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Ulster Scots at Stone Mountain Highland Games

For 38 years, Stone Mountain Park, northeast of Atlanta, Georgia, fills with the sounds of bagpipes, fiddles and harps...

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Kevin Cahill: A Healer on a Global Mission

A TV mini-series could be made about the adventures Dr. Kevin Cahill has had in the various countries he has worked in....

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The History of the Clancy Brothers

As Liam Clancy remembers it, being asked to perform on The Ed Sullivan Show did not seem like a big deal. “We just did not...

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Spread the Music!

Ian Worpole casts his eye over the latest CD offerings in the world of trad/folk music. Lots of great CDs this month, and by...

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In This Issue

Kevin Cahill: A Healer on a Global Mission

Dr. Kevin Cahill in his office

A TV mini-series could be made about the adventures Dr. Kevin Cahill has had in the various countries he has worked in. (After his wife died in 2004, he calculated that he had worked in 65 countries....

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The First Word: Celebrating the Far-Flung Irish

Patricia Harty

When I was young, a visit by two Frenchmen caused great excitement in our house. They were distant cousins – descendants of Oliver Harty who was born in Knockainey, Knocklong, County Limerick in...

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GAA Marks Its 125th Birthday

Croke Park in 1929

The Gaelic Athletic Association staged a spectacular fireworks dis- play at Croke Park in Dublin to commemorate its 125th anniversary since being founded in 1884 in Thurles, Co. Tipperary....

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IrishCentral Launches Global Site

IrishCentral launched in March 2009 to service the Irish diaspora around the world.

The goal of IrishCentral.com is nothing less than putting a nation’s heritage online for the first time, and to reach the 70 million people around the world who identify themselves as Irish. It is...

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The Coke Side of Life

The ad which gave a pleasant surprise to some Irish America readers

How one Coca-Cola ad gave an Irish America reader a very pleasant surprise. The photo at right depicts Anne Marie Nevins and Joseph Michael Kenney on their honeymoon in Ireland in 1932. The image may...

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Irish Eye on Hollywood

Actor James Nesbitt, actor Liam Neeson and director Oliver Hirschbiegel of the film "Five Minutes Of Heaven" poses for a portrait at the Film Lounge Media Center during the 2009 Sundance Film Festival on January 19, 2009 in Park City, Utah.  (Photo by Matt Carr/Getty Images)

Now that Liam Neeson has done the Hollywood blockbuster thing with his very big, very violent hit Taken, he can return to the kinds of movies which have made him such a respected actor. Neeson is...

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The History of the Clancy Brothers

The Clancy Brothers

As Liam Clancy remembers it, being asked to perform on The Ed Sullivan Show did not seem like a big deal. “We just did not understand the significance,” he told Irish America in a recent...

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Those We Lost

The late comedian and writer George Carlin

George Carlin 1937-2008 George Carlin, whose father was born in Donegal in 1888, died of heart failure on June 22. Born and raised in Manhattan, Carlin served in the Air Force before embarking on his...

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Ulster Scots at Stone Mountain Highland Games

For 38 years, Stone Mountain Park, northeast of Atlanta, Georgia, fills with the sounds of bagpipes, fiddles and harps during the third weekend in October for the Stone Mountain Highland Games and...

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Roots: The Famous Flynns

The Flynn family coat of arms

Flynn, or O Floinn in Irish, is high on the list of the most popular names in Ireland. It is derived from the Gaelic personal name Flann, which, when applied to a person, connotes a ruddy complexion....

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Sláinte!: The Tree of Life

Though I am at most times a mild-mannered pacifist, last week I had a meltdown. But I had a good reason. I was fighting to save a tree. Every winter since moving into my Fifties Bungalow in 2002, I...

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Spread the Music!

Beoga's newest release

Ian Worpole casts his eye over the latest CD offerings in the world of trad/folk music. Lots of great CDs this month, and by way of a preamble, I’ve been thinking lately about how the great...

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Review of Books

The Beatles and Ireland

Recommended Back in the mid-1990s, it seemed like everything Irish was cool. Bono was a global rock star, Riverdance was an international sensation, and Frank McCourt sold millions of books. Then,...

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Hibernia

GAA Marks Its 125th Birthday

The Gaelic Athletic Association staged a spectacular fireworks dis- play at Croke Park in Dublin to...

Those We Lost

George Carlin 1937-2008 George Carlin, whose father was born in Donegal in 1888, died of heart...

Irish Eye on Hollywood

Now that Liam Neeson has done the Hollywood blockbuster thing with his very big, very violent hit...

IrishCentral Launches Global Site

The goal of IrishCentral.com is nothing less than putting a nation’s heritage online for the...

The Coke Side of Life

How one Coca-Cola ad gave an Irish America reader a very pleasant surprise. The photo at right...