Karen F. McCarthy

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Karen F. McCarthy (born January 1971) is a writer and public speaker who was born in Dublin, Ireland, and is based in New York. She has a master's degree from University College Dublin and is a graduate of the London School of Journalism.[1] She has been named one of Ireland's top female broadcasters who have had an international impact.[2] She is the sister of Irish Olympian Earl McCarthy.


McCarthy writes features on spirituality, existential belief systems and philosophy of religion. She has written for Salon,[3] Huffington Post Religion[4] Beliefnet,[5] the Belfast Media Group,[6] and The Irish Echo.[7]

McCarthy began her journalism career in America, writing lifestyle features for a variety of newspapers before covering US politics. In 2007, she was an embedded reporter in Iraq. She was one of the first to write about Sunni Awakening Councils in Anbar Province in Baqubah, which was the headquarters of Al Qaeda in Iraq at the time, for The Irish Times. She also wrote stories for The Times Union[8]

In 2008, she began covering American politics, specifically the US presidential election, for the Irish Examiner.[9] She later worked as a broadcast journalist for the Riz Khan Show on Al Jazeera English.[10]


In the mid-90s, McCarthy worked with Deepak Chopra to produce TV shows based on Chopra's Books, Alchemy and The Crystal Cave. Martin Sheen as Arthur, Robert Guillaume as Merlin, and Johanna Cassidy as the narrator offered a dramatic reading designed to teach those seeking a deeper meaning in their lives that they may locate wisdom by seeking their "inner wizard."

In 2006, McCarthy wrote and produced Made in America[11] for RTÉ in Ireland, about four 30-something Irish people who emigrated to the US in the early 1990s. This was on the eve of Celtic Tiger economic boom and the signing of the Good Friday Agreement that changed the economic and political climate of Ireland.[12] The series was nominated for an Irish Film & Television Academy Award for Best Documentary Series.[13]


The Other Irish[edit]

In 2010, McCarthy began to research and write The Other Irish for Sterling Publishing Inc. about Scots-Irish immigrants who travelled to America and made significant contributions to the American character and culture.

The Other Irish was supported by Ireland's Department of Foreign Affairs as part of the country's Reconciliation and Anti-Sectarian Fund as a cultural outreach project. The announcement of support for these projects was made on 28 November 2012.

Northern Ireland is still a very divided society. We saw the potential for sectarian activity to flare up again this summer, so it's clear that, despite the enormous progress made since the Good Friday Agreement was signed, great challenges remain. We are supporting these projects to help overcome the problem of sectarianism and to promote reconciliation in Northern Ireland as well as strengthening community relations across the island of Ireland. I am grateful to the groups and individuals who carry out this critical work. It remains as important as ever that we support their efforts.[14]

With government support, McCarthy travelled throughout Ireland, talking to various Protestant communities, including the Ulster Scots Agency,[15] the Public Records Office of Northern Ireland,[16] the Linen Hall Library,[17] and the Monreagh Heritage Centre.[18] It was also supported in the media by Ian Adamson, OBE,[19] and William Humphrey DUP MLA in the Belfast Telegraph.[20]

The book received considerable attention from the BBC, and she appeared on RTÉ's History Show with Miles Dungan, NPR with Kathleen Dunn,[21] the BBC's Saturday Morning Radio Show[22] with John Toal. She was also a guest on Andrae McGary WGOW talk show (McGary was a 2012 Democratic candidate for District 10 of the Tennessee State Senate at the time)[23] and Race Talk Radio.[24] The book was reviewed favourably by the Huffington Post,[25] and by Prof. James Flannery of Emory College for the Irish America Magazine[26] More recently, it has been cited in reference to Donald Trump's immigration stance by USA Today[27] and by Mike Tuggle for the Abbeville Institute in defence of the South[28]


  1. ^ "Karen F. McCarthy Writer". Official Site. Retrieved 30 November 2015.
  2. ^ Kenny, Dave. "Why our girls are stars of the global small screen". Irish Examiner. Retrieved 30 November 2015.
  3. ^ McCarthy, Karen Frances. "Love, Sex, and Death". Salon. Retrieved 17 January 2017.
  4. ^ "Karen Frances McCarthy". HuffPost. Retrieved 2 September 2016.
  5. ^ McCarthy, Karen Frances. "Grief: No Apology Needed". Beliefnet. Retrieved 30 August 2016.
  6. ^ McCarthy, Karen F. "A ray of sunshine peeks through the millennia to light the secrets of Newgrange". Belfast Media Group. Retrieved 1 December 2015.
  7. ^ McCarthy, Karen F. "Mixed Views on Same-Sex Marriage" (PDF). The Irish Echo. Retrieved 1 December 2015.
  8. ^ McCarthy, Karen F. "Hunting missing troops in Iraq". Times Union. Retrieved 30 November 2015.
  9. ^ McCarthy, Karen F. "The truth, the whole truth, and anything but". Irish Examiner. Retrieved 30 November 2015.
  10. ^ Khan, Riz. "Street Talk". Al Jazeera. Retrieved 30 November 2015.
  11. ^ Staff Reporter. "The Celtic Tigers". Irish Echo. Retrieved 1 December 2015.
  12. ^ RTÉ. "Made in America". Retrieved 1 December 2015 – via YouTube.
  13. ^ "IFTA Nominations 2007". IFTN. Retrieved 1 December 2015.
  14. ^ Department of, Foreign Affairs. "Tánaiste announces awards to 72 reconciliation and anti-sectarianism projects". DFA. Retrieved 30 November 2015.
  15. ^ "Book Reading by Karen F. McCarthy 'The Other Irish'". Ulster Scots Agency. Retrieved 30 November 2015.
  16. ^ "Talks at PRONI this week". Irish Genealogy News. Retrieved 30 November 2015.
  17. ^ McCarthy, Karen F. "Talk by Karen F. McCarthy on The Other Irish" (PDF). The Linen Hall Library. Retrieved 30 November 2015.
  18. ^ "Karen F. McCarthy Visits Monreagh Heritage Centre". Retrieved 30 November 2015 – via YouTube.
  19. ^ Adamson, Ian. "The Other Irish Book Launch: Karen F. McCarthy". Ian Adamson. Retrieved 30 November 2015.
  20. ^ Humphrey, William. "Belfast theatres have little to offer working classes". The Belfast Telegraph. Retrieved 30 November 2015.
  21. ^ "The Kathleen Dunn Show". WPR. Retrieved 1 December 2015.
  22. ^ "Saturday Magazine Show". Retrieved 1 December 2015 – via YouTube.
  23. ^ McGary, Andrae. "Andrae McGary". Ballotpedia. Retrieved 30 November 2015.
  24. ^ Michelsen, Dennis F. "Race Talk Radio". Race Talk Radio. Retrieved 30 November 2015.
  25. ^ Stroud, Court. "Nothing Like Those Kennedys: A Review of The Other Irish by Karen F. McCarthy". HuffPost. Retrieved 30 November 2015.
  26. ^ Flannery, James. "Review of Books". Irish America. Retrieved 30 November 2015.
  27. ^ Robinson, Sherry. "Column to Trump: 'Scum of two nations' yielded presidents, patriots". USA Today. Retrieved 30 November 2015.
  28. ^ Tuggle, Mike. "The Southern Cradle: A Review of The Other Irish by Karen F. McCarthy". Abbeville Institute. Retrieved 30 November 2015.