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Green Wave: Summer Brings Thousands of Irish Students to NY

Green Wave: Summer Brings Thousands of Irish Students to NY

Education, Western European May 18, 2012 at 3:03 pm

As summer arrives in New York City, so will thousands of Irish students on J-1 visas. The Irish Voice spoke to Irish students about to arrive in New York and the local organizations that help the Irish visitors settle for the summer — and even play some sports that remind them of home.

A cannoli stand on Mulberry Street for last September's San Gennaro festival.

Another Clash in Little Italy: Quality of Life vs. Cannoli

Culture, Food, Manhattan, New York, Western European February 9, 2012 at 5:23 pm

Mulberry Street residents say life is already intolerable during September’s San Gennaro festival, and an extension of the festival would only make it worse. Business owners say they need the festival to boost their foot traffic.

Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer angered organizers of the city's Saint Patrick Day Parade by trying to move the event to a Wednesday.

Quarrel over Hoboken Saint Patrick’s Day parade escalates

Culture, Metro Area, Western European February 2, 2012 at 3:47 pm

The war of words over Hoboken’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade continues. In the latest development, the city’s St. Patrick’s Committee canceled this year’s celebration because of a dispute with Mayor Dawn Zimmer.

Takis Vassos owns Pegasus Travel in Astoria

Greeks flee ailing economy, return to Astoria

Economy, Immigration, New York, Western European January 17, 2012 at 8:37 pm

Play Ewa Kern-Jedrychowska’s radio report on Greek Americans returning to Astoria, to escape the ailing economy in Greece.

Sen. Menendez named Grand Marshal of Greek parade

Sen. Menendez named Grand Marshal of Greek parade

Culture, In the News, Metro Area, New York, Politics, Western European January 13, 2012 at 1:20 pm

New Jersey Senator Robert Menendez has been selected as Grand Marshal of the 2012 Greek Parade in New York City. Greek News reports that Menendez was chosen because of his support for Cyprus and Greek national causes.

US gets first Greek museum

Culture, In the News, Western European January 6, 2012 at 4:31 pm

The first Greek museum to be opened in the United States has arrived. The National Hellenic Museum is a $20 million project in Chicago’s Greektown neighborhood that encompasses exhibits, classroom space, archives, and a library.

Palace Diner in Flushing, Queens

Greek diner to be replaced by Chinese restaurant

Culture, In the News, Queens, Western European January 3, 2012 at 9:30 am

After 35 years of serving scrumptious meals, the Palace Diner in Flushing, Queens is closing its doors for good. Queens Courier reports that a family of diners who grew up on Greek food served by owner George Mantzikos is saying a sad farewell to the local landmark.

Special visa for the Irish?

Immigration, In the News, Opinion, Politics, Western European December 17, 2011 at 10:25 pm

The Irish Echo is making a case for special US immigrant visas for residents of Ireland. In a Dec. 14 editorial, the paper argues that the Irish have watched from the sidelines since the 1960s, as America turned to other nations to boost diversity.

Irish left out of visa reform

Irish left out of visa reform

Immigration, In the News, Politics, Western European December 13, 2011 at 11:22 am

The Irish Lobby for Immigration Reform reacted with surprise and puzzlement to news that legislation to change the basis for granting green cards is moving swiftly through Congress. Especially since the bill excludes highly skilled immigrants from Ireland from the fast track for legal entry into the US. Here’s moreRead More

New York vs. Galway Connacht 2010 championship game at Gaelic Park.

NY to host Irish football kickoff

Bronx, Culture, Western European December 6, 2011 at 9:13 am

The honor of hosting the first game in the All-Ireland senior football championship will fall to New York next year. Gaelic Park in Riverdale will host a local team against an Irish team in May.

NY’s gay Irish keep mass attendance alive

Manhattan, Uncategorized, Western European November 22, 2011 at 3:59 pm

Despite the Roman Catholic Church’s condemnation of homosexuality, gay Irish Catholics have found a welcoming place of worship in a Greenwich Village church. Each Sunday evening, roughly 100 members of Dignity, a Catholic non-profit organization for homosexual and trans-gender persons, transform the Episcopal Church St John into an unusual CatholicRead More

Images like St. Patrick's Day 1867 anger the Hibernians.

Irish see red over honor for Nast

Metro Area, Western European November 17, 2011 at 11:35 am

Thomas Nast created the image of Santa Claus and Uncle Sam’s beard, but an Irish Catholic organization in NJ says he doesn’t belong in the state’s Hall of Fame.

Asking the Irish-American question

Culture, In the News, Western European November 2, 2011 at 2:29 pm

Kerry O’Shea remembers when she was a little girl ordering her school uniform and the tailor said, “Kerry O’Shea … Polish, right?” It was her first encounter with the question that dogs all “hyphenated Americans.” “Am I Irish or American? Italian or American? Indian or American?” For hyphenated Americans, identityRead More

Undocumented Irish have no trouble finding work

Economy, Immigration, In the News, New York, Western European October 12, 2011 at 1:24 pm

With immigration in the spotlight as one of the most contentious issues of the 2012 presidential race, there is renewed focus on groups like the city’s undocumented laborers. In a series of interviews, several said it’s far easier for them to work illegally in New York City than other nationalities.

Pictured with the Tanaiste on Sunday at the EIIC Noel Kilkenny, NY Consul General, Siobhan Dennehy, Carol Hanney, Eamon Gilmore, Hanora Kilkenny and David Coonan.

Irish explore new U.S. visa options

Immigration, In the News, Western European October 4, 2011 at 3:18 pm

Acknowledging that comprehensive immigration reform in the U.S. is a longshot at best, Irish Foreign Minister Eamon Gilmore says the Irish government is exploring new options for securing a future stream of visas that would allow for legal immigration to the U.S. from Ireland.