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Fighting Irish Girl: Maureen Dowd

Her mother was an Irish rebel, and her father a good cop who could spot a phony a mile away.  These inherited traits turned...

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Magnificent Munster

In this travel series, Irish America explores each of the four provinces of Ireland. Munster is located in the southern part...

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Poets & Pubs in Dublin: A Literary Tour

Dublin’s fair city has changed in recent years. Cranes have come to dominate its skyline and people of all hues –...

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Salsa Verde: The Irish in Chile

I have been visiting Chile since 1991 and had learned quite a bit about Bernardo O’Higgins, who had a most significant...

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Touring Irish America

Mary Pat Kelly writes about encountering  Irish America readers on her tour to promote her historical novel Galway Bay. If...

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In This Issue

John Fitzpatrick: Irish American of the Year

John Fitzpatrick, Photos By Kit Defever

John Fitzpatrick is remembering back to the crystallizing day in his life as a hotelier – the day his hotel in Manhattan became more than just a place where the Taoiseach stayed and Liam Neeson and...

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The First Word: A Flavor of Ireland

Patricia Harty

“Ireland is an island of character and characters, brimming with history and teeming with verve.” – Joe Byrne, Executive Vice President, Tourism Ireland North America. I’m still thinking...

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Fighting Irish Girl: Maureen Dowd

Left: Maureen Dowd as a young girl; Right: Maureen Dowd at the Irish America Top 100 celebration in 2010

Her mother was an Irish rebel, and her father a good cop who could spot a phony a mile away.  These inherited traits turned Maureen Dowd into an award-winning columnist and author. Somewhere in...

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Touring Irish America

Irish dancers at the Chicago Irish Festival, Photo by Mary Pat Kelly

Mary Pat Kelly writes about encountering  Irish America readers on her tour to promote her historical novel Galway Bay. If you are reading this, I’ll bet I’ve met you. Since I began the book...

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Exploring Ulster

The Bloody Foreland in Northwest Donegal

In this travel series, Irish America explores each of the four provinces of Ireland. The northern-most province of Ulster contains a diverse array of cultures and sites, which, combined, tell the...

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Magnificent Munster

The magificent landscapes of Munster

In this travel series, Irish America explores each of the four provinces of Ireland. Munster is located in the southern part of Ireland and consists of six counties: Cork, Clare, Kerry, Limerick,...

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A Look at Leinster

The Famine era ship the Dunbrody

In this travel series, Irish America explores each of the four provinces of Ireland. Leinster is sometimes overlooked by travelers to Ireland, with the raw and rugged splendor of the south, west and...

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Captivating Connacht

Connemara, Photo courtesty of Tourism Ireland

In this travel series, Irish America explores each of the four provinces of Ireland. Connacht is the ruggedly beautiful western province of Ireland, bounded by the Shannon, Ireland’s longest river,...

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A Course Called Ireland

Photo courtesy of Tom Coyne

Bestselling golf author Tom Coyne wrote about trekking across Ireland for sixteen weeks in search of the greatest round of golf ever played. He shares his experience and excerpts from his book A...

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A Winter Honeymoon

John and April on their wedding day in 2009, Photo courtesy of April Drew

April Drew married John Mooney on Saturday, December 5, 2009 in Killarney, Co. Kerry. The New York couple discovered that a honeymoon in Ireland in mid-winter warmed the heart, offered spectacular...

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Touring Ireland with Brian Stack

Brian Stack of CIE Tours

“Let me tell you the deal we have right now,” says Brian Stack in his good-natured brogue. “For $363, you can have six nights in Ireland staying at a choice of over 1,100 bed and...

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Echoes of Ireland in the Deep South

Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist (Charleston, SC)

Denis Bergin reports on an upsurge of Irish cultural activity in Charleston, where the relics of old Southern decency are still much in evidence. Charleston, South Carolina is everyone’s idea of...

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Salsa Verde: The Irish in Chile

A monument to Bernado O'Higgins in Chile

I have been visiting Chile since 1991 and had learned quite a bit about Bernardo O’Higgins, who had a most significant impact on the politics and culture of Latin America and on Chile in...

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Poets & Pubs in Dublin: A Literary Tour

Kehoe's Bar, a favorite haunt of Samuel Beckett

Dublin’s fair city has changed in recent years. Cranes have come to dominate its skyline and people of all hues – Polish, Chinese and African as well as Irish – now throng its streets. Yet one...

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The March of the Forgotten: Paddy Moloney’s San Patricio

The Chieftains, Photo by Barry McCall

Paddy Moloney of the Chieftains talks to Tara Dougherty about the group’s newest project, San Patricio. In a moment that history books would rate as a minuscule act of defiance, famed Irish...

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Those We Lost

The late famed designer, Alexander McQueen

Recent passings in the Irish and Irish American community. Brendan Burke 1988-2010 Brendan Burke, the youngest son of Brian Burke, general manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs and the U.S. Olympic ice...

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Review of Books

The Privledges

Recommended Roddy Doyle, bestselling Irish author of The Commitments, has completed his Last Roundup trilogy about IRA rebel Henry Smart with the epic and engrossing finale The Dead Republic. The...

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Sláinte: The Bread of Life!

Irish Bread

Many scholars contend that our prehistoric ancestors gave up their hunting-and-gathering lifestyle once they learned how to bake bread. Although there is evidence that barley was sown and harvested...

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Waverider: The Irish Roots of Surfing

Gabe-Davies surfing at Aileens, Co Clare

Waveriders, the acclaimed documentary directed by Dublin native Joel Conroy and coming out on DVD March 16, is based around an unusual premise: modern-day surfing’s Irish-American roots. The...

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Songs of Ireland: PBS Documentaries Celebrate Irish in Music

Hob Clancy

PBS is celebrating March and St. Patrick’s Day with a series of Irish music specials and documentaries, exploring the history of Irish music in America and offering fantastic in-concert footage of...

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Irish Eye on Hollywood:
Upcoming Film Releases

Cillian Murphy & costars in Perrier's Bounty

Back in 2004, Irish playwright Mark O’Rowe teamed up with Irish director John Crowley and a heavily Irish cast to film the underappreciated Intermission. The movie – which starred Colm Meaney,...

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Hibernia

Review of Books

Recommended Roddy Doyle, bestselling Irish author of The Commitments, has completed his Last...

Irish Eye on Hollywood:
Upcoming Film Releases

Back in 2004, Irish playwright Mark O’Rowe teamed up with Irish director John Crowley and a...

Those We Lost

Recent passings in the Irish and Irish American community. Brendan Burke 1988-2010 Brendan Burke,...

Songs of Ireland: PBS Documentaries Celebrate Irish in Music

PBS is celebrating March and St. Patrick’s Day with a series of Irish music specials and...

Waverider: The Irish Roots of Surfing

Waveriders, the acclaimed documentary directed by Dublin native Joel Conroy and coming out on DVD...