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August / September 2014

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Sacred Space and Health

Spending time in nature’s sacred places can bring balance to the whole self and help you reach your optimal level of...

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Military Physicians:
Like Father, Like Daughter

Dr. Francis O’Donnell and his daughter, Dr. Mary O’Donnell, have dedicated their careers as physicians to serving our...

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My Grandfather’s War

OVER 210,000 IRISH ENLISTED IN THE BRITISH ARMY DURING WORLD WAR I. AMONG THEM WERE DOCTORS SUCH AS MY GRANDFATHER WHO...

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Healthcare and Life Sciences 50

The inaugural Irish America Healthcare and Life Sciences 50 list celebrates Irish innovators who are leading the way in...

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Serving By Your Presence

The work of two extraordinary Irish nuns, one of whom works with women who have been trafficked for sex or labor. The other...

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In This Issue

The Administrator

EPA administrator Gina McCarthy in her Washington, D.C. office. ©2013 John Loomis Photography, LLC

Gina McCarthy, the head of the Environmental Protection Agency, on why action on climate control is critical for our nation’s health. Gina McCarthy was appointed Administrator of the Environmental...

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The First Word:
Let’s Talk About the Climate

Cracks stretch across the dry bed of Lake Mendocino, a key Mendocino County reservoir, in Ukiah, CA.

I’m reminded as we go to press that in Ireland we always talk about the weather. “How about the weather now?” was an oft heard refrain of my childhood, one that brought the answer, “The...

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Healthcare and Life Sciences 50

The inaugural Irish America Healthcare and Life Sciences 50 list celebrates Irish innovators who are leading the way in diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of disease. The work of these...

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Dr. Garret FitzGerald
Wants to Build Bridges

Garet FitzGerald, M.D.

He works between the strands of basic discovery and clinical trial, national research and global connection, harnessing the power of diaspora. The inaugural Healthcare and Life Sciences 50 Keynote...

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A Decade of No Smoking

Ireland set the precedent for smoke-free work places.

This past March 29 marked the 10-year anniversary of the smoking ban in Ireland, a milestone that few thought they would see. In 2004, a law banned smoking in the workplace that extended to pubs and...

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Innovation Award for
Bubble-less Aeration System

Pictured with their award are John Geaney and Wayne Byrne of OxyMem.

OxyMem Ltd, was recently declared winner of the overall “Innovation of the Year” Award at the 2014 Irish Times InterTradeIreland Innovation Awards. The company, which has developed a breakthrough...

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Irish Pregnancy App
Nominated for Webby

Life in the Womb

A groundbreaking and exciting new web application, Life in the Womb from University College Dublin staff and graduates, was nominated for a Webby Award. Developed by The Science Picture Company, the...

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Irish Business for Mayo Clinic

Jeff Bolton, Vice President Administration, Mayo Clinic, Taoiseach Enda Kenny, and Keith O’Neill, Director of Lifesciences Commercialization Enterprise Ireland, pictured at the signing of the $16.5M deal. 

A collaboration between Ireland and the Mayo Clinic that could significantly impact the future of medical technology was recently announced. Enterprise Ireland, the government agency in Ireland...

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Irish Could Be Europe’s
Fattest People by 2030

Photo by Brian Harris / Rex Features. Irish medical Times.

Anew study conducted by the World Health Organization and the UK Health Forum has issued a dire prediction of the obesity rates in Europe, with Ireland predicted to become the fattest country in...

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New Education Research
Building for Limerick

Attending the University of Limerick Presidents Dinner 2014 at the Adare Manor were, David Cronin, Michael and Niamh Flatley. Picture: Alan Place.

The president of the University of Limerick (UL) Don Barry said that the school’s €224 million Capital Development Plan would aim to deliver 12 major infrastructural development projects...

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Awards to U.S. Students
to Study Irish Language

Irish-English-Dictionary

The Ireland-U.S. Commission for Educational Exchange recently awarded 61 U.S. citizens the chance to study the Irish language in the Gaeltacht regions of Ireland this summer including places such as...

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Is Specialized Nutrition
the Key to Better Golf?

Eating healthier may improve your golf game.

A Dublin-based start-up company, Wyldsson, is partnering with the University of Limerick using an Enterprise Ireland Innovation Voucher to investigate the impact of specialized nutrition for golf...

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The Future of Clinical Trials

Brendan Buckley, Chief medical Officer of ICON, plc.

ICON plc. is pushing the boundaries of what clinical researchers thought was practical. Adam Farley speaks with Dr. Brendan Buckley, ICON’s Chief Medical Officer, about how it came to be and where...

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Turning Grief into Action:
The Case of Rory Staunton

Rory Staunton. The National Sepsis Forum will be held in Washington D.C. on September 17th.

The Staunton family suffered unbelievable loss when their 12-year-old son was mis-diagnosed and died from sepsis, an infection that could easily have been treated with antibiotics, but they have...

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JFK Summer School

President John F. Kennedy. Photo by Jacques Lowe.

The 2014 Kennedy Summer School is set to kick off this September 11-14th in New Ross, Co. Wexford and includes a venerable list of Irish and American participants covering the history, culture, and...

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White House Celebrates 45th
Anniversary of Moon Landing

Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin and Michael Collins at the White House.

“Forty-five years ago, while the world watched as one, the United States of America set foot on the moon. It was a seminal moment not just in our country’s history, but the history of all...

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Climate Change:
Getting Serious

Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy.

No topic is more controversial right now in American politics than global warming, and California is one of the leading states calling for green initiatives to combat climate change. California...

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Seattle Gets its Green On

Front row, left to right: Aoife Blake, Irish Network Seattle Communications Officer; Kathleen O’Toole, Seattle’s new Chief of Police; Mayor Ed Murray; Anne Anderson, Ireland’s Ambassador to the U.S.; and Noreen McCormack, President of Irish Network Seattle.

2014 is proving to be an eventful year for Seattle Irish. Mayor Ed Murray, who lived in Ireland for a time, and whose four grandparents are from the old sod, was sworn into office in January. The...

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Irish Eye on Hollywood

From left: John C. Reilly, Ben Whishaw, and Colin Farrell, in a promotional still from The Lobster. Image: filmweb

TV is the place to be for Irish acting talent these days. This should not be surprising since high-quality small-screen shows tend to get as much respect and buzz from critics and audiences as...

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White House Names
Ambassador to Ireland

Kevin O'Malley

The White House announced in June that the long-vacant post of ambassador to Ireland has been filled by Kevin O’Malley, a St. Louis Lawyer and political supporter of President Obama. This comes...

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Quinnipiac Famine Conference

Christine Kinealy, Director of Ireland's Great Hunger Institute, Quinnipiac University.

The 20th Ulster-American Symposium hosted at Quinnipiac University was held this past June in conjunction with Ireland’s Great Hunger Institute. Since 1976, the Ulster-American Heritage Symposium...

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Ireland Is “Good”

A recent survey conducted by policy advisor Simon Anholt found Ireland to be the “goodest” country in the word. It was part of the first ever Good Country Index which measured 35 separate...

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iFest Comes to Boston

The Irish band Riptide Movement who will be playing at iFest in Boston Sept. 26-28.

Boston is set to welcome a new Irish festival this fall, as iFest makes its North American debut at the Seaport World Trade Center September 26-28.   Described as a premium showcase of contemporary...

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Frank McCourt High School
Graduates First Class

Adrianna McCourt, grandneice of Frank McCourt, who was a member of the first graduating class of McCourt High School in Manhattan.

Frank McCourt High School first graduating class head to college. Best known as the author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning memoir Angela’s Ashes, Frank McCourt also worked as a New York City public...

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Wounded Warriors in the Rockaways (Photos)

Crossing the Marine Parkway Bridge from Brooklyn into the Rockaways. Photo: Legends in Valor.

Now in its tenth year, the Wounded Warrior Project’s Adaptive Watersports Festival invites injured veterans to Rockaway Beach for a weekend of restorative mental and physical activity. Removed from...

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What You Should Know:
Celiac Disease

Unprocessed vegetables are naturally gluten-free.

Patricia Harty talks to Peter Green, Director Celiac Disease Center at Columbia University about this disease that’s common to the Irish.  Celiac disease has been Dr. Peter Green’s focus for...

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A Giant Among Humanitarians

Aengus Finucane in Haiti.

Tom Moran writes that his involvement with Concern Worldwide began with Aengus Finucane, the Limerick-born priest who founded the Irish relief organization. As Chairman of Concern Worldwide U.S., I...

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Angel Smiles

Roma Downey with one of the babies helped by the Operation Smile team.

Roma Downey on her work with Operation Smile and why she does it. I have been a spokesperson for a wonderful volunteer organization Operation Smile for almost 20 years. I have traveled with them on...

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Serious Fun

Barretstown CEO Dee Ahern with one of her many visitors to the camp in Co. Kildare.

Barretstown, a specially designed camp in Kildare, Ireland, provides therapeutic recreation programs for children with serious illnesses and their families. Founded by Hollywood actor Paul Newman in...

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Serving By Your Presence

Sisters Bríd Long and Michele Harnett in front ot Abraham House in Manhattan. Photo: Kit DeFever.

The work of two extraordinary Irish nuns, one of whom works with women who have been trafficked for sex or labor. The other helps first-time offenders stay out of prison. If you run a Google search...

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Sacred Space and Health

An ariel view of Newgrange, a prehistoric monument in County Meath. It was built about 3200 BC, which makes it older than Stonehenge and the Egyptian pyramids.

Spending time in nature’s sacred places can bring balance to the whole self and help you reach your optimal level of health. Good health and a happy life are determined by the balance of the four...

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Behind the RISE Foundation

The site for the proposed Rathlin Island Education and Awareness Centre.

Frances Black, the founder of the RISE Foundation, which is helping families cope with addiction and showing that the impacts of addiction go far beyond the addict. Earlier this year, Ireland’s...

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What You Should Know:
Crohn’s Disease

Crohns Disease

Crohn’s: The Facts Named for the New York-based gastroenterologist doctor who wrote about it in the 1930s (although a Scottish doctor had published a paper about patients with the same symptoms in...

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When it’s more than just a
Sore Tummy

Living with Crohn’s disease, a chronic inflammatory condition of the gastrointestinal tract. Darina Molloy tells her story. In hindsight, I was always the kid with the sore tummy. Most of the time,...

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Parkinson’s Disease:
My Father’s Strength

The author with her father.

His physical strength was his currency, now it’s his patience and forbearance. On the afternoon before my college graduation in 1999, there was a ceremony for graduates who were getting department...

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What You Should Know:
Skin Cancer

The Perils of Being Pale: Red hair and pale skin can be very attractive to some, but the potential perils from the sun range from mere sunburn to possibly fatal cancer, as actor Donal Logue...

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Military Physicians:
Like Father, Like Daughter

The O'Donnell Family

Dr. Francis O’Donnell and his daughter, Dr. Mary O’Donnell, have dedicated their careers as physicians to serving our soldiers. The story of their service to their country and to our servicemen...

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My Grandfather’s War

British casualties during WWI.

OVER 210,000 IRISH ENLISTED IN THE BRITISH ARMY DURING WORLD WAR I. AMONG THEM WERE DOCTORS SUCH AS MY GRANDFATHER WHO TENDED THE WOUNDED AND SAW THE BRUTALITY OF MODERN WARFARE UP CLOSE. “A...

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The Trouble in Bahrain

Dr. Al Alekry, an orthopedic surgeon who trained in Ireland, is still in jail.

Brian Dooley writes about Irish-trained doctors imprisoned for treating protesters. Ask most people what they know about Bahrain and chances are it won’t be much – the smallest country in the...

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Living with MS

Sharon Ni Chonchuir

Sharon Ní Chonchúir breaks her silence about living with MS to give people inspiration and motivation to help themselves. My name is Sharon and I’ve got multiple sclerosis. It sounds as though...

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Sláinte: The Mighty Salmon

Salmon Jump

While health practitioners now praise the protein and amino acids provided by salmon, it has long had its place in Irish history simply because it is such good eating. Every year more than 180,000...

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Poem: “Soda Bread”

She said she’d lost the knack—not the recipe, which had never been written down— but the knack of mixing the dough just so, not too much, not too little, so that the moist, buttery loaves...

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Review of Books

Books of Irish and Irish American interest.

Fiction Someone By Alice McDermott Someone captures the universal experience of life’s joys and tragedies in the story of Marie Commeford, a most unremarkable woman. The novel begins in...

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Those We Lost

Those We Lost

Jim Brosnan 1929 – 2014 Famed Irish-American baseball player and author Jim Brosnan passed away June 28 in Park Ridge, Illinois over complications from an infection. He was 84. Born in Cincinnati...

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Photo Album:
Granny Mac’s Centenary

Nora MacNamara (née Hickey),  pictured second from the left, with her husband, William, and friends. Nora and William married in 1947. And, as was typical at the time, the groom was much older than the bride. William passed away 27 years ago, in 1988.

My grandmother Nora MacNamara (née Hickey) turned 100 on June 15, 2014. From her retirement home on the Dingle peninsula, County Kerry – snuggled in the foothills of the Slieve Mish mountains and...

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Hibernia

Irish Business for Mayo Clinic

A collaboration between Ireland and the Mayo Clinic that could significantly impact the future of...

Seattle Gets its Green On

2014 is proving to be an eventful year for Seattle Irish. Mayor Ed Murray, who lived in Ireland...

Innovation Award for
Bubble-less Aeration System

OxyMem Ltd, was recently declared winner of the overall “Innovation of the Year” Award at the...

White House Names
Ambassador to Ireland

The White House announced in June that the long-vacant post of ambassador to Ireland has been...

Is Specialized Nutrition
the Key to Better Golf?

A Dublin-based start-up company, Wyldsson, is partnering with the University of Limerick using an...

A Decade of No Smoking

This past March 29 marked the 10-year anniversary of the smoking ban in Ireland, a milestone that...

Ireland Is “Good”

A recent survey conducted by policy advisor Simon Anholt found Ireland to be the “goodest”...

Turning Grief into Action:
The Case of Rory Staunton

The Staunton family suffered unbelievable loss when their 12-year-old son was mis-diagnosed and...

New Education Research
Building for Limerick

The president of the University of Limerick (UL) Don Barry said that the school’s €224 million...

Quinnipiac Famine Conference

The 20th Ulster-American Symposium hosted at Quinnipiac University was held this past June in...

Awards to U.S. Students
to Study Irish Language

The Ireland-U.S. Commission for Educational Exchange recently awarded 61 U.S. citizens the chance...

Irish Pregnancy App
Nominated for Webby

A groundbreaking and exciting new web application, Life in the Womb from University College Dublin...

Frank McCourt High School
Graduates First Class

Frank McCourt High School first graduating class head to college. Best known as the author of the...

White House Celebrates 45th
Anniversary of Moon Landing

“Forty-five years ago, while the world watched as one, the United States of America set foot on...

Irish Could Be Europe’s
Fattest People by 2030

Anew study conducted by the World Health Organization and the UK Health Forum has issued a dire...

iFest Comes to Boston

Boston is set to welcome a new Irish festival this fall, as iFest makes its North American debut at...

Climate Change:
Getting Serious

No topic is more controversial right now in American politics than global warming, and California...

JFK Summer School

The 2014 Kennedy Summer School is set to kick off this September 11-14th in New Ross, Co. Wexford...