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LARRY KIRWAN, President
Larry Kirwan is the leader, singer/guitarist and writer for the political rock band Black 47. The band has released fourteen CDs and has appeared over the years on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, the David Letterman Show and the Conan O’Brien Show. Black 47’s final CD, Last Call, will be released in early 2014. Kirwan has written thirteen plays and musicals, including Hard Times, a recent success that will reopen at The Cell Theater in Manhattan in January. Two of his novels, Liverpool Fantasy and Rockin’ The Bronx, and a memoir Green Suede Shoes, have been published. Kirwan hosts and produces Celtic Crush, a music and talk show, for SiriusXM Satellite Radio and writes a column for the Irish Echo.
MARY PAT KELLY, Vice President
Mary Pat is the distinguished author of the best-selling novel Galway Bay and the forthcoming Of Irish Blood. As a filmmaker her works include the award-winning documentaries To Live for Ireland, Home Away from Home: The Yanks in Ireland, and Proudly We Served: The Men of the U.S.S. Mason, based on her books, which were all shown on PBS. She wrote and directed the dramatic feature film Proud, starring Ossie Davis and Stephen Rea. An author of two books about the film director Martin Scorsese, she also published the non-fiction book Good to Go: The Rescue of Scott O’Grady from Bosnia, and the novel, Special Intentions (based on her experiences as a nun). She wrote the book and lyrics for the musical Abby’s Song, performed at City Center, NY. Mary Pat worked in Hollywood as a screenwriter for Paramount and Columbia Pictures and in New York City as an associate producer with Good Morning America and Saturday Night Live. She received her PhD. in English from the City University, New York. Mary Pat was born and raised in Chicago and currently resides in New York City.
JOHN KEARNS, Treasurer & Salon Producer
John Kearns is the author of the short-story collection Dreams and Dull Realities and the novel, The World. His novel-in-progress, Worlds, was a finalist in the 2002 New Century Writers’ Awards. He has had five full-length and five one-act plays produced in Manhattan, including In the Wilderness, Sons of Molly Maguire, and In a Bucket of Blood. His fiction has appeared in The Medulla Review and Danse Macabre. John’s poems have appeared in in the North American Review, the Grey Sparrow Journal, Feile-Festa, and the ASBDQ experimental text journal. He has a Masters Degree in Irish Literature from the Catholic University of America.
SARAH FEARON, Secretary
Sarah Fearon (Secretary) is a graduate of the High School of Performing Arts, and New York University. Her film credits include Reversal of Fortune, Liebestraum and Martin Scorsese’s The Departed. Both playwright and performer of the short play TED talks NYC that won first place at the Players Theater Short Play Festival summer 2015, and was featured in Origin’s 1St Irish Festival at the IAWA 100th Salon. Her comedy has been presented at the Brooklyn Reading Works Funny Pages at the Stone House, Word Waves at the Rockaway Artists Alliance and she’s a regular performer at Gotham Comedy Club, The Metropolitan Room, Stand Up NY and the Irish Arts Center Sundays at Seven. Her character Snazzy Peabody, a real estate legend in her own mind has been showcased in the short play Air Rights and a series of short videos on YouTube. Currently a contributor to Irish America Magazine.
MALACHY McCOURT, Director
Malachy McCourt was born in Brooklyn, NY and from the age of three was raised in Limerick, Ireland. He returned to the land of his birth at age twenty and began his long-running career as a stage and screen actor, raconteur, radio personality, and writer. He has appeared on and off Broadway in Mass Appeal, Da, The Hostage, Inherit the Wind, and A Couple of Blaguards, which he co-authored and starred in with his brother Frank. His TV credits include appearances on many soap operas and as a guest on The Tonight Show, Conan O’Brien and The Late, Late Show. His movie career has also been varied, with roles in The Molly McGuires, She’s the One, Devil’s Own, Green Card, and many others. As a writer, he has published a New York Times best selling memoir, A Monk Swimming, as well as a history of the song Danny Boy, a history of the Claddagh ring, and Malachy McCourt’s History of Ireland. Malachy is a co-host of the radio show “Talk Back” on Wednesdays from 10am to noon on WBAI 99.5FM.
KATE McCABE, Director
Kate McCabe is the director of Éist, an organization which cultivates and promotes first-person perspectives of justice and accountability in the aftermath of war. Kate received her master’s degree in Environmental Justice from the University of Michigan; while there she began a lasting commitment to work on behalf of victims/survivors and in pursuit of truth recovery in the North of Ireland. Kate is a recipient of the Irish Echo’s 40 Under 40 Award. She is a former National President of the Irish American Unity Conference, and in this role organized the first and only Congressional Briefing on Irish Language Equality and was the only American to make a submission to the Eames/Bradley Consultative Group on the Past. Kate is a graduate of the Harvard Program in Refugee Trauma. She is a former publisher of the Detroit-based independent journal Critical Moment, and her work has been published by Counterpunch, TransConflict and the International Center for Transitional Justice. Kate is also the editor of the forthcoming Pot Luck Journal, which debuts in May.
KATHLEEN DONOHOE, Director
Kathleen Donohoe grew up in Brooklyn, New York and lives there still. Her fiction has appeared in several literary magazines, including The Recorder: Journal of the American Irish Historical Society, NYU’s Washington Square Review, Harpur Palate, Hampton Shorts, New York Stories, Web Conjunctions and the SNReview. Her novel, ASHES OF FIERY WEATHER, will be published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt on August 30 2016.
SKYE GURNEY, Director
A native of Maine, Skye has been the Art & Photo Coordinator at TIME Magazine for the past seven years—a high-energy position where the continually evolving news cycle provides a new and interesting challenge every day—just the way she likes it! A graduate of Dartmouth College, with overseas studies at Glasgow University, she is nearing completion of her Masters degree in Graphic Communications Management at NYU.
KAREN DALY, Director
A lifelong New Yorker, Karen Daly spent all her working life in book publishing, recently in senior editorial and acquisition roles. She was Editor-in-Chief of Doubleday’s Literary Guild book club for ten years, and served for twelve years as Director/Book Publishing for Bottom Line Books, a publisher of consumer health and personal finance information.
Karen’s primary interest is in the contribution of the Irish to New York City history. She’s been published in the Journal of the New York Irish History Roundtable and has self-published an Irish/American Images Calendar (on lulu.com) for several years. A graduate of the College of Mount St. Vincent, she volunteers in the archives of a NYC landmark and at the St. Francis Resume Clinic.
EAMONN WALL, Director
Eamonn Wall is a writer and literary scholar who lives in St. Louis, Missouri. Originally from Co. Wexford, he emigrated to the US in 1982. A professor of English and International Studies at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, he is a past-president of the American Conference for Irish Studies. His books include Sailing Lake Mareotis (Salmon Poetry, 2011) and From the Sin-e Cafe to the Black Hills: Notes on the New Irish (Wisconsin, 2000).
MARIA DEASY, Director
Maria Deasy has appeared Off-Broadway and in several films and television shows. Favorite performances include Tennessee Williams’ Something Cloudy, Something Clear at The Provincetown Tennessee Williams Festival and Nevrika in an adaptation of the short story, A Recluse And His Guest for The Drama League. Other New York credits include The Crucible at The Roundabout Theatre Company, The Importance of Marrying Wells at the Lucille Lortel Theatre, Snow at Theatre Under St. Marks, and The Blood Flow Thing at Poor Mouth Theatre Company. Among her film appearances are Aimy In A Cage starring Crispin Glover, Barry Levinson’s Sleepers, and starring roles in the award-winning short films Contact Zone and The Anniversary. She is the author of the plays, Mine and 11 Minutes In Macy’s, the latter which she co-produced as part of an evening of short plays called 7-Eleven. A graduate of Brown University, Maria is also the Executive Office and Special Projects associate at the ACLU. While her parents harken from beautiful county Mayo, she is both a native New Yorker and a Jersey Girl.
BRENDAN COSTELLO, Director
Brendan Costello Jr. is an award-winning writer, originally from Brooklyn. He teaches creative writing at The City College of New York, where he earned his MFA. His fiction and non-fiction have appeared in Salon.com, OpenLettersMonthly.com, smokebox.net, and Epiphany Magazine. He is also the former producer and co-host of “The Largest Minority” on WBAI radio in New York, and was a contributing editor of LURCH magazine.
SEAN CARLSON, Director
Sean Carlson recently completed his first book manuscript, a nonfictional narrative of departure and change across Ireland, London, and the Bronx. He received a Lowell Thomas Award from the Society of American Travel Writers and was shortlisted as a finalist in the Fall 2014 Nowhere Travel Writing Contest judged by Lorin Stein of the Paris Review. Carlson is a senior manager of editorial and special projects at Yahoo, a trainer with the International Center for Journalists, and co-founder of the TechRaking summit series with the Center for Investigative Reporting. He previously interned with the Consulate General of Ireland in Sydney, Australia and managed global communications and public affairs with Google for several years. His writing has published in the Irish Times, USA Today, New York Daily News, and elsewhere.