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The Black O’Connell

Christine Kinealy writes about the American abolitionist Frederick Douglass who visited Ireland and came to be known as...

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On the Waterfront

Joe Weatherby repurposes old ships, such as the USS Gen. Hoyt S. Vandenberg, a decommissioned World War II troop carrier,...

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A Winter’s Tale and a Garden Party with the Merry Men

After his turn as Inspector Javert in Les Miserables, Russell Crowe’s passion for music is no longer a secret. In fact, he...

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The Copper Star: Lyndsay Faye

Lyndsay Faye’s Gods of Gotham series, about the earliest days of the New York City Police Department, has taken the...

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A Jazz Age Love Story

Irving Berlin and Ellin Mackay put aside their differences in culture, background and age to form one of the best-known,...

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In This Issue

Keeping the Faith: Jim O’Donnell

Jim O'Donnell, Citi's global head of investor sales and relationship management. Photo by Kit DeFever

WALL STREET 50 KEYNOTE INTERVIEW With his strong foundation in family and faith, Citi’s Head of Investor Sales and Relationship Management inspires confidence and provides a different perspective...

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The First Word: Faugh A Ballagh

The Irish Brigade at Antieam. Their battly cry was "Faugh a Ballagh."

“The past is never dead. It’s not even past.” – William Faulkner,  from Requiem for a Nun (1950) Irish America’s impact on the history of America is well established, as the articles in...

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Bog Body from Laois Officially World’s Oldest

Jason Phelan, who found the prehistoric remains, and Eamon Kelly, Keeper of Irish antiquities at the National Museum at the Bord Na Móna Cashel bog outside of Portlaoise. Photo: Alf Harvey.

The naturally mummified body of a young adult male found in the Cúl na Móna bog in Cashel, Co. Laois is officially the oldest fleshed human remains ever discovered in the world. It dates back...

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U.S. Congressmen Visit Ireland to Discuss Undocumented

Congressman John Larson (CT), Pete Sessions (TX), Cory Gardner (CO), Spenser Bachus (AL), Eric Paulsen (MN) Chairman of the Oireachtas Committee on Foreign Affairs Pat Breen T.D, Luis Gutlerrez (IL) , Patrick Meehan (PA) , Bill Shuster (PA), Steve Scalise (LA), John Larson (CT), Mike Kelly (PA) at Leinster House.

On the heels of the U.S. Senate’s passage of a comprehensive immigration reform bill in June, 12 congressmen traveled to Ireland in early August to meet with Fine Gael TD Pat Breen about the...

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Rosie Hackett’s Memorial Bridge

Rosie Hackett and Delia Larkin (front, center) with workers on the steps of Liberty Hall

The nephew of trade unionist Rosie Hackett has said she would be “giggling quietly to herself” if she knew that Dublin’s newest bridge, which spans the Liffey over Marlborough Street, had been...

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Texas Rose Rounds Up the Votes

Texas Rose Haley O'Sullivan and presenter Daithi Ó Se

The winner of the 2013 Rose of Tralee International Festival is 25-year-old Dallas, Texas native Haley O’Sullivan. Teary-eyed and overjoyed, Haley, who beat 31 other contestants from around the...

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IrishCentral.com and WorldIrish.com Join Forces

Irish America’s sister publication IrishCentral.com and WorldIrish.com, the two largest Irish diaspora sites, announced a decision to merge on September 2. The new entity, which will operate as...

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The Connector: Terry Clune

Michael McLoughlin CEO ConnectIreland, Mathew Gilfillan of Mafic, Bernadette Brannigan of Mafic, Hugh Morris who made the connection with Mafic that brought 70 jobs to Kells, Brian Dougan, managing director Mafic, and Terry Clune, founder of ConnectIreland.

Terry Clune is on a mission to turn the economy around by connecting the Irish on a global level. The Italian tourists seemed lost, stopped at the top of Dawson Street with a curious look in their...

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Valentia Island’s Buried Treasure

Professor Al Gillespie in the Slate Yard – the site of Valentia Island’s “buried treasure.” Photo: Stephanie Buffum Field

Buried treasure on a remote Irish island, the descendants of a 13th-century Knight and a 19th century American entrepreneur – and the birth of the modern communications industry. It’s not the...

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Kelly Twins Participate in Space Study

Scott (L) and Mark (R) Kelly

Irish-American identical twin astronauts Mark and Scott Kelly have volunteered for an observational study to determine the effects of space travel on human genetics. Scott, who has spent 180 days in...

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Gaelic Games Kick Off in Cleveland

Cusacks win over Twin Cities in the Junior B hurling. Photo: Wicked Shamrock Photography.

This past Labor Day weekend, one-hundred Gaelic sports teams and thousands more fans of Irish football, hurling and camogie came together for the North American County Board (NACB) Finals in...

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Fr. Whelan, Angel of Andersonville, is Honored in Wexford

A group from Clongeen and Savannah dedicate a plaque to Fr. Whelan.

Father Peter Whelan didn’t take sides. He was on God’s side. The Civil War priest was known, to Confederate and Union soldiers alike, as a good man who administered to their needs. Fr. Peter was...

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Early Christian Settlement Found in Donegal

The old Drumhome church and graveyard next to the archaeological dig. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

The remains of an early Christian settlement, probably from around the seventh century, were recently discovered in Donegal. The medieval monastery enclosure is at Drumholm, near Ballintra, Co...

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Mollie Rogers Inducted into Women’s Hall of Fame

Sister Mary Joseph

Mother Mary Joseph, the founder of the Maryknoll sisters, is one of nine women who will be inducted into the National Women’s Hall of Fame this October. Last year, 2012, marked the 100th...

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Irish Eye on Hollywood

Michael Fassbender in The Counselor

1. Interest in Irish American history – preferably with a violent twist – apparently remains so strong that TV and movie producers just can’t resist. Perhaps spurred by the success of BBC...

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Boston Marathon: The Road to Recovery

Jane Richard. Photo: The Richard Family.

Jane Richard is dancing again. Jane Richard, the tiny Irish step dancer from Dorchester, who lost her left leg in the Boston Marathon bombing in April, endured 12 operations on her leg last Spring,...

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We Will Not See His Like Again

Seamus, his wife Marie, and their children, circa late 70s. Photo: Hanvey

Remembering Seamus Heaney. Lightenings viii The annals say: when the monks of Clonmacnoise Were all at prayers inside the oratory / A ship appeared above them in the air. The anchor dragged along...

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Those We Lost

Eileen Brennan, 1932 – 2013

Eileen Brennan 1932–2013 Eileen Brennan, whose low, coarse timbre was a fixture of the stage and screen (silver and small) for over half a century, passed away in her Burbank, CA home on July 28....

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On the Waterfront

Joe Weatherby. Photo by John Park.

Joe Weatherby repurposes old ships, such as the USS Gen. Hoyt S. Vandenberg, a decommissioned World War II troop carrier, and turns them into eco-friendly sunken reefs that support sea life, attract...

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2013 Irish America Wall Street 50

For sixteen years, Irish America has sought out and recognized the best and the brightest Irish-American and Irish-born leaders in finance.  The fifty honorees of 2013 are an inspiring and diverse...

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Saratoga’s Irish Visionary: John Morrissey

John Morrisey and the Saratoga Springs Race Course in the early 1900s. Photos: Library of Congress.

As Saratoga Springs celebrates 150 years of thoroughbred racing, Liz O’Connell tells the tale of John Morrissey, an Irish immigrant who organized, operated and had the vision to develop what is now...

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A Jazz Age Love Story

Ellin Mackay and Irving Berlin. Photo: Library of Congress

Irving Berlin and Ellin Mackay put aside their differences in culture, background and age to form one of the best-known, enduring and loving relationships in New York social history. At the same...

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The Fighting 69th Marches Again

The 69th NYSV Historical Association marches in the New York S. Patrick's Day Parade. Photo courtesy of the 69th NYSV Historical Association.

As America reflects upon the 150th anniversary of the Civil War and its deciding turn at Gettysburg, thousands of Americans are donning the uniforms of yore as they re-enact the long war’s battles....

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Portraits of a Nation at War

Timothy O’Sullivan’s “Pennsylvania Light Artillery, Battery B, Petersburg, Virginia,” which is one of the few “action” shots of the Civil War.

An exhibition on the Civil War, featuring photographs by Mathew Brady, Timothy O’Sullivan and others, and a new biography of Brady, are reviewed by Tom Deignan. One of the most chilling portraits...

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The Black O’Connell

The Frederick Douglass statue on 110th Street in Manhattan. Photo: Sheila Langan.

Christine Kinealy writes about the American abolitionist Frederick Douglass who visited Ireland and came to be known as the  “Black O’Connell.” In 1845, Frederick Douglass traveled to Ireland....

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The Irish Vampires

Jonathan Rhys Meyers as Dracula

The 1897 Gothic horror novel by Irish author Bram Stoker, famous for introducing the character of vampire Count Dracula, is reborn as a new series on NBC. Patricia Danaher visits the set in...

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A Winter’s Tale and a Garden Party with the Merry Men

The Merry Men and guest performers at the Indoor Garden Party in New York, October 2012. L-R: Moley O’Suilleabhain, Alan Doyle, Roberta Duchak, Samantha Barks, Russell Crowe, Kevin Durand, Scott Grimes, Owen O’Suilleabhain.

After his turn as Inspector Javert in Les Miserables, Russell Crowe’s passion for music is no longer a secret. In fact, he has been playing for years with a number of close friends and musical...

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What Are You Like? Roma Downey

Roma Downey on location in Morocco for the filming of The Bible.

Actress Roma Downey on fancy sheets, missing her mother, and being exhilarated over The Bible. Roma Downey, actress, author and producer, is enjoying a runaway hit with The Bible: Epic Mini-Series,...

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The Copper Star: Lyndsay Faye

Lyndsay Faye and her latest book Seven for a Secret.

Lyndsay Faye’s Gods of Gotham series, about the earliest days of the New York City Police Department, has taken the literary world by storm. With a second book, Seven for a Secret, just released,...

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Review of Books

Dark Lies the Island, by Kevin Barry; The Fall of Ireland, by Dermot Bolger; The Gamal, by Ciarán Collins.

Dark Lies the Island In Dark Lies the Island, Kevin Barry returns to the form that marked his literary debut (American readers who enjoyed his novel, City of Bohane, take note – his first short...

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Roots: The O’Donnells

The O'Donnell crest

They came from Donegal. Legend says they are descended from the 5th-century Ulsterman Niall of the Nine Hostages, whose son Conall was baptized by St. Patrick. It is from Domhnaill (d.901), a...

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Sláinte! Goblins, Ghosts and Ghoulies

The Banshee is one of the most feared creatures in Irish lore.

When it comes to goblins, ghosts, and ghoulies, most folk – without a fluttering heartbeat’s hesitation – will name Transylvania as the epicenter for scary creatures of the night. There’s...

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Family Photo Album: Sea Voyages With Father

Jim Burke on refinery site with his felloe workers. He is the one on the right wearing the derby – the hard hat of his day.

Writing from his mother’s perspective, Jim Dette pays tribute to the memory of his grandfather Jim Burke. My son has been after me to write down some of the remembrances of my father I’ve shared...

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Irish Eye on Hollywood

1. Interest in Irish American history – preferably with a violent twist – apparently remains so...

Mollie Rogers Inducted into Women’s Hall of Fame

Mother Mary Joseph, the founder of the Maryknoll sisters, is one of nine women who will be inducted...

Gaelic Games Kick Off in Cleveland

This past Labor Day weekend, one-hundred Gaelic sports teams and thousands more fans of Irish...

Fr. Whelan, Angel of Andersonville, is Honored in Wexford

Father Peter Whelan didn’t take sides. He was on God’s side. The Civil War priest was known, to...

Kelly Twins Participate in Space Study

Irish-American identical twin astronauts Mark and Scott Kelly have volunteered for an observational...

Texas Rose Rounds Up the Votes

The winner of the 2013 Rose of Tralee International Festival is 25-year-old Dallas, Texas native...

Early Christian Settlement Found in Donegal

The remains of an early Christian settlement, probably from around the seventh century, were...

Bog Body from Laois Officially World’s Oldest

The naturally mummified body of a young adult male found in the Cúl na Móna bog in Cashel, Co....

We Will Not See His Like Again

Remembering Seamus Heaney. Lightenings viii The annals say: when the monks of Clonmacnoise Were all...

U.S. Congressmen Visit Ireland to Discuss Undocumented

On the heels of the U.S. Senate’s passage of a comprehensive immigration reform bill in June, 12...

Rosie Hackett’s Memorial Bridge

The nephew of trade unionist Rosie Hackett has said she would be “giggling quietly to herself”...

Boston Marathon: The Road to Recovery

Jane Richard is dancing again. Jane Richard, the tiny Irish step dancer from Dorchester, who lost...

Valentia Island’s Buried Treasure

Buried treasure on a remote Irish island, the descendants of a 13th-century Knight and a 19th...

The Connector: Terry Clune

Terry Clune is on a mission to turn the economy around by connecting the Irish on a global...