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June / July 2009

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Sea Fever: An Irish Surfing Odyssey

Ireland, with 3,000 miles of open Atlantic to the West, offers some of the best surf conditions in the world. Sea Fever, a...

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Coco Rocha Rocks the Runway

She looks, if possible, even more modelesque in person, although this might have something to do with the high-heeled...

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Lady of the Dance

Maggie Revis, native to Putnam Valley, New York, took to the stage in Belgium this past winter for her debut as the female...

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McAllister Tug Boats

When Brian McAllister was coming of age in the 1950s all he cared about was playing basketball and chasing girls. However,...

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Oscar Wilde on Show

An exhibition at the Morgan Library attracts Oscar Wilde enthusiasts. Expensively dressed, impeccably mannered and gifted...

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In This Issue

Coco Rocha Rocks the Runway

Supermodel and former Irish dancer Coco Rocha

She looks, if possible, even more modelesque in person, although this might have something to do with the high-heeled lace-up Balenciaga boots she’s wearing (along with an Urban Outfitters top,...

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The First Word: Celebrating Irish Heritage in Holyoke

Patricia Harty

If there’s a connecting theme in this issue it’s the Famine: Brian Moynihan’s ancestors came over at the end of the famine, Christine Kinealy writes about the international response to the...

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The World of Irish Dance

Michael Flatley with a champion dancer

The second week of April certainly brought some confusion to Philadelphia residents as thousands of young girls in bouncy wigs and vendors with everything from Celtic t-shirts to Irish sweets...

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Sea Fever: An Irish Surfing Odyssey

Surfer Ken Easkey

Ireland, with 3,000 miles of open Atlantic to the West, offers some of the best surf conditions in the world. Sea Fever, a documentary, covers the history of Irish surfing from the early 1960s to the...

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Irish Eye on Hollywood

Irish actor Liam Neeson

Dublin native Colin Farrell is teaming up with Irish-American screenwriter William Monahan for a new film, which seems to be an homage to a classic. Farrell – who will be seen later this year...

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Sisters of Charity: After All These Years

Sisters of Charity marching

St. Patrick’s Day is always an important day for the Irish in New York and the 2009 St. Patrick’s Day Parade was a very special one for the Sisters of Charity. Not only was it the first time that...

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Lincoln’s Watch Holds Message from Irishman

Inscription inside Lincoln Watch

The Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History opened Abraham Lincoln’s pocket watch this past March, and discovered a secretly engraved message that turned an unsubstantiated family story...

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A Last Meeting With Beckett

ith the recent publication of the first volume of Beckett’s letters I started to recall the last time I met Beckett in Paris in 1988.   We first met in April, 1985.  It had been three years...

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How the Irish Took Over Cable TV

The cast of Showtimes Brotherhood

It’s been 10 years now since HBO took a chance on a little drama called “The Sopranos” and changed the face of television. When “The Sopranos” hit the airwaves in 1999, no one could have...

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Lady of the Dance

Maggie Revis as Saoirse in The Lord of the Dance

Maggie Revis, native to Putnam Valley, New York, took to the stage in Belgium this past winter for her debut as the female lead dancer in Michael Flatley’s The Lord of the Dance. Born into a family...

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Review of Books

Recommended Over the last decade or so, Brooklyn has gone from a byword for gritty urban life – the place where Pete Hamill and Spike Lee told their stories – to a punch line referring to the...

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Holyoke’s Irish Heart

It its heart, Holyoke, Massachusetts, is still Ireland Parish, which is what it was known as back in the 1800s when immigrants, mainly from the Irish-speaking area of Dingle, Co. Kerry, settled there...

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Oscar Wilde on Show

Oscar Wilde

An exhibition at the Morgan Library attracts Oscar Wilde enthusiasts. Expensively dressed, impeccably mannered and gifted with a voice so beguiling his contemporaries marveled at him, Oscar (Fingal...

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McAllister Tug Boats

Andrew Rosemary Christening South St Seaport 2008

When Brian McAllister was coming of age in the 1950s all he cared about was playing basketball and chasing girls. However, over the years, he became the heart and soul of the business his Irish...

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Sláinte!: Irish Wedding Traditions

Just when I think I have my dad all figured out, a new snippet of info comes to light, and June always finds me thinking more about him than usual. It’s Father’s Day month, his birthday was the...

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How the Irish Took Over Cable TV

It’s been 10 years now since HBO took a chance on a little drama called “The Sopranos” and...

Lincoln’s Watch Holds Message from Irishman

The Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History opened Abraham Lincoln’s pocket watch...

Irish Eye on Hollywood

Dublin native Colin Farrell is teaming up with Irish-American screenwriter William Monahan for a...

Sisters of Charity: After All These Years

St. Patrick’s Day is always an important day for the Irish in New York and the 2009 St....

The World of Irish Dance

The second week of April certainly brought some confusion to Philadelphia residents as thousands of...