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Travel-writing award and an Irish Times feature

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Honored and excited to share: an essay I wrote about the Irish diaspora recently received a bronze Lowell Thomas Travel Journalism Award from the Society of American Travel Writers Foundation — announced in Reykjavik, Iceland.

You’ll find “The global reach of an Irish village” featured in the Irish Times, online via the Generation Emigration blog and in print (on Saturday, September 27) in the Weekend Review section with a beautiful layout, including photos of my mom and my grandparents, Nell and Tom Sheehan.

If you know anybody else who’d appreciate or if you would like to share via social media, email, or an envelope (after printing!): The Irish Times, “The global reach of an Irish village

As well as examining the greater story extending outward from this village in Ireland (i.e., Moyvane in Co. Kerry), the essay provides a glimpse into the book I’ve been researching, writing, and editing for quite a while now. The great news is that my final manuscript is now complete — and I’m working away to find the right publishing house on both sides of the Atlantic.

Can’t wait to share updates as soon as I can!

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“Being Irish in Britain,” a discussion

On Saturday, April 5, 2014 the London Irish Centre held a one-day conference to discuss what it means today to be Irish in Britain. Like many, I followed along from afar — in transit between Washington, DC and New York at the time.

Many threads of conversation (in person and online) touched on the experiences of emigration and immigration, issues of identity, community supports, political interests, and the differences between past and present.

Especially given the relevance of these topics to my book, I used Storify to preserve and organize the day’s discussions: “Being Irish in Britain.” Hope it’s helpful.

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