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October / November 2014

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Whatever Happened
to Launt Thompson?

How one of the most important post-Civil War sculptors died in obscurity and is buried in an unmarked grave. Lancelot...

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The Big Thrill

Anne Rice and Michael Connelly spoke to Mary Pat Kelly at the Ninth Annual Thriller Fest a gathering of writers, editors,...

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A Course Called Quirky

Tom Coyne, whose 16-week jaunt through Ireland’s 38 seaside golf courses led to the best-selling book, A Course Called...

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Irish Art and Architecture:
After Kells

The Book of Kells is often thought of as the embodiment of the Irish visual style, but a new publication promises to change...

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We Are Not Ourselves:
Matthew Thomas’s Accomplished Debut

Matthew Thomas, whose debut novel is receiving rave reviews, talks to Tom Deignan. Before he became a celebrated debut...

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In This Issue

Kathleen Lynch:
A Commitment to Excellence

Kathleen Lynch, COO of UBS Group Americas and Wealth Management, at the Midtown Manhattan welcome center. Photo: Kit DeFever.

As Chief Operating Officer for UBS Group Americas and Wealth Management Americas Kathleen Lynch is a dedicated team leader and motivator. Having achieved a role both professionally and personally...

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2014 Wall Street 50

The 2014 Irish America Wall Street 50

For seventeen years, Irish America has sought out and recognized the best and the brightest Irish-American and Irish-born leaders in the financial sphere, and this year is no exception. The fifty...

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The First Word:
Making the Most of
What You’ve Got

The cottage in Donegal where Kathleen’s Lynch’s mother grew up. Watercolor by M.A. Kitchel, 2005.

“Being Irish means being the best you can be by making the most of what you’ve got. It’s about being loyal to your friends and family, sharing with them all the joys that make life worth...

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NYC St. Patrick’s Day Parade
Allows Gay Groups to March

Cardinal Timothy Dolan. Photo: Irish Voice

A decision announced in early September by the New York City Saint Patrick’s Day Parade Committee, will allow some gays to march in the St. Patrick’s Day Parade, specifically the NBC-affiliated...

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Maria Walsh:
The Gay New Rose of Tralee

Maria Walsh, the 2014 Rose of Tralee.

The annual Rose of Tralee festival concluded in August with the crowning of a winner, Maria Walsh. The stunning new Rose, a native of Boston, beat out 31 other Roses to win the title. The...

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Ryanair Announces $22
Billion Boeing Purchase

Michael O'Leary, CEO of Ryanair.

The Dublin-based budget airline Ryanair announced in early September the purchase of 100 new models of Boeing’s 737, with an option to purchase 100 more. The deal is valued at over $22 billion....

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Ireland Finishes Fourth,
but Fighting

Claire Molloy in the third-place game against France in August’s Women’s Rugby World Cup at Stade Jean-Bouin in Paris.

The Women’s Rugby World Cup took place in France in August, and the Irish team, true to form, upset the whole tournament, even if they didn’t make it to the podium. It started with a...

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Rory McIlroy Wins PGA
Championship

Rory McIlroy

Rory McIlroy, the world-renowned Northern Irish golfer, won the 96th annual PGA championship on August 11 at the Valhalla Golf Club in Louisville, KY. In a closely fought match that was anyone’s...

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Jackie Kennedy Letters
Returned to Kennedys

Kennedy Letters. Photo: Sheppard's Irish Auction House

The private letters of Jacqueline Kennedy to an Irish priest caused controversy last May when the Vincentian Fathers at All Hallows College in Dublin announced they were being put up for auction. The...

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Chicago Actress Molly Glynn
Killed in Storm

Molly Glynn. Photo: Cathy Taylor PR via AP

Molly Glynn, a renowned, red-headed, and slightly subversive Chicago stage actress, died September 6th at NorthShore Evanston Hospital in Illinois after a bike ride turned fatal. The 46-year-old...

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Colin Barrett Wins 2014
Rooney Prize for Fiction

Colin Barrett. Photo: The Stinging Fly

Irish short story writer and Mayo native Colin Barrett was recently awarded the 2014 Rooney Prize for Irish literature for his new book, Young Skins. The event took place at the Provost House in...

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Irish Eye on Hollywood

Larry Mullen and Juliette Binoche in 1,000 Times Goodnight.

1. Dublin native Samantha Power is now a high-ranking member of the Obama administration, currently serving as Ambassador to the United Nations, a demanding position at a time of great instability...

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Irish American Inspired the
ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

Pat Quinn, who inspired the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge which swept across social media this summer.

If you found yourself staring down an ice cold bucket of water ready to be dumped on your head this summer remember, first, that it was for a good cause, and second, that it was Irish-inspired. The...

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Virtual Reality for Ulysses

This may be the new way to "read" Ulysses, with the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset.

Upon completion of his masterpiece Ulysses, James Joyce told his French translator Jacques Benoîst-Méchin, “I’ve put in so many enigmas and puzzles that it will keep the professors busy for...

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Twenty Years After
the IRA Ceasefire

Photo: Mark Ramsay.

August 31 marked the 20th anniversary of the 1994 IRA ceasefire that paved the way for the ending of the Troubles in Northern Ireland and the beginning of the Good Friday Agreement. This historic...

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Obama Criticizes Infamous
Irish Tax Loopholes

President Obama with Taiseach Enda Kenny on the president's 2011 trip to Ireland. Photo: Getty

This past July President Barack Obama had many heads swirling when he went after American businesses who base their headquarters in other countries, specifically mentioning Ireland. Obama’s speech...

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Easing Tax-Free Shopping for
North Americans in Ireland

The new Horizon Card from Kerry-based FEXCO.

A new card developed by FEXCO, a top finance company headquartered in Killorglin, Co. Kerry since 1981, aims to ease the burden placed on U.S. and Canadian tourists in Ireland when trying to reclaim...

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Donegal Island For Sale

The $225,000 island for sale in Donegal.

For €175,000, a little over $225,000 at the current exchange rate, a 96-acre island in Donegal could be yours. To put that price in perspective, that’s $30 per square foot – 1,230 percent less...

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Mayo Brothers Selling
Checkpoint Charlie Shares

Checkpoint Charlie

Through a series of debt purchases and security offerings, it turns out that one of the most iconic sites in Cold War relations is actually controlled by County Mayo developers Michael and...

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World War I Centenary
Commemoration in Belgium

President Michael D Higgins (right) and his wife Sabina (second from right) are welcomed by King Philippe and Queen Mathilde of Belgium as they arrive at the Abbey of St Lawrence to attend the commemoration for the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War in Liege, Belgium.

July 28 marked the one hundred year anniversary of outbreak of the Great War, and commemorations echoed around the world. Representatives from 70 countries, including Ireland, flocked to Liege and...

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Irish App Aims to Ease Travel
for People with Disabilities

Image: Access Earth

Access Earth, a new app developed by a trio of computer science students and a biology student, all at NUI Maynooth, aims to make searching for and reviewing accessible hotels easier for people with...

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Croke Park Classic Puts
American Football Front
and Center in Dublin

University of Central Florida head coach George O’Leary at the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl. Photo: Getty.

It’s not football season without the Croke Park Classic in Dublin. This year’s match-up saw the University of Central Florida pitted against Pennsylvania State in both teams’ season opener,...

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The Son of a Monaghan
Footballer Is Now an NFL
Starting Kicker

Patrick Murray kicking for Fordham. Photo: AP

If the only thing your fantasy roster is missing is a young Irish kicker, we’ve got you covered. Patrick Murray, whose father Aidan played at senior level for Monaghan and uncle Ciarán won an...

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US Potato Consumption Falls

Say it isn’t so! Sales and consumption of the potato have drastically fallen in America. Sales in the U.S. are down more than 25 percent since peaking in the mid 1990s. According to the Department...

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Ireland’s Worst Winter
in 140 Years

A Truck overturned by high winds on the M8 near Fermoy, Co. Cork. Photo: An Garda Siochana.

Continuing within the trajectory of global climate change, it was revealed by NUI Maynooth climatologists that Ireland last winter had the stormiest season on record in over 140 years. They found...

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Knock Shrine Turns 135

The contemporary Knock Shrine complex today.

The story of one of the world’s most famous Marian Shrines began 135 years ago at 8 o’clock on Thursday evening, August 21, 1879, when the Blessed Virgin Mary, St. Joseph, and John the Evangelist...

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TCD Researchers Help Make
Schizophrenia Breakthrough

The front arch at Trinity College

A recent study published in the journal Nature has confirmed 108 locations within the human genome that are linked directly to schizophrenia, 83 of which were completely new discoveries. Aiden...

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In Memoriam: Ian Paisley

Reverend Ian Paisley, who died September 12.

The North’s Dark Star Became a Prince of Peace in a lifelong journey from firebrand to peacemaker. I was at the Battle of the Boyne site in Oldbridge, County Meath, 30 miles from Dublin in May...

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Photo Essay:
Dreams of the Old Country

Peatcutters returning home in rainstorm, Connemara, 1970. Photo: by Richard Fitzgerald

The haunting distinctive photographs of emigrant Richard Fitzgerald When I began taking photographs of Ireland some forty years ago I felt an immediate connection with Irish emigrants in America, the...

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A Course Called Quirky

Tom Coyne at Mulranny Golf Club. Photo: ©INPHO / Morgan Treacy

Tom Coyne, whose 16-week jaunt through Ireland’s 38 seaside golf courses led to the best-selling book, A Course Called Ireland, has put together a list of 18 of his favorite quirky Irish golf...

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Rebranding Limerick

Draw Out Urban Exhibitionist's installation, done by Irish urban artist Maser's, at the abandoned gas station on Parnell Street in Limerick. Photo: DrawOut.

As Ireland’s first City of Culture, Limerick is positioning itself to become a new capital of the arts in the west. Adam Farley traveled there to see how it’s going and what it means for the...

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Whatever Happened
to Launt Thompson?

Launt Thompson in an undated photograph.

How one of the most important post-Civil War sculptors died in obscurity and is buried in an unmarked grave. Lancelot (Launt) Thompson was born in the town of Abbeyleix, in what was then Queens...

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Roots: Lynch

The Lynch Crest.

One of the 100 most common surnames in Ireland, the Lynch name derives from several independent clans who inhabited just about everywhere from Ulster to Cork. The most notorious of the Irish Lynches,...

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Paris’s Irish Cultural Center

The interior courtyard at the Irish Cultural Center in Paris's 5th Arrondissement at 5 Rue des Irlandais. The center is open to the public during regular weekday business hours.

Just around the corner from the Pantheon in Paris’s 5th Arrondissement is the former Collège des Irlandais, now the Irish Cultural Center (Le Centre Culturel Irlandais). Matthew Skwiat explores...

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Irish Art and Architecture:
After Kells

The room housing the Temple of Dendur at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, 1978, Kevin Roche John Dinkeloo Associates, Architects.

The Book of Kells is often thought of as the embodiment of the Irish visual style, but a new publication promises to change the way we look at art and architecture in Ireland. Sharon Ní Chonchúir...

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What Are You Like?
Glenn Keogh

Glenn Keogh can do your taxes. But he'd prefer to act. Photo: Spotlight PR.

Actor Glenn Keogh takes our questions and talks about his favorite places, missing home, and the time he forgot the words to “The Star-Spangled Banner.” Glenn Keogh is quickly rising to...

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We Are Not Ourselves:
Matthew Thomas’s Accomplished Debut

Matthew Thomas image by Beowulf Sheehan.

Matthew Thomas, whose debut novel is receiving rave reviews, talks to Tom Deignan. Before he became a celebrated debut novelist, Matthew Thomas was an English teacher, so he could surely spot the...

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The Big Thrill

Christopher Rice and Anne Rice at the New York Thriller Fest. Photo: Joe Meyers / ctnews.com

Anne Rice and Michael Connelly spoke to Mary Pat Kelly at the Ninth Annual Thriller Fest a gathering of writers, editors, publishers, literary agents and fans held this summer in New York. Anne...

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Review of Books

Non-Fiction The Most Dangerous Book: The Battle for James Joyce’s Ulysses By Kevin Birmingham With the publication of Kevin Birmingham’s The Most Dangerous Book: The Battle for James Joyce’s...

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Eliza Lynch: The Uncrowned
Queen of Paraguay

Eliza Lynch, c. 1855, when she was around 20 years old.

The Cork-born beauty who was the mistress of Francisco Solano López, president of Paraguay, and is today revered in Paraguay as a national heroine. Ireland’s Potato Famine forced 10-year-old Eliza...

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Sláinte: I Love Pie!

Walter Crane (1845-1915) illustrations for the popular nursery rhyme “Sing a Song of Sixpence.” Crane was born in Liverpool.

In one of my favorite movies – Michael, a tale of Michael the Archangel visiting earth to help a few folk find their way in life – a particularly sweet scene shows the central characters all...

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Those We Lost

From left: Jeremy Ullick Brown, Jeremiah Healy, Eroni Kumana, James Murphy-O’Connor, Desmond O’Grady, Maureen O’Looney.

Jeremy Ullick Brown 1939 – 2014 Jeremy Ullick Browne, the 11th Marquess of Sligo and heir of Grace O’Malley of Westport House, passed away on July 22. He was 75. Brown helped to reinvigorate his...

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Photo Album:
Holy Name Weddings

LEFT: Maureen Haugh Farley’s parents and their wedding party, June 23, 1951, on the steps of Holy Name. CENTER: Maureen’s best friend Eileen O’Brien Tlamsa’s wedding with Maureen as Maid of Honor (top row left), June 1, 1991. RIGHT: Maureen’s wedding party with Eileen serving as Matron of Honor, May 25, 2014.

An Irish-American Family Tradition Lives On. Now, one might think that getting married for the first time at the age of 54, I would have wanted to have a small, intimate affair like my husband first...

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Hibernia

Croke Park Classic Puts
American Football Front
and Center in Dublin

It’s not football season without the Croke Park Classic in Dublin. This year’s match-up saw the...

Obama Criticizes Infamous
Irish Tax Loopholes

This past July President Barack Obama had many heads swirling when he went after American...

In Memoriam: Ian Paisley

The North’s Dark Star Became a Prince of Peace in a lifelong journey from firebrand to...

Virtual Reality for Ulysses

Upon completion of his masterpiece Ulysses, James Joyce told his French translator Jacques...

Ireland Finishes Fourth,
but Fighting

The Women’s Rugby World Cup took place in France in August, and the Irish team, true to form,...

Irish American Inspired the
ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

If you found yourself staring down an ice cold bucket of water ready to be dumped on your head this...

Rory McIlroy Wins PGA
Championship

Rory McIlroy, the world-renowned Northern Irish golfer, won the 96th annual PGA championship on...

Irish App Aims to Ease Travel
for People with Disabilities

Access Earth, a new app developed by a trio of computer science students and a biology student, all...

Mayo Brothers Selling
Checkpoint Charlie Shares

Through a series of debt purchases and security offerings, it turns out that one of the most iconic...

Ireland’s Worst Winter
in 140 Years

Continuing within the trajectory of global climate change, it was revealed by NUI Maynooth...

Twenty Years After
the IRA Ceasefire

August 31 marked the 20th anniversary of the 1994 IRA ceasefire that paved the way for the ending...

Jackie Kennedy Letters
Returned to Kennedys

The private letters of Jacqueline Kennedy to an Irish priest caused controversy last May when the...

NYC St. Patrick’s Day Parade
Allows Gay Groups to March

A decision announced in early September by the New York City Saint Patrick’s Day Parade...

Colin Barrett Wins 2014
Rooney Prize for Fiction

Irish short story writer and Mayo native Colin Barrett was recently awarded the 2014 Rooney Prize...

World War I Centenary
Commemoration in Belgium

July 28 marked the one hundred year anniversary of outbreak of the Great War, and commemorations...

Chicago Actress Molly Glynn
Killed in Storm

Molly Glynn, a renowned, red-headed, and slightly subversive Chicago stage actress, died September...

Knock Shrine Turns 135

The story of one of the world’s most famous Marian Shrines began 135 years ago at 8 o’clock on...

TCD Researchers Help Make
Schizophrenia Breakthrough

A recent study published in the journal Nature has confirmed 108 locations within the human genome...

Donegal Island For Sale

For €175,000, a little over $225,000 at the current exchange rate, a 96-acre island in Donegal...

US Potato Consumption Falls

Say it isn’t so! Sales and consumption of the potato have drastically fallen in America. Sales in...

Easing Tax-Free Shopping for
North Americans in Ireland

A new card developed by FEXCO, a top finance company headquartered in Killorglin, Co. Kerry since...

The Son of a Monaghan
Footballer Is Now an NFL
Starting Kicker

If the only thing your fantasy roster is missing is a young Irish kicker, we’ve got you covered....