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The Derry Air is Rich With Culture

A bright, brand-new day dawns for Derry/Londonderry, the UK City of Culture 2013. John Hume, Derry’s first Catholic MP,...

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My Mother the Imposter:
A Roots Mystery

A search through Dermot McEvoy’s family history revealed an eye-opening secret. Here’s what he discovered, plus a guide...

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Calling Up the Ancestors: Genealogist Megan Smolenyak

Digital archives, DNA testing and increased interest have made finding ancestors easier than ever before. But tracing...

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Rory’s Legacy

The parents of Rory Staunton, a brilliant and passionate Irish-American boy who died of sepsis at age 12, are on a mission...

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The Genius of Day-Lewis Brings Lincoln Alive

In the last decade, Daniel Day-Lewis, one of the greatest actors of our time, has made only five films. But when he chooses...

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In This Issue

The Genius of Day-Lewis Brings Lincoln Alive

Daniel Day-Lewis as 16th President Abraham Lincoln in Steven Spielberg's Lincoln. Courtesy of DreamWorks Pictures.

In the last decade, Daniel Day-Lewis, one of the greatest actors of our time, has made only five films. But when he chooses to play a part he commits to it fully, as his portrayal of Abraham Lincoln...

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The First Word: Finding the Way

Portrait of Abraham Lincoln holding the 13th Amendment. Photo: AP

“First determine that the thing can and shall be done and then we shall find the way. – Abraham Lincoln  As we go to press, we learn that Lincoln received 12 Oscar nominations – more than any...

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Pakistani Schoolgirl Activist Wins Tipperary Peace Award

Malala Yousafzai

Malala Yousafzai, the 15-year-old Pakistani girl who survived a violent attack by Taliban gunmen in retaliation for her advocacy of girls’ education, is the recipient of the 2012 Tipperary...

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Ireland Begins Six-Month EU Presidency

The flags of Ireland and the European Union. Photo: Google Images.

The New Year marked the start of Ireland’s six-month presidency of the Council of the European Union. The transition began with a ceremony at Dublin Castle on New Year’s Eve, at which Taoiseach...

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Belfast Rocked By Union Jack Protests

Belfast City Hall, before the council's December decision that the Union flag would be flown only on designated days. Photo: Wikimedia Commons

Loyalist protesters in Belfast have been marching against the City Council’s decision that the United Kingdom’s flag, the Union Jack, will no longer be flown above City Hall year-round. The...

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Quiet Man Pub for Sale

Pat Cohan's in Cong, Co. Mayo. Photo: Google Images

Pat Cohan’s bar in Cong, Co. Mayo, where John Wayne and Victor McLaglen brawled and raised pints in John Ford’s The Quiet Man, was recently put up for sale. The asking price is €300,000, and...

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Emerald: 2013 Color of the Year

Emerald, Pantone Color of the Year 2013, and Tangerine Tango, Pantone's Color of 2012.

It’s official, the Emerald Isle wins 2013. For the next 12 months, the national color of Hibernia has a new status as the Pantone Color Institute’s 2013 Color of the Year. Called Emerald 17-5641,...

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Hillary Clinton Visits Ireland and Northern Ireland

Enda Kenny and Hillary Clinton in Dublin on December 6. Photo: Fine Gael

Clinton included the Emerald Isle in her final visits as Secretary of State. As part of one of her last international trips as Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton spent two days in Ireland at the...

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Brian Kelly Is Coach of the Year

Fighting Irish coach Brian Kelly.

Coach Kelly, who led Notre Dame’s Fighting Irish through a perfect season (up until the BCS championship game), was named the Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year by the Football Writers Association of...

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A Building in Commissioner Kelly’s Name

Keelan Ledwidge ’14, student body president; Kenneth Rathgeber ’70, chairman of the board of trustees; Brennan O’Donnell, president of Manhattan College, Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly ’63, Eugene McGrath ’63, co-chair of the Raymond W. Kelly ’63 Student Commons campaign; Michael Regan ’63, chair of the board of trustees Development Committee; Frederic Salerno ’65, co-chair of the building's campaign; and Professor Lisa Toscano ’79. Courtesy of Manhattan College.

New York City Police Commiss-ioner Ray Kelly is to have a building at his alma mater Manhattan College named in his honor. The commissioner, the grandson of Irish immigrants, graduated from Manhattan...

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Irish Eye on Hollywood

Saoirse Ronan in The Host.

The latest with your favorite Irish and Irish American stars and screenwriters. 1. February 14 is going to be a very “good day” for Irish-born director John Moore. The Dundalk, Louth native –...

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Irish Awards Season

Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper in SIlver Linings Playbook.

From actors and directors to writers and cinematographers, the Irish are having a very busy show biz awards season. The Oscar nominations were announced on January 10, and Daniel Day-Lewis led the...

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Recognition for Irish Workers of the Rideau Canal

The locks of the Rideau Canal in Ottawa. Hundreds of Irish helped build the canal. Photo: Wikimedia Commons

After a six-year campaign to secure official recognition for the Irish workers who lost their lives building Canada’s Rideau Canal, author and activist Kevin Dooley was happy to share the news that...

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Ireland to Get Its Own Cheers

The cast of Cheers: Nick Colasanto, Ted Danson, Shelley Long, John Ratzenberger Rhea Perlman and George Wendt.

The classic American sitcom about the Boston bar where everybody knows your name is set to be rebooted in Irish. In mid-December, the Dublin-based Sideline Productions announced that CBS had granted...

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House of Waterford in Times Square

Left: Regan Iglesia, vice president of marketing at Waterford, and Waterford Group VP, Americas Michael Craig represented the company in Times Square on New Years Eve. Right: The Times Square New Years Eve Ball. Courtesy of House of Waterford Crystal

On New Years Eve, close to one million revelers gathered in New York’s Times Square to ring in 2013. The celebration, which was hosted by Allison Hagendorf and featured performances by Taylor...

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Portraits of the Irish: Paddy at the Met

Paddy Flannigan, Winter 1908. By George Bellows. Courtesy of the Metropolitan Museum of Art

The Ashcan School of artists were a group of realist painters who found inspiration in the seamy side of New York City. Tom Deignan looks at the Irish subjects who provided inspiration to these...

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Those We Lost

Charles Durning. 1923 - 2012.

Recent losses in the Irish and Irish-American community. Charles Durning 1923 – 2012 The man who played the pope, the governor of Texas, Dustin Hoffman’s Tootsie suitor, four different Santa...

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The Derry Air is Rich With Culture

Maurice Harmon's Hands Across the Divide statue in Derry. Photo: Tourism Ireland

A bright, brand-new day dawns for Derry/Londonderry, the UK City of Culture 2013. John Hume, Derry’s first Catholic MP, sang the Derry anthem in Oslo when he and David Trimble won the Nobel Peace...

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The Irish of Green-Wood Cemetery

Green-Wood Cemetery in Brooklyn, where many famous Irish and Irish Americans were laid to rest. Courtesy of Green-Wood.

From actors to Civil War heroes, many important Irish have been laid to rest in Brooklyn’s famous Green-Wood Cemetery. The Green-Wood Cemetery, a National Historic Landmark, covers nearly five...

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Rory’s Legacy

Orlaith, Rory, Kathleen and Ciaran Staunton. Photo: Sean McPhail

The parents of Rory Staunton, a brilliant and passionate Irish-American boy who died of sepsis at age 12, are on a mission to make sure that no other child is felled by this fatal...

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Calling Up the Ancestors: Genealogist Megan Smolenyak

Megan Smolenyak and President Barack Obama in Dublin, May 2011. Official White House Photo by Pete Souza.

Digital archives, DNA testing and increased interest have made finding ancestors easier than ever before. But tracing one’s roots – especially Irish roots – is still no easy task. Megan...

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Joe Kennedy – The Hollywood Years

Joseph P. Kennedy.

Movie columnist Tom Deignan examines David Nasaw’s book The Patriarch: The Remarkable Life and Turbulent Times of Joseph P. Kennedy with an eye to Kennedy’s time in Hollywood. The year was 1926,...

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What Are You Like? Rachel Allen

Rachel Allen

Rachel Allen was brought up in Dublin and at eighteen left to study at the prestigious Ballymaloe Cookery School in County Cork. Today, she not only teaches at the school but writes regular features...

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My Mother the Imposter:
A Roots Mystery

Mary Josephine McEvoy. Courtesy of Dermot McEvoy.

A search through Dermot McEvoy’s family history revealed an eye-opening secret. Here’s what he discovered, plus a guide to researching your own Irish ancestors. (This article has been updated...

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Roots: Clan Gatherings

Just a few of the clans holding gatherings in Ireland in 2013.

Clans are getting together this year. The following Clan Gatherings are an easy way to experience The Gathering while rooting yourself in a shared clan history. Plus, it’s a great excuse to skip...

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Review of Books

Tim Pat Coogan's The Famine Plot, and Speech Lessons by John Montague.

Recently released books of Irish and Irish-American interest. Recommended The Famine Plot Tim Pat Coogan, the author of many seminal works including The IRA: A History and biographies of Michael...

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Music Reviews

New releases from Declan Sinnott, Celtic Thunder, and Alyth McCormacy & Triona Marshall.

Declan Sinnott • I love the noise it makes At age 61, Declan Sinnott, has released his debut solo album, I Love the Noise It Makes. Any trad fan will have heard Sinnott before, whether they know it...

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Sláinte! Forty Shades of Red

Ireland's St. Brigid. Photo: Google Images

Brigid – Ireland’s red-haired saint – was one of history’s liberated women. Everyone knows that in Ireland one will encounter “forty shades of green.” Lesser realized is that another band...

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Family Photo Album: The Autobiography of Patrick Cashin

Patrick Cashin, photographed in Brooklyn, 1999. Photo: Patrick J. Cashin

Patrick Cashin recorded his autobiography on March 8, 1971, his 60th birthday. In 13 minutes and 20 seconds of cassette tape, he tells his life story with pride and a humble directness. “March 8th,...

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Hibernia

A Building in Commissioner Kelly’s Name

New York City Police Commiss-ioner Ray Kelly is to have a building at his alma mater Manhattan...

Ireland to Get Its Own Cheers

The classic American sitcom about the Boston bar where everybody knows your name is set to be...

Portraits of the Irish: Paddy at the Met

The Ashcan School of artists were a group of realist painters who found inspiration in the seamy...

Emerald: 2013 Color of the Year

It’s official, the Emerald Isle wins 2013. For the next 12 months, the national color of Hibernia...

Recognition for Irish Workers of the Rideau Canal

After a six-year campaign to secure official recognition for the Irish workers who lost their lives...