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August / September 2004

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Solo Tenor

Following on the coattails of the great John McCormack, Ronan Tynan seems destined to be the most popular Irish tenor...

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Tilting Towards Ireland

Tilting, a village on the island of Fogo and about 300 miles from St. John’s, the capital of Newfoundland, was recently...

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President Reagan Remembered

From Ballyporeen to the White House, Niall O’Dowd looks at President Reagan’s Irish background, and recalls an...

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The Not So Great Escape

Ten years after robbers emptied an armored security van of $7.4 million at gunpoint, a former I.R.A. member has admitted in...

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The Corrs are Back

Following the release of their latest album, Borrowed Heaven, The Corrs spoke to Louise Carroll just before they started...

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In This Issue

The Corrs are Back

Following the release of their latest album, Borrowed Heaven, The Corrs spoke to Louise Carroll just before they started their largest North American tour. ℘℘℘ Who could imagine that a group of...

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The 7th Annual Wall Street 50: The Thief of Time

Time catches up with everybody, but not Don Keough it seems. At a stage of life, 77, when most people are catching the senior specials at McDonald’s or watching the sunset from a rocking chair...

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The First Word:
The Greatest Country

“Most of us take it for granted how great our country is. We have the freedom of speech, and the Presidents of our country have never taken control of our personal lives.”  – Claire...

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President Reagan Remembered

From Ballyporeen to the White House, Niall O’Dowd looks at President Reagan’s Irish background, and recalls an interview with the President’s brother, Neil. ℘℘℘ “Today I...

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Ireland’s Season of ReJoyce

For millions of people, June 16 is always an extraordinary day. On that day in 1904, Leopold Bloom made his epic journey through Dublin as described by James Joyce in Ulysses, one of the...

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Irish Eye on Hollywood

When it comes to film festivals, the biggest news of the year has been Michael’s Moore’s big win of the Palme d’Or at Cannes for Fahrenheit 9/11, his controversial documentary on...

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Russert Speaks at Fordham University

Tim Russert was presented with an honorary doctorate from Fordham University after speaking at the graduation ceremony in New York on May 22, 2004. Russert has hosted Meet the Press for 12 years and...

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The Thrills Conquer the U.S.

The Irish rock band The Thrills have been taking the U.S. by storm this summer, and recently played a sold-out show in New York City. Following the success of their debut album So Much For the City,...

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Irish Host Amanda Byram Continues on FOX

For all you reality television viewers, Amanda Byram’s face may be recognizable. The Dublin-born and raised television presenter has been associated with three controversial reality television...

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The Irish in King Arthur

One of this summer’s biggest blockbusters, King Arthur, has a very strong, yet subtle, Irish influence. Moya Brennan, former lead singer in Clannad who was interviewed in the June/July issue of...

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Michael Moore Wins at Cannes

Fahrenheit 9/11, Michael Moore’s damning documentary film on President George W. Bush’s war on Iraq, won the prestigious Palme d’Or at Cannes. The jury of four Americans and one French person...

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Flatley Receives Medal of Honor

Lord of the Dance and Irish America’s Irish-American of the year for 2003 Michael Flatley was awarded with the Ellis Island Medal of Honor at a gala ceremony on May 15, 2004 at Ellis Island....

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A Taste of Freedom on Ellis Island

New York Museum presents a drama about the 20th century immigrant experience. ℘℘℘ Of the many reasons for taking the ferry out to Ellis Island, The Statue of Liberty/Ellis Island...

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American Ireland Fund

The American Ireland Fund held its Twenty-ninth Annual New York Gala at the Waldorf-Astoria on May 6, 2004. The lavish event was led by dinner Chairman Robert McCann and attended by 1,400 guests. The...

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Museum Honors the Irish

County Mayo family lauded for its many achievements. ℘℘℘ The O’Dwyer family was honored at a benefit for the Lower East Side Tenement Museum in New York City. Three generations of the...

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Women of Concern Luncheon

The Irish humanitarian aid agency Concern hosted its second annual Women of Concern Luncheon at the Rainbow Room in Rockefeller Plaza on June 17. The event honors women of accomplishment in both the...

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Fleet Week in New York

Sailors and Marines aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima arrived in the Big Apple on Memorial Day weekend to kick off the 17th annual Fleet Week celebration for the U.S. Navy – and New...

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War of the Rose

Elizabeth Kee addresses the controversy about her past. ℘℘℘ This year’s Rose of Tralee festival has been grabbing headlines over the controversy surrounding New York’s Rose...

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Last Comic Standing

Irish-American comic Kathleen Madigan has slowly but surely been climbing to the top of the comic heap since she got her start at an open mike night in 1990. She has appeared on The Tonight Show a...

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Brían O’Byrne Wins a Tony

When he learned he had just won the Tony Award for Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a play, Irish actor Brían O’Byrne took to the stage looking stunned. “I’m not sure if a...

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Bush Greeted with Antagonism in Ireland

There was no Céad Mile Fáilte for President George W. Bush when he made his first visit to the Irish Republic. Thousands of soldiers and police were drafted in to keep protestors away from the...

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Irish Companies Thrive in the U.S.

Since we published last year’s Wall Street 50 issue and highlighted some homegrown Irish technology businesses, many of them have been cementing their Stateside success. Even in the economic...

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Despite Globalization, Ireland Draws Businesses

The dragging economy, the technology bust, and increasing competition in the global market have not stopped businesses from locating their operations in Ireland. In fact, despite the draw of cheap...

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Chile’s Irish Flavor

Nancy Griffin travels to Chile and finds a beautiful country still celebrating its Irish founding father. ℘℘℘ Chile is a long, narrow, mountainous, beautiful country on the Pacific Ocean, its...

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Tilting Towards Ireland

Tilting, a village on the island of Fogo and about 300 miles from St. John’s, the capital of Newfoundland, was recently nominated as an Irish Heritage site. This is largely due to the efforts...

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Young Lonigan

James T. Farrell (1904-1979), born in Chicago to a struggling Irish Catholic family, became a celebrated writer by drawing on his own experiences in his well-known Studs Lonigan trilogy. As we...

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The Not So Great Escape

Ten years after robbers emptied an armored security van of $7.4 million at gunpoint, a former I.R.A. member has admitted in a memoir that he masterminded the heist. ℘℘℘ Sam Millar rues the fact...

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Finian’s Rainbow Redux

The Irish Repertory Theatre’s revival of Finian’s Rainbow brightens New York’s theatrical scene. ℘℘℘ A musical comedy that involves an Irishman and his daughter arriving in...

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Chef Doherty’s Unconventional Fare

An Irish American chef will be responsible for feeding some 30,000 Democrats. ℘℘℘ It’s a big year for Boston. For the first time in U.S. history, the city will be hosting a presidential...

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Solo Tenor

Following on the coattails of the great John McCormack, Ronan Tynan seems destined to be the most popular Irish tenor ever. ℘℘℘ “Let’s listen to Ronan Tynan.” The CNN...

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Book Reviews

A sampling of the latest Irish books. ℘℘℘ RECOMMENDED The Garden of Martyrs — Michael C. White Before Emmett Till was killed in Mississippi in 1955 for being black, and before Leo Frank...

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The Postman Only Brings Once

In this modern age there isn’t a lot of practical difference between traveling to a foreign country and moving to live in one. Both acts entail a degree of psychic upheaval, which is, after...

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Joyce, Joce, Joass, Jorse, & Joyes

Although the surname Joyce may automatically be associated with author James Joyce, the name has an ancient past, with both Irish and Norman antecedents. Derived from the Brehon personal name Iodoc,...

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The Reagan Democrats

Say what you will about Ronald Reagan, but it can’t be denied that he changed the face not of just American politics, but Irish-American politics. Since the time of the Famine, when shrewd...

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Graduation Day

Seated at the right of this photograph is my mother, Elizabeth “Bess” Cashen when she was 13. She was valedictorian of the class of 1909 in St. Mary’s School, Wharton, New Jersey....

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Hibernia

Despite Globalization, Ireland Draws Businesses

The dragging economy, the technology bust, and increasing competition in the global market have not...

Russert Speaks at Fordham University

Tim Russert was presented with an honorary doctorate from Fordham University after speaking at the...

Bush Greeted with Antagonism in Ireland

There was no Céad Mile Fáilte for President George W. Bush when he made his first visit to the...

Irish Companies Thrive in the U.S.

Since we published last year’s Wall Street 50 issue and highlighted some homegrown Irish...

A Taste of Freedom on Ellis Island

New York Museum presents a drama about the 20th century immigrant experience. ℘℘℘ Of the many...

Brían O’Byrne Wins a Tony

When he learned he had just won the Tony Award for Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a play,...

Irish Eye on Hollywood

When it comes to film festivals, the biggest news of the year has been Michael’s...

Michael Moore Wins at Cannes

Fahrenheit 9/11, Michael Moore’s damning documentary film on President George W. Bush’s war on...

Women of Concern Luncheon

The Irish humanitarian aid agency Concern hosted its second annual Women of Concern Luncheon at the...

Irish Host Amanda Byram Continues on FOX

For all you reality television viewers, Amanda Byram’s face may be recognizable. The...

Ireland’s Season of ReJoyce

For millions of people, June 16 is always an extraordinary day. On that day in 1904, Leopold Bloom...

American Ireland Fund

The American Ireland Fund held its Twenty-ninth Annual New York Gala at the Waldorf-Astoria on May...

Flatley Receives Medal of Honor

Lord of the Dance and Irish America’s Irish-American of the year for 2003 Michael Flatley was...

War of the Rose

Elizabeth Kee addresses the controversy about her past. ℘℘℘ This year’s Rose of Tralee...

Fleet Week in New York

Sailors and Marines aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima arrived in the Big Apple on...

The Thrills Conquer the U.S.

The Irish rock band The Thrills have been taking the U.S. by storm this summer, and recently played...

The Irish in King Arthur

One of this summer’s biggest blockbusters, King Arthur, has a very strong, yet subtle, Irish...

Last Comic Standing

Irish-American comic Kathleen Madigan has slowly but surely been climbing to the top of the comic...

Museum Honors the Irish

County Mayo family lauded for its many achievements. ℘℘℘ The O’Dwyer family was honored...