Tom Deignan, a columnist for the Irish Voice newspaper, writes regularly for America.

Arts & Culture Books
Tom DeignanDecember 01, 2003
The most startling fact about Edwin O rsquo Connor rsquo s life was its brevity The acclaimed author of such mid-century Irish and Catholic classics as The Last Hurrah and The Edge of Sadness seemed a fit and healthy man Yet he died when he was just 49 in 1968 following a stroke Perhaps more imp
Tom DeignanApril 21, 2003
During an interview several years ago Edna O rsquo Brien told me a story about an appearance of hers in the 1960 rsquo s on an Irish television program during which the host said to the studio audience Hands up all of you who think Edna O rsquo Brien has shamed her country Most hands of course
Tom DeignanFebruary 17, 2003
Alice McDermott rsquo s fiction like William Kennedy rsquo s is to be praised if for no other reason than that it transcends the tradition of Irish-American fiction established by James T Farrell back in the 1930 rsquo s Since Studs Lonigan first swaggered onto the literary stage Irish-America
Tom DeignanOctober 21, 2002
In recent years several states have passed laws mandating that the Irish Famine of the 1840 rsquo s be taught in public schools alongside African slavery and the Jewish Holocaust Equating this trinity of horrors Famine curriculum supporters say is not only appropriate but historically enlighten
Tom DeignanApril 22, 2002
In a new book of essays entitled Reading William Kennedy Syracuse University Press Michael Patrick Gillespie writes that Kennedy rsquo s novels are infused with Catholic dogma however a broad more diverse ethical system than that articulated in The Baltimore Catechism informs his writing That
Tom DeignanAugust 27, 2001
Frank McCourt rsquo s impoverished youth in Limerick recalled so vividly and brutally in Angela rsquo s Ashes actually could have been much worse according to the acclaimed author rsquo s cousin ldquo When we were in Killarney industrial school rdquo Pat Sheehan tells the writer and documen