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October / November 2007

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Chuck Feeney: An Excerpt from The Billionaire Who Wasn’t

 The Billionaire Who Wasn’t by Conor O’Clery tells the story of Chuck Feeney, a young Irish-American who became rich...

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Padraig’s Day

If you drive across the mountain road that borders south Dublin, chances are you will see Padraig Harrington at work in the...

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The First Family of Irish America

Back in July, Bronx Irish Catholic Edwin F. O’Brien, after a 40-year career as a priest, military chaplain and aide to two...

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Cathie Ryan: Home is Where the Music Is

My mum had a phrase that fascinated me – whenever something like the vacuum cleaner showed signs of failure, she would...

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A Rockaway Welcome for Wounded Warriors

It could be a scene unfolding in any small town in America, grateful people welcoming home war heroes.  Not too common...

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In This Issue

Padraig’s Day

If you drive across the mountain road that borders south Dublin, chances are you will see Padraig Harrington at work in the garden that serves as his office. Out the back of a modest but large...

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The First Word: We’ve
Come a Long Way

“Rise again, rise again / Tho’ your heart, it be broken / Your life about to end / No matter what you’ve lost / A home, a love, a friend / Be like the Mary Ellen Carter / Rise again.” –...

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New York Takes Rose of Tralee Title

New York Rose Lisa Murtagh became the 48th Rose of Tralee on August 22 at the Festival Dome in Tralee, County Kerry. The Yonkers native, who beat out 30 contestants from all over the globe, is the...

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Arts Flourish in Galway

Tourists and art aficionados crowded the streets of Galway City for the 30th annual Galway Arts Festival during the last two weeks of July. Despite the rainiest summer Ireland has seen in years, the...

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Irish Eye on Hollywood

Harry Potter’s screen pal Evanna Lynch isn’t the only Irish girl taking Hollywood by storm. In October, Saoirse Ronan will begin shooting the highly anticipated movie The Lovely Bones, which...

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Cape Breton Awash in Celtic Colors

It was over a decade ago that an imaginative union of tourism and cultural heritage formed to create the Celtic Colours International Festival  in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia.  With the 11th annual...

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A Legend Who Loved Ireland

In his 2002 memoir Merv: Making the Good Life Last, show business legend Merv Griffin recalled the moment when it seemed he’d finally made it in the entertainment world.  People started looking at...

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Genius and a Gent:
Bill Walsh Remembered

When Bill Walsh took over the head coaching job of the San Francisco 49ers in the late 1970s, the team was among the worst in the National Football League. In just a few years, Walsh transformed...

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The First Family of Irish America

Back in July, Bronx Irish Catholic Edwin F. O’Brien, after a 40-year career as a priest, military chaplain and aide to two cardinals, was named the new Archbishop of Baltimore. The archdiocese...

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A Rockaway Welcome for Wounded Warriors

It could be a scene unfolding in any small town in America, grateful people welcoming home war heroes.  Not too common anymore, except in Rockaway Beach, New York, where it has become an annual...

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Chuck Feeney: An Excerpt from The Billionaire Who Wasn’t

 The Billionaire Who Wasn’t by Conor O’Clery tells the story of Chuck Feeney, a young Irish-American who became rich beyond his dreams, only to give it all away through his fund Atlantic...

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Review of Books

Fiction A few years back, Irish novelist Joseph O’Connor wrote Star of the Sea, an ambitious, multi-layered novel set mainly during the voyage of an Irish famine coffin ship. The book was a...

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Cathie Ryan: Home is Where the Music Is

My mum had a phrase that fascinated me – whenever something like the vacuum cleaner showed signs of failure, she would say, “Oh, it’s going home.” I’ve always had a vision of what a strange...

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Remembering Tommy Makem

When Tommy Makem died on August 1,the worldlost not only a great musician and storyteller but an original thinker, who was passionate about Ireland, and  unfailingly gracious. We’ll not see...

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Sláinte!: Ballinasloe’s
Great October Fair

An Irish adage advises: Go East for a woman; go West for a horse. When I was a girl I had a bicycle. I wanted a horse. That was not in the cards for this city child, so I named my bike Lightening and...

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Irish Eye on Hollywood

Harry Potter’s screen pal Evanna Lynch isn’t the only Irish girl taking Hollywood by storm. In...

Arts Flourish in Galway

Tourists and art aficionados crowded the streets of Galway City for the 30th annual Galway Arts...

A Legend Who Loved Ireland

In his 2002 memoir Merv: Making the Good Life Last, show business legend Merv Griffin recalled the...

New York Takes Rose of Tralee Title

New York Rose Lisa Murtagh became the 48th Rose of Tralee on August 22 at the Festival Dome in...

Cape Breton Awash in Celtic Colors

It was over a decade ago that an imaginative union of tourism and cultural heritage formed to...

Genius and a Gent:
Bill Walsh Remembered

When Bill Walsh took over the head coaching job of the San Francisco 49ers in the late 1970s, the...