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 www.TheLongHallPodcast.com.Joan 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.https://www.nytimes.com/.../american-irish-historical...
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 www.thelonghallpodcast.com/watchFollow 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: https://www.change.org/p/irish-america-stop-the-sale-of-the-most-vital-irish-building-in-americaSophie’s Irish Echo article https://www.irishecho.com/2021/02/an-appeal-to-irish-americas-heart-and-soul/ #podcast #irishamerica #americanirishhistoricalsociety #irishinnewyork#thelonghallpodcast #americasirishvoice
Real Estate Broker Shane Boyle
Season 1, Ep. 19
In this week’s episode, we speak to Real Estate Broker Shane Boyle who talks to us about the New York City real estate and rental market -and how COVID-19 has impacted prices.Shane, from Killybegs in Donegal, first came to America in 2008 in a J1 visa before moving permanently to New York City in 2012 to pursue his American Dream.He initially worked as a bartender before making the move into the real estate game and has never looked back. Shane currently works as part of Team Carte Blanche at Triplemint and can be contacted through his Instagram handle - @shaneXboyle or on LinkedIn for inquiries. He says there is tremendous value to be found in the Manhattan real estate market now and around 85% of his clients are first time home buyers. Rent has also plummetted and there are plenty of bargains to be found for value-hunters.Shane kicked off the show by telling us about his fondness for America and what led him to move into the real estate business and grind out a successful career in the industry.Let us know what you think, by leaving us a comment on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, @thelonghallpodcast.Or visit our website www.thelonghallpodcast.com for all our previous episodes.
Journalist Niall O'Dowd - Founder of Irish Central
Season 1, Ep. 18
This week I speak to Journalist, author, publisher and peace negotiator Niall O Dowd.Niall has been a leading and powerful voice for Irish America over the last four decades and has created several media publications including theIrish Voice Newspaper in New York City and IrishCentral.com - the largest Irishdigital mediasitein NorthAmerica. Niall played a crucial role in the Northern Ireland peace process during the 1990s in which he served as an intermediary between SinnFéinand the White House. He has also been a staunch advocate for the undocumented Irish in America. Niall speaks to me about his career and looks ahead to what a Biden presidency means for Irish America and Ireland going forward.#irishinamerica #irishamerica #thelonghallpodcast #podcast #irishinnyc #irishinnewyork
Former Donegal New York Manager Donal Gallagher - The Man Who Brought Larry Tompkins to New York
Season 1, Ep. 17
Donal Gallagher managed Donegal Club for 3 decades leading them to 6 New York Senior Football counties. Affectionately known as -- “The Veteran," Donal was also the man who brought Cork Football legend Larry Tompkins to New York in the 1980s during a golden era for Gaelic football in the Big Apple.In a remarkable tour in 1987, the Donegal Club traveled to Ireland and beat Cork, Mayo and Laois before drawing with Donegal. We interviewed Donal last year as part of Larry’s recently released autobiography. Larry Tompkins move to New York ultimately led to him joining Castlehaven and Cork where he cemented his place among the GAA greats. In essence, there was no Larry Tompkins story without New York and Donal Gallagher. You can check out our 2 part interview with Larry Tompkins -- and all of our previous podcasts at www.thelonghallpodcast.comIn this interview, Donal discussed the Tompkins era, Donal’s managerial career, and New York GAA past and present.
The Larry Tompkins Interview Part 2
Season 1, Ep. 16
In Part 2 of our interview with former Cork football legend Larry Tompkins we discuss:- Larry’s transfer saga in trying to sign with Castlehaven GAAwhich kicked off his illustrious career with the Haven and Cork GAA.- Castlehaven winning their first ever Cork County Senior Football Championship.- The the historic Double in 1990. - The state of football today, some rule changes Larry would like to see implemented - The possibility of New York footballers getting a second championship game.- Donegal Club New York's tour of IrelandWe also discuss Larry’s recently released Autobiography titled “Believe, the Larry Tompkins Autobiography.” For people in the US - the book is available through the Guaranteed Irish Shop Facebook page and in The Butcherblock in Sunnsyide, Queens.Check out our social media channels for more linksAlso available on Amazonhttps://www.amazon.com/Believe-Larry-...** As we mentioned in part 1, this interview was one of the first podcasts we recorded and unfortunately a technical glitch means the audio is poor in places but it does improve as the interview goes on.**Viewing the podcast on our YouTube channel or on our Facebook page and turning the subtitles on is probably the best way to consume this podcast.
COVID-19 Christmas Travel Guidelines US & Ireland
Season 1, Ep. 15
In the first half of the show, we are joined by Seán Ó hAodha, the Deputy Consul-General (of Ireland)inNew York and top US immigration Attorney Lorcan Shannon.Seán provides us with the Irish government’s latest guidelines for travelers -- in terms of travel restrictions and COVID testing -- and he discusses the services the consulate provides here. In the second half of the show myself, Johnny and Lorcan expand on the conversation and Lorcan provides some updates on US visas.We also chat about the state of the New York economy and the outlook for the hospitality industry as indoor dining verges on being shut down.The latest travel advice is up on the Irish Consulate’s website or check their Twitter handle @IrelandinNY --- while Lorcan Shannon can be contacted for us Visa inquiries via email at email@example.com.Please like and subscribe to the podcast, this will ensure we can get more episodes to you more often!And don’t forget to follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, @thelonghallpodcast or visit our website www.thelonghallpodcast.com. for all our episodes.