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June / July 2014

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The Irish and World War I

One hundred years ago this summer, the story goes, a Daily Mail war correspondent named George Curnock followed British...

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How Guinness Saved Ireland

At nearly one billion liters of Guinness sold per year, it has become one of the world’s most recognizable Irish brands....

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The Very Modern Ed O’Neill

It’s hard to put a finger on why  the sitcom Modern Family is so successful. It seems set to play to stereotypes –...

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The Vikings of Waterford

The popular perception of Vikings is tinged with terror. The Irish tend to think of them as ferocious marauders who pillaged...

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Salsa Verde: The Irish in Argentina

On the bicentennial of Combate de Montevideo, May, 1814, which won the River Plate and secured Argentina’s independence...

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In This Issue

On The Set with
Norah O’Donnell

Norah on the set of CBS THIS MORNING

Norah O’Donnell is the co-host of CBS This Morning, guest host on Face the Nation, and a 60 Minutes correspondent. This seasoned broadcaster has earned the moniker “tough but fair.” Of course...

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The First Word:
A Visit to Irish America

Musicians from Pearl River New York performing at the Irish Consul General's residence in New York City.

I’ve come to think of Irish America as an actual place unto itself, sort of like in an Irish fairytale where someone is magically transported to another world. And sometimes, if you’re lucky,...

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Does Paul Ryan Have Irish Amnesia?

Irish Famine Memorial in Dublin.

On the eve of St. Patrick’s Day last March, Timothy Egan’s column “Paul Ryan’s Irish Amnesia” appeared in The New York Times. Egan cited Sir Charles Trevelyan, the British assistant...

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Gerry Adams Arrested

Gerry Adams addresses the Sinn Fein party congress.

Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams was arrested in Northern Ireland on Wednesday, April 30, and held until the following Sunday night when he was released without charge. Police cited new evidence from a...

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President Higgins’s First State Visit to the Queen

Queen Elizabeth with the President of Ireland Michael D Higgins

In April President Michael D. Higgins and his wife Sabina made their first official state visit to Queen Elizabeth II – in fact the first official Irish state visit to the U.K. since the formation...

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Tech Companies Expanding in Ireland

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A new report on the technology sector in Ireland suggests that the industry is poised for continued growth over the coming year, with the majority of businesses planning on expanding within the next...

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All For the Love of Ewe

Break out your wool shears, the Golden Shears World Sheep Shearing championship kicked off on a 25-acre plot of land in May in Gorey, Co. Wexford, marking the second time this event has been held in...

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The Truth of the Battle of Clontarf

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A grudge rebellion or the medieval equivalent of the 1916 Rising? The world’s leading authorities on the Battle of Clontarf gathered in Trinity College Dublin on April 11, 2014 in a bid to...

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Expansion Project for Cliffs of Moher

Cliffs of Moher, Liscannor, County Clare. Photo by Michelle Meagher.

Visitors to the Cliffs of Moher this summer will see a much-needed host of upgrades to their tourist experience thanks to a 550,000-euro plan announced in April. The improvements were spurred by the...

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One Quarter of Ireland Affected by Another’s Drinking

The Irish and Drink

New research has found that more than a quarter of the population is affected by someone else’s drinking habits. While alcohol consumption in Ireland has steadily fallen over the past decade, the...

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Online Funerals for the Diaspora

Alan Foudy, founder of FuneralsLive.

A new business venture by County Clare entrepreneur Alan Foudy (pictured below) plans to live-stream funerals online in an attempt to ease travel concerns of many in the global Irish diaspora. The...

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Irish Eye on Hollywood

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Angelina Jolie is looking to the Irish to help tell an amazing story about an Italian American held prisoner by the Japanese in World War II. Jack O’Connell – who was raised in England by a...

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California Schools to Study Irish Famine

Eviction scene: The descendants of the family in this photograph, taken in Glenbeigh, Co. Cork in 1888, may have survived the Great Famine, but one wonders what became of them following their eviction and demolition of their home. From the Sean Sexton Collection.

A new initiative set forth by Cork native and California resident John F. O’Riordan hopes to introduce study of the Irish Famine (1845-52) into the curriculum of California public schools....

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Remains of Famine Immigrants Reinterred on Staten Island

GI burying the Famine dead on Staten Island.

The remains of 83 Irish Famine immigrants were reinterred on Staten Island in late April as a crowd of over 700 came to pay their respects from as far away as Chicago. The remains were initially...

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Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann Kick-Off

Musicians from Pearl River New York performing at the Irish Consul General's residence in New York City.

Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann, the largest group involved in the preservation and promotion of Irish traditional music, song, dance, and the Irish language, held its 2014 Convention &...

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Excavation of Duffy’s Cut Continues

A new chapter of the harsh and often brutal experience of Irish immigrants in America is literally being unearthed thanks to the efforts of local historians Bill and Frank Watson of Pennsylvania....

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The Kelly Cares Dinner

Notre Dame head  football coach Brian Kelly, left, his wife Paqui, and Jon and Dorothea Bon Jovi, right, at the 4th annual Kelly Cares Foundation’s Irish Eyes Gala, Wednesday, April 23, 2014, in New York. The Kelly Cares Foundation honored the Jon Bon Jovi Soul Foundation for its work to combat hunger and homelessness.

The Kelly Cares Foundation’s annual Irish Eyes Gala, took place at the Sheraton Times Square on the evening following the Breezy Point ribbon-cutting, and honored the Jon Bon Jovi Soul Foundation,...

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New CEO for JFK Trust

From left US businessman Donald R. Keough, former Chairman and Chief Operating Officer of The Coca-Cola Company and current Chairman of the Board of Allen & Company Incorporated, Sean Connick Kennedy Trust chairman, Niell O'Dowd assistant editor Irish America magazine and Sean Riedy CEO. Photo Mary Brown.

The board of the John F. Kennedy Trust, New Ross, recently announced the election of Sean Connick as the new chief executive officer of the company following a publicly advertised competition for the...

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Bishop’s Mansion is Gone With the Wind

Archbishop Wilton Gregory's 6,000 square foot Atlanta mansion

In recent news, Atlanta’s Archbishop Wilton Gregory surprised the city’s Catholic community when it was discovered that the mansion he built on property donated by Joseph Mitchell had cost $2.2...

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The Irish and World War I

Battle of Somme

One hundred years ago this summer, the story goes, a Daily Mail war correspondent named George Curnock followed British Expedition-ary Forces as they made their way across the English Channel to aid...

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Ernie O’Malley Symposium

Pictured left to right: Nicholas Allen, David Lloyd, Róisín Kennedy, Roy Foster, Luke Gibbons, and Cormac O’Malley.

On 25 and 26 April 2014 Glucksman Ireland House NYU hosted the spectacularly successful Ernie O’Malley Symposium on Modern Ireland and Revolution, at which twenty-five leading US and international...

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The Vikings of Waterford

The kick-off event for the Waterford 1100 on January 4, featuring outdoor spectacle along the city quays

The popular perception of Vikings is tinged with terror. The Irish tend to think of them as ferocious marauders who pillaged monasteries a millennium ago. But there was more to the Vikings than most...

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Lady Sligo Exhibit Opens at Quinnipiac University

Anne Anderson (right), Ireland's ambassador to the United States, and Prof. Christine Kinealy, director of Ireland's Great Hunger Institute, tour "The Lady Sligo Letters: Westport House and Ireland's Great Hunger," on April 29, 2014, at Quinnipiac University.

Ambassador Anne Anderson visited Quinnipiac University on April 29th for the grand opening of the exhibit, “The Lady Sligo Letters: Westport House and Ireland’s Great Hunger.” Anderson said the...

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Roots: The Ulster Clans O’Neill and O’Donnell

The crests of the O'Donnell and O'Neill clans

Outside the city limits of ancient Rome at the top of the Janiculum hill is the 15th century church of San Pietro in Montorio. The church was supposedly built on the site where Saint Peter was...

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Concern’s Annual Spring Run Raises $200K

Concern Spring Run 2014

The 16th Annual Concern Worldwide Spring Run was held in New York’s Central Park on April 12th and raised approximately $200,000 for the Irish-helmed international humanitarian organization. More...

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How Guinness Saved Ireland

Guinness is better for you

At nearly one billion liters of Guinness sold per year, it has become one of the world’s most recognizable Irish brands. And though it is brewed in over 60 countries and available in more than 120,...

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Celtic Argentina

Members of the Celtic Argentina Troupe performing.

Director of Celtic Argentina Dominique Dure. Despite Argentina’s historical ties to Ireland, prior to 1979 there was a glaring absence in the Irish-Argentine cultural exchange: Irish dance. Adam...

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Salsa Verde: The Irish in Argentina

A group of nineteeth century Irish Argentine immigrants

On the bicentennial of Combate de Montevideo, May, 1814, which won the River Plate and secured Argentina’s independence from Spain, Harry Dunleavy writes about the considerable contributions made...

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The Southern Cross

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Dr. Guillermo MacLoughlin An interview with the editor-in-chief, Dr. Guillermo MacLoughlin. Approaching its 140th anniversary, the Buenos Aires-based newspaper The  Southern Cross is the oldest...

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TCM Honors Maureen O’Hara

Alec Baldwin and Maureen O'Hara at the TCM event

At the 2014 TCM festival in Hollywood this past April, Maureen O’Hara was on hand to introduce How Green Was My Valley and to chat with Robert Osborne, film historian and host of Turner Classic...

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The Very Modern Ed O’Neill

Irish-American TV star Ed O'Neill

It’s hard to put a finger on why  the sitcom Modern Family is so successful. It seems set to play to stereotypes – older man with trophy wife; gay male couple with their adopted Asian child...

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Lovely Lola: The Countess Who Became the Vamp of the Mining Camps

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There was a time in the mid-19th century when all Europe raved about the Spanish dancer, Lola Montez, not realizing that she wasn’t Spanish and couldn’t dance. She wowed them in Paris, London,...

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Sláinte: Forty Shades of Green

Temple House garden, Co Sligo

Back in the nineties a friend’s gorgeous garden made me forty envious shades of green. Then in 2002, I moved into a little 1950s bungalow with a big backyard that was choked with weeds, discarded...

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Oscar & Doc: A trip to Leadville, Colorado

Oscar Wilde and Doc Holliday

You hoist one of Colorado’s fine craft beers at the long, dark bar of the Silver Dollar Saloon in Leadville, and consider this possibility: had history played out a little differently, Oscar Wilde...

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Review of Books

Books reviewed in June-July 2014

The Dream of the Celt By Mario Vargas Llosa Translated from the Spanish by Edith Grossman   Mario Vargas Llosa was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 2010 “for his cartography of...

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Those We Lost

Peaches Geldof and her son Pheadra.

George Donaldson 1968 – 2014 George Donaldson, the eldest member of Celtic Thunder, died in his home in Glasgow in March at the age of 46 after suffering a sudden heart attack. A principal singer...

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Irish Folk Bonanza

The Ultimate Guide to Irish Folk

If ever you’ve been mid-St. Patrick’s Day party hunting through your collection for the perfect blend of Irish music, this is the CD you’ll wish you had. The Ultimate Guide to Irish...

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What Are You Like?
Jim Norton

Jim Norton

Jim Norton has been acting since he was ten years old. From radio plays as a child to guest roles on TV shows like “Frasier” and “Cheers” to award-winning Broadway plays, Norton has run the...

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The Last Word: The Father of Irish Studies

Eoin McKiernan

Tim Pat Coogan recalls Eoin McKiernan, who for many years wrote the “Last Word” column for this magazine and was a pioneer in the field of Irish Studies. The founder of the Irish American...

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Photo Album: Bits and Pieces

Cecilia and her daughters

In the 1960s my mother inherited a ring that had been passed down through two generations. When she began wearing the ring, just before falling asleep or upon waking, she heard the sounds of...

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Hibernia

New CEO for JFK Trust

The board of the John F. Kennedy Trust, New Ross, recently announced the election of Sean Connick...

Irish Eye on Hollywood

Angelina Jolie is looking to the Irish to help tell an amazing story about an Italian American held...

Tech Companies Expanding in Ireland

A new report on the technology sector in Ireland suggests that the industry is poised for...

Remains of Famine Immigrants Reinterred on Staten Island

The remains of 83 Irish Famine immigrants were reinterred on Staten Island in late April as a crowd...

Ernie O’Malley Symposium

On 25 and 26 April 2014 Glucksman Ireland House NYU hosted the spectacularly successful Ernie...

Excavation of Duffy’s Cut Continues

A new chapter of the harsh and often brutal experience of Irish immigrants in America is literally...

The Truth of the Battle of Clontarf

A grudge rebellion or the medieval equivalent of the 1916 Rising? The world’s leading authorities...

TCM Honors Maureen O’Hara

At the 2014 TCM festival in Hollywood this past April, Maureen O’Hara was on hand to introduce...

Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann Kick-Off

Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann, the largest group involved in the preservation and promotion of...

President Higgins’s First State Visit to the Queen

In April President Michael D. Higgins and his wife Sabina made their first official state visit to...

Online Funerals for the Diaspora

A new business venture by County Clare entrepreneur Alan Foudy (pictured below) plans to...

Those We Lost

George Donaldson 1968 – 2014 George Donaldson, the eldest member of Celtic Thunder, died in his...

Expansion Project for Cliffs of Moher

Visitors to the Cliffs of Moher this summer will see a much-needed host of upgrades to their...

Bishop’s Mansion is Gone With the Wind

In recent news, Atlanta’s Archbishop Wilton Gregory surprised the city’s Catholic community...

Gerry Adams Arrested

Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams was arrested in Northern Ireland on Wednesday, April 30, and held...

California Schools to Study Irish Famine

A new initiative set forth by Cork native and California resident John F. O’Riordan hopes to...

One Quarter of Ireland Affected by Another’s Drinking

New research has found that more than a quarter of the population is affected by someone else’s...

All For the Love of Ewe

Break out your wool shears, the Golden Shears World Sheep Shearing championship kicked off on a...

Lady Sligo Exhibit Opens at Quinnipiac University

Ambassador Anne Anderson visited Quinnipiac University on April 29th for the grand opening of the...

The Kelly Cares Dinner

The Kelly Cares Foundation’s annual Irish Eyes Gala, took place at the Sheraton Times Square on...

Concern’s Annual Spring Run Raises $200K

The 16th Annual Concern Worldwide Spring Run was held in New York’s Central Park on April 12th...