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December / January 2009

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Exploring the Kerry Kingdom

Who was the first European to discover the Americas? Contrary to popular opinion, it may not have been Christopher Columbus....

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An Epic Story of The Famine Irish: Peter Quinn

A crowd of admirers awaited Peter Quinn when he came to Glucksman Ireland House, NYU on October 16th to launch Overlook...

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A Talk with Fionnula

Patricia Harty talks to the enormously talented Fionnula Flanagan. It’s 8 a.m. and Fionnula Flanagan arrives for breakfast...

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The Original Irish Tenor: John McCormack

The year was 1906. The setting was a stage in Savona, Italy, a northwestern port town south of Milan. The opera to be...

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Remembering Danny Cassidy

On behalf of myself and Irish-American writers and artists, I’m here to talk about a truly great human being, our dear...

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In This Issue

The Irish Oil Man: Dave O’Reilly

The highest- ranked Irish-born CEO in the U.S., and the longest- reigning CEO of an oil company, Chevron’s DAVE O’REILLY talks to Patricia Harty. Dave O’Reilly loves oil. It is why he became a...

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The First Word: A Tide of Hope

Patricia Harty

I’m flying from New York to San Francisco in a window seat looking out over the great expanse that is America.   It’s my favorite route to fly. As always I’m struck by the majesty of the...

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Identical Triplets! And They’re Irish!

Desmong and Kerry Lynch with their newborn triplets

An Irish-American family went from four to seven in the space of an hour when Cormac, Declan and Kevin – identical triplets – were born to Desmond and Kerry Lyons on October 10 at New York...

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Restoring Duffy’s Glory

Mayor Bloomberg at the ribbon cutting ceremony of Duffy SAURE

The ribbon-cutting ceremony for the newly renovated Duffy Square was attended by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Council Speaker Christine Quinn, Bishop Dennis Sullivan of the New York...

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A New Dawn in America

Barack Obama, Michelle Obama, Malia Obama, Sasha Obama celebrate on election night at a rally in their hometown of Chicago

Barack Hussein Obama was elected the 44th President of the United States on Tuesday, November 4, after he defeated Republican candidate John McCain. On a night of high emotion across the country and...

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Irish Eye on Hollywood

Oscar-winning actress Meryl Streep in Doubt

The end-of-year holiday season is, in the minds of many, the best time to be a movie fan. Theaters are flooded with crowd-pleasing blockbusters as well as critically-acclaimed dramas. Several movies...

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Exploring the Kerry Kingdom

Derrynane Beach, Co. Kerry.

Who was the first European to discover the Americas? Contrary to popular opinion, it may not have been Christopher Columbus. In fact, it may well have been St. Brendan – an Irishman who hailed from...

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The Original Irish Tenor: John McCormack

John McCormack pictured by his piano

The year was 1906. The setting was a stage in Savona, Italy, a northwestern port town south of Milan. The opera to be performed that particular evening was L’Amico Fritz by Pietro Mascagni, with a...

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Stalking Irish Madness: Patrick Tracey

Patrick Tracey, author of Stalking Irish Madness

Patrick Tracey’s first book, Stalking Irish Madness: Searching for the Roots of My Family’s Schizophrenia, is a memoir, a research document, a medical ethnography, and certainly a page-turner. As...

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An Epic Story of The Famine Irish: Peter Quinn

Author Peter Quinn

A crowd of admirers awaited Peter Quinn when he came to Glucksman Ireland House, NYU on October 16th to launch Overlook Press’s new edition of his award winning novel, Banished Children of Eve, the...

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Remembering Danny Cassidy

On behalf of myself and Irish-American writers and artists, I’m here to talk about a truly great human being, our dear friend, Danny Cassidy. But let me begin long ago and far away, over forty...

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A Talk with Fionnula

Emmy-award winning actress Fionnula Flanagan

Patricia Harty talks to the enormously talented Fionnula Flanagan. It’s 8 a.m. and Fionnula Flanagan arrives for breakfast looking fresh as a daisy in a crisp white shirt. Her thick white hair...

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Love, Laughter and Solas

Irish trad band Solas

Ian Worpole talks to Solas stalwarts Seamus Egan and Winifred Horan, and meets the band’s newest member, Mairéad Phelan. As I’ve mentioned in past columns, Irish-American legends Solas are...

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Review of Books

John Gorgan's Marley and Me

Recommended Dennis Lehane had already made an impressive name for himself as the author of stylish crime noirs set on the gritty streets of Boston when Hollywood came calling. First, it was Clint...

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Sláinte!: Penny Wise & Tasty Too

As I sit and write this during the global economic meltdown of October 2008, I admit to getting tired of listening to all the pundits predict that 2009 is going to be a humdinger of a financial...

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Hibernia

A New Dawn in America

Barack Hussein Obama was elected the 44th President of the United States on Tuesday, November 4,...

Irish Eye on Hollywood

The end-of-year holiday season is, in the minds of many, the best time to be a movie fan. Theaters...

Identical Triplets! And They’re Irish!

An Irish-American family went from four to seven in the space of an hour when Cormac, Declan and...