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April / May 2008

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Please Treasure Our History

Many of you out there in the diaspora are in possession of treasures of our history which we here at home either carelessly...

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The Greening of Silicon Valley

Scan the upper ranks of some of Silicon Valley’s top technology powerhouses and you’ll find them strewn with Irish names...

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The Chieftain of Endurance

With St. Patrick’s season came the mighty Chieftains and their annual tour of the U.S., which began in Albuquerque in...

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Irish American of the Year: Thomas Moran

The name Moran is a derivative of the Irish word mór meaning big.  Tom Moran, our somewhat reluctant Irish-American of the...

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Irish American of the Year: Thomas Moran

The name Moran is a derivative of the Irish word mór meaning big.  Tom Moran, our somewhat reluctant Irish-American of the Year (I suspect he agreed to accept the honor in the hopes that it would...

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The First Word: America’s Gung-ho Spirit

Niall O’Dowd first introduced to me the idea that it was time for peace in Northern Ireland. I was living in San Francisco at the time and working for The Irishman (a newspaper Niall had founded)....

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Top Honors for Sir James Galway and Lady Jeanne

Sir James Galway and Lady Jeanne Galway received Irish America’s “Artistic Achievement Award” at this year’s Top 100 Awards ceremony. The presentation came at the end of the Galways’...

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The High Kings are Stepping Out

Celtic Woman took the world by storm when they debuted in 2004, topping the charts and touring to standing-room-only audiences. Now it’s the boys’ turn. Meet the High Kings, a quartet of...

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Irish Eye on Hollywood

Saoirse Ronan (featured in our Top 100, page 44) didn’t take home an Academy Award at the big show on February 24, but the 13-year-old Hollywood star has a busy 2008 planned. Ronan was nominated as...

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Emotional Return to Belfast for Liam Neeson

New York-based movie star Liam Neeson flew home to Northern Ireland in January to take part in the final curtain call at Belfast’s historic Lyric Players Theatre on the banks of the River Lagan...

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Oscar joy for Once and Day-Lewis

It was a victorious night for the Irish independent movie Once, as its stars and songwriters Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova picked up an Oscar for best original song for “Falling Slowly” at the...

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The Greening of Silicon Valley

Scan the upper ranks of some of Silicon Valley’s top technology powerhouses and you’ll find them strewn with Irish names like gorse on a Kerry hillside.  These executives have helped pick their...

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Please Treasure Our History

Many of you out there in the diaspora are in possession of treasures of our history which we here at home either carelessly lost or callously threw away into the footprints of the Celtic Tiger. That...

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The Chieftain of Endurance

With St. Patrick’s season came the mighty Chieftains and their annual tour of the U.S., which began in Albuquerque in February and ended up at Carnegie Hall on March 17.  What to say about these...

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Photo Album: The Dreary Sisters

John Deary was the son of Patrick and Beatrice Deary, who emigrated from near Kerry in the 1850’s, eventually settling in Rhode Island.  Likewise, Katherine Close was the daughter of James and...

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Sláinte!: A Charmed Life

My friend Michael says he has a charming mother. He hastens to add: “I know you think we all do, but my mother has charms other than the ones on her gold bracelet. She has the ability to stop...

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Review of Books

Fiction In 2005, The Sunday Business Post cited up-and-coming author John Boyne as one of 40 Irish people under 40 who were likely to be “the movers and shakers who will define the...

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The High Kings are Stepping Out

Celtic Woman took the world by storm when they debuted in 2004, topping the charts and touring to...

Top Honors for Sir James Galway and Lady Jeanne

Sir James Galway and Lady Jeanne Galway received Irish America’s “Artistic Achievement Award”...

Irish Eye on Hollywood

Saoirse Ronan (featured in our Top 100, page 44) didn’t take home an Academy Award at the big...

Oscar joy for Once and Day-Lewis

It was a victorious night for the Irish independent movie Once, as its stars and songwriters Glen...

Emotional Return to Belfast for Liam Neeson

New York-based movie star Liam Neeson flew home to Northern Ireland in January to take part in the...