Powerful Irish-Americans

images-22There are quite a few high profile Americans with Irish roots. Check out this list of the most influential and powerful individuals who take pride in their Irish ancestry.

Irish Americans are forming up to more than ten percent of the total U.S. population and the largest concentrations are found in Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Maine, New Hampshire, Iowa, and Montana. 

Irish Americans are holding strong Irish roots, and most of their ancestors migrated to America at the times of the potato famine in the mid-19th century.

There are actually two significant periods when the Irish came to the United States. The first period was when the English colonialists ferried Irish people across the Atlantic to work for them in their plantations while the Irish women were traded to work in American brothel.

The second period was during the great Irish potato famine when people on the island were suffering terribly from all sorts of food shortages. A good deal of the Irish population fled their home country to find a better life in America.

The Irish have greatly contributed to the U.S. revolution and have helped shape the new country in all its economic, social, political, and cultural aspects. Let’s take a look at some Irish Americans who currently are pretty influential and who have received (inter)national recognition for their achievements:

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Real Life Lessons of Triumph Learned in Fantasy

download-53There is has been much ado about princesses lately. Movies such Tangled, The Princess and the Frog, Snow White and the Huntsman, and the latest hit, Brave, proves that epic fairy tails are back in ‘vogue’.

It’s not only children who are catching onto the princess hype. I have seen many older people interested in movies such as Brave. In college, I have seen many Disney movie marathons, and it was with young adults that I first saw movies such as Toy Story 3 and Tangled.

There are also many fairy-tail like stories targeted towards adults, such as Stardust, Big Fish, and fantasy related television shows with huge adult followings such as the British television sensation Dr. Who.

I think that some of the themes and ideas these movies get across can connect with people well into adulthood.

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McDwyer’s Pub – The Last Irish Pub in Norwood

download-55                                                                                          Eamonn McDwyer has run his Irish Pub since 1966

At McDwyer’s Pub (East 204th Street), little has changed since it opened its doors in 1966. The pub is owned by Eamonn McDwyer, and for decades, he’s been the familiar face of the pub. He is working his bar for some 50 years now from early morning to late afternoon, so Mr. McDwyer will probably still be the one who’s greeting you when you enter the pub.

Mr. McDwyer remembers very well that more than twenty-five years ago, Norwood’s streets were packed with all sorts of Irish pubs. He can (without any problem or hesitation) name more than 20 of these unique pubs, from the Bainbridge Cafe and Murphy to Maloney, and as McDwyer recalls, in in those days, they were always full, all of them. These days, his bar is the only one left: McDwyer’s Pub.

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