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Breaking the Code of Silence:
The Irish and Drink

“Drinking in Ireland is not simply a convivial pastime, it is a ritualistic alternative to real life, a spiritual placebo,...

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The Directors: Clint Eastwood Receives First John Ford Award

“I’d love to make a movie in Ireland sometime,” Clint Eastwood said when I caught up with him at a recent Hollywood...

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My Travel Story
Ireland, Land of Enchantment

Heidi Boyd on her recent trip to Ireland. “Do you have Irish ancestors?” This is normally the first thing people...

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Martin Hayes:
Rhythm and Strings

Whether playing solo or with the newly formed The Gloaming, Martin Hayes, the marvelously gifted fiddler, finds his mesmeric...

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Glenn Close’s Irish Odyssey:
Albert Nobbs

Glenn Close tells Patricia Danaher about her Irish dream project Albert Nobbs – the film that just earned her an Oscar...

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In This Issue

Martin Hayes:
Rhythm and Strings

Martin Hayes

Whether playing solo or with the newly formed The Gloaming, Martin Hayes, the marvelously gifted fiddler, finds his mesmeric rhythm in the Irish tunes he learned from his father – the leader of the...

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The First Word:
Something to Shout About

Photo by Kit DeFever.

When we first published the magazine back in 1985, I wasn’t entirely comfortable with our slogan “Mórtas Cine,” which translates from the Irish as “Pride in one’s heritage.” As children...

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Irish Army Archives to go Public

Defense Forces Chief of Staff Lieutenant General Sean McCann shows the new online military archives to Mary-Clare Collins-Powell, the grandniece of Michael Collins.

The Irish Armed Forces is about to make a huge volume of historical documents available to the public by putting them online for general access. Lieutenant General Sean McCann, Defense Forces’...

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Rory McIlroy Named Sports Star of the Year

Rory McIlroy

Rory McIlroy was named RTE’s Irish Sports Person of the Year at a televised ceremony in Dublin. The 22-year-old golfer from Holywood, Co. Down capped a memorable year by winning the U.S. Open just...

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Chuck Schumer’s Irish Bill

Senator Chuck Schumer. From Wikimedia Commons.

New York Senator Charles Schumer has gained a great deal of support from the Irish in America since mid-December, when he introduced an Irish visa bill to the Senate. The bill, co-sponsored by...

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Chuck Feeney’s Latest Donation

Chuck Feeney, philanthropist.

Irish America’s most beloved billionaire philanthropist has done it again. Irish America Hall of Famer and founder of Atlantic Philanthropies, Charles F. Feeney is the man behind a massive project...

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Irish Eye on Hollywood:
Upcoming Film Releases

Michael Fassbender in Prometheus.

1. Michael Fassbender, who was raised in Kerry by his Irish mother and German father, is Hollywood’s current “it” guy.  After shocking audiences in 2008 in the harrowing film Hunger, in which...

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Michael Flatley Tries his Feet at Painting

Painting by Michael Flatley.

Not one to limit himself to a single medium, Irish dancer and flute player Michael Flatley can now add “painter” to his artistic resume. He sold his very first painting at an auction this past...

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Irish Awards for Michelle Williams & Melissa McCarthy

Michelle Williams. From Wikimedia Commons.

Michelle Williams, who has already received SAG, Golden Globe and Academy Award best actress nominations for her role as Marilyn Monroe in My Week With Marilyn will be recognized as the US-Ireland...

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The Reality of Irish Dance

Irish step dancers getting ready for a feis. Photo by Tara Dougherty.

It is hard to overstate the way Irish step dancing has exploded onto the scene in mainstream media. The once-niche sport will be the topic of a new show to air on TLC called Irish Dancing...

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Move to Restore Quiet Man Cottage

The Quiet Man Cottage: Now, and then.

Locals and fans from around the world are rallying on the Facebook social network to renew the dream of seeing “The Quiet Man Cottage” restored to its former cinematic glory as it appeared in the...

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Malcolm O’Hagan, Founder of the American Writers Museum

Malcolm O'Hagan

“It has to be spectacular or not at all,” said Malcolm O’Hagan, about the American Writers Museum he is founding to “help people understand the power of the word, how much it influences our...

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Seamus Heaney Donates Papers to Library of Ireland

Seamus Heaney at the National Library of Ireland. Photo by Lar Boland.

The National Library of Ireland has become the new home to Nobel Laureate Seamus Heaney’s collection of literary papers. “I’m overwhelmed at the number of people that the library has brought in...

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Bill Ford, Jr: Heritage, Family and Moving Forward

Founding Publisher Niall ODowd, Co-Founder and Editor Patricia Harty, Hanora Kilkenny and Consul General Noel Kilkenny present Bill Ford, Jr. with his Certificate of Irish Heritage. Photo by Margaret Purcell.

The 26th annual Business 100 luncheon, which took place on December 15th at the Metropolitan Club in New York City, drew many of America’s top corporate leaders. Highlights included the...

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Boston College IRA Tapes Get a Full Hearing

Boston College Burns Library, where the Belfast Project archives are housed.

In recent weeks, the case between Boston College and the U.S. government (working on behalf of the British government and a body rumored to be Police Service of Northern Ireland) has taken a few...

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James Quinn:
The Soul of an Irishman

Jim Quinn speaking at the 2011 Irish America Business 100 awards luncheon. Photo by Sade Joseph.

The 26th annual Business 100 luncheon, which took place on December 15th at the Metropolitan Club in New York City, drew many of America’s top corporate leaders. Highlights included the...

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My Travel Story
Ireland, Land of Enchantment

A rainbow appears after a storm in Ireland.

Heidi Boyd on her recent trip to Ireland. “Do you have Irish ancestors?” This is normally the first thing people ask me upon finding out I went on holiday in Ireland. In most cases, the...

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John Ford: The Man, the Icon

John Wayne dukes it out with Victor McLaglen in The Quiet Man.

As Clint Eastwood receives the first John Ford Award, IA takes a brief look at the Ford’s legacy. John Ford garnered many superlatives to describe his lifetime of works. In a career that...

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The Directors: Clint Eastwood Receives First John Ford Award

Clint Eastwood

“I’d love to make a movie in Ireland sometime,” Clint Eastwood said when I caught up with him at a recent Hollywood Irish event. “The best part of me is the Irish part – Egans on my...

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Jack Foley and the Art of Sound

Jack Foley. Photo courtesy of Catherine Clark.

Jack Donovan Foley, the American grandson of Irish immigrants, invented “foley art,” a sound-effects technique still used in films today – so subtle and perfect that viewers don’t notice...

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Breaking the Code of Silence:
The Irish and Drink

The Irish and Drink

“Drinking in Ireland is not simply a convivial pastime, it is a ritualistic alternative to real life, a spiritual placebo, a fumble for eternity, a longing for heaven, a thirst for return to the...

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Glenn Close’s Irish Odyssey:
Albert Nobbs

Glenn Close and Mia Wasikowska in Albert Nobbs

Glenn Close tells Patricia Danaher about her Irish dream project Albert Nobbs – the film that just earned her an Oscar nomination for Best Actress. When Glenn Close puts her mind to something,...

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Sláinte!
Wine: Another Irish Triumph

Wine glasses

The legacy of the Celts in Ireland and how, in the absence of grapes, they used their wine making skills to create a honey-wine. Odds are, you’re familiar with the fact that beer, stout and whiskey...

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What Are You Like?
Roisin Fitzpatrick

Roisin Fitzpatrick, Artist of the Light. New York, 2011

Roisin Fitzpatrick, Artist of the Light, is a leading contemporary Irish artist. She grew up in Howth, Co. Dublin, the youngest of four daughters. Her father was a director of Fitzpatrick Shoes and...

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Review of Books

City of Bohane, Kevin Barry

Recently published Books of Irish and Irish-American interest… Recommended: City of Bohane Kevin Barry’s eagerly anticipated debut novel, City of Bohane, confirms his status as one of the...

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Music Reviews

Dan Gurney, Traditional Irish Music on the Button Accordion

A look at recently released music of Irish and Irish-American interest… Traditional Irish Music on the Button Accordion   Dan Gurney Among the most exciting releases to come from an Irish...

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Roots:
The Foley Family

Sculptor John Henry Foley (1818-1874)

The surname Foley is found in greatest concentration in counties Cork, Kerry, and Waterford. It is generally understood to be an Anglicized form of the Gaelic Ó Foghladha, which translates loosely...

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Those We Lost: Passings in the Irish-American Community

Maggie Daley (1943-2011)

Margaret Corbett Daley 1943-2011 Maggie Daley, the wife of former Mayor of Chicago Richard M. Daley, passed away at home in Chicago on November 24th. She had been diagnosed with breast cancer in...

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Poem:
An Irishman in Coventry

John Hewitt (1907-1987)

An Irishman in Coventry A full year since, I took this eager city, the tolerance that laced its blatant roar, its famous steeples and its web of girders, as image of the state hope argued for, and...

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Photo Album:
Mother Moriarty

Mary Moriarty with six of her nine children. Left to right: Aileen, John, Dennis (held by Mary), Steve and Daniel.

Photo Album: Family Pictures Mary O’Connell and her six siblings were born in Abbeyfeale, Co. Limerick, Ireland. They were orphaned at an early age. Under the guardianship of their aunt Mary...

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Hibernia

Malcolm O’Hagan, Founder of the American Writers Museum

“It has to be spectacular or not at all,” said Malcolm O’Hagan, about the American Writers...

Move to Restore Quiet Man Cottage

Locals and fans from around the world are rallying on the Facebook social network to renew the...

Chuck Schumer’s Irish Bill

New York Senator Charles Schumer has gained a great deal of support from the Irish in America since...

Chuck Feeney’s Latest Donation

Irish America’s most beloved billionaire philanthropist has done it again. Irish America Hall of...

Irish Awards for Michelle Williams & Melissa McCarthy

Michelle Williams, who has already received SAG, Golden Globe and Academy Award best actress...

Seamus Heaney Donates Papers to Library of Ireland

The National Library of Ireland has become the new home to Nobel Laureate Seamus Heaney’s...

Michael Flatley Tries his Feet at Painting

Not one to limit himself to a single medium, Irish dancer and flute player Michael Flatley can now...