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All Around Ireland

Michelle Meagher’s photographs of her first trip to Ireland. Wicklow Mountains, County Wicklow. This panoramic view of...

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Icons Share Memories of JFK

An excerpt from Seven Seconds, Holly Millea’s best-selling e-book in which celebrities and other luminaries share...

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Tara O’Grady and All That Jazz

Her love of classic music (both Irish and American), classic cars and an unwavering belief in the good old-fashioned...

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A Thousand Days of Grace

As we mark the 50th anniversary of John F. Kennedy’s assassination Michael Quinlin reflects on Kennedy’s vision, his...

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Reflecting on the Lock-Out

A hundred years ago, The Lock-Out caused great turmoil in Dublin. It marked the beginnings of an organized labor movement in...

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In This Issue

Ahead of the Game:
Michael J. Dowling

Michael J. Dowling, President and CEO of North Shore-LIJ Health System. Photo: Kit DeFever.

2013 BUSINESS 100 KEYNOTE INTERVIEW Michael J. Dowling’s winning spirit, unbreakable determination, and willingness to take risks have propelled him forward and inspired and motivated those around...

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The First Word:
Making a Difference

An art poster of President John F. Kennedy.

This magazine was created to bring you the stories of our people. And, as is often the case, the best stories are those where the mind and will win out over circumstances. One such story is of...

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2013 Irish America
Business 100

Irish America Business 100

Now in its 28th year, the Irish America Business 100 celebrates the phenomenal success of the Irish in corporate America. The executives profiled represent some of the most influential and innovative...

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ICON of Ireland

Ciarán Murray CEO of ICON

Founded in Dublin by two Irish doctors in 1990, the clinical research organization ICON plc is the global Irish success story you’ve probably never heard of. ICON is one of the biggest Irish...

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Five Irish Make Forbes Billionaire List

The cover of Forbes 2013 Worlds Richest Billionaires issue.

According to the annual Forbes Billionaires’ Circle list, which ranks in order the world’s most richest people, five of the 1,426 billionaires in the world are Irish. The richest man in...

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The Irish in the New York Marathon

Tatyana McFadden is greeted by her mother, Debbie, at the finish line of the 2013 NYC Marathon

After a one year hiatus (the 2012 race was canceled in the wake of Hurricane Sandy) and amidst heightened security, the New York City Marathon retuned to the streets of the metropolis’s five...

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Irish Eye on Hollywood

Colin Farrell in Saving Mr. Banks.

All the latest with your favorite Irish and Irish-American talent. 1. The Academy Award nominations will not be announced until January 16, 2014, but one of Hollywood’s strongest contenders –...

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McCourt School of Public Policy Opens at Georgetown

Frank H. McCourt Jr. (C'75), left, and Georgetown President John J. DeGioia hold the proclamation for the McCourt School of Public Policy (MSPP) with board chair Paul Tagliabue (C'62), far left, and MSPP Dean Edward Montgomery.

Georgetown University opened its first new school since 1957 after the donation of $100 million by alumnus Frank H. McCourt, Jr. The newly christened McCourt School of Public Policy is the...

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Irish Involvement in Global Wildlife Trafficking Rackets

Black rhinoceros horns seized by Europol

Though the crime happened three years ago, the first week of November saw Limerick native Michael Slattery, Jr. (23) plead guilty to the charge of wildlife trafficking at a Brooklyn District Court....

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Bringing Home the Bacon

Francis Bacon's 1969 triptych Three Studies of Lucian Freud, which sold at Christy's for $142.2 million.

A new record was set in the art auction world on November 12, at Christie’s auction house in New York. Three Studies of Lucian Freud, a 1969 triptych by Francis Bacon of his friend and fellow...

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Caroline Kennedy Is Now Madam Ambassador

Caroline Kennedy is sworn in as Ambassador to Japan by Secretary of State John Kerry. Her husband, Edwin Schlossberg, holds the Bible.

Caroline Kennedy was sworn in as the new U.S. ambassador to Japan during a private ceremony in Secretary of State John Kerry’s State Department offices on November 12. The swearing-in was followed...

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Ireland’s Youngest Tech Entrepreneur: Jordan Casey

Jordan Casey, of Casey Games

With the launch of his first game, Alien Ball Vs. Humans, in February 2012, Jordan Casey became Ireland’s youngest app developer and one of the youngest tech entrepreneurs in Europe. All of...

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Céad Mile Fáilte:
Alison Metcalfe

Alison Metcalfe of Tourism Ireland

Alison Metcalfe, Tourism Ireland’s Head of North America, talks about her own experiences as a traveler and the joys of drawing visitors to one of the most welcoming places in the world. When was...

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Reflecting on the Lock-Out

Crowds wait on the docks for food ships during the 1913 Lock-Out

A hundred years ago, The Lock-Out caused great turmoil in Dublin. It marked the beginnings of an organized labor movement in Ireland, and had a huge influence on the emerging Irish state. It’s a...

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A Thousand Days of Grace

President John F. Kennedy. Photo by Jacques Lowe.

As we mark the 50th anniversary of John F. Kennedy’s assassination Michael Quinlin reflects on Kennedy’s vision, his desire for a united Ireland, his love of poetry, and what his presidency meant...

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The History-Mystery Man

Peter Quinn

The author Peter Quinn, whose third and final installment of the Detective Fintan Dunne trilogy was released in October, talks to Tom Deignan. It’s been nearly 20 years since Peter Quinn’s epic...

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Tara O’Grady and All That Jazz

Tara O'Grady

Her love of classic music (both Irish and American), classic cars and an unwavering belief in the good old-fashioned American Dream has seen Tara O’Grady through three CD releases and a book deal...

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What Are You Like?
Ciarán Ó hÓgartaigh

Ciarán Ó hÓgartaigh, Dean of the UCD Schools of Business

Ciarán Ó hÓgartaigh, Dean of the UCD Schools of Business, discusses the future of studying in Ireland, effective leadership, his first job, and Irish determination. Ciarán Ó hÓgartaigh was...

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Irish Place Names:
Limerick, Maine

Main Street in Limerick, ME, c. 1915

The history of Limerick, Maine, in York County at the southwest corner of the state, is the history of the everyday: families having children; settlers clearing land, bartering for goods and...

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Sláinte! Hooray for St. Stephen & “Up Sraid Eoin!”

Irish wren boys on St. Stephen's Day, c. 1950

Edythe Preet writes of St. Stephen’s Day traditions that include hunting the wren. I look forward to the Christmas holidays more than anyone I’ve ever known. In addition to the main events, my...

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Roots: The Dowlings

The crest of the Dowling clan.

In 1609, the few patrician members of the Dowling clan were transplanted from their native Laois to the border of north Kerry and west Limerick, dividing the clan’s geography. Today, the majority...

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Review of Books

Red Sky in Morning, by Paul Lynch, Someone by Alice McDermott, Songs and Sonnets by Paul Muldoon

Songs and Sonnets Paul Muldoon has eleven previous volumes of poetry and has won many prizes, including the Pulitzer and the T.S. Eliot. This year, he released two books of song lyrics, and though...

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Those We Lost

Clockwise from top left: Harold Agnew, Phil Chevron, Tom Clancy, Ralph Dungan, Thomas Foley, and Donal O'Brien

Harold M. Agnew (1921 – 2013) In late September, the last major living figure of the Manhattan Project died at the age of 92. Harold M. Agnew was 20 years old when he was assigned to work with...

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Family Photo Album: The Perfect Mother

Delia and May on Delia's wedding day in 1954.

In Memoriam Delia Kennedy Shea SEPTEMBER 19, 1924 – SEPTEMBER 5, 2013 My mother, Delia Kennedy, was born on September 19, 1924, in Kilfillig, Mountbellew – a small village of six houses, 30 miles...

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The Last Word: Irish-American Adoptions

Actress Judi Dench with Philomena Lee at the premier of Steve Coogan's Philomena.

Is it time to have a gathering? Philomena shines a light on an aspect of Irish in need of urgent attention. The movie Philomena, based on Philomena Lee’s real-life search for her son who was...

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Icons Share Memories of JFK

President John F. Kennedy

An excerpt from Seven Seconds, Holly Millea’s best-selling e-book in which celebrities and other luminaries share where they were and what they were doing when they found out JFK had been...

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All Around Ireland

The Wicklow Mountains, Co Wicklow. Photo by Michelle Meagher.

Michelle Meagher’s photographs of her first trip to Ireland. Wicklow Mountains, County Wicklow. This panoramic view of the Wicklow Mountains and Lake is my favorite of all the pictures I...

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Hibernia

Bringing Home the Bacon

A new record was set in the art auction world on November 12, at Christie’s auction house in New...

The Irish in the New York Marathon

After a one year hiatus (the 2012 race was canceled in the wake of Hurricane Sandy) and amidst...

Caroline Kennedy Is Now Madam Ambassador

Caroline Kennedy was sworn in as the new U.S. ambassador to Japan during a private ceremony in...

Irish Involvement in Global Wildlife Trafficking Rackets

Though the crime happened three years ago, the first week of November saw Limerick native Michael...

Ireland’s Youngest Tech Entrepreneur: Jordan Casey

With the launch of his first game, Alien Ball Vs. Humans, in February 2012, Jordan Casey became...

McCourt School of Public Policy Opens at Georgetown

Georgetown University opened its first new school since 1957 after the donation of $100 million by...

Five Irish Make Forbes Billionaire List

According to the annual Forbes Billionaires’ Circle list, which ranks in order the world’s...

ICON of Ireland

Founded in Dublin by two Irish doctors in 1990, the clinical research organization ICON plc is the...