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December / January 2004

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One Life to Give

Chuck Feeney has just put into practice something he had been considering for many years. He has decided that all the vast...

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The Fearless G-Mac

At 6-foot-2, Gerry McNamara, who calls himself just “a skinny little white kid who takes pride in working hard,”...

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The Irish Loop

A few years ago, Newfoundland tourism officials decided to give names to roads around some peninsulas to help travelers plan...

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The Irish and Alcohol

When outspoken Irish President Mary McAleese criticized the “stupid, wasteful abuse of alcohol” in her country...

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In This Issue

One Life to Give

Chuck Feeney has just put into practice something he had been considering for many years. He has decided that all the vast wealth he accumulated in his lifetime should be given away while he is still...

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First Word:
Giving While Living

A friend, a teacher in Northern Ireland, who is forever puzzling over the intricacies of our race, recently asked me what I considered to be the essence of the Irish character. Clarence Darrow, the...

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Peace Process Put on Hold

The hopes that were raised in the latest advances in the peace process were dashed as Ulster Unionist leader David Trimble criticized the transparency of IRA decommissioning and said he was...

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Bono Portrait Unveiled

Bono looked admiringly at the soft white portrait painted by one of today’s greatest Irish painters, Louis le Brocquy, an artist whom Bono has admired since he was 13, at an unveiling at the...

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Irish Nuns Launch Website

A group of Irish nuns in Galway are both continuing their secluded religious worship and reaching out to the online world. The Poor Clares, an order of Roman Catholic nuns founded by St. Clare of...

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Terrorists Plotted
Against Kennedy and Hill

Irish Sunday Independent journalist Alan Murray unearthed a plot by loyalist terrorist Johnny “Mad Dog” Adair to assassinate Courtney Kennedy, daughter of Robert Kennedy and her husband...

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Filmmakers Threaten
to Leave Ireland

Recently Hollywood and the Irish government have come to blows over taxation. The debate is over the section 481 tax allowance, otherwise known as the film-tax incentive that has bolstered the film...

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A Tribute to Courage

Thousands turned out in lower Manhattan on a rainy Sunday morning on September 28 to remember relatives and friends lost on September 11, and to retrace the final steps of Stephen Siller, a...

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Into Africa,
Seeing and Believing

We’re juggling with numbers here. Every five seconds someone in the world loses his/her sight; a child goes blind every minute. That amounts to seven million cases a year. Add that to 45...

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Heaney Donates
Letters to Emory

Seamus Heaney, Ireland’s Nobel Prize-winning poet, is donating his papers and letters to Emory University in Atlanta. While Heaney’s manuscripts will stay in Ireland, his letters and...

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Flatley Cleared of Charges

Rape charges against Michael Flatley filed last March by Tanya Marie Robertson have been dropped. A judge in Chicago advised Robertson’s lawyer to drop the case or see it be thrown out of...

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Hepburn Letters Sold

A collection of letters written by Hollywood star Audrey Hepburn to her father and stepmother sold for £45,500 at auction at Christie’s — nine times more than the estimate of between...

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Bog Treasures

Five thousand years ago, on the windswept edge of Western Europe, near the village of Ballycastle, halfway between Benwee Head and Killala Bay, a community of farmers, cattlemen, crafters of wood and...

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The New Face of Irish Business

Looking at a cross section of Irish businesses today, you would think that the Irish are the masters of invention. Whether they are companies taking symbols as traditional as the Claddagh into new...

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Consumers Get Their
Irish Up Over 7Up Ads

Dr Pepper/Seven Up Inc. recently re-edited its U.S. television commercial when scores of irate Irish-Americans phoned in complaining of what sounded like a leprechaun shouting an ethnic slur. In the...

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Irish Arts Center Gala

The Irish Arts Center (IAC) of New York celebrated a stellar night and raised over $120,000 at its Gala in the New York Athletic Club on October 3. Honoree hosts Liam Neeson and Gabriel Byrne, both...

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Farewell to Donald O’Connor

Donald O’Connor, best known for the physical and musical acumen that made him a star in the 1950s, and the mastermind behind Singin’ in the Rain’s famous “Make ‘Em...

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The USS The Sullivans
Visit Beara

As part of the chain of festivals from Leitrim to Beara in the summer of 2003, a flotilla of naval ships arrived in Glengarriff, County Cork on August 29. Chief among the ships was the Naval...

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The Irish and Alcohol

When outspoken Irish President Mary McAleese criticized the “stupid, wasteful abuse of alcohol” in her country during the Re-Imagining Ireland conference in Virginia earlier this year,...

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The Fearless G-Mac

At 6-foot-2, Gerry McNamara, who calls himself just “a skinny little white kid who takes pride in working hard,” is a hero in the working-class town of Scranton, Pennsylvania. McNamara,...

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The Irish Loop

A few years ago, Newfoundland tourism officials decided to give names to roads around some peninsulas to help travelers plan trips by calling attention to a region’s most significant feature....

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Roots: The Kelly Gang

Kelly comes second to Murphy as the most common surname in Ireland. The name is popular because it originates from at least seven different and unrelated ancient clans or septs. These include...

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Horray for St. Stephen
and Up Sraid Eoin!

I look forward to the Christmas holidays more than anyone I’ve ever known. In addition to the main events, my birthday falls smack dab in the middle between Christmas and the New Year. All my...

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Last Word: Press Freedoms

As Legal Affairs Reporter for the Chicago Sun-Times, I enjoy covering the courts, not being hauled into them as a defendant in an international case about press freedoms. As I wrestled with the...

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Photo Album:
Men in Shorts

My father played Gaelic football most of his life. He was the captain of the County Leitrim team that won the New York G.A.A. Football Championship in 1932. Sundays during the spring and summer...

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Hibernia

Into Africa,
Seeing and Believing

We’re juggling with numbers here. Every five seconds someone in the world loses his/her...

Consumers Get Their
Irish Up Over 7Up Ads

Dr Pepper/Seven Up Inc. recently re-edited its U.S. television commercial when scores of irate...

Heaney Donates
Letters to Emory

Seamus Heaney, Ireland’s Nobel Prize-winning poet, is donating his papers and letters to...

Peace Process Put on Hold

The hopes that were raised in the latest advances in the peace process were dashed as Ulster...

Bog Treasures

Five thousand years ago, on the windswept edge of Western Europe, near the village of Ballycastle,...

Irish Arts Center Gala

The Irish Arts Center (IAC) of New York celebrated a stellar night and raised over $120,000 at its...

Filmmakers Threaten
to Leave Ireland

Recently Hollywood and the Irish government have come to blows over taxation. The debate is over...

Hepburn Letters Sold

A collection of letters written by Hollywood star Audrey Hepburn to her father and stepmother sold...

The New Face of Irish Business

Looking at a cross section of Irish businesses today, you would think that the Irish are the...

Farewell to Donald O’Connor

Donald O’Connor, best known for the physical and musical acumen that made him a star in the...

The USS The Sullivans
Visit Beara

As part of the chain of festivals from Leitrim to Beara in the summer of 2003, a flotilla of naval...

Bono Portrait Unveiled

Bono looked admiringly at the soft white portrait painted by one of today’s greatest Irish...

Flatley Cleared of Charges

Rape charges against Michael Flatley filed last March by Tanya Marie Robertson have been dropped. A...

A Tribute to Courage

Thousands turned out in lower Manhattan on a rainy Sunday morning on September 28 to remember...

Terrorists Plotted
Against Kennedy and Hill

Irish Sunday Independent journalist Alan Murray unearthed a plot by loyalist terrorist Johnny...