By Niall McArdle In New York on September 2nd, 1882, two young Irish immigrants, James Butler and P.J. O’Connor, opened a small grocery store called P.J. O’Connor & Co. on 2nd Avenue. Within a year they had opened a second store at 10th Avenue. In 1884 Butler bought O’Connor out; the business was renamed James Butler Inc. […]Read more "Diasporational Part Eleven: Squire Butler, the Kilkenny Man who Built a Fortune with Butter & Eggs."
The Moore Brothers from County Meath were leading men in Hollywood’s silent era.Read more "Diasporational Part Ten: The Meath Brothers who Reigned in Early Hollywood"
With her flaming red hair, alabaster skin and air of gracious gentility, Greer Garson reigned at MGM in the 1940sRead more "Diasporational Part Eight: The Leading Lady"
Big, broad, brawny, with a warm speaking voice, he was popular with his audience and his leading ladies. As an actor he might have been merely adequate, but he gained quite a reputation for his Hollywood conquests. Married five times, he had affairs with Bette Davis and Jane Powell, among others. He was quoted as saying “no woman will ever own me, I own myself.”Read more "Diasporational Part Seven: The Irish Revolutionary Who Wooed Hollywood Leading Ladies"
The daughter of Irish-Russian immigrants, with her slightly exotic looks and weary air, Aline MacMahon was a versatile character actress in the Golden Age of HollywoodRead more "Diasporational Part Six: The Character Actress"
The Blind Irish Fiddler and The Mutiny on the Bounty By Niall McArdle Say the word mutiny and it is a fair bet that most people will immediately think Bounty. Maritime history is filled with tales of desertion and revolt against a ship’s captain, some bloodier than others, but none captures the imagination more than the defiance of […]Read more "Diasporational Part Four: The Blind Irish Fiddler and “The Mutiny on the Bounty”"
Winston Churchill is for many the epitome of English statesman, scholar and orator. With his V for Victory sign, his cigars and his bulldog frame, he stands as the Imperial Briton, the Victorian English gentleman who helped deliver the world from the Nazis.
It is ironic, therefore that this most English of leaders, famed for his speechmaking, borrowed much of his oratorical style from an Irishman.Read more "Diasporational Part Three: The Irishman Who Taught Churchill Oratory"
kwaJimu: The Irishman and the Zulus, by Niall McArdle note: a version of this first appeared at WorldIrish “Rorke’s Drift? It would take an Irishman to give his name to a rotten stinking middle o’ nowhere hole like this.” Private Henry Hook, 1879. Every time I watch the magnificent Zulu, the epic account of the […]Read more "Diasporational part two: The Irishman and the Zulus"
MOTHER JONES: THE MINERS’ ANGEL a version of this story was originally published in The Irish Times Generation Emigration By Niall McArdle The Union Miners’ Cemetery in the small town of Mount Olive, Illinois is not a place you would expect to find the grave of a hero, still […]Read more "Diasporational: Stories from the Irish Diaspora"