BOARD OF DIRECTORS

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MARY PAT KELLY

President

Mary Pat is the best-selling author of the novels Galway Bay, Of Irish Blood and the forthcoming Irish Above All. As a filmmaker her works include the award-winning PBS documentaries To Live for Ireland, Home Away from Home: The Yanks in IrelandProudly We Served: The Men of the U.S.S. Mason with accompanying books and the dramatic feature Proud, starring Ossie Davis and Stephen Rea. She wrote two books on film director Martin Scorsese as well as Good to Go: The Rescue of Scott O’Grady from Bosnia, and the novel, Special Intentions (based on her experiences as a nun). Mary Pat has worked for Paramount and Columbia Pictures, Good Morning America and Saturday Night Live. She received her PhD. in English from CUNY. Irish America Magazine has honored her four times. For more information: MaryPatKelly.com

MARIA DEASY

Vice President

Maria Deasy recently produced and starred in Dyin’ For It at Origin Theatre’s 1st Irish Festival, where she garnered nominations for Best Production and as Best Actress. She is the author of Mine, a new play about the coal industry, which she produced to sell-out audiences at the 2017 Broadway Bound Festival. As an actress, Maria’s credits include The Roundabout, The Lucille Lortel Theatre, UBU Rep, and Theatre For The New City. Among her film appearances are Aimy In A Cage starring Crispin Glover; Barry Levinson’s Sleepers; and the award-winning shorts, Contact Zone and The Anniversary. Television: 30 RockAll My ChildrenGuiding LightMomstersOnion News Network.  A graduate of Brown University, she completed the Commercial Theatre Institute’s 14-week program, “Advanced Topics in Producing For The Theatre” in 2015 and is on the producing team of “Come On, Let’s Go!” a new musical about the life of Ritchie Valens.

JOHN KEARNS

Treasurer and Salon Producer

John Kearns is the author of the short-story collection, Dreams and Dull Realities and the novel, The World.  His novel-in-progress, Worlds, was a finalist in the 2002 New Century Writers’ Awards.  John has had five full-length and five one-act plays produced in Manhattan, including In the Wilderness and In a Bucket of Blood.  His drama, Sons of Molly Maguire, produced at Dublin’s Liberty Hall in May 2017, told the Mollies’ story for the first time on an Irish stage.  John’s fiction has appeared in The Medulla ReviewDanse Macabre, and The Irish Echo and his poems in the North American Review, Feile-Festa, and the Grey Sparrow Journal.  He has Masters Degree in Irish Literature from the Catholic University of America.

KAREN DALY

Secretary

Karen Daly spent all her working life in book publishing, recently in senior editorial and acquisition roles. She was Editor-in-Chief of Doubleday’s Literary Guild book club for ten years, and served for twelve years as Director/Book Publishing for Bottom Line Books, a publisher of health and personal finance information. She frequently does the Salon blog.
Karen’s primary interest is in the contribution of the Irish to New York City history. She’s been published in the Journal of the New York Irish History Roundtable and has self-published an Irish/American Images Calendar (on lulu.com) for several years. A graduate of the College of Mount St. Vincent, she volunteers in the archives of a NYC landmark and for other groups.

MARK WILLIAM BUTLER

Director

Mark William Butler is a playwright, composer, and producer who has over thirty plays, musicals and revues to his credit, including award-winning productions of Ugly Christmas Sweater, The Musical; The Laundry War; The Nickname Fairy; and Bad Christmas Sweater. His work has been selected for various festivals in NYC, including The New York New Works Theatre Festival, The TRU Voices New Musicals Reading Series, The Planet Connections Theatre Festivity, and The Players Theatre Short Play Festival. His short story, Cool and Clean and Crisp, was chosen for the Best American Erotica book series (Simon & Schuster). He also produces and manages events for non-profits, including the IAW&A’s annual Eugene O’Neill Lifetime Achievement Award, and The Amazing Library Variety Show, a fundraiser for Urban Librarians Unite. He is also a published poet and journalist.

SEAN CARLSON

Director

Sean Carlson recently completed his first book manuscript, a nonfictional narrative of migration. A recipient of a Lowell Thomas Award from the Society of American Travel Writers, his writing has published in The Irish Times, the New York Daily News, the Boston Globe MagazineUSA Today, and elsewhere. Carlson previously interned with the Consulate General of Ireland in Sydney, Australia and managed global communications and public affairs with Google for several years.

BRENDAN COSTELLO

Director

Brendan Costello Jr. teaches creative writing at The City College of New York, where he earned his MFA. He won the Irwin and Alice Stark Award for short fiction. His fiction and non-fiction have appeared in Salon.com, The Huffington Post, OpenLettersMonthly.com, smokebox.net, and Epiphany Magazine. Brendan has taught online courses for the National MS Society, and is also the former producer and co-host of The Largest Minority on WBAI radio in New York.

KATHLEEN DONOHOE

Director

Kathleen Donohoe grew up in Brooklyn, New York and lives there still. Her fiction has appeared in several literary magazines, including The Recorder: Journal of the American Irish Historical Society, NYU’s Washington Square Review, Harpur Palate, Hampton Shorts, New York Stories, Web Conjunctions and the SNReview. Her novel, ASHES OF FIERY WEATHER, will be published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt on August 30 2016.

CATHLEEN DWYER

Director

Cathleen is an Irish-American photographer who has been involved with IAW&A since 2010. She serves as the unofficial official photographer for the group’s Salons and many of their other events. A lover of reading, music, and photography, she’s found IAW&A a natural outlet for her passions. Her other work focuses on urban landscapes, portraiture, and works of color. CatsEyePix.com is a place to view her portfolio.

SARAH FEARON

Director

Sarah Fearon is a graduate of the High School of Performing Arts, and New York University. Her film credits include Reversal of Fortune, Liebestraum, Martin Scorsese’s The Departed and The Comedian. Her short plays TED talks NYC, Air Rights and 2B have been presented at The Players Theater, Origins 1st Irish Festival, The Electric Picnic in Ireland and The Cell theater. Her work has been seen in Irish America Magazine, at the American Irish Historical Society Irish Press Awards, Funny Pages at the Stone House in Brooklyn, Rockaway Artists Alliance, West Side Comedy Club, Gotham Comedy Club, The Metropolitan Room, The Emerald Inn, Stand Up NY, the Irish Arts Center Sundays at Seven and many benefits in NYC. Her character Snazzy Peabody, a real estate legend in her own mind, can be found on SarahFearon.com. Sarah is a real estate salesperson at The Corcoran Group.

SKYE GURNEY

Director

A native of Maine, Skye has been the Art & Photo Coordinator at TIME Magazine for the past seven years—a high-energy position where the continually evolving news cycle provides a new and interesting challenge every day—just the way she likes it!   A graduate of Dartmouth College, with overseas studies at Glasgow University, she is nearing completion of her Masters degree in Graphic Communications Management at NYU.

LARRY KIRWAN

Director

Larry Kirwan was the leader, singer/guitarist and writer for the political rock band Black 47. The band released fifteen CDs and appeared on all major TV shows including Leno, Letterman, O’Brien & Fallon. Kirwan has written fifteen plays and musicals, including Hard Times, now being developed for a major production under the title, Paradise Square. Two of his novels, Liverpool Fantasy and Rockin’ The Bronx, a memoir Green Suede Shoes, and A History of Irish Music have been published. His latest novel, A Raving Autumn, will be published in 2019. Kirwan hosts and produces Celtic Crush, a music and talk show, for SiriusXM Satellite Radio and writes a bi-weekly column for the Irish Echo.

KATE McCABE

Director

Kate McCabe is the director of Éist, an organization which cultivates and promotes first-person perspectives of justice and accountability in the aftermath of war. Kate is a graduate of Rutgers University, and received her master’s degree in Environmental Justice from the University of Michigan. Kate is a recipient of the Irish Echo’s 40 Under 40 Award. She is a former National President of the Irish American Unity Conference, and in this role organized the first and only Congressional Briefing on Irish Language Equality and was the only American to make a submission to the Eames/Bradley Consultative Group on the Past. Kate is a graduate of the Harvard Program in Refugee Trauma. She is a former publisher of the Detroit-based independent journal Critical Moment, and her work has been published by Counterpunch, TransConflict, the International Center for Transitional Justice, and Warscapes.

MALACHY McCOURT

Director

Malachy McCourt was born in Brooklyn, NY and from the age of three was raised in Limerick, Ireland. He returned to the land of his birth at age twenty and began his long-running career as a stage and screen actor, raconteur, radio personality, and writer. He has appeared on and off Broadway in Mass Appeal, Da, The Hostage, Inherit the Wind, and A Couple of Blaguards, which he co-authored and starred in with his brother Frank. His TV credits include appearances on many soap operas and as a guest on The Tonight Show, Conan O’Brien and The Late, Late Show. His movie career has also been varied, with roles in The Molly McGuires, She’s the One, Devil’s Own, Green Card, and many others. As a writer, he has published a New York Times best-selling memoir, A Monk Swimming, as well as a history of the song Danny Boy, a history of the Claddagh ring, and Malachy McCourt’s History of Ireland. Malachy is a co-host of the radio show Talk Back on Wednesdays from 10am to noon on WBAI 99.5FM.

SIOBHÁN McCOURT

Director

I am a well traveled Marketing and Event Manager with  a curiosity for different cultures. I have lived in Israel, Mexico, The Caribbean, Hawaii, and now back to whence I came, NYC, to be closer to family! I am a lover of the arts, believe in the Holiness of Life and have a deep understanding of how the small relates to the whole! I enjoy writing and love the surprise of what words will flow next and will one day share some of those words!  Cheers to all of you and welcome to the IAWA!

EAMONN WALL

Director

Eamonn Wall is a writer and literary scholar who lives in St. Louis, Missouri. Originally from Co. Wexford, he emigrated to the US in 1982. A professor of English and International Studies at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, he is a past-president of the American Conference for Irish Studies. His books include Sailing Lake Mareotis (Salmon Poetry, 2011) and From the Sin-e Cafe to the Black Hills: Notes on the New Irish (Wisconsin, 2000).

KATHLEEN WALSH D’ARCY

Director

Kathleen Walsh D’Arcy is a native New Yorker with roots in Offaly and Tipperary. She lived and worked in Dublin for several years. She has worked as a writer, editor, teacher and social worker. She compiled and co-edited Territories of the Voice: Short Fiction by Irish Women Writers (Beacon Press), the first American collection of Irish women’s short stories. Her work has been published in Irish America Magazine, and All American Women (Macmillan). She wrote and produced Inside Stories, an oral history of women in NYC nursing homes, which was performed at the 92nd Street Y, and The Project Theatre in Dublin. Kathleen is active in the New York Irish community. She is a Director of  the Irish Institute, and co-chair of the inclusive, multi-cultural St. Pat’s For All Parade. In 2016, she received the Irish Presidential Distinguished Service Award for the Irish Abroad which recognizes the contributions of members of the Irish diaspora.