Quinn Former President, Tiffany & Company honored with The Leslie C. Quick Jr. Leadership Award

American Ireland Fund Dinner Gala 2013
Date: Thurs., May 9, 2013
Time: 7:00 pm
Location: Grand Hyatt New York, 109 E. 42nd Street

March 27, 2013

An Evening in Celebration of WILLIAM KENNEDY

An Evening in Celebration of our Inagural Eugene ONeill Lifetime Acheivement Award winner

in association with Irish American Writers & Artists and the Irish Arts Center


Thursday, April 11th | 7:30 pm

Admission: FREE |Reservations Essential

Master of Ceremonies

Peter Quinn 

Special Guests

Dan Barry         Aedin Moloney          Tara O’Grady           Mary Tierney

“Kennedy, master of the Irish-American lament in works like Billy Phelan’s Greatest Game and Ironweed,
proves here he can play with both hands and improvise on a theme without losing the beat.” 


Join us for an evening with William Kennedy, Pulitzer Prize-winning author, screenwriter and playwright, winner of the , celebrated with readings by Mary Tierney and Dan Barry from Kennedy’s works IronweedRoscoe and others, music by Tara O’Grady, and a conversation with William Kennedy moderated by Dan Barry.

Afterwards join us in the IAC Gallery for a reception and book signing.

William Kennedy, author, screenwriter and playwright, was born and raised in Albany, New York. Kennedy has brought his native city to literary life in Legs, Billy Phelan’s Greatest Game, and the Pulitzer Prize-winning Ironweed. He is the founding director of the New York State Writers Institute and, in 1993, was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He has received numerous literary awards, including the National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship and IAW&A’s inaugural Eugene O’Neill Lifetime Achievement Award.

Thursday, April 11th | 7:30 pm

For more information, and to reserve tickets go to

or call 866.811.4111  

at Irish Arts Center
553 West 51st Street
New York, NY 10019

March 5, 2013

Irish History and Heritage Site “The (New) Wild Geese” Celebrates Relaunch with On-Line Event

IAW&A member Gerry Regan officially unveils  on Sat., March. 9 

An online kick-off to the St. Patrick’s Day season, the re-imagined Irish history and heritage website The Wild Geese goes live Saturday, March 9 at 9 AM (ET) as with a seven-hour digital launch party, featuring contests, prizes, online panels and an open invitation to connect, chat and collaborate with others around the world who cherish the epic history of the Irish … worldwide.

All the events of the day and benefits of the site are open to all who sign-up, for free, as Wild Geese members. Once members, they can set-up their own personal pages, begin blogging on their Irish topics of interest, create groups around their Irish passions, share videos, photos, and music, or join existing groups that match their interests.

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On “Launch Day,” members will participate in live panel discussions and Q & A with subject-matter experts and devotees, covering the wide breadth of The Wild Geese’s content, with six sessions, focused on travel, cooking, genealogy, the legacies of Ireland’s Cillini and Magadelene Laundry abuses, and the Irish who fought in America’s Civil War. The venues will include the site’s Main Chat Room and Google Hangout. (panel schedule follows)

Festivities hosted on the redesigned site will include a members-only prize drawing of Irish-themed film posters, jewelry, CDs and books every hour and contests for members that will be judged by members, including:

·  Tell Us Your Irish Story – where members post their personal takes, or stories, on epic Irish history.
·  The Irish ExperienceFreeze Frame! where members share photos they’ve shot, and voters (fellow members) acknowledge their favorite iconic images of the global Irish community among those uploaded.

Saturday’s launch is the culmination of more than 15 years of dedication to preserving, exploring and discussing the great themes of Irish history and heritage, in Ireland and among the world’s 70 million of Irish descent. The (New) Wild Geese re-emerges on Saturday with its rich historical and narrative content showcased on a sharp, contemporary-looking, easy-to-navigate site and with compelling new community and social-sharing capabilities that encourage members to research, write and broadcast articles and multimedia and post events focused on their own Irish interests to a passionate worldwide community.

“As a Wild Geese member, you’ll be able to participate in exclusive forums, video and teleconferences and other dynamic learning experiences for free, as well as enjoy concierge services connecting you to heritage products, events and services to best fit your needs,” Executive Producer Gerry Regan said. “As Heritage Partners, marketers will be engaging the true faithful, the masses who’ve never stopped believing that the Irish story, including their own, remains epic in scale.”

“Join us in supporting the preservation of Irish heritage worldwide by adding your voice to the growing number within The Wild Geese community,” he added.

Recap: The (New) Wild Geese Online Launch Party, Sat, Mar. 9, 9AM to 4PM (ET). Become a member for no charge at to join the festivities.

Panel discussion schedule (all times ET):

  • 9 AM: “Travel Hag” blogger, author, tour guide Mindie Burgoyne fields questions about Irish travel and the “Thin Places” in Ireland where our world intersects with ‘the other.’
  • 10 AM: Dublin-based genealogist Nicola Morris focuses on researching your Irish family history.
  • 11 AM: Bloggers and Irish cooking devotees Mairead Geary aka “Irish American Mom” and WG’s own Maryann Tracy will field discussion of Irish cooking, traditional and otherwise.
  • NOON: Ireland-based author & archaeologist Damian Shiels, writer & WG Associate Editor Robbie Doyle and WG Editor at Large Liam Murphy field questions on the Irish in America’s Civil War.
  • 2 PM: Archaeologist Toni McGuire, Magdalene activist Mari Steed and WG Preservation Editor will discuss the Legacy of Ireland’s Cillini and Magdalene Laundries.
  • 3 PM: Our final panel of the day, headed by William Patterson University’s Richard Kearney, will focus on The Dublin Lockout and leading Irish activists in the American labor movement.

Background on The Wild Geese
Year of Launch: 1997
Mission: Every day, with the help of  members, readers, and Irish Heritage Partners, The Wild Geese explores, promotes, preserves, and celebrates the epic heritage of the Irish around the world — through compelling content, evolving technologies, a dynamic community, and collaborative marketing connections.
Namesake: Those 12,000 Irish soldiers, families in tow, coerced into emigrating in the aftermath of the 1691 Treaty of Limerick. Many of these “Wild Geese” rose to prominence in armies and navies throughout the world. Though some would get another chance to strike a blow for Ireland, they were truly, as poet Emily Lawless said, “Fighters in every clime — Every cause but our own.”
Best Read Interviews: 2007 Q&A with indie film director Ken Loach (“Hidden Agenda,” “The Wind That Shakes the Barley”); The Wolfe Tones’ Derek Warfield (2003), Black 47 front man Larry Kirwan (2006), and former Boston College Belfast Project Director Ed Moloney (2011).
Number of Articles Online: 700+, a number increasing weekly.
‘Best’ Plug: Wall Street Journal “Best Pick” (2003) “for serious fans of Ireland’s contribution to world culture.”
Most Commented-On Series: ‘One Love: The Black Irish of Jamaica” (2003), by Rob Mullally
Co-Founders: Irish-Americans Gerry Regan and Joe Gannon
Slogan: “Exploring, Promoting, Preserving and Celebrating the Epic Heritage of the Irish … Worldwide”

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January 13, 2013

IAW&A Salons off to strong start in 2013!

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If the IAW&A’s first Salon of 2013, held at Bar Thalia on January 8th, is any indication, it is going to be a great year for the organization, which marks its 5th anniversary in March.

TJ English, President of the IAW&A, began the evening by speaking about the amazing breadth of talent showcased at the Salons, and how they will continue to evolve in the coming year.


Then Kevin Holohan, author of novel The Brother’s Lot, kicked off the performances by reading a short story that more than lives up to the bite of its title, “Team Players for the New Economy” a grotesque satire on solipsistic corporate culture and groupthink and aims to be a tonic for anyone who has ever had the misfortune to work anywhere larger than two people and a fax machine.  303552_10151337674368948_2057608548_n

Guenevere Donohue, playwright, actress, singer, and poet read two poems, one about the beach and one about her great-grandmother titled The Butter Witch. She then graced the room with a song.  Kathleen Donohoe read an essay about the day she realized she was a writer, two weeks after her eighth birthday, particularly fitting as she just finished her novel three months ago–on her birthday.

Next up was Mark Butler with a new story about the imagined life of promotional mascots working the sidewalks of Times Square called Mickey Mouse Is a Mexican.  It is an installment of what eventually will be a collection of short pieces entitled Talking to Yourself on the Streets of New York.


John Kearns, whose cousin Siobhan Regan from Mayo was in the audience  (Up Mayo!), read an excerpt from his novel-in-progress, Worlds, in which Paul Logan, a 30-something Irish-American, Gavin, a drunken Englishman, and Stephanie, their barmaid and driver, are traveling through the Financial District, trying to find their way uptown.    As they drive along John Street, Paul reminisces about the night he met Stephanie. Interspersed among the events and reminiscences is a parody of stock-market jargon, describing the relationship between Stephanie and the men competing for her attention.

Singer, actor, and humorist Rachel Bouton performed a short story she wrote entitled “My Doorman is a Homeless Dude Named Frank” and sang the song “Homeward Bound” by Marta Keen Thompson. Rachel was the only presenter to use the phrase “bed bug farts.”

After the break, Maura Mulligan, author of Call of the Lark read the poem BEANNACHT (blessing) from the late John O’ Donohue’s collection: Benedictus.  O’ Donohue is the author of the international bestsellers Anam Cara and Echos of Divine Beauty. Here is BEANNACHT:

Next Maureen Hossbacher took the mike to deliver two of her poems.  In counterpoint to Kevin Holahan’s hilarious opening story, the first poem, entitled “Okay” was a powerful expression of her frustration with the creeping influence of corporate amorality over the past few decades.  Maureen followed that with “Lesser Known Saints,”  a droll tribute to the ancestors, stand-ins for former sainted superstars such as Christopher and Philomena.

Jim Rodgers followed with an excerpt from his novel “Long Night’s End.” The protagonist, Johnny Gunn, angry and bitter over the tragic death of his friend Jimmy, proceeds to take on an entire Greek soccer team along with the referee during a weekend match. After being pummeled, evicted, and banned from the league, Johnny returns home to soak his wounds in a hot bath, hiding from the world and wondering why God has abandoned the good people of Sunnyside.     270243_10151337674618948_182677068_n

Richard Butler then beautifully performed two songs: “I Wish I Could Forget You” from the musical Passion, music & lyrics by Stephen Sondheim; and “As We Stumble Along” from the musical The Drowsy Chaperone, music & lyrics by Lisa Lambert and Greg Morrison.

Kathy Callahan told rather than read a story from personal professional experience that vividly brought into the room the lives of the often invisible and marginalized and reminded us that such lives are complex, multi-faceted and even in direst adversity, hopeful. The immediacy of the story was very affecting.

Jack DiMonte introduced the song he sang by explaining that it is a Peter, Paul and Mary song—but an unusual one for them, “Whatshername,” a comical take about a man trying to remember the name of a long-lost love.

Then Malachy McCourt took to the stage with a very prescient poem he wrote after President Obama’s election in 2008, about the difficulties he was going to face in the next four years. As ever, he brought the evening to a rousing close with a song, “Oh, Boy, What Joy We Had in Barefoot Days.”

Happy New Year from the IAW&A!  (NEXT IAW&A SALON  Tues, Jan. 22 at The Cell)


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