New York University’s Glucksman Ireland House opened a quarter-century ago to foster the study of Ireland and Irish America, and since then has led and witnessed tremendous changes in Irish and Irish-American culture.
Alice McDermott writes about her son’s Irish awakening; Colum McCann’s Joycean essay is a brilliant call to action in defence of immigrants and social justice; Colm Tóibín’s first visit to New York coincided with the first St Patrick’s Day parade led by a woman; Dan Barry reflects on Frank McCourt’s Angela’s Ashes; and a new poem by Seamus Heaney written not long before his death.
Through deeply personal essays that reflect on their own experience, research and art, some of the best-known Irish writers on both sides of the Atlantic commemorate the House’s anniversary by examining what has changed, and what has not, in Irish and Irish-American culture, art, identity, and politics since 1993.
Table of Contents
Foreword ~ President of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins
Preface ~ NUI President, Andrew Hamilton
- From One, Many ~ Colum McCann
- Ireland ~ Billy Collins
- A Door, Opened ~ Terry Golway
- Child of My Heart ~ Alice McDermott
- Marching Towards the Future ~ Colm Tóibín
- History, House and Home ~ Marion R. Casey
- The Importance of Being Frank ~ Dan Barry
- How the Irish Challenged American Identity ~ Hasia Diner
- Bosses, Bishops and Organizers ~ Peter Quinn
- A Season of Anniversaries ~ Maureen Murphy
- 1916: The Eoghan Rua Variations ~ Paul Muldoon
- The Irish-American Mews and Oral History ~ Miriam Nyhan Grey
- A Criminal Enterprise ~ John Connolly
- Coming of Age ~ Ray O’Hanlon
- Bridging the Transatlantic Gap ~ Patricia Harty
- A Student’s Long Journey Home ~ Ellen O’Brien Kelly
- An Enduring Connection ~ Daniel Mulhall
- An Abundance of Stories ~ Gina Marie Guadagnino
- Irish Spider ~ Billy Collins
- A Dream Fulfilled, A Need Addressed ~ Terry Golway
- Tribute to Lew Glucksman ~ Joe Lee
- Lauds for Loretta ~ Seamus Heaney
About the Editor
Terry Golway is a journalist and US political historian and has appeared on television, radio, and film in the US and in Ireland. He is a senior editor at Politico, and past editorial board member of the New York Times.