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A Fashionable Partnership:
Bob Savage & Nanette Lepore

In their sunlit showroom in the Garment District, Nanette Lepore and Bob Savage talk about their journey from Youngstown,...

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An Irish Vintage:
The Concannon Vineyard

James and John Concannon uphold tradition at a winery founded by their Irish immigrant ancestor. The Concannon family has...

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Tea With Anne: An Interview with Anne Enright

The singular Irish writer discusses her recent novel, The Forgotten Waltz – an honest, consuming and characteristically...

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Bill Ford:
The Man Behind the Trademark

“Our name is on every product that we sell, and that really gave us the determination to see this through.” Founded in...

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The Way of Martin

The Way is a movie about a father and son, written and directed by Emilio Estevez and starring his real-life father, Martin...

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In This Issue

Bill Ford:
The Man Behind the Trademark

Bill Ford pictured with some Irish Fords, Henry Dan Ford and Hannah Ford O’Brien, 5, who turned out to meet him when he visited Ballinascarty, Co. Cork, birthplace of his great-great-grandfather William Ford.

“Our name is on every product that we sell, and that really gave us the determination to see this through.” Founded in 1903, Ford Motor Company is one of the top corporations in the world, and...

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The Magic of the Diaspora

Christmas 1955, me and the brothers at Todds Dept. Store in Limerick.

The First Word One Christmas was so much like another in those years, to quote Dylan Thomas. Looking back, it does seem as if all my childhood Christmases have fused into one glorious memory. I...

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Irish Eye on Hollywood:
Upcoming Film Releases

Glenn Close as Albert Nobbs

1. The idea has only been floating for a few weeks and not a word of a script has been written. But already, the Whitey Bulger movie soon to be made by Matt Damon and Ben Affleck is getting mixed...

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Pushing Through to Victory
Amanda McGrory

Amanda crossing the finish line at the 2011 NYC Marathon, in a record-setting victory.

Champion wheelchair racer Amanda McGrory tells Molly Ferns about her record-setting year and her plans for the 2012 London Paralympics. Few people begin a career at five years old. But Amanda...

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Olympic Torch to Pass Through Northern Ireland

The 2012 Olympic Torch

The London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (Locog) has confirmed that over 60 towns and villages in Northern Ireland will be included on the route for torchbearers carrying...

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Providence Gives Regards to Cohan

Robert Shure's bust of George M. Cohan in Providence, RI. Courtesy of Sy Dill.

George M. Cohan will always be remembered on Broadway. A statue of the late composer and performer, who penned such influential songs as “Over There,” “You’re a Grand Old Flag” and...

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Titanic Staircase Makes a Grand Entrance

The Grand Staircase is lifted into the Titanic Quarter building by crane. Photo courtesy of Titanic Belfast.

As construction of the impressive and modern Titanic Belfast building speeds ahead, the past mingled nicely with the future on November 12 when a nearly exact replica of the grand staircase that sank...

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Conlisk Scholarship Brings Irish Business Students to U.S.

Brian Kelly, recipient of the 2011 Rev. John M. Conlisk Scholarship

During a time of economic hardship for Ireland, Brian Kelly, a Dublin-born 22-year-old and a graduate of University of Limerick, has been given the opportunity to further his finance studies at...

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

Andy Rooney

John Calley 1930-2011 John Calley, former chief executive at Warner Brothers, United Artists and Sony Pictures, died September 13 at 81 in Los Angeles. Just a few credits include A Clockwork Orange,...

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Quote Unquote

Robert Downey, Jr. and Mel Gibson at the American Cinematheque Awards

A selection of quotes – some poignant, some hilarious – from Ireland and Irish America.  “The brilliant thing about Edna is that she was never embittered by the terrible experience she had of...

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Food for Thought:
Susan Ungaro

Susan Kelliher Ungaro

Susan Kelliher Ungaro, president of the James Beard Foundation, focuses on furthering the famous chef’s legacy – and on what’s really important about a meal.   As I pull open the heavy...

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An Irish Vintage:
The Concannon Vineyard

Jim and John Concannon

James and John Concannon uphold tradition at a winery founded by their Irish immigrant ancestor. The Concannon family has spent more than 128 years growing grapes and making wine in California, 42...

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A Fashionable Partnership:
Bob Savage & Nanette Lepore

Bob Savage and Nanette Lepore

In their sunlit showroom in the Garment District, Nanette Lepore and Bob Savage talk about their journey from Youngstown, Ohio to the epicenter of the New York City fashion scene. Located in the...

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The Joy of Giving Back:
John Fitzpatrick

John Fitzpatrick with the founders and some of the young students of the O'Hanlon Park Boxing Club in Dundalk

The RTE show Secret Millionaire followed American hotelier John Fitzpatrick as he spent a week undercover in one of Ireland’s poorest communities. When Business 100 honoree John Fitzpatrick was...

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Tea With Anne: An Interview with Anne Enright

Anne Enright

The singular Irish writer discusses her recent novel, The Forgotten Waltz – an honest, consuming and characteristically biting examination of Celtic Tiger Ireland. Anne Enright sipped on a jasmine...

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Civil War Memorials

Colonel Robert Gould Shaw Memorial in Boston, completed in 1897 by Dublin-born sculptor Augustus Saint-Gaudens.

Irish Sculptors Led the Way in Celebrating Civil War Heroes Magnificent in bearing, you find our nation’s unabashed heroes in Central Park and Lincoln Park, Boston Common and the National Mall....

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The Civil War Experience on Show

"Return of the 69th (Irish) Regiment, N.Y.S.M. from the Seat of War,”  by Louis Lang at the New-York Historical Society’s renovated building reopening on Nov. 11."

Current exhibitions celebrating the 150th anniversary of the Civil War.  The Return of the 69th On July 27, 1861, crowds massed along New York Harbor to welcome home New York’s 69th (Irish)...

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Blazing the Trail to Ireland:
The Kalem Film Company

Sidney Olcott on set in Ireland with actress Valentine Grant, whom he would later marry. See bottom of page for more photos.

At the dawn of American cinema, when most film companies were already heading west to Hollywood, one company traveled east – to Ireland. The little-known story of the Kalem Company, or “The...

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The Way of Martin

Martin Sheen, Yorick van Wageningen, and Emilio Estevez.

The Way is a movie about a father and son, written and directed by Emilio Estevez and starring his real-life father, Martin Sheen. The Way, a modern-day road film rooted in the past, is a...

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Roots: The Ford Family

Henry Ford

The Ford family name has several possible origins. Its Anglo-Saxon roots can be traced back to Devonshire, where the name derived from the topographical term “ford,” meaning “a shallow place...

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What Are You Like?

John Kelly

John Kelly, CEO of the Irish Chamber Orchestra John Kelly grew up on the grounds of Clongowes Wood College, near Dublin, where his father, composer T.C.Kelly was the head of the music department. He...

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A Passion for Reporting

Amy Ellis Nutt

Amy Ellis Nutt won a Pulitzer Prize in 2011 for “The Wreck of the Lady Mary,” about a boat that sank off the New Jersey coast. She followed that newspaper story with a nonfiction book, Shadows...

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Review of Books

Chango's Beads and Two-Tone Shoes, by William Kennedy

Recently published books of Irish and Irish-American interest.  Recommended Chango’s Beads and Two-Tone Shoes Thirty-six years after publishing Legs, the first book in his acclaimed Albany Cycle,...

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Other Voices NYC

(Left to right): Philip King, Glen Hansard, Martin Hayes, Gabriel Byrne, Iarla O Lionard and Colum McCann

“Well the weather tonight is Irish,” seemed to be the joke of the evening as four hundred lucky audience members packed into downtown New York venue Le Poisson Rouge on a wet October evening. The...

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Music Reviews

A look at recently-released music of Irish and Irish-American interest.

A look at recently-released music of Irish and Irish-American interest. For the Holidays… The Blair Band • Christmas with the Celts This Christmas, Ric Blair and his merry band of Celtic...

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Once: The Musical

Steve Kazee as "Guy" in Once, the musical.

The beloved Irish film adapted to the stage. It is hard to forget the little Irish movie that could, Once. Released in 2006, Once was shot in Dublin over a 17-day period, with a scant budget of...

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Sláinte! The Night of Cakes

Illustration by Benedetta Celada

No Christma-a-as! No Christma-a-as!” Such was the town crier’s chant in the streets of 17th-century Dublin when Ireland felt the hammer blow of Oliver Cromwell’s Puritan iron fist. Garlands of...

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The Old First Ward

Left to right: Florence (Patts) Tobin, Jimmy Patts, Leo Martin.

Photo Album: Family Pictures These photos were taken [80] years ago in front of my grandfather’s house on Kentucky Street in Buffalo’s well-known “Old First Ward.” This section, on the South...

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Hibernia

Once: The Musical

The beloved Irish film adapted to the stage. It is hard to forget the little Irish movie that...

Titanic Staircase Makes a Grand Entrance

As construction of the impressive and modern Titanic Belfast building speeds ahead, the past...

Olympic Torch to Pass Through Northern Ireland

The London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (Locog) has confirmed that over...

Pushing Through to Victory
Amanda McGrory

Champion wheelchair racer Amanda McGrory tells Molly Ferns about her record-setting year and her...

Providence Gives Regards to Cohan

George M. Cohan will always be remembered on Broadway. A statue of the late composer and performer,...

The Civil War Experience on Show

Current exhibitions celebrating the 150th anniversary of the Civil War.  The Return of the 69th On...

Conlisk Scholarship Brings Irish Business Students to U.S.

During a time of economic hardship for Ireland, Brian Kelly, a Dublin-born 22-year-old and a...