Breda’s podcast is excellent. She has a very relaxed delivery and is very articulate. It was fascinating to hear of her contribution to education and her determination to succeed and to keep growing in that profession. The Donlons made and make a very important contribution to cultural and social life in New York and in the US. We can be proud of them and their contributions.
I enjoyed enormously Breda's vivid description of leaving the farm for the convent, passing by Paris and St. Louis and, upon questioning her vocation as a nun, being told that her depression was "a sign of selfishness". Years later, negotiations with Marymount College concerning her degree and being told "we don't owe you anything" also expressed the arrogance of the church of the day . I enjoyed hearing about her early days as an activist for civil rights with NAIF, as well as her years teaching in the New York City school system. When she refused an unfair racist remark about a black teacher, she made me proud. A life of love, devotion and dedication as one of a family with so many children that the town made a song out of their names. I loved hearing from sister Kathleen about the mysterious early days of the Irish Arts Center and look forward to the Donlon family memoir. A+
I loved it. I do not watch many podcasts but I believe I am hooked after listening to my sister Breda. She has an amazing memory. I like to say she is my older sister, even though we are only a year and a half apart. Her memory of our childhood is amazing. Of course I have heard many of her stories about when she was in the convent many times but they never get old. Paul Finnegan certainly makes any story very exciting. I just subscribed to CenterPieceNY so I can be informed of future events.
I’m not a big Podcast fan but this one totally convinced me that I need to follow this site constantly. I loved hearing about Breda’s interesting life both inside and outside the Convent and the reason it was so compelling was the manner in which she was interviewed. There were several instances when the host asked a question that shed so much life on the subject. Will definitely check this site regularly where I’m sure I’ll learn about other totally interesting characters.
Thanks for this great episode. I will be tuning in more often to hear stories of other families. I enjoyed learning more about my aunt Breda. I also found it very interesting to hear about growing up in Dunmore all those years ago. I wish all the Donlons would do an episode so we could learn even more about them!
Breda was fantastic speaking about her family and her life to date. I am honoured to be a first cousin could not get a nicer family.
This is an incredible tale , from the fields of rural north Galway to the Liberty of New York. This wonderful episode will strike a chord with so many families in Ireland and the United States. Such an engaging, beautiful story ,told with grace by Breda and managed in style by Paul. Dunmore Abu.
Thanks for this wonderful snapshot of 50s New York and the incredible story of Adrian's uncles and cousin the O'Dwyers. The apex of Adrian's story, apart from insights into music, dance halls, broadcast journalism is the creation of the Irish Hunger Memorial that will be a New York City testament to Adrian's love of Ireland and its history for generations.
A lovely interview; personal, informative, and entertaining. Adrian is such a treasure to the Irish-American community and it was a delight to hear him as the subject of the interview for once. Paul is a charming and engaging host.
This is an outstanding podcast. Congratulations to Sophie Colgan and Paul Finnegan. Sophie`s honesty, bravery and leadership, shine through as vital material for the `new dress woven`that signals the future of the Irish Community in the `fabric`of New York. Refreshing words, expertly produced.
Am outstanding podcast that touches many strings of our emotional harp. This is a wonderful production and a great listen. Well done Jacqueline and Paul.
I loved it. Then again, I have loved all your podcasts and missed you during the summer. Your voice is so soothing and I love your commentary in between your interviews.
What a wonderful episode. An engagement with a legendary broadcaster who sheds light on our history and the Irish American journey , in a beautifully honest and totally compelling style. Adrian`s ``road`` is signposted with wonderful skill by the host. Celebrate this.
Just listened to your chat with The Hardy Bucks, Bryan and Peter. Funny, touching, informative, wonderfully edited and narrated. Being out in the middle of Galway Bay, it made me miss both Galway and NYC in equal measure! I look forward to listening back to this episode again, and binge the rest! I look forward to meeting you all in person either side of the Bay, or indeed Ocean. Iontach ar fad! Bhain mé fíor-thaitneamh as.
Entertaining, informative, comedic, hopeful and historic. An amalgam of emotions portrayed in the past and the present, with positive movement to the future. Listening to Paul Finnegan and all guests plants you in the 'center of the weaved story, yearning for it to continue. I bet Galway will be placed on many a person's must visit lists!!!
Really enjoyable chat with Peter & Bryan, delighted to see the two lads doing so well in New York - St. Pats’ Bar always a great place to stop in for a pint in NY or meet the lads down in O’Connors, Salthill when they take a trip home!
It was excellent. Outstanding lead by Paul and matched with beautiful insights by the Brothers.
Loved it Nice to hear someone like Pat Lally Telling the truth about the past And reminiscing about the good old days
I have always liked Susan McKeown and was lucky to meet her at the New York Irish Center so hearing her story wad such a treat for me. She has led a very interesting life and I really think that her story would be of interest to most of us. Give a listen. You won't be disappointed.
From his perch as a long-time leader of the Irish in New York, Paul Finnegan consistently spins out beautifully crafted stories of immigrant journeys, drawing out extraordinary tales from seemingly ordinary people and some marquee names as well. A great podcast to follow whether you are Irish, a New Yorker, or just someone who enjoys suberb storytelling!
These are wonderful audio portraits of delightful Irish souls who have quietly lived remarkable lives in New York. Each segment is hosted/guided by Paul Finnegan. An Irish expat, Paul gently coaxes out the life stories of his guests, filling in the gaps of their conversations with quick summaries of pivotal moments in their lives. Many of Paul’s guests arrived in New York as teenagers in the 1950s and 1960’s, leaving behind all they loved and lived for to begin anew. But in every interview, you never get the impression any of Finnegan’s guests completely left Ireland. Each one talks with enormous fondness of the connection to the land of their birth and the effort they made to keep ties to Ireland strong. If there is any hint of Irish ancestry in you or your family, take a moment to listen: your Irish eyes will be smiling and crying.
The engaging story presenter Paul Finnegan displays Susan McKeown's life to us with artful skill that is endearing, comprehensive, empathetic, and encouraging. And, the same descriptors can be said of the wonderful musician Susan McKeown. With Mother's Day upon here in the United States, what a joy to listen to Susan's stories of her own mother, as well as Susan's stories of her lovely daughter. Paul captures Susan's strength that is embedded in her passionate soul that nurtures her vocal singing and musical career.
Thoroughly enjoyed this podcast for many reasons. It was well structured and presented, with the conversation perfectly intermingled with wonderful snippets of music. Susan's life story is incredibly moving and inspiring and will resonate with many. Wishing both her and her daughter Roisin all the best for the future. Looking forward to future podcasts in this series.
What a wonderful way to get to know a great man -- no wonder Bushwick is going through a boom, the neighborhood is blessed with angels like Fr. James. He is well named as Padre for the Poor. May his great work continue.
Beautifully crafted piece on Fr James Kelly, a man committed to service on behalf of his ever shifting NYC community. His kindness and willingness to go the extra mile on behalf of the less fortunate shines through
Loved this podcast and must listen to the others in this series. Peggy is a most interesting woman and told her life story in a most enjoyable way and Paul Finnegan is a great narrator. Peggy’s brother being sent to live with grandparents reminded me of my sister who was sent to live with my maternal grandfather and aunt when she was two after the arrival of the 7th child. Six more came after that. My sister didn’t return to live with us until she was 13. Up until then my grandfather wouldn’t give her back. My parents regretted not being forceful enough with him. Keep up the wonderful interviews.