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December / January 2006

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A Winning Pedigree:
Tom Brady

Tom Brady is more than an athlete, he is an American icon. Through the support of his loving family and his own will and determination, Brady has won an unprecedented three Super Bowls before the age...


First Word: Seeds of Hope

I can still see the collection box with its picture of a black child and an Irish missionary priest. I can’t remember if we were saving their souls from damnation or their bodies from...


News From Ireland

Recent news pieces of Irish and Irish American interest. ℘℘℘ Sean Óg Is a Winner The captain of the Cork hurling team, Sean Óg ÓhAilpín, is an inspiration in more ways than one. Captain...


Auction Brings Rare Kennedy Collection to New York

Aaron Shikler's study for the White House portrait of President John F. Kennedy (top, left) and an America's Cup program signed by Jacqueline Kennedy with drawings by President Kennedy.

Forty-two years after his public assassination, Americans continue their love affair with one of the most famous Irish Americans of all time, John F. Kennedy. Since his death and the death of...


Pub Moves to Reagan Library

President Reagan has a pint of Smithwicks to toast his arrival in Ballyporeen.

The Ronald Reagan Pub of Ballyporeen, County Tipperary opened at its new location, The Ronald Reagan Library in Simi, California on October 22. President Reagan’s great-grandfather emigrated...


IRA Scrapbook Sold on E-Bay

The Frank Ryan scrapbook, which was sold on E-Bay for $1,100.

One never knows what you are going to find at a car boot sale, as was the case with one particular sale in Reno, Nevada late September, when a collector came across a scrapbook of pictures and...


Bono and Sachs at NYU

Bono and economist Jeffrey Sachs at the Glucksman Ireland House Daniel Patrick Moynihan lecture.

Glucksman Ireland House — New York University (NYU), presented its inaugural Daniel Patrick Moynihan Lecture on October 5. Musician and political activist U2’s Bono introduced Columbia...


John O’Hurley: Artiste Extraordinaire

John O’Hurley, one of America’s most versatile actors, businessman, musician and even show host, is probably best known for his portrayal of the eccentric and humorous J. Peterman on...


Life’s Good for
Survivor Winner

Life has certainly changed for New York City fireman, Survivor: Palau winner Tom Westman, 41 (Irish America cover story Aug/Sept). After winning a million dollars on the hit CBS show last summer,...


Irish Author Wins Booker Prize

Irish author John Banville was the surprise winner of the Man Booker Prize this year for his novel The Sea. The Booker Prize for Fiction was originally set up by Booker plc. in 1969 to raise the...


The 2005 Solas
Awards in Boston

The Irish Immigration Center’s (IIC) 11th annual Solas Awards Dinner was held at the Westin Hotel in Boston on October 27. Teresa Heinz, John McGrail, founder of the Mayo Group, and Janice...


Camerata Releases First CD

Barry Douglas (front left) and the Camerata Ireland chamber orchestra.

Acclaimed chamber orchestra Camerata Ireland, fresh off its second and highly successful tour of the United States, have released its first CD, featuring Barry Douglas performing Beethoven’s...


The Leary Firefighters Bash

The Leary Firefighters Foundation held its 5(th) Annual Bash on November 2, at Capitale in Manhattan. The actor Denis Leary founded the organization in 2000 when his first cousin, Jerry Lucey, his...


Thanksgiving’s Irish Twist

In 1621, the pilgrims, just arrived in the New World, had no idea how wild their new frontier could be. Winter arrived and with it came starvation, death, and the idea that maybe it was time to give...


Celtic Reflections

Karin Stanley in one of her work locations.

“At least a third of the work that’s been bought is used indoors, but I always design it for outdoors,” said Karin Stanley, whose Celtic Reflections series was exhibited at the...


Celtic Calendar

For a unique Christmas gift that you will want to keep yourself, consider giving a Celtic Calendar, which runs from Samhain (November 1st) until Nos Calan Gaef or the Celtic New Year’s Eve...


An Irish Christmas in America

The spirit of an Irish Christmas will tour America in December. With music, narration and dance, Ireland’s award-winning traditional band Téada and special guests will highlight some of...


In Memory of Wellington Mara

An enormous sign at Giants Stadium in honor of longtime New York Giants owner Wellington Mara, who passed away on October 26.

On October 23, the New York Giants won its fourth game of the season, a 24-23 nail-biter over the Denver Broncos. After the game, head coach Tom Coughlin had his team in a circle, hands up high in...


When Our Plane
Hit the Mountain

“The first great adventure of my life,” French Girl Guide Janine Alexandre recorded on 12 August, 1946, in her little notebook as she sat in an old war plane rattling its way over the...


Irish Eye on Hollywood

From PS I Love You to the latest gangster movie, the Irish are well represented in upcoming movies, writes Tom Deignan. ℘℘℘ Irish and Irish-American talent is very well represented on the...


Probing the Past

In Hour of the Cat Peter Quinn again proves that he is a great novelist with an affinity for historical detail.

Peter Quinn wanted to do something simple. It was 1994 and Quinn had just published Banished Children of Eve, his epic novel of New York City and the Irish famine. Up until then, there had been a...


Touch of the Poet

Dearbhla Molly, who plays Nora Melody in A Touch of the Poet, and Gabriel Byrne take a coffee break during rehearsals.

Many homes treasure family photos. The award-winning Irish actress Dearbhla Molloy recalls, “I remember, in my grandparents’ house, a glass cabinet with a pair of handcuffs. “My...


United by Song

Left to right: Eugene Monteith, Mary mcCague, and Cian Dowling.

The Cross-Border Orchestra of Ireland fosters good relations between North and South. ℘℘℘ What does it take for people to forget the past and live in the moment? According to the members of the...


Encompassing the Celtic

When Irish America handed me half a dozen CD’s to review, I promptly visualized a neat column; a paragraph each; thumbs up or down. But as each jewel box unfolded I realized there was something...


Linen to Dine For

In the late 19th century the legendary French food writer Brillat-Savarin said: “You are what you eat.” I say, “You are what you eat on.” Think about it. A length of colorful...


Jack From the Block

Candidate John F. Kennedy rides down the Grand Concourse in the Bronx, November 5, 1960.

Kennedy was a rich man’s son, a Harvard man. But when he campaigned in the Bronx, all they saw was one of their own. ℘℘℘ Back in 1960, when it seemed that the cute Irish guy might...


A Chip Off the Old Block

This photo was taken in 1904 at my grandfather’s stone cutting shop on State Street in West Philadelphia. From left to right are my father and my grandfather. My father, “Pop”...


In Memory of Donal Geaney

Donal Geaney, former CEO and chairman of Elan, passed away on October 7 after a long illness. Born and raised in Clontarf, North County Dublin, Geaney’s father and grandfather were noted...