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December / January 2013

December / January 2013

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The Irish Rebuilding the Rockaways

The devastation of the Rockaways has been well-documented in the wake of Hurricane Sandy. In many stories in local papers...

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Irish Power and Irish Concern: Denis O’Brien

Denis O’Brien, a Clinton Global Citizen honoree and the 2012 Irish America Business 100 Keynote Speaker, is empowering...

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Girls On A Bus Through Ireland

In August, Irish America’s Tara Dougherty and Sheila Langan went on CIE’s Taste of Ireland Tour. It was a trip not soon...

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Ed Burns’ Family Christmas

The Hollywood actor, director, writer and producer returns to his Irish roots with his latest movie. By Tom Deignan. First...

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The Irish Giants

The Hibernian legacy of the Giants baseball team. This year the San Francisco Giants won their second World Series in three...

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In This Issue

Irish Power and Irish Concern: Denis O’Brien

Denis O’Brien with local people in Haiti.

Denis O’Brien, a Clinton Global Citizen honoree and the 2012 Irish America Business 100 Keynote Speaker, is empowering people in Haiti and elsewhere in the Caribbean.   Denis O’Brien, 54, is...

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The First Word: Share the Extraordinary

The aftermath of Hurricane Sandy in Breezy Point, Queens. Photo: Peter Foley.

“They are extraordinary. It boggles my mind that there are still good people like that in the world.” – Jim O’Connor said of the Mormon missionaries who showed up in the Rockaways after...

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A “Legenderry” Year in Northern Ireland

Derry City, which will be City of Culture in 2013. Photo: Paul Faith/PA Wire.

“Let it be Legenderry” is the phrase being coined by the Derry-Londonderry 2013 City of Culture initiative, a year-long celebration of the Northern Irish city. There has been a flurry of...

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The Last Word: Enough Sitting on the Fence

A vigil in Ireland for Savita Halappanavar. Photo: Google Images.

The young Indian dentist who died in Galway when doctors refused to terminate her pregnancy even though she was carrying a non-viable fetus has sparked protests all over Ireland, with citizens...

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Dáil Survey Shows Positive Attitude Towards Immigrants

The Dáil Chamber. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

It’s an issue of significant division within the US government, but a recent survey of Irish elected officials found largely positive attitudes towards reforms that would benefit immigrants living...

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Maureen O’Hara: From Santa to St. Patrick

Maureen O'Hara and Natalie Wood.

The movie Miracle on 34th Street won’t be the only place Maureen O’Hara will shine this Christmas season. Bean Ui Dhombnaill, a school-teacher from Donacarney National School in County Meath,...

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Irish Eye on Hollywood

Gabrielle Union, John Slattery, Jenna Malone and Zach Gilford in In Our Nature.

The latest with your favorite Irish and Irish-American film and television stars. 1. Irish actor Chris O’Dowd is among the stars of Judd Apatow’s latest comedy This is 40, to be released December...

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Galway University Dinner a Smashing Success

Galway University Foundation honorees Michael Higgins and Anjelica Huston. Photo: Sean McPhail.

On Thursday, November 1, the National University of Ireland, Galway hosted its 6th annual Gala Dinner at the Metropolitan Club in New York City.  This year’s event honored two graduates: Michael...

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Judy Collins Receives Eugene O’Neill Award

Tom Paxton, Malachy McCourt, Judy Collins, Pete Seeger and Tom Moran at the IAW&A Eugene O’Neill Lifetime Achievement Award ceremony.

The Irish American Writers & Artists honored Judy Collins with the Eugene O’Neill Lifetime Achievement Award before a packed house at Rosie O’Grady’s Manhattan Club on October 15. Among...

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The Four Irish Nobel Laureates

Artist Rowan Gillespie with his sculpture, “The Four Irish Nobel Laureates,” John J. Burns Library. Photo: Roger Kohn.

“Without the titanic vision of one man, Brian P. Burns, none of this would have been possible,” writes Roger Kohn of The Four Irish Nobel Laureates, a series of sculptures created by noted...

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Irish All-Star Athletes Take New York

Members of both the 2011 and 2012 GAA GPA All-Star teams gather for a team photograph in Times Square on their way to the Gaelic Players Association Ireland - U.S. Gaelic Heritage Awards & Dinner Gala. Photo: Ray McManus.

The Gaelic Players Association “GPA,” the umbrella group for 2,500 Irish football and hurling athletes, held their first annual dinner in New York on November 15. It was a smashing success, with...

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Those We Lost in Hurricane Sandy

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On October 29, Hurricane Sandy swept up the eastern seaboard with a fury and intensity the region hadn’t experienced in decades. The hardest-hit areas included Staten Island, the Rockaway peninsula...

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Those We Lost

Larry Reynolds.

Recent passings in the Irish-American community. Larry Reynolds 1922 – 2012 Larry Reynolds, a masterful fiddle player from County Galway and a staple of the Boston Irish music scene, passed away on...

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The Irish Giants

7/11/13: New York Giants Opening Day line-up at the Polo Grounds: Fred Snodgrass, Tillie Shafer, George Burns, Larry Doyle, Red Murray, Fred Merkle, Buck Herzog, Chief Meyers. Photo: Library of Congress

The Hibernian legacy of the Giants baseball team. This year the San Francisco Giants won their second World Series in three years. Not since the days of John McGraw and their Irish heyday have the...

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The Irish Rebuilding the Rockaways

A resident of Breezy Point Queens looks over what was once his home after Hurricane Sandy, and a fire that erupted at the height of the storm, destroyed over 100 homes in New York. Photo: Peter Foley.

The devastation of the Rockaways has been well-documented in the wake of Hurricane Sandy. In many stories in local papers and international news, Irish Americans featured large. In spite of the...

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Ed Burns’ Family Christmas

Ed Burns and Connie Britton in Fitzgerald Family Christmas. Photo: William Rexer.

The Hollywood actor, director, writer and producer returns to his Irish roots with his latest movie. By Tom Deignan. First things first: Actor and filmmaker Ed Burns is well known as a Long Island...

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Girls On A Bus Through Ireland

The view from the front of our CIE coach on the Ring of Kerry. All photos: Tara Dougherty and Sheila Langan.

In August, Irish America’s Tara Dougherty and Sheila Langan went on CIE’s Taste of Ireland Tour. It was a trip not soon to be forgotten. Scroll down for more photos. An Irish American’s First...

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Arthur Conan Doyle’s Irish Mystery

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Photo: Library of Congress.

As Sherlock Holmes fans celebrate the 125th anniversary of the novel in which Arthur Conan Doyle introduced his famous sleuth, Tom Deignan investigates the author’s Irish roots. The two recent...

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What Are You Like? Robert Ballagh

Ballagh's cover for the book Robert Ballagh: Citizen Artist, by Ciaran Carty.

Robert Ballagh is one of Ireland’s most distinguished artists. Born in Dublin in 1943, he is represented in many important collections including the National Gallery of Ireland and the Irish Museum...

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Lelia’s Picture Palace

Lelia Doolan and the plan for the Picture Palace.

Lelia Doolan, once described by Archbishop John Charles McQuaid as “mad, bad, and dangerous,” has left an indelible mark on Ireland’s arts and culture. She is now struggling to build in Galway...

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Roots: The Bold O’Briens

The O'Brien crest.

The O’Briens are an illustrious and prominent clan that has shaped the history of Ireland. The name, also spelled O’Bryan or O’Brian, means “of Brian” indicating descendance from Brian...

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Sláinte! Irish Glass: It’s Crystal Clear

The House of Waterford Crystal Times Square New Year's Eve ball.

Just before midnight on December 31, 2012, hordes of people will be crunched together like so many sardines in the icy cold midwinter streets surrounding New York City’s Times Square. They will be...

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Review of Books

The Christmas Kid by Pete Hamill and Ancient Light by John Banville.

Recently published books of Irish and Irish-American interest. Recommended: The Christmas Kid Pete Hamill is New York’s City’s citizen chronicler. The constantly changing metropolis features in...

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Family Photo Album: Mary’s Gift

Young Mary Clifford. Courtesy of Michael Breen.

This is a photo of my maternal grandmother Mary Clifford, or Nom as she was always known to me. She was born in the rural picturesque parish of Cartron, Kilmore, Co Roscommon in 1913. Kilmore is a...

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Hibernia

Dáil Survey Shows Positive Attitude Towards Immigrants

It’s an issue of significant division within the US government, but a recent survey of Irish...

Judy Collins Receives Eugene O’Neill Award

The Irish American Writers & Artists honored Judy Collins with the Eugene O’Neill Lifetime...

A “Legenderry” Year in Northern Ireland

“Let it be Legenderry” is the phrase being coined by the Derry-Londonderry 2013 City of...

Those We Lost in Hurricane Sandy

On October 29, Hurricane Sandy swept up the eastern seaboard with a fury and intensity the region...

Irish Eye on Hollywood

The latest with your favorite Irish and Irish-American film and television stars. 1. Irish actor...

Galway University Dinner a Smashing Success

On Thursday, November 1, the National University of Ireland, Galway hosted its 6th annual Gala...

Maureen O’Hara: From Santa to St. Patrick

The movie Miracle on 34th Street won’t be the only place Maureen O’Hara will shine this...

The Four Irish Nobel Laureates

“Without the titanic vision of one man, Brian P. Burns, none of this would have been...