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Imagining the Unknown

In his latest novel, Zoli, Dublin-born Colum McCann proves that part of his talent as a writer lies in his ability  to...

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The Master Hatter

Philip Treacy, whose beautiful hats are works of art, draws inspiration from his Irish country childhood As bells pealed out...

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Mother, Life, Landscape, and the Connection

Edna O’Brien returns to world of The Country Girls in The Light of Evening, with the mother-daughter relationship as the...

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Man at Work

Lauren Byrne talks to Brendan Gleeson, one of Ireland’s most prolific actors, about his varied career.  In real life...

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In This Issue

Mother, Life, Landscape, and the Connection

Edna O'Brien

Edna O’Brien returns to world of The Country Girls in The Light of Evening, with the mother-daughter relationship as the main theme. “A writer’s life is like an athlete’s life. You train...

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The First Word: The Grip of Mother Ireland

The Light of Evening, by Edna O'Brien

“Like Joyce she has lived in exile but never forgotten a single thing.”  – Professor Declan Kiberd, UCD School of English and Drama, speaking about Edna O’Brien. UCD awarded O’Brien the...

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Phoenix Couple Turn Tragedy Into Assistance

Delia Garcia and Kelly Stokes at the Cliffs of Moher

Phoenix couple Delia Garcia and Kelly Stokes decided to take what Delia called a “babymoon” last summer, a few months before the expected arrival of their baby boy. They had always wanted to...

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Irish Eye on Hollywood

John Cusack will appear in The Martian Child, which will also feature his sister, Joan

Amidst all the hype (and jokes) concerning Sylvester Stallone’s latest return to the boxing ring as Rocky Balboa, little was said about the performance given by Belfast native Geraldine Hughes,...

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Tara Keeps Her Crown

April 2006: Tara Conner crowned Miss USA 2006, by Chelsea Cooley – Miss USA 2005

Tara Conner, Miss USA 2006 and Irish America cover story (Oct./Nov.) has been called to task about conduct unbecoming a beauty queen. It seems that the transition from the small town of Russell...

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Waking Up the Irish Echoes

Donald Keough, President of Ireland Mary McAleese, and Martin Naughton. Keough and Naughton funded Notre Dame's Institute for Irish Studies

Notre Dame’s Keough-Naughton Institute for Irish Studies has become renowned for its scholarship and innovation. NIALL O’DOWD reports from South Bend, Indiana. It is three p.m. on November 16,...

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Oileán Iathghlas Éireann: The Emerald Isle

Cross in Phoenix Park, where Pope John Paul II celebrated mass in 1979

In late September, Irish America designer and photographer Patrick Cahalan took a CIE seven-day tour of Ireland. The photos in the next few pages give a taste of his experiences on his first trip to...

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A River Runs Through It

Guthrie Theatre on the Mississippi River in Minneapolis

One Irishman’s Dream Becomes Another’s Reality Joe Dowling stands in the amber glass ninth-floor lobby of the Dowling Studio in the gleaming new Guthrie Theater in downtown Minneapolis....

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The Master Hatter

Philip Treacy in his London studio

Philip Treacy, whose beautiful hats are works of art, draws inspiration from his Irish country childhood As bells pealed out over the village of Ahascragh in County Galway, Father McManus stood under...

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Imagining the Unknown

Colum McCann

In his latest novel, Zoli, Dublin-born Colum McCann proves that part of his talent as a writer lies in his ability  to imagine and capture the lives of the forgotten and oppressed. Colum McCann...

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Man at Work

Brendan Gleeson

Lauren Byrne talks to Brendan Gleeson, one of Ireland’s most prolific actors, about his varied career.  In real life he’s trimmer than his oversized movie presence, but at over six feet and...

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A Southie Homecoming

Michael Patrick MacDonald

Michael Patrick MacDonald talks to Lauren Byrne about growing up in South Boston. The last time I saw Michael Patrick MacDonald an air of tension swirled about him. It was 1999 and All Souls, his...

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The Lion’s Head: Gone But Not Forgotten

The late Dennis Duggan, Judy Joice, Pete Hamill and Frank McCourt at a Barnes & Noble tribute to the Lion's Head

Tom Deignan reminisces about the Lion’s Head, a legendary New York City bar that was a haven for Irish writers, musicians and artists It’s been years now since the famous Lion’s Head bar in...

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Roots: O’Brien

Liam Moriarty looks at one of Ireland's signature names

The O’Briens are an illustrious and prominent clan that has shaped the history of Ireland. The name, also spelt O’Bryan or O’Brian, means “of Brian” indicating descendance from Brian...

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Slainte: Dinner & A Movie

Dated 1581 (source unknown), this illustration shows a rather hostile depiction of an Irish clan chieftain and his followers enjoying a mean

As many readers know, I live in Los Angeles, home to Hollywood and famous for year-round sunshine where even in winter it’s frequently warm enough to get a tan. Personally, I love the dark, cold,...

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From Cork to Dublin: The New Wave

FRED from Cork

Ian Worpole looks at three albums by a fresh crop of Irish musicians A whole New Year, and a whole new crop of Irish rockers set to invade these shores. After 50-odd years of this modern stuff, the...

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Review of Books

Cover Image, Peter Quinn's new book, "Looking for Jimmy: A Search for Irish America"

Peter Quinn’s latest work is a revealing masterpiece that offers an insightful portrait of Irish America In an interview with Irish America last year, novelist Peter Quinn was discussing his Bronx...

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Photo Album: A Brief Moment in Life

Submitted by Mary Pat Burke

In this 1914 photograph, my mother, Katherine Gallagher, and her older siblings, Anne and Bud, pose in front of their home on West Liberty Street in Cincinnati, Ohio. My grandfather Andrew Gallagher...

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Hibernia

Phoenix Couple Turn Tragedy Into Assistance

Phoenix couple Delia Garcia and Kelly Stokes decided to take what Delia called a “babymoon”...

Tara Keeps Her Crown

Tara Conner, Miss USA 2006 and Irish America cover story (Oct./Nov.) has been called to task about...

Waking Up the Irish Echoes

Notre Dame’s Keough-Naughton Institute for Irish Studies has become renowned for its scholarship...

The First Word: The Grip of Mother Ireland

“Like Joyce she has lived in exile but never forgotten a single thing.”  – Professor Declan...

Irish Eye on Hollywood

Amidst all the hype (and jokes) concerning Sylvester Stallone’s latest return to the boxing ring...