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Melissa McCarthy: The Scene Stealer Goes Center Stage

Melissa McCarthy is taking Hollywood by storm in her own signature manner. The star of Mike & Molly and Bridesmaids...

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The American Cousin: Memories of JFK’s Trip to Ireland

In June 1963, President John F. Kennedy made a series of state visits throughout Europe. To Germany, where he made his...

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Judy Collins: El Troubadour

Judy Collins, one of the most influential folk singers of the sixties, and the voice that has been called the voice of the...

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An Excerpt from Country Girl, Edna O’Brien’s New Memoir

In an excerpt from her new memoir,  Edna O’Brien returns to Ireland to build a house in which she hopes to avail of the...

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Colum McCann: Write What You Want to Know

Colum McCann on journeys of inspiration, his intensive research process, and his new novel. The annoying writerly adage says...

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Judy Collins: El Troubadour

Legendary singer and songwriter Judy Collins. Photo by Kit DeFever.

Judy Collins, one of the most influential folk singers of the sixties, and the voice that has been called the voice of the century, still believes that music can heal the world. Interview by Patricia...

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The First Word: Grace and Healing

A Boston Strong memorial to the victims of the marathon bombings. The Hartford Courant.

The First Word, by Patricia Harty. Our hearts weep for Boston. This most Irish of American cities has seen its share of tragedy, but when the bombings at the marathon turned a sporting celebration...

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Maze Prison to Become Peace Center

The plan for the Peace and Conflict Resolution Centre.

Peter Robinson and Martin McGuinness have jointly praised plans for the redevelopment of the 347-acre Maze-Long Kesh prison site near Lisburn, Co. Antrim into a Peace Building and Conflict Resolution...

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Irish Twins Born 87 Days Apart Set World Record

Katie and Amy Jones-Elliott.

Waterford twins Katie and Amy Jones-Elliott are headed to the Guinness Book of Records after they were born 87 days apart. As reported by the Irish Mirror, Maria Jones-Elliott, went into labor after...

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Irish Government Proposes New Abortion Legislation

Taoiseach Enda Kenny

Two weeks after an Irish jury concluded that poor medical care – including the refusal to perform an emergency abortion – led to the death of Indian dentist Savita Halappanavar in a Galway...

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Irish Visits in the Works for Biden and Obamas

The First Family.

Following his induction into the Irish America Hall of Fame (see more coverage here), it’s only fitting that Vice President Joe Biden should pay a visit to the home of his Finnegan and Blewitt...

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Gabrielle Giffords Honored with JFK Profile in Courage Award

Gabrielle Giffords and Caroline Kennedy.

Gabrielle Giffords, the former Arizona congresswoman who survived a deadly mass shooting in January 2011, was honored with the John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage award on May 5, at the John F....

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Breslin on Breslin

Novelist Jimmy Breslin.

On June 10, at 8:30 p.m. (EST) readers in the tri-state area will be treated to a half-hour of veteran newspaper columnist and novelist Jimmy Breslin on what it means to be Irish, what makes him...

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New North America Head for Tourism Ireland

Alison Metcalfe.

In late April, Tourism Ireland announced that Alison Metcalfe, who is currently the U.S. vice president of marketing, will replace the long-serving Joe Byrne as head of Tourism Ireland North America...

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Seoul Celebrates Irish Korean War Heroes

Memorial for Irish Korean War Heroes.

A memorial for the 159 Irish people who died during the Korean War was unveiled at the War Memorial of Korea in Seoul on April 25. The unveiling was part of the larger Revisit Korea program, which...

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New Discoveries in the Mass Burials at Kilkenny Union Workhouse

The MacDonagh Junction Shopping Centre in Kilkenny City sits on the site of the old Kilkenny Union Workhouse, where over 970 perished and were buried during the famine.

Eight years ago, builders of a new shopping complex at MacDonagh Junction in the new city quarter of Kilkenny, uncovered human remains on grounds that once housed the Kilkenny Union Workhouse. A year...

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Irish Eye on Hollywood

Chris O'Dowd learns about his roots in the HBO mock-umentary series Family Tree.

The latest on your favorite Irish and Irish-American film and television stars. 1. The summer of 2013 will have plenty of cartoons, gross-out comedies and other popcorn flicks. But, for the Irish,...

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Celebrating the 2013 Irish America Hall of Fame

The 2013 Hall of Fame Inductees: Vice President Joe Biden, John Fitzpatrick, Bruce Morrison, 2011 inductee Jean Kennedy Smith, Bob Devlin and Brian Burns. Photos: Sade Joseph and Margaret Purcell Roddy.

The 2013 class of Hall of Fame honorees were inducted at a luncheon and ceremony on March 21, at the Marriott Essex House in Manhattan. Before a gathering of close to 300, a bagpiper led in the 2013...

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The Irish of the Miramichi

Middle Island memorial cross comemmorates the Miramichi region's Irish heritage. Photo: John Kernaghan.

The region’s tough but triumphant Irish roots are celebrated every year at Canada’s Irish Festival. It’s no secret why folks along the mighty Miramichi River celebrate their Irish heritage so...

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Donegal: The Forgotten County

Donegal's majestic Mount Errigal. Courtesy of Tourism Ireland.

An appreciation by Enda Cullen. Apologies to readers from other counties but my mother used to say that Donegal and Clare people were the friendliest people in Ireland.  She has passed on to a...

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The American Cousin: Memories of JFK’s Trip to Ireland

President Kennedy's motorcade drives through Cork during his 1963 trip to Ireland.

In June 1963, President John F. Kennedy made a series of state visits throughout Europe. To Germany, where he made his famous Ich bin ein Berliner speech; to Italy; to England; and to Ireland, the...

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An Excerpt from Country Girl, Edna O’Brien’s New Memoir

Edna O'Brien. Courtesy of Little, Brown & Co.

In an excerpt from her new memoir,  Edna O’Brien returns to Ireland to build a house in which she hopes to avail of the “peace that passeth understanding,” only to find that even the best laid...

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Colum McCann: Write What You Want to Know

Colum McCann. Photo: Brendan Bourke

Colum McCann on journeys of inspiration, his intensive research process, and his new novel. The annoying writerly adage says to write what you know. Great – if you possess a particular passion for...

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Melissa McCarthy: The Scene Stealer Goes Center Stage

Melissa McCarthy

Melissa McCarthy is taking Hollywood by storm in her own signature manner. The star of Mike & Molly and Bridesmaids talks to Patricia Danaher about her Irish roots, family and road to fame. There...

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Believe in Boston: Reflections on the Boston Marathon

A makeshift memorial to the victims of the Boston Marathon bombings. Photo: Colette Quinlin.

Following the unspeakable tragedy, the city of Boston showed amazing courage and resilience. Michael Quinlin writes of how the race served as an inspiration from the beginning. To prepare for the...

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Mary Lavin’s American Roots

Mary Lavin

In the male-dominated field of Irish writers, Mary Lavin was a pioneer. Daphne Wolf examines Lavin’s American roots and the influence they may have had on her work and spirit. Cleaning out old...

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What Are You Like? Miss America Mallory Hagan

Miss America Mallory Hagan.

A native of Opelika, Alabama, Mallory Hagan moved to Brooklyn, New York in 2008, at the age of 19, with $1,000 and big ambitions. While studying at the Fashion Institute of Technology, she won a...

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The Collins Clan

The Collins Crest.

Collins, also sometimes found as Cullane or O’Cullane, is one of the most common surnames in Munster. It originates from the sept of Ó Coileáin, which extended from County Cork to south Limerick....

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Sláinte! Music, Music, Music

Left: Ireland's most famous tin-whistler, Paddy Moloney of The Chieftains, circa 1970s. Right: Ancient harp, believed to be Brian Boru's, is housed in Trinity College, Dublin.

Edythe Preet writes that music defines Ireland’s identity. For every country there is an iconic image that immediately brings the nation to mind. The United States has the Statue of Liberty....

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Review of Books

Recently published books of Irish and Irish-American interest. Recommended: A History of Ireland in 100 Objects In late 2010, Fintan O’Toole, literary editor and long-time writer for the Irish...

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Irish Place Names: Emmetsburg, Iowa

The statue of Robert Emmet in Emmetsburg, Iowa.

If you find yourself in north-central Iowa, staring at a statue of Robert Emmet in front of a courthouse, you probably are there by choice. At 50 miles from the nearest interstate exit, Emmetsburg,...

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Family Photo Album: The Boys of Summer

Irish Twins: Bill and Roger Millea in a high school photo., circa 1942.

For years my father, Roger Millea, a retired urologist, has refused to use a computer. So for his 83rd birthday, I flew to Rapid City, South Dakota, presented him with an iPad, and tutored him...

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The Last Word: Love Thy Neighbor

"The Holy Family at Rest- the Flight Into Egypt," by Anna Hyatt Huntington.

A couple of years ago, in my capacity as President of the Glenmary Missioners, I was visiting one of our priests in south Georgia. It was February, cold and gloomy, and we had spent an entire day...

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Irish Government Proposes New Abortion Legislation

Two weeks after an Irish jury concluded that poor medical care – including the refusal to...

Gabrielle Giffords Honored with JFK Profile in Courage Award

Gabrielle Giffords, the former Arizona congresswoman who survived a deadly mass shooting in January...

The Irish of the Miramichi

The region’s tough but triumphant Irish roots are celebrated every year at Canada’s Irish...

Seoul Celebrates Irish Korean War Heroes

A memorial for the 159 Irish people who died during the Korean War was unveiled at the War Memorial...

Maze Prison to Become Peace Center

Peter Robinson and Martin McGuinness have jointly praised plans for the redevelopment of the...

New Discoveries in the Mass Burials at Kilkenny Union Workhouse

Eight years ago, builders of a new shopping complex at MacDonagh Junction in the new city quarter...

Irish Twins Born 87 Days Apart Set World Record

Waterford twins Katie and Amy Jones-Elliott are headed to the Guinness Book of Records after they...

Celebrating the 2013 Irish America Hall of Fame

The 2013 class of Hall of Fame honorees were inducted at a luncheon and ceremony on March 21, at...

New North America Head for Tourism Ireland

In late April, Tourism Ireland announced that Alison Metcalfe, who is currently the U.S. vice...

Irish Visits in the Works for Biden and Obamas

Following his induction into the Irish America Hall of Fame (see more coverage here), it’s only...

Breslin on Breslin

On June 10, at 8:30 p.m. (EST) readers in the tri-state area will be treated to a half-hour of...