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.