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December / January 2005

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The Thrills

Five lads from Dublin took the rock world by storm in 2003 when they released their first album So Much for the City. The...

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Paris: The City of Lights
Has a Brogue

The master of the steaming griddle performs theatrical flourishes while preparing crêpes or gallettes in the window of a...

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A Star Called Roddy

“I said that Ulysses could have done with a good edit. I didn’t say it could do with a good edit.” Roddy...

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The Death and Resurrection
of Inishturbot

On a clear day you can see Inishturbot from Eyrephort beyond Kingston on the Connemara coast. It’s a smallish hummock...

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In This Issue

Behind the Scenes with Bridget

Bridget Moynahan dances on bars, dallies in espionage, fixes robots and steals men away from Sarah Jessica Parker — or so her film and TV roles would have you believe. The star of Coyote Ugly,...

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First Word: A Different Tune

As Irish America’s editor for the past 20 years I have witnessed a major sea change in the economic relationship between Ireland and the U.S. For centuries Ireland depended on help from the...

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News from Ireland

Maureen O’Hara Collects an Irish Oscar Maureen O’Hara brought over 700 guests to their feet at the Irish Film and Television Awards (IFTA) in Dublin when she received the Lifetime...

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News in Brief

RESIDENTS in Ringaskiddy, Co. Cork have vowed to oppose construction of Ireland’s first toxic waste incinerator. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) gave a green light to the...

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The Abbey Does
Playboy in the U.S.

The Abbey Theatre is in crisis as it makes its centenary tour of the U.S. Artistic Director Ben Barnes is stepping down amid financial difficulties, but the U.S. tour is proving to be a commercial...

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A Memorable Night Out!

The Irish Arts Center’s annual dinner dance at the prestigious New York Athletic Club on Central Park South always promises to be a memorable night out. The 2004 dinner, held on Friday, October...

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O’Byrne in Shanley’s Doubt

Irish-born Tony Award winner Brian O’Byrne will join forces with Irish American Oscar winner John Patrick Shanley in a new drama called Doubt, which will open at the Manhattan Theater Club on...

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The Mighty Mack Family

Player, manager, scout, general manager, owner — Cornelius MacGillicuddy “Connie Mack” — did it all. As a 6’2″ player he revolutionized baseball as the first...

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U2 Prepares to Drop “Bomb”

After recording, and then misplacing (the demo disappeared during a photo shoot) their long-awaited new album How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb, U2 are finally delivering the goods. The band releases...

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Harry Potter in Irish!

Draíodóirí, dragain, agus Dursleys…As readers around the world eagerly await the sixth installation of the Harry Potter series, we welcome a whole new way to read the first: as Gaeilge....

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Tiernan Cracks Up

Irish comedien Tommy Tiernan introduced U.S. audiences to his West of Ireland humor when he brought his show, Cracked, to New York City in early October. The crowd were riotous and warmly received...

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Irish Studies Conference

The Center for Celtic Studies at University of Wisconsin Milwaukee hosted this year’s regional meeting of the American Conference of Irish Studies (ACIS). A plethora of poets, performers and...

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The Apple of Molly’s Eye

Molly Shannon, husband Fritz Chestnut, and one-year-old daughter Stella pose at the Big Apple Fest exhibit ar the Orchard Gallery in New York City in October. The first annual Fest planted 300...

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Farewell, Ms. Bluebell

Dance-world icon Margaret Kelly passed away on September 11 at the age of 94. Kelly was best known for her dance troupe, The Bluebell Girls, which originated in Paris in 1932, and went on to gain...

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Irish Eye on Hollywood

It seemed like it was St. Patrick’s Day in November — at least when it came to Hollywood. Three of Ireland’s biggest stars appeared in blockbuster movies as tinseltown prepared to...

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The Future of the
Ambassador Hotel

The battle over what to do with the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles may finally be coming to a close. Once a mecca for movie stars, European royalty and American presidents, the hotel, built on 23...

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St. Mary of Sorrows

When you walk among the headstones of the hilltop graveyard of St. Mary of Sorrows, the first Catholic Church built in Fairfax Station,Virginia, you can’t help but notice all the Irish names...

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The Importance of Being Oscar

Appearing before an Irish-American group in St. Paul, Minnesota on St. Patrick’s Day, 1882, Oscar Wilde was introduced not as a rising literary star, but as “the son of one of...

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Irish Director Honors Wilde

“Society often forgives the criminal; it never forgives the dreamer,” Wilde once remarked. One hundred and fifty years after his birth, Wilde, dreamer or no, is not only forgiven but...

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George Bernard
Shaw in Boston

An exhibit displaying special items in the George Bernard Shaw collection will open at the Bums Library, Boston College, on Thursday, November 18, 2004, and will run through April 2005. The...

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O’Brien is the Insider

TV host Pat O’Brien has left his post at Access Hollywood and launched his new show The Insider, a Hollywood news show produced by Paramount. NBC, the network where he hosted coverage of the...

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Irish Awarded

Irish films won awards in three of the top categories at the recent Toronto International Film Festival. Terry George’s latest work Hotel Rwanda won the prestigious AGF People’s Choice...

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Ladder 49: A Film with Heart

Much has been written about fire-fighters since 9/11, and while no film could do justice to the heroism of the country’s “bravest,” Ladder 49 does a good job of exploring the...

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The Met’s New Pres

Irish-American Emily Kernan Rafferty will become the next president of The Metropolitan Museum of Art. A 28-year employee of the Metropolitan, Rafferty will take over on the retirement of David E....

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The Faithful Fight Back

St. Catherine of Siena is a red brick church with arches for doorways, high vaulted ceilings covered with elaborate murals, an ornately carved marble altar, large stained glass windows and...

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The Death and Resurrection
of Inishturbot

On a clear day you can see Inishturbot from Eyrephort beyond Kingston on the Connemara coast. It’s a smallish hummock of an islet — a mile long by a half-mile wide, lying a stone’s...

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Paris: The City of Lights
Has a Brogue

The master of the steaming griddle performs theatrical flourishes while preparing crêpes or gallettes in the window of a crêperie. Waves of pure chocolate cascade over the multiple tiers of a brass...

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A Star Called Roddy

“I said that Ulysses could have done with a good edit. I didn’t say it could do with a good edit.” Roddy Doyle is clarifying the comments that saw him crowned, for a time at least,...

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A Sampling of the
Latest Irish Books

RECOMMENDED Roddy Doyle — already acclaimed for memorable portraits of Dublin such as The Commitments and Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha — turned Irish historical fiction on its ear in 1999 with...

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Roots: O’Muimhneachain, Moynihan, Moynahan, Minihan

O’Muimhneachain is the old Irish form of the name Moynihan. The name originally came from the province of Munster and actually means “Munster man.” Today different branches of the...

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The Thrills

Five lads from Dublin took the rock world by storm in 2003 when they released their first album So Much for the City. The Thrills, who got their name from the Michael Jackson album Thriller, were...

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Music Roundup

Critic’s Pick Eleanor McEvoy Early Hours Eleanor McEvoy is best known for the lovely ballad “A Woman’s Heart” from over a decade ago, but her finest work has just arrived. The...

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Enjoy the Holiday Feast

For eleven months of the year, you may calculate carbs, foreswear fat for fiber, pick protein over pasta, consume skinny-conscious salads, and dutifully deny yearnings for the taste of something...

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A Reason to Doubt

The current ubiquity of Oscar-winning playwright John Patrick Shanley in New York City’s theaters is unparalleled. A brief walk around Manhattan finds his name in lights at three theaters, all...

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Photo Album:
“What’re You Having?”

1939 – Astor Bar, New York My father, Michael Rogers, was a bartender at the legendary Astor Bar on 44th and Broadway from 1937 to 1965, one year before it was destroyed. The large photo above was...

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St. Mary of Sorrows

When you walk among the headstones of the hilltop graveyard of St. Mary of Sorrows, the first...

U2 Prepares to Drop “Bomb”

After recording, and then misplacing (the demo disappeared during a photo shoot) their long-awaited...

A Memorable Night Out!

The Irish Arts Center’s annual dinner dance at the prestigious New York Athletic Club on...

Harry Potter in Irish!

Draíodóirí, dragain, agus Dursleys…As readers around the world eagerly await the sixth...

The Apple of Molly’s Eye

Molly Shannon, husband Fritz Chestnut, and one-year-old daughter Stella pose at the Big Apple Fest...

Irish Studies Conference

The Center for Celtic Studies at University of Wisconsin Milwaukee hosted this year’s...

George Bernard
Shaw in Boston

An exhibit displaying special items in the George Bernard Shaw collection will open at the Bums...

Ladder 49: A Film with Heart

Much has been written about fire-fighters since 9/11, and while no film could do justice to the...

Irish Eye on Hollywood

It seemed like it was St. Patrick’s Day in November — at least when it came to...

O’Byrne in Shanley’s Doubt

Irish-born Tony Award winner Brian O’Byrne will join forces with Irish American Oscar winner...

Irish Director Honors Wilde

“Society often forgives the criminal; it never forgives the dreamer,” Wilde once...

The Abbey Does
Playboy in the U.S.

The Abbey Theatre is in crisis as it makes its centenary tour of the U.S. Artistic Director Ben...

The Importance of Being Oscar

Appearing before an Irish-American group in St. Paul, Minnesota on St. Patrick’s Day, 1882,...

Farewell, Ms. Bluebell

Dance-world icon Margaret Kelly passed away on September 11 at the age of 94. Kelly was best known...

O’Brien is the Insider

TV host Pat O’Brien has left his post at Access Hollywood and launched his new show The...

Tiernan Cracks Up

Irish comedien Tommy Tiernan introduced U.S. audiences to his West of Ireland humor when he brought...

Irish Awarded

Irish films won awards in three of the top categories at the recent Toronto International Film...

The Met’s New Pres

Irish-American Emily Kernan Rafferty will become the next president of The Metropolitan Museum of...

The Future of the
Ambassador Hotel

The battle over what to do with the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles may finally be coming to a...

The Mighty Mack Family

Player, manager, scout, general manager, owner — Cornelius MacGillicuddy “Connie...