Standing Pat

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Niall O'Dowd, founder of Irish America Magazine and the Irish Voice newspaper, talks about his new online venture. Are you Irish? Irish-American? What's the important news today for you? Comment below!


Niall O'Dowd

Comments [10]

gaetano catelli from manhattan

re: "# 4 above - is this the first time you've tuned in? Craziness is our schtick here on WNYC - welcome & enjoy."

cute -- but it begs the question i raised in my very first comunication with Brian, a number of years ago. one can fairly accurately gauge the coded messages of intolerance coming from rightwing talk radio by the much blunter language of their callers.

therefore, given the amount of America-bashing that comes forth from so many WNYC callers, it must be asked to what extent WNYC's overall "message" is consistent with their views, albeit more subtlely delivered?

Mar. 19 2009 01:40 AM
hjs from 11211

well since my last comment was removed i'd just like to say i'm very thankful to my Irish-Italian and German foremothers & forefathers whose struggles lead them here. i never want my children to know where we are from or who we are.
if you don't know where you've been you don't know where you're going!

Mar. 17 2009 05:35 PM
James B from NYC

#s 4 & 7 above - let me second, nay trebble your sentiments. As a proud American of mongrel origins I am always aghast when some people who lose in the democratic process suggest America is no longer worthy of our devotion when the 'other' party is in power. To all the the Republicans currently depressed by Obama's ascendency & to all those Democrats who contemplated the joys of Canadian winters when Bushh was elected - my reaction can only be: "Is there any way that the rest of us can help u get out?"

Mar. 17 2009 11:16 AM
joe from Brooklyn

I'm at a loss to understand such people as several of those who called expressing disdain, if not outright hatred, for America, most especially the lady who wanted to obtain Irish citizenship and leave here after the results of the 2004 election. It would have been good riddance, but she obviously didn't leave. I'm of distant Irish extraction (my ancestors came here around 1845), but I don't feel the least bit Irish, or "Irish-American". I feel American, period, and believe this is exactly how people should feel (except perhaps those who were born in Ireland, or maintain very close ties with parents or grandparents who were) and DID feel up until the time we got overwhelmed with ethnic pride - this, no matter how distant their ties to where their ancestors came from. I don't hear Jews or others from East Europe referring to themselves, a century after their families arrived here, as "Russia-Americans, "Hungarian-Americans", Lithuanian-Americans", etc., They are Americans, period! And the Irish of such background are also Americans, period! Live with it! Make THIS country better! Forget Ireland! Stop fighting ancient wars! No one in Ireland is still in thrall to the memory of other nations that settled there a thousand years back, so why should Americans whose families have been here for generations feel such overwhelming necessity to never let go of their Irish "heritage", seeing that it did so little for them in the first place that they had to come here to enjoy the freedom and prosperity that they now take for granted. Does this all sound rather Nativist? It isn't. Americans owe their allegiance and love to America, and all who do should be welcome here. But when they don't feel that way, they cease to be worthy of being called "Americans". What they should be called I leave it for others to decide.

Mar. 17 2009 11:06 AM
James B from NYC

# 4 above - is this the first time you've tuned in? Craziness is our schtick here on WNYC - welcome & enjoy.

Mar. 17 2009 11:05 AM
James B from NYC

Wouldn't it be grand if we could all use some small part our ethnic holiday celebrations to honestly address some very real, debilitating issues in our respective communities, rather than wallowing entirely in self-aggrandizing & congratulatory cant. The Irish can take on the disprotionate presence of alcohol abuse in their community which takes such a terrible toll, particularly amongst the young, & for which this holiday is often an excuse for reckless, destructive indulgence in drunkness & bad behavior. And perhaps, we could find some place in our Columbus day parades for drawing attention to the toll imposed on all of us by various organized crime organizations & the mentality which gives subtle support to it's persistence, both here & back in the old country. Let use some part of our moments of justified pride for some humble admission of defect & resolve to reform & improve.

Mar. 17 2009 10:59 AM
Phil from Queens

Why does this show have so many crazy listeners? To those Irish Americans who spoke on the show today expressing their hatred for America, you are both unworthy of being Irish or Americans. Both the Irish and Americans are heroic peoples. The Irish have made an immense, if not an incalculable contribution to this country. You folks are cowards and unworthy of citizenship in either nation. Perhaps you should join a terrorist band in the hills of Pakistan. You may be happier there.

Mar. 17 2009 10:39 AM
JohnG from Manhattan

I may not be ethnically Irish, but after 12 years of Catholic school education, at times I feel very Irish.
Happy St. Patrick's Day to all Americans of Irish decent and to our Irish friends across the pond.

Mar. 17 2009 10:31 AM
MF from New York


Its too late now, but I wish you had asked your guest re: the Irish liberation struggle and the analogy that the native Irish draw to the Palestinian struggle. But the American-Irish either do not know of this analogy or are repelled by it.

Mar. 17 2009 10:29 AM
Norman from Manhattan

Irish citizens have a right to work anywhere in the European Union. The EU has antidiscrimination laws which prohibit employers from discriminating against job applicants from other countries.

So Irish citizenship is EU citizenship.

Mar. 17 2009 10:22 AM

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