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June / July 2011

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“Green Georgette”

A short story by Edna O’Brien Thursday Mama and I have been invited to the Coughlans’. It is to be Sunday evening at...

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Ireland’s New Prime Minister on the Way Forward

On his recent trip to New York, between visiting Ground Zero and being welcomed at an Irish American community reception,...

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Julie Feeney:
The Impossibly Talented

The Irish chamber-pop princess talks with Tara Dougherty about her recent world tour, her second album and her innovative...

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A Taste of Ireland

Ireland’s Food Revolution We Irish have had a fraught relationship with food for far too long. Generations were raised...

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Imagining Ireland With Gabriel Byrne

The acclaimed actor discusses his role as Ireland’s first Cultural Ambassador, his experience as an emigrant, and his...

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In This Issue

Imagining Ireland With Gabriel Byrne

Gabriel Byrne, actor and Cultural Ambassador

The acclaimed actor discusses his role as Ireland’s first Cultural Ambassador, his experience as an emigrant, and his thoughts on the strong ties and the disconnects between Ireland and...

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The First Word:
Let the Irish Apply

Patricia Harty

A letter from our Editor… After all these years in America, I still feel like an immigrant. Though I proudly hold American citizenship, it is other immigrants that I most readily identify...

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Irish Eye on Hollywood:
Upcoming Film Releases

Michael Fassbender as Magneto

Tom Deignan with the latest Irish and Irish American happenings in film and television. Carlow actress Saoirse Ronan apparently enjoys playing a killer. In April, Ronan starred in the action flick...

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The Pipe: Small Irish Town Meets Big Oil

Pat O'Donnell confronts The Solitaire

A new documentary from Ireland sheds light on the Corrib pipeline plans in Rossport, Co. Mayo. In 2005, Rossport was a small, peaceful costal village in Co. Mayo, Ireland. Risteard Ó Domhnaill was...

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Enda, Irial and Ali Honored by Fund

NEW YORK - MAY 05, 2011:  Enda Kenny (L), Taoiseach of Ireland, Muhammad Ali (C), three-time World Heavyweight Champion American boxer, and Kieran McLoughlin (R), President & CEO of The Worldwide Ireland Funds, speak to one another during The American Ireland Fund's 36th Annual New York Dinner Gala at Lincoln Center, honoring Muhammad Ali, and Irial Finan, Executive Vice President of The Coca-Cola Company and President of Bottling Investments Group, on May 05, 2011 in New York City.

The American Ireland Fund’s annual New York Gala Dinner was held on May 5th. More than 1,200 guests gathered in a tent at Lincoln Center on May 5, for the American Ireland Fund New York Dinner...

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What Are You Like?

Bill Whelan

Bill Whelan, composer of Riverdance answers 15 questions. Renowned composer, producer and arranger Bill Whelan has worked extensively in theatre, film and television. The Limerick native has produced...

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Ireland’s New Prime Minister on the Way Forward

Taoiseach Enda Kenny paid his respects at Ground Zero on May 4th.

On his recent trip to New York, between visiting Ground Zero and being welcomed at an Irish American community reception, Ireland’s new Taoiseach, Enda Kenny, spoke with Patricia Harty about...

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Citizen Artist, Robert Ballagh

Robert Ballagh

The extraordinary life and work of Robert Ballagh is celebrated in a new book, “Citizen Artist” by Ciaran Carty I’ve often called Robert Ballagh the perfect Dubliner. He married the...

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Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann Celebrates 60 Years

Traditional musicians performing at one of the many sessions held at CCE North America's celebration in San Antonio.

Held in San Antonio, TX for the first time, CCE’s annual celebration marked the organization’s 60th anniversary. Hundreds of devoted Irish music and dance fans descended upon San Antonio...

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Bill Clinton on Ireland’s Economic Crisis and Recovery

President Bill Clinton at the 2011 Irish America Hall of Fame luncheon on March 15, 2011

Excerpts from Bill Clinton’s address at the 2011 Irish America Hall of Fame celebration. “Most of us go back to Ireland and feel immediately at home in a way that’s impossible to...

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A Taste of Ireland

Donal Skehan

Ireland’s Food Revolution We Irish have had a fraught relationship with food for far too long. Generations were raised to see it as a crime to leave even the tiniest morsel on our plates....

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The Irish Brigade: Heroes of The Civil War

"A Donnybrook at Dusk" by Bradley Shmel; Brigadier General Thomas Francis Meagher; Savage Station, Virginia. Union field hospital after the battle of June 21.

As we commemorate the 150th anniversary of the start of The Civil War, Matthew Brennan remembers the shining role of The Irish Brigade. Irish American actor Martin Sheen commented in an interview...

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Portrait of an Irish Artist:
Louis le Brocquy

Image of W.B. Yeats, from the Portrait Heads series. 1975, oil on canvas. Courtesy of Loius le Brocquy and Pierre le Brocquy.

A 20th century master. Louis le Brocquy, one of the most important and influential Irish artists of the last century, died at age 95 in his family home on April 25th, 2012. The following is a feature...

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“Green Georgette”

Renowned Irish author Edna O'Brien

A short story by Edna O’Brien Thursday Mama and I have been invited to the Coughlans’. It is to be Sunday evening at seven o’clock. I imagine us setting out in good time, even though it is...

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Meghan O’Rourke on Writing Through Grief

Meghan O'Rourke

Meghan O’Rourke talks about her recent memoir, The Long Goodbye. Meghan O’Rourke’s accomplishments are many. A graduate of Yale, she was a fiction/nonfiction editor at The New Yorker at the...

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Julie Feeney:
The Impossibly Talented

Julie Feeney live in concert

The Irish chamber-pop princess talks with Tara Dougherty about her recent world tour, her second album and her innovative sound, which is breathing life into the contemporary Irish music scene. The...

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Diary of the Dance

Paige Turilli holds her second World Championship trophy

Four young step dancers from the Inishfree School of Irish Dance share their diary entries from World Irish Dancing Championships in Dublin this past April. Paige Turilli Age 14 Pearl River,...

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Review of Books

Bottom of the 33rd cover

Recently published books of Irish and Irish American interest. To purchase these books visit Kenny’s Bookshop here. Recommended
 The Bottom of the 33rd: 
Hope, Redemption and Baseball’s...

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Music Reviews

Cashier No. 9's Goldstar

Reviews of recent releases from Irish and Irish American artists. CONTEMPORARY Cashier No. 9 To the Death of Fun Belfast has for many years been a hub for contemporary Irish music. One of the newest...

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Sláinte:
Dublin, City of Literature

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Recipes inspired by James Joyce’s Dublin When I was young, my father’s oft repeated favorite riddle was: What is the richest country in the world? The first time he quizzed me, I wracked my...

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Roots: The Mighty Meaghers

Meagher Coat of Arms

A Look at the Meaghers and Mahers The Meagher name stems from the medieval Gaelic O’ Meachair, derived from meachar, meaning hospitable or kind, but the kindness of the Meaghers certainly hasn’t...

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

Gil Clancy

Recent Irish and Irish American Obituaries Eugene Byrne 1945-2011 Irish folk singer, festival organizer and tour guide Eugene Byrne passed away at his home in Dover, N.H. on March 24, after a long...

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Photo Album

22_Zouave

Thomas ‘the Zouave’ Delaney This hand-colored daguerrotype is of my great-grandfather Thomas Delaney. According  to notes left by my mother, he was “born in Ireland  in 1843 and died...

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The Pipe: Small Irish Town Meets Big Oil

A new documentary from Ireland sheds light on the Corrib pipeline plans in Rossport, Co. Mayo. In...

Citizen Artist, Robert Ballagh

The extraordinary life and work of Robert Ballagh is celebrated in a new book, “Citizen...

Bill Clinton on Ireland’s Economic Crisis and Recovery

Excerpts from Bill Clinton’s address at the 2011 Irish America Hall of Fame...

Irish Eye on Hollywood:
Upcoming Film Releases

Tom Deignan with the latest Irish and Irish American happenings in film and television. Carlow...

Enda, Irial and Ali Honored by Fund

The American Ireland Fund’s annual New York Gala Dinner was held on May 5th. More than 1,200...

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

Recent Irish and Irish American Obituaries Eugene Byrne 1945-2011 Irish folk singer, festival...