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August / September 2007

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Governor Martin O’Malley’s March

Youngest mayor of a large city at 37, governor at 43; it’s possible that Martin O’Malley, fueled by family, Jesuit...

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P.J. O’Rourke

“The funniest writer in America” talks to Chuck Leddy about some serious issues. P.J. O’Rourke, one of America’s...

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Miracle: An Interview with Jack O’Callahan

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Roots: The O’Malley Clan

The ancient O’Maille or O’Malley name is said to be derived from the Gaelic words “maille” meaning gentle or smooth,...

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The “Emerald” Pastime

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In This Issue

Governor Martin O’Malley’s March

Governor Martin O'Malley joins Leo Moran of The Sawdoctors on stage at his inauguration party.

Youngest mayor of a large city at 37, governor at 43; it’s possible that Martin O’Malley, fueled by family, Jesuit ideals and Irish history, will march all the way to the White House. Martin...

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The First Word: The Might Green

Céad míle fáilte: Editor-in-Chief Patricia Harty welcomes you to the new IrishAmerica.com

“The Irish courage, spirit and humor so clearly shown by our immigrant forebears are going to be even more crucial to meet the challenges of the financial markets of the 21st century.” –...

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Chicago’s Irish Spire

An artist’s impression of Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava’s Spire

Irishman to build tallest building in Western Hemisphere. Dublin native Garrett Kelleher, 46, aspires to erect the biggest, most expensive skyscraper ever built on the shores of Lake Michigan. The...

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A Statue of John B. is Unveiled in Listowel

Billy Keane at John B. Keane Statue Unveiling in Listowel, County Kerry

On Saturday, this past June 2nd, the day of the unveiling in Listowel’s Small Square of John B. Keane’s statue created by father-and-son sculptor team Seamus and James Connolly, famous for their...

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Irish Eye on Hollywood

Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova as the iconic Guy and Girl in the film Once

With the summer upon us, TV is a vast wasteland of reruns – except, of course, for Denis Leary’s brilliant Rescue Me on FT, which some critics believe will take over the title of Best Drama on TV...

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Irish Art in London is the Prey of the Celtic Tiger

Three contemporary Irish painters gathered in London for an exhibition at the John Martin Gallery during spring sales week. Pat Harris offered subtle pieces that stood in contrast to John Shinnor’s large-scale, bold works and Seán McSweeney’s abstract landscapes. The majority of pieces in the exhibition sold on opening night of the show.

The London art world was taken by surprise at its annual auctions this spring when the Irish rich, clamoring for Irish art, replaced the usual art buyers. Even the experts were impressed. Grant Ford,...

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Boston’s Fenway Park

Boston's Fenway Park

Fenway Park – home of the Boston Red Sox – is the nation’s enduring symbol of baseball, America’s favorite pastime. Officially opened on April 20, 1912, the park has outlasted all other...

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At the Crossroads of Dance

Dance Ensemble of "Tap Fusion and Darrah Carr Dance" choreography by Barry Blumenfeld  & Darrah Carr

Drawing on the patterns and movements of Irish step dancing, choreographer and dancer Darrah Carr has created a new form of dance that she calls ModErin, a fusion of modern and Irish. Fascinated with...

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Faces of the Fallen

Part of the exhibition which was on view at the Women in Military Service Memorial. Photo- Mac Barnes

The Faces of the Fallen exhibition, which commemorated the men and women of the U.S. Armed Forces who lost their lives in Iraq and Afghanistan, recently closed. The story of Faces of the Fallen...

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Commodore John Barry

Commodore John Barry, “Father of the American Navy.”

From Irish immigrant to Commander of the American Navy, John Barry is a hero to remember. There are many Irish men and women whom one could declare a hero of our time but none is so profoundly...

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Beyond White: The Work of Patrick Ireland

The Critic’s Boots, 1964–65

From April 17 to July 14, The Grey Art Gallery at New York University was home to an exhibit called “Beyond the White Cube,” a retrospective created by Irish-American artist Brian...

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Ireland’s Cultural Heartland: A Visit to Ireland’s West and Northwest

Strandhill, Co. Sligo lies in the shadow of Ben Bublin. Photo by: Nutan.

The West Patricia Harty’s tour of the West Landing in the West of Ireland “the cultural heartland” is a wonderful introduction to Ireland. “It is,” as Liam Scollan, the CEO of Ireland West...

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An Interview with Charles Carey

For a second- or third-generation leader of the Chicago Board of Trade, Charles Carey sure talks like a guy from the neighborhood. His voice is Ditka’s. So is his physique.  “I guess that comes...

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Miracle: An Interview with Jack O’Callahan

The USA victory of the Soviet Union at the 1980 Olympics

The kid who helped propel the U.S. team to its miraculous 4-3 victory over the Soviets, giving the country a morale boost at the height of the Cold War in 1980, is now a star in the trading...

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The “Emerald” Pastime

Connie Mack, owner-manager of the Philadelphia Athletics. Derek Jeter, who has Irish heritage on his mother’s side.

 Tom Deignan reflects on a time when many of the Boys of Summer had a touch of the Irish brogue. A recent New York Times article about the consistent success of the Minnesota Twins baseball...

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P.J. O’Rourke

Pj O'Rourke Reaads "A Wealth of Nations"

“The funniest writer in America” talks to Chuck Leddy about some serious issues. P.J. O’Rourke, one of America’s most popular political satirists, has built his career skewering the...

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Roots: The O’Malley Clan

The O'Malley family coat of arms

The ancient O’Maille or O’Malley name is said to be derived from the Gaelic words “maille” meaning gentle or smooth, and “maglios” meaning chieftain, which is fitting as the O’Malleys...

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Music to Fall For

Kevin Burke and Cal Scott

A few months ago I wrote a column for Irish America called “Songbirds,” a review of my favorite female singers of the Celtic idiom. There were many to include, so many that my editor described it...

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Review of Books

The earlier decades of the 20th century provide the settings for two new works of Irish-American fiction.Dream When You’re Feeling Blue by Elizabeth Berg explores life on the homefront during...

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Sláinte!: Go, Big Fan, Go

Adrienne Clune carrying firewood.

I don’t watch much television. Mainly because, despite the hundreds of channels, the menu is mostly repeats. Every so often, however, something extraordinary airs and I become (dare I admit it?) a...

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The Last Word: Restituta Hiberniae

Jonathan Rhys Meyers as Henry VIII with Omagh-born Sam Neill as Cardinal Thomas Wolsey in Showtime's Tudors

Four hundred years ago in 1607, the Prince of Ulster, Hugh O’Neil the Great, and Rory O’Donnell, Earl of Tir Connell, set sail from Ireland to Spain and the Continent. Their exile marked the end...

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Photo Album: Freedom Fıghters

These photographs of my grandfather, Sgt. Earl K. Giffin, and his sister, Lt. Gladys Giffin, were taken in Paris after the city was liberated during World War II. Both Earl and Gladys had been...

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Hibernia

Beyond White: The Work of Patrick Ireland

From April 17 to July 14, The Grey Art Gallery at New York University was home to an exhibit called...

Irish Eye on Hollywood

With the summer upon us, TV is a vast wasteland of reruns – except, of course, for Denis...

Irish Art in London is the Prey of the Celtic Tiger

The London art world was taken by surprise at its annual auctions this spring when the Irish rich,...

A Statue of John B. is Unveiled in Listowel

On Saturday, this past June 2nd, the day of the unveiling in Listowel’s Small Square of John B....

Chicago’s Irish Spire

Irishman to build tallest building in Western Hemisphere. Dublin native Garrett Kelleher, 46,...

Boston’s Fenway Park

Fenway Park – home of the Boston Red Sox – is the nation’s enduring symbol of baseball,...

Faces of the Fallen

The Faces of the Fallen exhibition, which commemorated the men and women of the U.S. Armed Forces...

At the Crossroads of Dance

Drawing on the patterns and movements of Irish step dancing, choreographer and dancer Darrah Carr...