The BlogSledder

The final episode of Season Two of CenterPieceNY can be listened to here. It explores the world of renowned DJ, Eamon Harkin, from Derry in Ireland, and his innovations with his business partner and fellow DJ, Justin Carter, in New York City's danc…

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It could be argued that the Irish American identity is an endangered species.  Why so, you ask?  Because of the changes in the flow of permanent immigration from Ireland to the US.Gone are the days when the first order of business for an…

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I was sent on an errand into Williamsburg (Williams-boyg?), Brooklyn, early this morning (by the missus).  I don't remember a drinking establishment touting hot peanuts in its window before, but there you have it.  Right up there–equ…

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As you will have gathered from our Season Two, Episode Seven, which was titled 'The Computer Club', elsewhere on this site, my friends and I recently suffered the loss of someone close to us, Paraic Feeney. Among the many things in his life he got …

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[Photo: Paul Finnegan with Carole King.] We are coming to the end of the week of St. Patrick's Day.  It was a good week for me, I can't complain.  The only thing I lacked was enough sleep, but I soldiered on! Here are some highlights: …

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Found myself this week on a podcast devoted to (American) football, the Buffalo Bills, and Sullivan's Beer (https://www.sullivansbrewingcompany.com/).Go figure...I was updating their audience on all things Irish American, and the role the Irish Echo…

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Just a few weeks ago, in Hell's Kitchen, in New York City, Irish Arts Center cut the ribbon on a magnificent new state-of-the-art cultural hub.No doubt, the road to that day was paved with enormous challenges for its current leaders.  It's a cr…

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I keep a close eye on the boys at the Irish Stew Podcast. They support their wonderful podcast with great, innovative marketing. I have emulated (ahem.. 'copied') many of their promotional tactics, albeit in less bulk–and who can keep up?&nda…

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The Irish American community is changing, in some ways for the better, with more inclusion and diversity.  There is great strength, but there are also new challenges to the sustainability of its identity. US immigration law is so restrictive i…

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Our most recent centerpiece, Jacqueline Keely, stage and movie actress, is the proverbial poster-child for the biggest category of Irish immigrant to the United States: independent, adventurous, talented, optimistic and... female.  Here's a qu…

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