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Portals to the Past

I love to drive around Ireland, especially if I have the luxury of time. I aim my car in the direction that I hope to end...

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Jimmy Fallon Family Tree

Megan Smolenyak, the roots detective, takes a look at Jimmy Fallon’s Irish side. Not yet forty, Jimmy Fallon already has...

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Boston’s Man of the People: Marty Walsh

There was world renowned musician Yo-Yo Ma on center stage, playing an audacious solo of Danny Boy on his cello before 8,000...

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Sláinte: Soup is ON!

It rained yesterday. That might not be a big thing in Ireland or New York where drenching downpours only generate brief...

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What Are You Like?:
Thomas Cahill

Thomas Cahill is a bestselling author and scholar whose landmark book, How the Irish Saved Civilization, marked its 18th...

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In This Issue

Boston’s Man of the People: Marty Walsh

Mayor of Boston Marty Walsh

There was world renowned musician Yo-Yo Ma on center stage, playing an audacious solo of Danny Boy on his cello before 8,000 enraptured listeners. Mid-way through the performance and without missing...

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The First Word: We Are All Immigrants

Patricia Harty

And  so it begins. A new year, and already a happy one with the election of an Irish mayor in Boston. And who better to embody the tough, tireless, tender trajectory of our Irish story, than...

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Glucksman Ireland House NYU at Twenty

Margaret Cardosi, a Master’s student in Irish and Irish-American Studies at NYU, reads the letters on display in the Bordeaux-Dublin Letters exhibit.

2013 was an extraordinarily busy year at 1 Washington Mews. Starting last February, a plethora of activities has highlighted the range of this jewel in Greenwich Village: a memorable 20th Anniversary...

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Irish Scientists Discover Genetic Basis for Memory Formation

Drosophila brain olfactory system

Scientists from Trinity College Dublin have shown for the first time that two genes involved in many neurological diseases act together to regulate specific aspects of protein production in nerve...

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Celebrating with Concern

CEO of JetBlue Airways Dave Barger, Christoph Mueller, and Tom Moran

CEO of Aer Lingus Christoph Mueller was honored by the international humanitarian organization Concern Worldwide U.S. in early December. Mueller was recognized at Concern’s annual Seeds of Hope...

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The Quiet Man is A National Treasure

John Wayne and Maureen O'Hara in The Quiet Man, 1952.

There was much rejoicing among Golden-Age film lovers on December 18, 2013, when they learned that the classic 1952 John Ford film The Quiet Man was officially added to the Library of Congress...

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Irish Eye on Hollywood

Frank, starring Domhnall Gleeson, Michael Fassbender and Maggie Gyllenhaal

Maybe they should call it the Father and Son Dance Film Festival! After all, it was an Irish family affair at this year’s Sundance Film Fest, which ran from January 16 – 26 in Park City,...

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Those We Lost

Peter O'Toole in Laurence of Arabia, c. 1962. Getty.

Peter O’Toole (1932-2013) Peter O’Toole, the actor who rose to international fame nearly overnight as T.E. Lawrence in the 1962 epic Lawrence of Arabia, died December 14th in a London...

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Jimmy Fallon Family Tree

Jimmy Fallon

Megan Smolenyak, the roots detective, takes a look at Jimmy Fallon’s Irish side. Not yet forty, Jimmy Fallon already has an impressive history to look back on.  Between “Saturday Night Live”...

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Portals to the Past

Photo by Patricia Harty

I love to drive around Ireland, especially if I have the luxury of time. I aim my car in the direction that I hope to end up, and then take the by roads, leaving the highway behind. Many of the old...

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Review of Books

Books reviewed

Exchange Place by Ciaran Carson   Ciaran Carson is a writer preoccupied with memory and perception. The author of five other prose collections and ten books of poetry, Exchange Place is...

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The Fifth Province

Roscommon Society marching on Fifth Avenue, NYC, in the 1957 St. Patrick’s Day Parade

There is a well-known Irish saying: ar scáth a chéile a mhaireas na daoine that can be loosely translated as “it is in the shelter of each other that the people live.” Particularly during acts...

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Grandma Walsh’s Wake

Anne Walsh looking out at the coast of Ireland, returning by boat in 1966

Grandma Walsh’s Wake After the viewing in the funeral home— all the young cousins marauding through the ghostly upstairs rooms, our parents whispering solemnly below— then came the night-long...

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Toy Trains

Pat and Joe Cahalan at ages 14 and 10

An excerpt from the memoir “Tipperary to Tibet,” a collection of Irish stories by Joseph M. Cahalan. It had all the earmarks of a classic sibling rivalry. My sister, Pat – or Patsy as she was...

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Roots: The O’Dowd Clan

Maureen Dowd, the O'Dowd crest and Niall O'Dowd

In 982 the King of Connaught, Aedh Ua Dubhda (or Hugh O’Dowd), “died an untroubled death.” This note in Lebor Laignech, the medieval Irish manuscript better known as the Book of Leinster, is...

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Strong Boy

strong boy

On February 7, 1882, John L. Sullivan was on his way to becoming “America’s first sports hero.” All the 24-year-old son of Irish immigrants had to do was throw his hat into the ring....

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What Are You Like?:
Thomas Cahill

Arthur Thomas Cahill in 2009

Thomas Cahill is a bestselling author and scholar whose landmark book, How the Irish Saved Civilization, marked its 18th anniversary in 2013. The book, which spent two years on The New York Times...

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Sláinte: Soup is ON!

The ultimate soul food

It rained yesterday. That might not be a big thing in Ireland or New York where drenching downpours only generate brief comments from the weatherman. In Los Angeles even scattered showers are top...

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Photo Album: Bridget’s Shawl

Bridget, her shawl being displayed and a close-up of the shawl's design

Bridget O’Donnell of Cork, Ireland, my great-grandmother, was sent out to Boston by her father in 1846. A recent discovery of her photograph in the Lyons family bible reignites interest in her...

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Celebrating with Concern

CEO of Aer Lingus Christoph Mueller was honored by the international humanitarian organization...

Glucksman Ireland House NYU at Twenty

2013 was an extraordinarily busy year at 1 Washington Mews. Starting last February, a plethora of...

Those We Lost

Peter O’Toole (1932-2013) Peter O’Toole, the actor who rose to international fame nearly...

Irish Eye on Hollywood

Maybe they should call it the Father and Son Dance Film Festival! After all, it was an Irish family...

Irish Scientists Discover Genetic Basis for Memory Formation

Scientists from Trinity College Dublin have shown for the first time that two genes involved in...

The Quiet Man is A National Treasure

There was much rejoicing among Golden-Age film lovers on December 18, 2013, when they learned that...