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George Carlin Is Still Tossing Out The Good Stuff

This article originally appeared in the June / July 2006 issue of Irish America and was one of the last feature profiles...

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Irish America

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JUNE / JULY 2006 30 George Carlin – The Interview In a rare interview, George Carlin talks to T.J. English about his life, from growing up in an Irish family in Harlem to the highs and lows of a...

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Close Encounters

Patricia Harty - Editor-in-Chief

” I always keep thinking of James Connolly and the great calm and dignity that he showed right to the very end, his courage and resolve.” – Bobby Sands As I’m writing this, I can...

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Huge Crowds Attend 1916 Anniversary Parade

Irish Army and Defense Forces pass by the General Post Office in a parade to commemorate the 90th anniversary of the 1916 Easter Rising.

Over 100,000 people thronged into Dublin’s O’Connell Street to honor the 90th anniversary of the 1916 Easter Rising. In a spectacle regarded as a dress rehearsal for the Rising’s centenary in...

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191 Memorabilia Goes under Hammer

Defense Forces march in front of Daniel O'Connell's statue in Dublin

Historic artifacts and memorabilia from the 1916 Easter Rising went under the hammer at James Adam & Sons Auctioneers and Mealy’s Auctioneers in Dublin. A total of 480 collectible items drew...

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Tralee Man Sells Business to Getty Family

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Jerry Kennelly, a Tralee-born businessman, has sold his library of photographic images for $135 million to Getty Images. Kennelly set up the company for $100,000 in 1997 and bought out the interest...

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November Deadline For NI Assembly

DUp leader Ian Paisley

The Irish and British governments have set November 24 as a deadline for the restoration of the Northern Ireland Assembly. Local government from Belfast is a key element of the Good Friday Agreement,...

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News in Brief

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GARDAI (Irish police) say they have no leads on the murder of Denis Donaldson, former Sinn Féin activist. Donaldson was outed as a British spy and he immediately left Belfast for Donegal. Within...

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Duffy Square To Get Facelift

May, 2 1941: Mayor LaGuardia at the dedication of the Father Duffy Memorial

Hidden in the shadows of a TKTS booth amidst the bright lights and flashing signs that overpower the north end of Times Square stands a statue of Father Francis Duffy – the most celebrated U.S....

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2006 Features Variety of Innovative Artists

Galway Arts Festival

For two weeks each summer the streets of West Ireland’s capital city, Galway, come alive with music and performances. From July 17-31, over 400 writers, artists, performers and musicians from...

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Duddy Wins First Title

John Duddy with his Top 100 award and WBC Continental Americas middleweight title belt at Irish Ropes gym.

John Duddy did not attend our Top 100 Irish-Americans of the Year event on March 16. He had a good reason – he was boxing the head off Shelby Pudwill in Madison Square Garden on the way to winning...

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Irish Eye on Hollywood

South of Nowhere's Maeve Quinlan (Paula Carlin) center.  On her left is Rob Moran (Arthur Carlin) and on her right is Danso Gordon (the Carlins' adopted son Clay).

Three top-level Irish talents will be teaming up for a U.S. Civil War drama slated to be released later this year. Pierce Brosnan, Liam Neeson and Anjelica Huston will star in Seraphim Falls, a...

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ILIR Intensify Lobbying as Immigration Reform is Addressed in the Senate

Senator John McCain (R-AZ), Kelly Fincham, ILIR Executive Director and Niall O'Dowd, ILIR Chairman.

It has been a busy few months for the Irish Lobby for Immigration Reform [ILIR].  Shortly after we went to press on our Top 100 issue, well over 2,000 Irish from all over the country descended on...

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George Carlin Is Still Tossing Out The Good Stuff

George Carlin.

This article originally appeared in the June / July 2006 issue of Irish America and was one of the last feature profiles done of George Carlin before his death on June 22, 2008. Once the...

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Back From Iraq: New York’s Fighting 69th and Louisiana’s Tiger Brigade Celebrates Homecoming.

Taskforce Wolfhound (New York's Fighting 69th and Louisiana's 256th National Guard) lead the St. Patrick's Day Parade in New York.

The 245th New York City Saint Patrick’s Day Parade was dedicated to the Fighting 69th and Louisiana’s 256th National Guard, Tiger Brigade, which, serving together as Taskforce Wolfhound, lost 19...

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The Dingle Races

Joe Ryle with his winning horse, Keep the Peace, his son, John, and jockey, Philip Enwright.

The biggest of all flapper races in Ireland, Dingle attracts the best horses from all over the country, and a variety of jockeys, some as young as eleven. And they’re off! Bachelor brothers Stevie...

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25th Anniversary of the Death of Bobby Sands & the Hunger Strike

The mural of Bobby Sands on the side of Sinn Féin headquarters in Belfast.

Twenty-five years ago, May 5, 1981, having completed sixty-five days on hunger strike, republican prisoner Bobby Sands died in the H-Block prison hospital at Long Kesh. By the time the prison hunger...

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Too Late To Stop Now

The cover photo on Van Morrison's new CD, Pay the Devil.

Ian Worpole ruminates on why Van is still The Man. So I get this press release along with the new CD, Pay the Devil, and it says “For 40 years Van Morrison has continued to be an important and...

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Paddy Play Ball!

The Irish Baseball Team, the subject of the movie Emerald Diamond, on a visit to Los Angeles last August.

John Fitzgerald, a New Yorker, went to Ireland to play baseball.  When he found out he was ineligible for the  national team, he did the next best thing – he made a documentary about them....

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The Irish Revolution in America

Mary Spring Rice and Mary Ellen Childers on board the Asgard (inset) holding arms from Germany which were successfully landed in Howth Harbour, July 26, 1914.

Tom Deignan explores the role that Irish America played in the Easter Rising of 1916. Ninety years ago this month, in May of 1916, over 20,000 Irish-American nationalists and their supporters flocked...

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Book Reviews

The Hill Road by Patrick O'Keefe

NON-FICTION  Former New Yorker writer Bill Barich is best known for his horse racing book Laughing in the Hills, published 25 years ago now. For his latest book, Barich has again written about...

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Clean Green!

Niall Bourke, Limerick man and owner of Los Angeles-based Kipper preservation services.

Natural Cleaning Solutions. Spring is in the air and summer is a-coming in! The clocks have been set ahead, the days are longer, and the light is brighter. But with the drapes pulled back, and...

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Two Saints & A Surgeon

Nellie Taaffe O'Connell

In the 1930s and 40s the neighborhood doctor was vital to the community. Dr. Hubert Kubel’s office was on the ground floor of a five-story-over-basement apartment house of the type with low-rise...

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Carlin

The Carlin Crest

The Carlin name is found in County Limerick, where they held a family seat in ancient times, as well as in the counties of Meath, Derry, Cavan, Monaghan and Tyrone.  The name is derived from  the...

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The Law of the Irish

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With St. Patrick’s Day just past, it’s only natural to reflect on the many gifts given us by Irish culture: the words of literary giants like Joyce, the lilting music of The Chieftains, the...

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Hibernia

2006 Features Variety of Innovative Artists

For two weeks each summer the streets of West Ireland’s capital city, Galway, come alive with...

Duddy Wins First Title

John Duddy did not attend our Top 100 Irish-Americans of the Year event on March 16. He had a good...

Duffy Square To Get Facelift

Hidden in the shadows of a TKTS booth amidst the bright lights and flashing signs that overpower...