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Tom Moran: Irish America Hall of Fame

Tom Moran, businessman and humanitarian, is inducted into the Irish America Hall of Fame. Chairman, president and CEO of...

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Loretta Brennan Glucksman: Irish America Hall of Fame

Loretta Brennan Glucksman, co-chair of New York University’s Glucksman Ireland House, chairman of the American Ireland...

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Kevin Roche: America’s Irish Architect

Visionary architect Kevin Roche is inducted into the Irish America Hall of Fame The November 1989 issue of Irish America...

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Commissioner Ray Kelly: Irish America Hall of Fame

Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly, New York’s top cop, is inducted into the Irish America Hall of Fame An ex-marine,...

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Dr. John L. Lahey: Irish America Hall of Fame

Dr. John L. Lahey, university president and preserver of our history, is inducted into the Irish America Hall of...

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In This Issue

Kevin Roche: America’s Irish Architect

Architect Kevin Roche. Photo by Nathan Benn.

Visionary architect Kevin Roche is inducted into the Irish America Hall of Fame The November 1989 issue of Irish America featured an interview with Kevin Roche, the Irish-born architect famous for...

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The First Word: Ties That Bind

Rod Stoneman, Allegra Huston, Tony Huston and NUIG President Dr. Jim Browne. Photo by Aengus McMahon

“Nostalgia for Ireland sweeps over me often, not just when I’m working with an Irish cast. I love Ireland and I miss it very much.”   – John Huston We’ve had quite a year (at Irish...

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Loretta Brennan Glucksman: Irish America Hall of Fame

Loretta Brennan Glucksman. Photo by Kit DeFever.

Loretta Brennan Glucksman, co-chair of New York University’s Glucksman Ireland House, chairman of the American Ireland Fund and a strong advocate for Ireland, is inducted into the Irish America...

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Commissioner Ray Kelly: Irish America Hall of Fame

Comissioner Ray Kelly. Photo by Kit Defever.

Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly, New York’s top cop, is inducted into the Irish America Hall of Fame An ex-marine, former beat cop and the only person ever to serve two, non-consecutive terms as...

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Dr. John L. Lahey: Irish America Hall of Fame

Dr. John Lahey, President of Quinnipiac University. Photo by Gale Zucker.

Dr. John L. Lahey, university president and preserver of our history, is inducted into the Irish America Hall of Fame. President of Quinnipiac University in Hamden, Connecticut for over 25 years, Dr....

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Tom Moran: Irish America Hall of Fame

Tom Moran. Photo by Kit DeFever.

Tom Moran, businessman and humanitarian, is inducted into the Irish America Hall of Fame. Chairman, president and CEO of Mutual of America, Tom Moran was born in 1952 on Staten Island, NY, one of...

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Irish Eye on Hollywood

Chris O'Dowd and Maya Rudolph in Friends With Kids.

The latest Irish and Irish-American news in film and television. 1. From Southie to the Five Points to Downton Abbey, the Irish are taking over American television! First, the cast for an upcoming...

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Lifetime Achievement Award For Fionnula Flanagan

President Michael D Higgins presents Fionnuala Flanagan with a lifetime Achievement Award at the 9th Annual Irish Film & Television Awards.

Fionnula Flanagan Receives Lifetime Achievement Award at the “Irish Oscars” Legendary Irish actress Fionnula Flanagan was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Irish Film and...

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St. Patrick’s Day Traditions in the U.S.

The Chicago River goes green on St. Patrick's Day

On the morning of March 17, 1853, Archbishop of New York John Hughes addressed a crowd of worshippers at St. Patrick’s Cathedral about the special significance that St. Patrick’s Day had taken on...

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MacWeeney’s Travellers at Ireland House

Julia and Bernie McDonagh, Cherry Orchard. From Alen MacWeeney's Travellers series.

In 1965, looking for an image to illustrate the poetry of William Butler Yeats, Dublin-born photographer Alen MacWeeney stumbled into what he calls “a deep pool of hidden Irish culture” – the...

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Titanic Commemoration in Ireland

The annual Timoney Bell ringing Titanic memorial in Addergoole, Mayo.

Belfast is abuzz in preparation for the upcoming three-week-long Titanic Festival, which will both commemorate the centenary of the sinking of the Belfast-built ocean liner and celebrate the...

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Rural Ireland: The Inside Story

Mass in a Connemara Cabin, by Aloysius O'Kelly. Courtesy of the McMullen Museum.

Boston College’s McMullen Museum of Art is giving visitors a rare look at the daily lives of Irish country people in the nineteenth century. Once thought to be an unpopular subject among Irish...

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Rory McIlroy Becomes Number One

Rory McIlroy. Photo by Google Images.

Rory McIlroy was hitting 40-yard drives at the age of two. By eight he was the youngest full member of the Holywood Golf Club, which sits just outside of Belfast, and by 11 he was shooting level par...

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Spotlight On: Sue Cischke

Sue Cischke, Former Group Vice President of Sustainability, Environment and Safety Engineering, Ford Motor Company. Photo courtesy of Ford Motor Company.

One of Ford Motor Company’s highest-ranking female executive is retiring after 35 years in the business. Cischke, Group Vice President for Sustainability, Environment and Safety, tells Sheila...

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Painting the Burren

Dolmen, 20" x 40", oil on canvas, 2010. Photo courtesy of Andy Weeks.

Andy Weeks, a New York-based artist, finds inspiration in Clare’s rocky landscape. Two years ago, my wife and I decided to visit Ireland.  We were in the process of buying a house outside of New...

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The Dunbrody: The Ark of New Ross

The Dunbrody Famine Ship.

Celebrating the Dunbrody Famine Ship, the Irish Emigration History Centre, the Irish America Hall of Fame, and the upcoming inaugural Irish America Day, hosted by the town of New Ross, Co....

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Anjelica is Smashing

Anjelica Huston as Eileen Rand on Smash. Photo by Eric Leibowitz/NBC.

Anjelica Huston is causing a stir on the new hit series Smash. Stars aren’t born, they are made” is the tagline for Smash, the new drama series on NBC. Produced by Steven Spielberg, the show...

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McDonagh, Farrell and Seven Psychopaths

Colin Farrell and Sam Rockwell in a still from Seven Psychopaths. Photo by Chuck Zlotnick.

Not in Bruges anymore, Martin McDonagh and Colin Farrell speak with Patricia Danaher from the Hollywood set of their latest collaboration, the film Seven Psychopaths. Martin McDonagh appears ...

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Pacino Does Wilde

Al Pacino with his Jameson International Film Festival Volta Award, at the Merrion Hotel in Dublin. Photo by David Mannion.

The American actor was in Ireland to pick up an award for his documentary on Oscar Wilde’s Salomé. Al Pacino was back in Ireland in February for a very fond return visit and to be presented with a...

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Roma Downey’s Little Angels

Roma Downey

The Derry-born star of Touched by an Angel tells Molly Ferns about her new faith-based children’s series Little Angels. Upon first hearing about Roma Downey’s new children’s series, Little...

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The Irish on the Titanic

The RMS Titanic. Photo from Wikimedia Commons.

Maureen Murphy explores the seldom-told story of the third-class Irish passengers on board the doomed RMS Titanic – some were survivors, others were heroes and victims. There has been no disaster...

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The Day the Irish Invaded Canada

The Battle of Ridgeway. An 1869 illustration from Library Archives Canada.

In the sleepy town of Ridgeway, Ontario – just a stone’s throw from Crystal Beach, the “Southern Shore of Canada” and former home to the Niagara region’s most beloved amusement park –...

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The Power of the Past: Joseph O’Connor

Joseph O'Connor. Photo by Gerry Sanford / Imagine Photography.

Joseph O’Connor, author of Star of the Sea and Redemption Falls, talks about his new novel, Ghost Light, the Irish diaspora, and why he doesn’t write historical fiction. The Aran Islands appeared...

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The Chieftains At 50

The Chieftains: Matt Molloy, Paddy Moloney, Kevin Conneff and Sean Keane.

The Chieftains, Ireland’s top traditional group, celebrate their 50th anniversary with a compilation album featuring many young recording artists. In traditional Irish music, the road to success is...

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What Are You Like? Kevin Barry

Kevin Barry, author of the 2013 Impac Award-winning City of Bohane

Writer Kevin Barry on fancy chocolates, Cuchullain’s heroic diet, and naked seething ambition. Kevin Barry’s novel, City of Bohane, has just been published in the U.S. It was shortlisted for both...

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The New Irish Songwriter: James Vincent McMorrow

James Vincent McMorrow

A spring tour in Australia on the immediate horizon, thoughts brewing of a sophomore album and the world at his feet, James Vincent McMorrow has stormed onto the scene from virtual nothingness in the...

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Sláinte!
The Fast & The Feast

Eggs dyed for Easter with onion peels.

How Ireland perfected the journey from abstinent Lent to the celebratory feast of Easter. Throughout the history of Western civilization, spring’s arrival was always a time for feasting and gaiety....

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Roots: The Marvelous McDonaghs

Martin McDonagh and John Michael McDonagh. Photo by James Higgins.

McDonagh is one of the rarer surnames of Ireland, but exists also as MacDonagh, MacDonough, Donogh, and Donagh. The modern forms of the name are derived from Mac Donnchadha, which originates from the...

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Review of Books

On an Irish Island, by Robert Kanigel.

Recently published books of Irish and Irish-American interest. Recommended: Bloodland In a genre that may seem to have exhausted all possible plot-lines, Alan Glynn’s new thriller, Bloodland, is...

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Music Reviews

Altan: The-Poison-Glen

A look at recently released music of Irish and Irish-American interest. Altan • The Poison Glen In their newest album, The Poison Glen, Altan reverts to the sound that their fans initially fell in...

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Barney Rosset:
1922-2012

Samuel Beckett and Barney Rosset.

He helped change the course of publishing in the United States by championing avant-garde writers and beat poets. He defied censors in the 1960s by publishing D.H. Lawrence’s Lady Chatterley’s...

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Those We Lost

Comedian Frank Carson. 1926 - 2012

Recent passings in the Irish and Irish-American communities Frank Carson 1926 – 2012 After a long battle with stomach cancer, comedian Frank Carson died at the age of 85 in Blackpool,...

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Photo Album: The Wealth of the World

Winnie and Eddie Donohoe at the 1966 wedding of one of their sons. Photo submitted by Kathleen Donohoe.

At rest, this picture belongs to a wedding album from 1966. Plain, awkward even, it was composed by the photographer whose job it was to snap the parents of the groom. It doesn’t speak of small...

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What America Can Learn From Ireland

Jon O'Brien

The Last Word: Birth Control is a Medical Issue, Not a Religious One The Irish, a fiercely independent people ruled by another country for centuries, have a unique appreciation for irony. As an...

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Hibernia

Rory McIlroy Becomes Number One

Rory McIlroy was hitting 40-yard drives at the age of two. By eight he was the youngest full member...

Spotlight On: Sue Cischke

One of Ford Motor Company’s highest-ranking female executive is retiring after 35 years in the...

Lifetime Achievement Award For Fionnula Flanagan

Fionnula Flanagan Receives Lifetime Achievement Award at the “Irish Oscars” Legendary Irish...

Irish Eye on Hollywood

The latest Irish and Irish-American news in film and television. 1. From Southie to the Five Points...

Titanic Commemoration in Ireland

Belfast is abuzz in preparation for the upcoming three-week-long Titanic Festival, which will both...

Rural Ireland: The Inside Story

Boston College’s McMullen Museum of Art is giving visitors a rare look at the daily lives of...

St. Patrick’s Day Traditions in the U.S.

On the morning of March 17, 1853, Archbishop of New York John Hughes addressed a crowd of...