VIRTUAL EVENT: Michael J. Dowling

Thursday, March 11th at 7PM EST
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Join us for an evening with President and CEO of Northwell Health, Michael J. Dowling and founder of IrishCentral, Niall O'Dowd as they discuss Dowling's new memoir, After the Roof Caved In: An Immigrants Journey from Ireland to America.

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The moving story of an Irish immigrant's life, from a poverty-stricken childhood in Ireland to becoming a captain of industry, After the Roof Caved In is a powerful, poignant look at how hard work and education enabled one young man to change his life and circumstances completely. 

Today, Michael J. Dowling is president and CEO of Northwell Health, New York state's largest healthcare provider and private employer, with over 68,000 employees and over 700 facilities. But he grew up in deep poverty in the village of Knockaderry in rural Ireland, in a small home without running water or a stable roof, in a family with little hope for improvement and a place with little opportunity—and he overcame it all to become wildly successful. 

After the Roof Caved In is Dowling's rags-to-riches story of his life and journey from his destitute youth to his realization of the power of education and his eventual departure from his home to attend university in Cork, and onward through his life as he gradually improved himself and his circumstances. Full of memories both fond and painful, this powerful memoir examines the family dynamics of his childhood—including the lives of his deaf mother and arthritic father—as well as the social systems of the time, the politics and concerns of the day, and the way a variety of disparate events came together to help Dowling change his life completely. Most importantly, it chronicles his lifelong effort to rise above the circumstances into which he was born and to create the sort of life he dreamed possible. 

For anyone interested in the stories of immigrants, the experiences of the Irish in the mid-20th century, or the value of hard work and education in changing one's life, After the Roof Caved In is an essential read, and a heartfelt, deeply moving meditation on an extraordinary life. 

MICHAEL J. DOWLING is president and chief executive officer of Northwell Health. Dowling grew up in Limerick, Ireland. He earned his undergraduate degree from University College Cork (UCC), Ireland, and his master's degree from Fordham University. He also has honorary doctorates from Hofstra University and Dowling College. He played hurling with Limerick and won a National League medal and a Fitzgibbon Cup medal with UCC. Before his public service career, Dowling was a professor of social policy and assistant dean at the Fordham University Graduate School of Social Services and director of the Fordham campus in Westchester County. Afterwards, Dowling served in the New York State government for 12 years, including seven years as state director of Health, Education and Human Services and deputy secretary to former governor Mario Cuomo. He was also commissioner of the New York State Department of Social Services.

NIALL O'DOWD is the founder of IrishCentral, Irish America Magazine, and the Irish Voice Newspaper. He is the author of four books -- his latest about Ireland's transformation called A New Ireland: How Europe's Most Conservative Country Became It's Most Liberal. Washington Post writer and Pulitzer Prize-winner, Mary Jordan said that A New Ireland "is an insightful look at Ireland's hunger for fairness and rapid cultural transformation by a keen observer. O'Dowd has lived Irish history and knows it's problems as well as it's poetry." He founded the Wall Street 50 Awards, the Top 100 Irish Americans, the Businmess 100 and more recently the Top 50 Women in Business and the Irish Legan Awards. Niall was awarded an honorary doctorate by University College Dublin for his work on the Irish peace process, which was the subject of the book, Daring Diplomacy and a PBS Special, An Irish Voice.

After the Roof Caved In: An Immigrant's Journey from Ireland to America Cover Image
ISBN: 9781951627249
Availability: Available and Ships as Soon as Possible.
Published: Arcade - October 13th, 2020

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Thursday, March 11, 2021 - 7:00pm
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