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February / March 2009

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Murder She Wrote: Martina Cole

Martina Cole is famous, and quite pleased about it. Her books are notorious for being the most requested in the prison...

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Obama’s Irish Roots: A House in Black, White & Green

When Barack Obama enters The White House as the 44th U.S. President, he will find that the Irish and African-American...

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Inside the Kennedy White House

When Barack Obama moved into the White House, many felt a sense of optimism despite the vast challenges facing America. Such...

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The Pain and Beauty of Hunger

Declan O’Kelly discusses Steve McQueen’s film about Bobby Sands’ last days. Hunger is a movie about the last six weeks...

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The Triumph & the Tragedy

Mary Pat Kelly’s new novel Galway Bay captures the essence of the Great Starvation and the 19th-century Irish-American...

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In This Issue

Obama’s Irish Roots: A House in Black, White & Green

When Barack Obama enters The White House as the 44th U.S. President, he will find that the Irish and African-American strands of his ancestry have been linked in many other ways throughout the...

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The First Word: The Comfort of Tradition & Ritual

“The robins came – that’s a sign of luck,” my cousin whispers in my ear as the men start to shovel the clay. Sure enough, I look up and see a pair of robins swoop down over the heads of those...

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Bobby Kennedy’s Bridge

Senator Robert R. Kennedy represented New York from 1965 until June 1968 when he was fatally shot in Los Angeles while campaigning for the Democratic presidential nomination. On November 19, 2008,...

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McAleese Honored on West Coast Trip

On a whistle stop tour of the West Coast in early December, which included stops in California, Oregon, and Arizona, President Mary McAleese met representatives of local Irish and Irish-American...

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Irish Eye On Hollywood

Martin Scorsese just can’t get enough of the Irish! Just as the legendary director of Raging Bull and Taxi Driver is wrapping up his next movie (based on a novel by Irish-American best seller...

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Restoring Lisadell

A mansion in Sligo steeped in history lay in ruin, until one couple decided to revitalize this jewel of the western landscape of Ireland.  The old lady held her hands up to the flickering fire as...

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Second U.S.-Ireland Forum a Success

Over 400 delegates attended the second annual U.S.-Ireland Forum hosted at University College Dublin in early November, which was yet another extraordinary success. The delegates were drawn from...

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Inside the Kennedy White House

When Barack Obama moved into the White House, many felt a sense of optimism despite the vast challenges facing America. Such feelings, naturally, recalled January of 1961 when, on a bright, frozen...

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Berlin Museum Honors The Kennedys

Most Americans, even those who were not yet born, know about John F. Kennedy’s famous words spoken before hundreds of thousands of cheering people in Berlin in 1963. When he said “Ich bin ein...

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Gaelic Games’ New Future in San Francisco

Hard times are falling on communities across the country, and even in the affluent San Francisco area, belts are tightening and the economy is in decline.  But on a recent December afternoon, on an...

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The Triumph & the Tragedy

Mary Pat Kelly’s new novel Galway Bay captures the essence of the Great Starvation and the 19th-century Irish-American experience. Ireland has a terrible history. As a kid in school reading about...

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Becoming Billy Elliot

Sitting in the audience watching dancers from The Pirate Queen at Irish America’s Top 100 Gala in 2006, honoree Trent Kowalik never imagined that in just two years it would be him up on a Broadway...

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The Pain and Beauty of Hunger

Declan O’Kelly discusses Steve McQueen’s film about Bobby Sands’ last days. Hunger is a movie about the last six weeks of Bobby Sands’ life.  It is directed by Englishman Steve McQueen and...

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Murder She Wrote: Martina Cole

Martina Cole is famous, and quite pleased about it. Her books are notorious for being the most requested in the prison libraries in the UK, and she is consistently referred to as England’s...

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The Polish Connection

Since Poland joined the EU in May 2004, two million people have left the country.  An estimated 250,000 of them have come to Ireland where they now amount to five percent of the population. In fact,...

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A Grandmother’s Gaze

When I was young I had the habit of staring off into space. We might be sitting at the kitchen table cutting string beans for dinner when I’d go into a trance-like state. My mother, Nora, always...

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Review of Books

Recommended The list of hefty novels which explore the terrible time of the Great Hunger continues to grow, and is all the more noteworthy because so many of the works are impressive. In the wake of...

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Sláinte!: Runny Honey

One day last summer while inspecting the progress of my vegetable plants, I heard something that sounded like a giant cell phone on vibrator setting. Turning in the direction of the noise and peering...

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Berlin Museum Honors The Kennedys

Most Americans, even those who were not yet born, know about John F. Kennedy’s famous words...

McAleese Honored on West Coast Trip

On a whistle stop tour of the West Coast in early December, which included stops in California,...

Irish Eye On Hollywood

Martin Scorsese just can’t get enough of the Irish! Just as the legendary director of Raging...

Bobby Kennedy’s Bridge

Senator Robert R. Kennedy represented New York from 1965 until June 1968 when he was fatally shot...

Second U.S.-Ireland Forum a Success

Over 400 delegates attended the second annual U.S.-Ireland Forum hosted at University College...