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June / July 2012

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The Glory Days of Celtic Park

One of the premier track- and-field training facilities in the world in its time, Celtic Park produced more than two dozen...

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Landscapes of the Heart

Photographer Eoghan Kavanagh on the Irish landscape. I began to work as a freelance photographic assistant in New York City...

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The Irish Don of Fashion

Don O’Neill, creative director of the up-and-coming label Theia, reflects on his journey from a small seaside town in Co....

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The President’s Visit: Michael D. Higgins in the U.S.

After his first official U.S. visit, Ireland’s new President reflects on the importance of the diaspora and the unique...

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Serious George – An Interview With George Clooney

The perennial leading man talks about his Irish roots, getting older, and his passion for activism.  George Clooney has...

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In This Issue

Serious George – An Interview With George Clooney

George Clooney. Photo: AP Images

The perennial leading man talks about his Irish roots, getting older, and his passion for activism.  George Clooney has nothing to prove as an actor and he knows it. It’s part of what makes him...

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The First Word: Arch of Triumph

The Gateway Arch in St. Louis. Photo from Wikimedia Commons.

“[The Arch] is a soaring curve in the sky that links the rich heritage of yesterday with the richer future of tomorrow.” – Vice President Hubert Humphrey at the opening of the Gateway Arch...

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The President’s Visit: Michael D. Higgins in the U.S.

President Michael D. Higgins speaking at the Irish Consulate in New York, on the first night of his U.S. visit. Photo by Fennell Photography.

After his first official U.S. visit, Ireland’s new President reflects on the importance of the diaspora and the unique creativity of the Irish. Michael D. Higgins, the 9th President of Ireland,...

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Inspiring Cork Teen Addresses the UN

Joanne O'Riordan at the UN. Photo: Google Images.

The United Nations’ International Telecommunication Union’s conference, entitled “Girls in Technology,” had a special guest speaker on Thursday, April 26. Joanne O’Riordan, a 16-year-old...

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Important Items from Ireland’s Past at Auction

A rare copy of the 1916 Proclamation

Only fifty original copies of the 1916 Proclamation of the Irish Republic remain in existence. The proclamation, which famously called for a provisional government of the Irish Republic and...

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Certificate of Irish Heritage for Obama

Taoiseach Enda Kenny presents President Obama with his certificate of Irish heritage.

During his St. Patrick’s Day visit to the White House, Taoiseach Enda Kenny presented President Obama with an official Certificate of Irish Heritage. These certificates, which all members of the...

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Irish Eye on Hollywood

Kevin Ryan and Tom Weston-Jones in Copper.

1. The girl with the dragon tattoo is going to become the girl with the Irish accent. Rooney Mara – star of the smash hit horror flick based on Stieg Larsson’s trilogy of novels – is slated to...

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John Cusack on Poe and The Raven

John Cusack and Brendan Gleeson in The Raven

Exploring a character forced to grapple with inner demons is a familiar task for actor John Cusack, who has portrayed quite a few anguished souls throughout his versatile film career. From his role...

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Economics, Family Style at Glucksman Ireland House

Glucksman Ireland House

The third annual Who Do We Think We Are? day-long program, presented and organized by Glucksman Ireland House at New York University, took place on Saturday, April 21. This year, the theme was...

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The Naming of Winged Fist Way

Council Member Jimmy Van Bramer; Ian McGowan, Executive Director of the Winged Fist Organization; Congressman Joe Crowley and State Senator Michael Gianaris.

A stretch of 43rd Street and 48th Avenue in Sunnyside, Queens, received a second name on March 10. Just in time for St. Patrick’s Day, it became Winged Fist Way, in honor of the Irish American...

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Irish Teens Giving Back

The 20 finalists of the Pramerica Spirit of Community Awards, pictured with (top left) John Longeran (Former Governor of Mountjoy Prison), (pink tie) Donal O Buachalla (NAPD President), Ivan Arbuthnot (GTCNI Chairperson), Henry McGarvey (MD Pramerica Systems Ireland Ltd)  (front row center) Nobel Laureate and Chairman of Judging Panel, John Hume. Photo by Paul McGuckin.

On April 9, Pramerica Systems Ireland, Prudential Financial’s Irish branch, honored gold medal recipients Molly Gilmartin and Bonnie Shortall for their outstanding youth volunteer work at the sixth...

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Irish America Day: 4th of July in Ireland!

Celebrate Irish America Day

Anyone who has ever stopped to ponder what a 4th of July celebration would be like in Ireland will get an answer this Independence Day. On July 4th, the town of New Ross, Co. Wexford will celebrate...

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A Mother’s Prayers, Remembered by Her Daughter

Mary Lou Quinlan and her latest book, The God Box.

People find different ways to deal with their struggles. Mary Finlayson wrote down her worries, concerns, hopes and prayers and placed them in a “God box.” And as the saying goes, like mother,...

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GAA Takes Off in Texas

The Fionn Mac Cumhaill GAA Club’s men's team. Photo courtesy of Fionn Mac Cumhaill GAA.

In Dallas, Texas, it’s all about community and camaraderie over competition. Spurred by the success of the Celtic Cowboys, a Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA) league formed in Austin in 2004, Fionn...

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Director John Ford Celebrated with Irish Symposium

John Ford and Maureen O'Hara in Ireland

The inaugural John Ford Ireland Film Symposium will take place in Dublin over four days, June 7-10. The symposium’s screenings, talks and events will center on Ford’s own films, in addition to...

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Honey Fitz & Sweet Caroline: A Century of Fenway

Hat in hand, Honey Fitz waves to his fans at Fenway Park.

The Red Sox and the City of Boston celebrate the 100th anniversary of one of  America’s most beloved ballparks. Honey Fitz, aka John Francis Fitzgerald, would have loved the pageantry of “Fenway...

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Landscapes of the Heart

Allihes, Co. Kerry. By Eoghan Kavanagh.

Photographer Eoghan Kavanagh on the Irish landscape. I began to work as a freelance photographic assistant in New York City twenty years ago. It was a wonderful opportunity but I could not settle,...

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The Irish Don of Fashion

Don O'Neill and a sunset in Ballyheigue, photographed by his brother Patrick, with the dress it inspired for Theia's Fall 2012 runway collection.

Don O’Neill, creative director of the up-and-coming label Theia, reflects on his journey from a small seaside town in Co. Kerry to the fashion houses of London, Paris and New York, and finally, a...

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The Glory Days of Celtic Park

The Winged Fist Team, 1909. Courtesy of the American Irish Historical Society.

One of the premier track- and-field training facilities in the world in its time, Celtic Park produced more than two dozen Olympic medalists who collectively won more than 50 medals for the U.S....

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Ireland’s Citizen Chronicler: Christine Kinealy

Christine Kinealy. Photo by Peter Wolf.

Acclaimed scholar Christine Kinealy, whose work has shed new light on forgotten elements of Irish history, talks with Daphne Wolf about growing up Irish in Liverpool and her tireless research towards...

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A Climb to Give Thanks

The Connolly clan at the summit of Croagh Patrick.

New York City native Patrick Connolly celebrated his 90th birthday by making a pilgrimage to Croagh Patrick. Most people, upon reaching their 90th birthday, celebrate the milestone in some way that...

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A Gaelic Storm Lights Up St. Louis

St. Louis Irish Arts students in performance at the Comhaltas convention. Photo by Peter Maher: Publisher, Mid-West Irish Focus.

Patricia Harty writes about Helen Gannon and the Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Convention. Storm clouds gather over St. Louis, but Helen Gannon is unfazed as the tornado warning siren blares and we move into...

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What Are You Like? Karen Duffy

Karen Duffy

A model, actress and author, Karen Duffy was born in New York City and raised in Park Ridge, New Jersey. She graduated from University of Colorado with a degree in recreational therapy, and in 1989...

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Roots: The Clooney Clan

Rosemary Clooney and Nick Clooney

In Ireland, the surname Clooney has several origins. One possible place of origin is in County Clare, where two towns, Bally-maclune and Tiermaclune, are named for the former MacClune clan of the...

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Sláinte! Ireland: It’s the Berries!

Wild Strawberries

If you ever visit Ireland during the month of June, it’s tempting to maximize summer’s daylight hours and ramble until the sun goes down. Not a good idea. In the island’s northern latitude,...

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Those We Lost

Louis le Brocquy in his studio. Photo by Perry Ogden.

Recent passings in the Irish and Irish-American communities. Louis le Brocquy 1916-2012 Louis le Brocquy, one of the most important and influential Irish artists of the last century, died at age 95...

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Music Reviews

Idir and The Anvil

At First Light • Idir A debut release from the newly formed At First Light, Idir is a perfectly-paced, delightful addition to any Irish library. What sets Celtic music apart from most other genres...

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Review of Books

The O'Briens by Peter Behrens

Recently published books of Irish and Irish-American interest. Recommended: The O’Briens The O’Briens is the long-awaited second novel of Canadian author Peter Behrens, whose debut, Law of...

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Family Album: Grandma Ellen Heaney

Ellen Heaney. Photo Submitted by Patricia Farrell.

This is a photograph of my grandmother, Ellen Heaney, who immigrated to New York City in 1900 from Drumlish, County Longford. She was a maid and from her meager salary she saved up to purchase this...

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The Last Word: Stand With the Sisters

Photo: Marisol Villanueva, courtesy of the International Council of 13 Indigenous Grandmothers.

Mary Pat Kelly looks at the Vatican’s latest censorship move to silence American nuns. I am shocked and heartsick at the Vatican’s action to censor the nuns. I know a lot of nuns, I was one...

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Hibernia

Important Items from Ireland’s Past at Auction

Only fifty original copies of the 1916 Proclamation of the Irish Republic remain in existence. The...

Inspiring Cork Teen Addresses the UN

The United Nations’ International Telecommunication Union’s conference, entitled “Girls in...

Honey Fitz & Sweet Caroline: A Century of Fenway

The Red Sox and the City of Boston celebrate the 100th anniversary of one of  America’s most...

John Cusack on Poe and The Raven

Exploring a character forced to grapple with inner demons is a familiar task for actor John Cusack,...

GAA Takes Off in Texas

In Dallas, Texas, it’s all about community and camaraderie over competition. Spurred by the...

A Mother’s Prayers, Remembered by Her Daughter

People find different ways to deal with their struggles. Mary Finlayson wrote down her worries,...

Irish Eye on Hollywood

1. The girl with the dragon tattoo is going to become the girl with the Irish accent. Rooney Mara...

Irish America Day: 4th of July in Ireland!

Anyone who has ever stopped to ponder what a 4th of July celebration would be like in Ireland will...