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August / September 2008

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Ashley Davis: Finding Herself Through Her Past

Ashley Davis has only released one CD so far, but it’s a gem, garnering her much attention in the Irish musical...

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In the Name of the Fada: Comedian Des Bishop

God help the Irish language!  Faced with insurmountable obstacles, it’s on the brink of extinction. You’ve heard such...

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Review of Books

Recommended Until releasing his latest novel, Joseph O’Neill was best known for his “family history” Blood-Dark Track...

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The Marvelous McDonaghs

McDonagh is one of the rarer surnames of Ireland, but exists also as MacDonagh, MacDonough, Donogh, and Donagh. The modern...

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The Tragedy of the Hannah

In April 1849, a ship carrying Irish immigrants hit an iceberg in the Gulf of St. Lawrence. John Kernaghan writes on the...

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In This Issue

The Global Irishman: Brendan McDonagh

Brendan McDonagh of HSBC

HSBC’s Brendan McDonagh is a new breed of international Irishman. Just six months after assuming his job as head of HSBC Finance in North America, Brendan McDonagh volunteered to appear before...

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The First Word: Global Irish

Patricia Harty

As more and more talk turns to globalization, the Irish are in a unique position – in terms of the global context, we are already there.  Whether it is running the world’s top rated hotel in...

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Robert Downey Jr. & Sr. Moments

Robert Downey Jr. and his father

Iron Man started the summer block busting season with a $100.7 million opening at the box office, and marked a tremendous comeback for 43-year-old actor Robert Downey Jr., who in recent years has...

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Irish Eye on Hollywood

Scottish movie director Peter Mullan holds the "Golden Lion" prize in Venice, Italy, Sunday, Sept. 8, 2002. Mullan won the "Golden Lion" for his movie "The Magdalene Sisters" at the 59th Venice Film Festival. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)

Amidst the popcorn blockbusters of the summer, keep an eye out for veterans as well as up-and-coming Irish talent in Hollywood. First up, Pierce Brosnan stars alongside Meryl Streep in Mamma Mia!,...

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A Wilde Hotel in London

Drawing room the Cadogen Hotel in London

The Irish are travel birds. There’s probably not a spot on the globe where they haven’t touched down and built a nest or two. And finding corners of Ireland even in the most obscure places is...

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More Than Just Round of Golf

Old Head Lighthouse on the 4th hole

I was fortunate to play the Old Head Golf Links on my most recent trip to Ireland.  The Links is one of the most unique golf courses ever conceived. It is built on a 220-acre diamond of land,...

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The Tragedy of the Hannah

An illustartion of the Hannah ship

In April 1849, a ship carrying Irish immigrants hit an iceberg in the Gulf of St. Lawrence. John Kernaghan writes on the incident, and of plans for a documentary as Quebec celebrates its 400th...

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In the Name of the Fada: Comedian Des Bishop

Comedian and Irish language learner Des Bishop

God help the Irish language!  Faced with insurmountable obstacles, it’s on the brink of extinction. You’ve heard such doom-laden predictions before, perhaps even in articles I’ve written. ...

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Chicago and the Irish

Mayor Richard J. Daley leading the St. Pat's day parade with Lord Mayor Robert Briscoe of Dublin, Ireland.

Before he was president, Barack Obama was an ambitious young politician who learned a valuable lesson thanks to the Chicago Irish. The year was 1999. Obama, a state senator, announced he was going to...

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A Flying Javelin: Marjorie Larney

A young Marjorie Larney

When I competed for the U.S. in my first Olympics in Helsinki in 1952, I was only 15, the youngest javelin thrower ever and that record still stands today. But the most wonderful part about...

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Strong Echoes of Ireland at Book Fair

Alphie McCourt

“When I walked in this morning I was overwhelmed.  I heard the siren call of books from every corner, and I didn’t know which one to answer. There’s an openness at the BookExpo, a kind of...

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Review of Books

Hidden History of Boston Irish

Recommended Until releasing his latest novel, Joseph O’Neill was best known for his “family history” Blood-Dark Track (about his grandfather who was an IRA soldier) and his regular, insightful...

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Ashley Davis: Finding Herself Through Her Past

Ashley Davis' first release

Ashley Davis has only released one CD so far, but it’s a gem, garnering her much attention in the Irish musical community. Ian: Ashley,  you’re a resident of New York City, but right now...

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The Marvelous McDonaghs

McDonagh family crest

McDonagh is one of the rarer surnames of Ireland, but exists also as MacDonagh, MacDonough, Donogh, and Donagh. The modern forms of the name are derived from Mac Donnchadha, which originates from the...

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Sláinte!: Dancing at Lughnasa

An illustration of the god Lugh of Irish folklore

Of all the months of the year, only August has no ‘official’ holiday. That’s poor marketing if you ask me. Holidays generate more ‘stimulus’ to the economic calendar than any paltry...

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Hibernia

A Wilde Hotel in London

The Irish are travel birds. There’s probably not a spot on the globe where they haven’t touched...

More Than Just Round of Golf

I was fortunate to play the Old Head Golf Links on my most recent trip to Ireland.  The Links is...

Robert Downey Jr. & Sr. Moments

Iron Man started the summer block busting season with a $100.7 million opening at the box office,...

Irish Eye on Hollywood

Amidst the popcorn blockbusters of the summer, keep an eye out for veterans as well as...