Free Digital Access to The Irish Times, 1859-2009!

March 28, 2009

Irish Times Digital Archive

The Irish Times is celebrating their 150th year in circulation by allowing the public free access to the newspaper’s digital archives, going all the way back to March 29th, 1859!

This free access won’t last long, though–it expires on April 5th, 2009, so do your genealogical/historical searching NOW, folks!!!

The URL is:

http://www.irishtimes.com/150/
Happy Searching!

Jim Garrity


Second Annual Irish- and English-Language Mass a Rousing Success!

March 19, 2009

On March 14th, an Irish- and English-language Mass was held to

St. Patrick's Old Cathedral

St. Patrick's Old Cathedral

celebrate the Feast of St. Patrick at Saint Patrick’s Old Cathedral, New York’s first Cathedral. This Mass, just like the first one, held in March 2008, was extremely well-received by the Irish-American community. The 2009 event brought even more people into the historically-significant edifice, as it was filled almost to capacity.

This event was co-sponsored by the New York Irish History Roundtable, Glucksman Ireland House at New York University, and by Saint Patrick’s Old Cathedral.

Washington Square Harp & Shamrock Orchestra

Washington Square Harp & Shamrock Orchestra

As our guests filed into the church, piper Lisa Farber played the bagpipes. The readings were done in both Irish and English. Father Andrew O’Connor and Professor Padraig O Cearuill of Glucksman Ireland House-NYU handled the Irish readings. Irish-language vocalists Patrick Connolly and Dawn Doherty sang beautifully, and Jared Lamenzo played liturgical music on the church’s historic pipe organ, built by Henry Erben in 1868.

After the Mass, a party was held in front of the church, complete with traditional Irish music played by the Washington Square Harp and Shamrock Orchestra, refreshments, and camaraderie.

Father Andrew O’Connor of Holy Family Church in The Bronx, Monsignor Donald Sakano, pastor of Saint Patrick’s Old Cathedral, and Father Gavin Reilly were concelebrants of the Mass.


Google Your Family Tree – Unlock the Hidden Power of Google

March 8, 2009
Google Your Family Tree

Google Your Family Tree

On Saturday, March 21, at 2 p.m., in the McNally Amphitheatre at the Fordham University Law School at Lincoln Center (at 140 West 62nd Street, Manhattan), technical guru and professional genealogist Dan Lynch will present a lecture on unlocking the hidden power of the Google search engine, based on the material in his new book, GOOGLE YOUR FAMILY TREE. Copies of this book, highly-praised by reviewers, will be available for purchase. Details about it are at: http://googleyourfamilytree.com/index.html

Dan’s PowerPoint presentation will include examples from his own Irish research and provide tips for use in genealogy, history, and additional fields. He is a former vice president of business development for Ancestry, Inc. Dan Lynch now runs Mattatuck Consulting, a firm specializing in Internet marketing solutions. He is a frequent lecturer at local and national genealogy conferences.

This program is free and open to all. There is a suggested donation of $3.00 for refreshments.

For more information on this program, visit: http://www.irishnyhistory.org/announ.htm


Come to the Irish-Language Mass at St. Patrick’s Old Cathedral – Saturday, March 14th, 2009, at 12 Noon!

March 8, 2009
Old St. Patrick's Cathedral

Old St. Patrick's Cathedral

Come celebrate the Feast of St. Patrick at New York’s First Cathedral!

In honor of St. Patrick, an Irish- and English-language Mass will be
celebrated at St. Patrick’s Old Cathedral on Mott Street in Manhattan,
between Prince and Houston streets, on Saturday, March 14th, at 12:00 p.m.

Father Andrew M. O’Connor of Holy Family Church in the Bronx will
celebrate the Mass, with Msgr. Donald Sakano, pastor of the Old Cathedral,
as a concelebrant. Readings will be done in English by Father O’Connor and in Irish by Padraig O’Cearuill, Language Lecturer of Irish Studies, NYU. The Washington Square Harp and Shamrock Orchestra, led by Mick Moloney, Global Distinguished Professor of Irish Studies and Music, NYU, will perform traditional Irish music. Jared Lamenzo will play the beautiful and historic 1868 Henry Erben pipe organ. More information and photographs of this organ are online at http://www.jaredlamenzo.com/erbenrenewal.

After the Mass, a party celebrating the Feast of St. Patrick will be
held in front of the church, with traditional Irish music and refreshments.

This event is co-sponsored by the New York Irish History Roundtable, Glucksman Ireland House at New York University, and by St. Patrick’s Old Cathedral.

There is NO CHARGE to attend the Mass or after-party!

The historically-significant Old Cathedral was the seat of the Diocese (and then the Archdiocese) of New York from 1815 to 1879. The architect for this Gothic building was Joseph-François Mangin, who also designed Manhattan’s City Hall.

For more information, visit: http://irelandhouse.fas.nyu.edu/object/ne.oldstpatricksmass