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August / September 2006

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An American Triumph Over Tragedy

Why the second act of this heroic Irish-American career is second to none. When John G. Duffy graduated from Cardinal Hayes...

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Entering the Brotherhood

Declan O’Kelly discusses Showtime’s new series Brotherhood with writer/creator Blake Masters.  The series,...

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Marian Keyes

International bestselling Irish author Marian Keyes talks to Lauren Byrne about the other side of chick lit. “Ask me...

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From Annascaul to the Antarctic

Sharon Ní Chonchúir takes a look at the incredible adventures of Tom Crean, one of Ireland’s greatest explorers, and...

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Duty, Honor & Country

Senator John McCain, who may well be the next President of the U.S.; talks to Niall O-Dowd about immigration, Ireland, Iraq,...

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In This Issue

Duty, Honor & Country

Senator John McCain stands in the Russel Senate Office Building Rotunda

Senator John McCain, who may well be the next President of the U.S.; talks to Niall O-Dowd about immigration, Ireland, Iraq, and other issues. John McCain (R-AZ) is seated in his Senate office...

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The Spirit Of Endurance

Editor-in-Chief Patricia Harty

“Am I the first Scots-Irish person on your cover?” Senator John McCain asks. “Y es. But it’ s all the same DNA.” He doesn’t seem to hear me. He’s busy being photographed by Kit...

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State Bids Farewell to Haughey

Soldiers carry the coffin of Charles H. Haughey while widow Maureen follows behind with family members.

Charles J. Haughey, former Taoiseach (Irish prime minister) and ex-leader of the Fianna Fáil party, was buried in Dublin following a long illness. Haughey, aged 80 years, was afforded all the...

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N.I. Talks Show Slow Progress

Secretary of State for Northern Ireland Peter Hain.

Irish and British governments continue to decommissioning, but DUP leader Dr. Ian push the November 24 deadline for power sharing in Northern Ireland, but there is little sign of actual progress on...

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Hollywood Snaps Up Cecelia Ahern Books

Cecelia Ahern

Hilary Swank has been cast to star in the film adaptation of Cecelia Ahern’s hit novel PS, I Love You. The two-time Oscar-winning actress will play a young Irish widow recovering from her...

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Ireland and Beyond

FROM TOP, LEFT TO RIGHT: The Director’s Cut: Irish Repertory Theatre founder/ director Ciaran O’Reilly, Broadway director Doug Hughes, Lieutenant of Inishmore director Wilson Milam, and Michael Colgan, artistic director of Dublin’s Gate Theatre. The star of Faith Healer, Ralph Fiennes applauds. Playwright Martin McDonagh and Brían F. O’Byrne share a laugh. O’Byrne has appeared in all of McDonagh’s plays. The legendary actor Milo O’Shea who recently celebrated his 80th birthday, is pictured with his wife, Kitty Sullivan (left), the director of the Irish Arts Center, Pauline Turley, and Bridin Murphy Chairman of The American Ireland Fund, Loretta Brennan Glucksman, is pictured with Michael Colgan, artistic director of The Gate Theatre. Brian F. O’Byrne, Michael Colgan, David Wilmot, Ralph Fiennes and Consul General Tim O’Connor. Actor and author Malachy McCourt who is running as the Green Party candidate for New York governor. Ralph Fiennes and Consul General Tim O’Connor Irish actor David Wilmot who made his first Broadway appearance in Lieutenant of Inishmore and received a Tony nomination for Best Actor.

Irish Tony Award Nominees Celebrate Brían F. O’Byrne summed it up when he said, “It’s beyond Irish.” O’Byrne who is currently starring in Shining City, was speaking at a reception hosted...

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Irish Eye on Hollywood

Top: Irish actor Brendan Gleeson who will star in the literary classic Beowulf. Above: The Omen director, John Moore, with star Seamus Davey-Fitzpatrick.

Irish actor Brendan Gleeson can always be relied upon to star in independent movies on both sides of the Atlantic, as well as Hollywood blockbusters. For example, next year, Gleeson will star...

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Proud Is Part of Fleet Week

(Left to Right) Commanding Officer of the USS Mason DDG87, Commander John V. Fuller, WWII veteran Lorenzo Dufau and Ensign Brandon McPherson, who sang in "Proud" as a member of the Naval Academy Gospel Choir, now serving on USS Mason DDG87 which was named in honor of the WWII warship.

When the USS Mason sailed into New York Harbor on May 25 for Fleet Week, the ship’s banner displayed a coat of arms rooted in a shamrock. Commissioned in April, 2003, the destroyer was named for...

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Gov. Ryan Convicted on 18 Counts

U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald (left) who oversaw the prosecution of Gov. George Ryan (right).

Irish-Americans are in the news in Chicago where U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald – who has charged Vice President Dick Cheney’s chief of staff with perjury and obstruction of justice – over-...

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Duddy Jabs His Way to Win

Photo: Patrick Cahalan

On the undercard to the Cotto/Malinaggi world title bout, John Duddy faced his sternest test June 10 against Freddy Cuevas and once again answered with a resounding victory in the seventh round. The...

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First Irish Winner of IMPAC Award

Colm Tóibín

Colm Tóibín on June 13 became the first Irish author to be awarded the interna- tional IMPAC Dublin Literary Award for his novel The Master. The award is the largest of its kind, with a prize of...

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PBS to show Irish Documentary

Limerick native and Angela’s Ashes tour guide Mike O’Donnell in front of the Riverpoint building on the Shannon river

Mıxed Blessings, a new documentary, tackles the topic of a changing Ireland and how it is redefining itself. The Ireland of the past, the one of rain-swept fields, packed Catholic Mass, and...

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Tiernan tours and guests on Letterman show

Tommy Tiernan

One of Ireland’s most talented come- dians, Tommy Tiernan, has been stateside recently and very busy. As we go to press, Tiernan’s Loose tour at the Actors Playhouse is wrapping July 15 and then...

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From Annascaul to the Antarctic

Neko Harbour: A Gentoo penguin looks out at the Polar Star, the ship that took Rachel Holstead to the Antarctic.

Sharon Ní Chonchúir takes a look at the incredible adventures of Tom Crean, one of Ireland’s greatest explorers, and talks to Rachel Holstead, who has been commissioned to write a piece of...

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An American Triumph Over Tragedy

John G. Duffy

Why the second act of this heroic Irish-American career is second to none. When John G. Duffy graduated from Cardinal Hayes High School in the Bronx he was possessed with a spirit of adventure, like...

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Ireland Takes Center Stage

Golfing in the Portstewart Golf Club, County Londonderry

To be sure, the wait has been worth it. Every second of every minute of every hour of every day of every week of every month of every year that Ireland has had to be patient before being bestowed...

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Garry Hynes and “Druid Synge’

Tony Award-winning director Garry Hynes

The Tony Award-winning director and founder of the Druid Theatre talks to Marilyn Cole Lownes about bringing J.M. Synge’s plays to New York. Squinting slightly in the noonday sun, Garry Hynes...

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Entering the Brotherhood

LEFT: Brotherhood Writer/Creator Blake Masters.  RIGHT: Jason Clarke (Tommy Caffee) and Fionnula Flanagan (Rose Caffee)

Declan O’Kelly discusses Showtime’s new series Brotherhood with writer/creator Blake Masters.  The series, starring Fionnula Flanagan and Jason Clarke, airs on Sundays at...

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Marian Keyes

Author Marian Keyes

International bestselling Irish author Marian Keyes talks to Lauren Byrne about the other side of chick lit. “Ask me anything,” Marian Keyes invited her audience at a recent reading she gave in...

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Anniversaries and Amazing Performances

ABOVE: Solas’ reunion lineup (left to right): Seamus Egan, Chico Huff, Michael Aharon, Mick McAuley, John Anthony, Karen Casey, John Williams, Antie Duvekot, Deirdre Scanlon, Donal Clancy, Ben Wittman, Winifred Horan, John Doyle, Eamon McElholm.

IAN WORPOLE looks at the massive musical contributions of traditional groups Solas and Cherish the Ladies, who both reach major milestones this year. When I was a lad growing up in post WWII England,...

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Snow Patrol. Rock and Reflect.

Snow Patrol.

Eyes Open by Snow Patrol should firmly establish the band on this side of the Atlantic. That they could produce such an assured work in a period when they lost their bassist and welcomed two new...

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The Other Irish Riots of July

The Irish Orange Riots in New York, 1871. From The Illustrated London News.

TOM DEIGNAN writes about the deadly “Orange Riots” in New York City in 1871. Thanks in large part to Martin Scorsese’s epic movie, Gangs of New York, starring Daniel Day-Lewis, Leonardo...

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A Summer of Irish Pride

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Irish Festivals and Fleadhs Abound in the Summer Months. Michelle Harty reports. It has been said that no one is as Irish as an Irishman overseas. Every year St. Patrick’s Day parades across the...

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Sláinte! Irish Tree Tales

Ireland’s Trees: Top Left: Rostrevor, Co. Down. Top Right: Connemara, Co. Galway.

From space, Earth resembles a big beautiful marble with swirling patterns of blue (oceans), white (clouds), and green (trees).  As global warming makes weekly headlines, we are warned of the dire...

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Birth of a Nation

Mise Éire (I Am Ireland), the iconic movie that has been recently re-released.

Niall O’Dowd writes on the re-release of Mise Éire, which documents the birth of the Irish Nation. Every schoolchild in Ireland in the 1960’s saw Mise Éire (I Am Ireland),  the...

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Family Photo Album: Traveling Mary

Mary Dolan

Mary Dolan was born in Croghan, Roscommon in 1862, the oldest child of Andrew Dolan and Anne Tansey. She had a case of wonderlust and kept on the move over the years of her youth, first to South...

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Irish Eye on Hollywood

Irish actor Brendan Gleeson can always be relied upon to star in independent movies on both sides...

Ireland and Beyond

Irish Tony Award Nominees Celebrate Brían F. O’Byrne summed it up when he said, “It’s beyond...

State Bids Farewell to Haughey

Charles J. Haughey, former Taoiseach (Irish prime minister) and ex-leader of the Fianna Fáil...

Proud Is Part of Fleet Week

When the USS Mason sailed into New York Harbor on May 25 for Fleet Week, the ship’s banner...

Hollywood Snaps Up Cecelia Ahern Books

Hilary Swank has been cast to star in the film adaptation of Cecelia Ahern’s hit novel PS, I Love...

PBS to show Irish Documentary

Mıxed Blessings, a new documentary, tackles the topic of a changing Ireland and how it is...

Gov. Ryan Convicted on 18 Counts

Irish-Americans are in the news in Chicago where U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald – who has...

First Irish Winner of IMPAC Award

Colm Tóibín on June 13 became the first Irish author to be awarded the interna- tional IMPAC...

N.I. Talks Show Slow Progress

Irish and British governments continue to decommissioning, but DUP leader Dr. Ian push the November...

Duddy Jabs His Way to Win

On the undercard to the Cotto/Malinaggi world title bout, John Duddy faced his sternest test June...