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October / November 2010

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A Lasting Legacy: Sean O’Casey and the Abbey Theater

It is likely that no other theatre in the English-speaking world is more identified with an individual playwright, and owes...

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The Sinking of the SS Edmund Fitzgerald

On the 35th Anniversary of that sad day when 29 sailors lost their lives, new developments shed light on the sinking of the...

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The McNulty Family Show Boat Sails Again

One of the most popular entertainment groups from the 1920s to the 1960s, Annie ‘Ma’ McNulty and her children Eileen and...

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Civilization: Then and Now

Fifteen years ago in March 1995, historian and author Thomas Cahill published How The Irish Saved Civilization, the first of...

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Brian Dennehy’s Journey into Eugene O’Neill

Brian Dennehy, who is being honored with the 2010 Eugene O’Neill Lifetime Achievement Award, speaks with Aliah...

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In This Issue

The Photo Historian of Ireland: Sean Sexton

Children in Galway, silver print, c. 1930. The Sean Sexton Collection.

Take an aerial view of a dreary road in Walthamstow, a soulless part of the East End of London, and you will easily spot which house Sean Sexton lives in. For there, nestled among the rows of...

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The First Word: A Window From the Past

Patricia Harty

One of the more difficult tasks I’ve undertaken as your editor was making a selection from Sean Sexton’s vast collection of photographs to showcase in this issue. Of his 20,000 Irish photographs,...

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Portraits of Irish Writers in Boston

Laurence Stearne's Portrait of Ballagh

Over the past several centuries, a number of Irish artists have produced compelling portraits of Irish writers in painting, sculpture and photography, and now for the first time, those collected...

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The McNulty Family Show Boat Sails Again

The Mcnultys performing

One of the most popular entertainment groups from the 1920s to the 1960s, Annie ‘Ma’ McNulty and her children Eileen and Peter have largely been forgotten, but that may change soon. Known as...

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First Rose of Tralee of Indian Descent

2010 Rose of Tralee Winner

From August 20th to the 24th, 100,000 visitors gathered in Tralee, Co. Kerry to watch 32 Roses vie in friendly competition in the 2010 Rose of Tralee Festival. The Roses came from as close as Dublin...

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A Hero Remembered:
Michael Lynch

Michael Lynch

The spirit of a New York hero lives on in his family. Nine years ago, in the months following the September 11th attacks, the Lynch family from the Bronx, New York, made a commendable and remarkable...

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Those We Lost

Patricia Neal, by Van Vechten

Recent Passings in the Irish American Community Harold Connolly 1931-2010 Harold Connolly, who won the gold medal in the hammer throw at the 1956 Melbourne Olympics, died in Maryland on August 19. He...

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The Sinking of the SS Edmund Fitzgerald

A painting of the SS Edmund Fitzgerald

On the 35th Anniversary of that sad day when 29 sailors lost their lives, new developments shed light on the sinking of the “Mighty Fitz.” The legend lives on from  Chippewa on down of...

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Civilization: Then and Now

Arthur Thomas Cahill in 2009

Fifteen years ago in March 1995, historian and author Thomas Cahill published How The Irish Saved Civilization, the first of his seven-volume Hinges of History series. A national phenomenon, the book...

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Brian Dennehy’s Journey into Eugene O’Neill

Brian Dennehy performing

Brian Dennehy, who is being honored with the 2010 Eugene O’Neill Lifetime Achievement Award, speaks with Aliah O’Neill. If Brian Dennehy says the Irish can do no wrong, we should probably be...

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A Lasting Legacy: Sean O’Casey and the Abbey Theater

Tony Flynn and Joe Hanley in the Abbey Theater production of The Plough and the Stars, by Ros Kavanagh

It is likely that no other theatre in the English-speaking world is more identified with an individual playwright, and owes more to that playwright, than the Abbey Theatre does to Sean O’Casey...

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Slainte!: Blow Winds, Blow!

Hook Head lighthouse

Memory is a slippery thing. Mine works like a photo album that randomly opens to a moment in time then snaps shut and reopens on another page. Storms have left some of the most permanent...

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A Hero Remembered:
Michael Lynch

The spirit of a New York hero lives on in his family. Nine years ago, in the months following the...

First Rose of Tralee of Indian Descent

From August 20th to the 24th, 100,000 visitors gathered in Tralee, Co. Kerry to watch 32 Roses vie...

Those We Lost

Recent Passings in the Irish American Community Harold Connolly 1931-2010 Harold Connolly, who won...

Portraits of Irish Writers in Boston

Over the past several centuries, a number of Irish artists have produced compelling portraits of...