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October / November 2012

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Golfing the Emerald Isle

Five days of golf in Ireland’s southwest and a day of football in Dublin. I credit my brother-in-law Tom Coyne for...

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Adrian Jones: Wall Street 50 Keynote Interview

After eight years in the Irish military and eighteen with Goldman Sachs, Adrian Jones understands what it means to be an...

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The Silver Kings

The Comstock Lode in Nevada, uncovered in 1859 by two Irish laborers, ultimately produced more than $500 million worth of...

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The Charms of the West

Patricia Danaher explores the high season of Galway City and the delights of the western landscape. The west of Ireland has...

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The Irish Coppers

The evolution of the Irish-American policeman – in real life and on screen. In the classic 1954 Looney Tunes cartoon...

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In This Issue

Adrian Jones: Wall Street 50 Keynote Interview

2012 Wall Street 50 Keynote Speaker Adrian Jones. Photo: Kit DeFever.

After eight years in the Irish military and eighteen with Goldman Sachs, Adrian Jones understands what it means to be an effective leader.  With his strong ideas about what needs to change in...

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The First Word: The Irish World

An Irish polling station on election day. Photo: Google Images.

“I’ve lived almost half my life outside of Ireland but I am definitely Irish in terms of the teams I support, the sports I watch, what newspaper and websites I read first.”    – Adrian...

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Irish Awards for the Diaspora

Three of the first diaspora award recipients.

The Irish government announced the first recipients of the Presidential Distinguished Service Awards. Ireland has a diaspora of over 70 million around the world, many of whom maintain a close...

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Is Ireland Losing Its Religion?

A church in Ireland.

A new Gallup poll indicates a decline in religious affiliation in Ireland. Fifty years ago, Ireland was one of the most religious countries in Europe, but according to a recently released poll, taken...

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Irish Eye on Hollywood

Liam Neeson in Taken 2.

The latest Irish and Irish-American news in film and television. 1. Let’s hope the ever-busy Brendan Gleeson doesn’t get whiplash. The Dublin-born star of recent flicks such as The Guard as well...

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The Emerald Isle Classic: An Irish and Irish-American Dream

Pre-game festivities at the Emerald Isle Classic, with the Notre Dame leprechaun. Photo: Robert Schroeder.

Irish America’s publisher, Niall O’Dowd, wrote from the Notre Dame vs. Navy football game in Dublin. In years to come, hardcore Notre Dame fans will ask “Were you there?” when this...

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A Young Kennedy Returns to His Roots in Ireland

Minsiter Brendan Howlin presents Bobby Kennedy with the award marking the induction of his grandfather, Robert F. Kennedy, into the Irish America Hall of Fame. Photo: Patrick Browne.

Bobby Kennedy III travels to New Ross, Co. Wexford for the Irish America Hall of Fame inductions of Robert F. Kennedy and Eunice Shriver Kennedy, and the inaugural Kennedy Summer School. The...

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Fordham Law to Host Famine Tribunal

Members of the Famine Tribunal committee: Niall Mac Giollabhui, Jim Cullen, Siobhan and Christine Kinealy, Robert Ballagh, Owen Rodgers amd Fionnula Flanagan.

UPDATE: The Irish Famine Tribunal has been rescheduled for April 2013 due to overwhelming requests and limited seating capacity at the original venue. It is still to be held at Fordham. Specific...

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Galway Toasts Anjelica

Anjelica Huston. Photo: Google Images.

Anjelica Huston has an enduring connection to Ireland. She spent much of her childhood on her father John Huston’s estate in Galway, St. Clerans, and starred in his last film, an adaptation of...

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From Clare to Here: A Journey in Photographs

Two photographs by Christy McNamara.

Christy McNamara, a photographer and traditional musician from Crusheen, Co. Clare, has been capturing images of Ireland for over 20 years. From up-close portraits of some of Ireland’s best-known...

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Healing Hearts on Rockaway Beach

Wounded Warriors Weekend. Photo: Travis Mitterway.

The eighth annual Wounded Warriors Weekend in Breezy Point, NY. Eight years ago, Rockaway Beach resident Flip Mullen, who served 18 years with the FDNY, his wife, Rita, and a group of former firemen...

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Golfing the Emerald Isle

Golfing in Ireland. Photo: Robert Schroeder.

Five days of golf in Ireland’s southwest and a day of football in Dublin. I credit my brother-in-law Tom Coyne for inspiring my golf trip to Ireland. Not too long ago, Tom completed what can...

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The Charms of the West

Leenane, Co. Galway, near the fjord that divides Galway and Mayo. Photo: Jim Fennell for Tourism Ireland.

Patricia Danaher explores the high season of Galway City and the delights of the western landscape. The west of Ireland has a quiet magic at most times of the year, a tranquility that sneaks up on...

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The Silver Kings

The Silver Kings: James G. Fair, James C. Flood, John W. Mackay, and William S. O'Brien.

The Comstock Lode in Nevada, uncovered in 1859 by two Irish laborers, ultimately produced more than $500 million worth of silver, a large share of which went to the Irish-American “Big Four” –...

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The Irish Coppers

The casts of Copper (left) and Blue Bloods (right).

The evolution of the Irish-American policeman – in real life and on screen. In the classic 1954 Looney Tunes cartoon entitled “Bugs and Thugs,” everybody’s favorite animated rabbit gets...

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Here’s Jimmy!

Jimmy Murphy takes Angela Lansbury for a spin around the dance floor at Jimmy's. Courtesy of Jimmy Murphy.

Jimmy Murphy, the Irishman behind the iconic Beverly Hills restaurant Jimmy’s, a favorite among Hollywood’s elite for over twenty years, tells his story to Patricia Danaher. For more than 20...

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Those We Lost

Maeve Binchy.

Recent passings in the Irish and Irish-American communities. Maeve Binchy 1940 – 2012 One of Ireland’s most successful and beloved novelists, Maeve Binchy passed away on July 30, following a...

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Sláinte! Where’s the Beef?

Carving a delectable roast

Bird or game, it’s all about carving against the grain, writes Edythe Preet, Irish Heritage Kitchen chef and Sláinte columnist. An old Irish saying has it that “A dinner is not a dinner at all...

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The Great Victor Herbert

Victor Herbert circa 1895

The Irish composer of such American favorites as “Naughty Marietta,” and “Sweethearts” is the subject of a five-month-long exhibition at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. Jack...

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Music Reviews

Noble Stranger, by Nuala Kennedy; Caitlin, by Caitlin Nic Gabhann; Through Wind and Rain, by Cathie Ryan

New releases from your favorite Irish and Irish-American artists. Nuala Kennedy • Noble Stranger Nuala Kennedy’s Noble Stranger, one of the newest releases from Compass Records, fluctuates...

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Review of Books

The Dream of the Celt, by Mario Vargas Llosa

Recently published books of Irish and Irish-American interest. Recommended The Dream of the Celt The idea of Mario Vargas Llosa, one of the star writers of the Latin American Boom and the winner of...

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Roots: Keeping Up With the Joneses

Mother Jones

The surname Jones, a holdover from the patronymic naming convention, means “son of John.” Celtic Welsh in origin, it emerged in the years following the Norman conquest of England in 1066, as the...

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Family Album: John Hughes

John Thomas Hughes in his conductor's uniform.

This is a picture of my grandfather, John Thomas Hughes, born January 1891 in Dundalk, Co. Louth. He died in May of 1954, so I never had the pleasure of meeting him, but I have garnered information...

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Hibernia

Fordham Law to Host Famine Tribunal

UPDATE: The Irish Famine Tribunal has been rescheduled for April 2013 due to overwhelming requests...

Irish Awards for the Diaspora

The Irish government announced the first recipients of the Presidential Distinguished Service...

The Great Victor Herbert

The Irish composer of such American favorites as “Naughty Marietta,” and “Sweethearts” is...

A Young Kennedy Returns to His Roots in Ireland

Bobby Kennedy III travels to New Ross, Co. Wexford for the Irish America Hall of Fame inductions of...

The Emerald Isle Classic: An Irish and Irish-American Dream

Irish America’s publisher, Niall O’Dowd, wrote from the Notre Dame vs. Navy football...

Is Ireland Losing Its Religion?

A new Gallup poll indicates a decline in religious affiliation in Ireland. Fifty years ago, Ireland...

Healing Hearts on Rockaway Beach

The eighth annual Wounded Warriors Weekend in Breezy Point, NY. Eight years ago, Rockaway Beach...

From Clare to Here: A Journey in Photographs

Christy McNamara, a photographer and traditional musician from Crusheen, Co. Clare, has been...