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June / July 2007

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Ardal O’Hanlon: A Comic Worth His Salt

Best known to TV audiences from the sitcoms Father Ted and My Hero, Ardal O’Hanlon decided it was time to develop his...

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John Banville: A Master Stylist Turns to Crıme

Like James Joyce and Samuel Beckett, the name John Banville is frequently mentioned in the reverent tones reserved for...

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The Pogues: They’re Back! (Almost)

Ian Worpole never managed to be in the right place at the right time to catch The Pogues live, but there’s always next...

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The 1930s: When Irish Catholics Changed America

 Before the decade was over, America would be a vastly different nation,  thanks in no small part to Irish...

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The Céide Fields

Liam Moriarty explores the Stone Age archaeological wonder in County Mayo. When one thinks of Stone Age archaeological...

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In This Issue

Peace at last in Northern Ireland?

Though political tensions linger, the Northern Ireland Assembly is up and running and both communities are working together for the future. The Reverend Ian Paisley, leader of the Democratic Unionist...

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Bliss to Be Alive

Belfast: “Bliss it was to be alive” the poet William Wordsworth once wrote. It felt like that in Belfast on Tuesday, May 8th. What the world thought was once impossible was suddenly live before...

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The Old Sod Blooms at Philly Flower Show

It wasn’t merely the classic ‘bit of the auld sod’ when the Legends of Ireland commanded center stage at the Philadelphia Flower Show in early March. It was an attempt by North America’s...

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Irish Eye on Hollywood

The Tribeca Film Festival opened in late April, and Cillian Murphy’s latest effort was among the films featured. Watching the Detectives, which teams the Cork-born Murphy with Lucy Liu, was...

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De Valera’s “Tree of Liberty” at Notre Dame

Captured in May 1918 and imprisoned in Lincoln Prison, England, Eamon de Valera, Ireland’s future president, escaped in dramatic fashion on February 3, 1919. Fearing the propaganda boost his...

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While Mem’ry Brings Us Back Again

Memory is the bond that ties us to home, even when we are far away. And now a stirring book produced by The Aisling Irish Community Center in Yonkers explores the connections Irish immigrants to New...

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Stars of the Southwest

With an estimated 450,000 Irish and counting living in Arizona, it’s suitable that the Irish Cultural Center of Phoenix’s expansion plans were celebrated with an exhibit of one of the largest and...

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Okie Faces & Irish Eyes: John Steinbeck & Route 66

The ad man knew what he was doing. Hired to write copy about a road that didn’t yet exist, he had an idea: create something out of whole cloth. He had as his subject an about-to-be-named...

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The Céide Fields

Liam Moriarty explores the Stone Age archaeological wonder in County Mayo. When one thinks of Stone Age archaeological sites, Stonehenge, Altamira and Newgrange may come to mind. Most likely The...

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The Prosecutor Goes to Dublin

Fresh from securing a conviction of Vice President Dick Cheney’s chief of staff Scooter Libby, Chicago federal prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald appeared in Dublin the day before St. Patrick’s Day to...

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The 1930s: When Irish Catholics Changed America

 Before the decade was over, America would be a vastly different nation,  thanks in no small part to Irish Catholics.  Nineteen hundred and twenty-eight was a dark year for Irish Catholics in...

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The Pogues: They’re Back! (Almost)

Ian Worpole never managed to be in the right place at the right time to catch The Pogues live, but there’s always next year, and in the meantime there’s the re-release of all of the band’s...

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Review of Books

Fiction In books such as The Butcher Boy and Breakfast on Pluto, Patrick McCabe has displayed a great interest in the macabre. McCabe’s latest, Winterwood, could be his darkest work yet, with a...

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Ardal O’Hanlon: A Comic Worth His Salt

Best known to TV audiences from the sitcoms Father Ted and My Hero, Ardal O’Hanlon decided it was time to develop his “own thing.” He talked to Lauren Byrne after a stand-up gig in...

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John Banville: A Master Stylist Turns to Crıme

Like James Joyce and Samuel Beckett, the name John Banville is frequently mentioned in the reverent tones reserved for writers more often invoked than read. His prose, lush and hypnotic, is flecked...

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Sláinte!: Comfort & Coincidence

A Wedding Day and Bloomsday Coincide Coincidences never cease to amaze me. Once is, well, coincidence. Twice, will earn a ‘hmmm.’ Three times, sends the eyebrows soaring. But when something...

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The Last Word: Freud, The Irish & The Departed

Abdon M. Pallasch ponders the truth of a provocative line from the movie The Departed. “What Freud said about the Irish is: We’re the only people who are impervious to psychoanalysis,” declares...

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Photo Album: From Annestown to Owosso

My grandmother Johannah Phelan was born in Annestown, Tramore, County Waterford, Ireland in 1849.  She emigrated to the United States in 1873, her passage paid by her aunt and uncle, Patrick and...

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Roots: The Keogh Clan

Keough, Keogh, Kehoe, O’Hoey, Hoy, Haughy, Haugh and MacKeogh are all derivatives of the Irish surname Mac Eochaidh. The clan originated, predominantly, in Leinster, and Kehoe is a common name in...

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Maeve Binchy: The Queen of Chick Lit

UPDATE: Maeve Binchy, one of Ireland’s national treasures, passed away on July 30, 2012, in Dublin. Sharon Ní Chonchúir’s 2007 interview with Binchy, below, captures her incredible...

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While Mem’ry Brings Us Back Again

Memory is the bond that ties us to home, even when we are far away. And now a stirring book...

Stars of the Southwest

With an estimated 450,000 Irish and counting living in Arizona, it’s suitable that the Irish...

De Valera’s “Tree of Liberty” at Notre Dame

Captured in May 1918 and imprisoned in Lincoln Prison, England, Eamon de Valera, Ireland’s future...

The Prosecutor Goes to Dublin

Fresh from securing a conviction of Vice President Dick Cheney’s chief of staff Scooter Libby,...

The Old Sod Blooms at Philly Flower Show

It wasn’t merely the classic ‘bit of the auld sod’ when the Legends of Ireland commanded...

Irish Eye on Hollywood

The Tribeca Film Festival opened in late April, and Cillian Murphy’s latest effort was among the...