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October / November 2005

In This Issue

Discovery’s Down to Earth Commander

Eileen Collins presses her face against the glass of the shuttle. She is desperately trying to see something. Like anyone far from home when they see land, they look for what they know. Except for...

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The First Word: Happy Birthday To Us!

“We choose to go to the moon and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard.” – President John F. Kennedy. Exactly 20 years ago when we set out to...

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Who is Patrick Fitzgerald?

Abdon Pallasch profiles the Irish-American prosecutor who is charged with trying to figure out who leaked the name of the CIA agent whose husband criticized Bush’s invasion of Iraq....

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John Robert’s Irish Wife

It was a long, hot summer for Jane Sullivan. Sullivan, the wife of President Bush’s Supreme Court nominee John Roberts, was thrust into the headlines because of her devout Catholic faith. It...

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Irish Eye on Hollywood

Having conquered the world of music and shed light on global poverty, U2 lead singer Bono is now eyeing Hollywood. Presumably this is the charismatic crooner’s way to kill time until he is...

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Soldier Ride

It’s a long way from California to New York, especially on a bicycle, but what makes this 4200 mile ride even more remarkable is that it was undertaken by two soldiers both of whom lost limbs...

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Rockaway Irish Honor Veterans

Irish-American families in Rockaway, New York, played host to injured soldiers recently with a parade and street party organized by the community.”We had to turn families down the support was...

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The First U.S. Immigrant Gateway

When many Americans think of their ancestors at long last arriving in New York Harbor and catching their first glimpse of the Statue of Liberty they assume that their predecessors then headed...

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Irish Citizenship: Are You Eligible?

Irish-Americans are fiercely proud of their Irish heritage, as is evident in the number of Americans who apply for Irish citizenship and passports. Last year the Irish Consulate in New York received...

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In Memoriam: Mo Mowlam, unique and respected British politician

Mo Mowlam, the former Secretary of State of Northern Ireland, lost her long battle with a brain tumor in late August. She was 55. The former Secretary of State served from 1997-1999 and was an...

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Casey Sheehan’s Irish Links

Casey Sheehan, the American Soldier whose mother is holding an anti-war vigil outside President Bush’s Texas home, was planning to tour Limerick and Cork when he returned from Iraq. His mother...

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Bad Boy Billy Bob

Johnny Depp isn’t the only Hollywood star who is interested in his Irish lineage. Bad boy Billy Bob Thornton has been looking into tracing his ancestry as well. Thornton, star of this...

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Johnny Depp’s Irish Roots

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Johnny Depp recently spoke to the Irish Independent promoting his remake of the popular film, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. In the interview he spoke enthusiastically about his love for Ireland...

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Goodbye James Bond

Since 1995, Irish actor Pierce Brosnan has been James Bond. He has played the role of 007 in four movies: Golden Eye (1995), Tomorrow Never Dies, (1997), The World Is Not Enough (1999), and Die...

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Geraldine Fitzgerald

November 12, 1913 – July 17, 2005  Geraldine Fitzgerald, the beautiful and talented screen and stage actress, died from complications of Alzheimer’s disease on July 17, 2005 at her Upper...

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Irish Festivals of Summer

As the summer came to an end, once again, Irish-Americans took advantage of the muggy days and sultry nights to hold festivals celebrating their Irish culture. This summer saw festivals throughout...

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Golden Summer for Celtic Woman

Celtic Woman’s eponymously titled album went gold on this side of the Atlantic in early August. The quintet of lovely Irish girls with glorious voices, Chloe Agnew, Lisa Kelly, Maev Ní...

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Holden Back on Broadway

Irish singer Darren Holden, who has been touring the U.S. starring as the Piano Man in the national touring production of the hit Billy Joel/Twyla Tharp musical Movin’ Out, returned to the...

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U.S. Roses Bloom in Tralee

At the end of August, eight American contestants competed in the famous International Rose of Tralee pageant in Ireland. The eight American girls traveled to Ireland in order to represent their...

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Irish-Americans make their mark in hit HBO series

There has never been a shortage of Irish-Americans in the forever changing rotation of the actors, directors, writers and producers who make up Hollywood. Why, they have always been one of the most...

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Five Jailed over Refinery Protest

Controversy continues to plague the multi-million-dollar gas refinery project in north County Mayo. Tension surrounding the project has heightened considerably since June when five local men —...

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O’Loan States Her Case

Nuala O’Loan, Police Ombudsman for Northern Ireland, repeated her insistence that police must be accountable if the security forces are to have any credibility among both communities in the...

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Colombia Three Face Uncertain Fate

 The Colombian government has demanded that the Irish government capture and return three Irish republicans who evaded prison sentences in Bogota. The men — dubbed the “Colombia...

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Limerick Woman Wins €115 million

DOLORES McNamara, 45, from Limerick became the first Irish person to win the EuroMillions lottery. After avoiding publicity for two days she claimed prize money worth €115 million and picked up the...

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Call for Payment to GAA Players

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Mick O’Dwyer, manager of the Laois senior Gaelic football team, has called for payment to be made to GAA players who reach the final of the All-Ireland football championship. “The two...

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News In Brief

RESPONDING to a report by the Crisis Pregnancy Agency, Health Minister Mary Harney made a case for contraception to be available for girls as young as 11. The report revealed that girls aged 11-14...

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Muted Response to IRA Statement

July’s announcement that the IRA was ending its military campaign drew a muted response from political quarters north and south of the Irish border. Although the statement was potentially...

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Matt Dillon in Galway

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Hollywood actor Matt Dillon was recently in Galway for the Arts Festival. He brought a film he is extremely proud of, City of Ghosts. Dillon wrote, directed and stars in the film along with James...

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Mortas Cine

Publisher Niall O’Dowd Reflects Back On The Past 20 Years ♦   I will be forever grateful to this magazine for the incredible opportunities it has given to me over the past twenty years...

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The Past 20 Years; Changes In Ireland

In eleven years we will reach the centenary of the 1916 Rising, the revolutionary crucible of present-day Ireland. Independence did not arrive until 1922 — along with partition and the seeds of...

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20 Great Interviews:
Justice William Brennan, Jr.

As a Supreme Court Justice for 33 years, William Brennan was considered — ruefully, by his many conservative detractors — to be one of the most influential shapers of public policy in the...

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20 Great Interviews:
Maureen Dowd

It is hard to believe that such a petite, charming woman as Maureen Dowd could be viewed as a shrew by not only conservatives because of her coverage of President Bush and the Iraq war, but by...

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20 Great Interviews: Colin Farrell

“Jaysus. It’s getting bleeding crazy,” Farrell says of his overnight star status. “You couldn’t actually give it too much thought or your head would be...

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20 Great Interviews:
Chuck Feeney

Chuck Feeney comes across as someone who really wants little more than to end his life as the ordinary guy who left Elizabeth, New Jersey to become a GI after the Second World War. He has accumulated...

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20 Great Interviews:
Michael Flatley

Michael Flatley can recall the times spent on the “pay your dues” circuit, traveling the country as a warm-up for headliners like The Chieftains. After all, he didn’t make his...

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20 Moments in History

From witch hunts and huddled masses to the White House– 20 significant moments in the history of the Irish in America.  1688: Witch Hunt Goody Glover, an Irish woman, was hanged as a witch four...

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20 Great Interviews:
Seamus Heaney

Seamus Heaney was awarded the 1995 Nobel Prize in Literature “for works of lyrical beauty and ethical depth, which exalt everyday miracles and the living past.” The first person from...

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20 Great Interviews:
Mary Higgins Clark

Mary Higgins Clark is one of America’s premier “who done it” writers. Her books are worldwide best-sellers. Several of her novels have been made into television dramas and major...

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20 Great Interviews:
John Huston

Was it good for you?” asked the legendary director John Huston, his distinctive voice bellowing across the sound stage. “Fine, perfect,” replied assistant director Tommy Shaw, a...

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20 Great Interviews:
Gene Kelly

Gene Kelly got his first big break on Broadway in the Rodgers and Hart musical Pal Joey. He had graduated from the University of Pittsburgh and was operating his successful dance schools in...

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20 Great Interviews:
Donald Keough

Donald Keough’s love of Ireland and all things Irish led to his involvement in fostering Ireland’s economy. He led several groups of American businessmen, including Warren Buffett, on...

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20 Great Interviews:
Frank McCourt

Frank McCourt went from retired New York City high school teacher to international celebrity in a matter of months with the publication of Angela ‘s Ashes, winner of the Pulitzer Prize for...

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20 Great Interviews:
Alice McDermott

In 1998, Alice McDermott’s fourth novel, Charming Billy, captured the National Book Award. Few were surprised. McDermott had previously been nominated for two Pulitzers and another N.B.A. But...

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20 Great Interviews:
George Mitchell

There would not have been a peace agreement on Good Friday 1998 without George Mitchell. Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams reflects the views of most Irish nationalists when he says: “Senator...

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20 Great Interviews:
Bill Murray

Born in Wilmette, Illinois on September 21, 1950, Bill Murray grew up, one of nine children, in an Irish Catholic family (one sister is a Carmelite nun). He left home in the early ’70s to join...

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20 Great Interviews:
Edna O’Brien

From the publication of her very first book, The Country Girls (1960) to her most recent books, Edna O’Brien’s works have gained wide acclaim, particularly among American readers. One of...

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20 Great Interviews:
John O’ Connor

John Cardinal O’Connor was installed as Archbishop of New York in March, 1984, and elevated to Cardinal in May, 1985 He was born, the fourth of five children, in a row house in a blue-collar...

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20 Great Interviews:
Maureen O’Hara

Known for her remarkable beauty and her fiery screen persona, Maureen O’Hara was born Maureen FitzSimons in County Dublin in 1920. One of six children, O’Hara began acting at age six with...

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20 Great Interviews:
Gregory Peck

Gregory Peck appeared in some 55 movies, received five Academy Award nominations, and won an Oscar for the role of Atticus Finch in To Kill a Mockingbird, which he also produced. Sitting across from...

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20 Great Interviews:
Martin Sheen

He was born Ramon Estevez, the seventh of ten siblings, nine boys and a girl, on August 3, 1940 in Dayton to a Spanish-born father and Irish-born mother (“she taught me all the Irish...

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20 Great Interviews: Jack Welch

Jack Welch is arguably the most famous CEO in the world. During his 20-year reign as the head of General Electric the company’s market value grew from $13 billion to $500 billion. During our...

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20 Best Movies about
Irish Americans

Joseph McBride writes about his favorite movies on Irish-American subject matter (listed in no particular preference).  Riley the Cop (1928) This little-known silent gem (with musical accompaniment)...

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20 Great Books

Irish America’s list of essential books for the informed Irish-American. Producing a list of 20 books which every Irish-American should read was both joyous and painful. The joy, obviously,...

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20 Top Traditional Music CDs

Irish America has long exercised an outsized influence on Irish traditional music. Massive Irish immigration to these shores and the concentration of those immigrants in America’s large cities...

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Changes in Irish America

At the end of this past July, bands, dancers and others gathered at Terrace Park in Sioux Falls, South Dakota for the town’s annual Irish Festival. Despite temperatures running close to 100...

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An Irishman Named English

Have you ever met an Irishman named English? Well, you have now. I open with this seemingly insignificant detail for one simple reason: All my life I’ve been taking a ribbing for being a proud...

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The Tunnel

And how one thing led to another… Jim Sheridan came over to my table at the Lion’s Head Bar and asked if I’d be interested in acting in a new play by a young man from Belfast, Terry...

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Our Legacy of Loss

The acclaimed writer/director reflects on three thousand six hundred and thirty-eight stolen lives.  In 1964, I had my first real experience of our eight-hundred-year-old war in Ireland. I was an...

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Banishing Misfortune

Ian Warpole’s report on Irish Arts Week in the Catskills Monday’s work done, I throw my instruments into the car, head out of Woodstock and north on Route 32 towards Greene County, heart...

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What Came First: Bread or Brew?

Bread is called The Staff of Life. Many scholars believe our distant ancestors gave up hunting and gathering for an agricultural lifestyle once they learned how to bake it. There is evidence that...

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Helping Hands Along the Way

Emmett O’Connell explores New York’s Children’s Law of 1875 and the G.I. Bill of Rights, 1945, and the impact of these laws on the growth of America. In 1870 New York City was home...

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