Author Archives: New York Irish History Roundtable

Roundtable Zoom Session June 10

From a Forgotten Place—A Discussion with Michael J. Dowling

On Saturday, June 10 at 4pm, the New York Irish History Roundtable will present an unusual one-on-one discussion with a unique Irish New Yorker.

Michael J. Dowling is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Northwell Health Services, the largest and most complex healthcare organization in the New York metropolitan area. He is also an immigrant from Knockaderry, a poor rural town in County Limerick which was during his years there, Dowling says, a place that time forgot. A former Fordham University director and New York State Commissioner of Social Services, Michael Dowling worked part-time while at school, and at summer jobs in Ireland, England and America, to pay for his undergraduate degree. A clear symbol of success and achievement, he remains committed to improvement in America and in Ireland.

In this unique discussion, Roundtable host Linda Dowling Almeida will speak with Michael Dowling about his experiences in Knockaderry and how his life in Ireland affected his ambitions for education, personal progress, and public service. She will examine with him the issues he faced in deciding to emigrate. And she will ask him about his early perceptions of Americans and America, and about how and where he settled in New York during his early days here.

Join with fellow Roundtable members in reviewing the life experiences of this remarkable Irish New Yorker.

Roundtable members will be sent detailed emails during the two weeks before the June 10 session. The emails will contain links and passcodes necessary to participate in the session.

See you on Saturday, June 10 at 4pm.

Roundtable Zoom Session December 10

Save The Date Saturday, Dec. 10, 2022, 4pm This session will be on “The Distinctive New York Irish.” Professor Timothy Meagher will discuss why New York Irish are distinctive among the Irish in America. He will discuss: The variables that have differentiated the New York Irish from other Irish urban communities. How Irishness in New… Continue Reading

Roundtable Zoom Session May 21

On Saturday, May 21 at 4pm the New York Irish History Roundtable will present its first live online session for 2022. It will feature Professor Cian T. McMahon, author of the revealing new book, The Coffin Ship, which focuses on Irish Famine Migration from 1844 to 1857. This ground-breaking work uses diaries and correspondence from… Continue Reading

Shutting the Door on the Irish

On Saturday, Dec.11 2021, at 4pm the New York Irish History Roundtable is presenting an on-line discussion of how U.S. policymakers cut immigration possibilities for Irish men and women looking toward America. Why did this happen? Linda Dowling Almeida will host this discussion using Zoom. Featured in the discussion will be Ray O’Hanlon, author of… Continue Reading

Discussion of Seeing-Eye Boy by Terence Winch, 5/1/2021

On Saturday, May 1, 2021, at 4pm the New York Irish History Roundtable is presenting a first-time event. Using the internet and Zoom, the Roundtable will host a discussion of Terence Winch’s recent coming-of-age novel, Seeing-Eye Boy. Through Zoom, participants at home can listen to and join discussion with the author and other Roundtable members.… Continue Reading

Mass in Irish Language

The New York Irish History Roundtable is co-sponsoring a Mass in the Irish language on Saturday, March 14, 2020. It is open to all and will begin at 12 noon. The Mass will be held in the Basilica of St. Patrick’s Old Cathedral, which is at the corner of Mulberry and Prince Streets in Manhattan.… Continue Reading

Steven Butler Presentation

On Wednesday, March 18, Steven Butler will participate in a program on Oscar Wilde at Quinnipiac University. He is associate editor of the Roundtable’s annual journal and will speak on “Speranza’s Son: Irish America Dismisses Oscar.” The afternoon and evening program begins at 12:30 and is associated with the launch of a 15-month long exhibition… Continue Reading

The Unstoppable Irish

On Saturday, Nov. 9, author and singer Dan Milner will join us for an entertaining and unique presentation focusing on the integration of Irish people into the mainstream of New York City life during the hundred years following 1783—and on how the songs and music of Irish New Yorkers reveal that historical progress. Joining this… Continue Reading

Irish Women Of Action

On Saturday, April 13, the New York Irish History Roundtable will present a unique program on “Irish Women of Action,” associated with New York, who devoted much of their lives to major social changes like Irish independence, relief for the impoverished, and achievement of women’s rights. This special panel brings together experts on the topic,… Continue Reading

A Special Visit To Mc Sorley’s

On Saturday October 27th at 10 a.m. New York historian, author and Educator, Geoffrey Cobb will talk about the long and colorful history of this New York landmark and institution. Mr. Cobb recently wrote about the history of this special “Ale House” in Canada’s History. His article discussed the McSorley family history, the pub’s admission… Continue Reading

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