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Thomas Cahill: Civilization on Trial

I first encountered Thomas Cahill in the reading requirements for ninth grade history, where Mr. Dachille’s designation of...

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The Irish in Early Baseball

More than two dozen sons of  Irish immigrants, who played in the 1880-1920 period, are enshrined in the Baseball Hall of...

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The Life of Brian Moynihan

Bank of America’s Brian Moynihan says  “It doesn’t all break your way all the time, so you’ve got to just power...

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Trading With the Enemy: Irish Merchants

On November 2, 1759, a veritable riot broke out along several blocks of lower Manhattan. The target of the torch-bearing...

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The Human Cry: An Appreciation of Francis Bacon

If, in 1964, you were to have asked me which two things excited me most, aside of course from ‘The Siren Call of Sex’ as...

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In This Issue

The Life of Brian Moynihan

Brian Moynihan, CEO of Bank of America

Bank of America’s Brian Moynihan says  “It doesn’t all break your way all the time, so you’ve got to just power through it.”  He has the look of an athlete, compact with broad shoulders....

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The First Word: Finding Strength in Our Ancestors

Patricia Harty

“There’s no sense of entitlement, no sense of placement, it’s all a sense of you’ve got to go out and work hard to get there. It doesn’t all break your way all the time, so you’ve got to...

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International Relief Efforts During the Famine

An Irish family during the Famine.

The Irish government designated 17 May 2009 as the first National Famine Memorial Day. On that day, Irish people throughout the world remembered and honored the victims of Ireland’s Great Hunger...

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Irish American Named Teacher of the Year

President Obama presents Anthony Mullen with Teacher of the Year award

The first Rose Garden ceremony of President Obama’s administration occurred this April 28 and honored Irish American Anthony Mullen, who was lauded as the 59th National Teacher of the Year for...

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My Goodness My Guinness!

A collection of Guiness' colorful labels over the years

Tradition. A word that embodies Guinness, a brand which this year is celebrating its 250th anniversary. In 1759, Arthur Guinness set the stage for the iconic brand by signing a 9,000-year lease at...

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Frankie Gavin Back with De Dannan

Frankie Gavin and De Dannan

De Dannan, along with The Bothy Band, Planxty and The Chieftains, is one of the seminal super-group Irish traditional bands that started up in the heady days of the 1970s and have powered along in...

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The Human Cry: An Appreciation of Francis Bacon

If, in 1964, you were to have asked me which two things excited me most, aside of course from ‘The Siren Call of Sex’ as the poet Philip Larkin put it, I would have answered, the Ronettes and the...

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Those We Lost

Danny La Rue

Chuck Daly 1930-2009 Charles Jerome “Chuck” Daly, head N.B.A. coach and Hall of Fame inductee, died at age 78 on May 9 of pancreatic cancer in Jupiter, Florida. Born in St. Mary’s,...

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Thomas Cahill: Civilization on Trial

Thomas Cahill author of How the Irish Saved Civilization

I first encountered Thomas Cahill in the reading requirements for ninth grade history, where Mr. Dachille’s designation of Cahill’s book The Gifts of the Jews as a substitute for the dry...

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The Irish in Early Baseball

More than two dozen sons of  Irish immigrants, who played in the 1880-1920 period, are enshrined in the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown. Many other great Irish players have made their mark on...

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Review of Books

Recommended Edna O’Brien is best known for her provocative novels which, over a span of nearly five decades, have broken daring ground all across the world, but particularly in Ireland, where she...

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Trading With the Enemy: Irish Merchants

Merchant's Coffee House

On November 2, 1759, a veritable riot broke out along several blocks of lower Manhattan. The target of the torch-bearing crowds was a man deemed to be a “rogue” and informer named George Spencer....

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Jane Sullivan Robert’s Rules for Success

Jane Sullivan Roberts and Justice John Roberts on their wedding day.

Her husband may be Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, but Jane Sullivan Roberts is an amazing success story all her own. Jane Sullivan Roberts, 54, is one of those rare Washington women who won’t...

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Sláinte!: Bless the Buttie!

When autumn arrives, trees turn shades of ochre, orange and scandalous scarlet, scents of wood smoke waft on the suddenly chill air, and I am annually reminded of my first trip to Ireland. It was...

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End the Silence on Torture

Photo by Peter Foley

The sacrifice of the heroes of 9/11 must not be used as a justification for torture.   September 11, 2001 will always remain an infamous day to the world. But to the men and women of the NYPD...

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Irish American Named Teacher of the Year

The first Rose Garden ceremony of President Obama’s administration occurred this April 28 and...

Those We Lost

Chuck Daly 1930-2009 Charles Jerome “Chuck” Daly, head N.B.A. coach and Hall of Fame inductee,...

My Goodness My Guinness!

Tradition. A word that embodies Guinness, a brand which this year is celebrating its 250th...