The Long Hall Podcast - America's Irish Voice


Joan Henchy - New York GAA County Board Chairperson

Season 2, Ep. 1
The Long Hall Podcast – America’s Irish Voice On this week’s show Michael speaks to Joan Henchy, Chairperson of the New York GAA County Board – the first woman to ever hold the position.It’s a wide-ranging podcast - discussing all things New York GAA and the Gaelic Park Clubhouse·The expanding underage structure, ·Development squads·Prospects of a senior inter-county game this year ·2021 New York’s club championships - WILL go ahead this summer with spectators.·The new GAA President – New York’s Larry McCarthy·A financial levy on fundraising in New York by counties, clubs and the GPA ·An inter-stateUSA Championship ·The challenges to finish last year’s championships during the pandemic.We talk Gaelic Park·The latest construction news on the new Gaelic Park clubhouse –·Clarity on the lease arrangement of playing pitch ·A video of those plans is shown at the end of this video podcast on YouTube and FacebookJoan addresses criticism by former Kerry County Board Chairman, Pat "The Bag" O'Sullivan in an earlier Long Hall Podcast which questioned the future of Gaelic games in New York and the sustainability of clubs who rely on summer sanctions. That podcast is up online by clicking here.Feel free to rate, review and share the podcast, this will help us get even more podcasts to you in the future. Or leave a comment on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter - @thelonghallpodcast And keep an eye out for our New York championship preview podcast coming up in a few weeks. All of our previous podcasts can be viewed on our YouTube channel and our website was born in the US, but grew up in Tarbert, in North Kerry.

St. Patrick's Day Virtual Events Preview

Season 1, Ep. 22
While the New York City parade is canceled again this year there is a huge uptake in the Spar Craic 10k and 5k virtual run that is being held in partnership with the Irish EchoJim Frawley, one of the run’s New York Ambassadors is here to give us a preview of that event and how you can take part.Next, I head to Boston to Mary Sugrue who is the Chief Executive of the Irish American Partnership - the partnership connects Irish and Irish American communities through education and community programs in Ireland.Their St Patrick's virtual celebration that takes place Monday evening, the 15th of March at 6 pm AND will feature An Taoiseach Micheal Martin, President Micheal D Higgins, actor Cillian Murphy and lots lots more.Then I dial in with Dublin where Karen Walshe gives us a rundown of a new dedicated online television channel that has been setup for St. Patrick’s week called St. Patrick’s Festival TV - orSPF TV. Karen is the artistic director of the channel which is currently playing round the clock Irish music, poetry, short films and just about everything that can be artistically created for St. Patrick’s Day!Lastly, we collaborate with Treasa Goodwin-Smyth who is the presenter of The Ireland Calls Radio show. Treasa interviewed New York City Parade Chairman Sean Lane on her show last week and Sean gave Treasa a rundown on some of the virtual events the parade is hosting this year. Treasa lends us that segment of her radio show.As mentioned in the podcast here is a link to the New York Times article about the potential sale of the American Irish Historial Society Building.

Michael McNamee - Co-Owner of the Mean Fiddler Irish Bar

Season 1, Ep. 21
This week podcast we speak to Michael McNamee, the co-owner of the iconic Mean Fiddler Bar on Times Square that closed last year.The bar had become a popular haunt for tourists and Irish people living in New York because of its late bar disco theme, loose atmosphere and Irish hospitality.Michael closed the bar because the landlord was demanding full rent during the pandemic. He talks to us in depth about the saga and exclusively reveals that he is back in talks with the landlord and the bar might be reopening soon!!Michael, who is affectionately known as Macker, chats to us openly about the ups and downs of bar ownership, his per severance in turning the Mean Fiddler into a top Irish bar and the lessons he has learned about business and money. The Dublin native looks back on the hardship bar owners and employees faced over the last year due to COVID and gives us his thoughts on the future of New York City’s bar industry.While Michael is synonymous with his ownership of The Mean Fiddler, his first ever bar, he also co-owns five other bars in the city, The Three Monkeys, Tanner Smiths, Dutch Fred’s, Vida Verde and Haswells Greens.Leave a comment on Facebook Instagram and Twitter @thelonghallpodcast.Subscribe so you’ll be notified about all our latest releases first. For all of our podcasts visit Michael here @macker_hospitality#podcast #thelonghallpodcast #michaeldorgan #newyork #irishbar #irishinnewyork #nyc #thelonghall

Potential Sale of the American Irish Historical Society Building

Season 1, Ep. 20
On this week’s show, we discuss the controversial move to sell the American Irish Historical Society’s headquarters on Fifth Avenue. The Society announced the sale of the property in late January - much to the shock of the Irish American Community. The building, which has been home to the society for decades, is on the market for $52 million and houses a library and research facilitywith thousands of rare Irish books and documents. News of the sale has generated headlines from both sides of the Atlantic and the Irish government has described it as a “deeply disappointing development."Former AIHS Board Chairman Brian McCabe and former AIHS events and marketing coordinator Sophie Colgan join me on this week's show. Brian and Sophie drafted an online petition recently to stop the sale of the building and appeal for a change in the society’s governance.It has gained nearly 6,000 signatures. Sophie also wrote a heartfelt appeal on the Irish Echo to stop the Sale which received widespread praise and elevated the sale to become a major talking point among everyday Irish Americans. Sophie has just launched her own podcast called NavigatingbNew York where she chats to guests about their professional & personaljourneys in New York City. The podcast is on all major streaming platforms and you can find out more on the show's Instagram page @navigating_newyork. Petition Link:’s Irish Echo article #podcast #irishamerica #americanirishhistoricalsociety #irishinnewyork#thelonghallpodcast #americasirishvoice