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Everywhere He Wants to Be: Michael O’Hara Lynch

He travels the globe putting sponsorship deals together and whether it’s the soccer World Cup in South Africa or the...

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The Unbearable Lightness of Kevin Bruen

It’s no exaggeration to say that Ken Bruen could have stepped from the pages of one of his own novels. In fact if he...

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Pennsylvania’s Irish

From the coal mines to Hollywood, the Pennsylvania Irish have shaped America for over three centuries. William Penn may have...

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Darina Allen: Simply Delicious

Irish chef, TV personality and founder of Ballymaloe Cookery School, Darina Allen’s enthusiasm for food has brought the...

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Mission Responsible: Fr. Séamus Finn

A past president of the board of ICCR, Fr. Séamus Finn currently serves on the executive committee of 3IG, which represents...

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In This Issue

Everywhere He Wants to Be: Michael O’Hara Lynch

He travels the globe putting sponsorship deals together and whether it’s the soccer World Cup in South Africa or the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs or the Olympics in Beijing,  Visa’s Michael...

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The First Word: Isle of Hope, Isle of Tears

Céad míle fáilte: Editor-in-Chief Patricia Harty welcomes you to the new IrishAmerica.com

My god, what they went through to get here.  Whenever I forget the lot of early Irish immigrants to America, something pulls me back. As I write this, I have open in front of me a book called...

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A Letter to the Editor: Mission Possible

I felt compelled to write you and say thank you for unintentionally helping my family. Because you put a group of wonderful people in the same room (for the awards ceremony of your “Top 100 Best...

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A Window on the Past

Immigrants awaiting inspection

This book is lovingly dedicated to my son, Max George, whose great-grand-father Edward Conway immigrated to America in 1900 at the age of 18. Arriving at Ellis Island from Ballina, Ireland, he had...

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The Save Tara Campaign

Photo by Paula Geraghty

The harp that once through Tara’s halls The soul of music shed, Now hangs as mute on Tara’s walls As if that soul were fled. – Thomas Moore The Save Tara Campaign spread its wings to New York...

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Irish Man Builds Houses for Homeless in South Africa

Pictured here at the global launch in New York of the Niall Mellon Township Trust's radical plan to house 300,000 African homeless by 2010, are (L/R) Kieran McLoughlin, President of the American Ireland Fund, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, and NMTT founder, Niall Mellon. Photo by Enrique Cubillo, Lantern Light Productions

New York, September 24, 2007: Irish philanthropist, Niall Mellon, unveiled plans to build the world’s first not-for-profit housing super-factory in South Africa in response to the inability of...

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A Celebration of Grace Kelly

June 10, 1961: Princess Grace  and  Prince Rainier on their official visit to Ireland.

The Irish flag flew over Sotheby’s on October 15, 2007 when the  exhibit “Grace, Princess of Monaco: A Tribute to the Life and Legacy of Grace Kelly” opened as part of a ten-day “Celebration...

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Irish Eye on Hollywood

Michael Madsen in a scene from Strength and Honor.

The Irish and boxing are longtime Hollywood staples, from John Wayne as the reluctant slugger in The Quiet Man right up to Russell Crowe in Cinderella Man and Hilary Swank in Million Dollar Baby. In...

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Darina Allen: Simply Delicious

Darina Allen offers advice to one of her students.

Irish chef, TV personality and founder of Ballymaloe Cookery School, Darina Allen’s enthusiasm for food has brought the Allen family to prominence and made her a true celebrity in Ireland. But it...

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Mission Responsible: Fr. Séamus Finn

A past president of the board of ICCR, Fr. Séamus Finn currently serves on the executive committee of 3IG, which represents a post-9/11 coming together of the major world religions to participate in...

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Mary Black

Mary Black, one of Ireland’s most-loved performers, is back in the spotlight with Full Tide, her finest and most critically acclaimed album in many years. Mary Black and her siblings, Frances,...

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Pennsylvania’s Irish

Sean Connery as Jack Kehoe in the 1970 movie The Molly Maguires.

From the coal mines to Hollywood, the Pennsylvania Irish have shaped America for over three centuries. William Penn may have been a trailblazer when it came to American freedom and religious...

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Conlon’s American Dream

Just 17 years ago at age 20, Sean Conlon arrived in this country and stayed in the basement of a cousin who put him to work as a custodian of some rental properties the cousin owned. Now at 38, he is...

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Review of Books

IrelandNow

Recommended In October, Dublin-born novelist and short story writer Anne Enright won the Man Booker Prize for Fiction with her latest novel The Gathering. The book takes a close look at how the past...

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The Unbearable Lightness of Kevin Bruen

Galway Crime author Ken Bruen pictured with his daughter Grace at the launch of his book " Priest" in the Nuns Island Arts Center on Thursday. Photo by Reg Gordon

It’s no exaggeration to say that Ken Bruen could have stepped from the pages of one of his own novels. In fact if he didn’t already exist, he would have had to make himself up. Not that Bruen, a...

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Roots: The Proud History of the Reidy Clan

Reidy coat of arms

The Reidy family surname  (also Reedy, Riedy, Reid, and O’Reidy) is an Anglicized version of the Gaelic name Ó Riada. The family was part of the Dalcassian sept and in early Gaelic times lived in...

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Photo Album: The Legacy of Grandma Bell

The Bell family leaving their home in Crossgar, County Down for America in 1925

In this photograph taken in 1925, my mother Kathleen (far left) and her ten siblings pose with their parents, Sam and Ellen Bell, as they leave their home in Crossgar, County Down, Northern...

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Sive and the Ghosts of Ireland’s Past

Fiana Tobin (top) and Wrenn Schmidt

It was Frank McCourt who first brought Sive to New York. A friend at the Irish Players, a 1950s New York theater group, now defunct, that showcased Irish classics, requested that he carry her...

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A Celebration of Grace Kelly

The Irish flag flew over Sotheby’s on October 15, 2007 when the  exhibit “Grace, Princess of...

A Window on the Past

This book is lovingly dedicated to my son, Max George, whose great-grand-father Edward Conway...

The Save Tara Campaign

The harp that once through Tara’s halls The soul of music shed, Now hangs as mute on Tara’s...

Irish Eye on Hollywood

The Irish and boxing are longtime Hollywood staples, from John Wayne as the reluctant slugger in...

Irish Man Builds Houses for Homeless in South Africa

New York, September 24, 2007: Irish philanthropist, Niall Mellon, unveiled plans to build the...