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April / May 2006

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Irish-American of the Year – Ray Kelly

At the helm of the NYPD, the nation’s largest police force, which is acknowledged as an international model for its...

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The Top 100

“I’m, Irish. There are some things more important to me than money.” – POLICE COMMISSIONER RAY...

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In This Issue

Irish-American of the Year – Ray Kelly

At the helm of the NYPD, the nation’s largest police force, which is acknowledged as an international model for its cutting-edge crime-fighting techniques and facing down terrorist threats, is...

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The Top 100

“I’m, Irish. There are some things more important to me than money.” – POLICE COMMISSIONER RAY KELLY Our Top 100 is about many things, but more than anything, it’s about...

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1916 Anniversary Sparks Debate

On the eve of the 90th anniversary of the Easter Rising, mainstream political parties are actively competing for the legacy of Ireland’s historical revolution. The government has already...

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Finucanes Demand Full Tribunal

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Members of the Finucane family reacted angrily when told that the British government will not hold a public inquiry into the 1989 murder of Catholic-solicitor Pat Finucane. Seventeen years after...

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Staunton Replaces Kerr

Steve Staunton was unveiled as the new manager of the Irish international soccer team. In a surprise move, the Football Association of Ireland (FAI) named Staunton to lead the new management team...

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Casey Returns to Galway

Former Bishop of Galway Dr. Eamonn casey returned to Ireland at the start of February following 13 years in exile. Dr. casey, 78, lived and worked in the U.S., Ecuador. Mexico and England and has...

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Stardust Anniversary Raises Questions

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Hundreds of people gathered in the north Dublin suburb of Coolock to remember the 48 young people who died in a fire at the Stardust nightclub 25 years ago. The disaster occurred at a disco on St....

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Dublin Considers Cable Car

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A private consortium is behind a spectacular proposal to build a 52 million euro cable car complex running 2.5 miles along the River Liffey in Dublin’s city centre. Property developer Barry...

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Gardai Complete Money-Laundering File

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Gardai (Irish police) completed an investigation into suspected money-laundering operations by the Provisional IRA following the massive £26 million Northern Bank raid in Belfast two years ago. A...

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Fire Destroys Reynolds Factory

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Former Taoiseach (Irish Prime Minister) Albert Reynolds was moved to tears when fire destroyed his family business in Edgeworthstown, Co. Longford. An accidental blaze tore through cannery sections...

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News in Brief

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Almost seven million people visited Ireland last year according to latest figures released by Tourism Ireland. Showing an increase of six percent on 2004, the annual report revealed a slight drop in...

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St. Patrick’s Day On Montserrat

An island in the Caribbean is probably the last thing people think of at mention of the words “Ireland” or “St. Patrick’s Day.” Believe it or not, the small island of...

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Top Irish Chefs Add Flavor To St. Patrick’s Day Celebrations in Boston and New York City

Six of Ireland’s best-known chefs traveled to the United States this St. Patrick’s Day season to showcase New Irish Cuisine, an innovative style of Irish cooking which is making Ireland a...

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James Joyce with Gusto

The University of Buffalo presented “James Joyce with Gusto” in celebration of the writer’s birthday on February 3. Selections of Joyce’s writings were put on exhibition at...

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Emory To Extend Irish Collection

Emory University’s Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Books Library has received a $34,000 grant from the Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation to support the second phase of the Access to Major Irish...

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U2 Win Big at Grammys

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U2 was the big winner at the 48th Annual Grammy Awards, held February 8, 2006. The Irish supergroup won all five awards for which they were nominated, including Album of the Year for How to Dismantle...

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“King Conan” Receives Warm Finnish Welcome

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Conan O’Brien. host of NBC’s Late Night talk show, marked his arrival in Vantaa, Finland on February 12 by kissing the ground at the Helsinki-Vantaa Airport renamed “Conan...

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Flynn Takes An
Expensive Tumble

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2005 Top 100 honoree and author of Another Bullshit Night in Suck City, smashed a set of 300-year-old Chinese vases after falling down a flight of stairs. The three vases were prize possessions of...

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Irish Eye on Hollywood

One to wach: Up-and-comer Ruth Negga in a scene with Cillian Murphy in Breakfast on Pluto

With the Oscars over and Hollywood royalty officially crowned once again, perhaps now is a good time to look at the Irish movie landscape and see what stars are up-and-coming. County Louth actress...

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St. Patrick’s Day Celebrations

Paddy’s day will see loads of parades and partying across the country this year, with themed parades, special events and concerts aplenty. In New York, Timothy J. Rooney will lead the 245th...

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The Descendants of Niall

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  Are you related to Niall of the Nine Hostages? In a recent study by geneticist Daniel Bradley and his colleagues at the Smurfit Institute of Genetics at Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland,...

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Springtime Brings Irish Theatre to Milwaukee

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Springtime Theater in Milwaukee will feature a variety of Irish works throughout March and April in various theaters around the city. The University of Wisconsin, Madison theater program, will...

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Faith Healer

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Brian Friel’s latest play Faith Healer opened on February 7 at the Gate Theatre in Dublin. The play revolves around a faith healer named Frank Hardy who has toured with his manager (Teddy) and...

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Grant Aid for Abbey Theatre

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Ireland’s Arts Council has announced that it will award the largest single grant in its history to the Abbey Theatre. The grant of 25.7 million euros (about $31.2 million) will be distributed...

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Winter Ballet Ball

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America’s premier ballet academy, the School of American Ballet (SAB), held its second Winter Ballet Ball at Lincoln Center on February 15. Waterford Crystal was the generous sponsor of the...

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‘Lost’ and Found

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Irish author Flann O’Brien (illustrated above) is enjoying, posthumously, a renewed and feverish interest in his work thanks to the hit ABC television show, Lost. O’Brien. whose real name...

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ILIR on the Move

Since our last issue the Irish Lobby for Immigration Reform (ILIR) has picked up enormous momentum. The ILIR was founded last December to raise the voice for the estimated 40,000 to 50,000...

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Those We Lost

We lost many influential Irish Americans in the last year. Though impossible to mention them all, here is our tribute to some of those who touched our lives. ℘℘℘ Frank Conroy Frank Conroy, the...

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The St. Patrick’s Day Parade

The long and sometimes glorious history of celebrating St. Patrick’s Day in America. ℘℘℘ How would you like to celebrate St. Maewyn’s Day? After all, the man we know today as St....

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Review of Books

RECOMMENDED From the double meaning of its title to its roster of impressive contributors, Making the Irish American: History & Heritage of the Irish in the United States is destined for the...

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Tuning In

Tunes. Lots of them this month, not to be confused with songs, of course – those have words. Some songs start out as tunes and if it’s a really good one someone might add words, sometimes...

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Brigid and Patrick:
Ireland’s Alter Egos

A thought has been nagging at me for weeks now. I’ve wrapped my mental faculties round and round it, attempting to convince myself it’s just my imagination, but try as I might, it simply...

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Roots: The McCarthy Clan

The McCarthy clan traces its ancestry through an illustrious line of individuals and events reaching far back into ancient Celtic history and myth. The McCarthys claim descendants from the...

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The Changing Face of Ireland

Immigration into the Republic of Ireland has begun to push the troubles in the Six Counties of British-occupied Ireland off the political agenda in Dublin. It is the latest “hot button”...

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Hibernia

Dublin Considers Cable Car

A private consortium is behind a spectacular proposal to build a 52 million euro cable car complex...

‘Lost’ and Found

Irish author Flann O’Brien (illustrated above) is enjoying, posthumously, a renewed and...

Faith Healer

Brian Friel’s latest play Faith Healer opened on February 7 at the Gate Theatre in Dublin....

St. Patrick’s Day Celebrations

Paddy’s day will see loads of parades and partying across the country this year, with themed...

Emory To Extend Irish Collection

Emory University’s Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Books Library has received a $34,000 grant...

U2 Win Big at Grammys

U2 was the big winner at the 48th Annual Grammy Awards, held February 8, 2006. The Irish supergroup...

Flynn Takes An
Expensive Tumble

2005 Top 100 honoree and author of Another Bullshit Night in Suck City, smashed a set of...

St. Patrick’s Day On Montserrat

An island in the Caribbean is probably the last thing people think of at mention of the words...

Winter Ballet Ball

America’s premier ballet academy, the School of American Ballet (SAB), held its second Winter...

The Descendants of Niall

  Are you related to Niall of the Nine Hostages? In a recent study by geneticist Daniel...

Springtime Brings Irish Theatre to Milwaukee

Springtime Theater in Milwaukee will feature a variety of Irish works throughout March and April in...

ILIR on the Move

Since our last issue the Irish Lobby for Immigration Reform (ILIR) has picked up enormous momentum....

Top Irish Chefs Add Flavor To St. Patrick’s Day Celebrations in Boston and New York City

Six of Ireland’s best-known chefs traveled to the United States this St. Patrick’s Day...

Irish Eye on Hollywood

With the Oscars over and Hollywood royalty officially crowned once again, perhaps now is a good...

Grant Aid for Abbey Theatre

Ireland’s Arts Council has announced that it will award the largest single grant in its...

“King Conan” Receives Warm Finnish Welcome

Conan O’Brien. host of NBC’s Late Night talk show, marked his arrival in Vantaa,...

James Joyce with Gusto

The University of Buffalo presented “James Joyce with Gusto” in celebration of the...