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April / May 2011

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Chuck Feeney:
Irish America Hall of Fame

The billionaire who selflessly and quietly gave it all away. Charles “Chuck” Feeney has amassed billions of dollars in...

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Denis Kelleher:
Irish America Hall of Fame

The Irish Immigrant who became a titan of Wall Street. Denis Kelleher, the son of a shoemaker, immigrated to New York in...

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Jean Kennedy Smith:
Irish America Hall of Fame

Activist, humanitarian, diplomat. Often referred to as the shy Kennedy, Jean Kennedy Smith has quietly blazed her own trail...

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President William J. Clinton:
Irish America Hall of Fame

Politician, peacemaker, and hero to millions of Irish. As a major supporter of the Irish peace process, Bill Clinton moved...

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Mary Higgins Clark:
Irish America Hall of Fame

A bestselling author who is proud to call herself “an Irish girl from the Bronx.” The oldest living resident of...

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In This Issue

Dr. John L. Lahey:
2011 Irish American of the Year

The president of Quinnipiac University is honored as a leading educator and keeper of our heritage. When John L. Lahey was a boy, he once accompanied his father, a hard-working bricklayer, to a...

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Dr. Kevin Cahill:
Irish America Hall of Fame

Several buzzwords, not all of them kind, have been used to describe the current state of health care in America. The word that guides Dr. Kevin Cahill’s nearly 50-year career in medicine is...

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President William J. Clinton:
Irish America Hall of Fame

Politician, peacemaker, and hero to millions of Irish. As a major supporter of the Irish peace process, Bill Clinton moved mountains.  The 42nd President of the United States took the strongest...

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Mary Higgins Clark:
Irish America Hall of Fame

A bestselling author who is proud to call herself “an Irish girl from the Bronx.” The oldest living resident of New York died recently at age 111 and in a New York Times article only...

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Chuck Feeney:
Irish America Hall of Fame

The billionaire who selflessly and quietly gave it all away. Charles “Chuck” Feeney has amassed billions of dollars in wealth. However, he doesn’t own an opulent house, a car or a Rolex. He...

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Michael Flatley:
Irish America Hall of Fame

The man who brought Irish dance to the global stage. He’s been the world’s most famous lord for the past 15 years. Now Michael Flatley is poised to become a movie star . . . and a 3D one at...

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William J. Flynn:
Irish America Hall of Fame

A leader in business and a force for progress in the Northern Ireland peace process. When William J. Flynn was celebrated in a special issue of Irish America in 2008, the outpouring of praise from...

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Denis Kelleher:
Irish America Hall of Fame

The Irish Immigrant who became a titan of Wall Street. Denis Kelleher, the son of a shoemaker, immigrated to New York in 1958, at age 18, with $1.50 in his pocket. He was in search of a better life...

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Jean Kennedy Smith:
Irish America Hall of Fame

Activist, humanitarian, diplomat. Often referred to as the shy Kennedy, Jean Kennedy Smith has quietly blazed her own trail while still holding true to the family legacy of public service. The last...

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Dr. James Watson:
Irish America Hall of Fame

He helped map the structure of DNA. Next up is a cure for cancer. James Watson helped unravel the structure of DNA, a feat so stunning that it is considered the greatest scientific achievement of the...

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Irish Eye on Hollywood:
Upcoming Film Releases

Tom Deignan with the latest happenings in Film and Television. It’s still early in 2011, but so far the Irish newcomer of the year has to be Colin O’Donoghue. The Drogheda native starred...

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Lights On: Lights Out

A review of the latest FX hit, Lights Out “It’s a family drama. It’s about my relationship with my wife and children.” – Holt McCallany about his character, Patrick “Lights”...

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What Are You Like?

Paddy Moloney of The Chieftains The leader and founder of The Chieftains, six-time Grammy-winners and the world’s most popular Irish traditional music group, grew up in Donnycarney, Co. Dublin and...

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A Glimpse of Ireland Past

Sharon Ni Choncuir discovers that ‘Romantic Ireland’ is still alive. ‘Romantic Ireland is dead and gone.  
It’s with O’Leary in the grave.’ This was Yeats’ lament in the...

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Portraits of the Irish Leaving Home

Photographer David Monahan has been powerfully documenting the recent wave of Irish emigration in photographs taken just before their subjects’ departures to different corners of the...

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His Brother’s Keeper: Commodore John Barry

Commodore John Barry

John Barry, the father of the American Navy, went to seas as a child to escape the Irish penal laws and rose to command the entire U.S. fleet. Tim McGrath writes that Barry’s skills as a...

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What’s The Story With the Nuns?

Mary Pat Kelly visits the nuns of her old novitiate to talk about the work they are doing and the Vatican investigation into their lives. With a green pen and a grateful smile I began to sign my...

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A Who’s Who of Grand Marshals

Grand Marshals of St. Patrick’s Day Parades across the nation. From New York to Hot Springs, Arkansas, and from Rock Island, Illinois to New London, Wisconsin, thousands of people from a range...

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The Man Who Runs the Parade

“I could tell you a million and one stories,” says John Dunleavy. “Never in my wildest dreams did I think I’d be chairman of this parade.” John Dunleavy, 72, has been...

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The Hannah: An Irish Odyssey

The story of The Hannah, an Irish famine ship that hit an iceberg in 1849, is now a documentary. John Kernaghan explains how it happened and how Irish America played a part. Paddy Murphy’s body is...

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When the Men are Gone

Tom Deignan talks with author Siobhan Fallon about her writing, her Irish-American upbringing, and being an Army wife. Siobhan Fallon attended school in England, traveled widely in Ireland (where her...

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Review of Books

A selection of recently published books of Irish and Irish American interest. Click Here to purchase these books at Kenny’s Books Recommended The Empty Family 
I did everything I could to not...

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Music Reviews

Reviews of recent releases from Irish and Irish-American artists. Barleyjuice Skulduggery Street A band sure to come under their fair share of Pogue comparisons, Barleyjuice’s new album...

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Sláinte! Trees, Tea and ESP

Edythe Preet explores ancient traditions of fortune telling and explains how to see the future in a cup of tea. My Irish grandmother, Margaret McCaffrey, was a psychic. “Pooh! Not possible,” you...

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Roots: A Look at the Laheys and the Leahys

Have you always thought the surnames Lahey and Leahy were variations of the same name? Think again! Lahey and Leahy originate from two different Gaelic surnames. Lahey, Lahy, Lahiff, Lahiffe, Laffey,...

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Those We Lost: Recent Passings in the Irish-American community

A Tribute to Those who have Passed John Barry
 1933-2011
 Oscar-winning composer John Barry died on January 30 from a heart attack, at age 77. Barry’s compositions heightened the drama and...

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Lights On: Lights Out

A review of the latest FX hit, Lights Out “It’s a family drama. It’s about my relationship...

A Who’s Who of Grand Marshals

Grand Marshals of St. Patrick’s Day Parades across the nation. From New York to Hot Springs,...

Irish Eye on Hollywood:
Upcoming Film Releases

Tom Deignan with the latest happenings in Film and Television. It’s still early in 2011, but so...

Roots: A Look at the Laheys and the Leahys

Have you always thought the surnames Lahey and Leahy were variations of the same name? Think again!...

Those We Lost: Recent Passings in the Irish-American community

A Tribute to Those who have Passed John Barry
 1933-2011
 Oscar-winning composer John Barry...