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.
May 1, 2021 by Iain MacLeod on This Website