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Return to America

How I failed to make Ireland my home: Mary Mulligan’s travels to Ireland and back to America Ever since I retired from...

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Diamond Jim

The charmed life of James Buchanan Brady, who rose from humble origins to become one of the wealthiest men of his day. There...

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The Mighty Quinn

 The remarkable Quinn Bradlee has a new memoir that offers a moving account of living with disabilities. How do you make...

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Ted Kennedy, History Buff

As the first anniversary of  Ted Kennedy’s death approaches, Thomas Fleming recalls the late senator’s fascination with...

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The Pioneer of Wall Street: John J. Kiernan

All but forgotten today, John J. Kiernan, a pioneer in the financial news industry and inventor of ticker tape news, yields...

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In This Issue

The Vision of Bob McCann

2010 Wall Street 50 Keynote Speaker Bob McCann

It’s been said that the role of a leader in the new economy is to create a vision for your organization and make that vision a reality. Bob McCann of UBS talks about life, the importance of...

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The First Word: From Famine to Finance

Patricia Harty

It was an interesting experience, to say the least, following up on our issue commemorating the Great  Hunger with one in which we profile Irish-American titans of Wall Street. In a way, those two...

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The Many Faces of Maureen O’Hara

Maureen O'Hara in Flame of Araby (1951).

Maureen O’Hara has celebrated many milestones in her life and career in films. Now in the 21st century, she prepares to celebrate her 90th birthday on August 17. One can’t help but wonder if she...

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Bloody Sunday: James Nesbitt’s Personal Odyssey

James Nesbitt in Bloody Sunday

There was some element of, “Oh, Christ, I almost wish I hadn’t read this,” Nesbitt recalls, “because having read [the script for Bloody Sunday] I couldn’t walk away from it.” In the...

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Those We Lost

Rue McClanahan

Recent passings in the Irish America community John W. Finn 1909-2010 John W. Finn, World War II veteran and Medal of Honor recipient, died on May 27 in Chula Vista, California. He was 100. Finn...

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Corner of Ireland in America: Mt. Holly, North Carolina

St. Joseph and Mary Catholic church in Mt. Holly, North Carolina dates to 1843.

  In a time long forgotten, six Irish families came to the foothills of North Carolina. The men were miners and they came to work the gold mines on the banks of the Catawba River near what is...

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The Mighty Quinn

Ben & Quinn Bradlee

 The remarkable Quinn Bradlee has a new memoir that offers a moving account of living with disabilities. How do you make your mark when your parents, Ben Bradlee and Sally Quinn, are among the most...

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The Legacy of Church-run Mother and Baby Homes in Ireland

Nuns and chldren at Sean Ross Abbey, which was sent the second highest numner of children after St. Patrick's Guild

In the wake of the Ryan and Murphy reports*, both released in 2009, often the memories of the children, women and workers involved have taken a sideline to the question of who is to blame for...

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The Pioneer of Wall Street: John J. Kiernan

Wall Street pioneer and inventor of the ticker tape, John Kiernan

All but forgotten today, John J. Kiernan, a pioneer in the financial news industry and inventor of ticker tape news, yields only a handful of hits in a search of the New York Times archives. But in...

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Butte: Montana’s Irish Mining Town

A group of miners in Butte

Many of the 1.8 million Irish who emigrated to Canada and the U.S. between 1845 and 1855 found employment in the dangerous but lucrative mines that played a vital role in building American industry....

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Return to America

Mary Mulligan decides New York is home now

How I failed to make Ireland my home: Mary Mulligan’s travels to Ireland and back to America Ever since I retired from teaching with the New York City Public Schools, I’ve thought about...

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Diamond Jim

Edgar Bergen with Charlie McCarthy, Diamond Jim Brady and Lillian Russell.

The charmed life of James Buchanan Brady, who rose from humble origins to become one of the wealthiest men of his day. There have been many times in my life when a situation develops where I fear I...

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Ted Kennedy, History Buff

Ted Kennedy and family 2004

As the first anniversary of  Ted Kennedy’s death approaches, Thomas Fleming recalls the late senator’s fascination with American history and his desire to share that love with America’s...

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Nobody Hears a Broken Drum

Bob Curran and Jason MIlller

I first met Jason Miller when he was a senior playing varsity basketball at St. Patrick’s, West Scranton. I was a senior playing at St. Patrick’s, Olyphant, a small town about six miles north of...

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Sláinte!: Feasting with the Angels

Little Skellig seen through a window of the hermitage of Skellig Michael

Pop quiz: what’s the most popular Irish boy’s name? Odds are, the first one that came to mind was Patrick. Wrong. While Saint Patrick is Ireland’s patron, his name comes in at #18. Go ahead,...

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Music Reviews

Saints and Tzadiks

Susan McKeown and Lorin Sklamberg Saints & Tzadiks In this self-titled album, Saints & Tzadiks, Susan McKeown and Lorin Sklamberg come together on a musical endeavor which takes traditional...

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Review of Books

Molly Fox's Birthday

Recommended Deirdre Madden’s new novel Molly Fox’s Birthday is the story of a complicated friendship between three unique individuals: lauded Irish actor Molly Fox, who is away working in New...

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Hibernia

Those We Lost

Recent passings in the Irish America community John W. Finn 1909-2010 John W. Finn, World War II...

The Many Faces of Maureen O’Hara

Maureen O’Hara has celebrated many milestones in her life and career in films. Now in the 21st...

Corner of Ireland in America: Mt. Holly, North Carolina

  In a time long forgotten, six Irish families came to the foothills of North Carolina. The...