Archive for January, 2010

January 22, 2010

On the night of January 22nd, 2010 Irish-American comedian Conan O’Brien hosted the legendary Tonight Show for the last time. His departure followed fierce negotiations with network NBC’s move to push she Tonight Show’s long-held start time of 11:35 p.m. to 12:05 a.m. to create an earlier slot for a half-hour show with O’Brien’s predecessorRead more..

Donald R. Keough

Corporate Chieftain  “Suddenly an Irish door has been opened in America, and across the country people with Irish in their blood have become not just more aware of it, but more interested in and proud of it.” Don Keough represents something fundamental in Irish American business -– he is in many ways its chieftain, andRead more..

The Global Irishman

Dubbed “Mr. China” by James Fallows of The Atlantic Monthly, and the subject of a BBC 4 program, Liam Casey, a native of Cork, is changing the way the world does business with China. You’ve studied the goods and compared the prices, and your latest electronic desire hovers in your online shopping cart, awaiting thatRead more..

The First Word: A Ribbon of Green

“There’s a huge can-do attitude here in the U.S. that’s very creative, very innovative.” –    Liam Casey. “You have to go, and you have to do well,” Molly Fogarty told her grandson.  Molly had been left a young widow with four daughters, the oldest of which was 13 years, and a farm to run. NowRead more..

USS New York: A Ship of Remembrance

A new Navy ship partly built with steel from the World Trade Center carries the motto “Never Forget.” Aliah O’Neill talks to Lt. Erin Millea who is serving aboard the recently commissioned USS New York. Lt. Erin Millea always knew she wanted to be a dentist—her father and older brother are practicing and one ofRead more..

Irish Eye on Hollywood

This holiday season, audiences will see Saoirse Ronan – the Northern Irish wunderkind actress – in the intense drama The Lovely Bones, also starring Rachel Weisz, Susan Sarandon and Mark Wahlberg. Ronan plays a girl who is brutally murdered and, afterwards, watches from beyond the grave as her friends and family try to come toRead more..

Patrick Farrell Wins 2009 Pulizter

In April, second-generation Irish American Patrick Farrell of The Miami Herald was awarded the 2009 Pulitzer Prize for Breaking News Photography, for his incredible and moving photographs of the aftermath of Hurricane Ike and the other serious storms of the hurricane season in Haiti. In a recent conversation with Irish America, Farrell discussed his IrishRead more..

Column McCann Wins 2009 National Book Award

Colum McCann’s newest novel, ‘Let the Great World Spin,’ was announced November 18 as the winner of the 2009 National Book Award for Fiction during a black-tie ceremony at Cipriani Wall Street in New York City. In his personal history and in his writing, he is a man of many different places. McCann is anRead more..

A Celtic Cross at Bunker Hill

The Irish buried in a Catholic cemetery on Bunker Hill are remembered. The cemetery is gated and well hidden, and there have been no burials in it for three score years and more. It’s a lovely, grassy, tranquil place, and Dan Mahoney, the parish priest, remarks how all the headstones face northeast toward home, towardRead more..

Going Green: Environmentalism in Business

As we present our annual Business 100 list, a celebration of the best and the brightest Irish-American executives and their standout achievements in the corporate world, we remain committed to highlighting progressive and innovative examples of business and industry. The following companies and executives are pioneers in using ecological thinking to fuel successful business. FromRead more..