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August / September 2011

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Bring Them All Back Home

‘Ireland Reaching Out’ is a pilot project that aims to reconnect all 70 million Irish people worldwide with...

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Outlaws: Billy the Kid and Whitey Bulger

The legendary Billy the Kid and the recently captured Whitey Bulger, both Irish American outlaws, share much in common in...

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Presidential Visits to Ireland

President Obama’s visit brought the number of U.S. Presidents who have visited Ireland to seven. Tom Deignan looks...

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Reeve Carney: Spider-Man

Reeve talks about his Irish roots, the premiere of Spider-Man Turn Off the Dark, and his band Carney It started out as a...

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A Night for Saints and Sinners

An Evening with Edna O’Brien at NYU’s Glucksman Ireland House Edna O’Brien threw down the gauntlet straight...

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In This Issue

Brendan Gleeson: The Good, the Bad and the Funny

Brendan Gleeson

The dynamic Irish actor talks about his latest role in The Guard, working with the brothers McDonagh and his upcoming directorial debut with Flann O’Brien’s At Swim Two Birds. It’s a Thursday...

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The First Word: Imagining America

Patricia Harty

A letter from our Editor: My image of the South and the Civil War was formed in part by the movie Gone With the Wind.  RTÉ, our one channel when I was growing up in Ireland, ran movie classics on...

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Irish Eye on Hollywood:
Upcoming Film Releases

Colin Farrell in Horrible Bosses

The latest Irish and Irish American happenings in film and televisio 1.An all-star cast of Irish and international talent gathered in Dublin to shoot a gender-bending film written by one of...

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Bring Them All Back Home

Gort locals welcome returning emigrants. From left: Ted Glynn from New Zealand; Sr de Lourdes Fahy; Vin Glynn, Robest and Shirley Macklin-Murphy from Minnesota; Ed and Margaret O'Connor from Minnesota and Pat Monoghan.

‘Ireland Reaching Out’ is a pilot project that aims to reconnect all 70 million Irish people worldwide with their ancestral homeland. The Ireland Reaching Out project is the brainchild of...

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The Jig is Up!

Jig! the documentary follows Irish dancers at the World Championships in Glasglow in 2010

A new documentary dubbed as “Spellbound meets Mad Hot Ballroom, with a touch of Riverdance” As an Irish American who had a very culturally rich childhood, I may be something of an anomaly...

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Irish Dance Nationals

The Cashel Dennehy Junior Ceili Team celebrates the tie between the two groups from their school.

A look at the 2011 North American Irish Dance Competition in Nashville, Tennessee On the July 4th weekend, the Gaylord Opryland Convention Center in Nashville, just a stone’s throw from the Grand...

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The Seisiún Network

Left to right: Conor Ward (fiddle), Cathal Cusack (guitar), Ailis Ni Riain (concertia), TradConnect Founder Tony Lawless (fiddle), Richard Sheehan (flute).

Dubliner Tony Lawless may prove to be the Mark Zuckerberg of the traditional Irish music world. On April 28th, he launched TradConnect, a new website that aims to connect trad players all over the...

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Once Upon a Stage

Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova as the iconic Guy and Girl in the film Once

Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova’s Once to be a musical Written by Irish playwright Enda Walsh, the very anticipated stage adaptation of the acclaimed film Once will debut at the New York...

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Irish America Hall of Fame Opens at Dunbrody Famine Ship

The official cake cutting at the new Dunbrody centre in New Ross, Co. Wexford. From left: Sean Riedy, CEO Dunbrody Trust; Michael Flatley; Patricia Quinn; Patricia Harty, Editor in Chief of Irish America magazine; joined by the Flatley family and members of the Dunbrody board.

Celebrated with the opening of the new Dunbrody Visitor Center on July 8th On July 8, the Dunbrody Visitor Center in New Ross, Co. Wexford was celebrated as a new home for Ireland’s emigration...

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Presidential Visits to Ireland

President Kennedy leaving Ireland from Shannon Airport during his 1963 visit.

President Obama’s visit brought the number of U.S. Presidents who have visited Ireland to seven. Tom Deignan looks back at some memorable visits and some that barely registered. Ollie Hayes...

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The Irish Abolitionist:
Daniel O’Connell

Daniel O'Connell, The Liberator

Daniel O’Connell is remembered as the Liberator of Irish Catholics, but he also played a significant role in the movement to end slavery. On 23 May 2011, President Obama made an historic visit...

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Outlaws: Billy the Kid and Whitey Bulger

An early mug shot of Whitey Bulger.

The legendary Billy the Kid and the recently captured Whitey Bulger, both Irish American outlaws, share much in common in their lives on the lam.   Just as the infamous South Boston Irish mob boss...

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Scarlett is 75 and Still Going Strong

Margaret Mitchell, author of Gone With the Wind

On the 75th anniversary of the publication of Gone With the Wind, David O’Connell explores how Margaret Mitchell’s Irish background influenced her writing. Writing in the second edition...

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The Forgotten Hero of Golf:
John McDermott

John McDermott, picture with his 1911 U.S. Open trophy.

The first American golfer to win the U.S. Open — and the youngest. When Rory McIlroy walked down the 18th fairway at Congressional on June 19, the TV flashed a list of six young golfers who won...

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The Most Spectacular Golf Course on the Planet

A section of the Old Head Links in Kinsale, Co. Cork.

The Old Head Golf Links in Kinsale, County Cork has been ranked by Links magazine as the most spectacular golf course on the planet (Spring 2011 edition). Truly one of the most unique golf courses...

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What Are You Like?
Malachy McCourt

Malachy McCourt, author, actor & professor

Malachy McCourt at 80: his wit and wisdom “Do I contradict myself?” Walt Whitman famously asked. “I contain multitudes!” Malachy McCourt might say the same about himself. Arriving in America...

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Reeve Carney: Spider-Man

Reeve Carney as Peter Parker in Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark

Reeve talks about his Irish roots, the premiere of Spider-Man Turn Off the Dark, and his band Carney It started out as a highly anticipated but eyebrow raising idea: the transformation of a comic...

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Music Reviews

Kyle Carey

The Latest in Irish and Irish American Music Grá agus Bás • Donnacha Dennehy with Dawn Upshaw, Iarla O Lionáird, Crash Ensemble and Alan Pierson The tradition of sean-nós singing is one not...

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A Night for Saints and Sinners

Irish writers Edna O'Brien and Colum McCann at NYU's Glucksman Ireland House

An Evening with Edna O’Brien at NYU’s Glucksman Ireland House Edna O’Brien threw down the gauntlet straight away. In discussing her latest collection, Saints and Sinners, at Glucksman...

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Sláinte: Oysters Galore

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Edythe Preet explores the history of Ireland’s favorite bivalve, from Mesolithic times to today’s Galways Oyster Festival. Opening an oyster can be a daunting task. Those little critters...

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Roots: The Gleeson Clan

Jackie Gleason

The surnames Gleeson and Gleason developed from the Irish name O Glasain, which originated in East County Cork. The Gaelic prefix “O” means male descendant of, and Glasain derives from...

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

Former Taoiseach Garret FitzGerald in Lisbon in 2009

William Craig 1924-2011 William Craig, a controversial political leader from Northern Ireland who founded the Ulster Vanguard, died April 25 at the age of 86. Craig’s political career ended in 1979...

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Photo Album: She Liked Nice Things

Annie Hill circa 1900

Family photographs from Irish America readers. In the family room of my childhood home there was a large wall covered with photographs – vintage tintypes and black-and-whites were set among school...

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The Last Word:
The Walk of a Queen

Lady Hazel Lavery as Cathleen ni Houlihan. Oil canvas (1923), by her husband, painter Sir John Lavery. This image of Lavery, who was born in Chicago, was used on Irish bank notes during most of the 20th century.

Reflections on Queen Elizabeth’s historic trip to Ireland. The recent four-day visit of Queen Elizabeth II to Ireland – the first by a reigning monarch in a hundred years – was a stunning...

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Hibernia

Irish America Hall of Fame Opens at Dunbrody Famine Ship

Celebrated with the opening of the new Dunbrody Visitor Center on July 8th On July 8, the Dunbrody...

Irish Eye on Hollywood:
Upcoming Film Releases

The latest Irish and Irish American happenings in film and televisio 1.An all-star cast of Irish...

Once Upon a Stage

Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova’s Once to be a musical Written by Irish playwright Enda...

Irish Dance Nationals

A look at the 2011 North American Irish Dance Competition in Nashville, Tennessee On the July 4th...

The Jig is Up!

A new documentary dubbed as “Spellbound meets Mad Hot Ballroom, with a touch of...

The Seisiún Network

Dubliner Tony Lawless may prove to be the Mark Zuckerberg of the traditional Irish music world. On...