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October / November 2011

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Ten Years after 9/11

An estimated 1,000 of the nearly 3,000 victims of 9/11 were of Irish descent or birth. On the 10th anniversary of the...

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Banville on Black

“Sometimes, in the middle of the afternoon if I’m feeling a little bit sleepy, Black will sort of lean in over...

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Rebuilding the Skyline

The heroism and sacrifices of Irish Americans on September 11, 2001 have been well documented. What has not been discussed...

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Brian Ruane:
A View from One Wall Street

Born in the U.S. and raised in Ireland, BNY Mellon’s Brian Ruane represents a new kind of Irish presence on Wall...

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The Irish Repertory Theater:
A Class Act

Showcasing the Irish and Irish-American experience on stage for 23 years. Let us now praise the Irish Repertory Theater, New...

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In This Issue

Brian Ruane:
A View from One Wall Street

Brian Ruane

Born in the U.S. and raised in Ireland, BNY Mellon’s Brian Ruane represents a new kind of Irish presence on Wall Street. His success is built on a sound understanding of financial practices on...

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The First Word: The Spirit of America

Patricia Harty

A letter from our Editor: As I write this the world outside my window is peaceful. It’s Sunday so the construction that happens on weekdays is stopped and though I actually enjoy watching the men...

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Irish Eye on Hollywood:
Upcoming Film Releases

Irish actor Chris O'Dowd with co-stars Megan Fox and Jason Segel

One of the more highly-anticipated crime dramas of the new TV season is NBC’s Prime Suspect starring Maria Bello (A History of Violence, Coyote Ugly). Also starring in Prime Suspect is...

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Uncovering Irish History in Lowell, MA and Northern Ireland

The dig site on the grounds of St. Patrick's Church in Lowell, MA

The Irish-American Heritage Archeological Program discovers Irish artifacts in Lowell, MA and Cosson, Co. Tyrone. Students and archeological experts from the University of Massachusetts, Lowell and...

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Study in Ireland Fairs Come to Northeast

The front arch at Trinity College

A new initiative called Education Ireland asks American students to consider studying in Ireland. Education Ireland, a new initiative of the Irish Government, is holding a series of “Study in...

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Puck Fair: Ireland’s Oldest Festival

Muireann Arthurs, Queen of Puck Fair coronates a wild mountain goat as King Puck, with goatcatcher Frank Joy.

Co. Kerry celebrates the 398th Puck Fair Every August since 1613 (or possibly earlier) the Co. Kerry town of Killorglin has given itself over to the idiosyncratic joys and celebration of the Puck...

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A Diary for the Tweople, By the Tweople

The cover of The Diary of the Tweople

The two Irishmen behind Diary of the Tweople There’s no denying the wonderfully wide (and sometimes weird) reach of Twitter – from messages from Tahrir Square during the Arab Spring, to live...

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Irish Artist of the Light Shines in New York

Roisin Fitzpatrick and Christy O'Connor,

Roisin Fitzpatrick to give solo exhibition at the Consulate General of Ireland in New York For Irish artist Roisin Fitzpatrick, inspiration and light came from an experience most people would count...

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A Voyage of Rediscovery at the Dunbrody History Centre

At the opening of the Dunbrody Emigration History Centre, the Flatley family cuts into a special Dunbrody cake with Editor-in-Chief Patricia Harty and the Dunbrody board.

The Irish America Hall of Fame finds a home in New Ross, and brings the story of the Irish in America back to a place that served as a port of departure for many who braved the journey to North...

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Ten Years after 9/11

Collier Wimmer dances an Irish jib on the sidewalk in front of her family's Winston-Salem home on Friday afternoon, Sept. 21, 2001, to raise money for victims of the terrorist attaches in New York and Washington. 'I felt sad for the children who lost their moms and dads,' she said. 'I wanted to do something about it.' (Winston-Salem Journal/Ted Richardson)

An estimated 1,000 of the nearly 3,000 victims of 9/11 were of Irish descent or birth. On the 10th anniversary of the attacks, we look at the “living” memorials such as the scholarships...

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Remembering from Afar

The Dondea Forest Park September 11 memorial to firefighter Sean Tallon and all of the other public servants who lost their lives in the Twin Towers.

9/11 Memorials in Ireland In the years since the attacks on September 11, 2001, memorials both big and small have been built throughout the United States and across the globe. The most immediate ones...

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Rebuilding the Skyline

Mike Reilly at work on the Freedom Tower.

The heroism and sacrifices of Irish Americans on September 11, 2001 have been well documented. What has not been discussed nearly as much are the contributions Irish Americans are currently making to...

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Comhaltas: Making Music for Sixty Years

Nine-year-old Haley Richardson from Southern New Jersey shares a tune with Tom Dunne of Wexford at the Fleadh in Parsippany, NJ.

It was a social network phenomenon before Facebook, blogging and Twitter came along, and Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann is still going strong. For sixty years, Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann – Irish...

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Bare-Faced and Bare-Knuckled: Fighting Traveller Families

Travellers James McDonagh and David Nevin bare knuckle fighting.

Filmed carefully over a period of twelve years, the documentary Knuckle sheds light on the inner workings and on-going feuds of three Irish Traveller clans. Up next for the film: a New York premiere...

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The Irish Repertory Theater:
A Class Act

James Barbour, Melissa Errico, Jeremy Irons with Charlotte Moore and Ciaran O'Reilly backstage at The Shubert Theatre.

Showcasing the Irish and Irish-American experience on stage for 23 years. Let us now praise the Irish Repertory Theater, New York, and congratulate founders Charlotte Moore, Artistic Director, and...

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Poem: The Stones of Culdalee

Poem: The Stones of Culdalee

Culdalee We took the winding road west from Aclair, arrived at where we thought the turnoff should be, the boreen so overgrown you’d hardly know it had ever been the way. We waded down through the...

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Banville on Black

Barry McCaill

“Sometimes, in the middle of the afternoon if I’m feeling a little bit sleepy, Black will sort of lean in over Banville’s shoulder and start writing. Or Banville will lean over Black’s...

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Sláinte! Feile Na Marbh – the origins of Halloween

Halloween festival in Derry City

Slainte! Columnist Edythe Preet explore how Feile Na Marbh or “Feast of the Dead” became Halloween- with recipes That which we know as All Hallows Eve actually began as a harvest festival...

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Music Reviews

"How to tune a fish" by Beoga, Courtesy of Compass Records.

The latest in Irish and Irish-American music Beoga’s How to Tune a Fish • Beoga An exciting new release from Compass Records, How to Tune a Fish by Beoga is sure to be a lively hit amongst...

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Charting Celtic Music’s Way Forward

Alison Brown Compass co-founders, Photo courtesy of Compass Records

Nashville-based Compass Records has grown to become the most reliable and exciting source for new Celtic music. While it seems there is no conventional story of musical success, Irish American Alison...

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Roots: the history of the Ruane, Rowan and Ó Ruadain families

Sir William Rowan Hamilton

The surname Ruane comes from the old Gaelic Ó Ruadain, meaning the descendant of the red one, originally derived from the Gaelic ruadh. The pre-medieval clan stems from Ui Maine, an ancient...

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

In this Oct. 21, 1975 file photo, New York Gov. Hugh Carey, right, and Felix Rohatyn, chairman of Municipal Assistance Coportaion, press memebrs of a House economic stabilization subcommittee in Washington, to enact legislation to aid deficit-ridden New York City.

Hugh Carey 1919-2011 Former New York Governor Hugh Carey, who famously saved the state from the brink of financial ruin, passed away at his home on Shelter Island on August 7. He was 92. Carey, New...

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Puck Fair: Ireland’s Oldest Festival

Co. Kerry celebrates the 398th Puck Fair Every August since 1613 (or possibly earlier) the Co....

A Diary for the Tweople, By the Tweople

The two Irishmen behind Diary of the Tweople There’s no denying the wonderfully wide (and...

Irish Artist of the Light Shines in New York

Roisin Fitzpatrick to give solo exhibition at the Consulate General of Ireland in New York For...

Uncovering Irish History in Lowell, MA and Northern Ireland

The Irish-American Heritage Archeological Program discovers Irish artifacts in Lowell, MA and...

Study in Ireland Fairs Come to Northeast

A new initiative called Education Ireland asks American students to consider studying in...