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The US Ireland Forum Highlights

The inaugural U.S.-Ireland Forum was held in New York on November 7 and 8. Irish America magazine, together with The...

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She Writes What She Knows: Alice McDermott

More than any other writer over the past quarter century, Alice McDermott has chronicled the joys and tragedies of...

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The US Ireland Forum: Don Keough’s Address

Does the Diaspora Matter? Keynote speaker and principal honoree at the forum dinner Don Keough, chairman of Allen &...

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The US Ireland Forum: Hugh Brady’s Address

The U.S.-Ireland Forum got off to a good start when Dr. Hugh Brady, President of University College Dublin, announced that...

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Innocence Shatter By Kennedy’s Assasination

“Wish I’d been a kid back then.” That’s my children’s usual reaction after listening to story swapping at family...

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In This Issue

The Reluctant Star: Ciaran Hinds

Actor Ciaran Hinds

Ciarán Hinds is lovely.  Now, perhaps I shouldn’t admit that because part of Hinds’ attraction is that  he remains somewhat of an unknown. In fact, one fan found it so hard to find information...

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The First Word: The Diaspora

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

Does the diaspora matter? That was the key issue of discussion at the U.S.-Ireland Forum. The first ever conference on the Irish diaspora was held in New York City in November. It drew upwards of...

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Irish Eye on Hollywood

John Rhys Meyers stars as Louis Connelly in August Rush

Many TV critics have argued that since The Sopranos went off the air, HBO has been a bit adrift. Well, now the cable channel is turning to Irish stage and screen veteran Gabriel Byrne for what can...

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An Evening with Joe O’Connor and Colum McCann

Authors Joseph O'Connor (left) and Colum McCann (right)

Irish novelists Joseph O’Connor and Colum McCann enthralled an audience at the New York Public Library on November 14.  As part of the fall program at the Dorothy and Lewis Cullman Center,...

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The US Ireland Forum Highlights

Tom Moran of Mutual of America with Patricia Harty and Niall O'Dowd

The inaugural U.S.-Ireland Forum was held in New York on November 7 and 8. Irish America magazine, together with The American Ireland Fund, University College Dublin, and the Irish Government...

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The US Ireland Forum: Hugh Brady’s Address

Hugh Brady (UCD), Keiran McLoughlin (American Ireland Fund), Niall O'Dowd (Irish America magazine), dancer Michael Flatley

The U.S.-Ireland Forum got off to a good start when Dr. Hugh Brady, President of University College Dublin, announced that funding had been obtained to assist the university in establishing an...

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The US Ireland Forum: Don Keough’s Address

Donald Keough, Keynote speaker at the US Ireland Forum

Does the Diaspora Matter? Keynote speaker and principal honoree at the forum dinner Don Keough, chairman of Allen & Company and former president of Coca-Cola, gave a stirring speech that captured...

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The Irish in California

(Right): Hollywood legend James Cagney who had Irish roots.

in 2005, when it became clear that the Ronald Reagan Pub in Ballyporeen, Tipperary was no longer a viable novelty to locals or tourists, Irish-American businessman and Republican booster Frederick...

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Omagh Bombing Case Collapses

Police stand in the rubble after a car-bomb ripped through the market town killing over twenty people August 15. Republican dissidents opposed to the Irish peace process are being blamed. / Photo by Crispin Rodell

Belfast Crown Court acquitted Sean Hoey of all charges in connection with the 1998 Omagh bombing, which claimed the lives of 29 civilians. Hoey, a 38-year-old electrician from Jonesboro, Co. Armagh,...

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The French Connection: Cocaine in Ireland

The death of model Katy French shocked a lot of people who seemed to think that cocaine was risk free

The death of top model Katy French a few weeks ago from a cocaine overdose has finally woken Ireland up to the fact that we are in the middle of a cocaine epidemic. Cocaine use has now permeated all...

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The Trouble with Irish Language

Kate O’Connor, Fergus Ó Flaithbheartaigh, John Moriarty and John Sheehy – all members of a committee which is campaigning to reinstate Dingle’s bilingual names.

With the Irish language under threat of extinction, you would think the Gaeltacht, small pockets of Ireland where Irish is still spoken, would be a safe haven for our native tongue.  Not so. The day...

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The Magic of Yeats Country Lives On

Summer school students, including Bridget English, second from left, outside McGarrigle’s Pub on O’Connell Street in Sligo

Ed: This post originally appeared in the February / March issue of Irish America after Bridget English was sent on assignment to attend the Yeats International Summer School the previous summer. The...

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Innocence Shatter By Kennedy’s Assasination

Front row, Mike, third from right, in a 1968 class photo.

“Wish I’d been a kid back then.” That’s my children’s usual reaction after listening to story swapping at family gatherings. “Then” was the 1960s. While they think of tie-dyed shirts, ...

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She Writes What She Knows: Alice McDermott

Photo by Eames Armstrong

More than any other writer over the past quarter century, Alice McDermott has chronicled the joys and tragedies of Irish-American families.  Alice McDermott’s novels explore love, loss, faith and...

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Review of Books

Irish Century Series One of the most ambitious projects in recent Irish fiction will be completed when Morgan Llywelyn’s 1999:  A Novel of the Celtic Tiger and the Search for Peace is published in...

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Roots: The Finnegan Clan

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James Joyce immortalized the name for all time in his 1939 novel Finnegans Wake. But literary giants aside, “Finnegan” is one of the most recognizable Irish surnames of our times. The Finnegan...

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Ceol Na nGael

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About ten years ago I stumbled into the traditional Irish music scene and life has never been quite the same. My first article for this magazine was about that experience, but this time around I’d...

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Sláinte!: Ireland Conquers The World

Fado Pub in Chicago, one of the Irish Pub Company’s brands.

Pining for a pint of stout, an earful of blarney, and a toe-tapping fiddle tune but find yourself far removed from the Emerald Isle? Fret not. Edythe Preet has the answer. Be ye in an off-island...

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Photo Album: One Family & Their Dog

This snapshot of my grandparents, my uncle, and the family mutt was taken in 1950 on my mother’s first and only return to County Mayo for a family event. She left in 1915 as a 16-year-old girl and...

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An Evening with Joe O’Connor and Colum McCann

Irish novelists Joseph O’Connor and Colum McCann enthralled an audience at the New York Public...

Irish Eye on Hollywood

Many TV critics have argued that since The Sopranos went off the air, HBO has been a bit adrift....

The French Connection: Cocaine in Ireland

The death of top model Katy French a few weeks ago from a cocaine overdose has finally woken...

Omagh Bombing Case Collapses

Belfast Crown Court acquitted Sean Hoey of all charges in connection with the 1998 Omagh bombing,...