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Lovely Lough Erne

Two connected lakes on the River Erne in County Fermanagh boast over 150 islands, great fishing, and the lovely town of...

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War Numbers: Counting the Irish-born Dead in WWI

Megan Smolenyak delves into the archives and reaches the conclusion that many more Irish-born soldiers were killed in the...

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What Are You Like?
Anne Thompson

As a television correspondent, Anne Thompson has covered events as far ranging as Tonya Harding in Portland, Oregon to...

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Emmett O’Connell:
Explorer and Commentator

“I know you. You’re the boy from the Bronx who went to Ireland and made good,” Hillary Clinton commented on...

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Cherishing Joanie

As the Cherish the Ladies 30th Anniversary Tour begins, Kristin Cotter McGowan talks to founding member, the...

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In This Issue

When It Comes to Irish Peace,
Hillary and History Rhyme

Hillary Rodham Clinton is one of the most important figures in the Northern Irish Peace Process, says Niall O'Dowd.

Hillary Rodham Clinton’s role in the Irish peace process is often underestimated but there were few people more important. In retrospect it all seems so obvious. Once an American president focused...

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First Word:
What I Learned from Hillary

Then-Senator Clinton with Niall O'Dowd and Patricia Harty at the 2007 Irish America Top 100 Awards. (Photo: Nuala Purcell)

Our cover story on Hillary Clinton reminds us of her role in the Irish peace process – particularly her involvement in bringing women into the discussion and throwing a light on the role they...

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Patrick Quinn:
ALS Champion

Pat Quinn, the instigator of the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge and a 2015 Irish America Hall of Fame inductee.

Last summer, hundreds of thousands of people, including celebrities, politicians, sports stars, and even a group of Irish nuns, filmed themselves pouring buckets of ice water over their heads to...

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Robert J. McCann:
Businessman, Philanthropist

Robert J. McCann, CEO UBS Group Americas and UBS Wealth Management Americas, speaking at the 29th Annual Irish America Wall Street 50 Awards Dinner, Thursday, September 18, 2014, at the Metropolitan Club in Manhattan. (Nuala Purcell / Irish America)

Robert J. McCann’s first day of work in Manhattan’s financial district was July 6, 1982. He remembers it was a Tuesday, and he was starting out as a trader on the floor for Merrill Lynch, a...

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Emmett O’Connell:
Explorer and Commentator

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publisher Niall O’Dowd 
with Emmett 
O’Connell at the 2012 Irish America Business 100 Awards.

“I know you. You’re the boy from the Bronx who went to Ireland and made good,” Hillary Clinton commented on meeting Emmett O’Connell at an Irish America do in the mid-90s. It’s hard to sum...

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Irish Universities Get Top Ranks

The National University of Ireland at Galway scored on par with  the world's top universities in a new survey. (Photo: NUIG Department of Geography)

Several Irish universities are ranked in the highest echelons of a new international ranking system. A recent report from U-Multirank gave Dublin City University and the National University of...

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Climate Panel Urges Irish Action

Dr Sean Healy and Michelle Murphy of Social Justice Ireland.

The Irish government must plan for coherent, sustainable long-term development or rue the drastic consequences of global climate change, policy practitioners Social Justice Ireland warned at a...

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New Busking Bylaws

These buskers in Galway won't have the same protections as the buskers in Dublin with the new bylaws. (Photo: expatedna.com)

New laws regulating street performance, or busking, have recently been passed in Dublin City just in time for St. Patrick’s Day. The new laws were updated in order to ensure the safety and welfare...

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Vote Referendum Tabled

Gerry Adams addresses the Sinn Fein party congress.

Outrage was sparked when the Irish government refused to hold a referendum to extend the vote in Presidential elections to Irish citizens living in the North and elsewhere outside the Republic of...

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Amal Clooney to Represent “Hooded Men”

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Amal Clooney (right), British international law and human right’s lawyer and wife of George Clooney, has joined the legal team representing 14 Irish men who claim to have been tortured by the...

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Jailing of Water Charge Protesters Condemned

The largest protests yet in Ireland. So far, no resolution has been made.

Dublin Sinn Féin city councillor Mícheál Mac Donncha condemned the jailing of five water charge protesters in a statement issued on February 19. Councillor Mac Donncha said: “The jailing of...

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Anne Enright Named First Irish Fiction Laureate

Anne Enright, a Booker Prize-winning novelist, is the new Laureate for Irish Fiction.  (Photo: Sarah Lee / Guardian)

Anne Enright,the award-winning Irish writer, was named the first Laureate for Irish Fiction at an Arts Council event this past January. The Irish fiction laureate title lasts three years with a...

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Apple Planting Data Center in Fields of Athenry

An artist’s concept drawing of what the new Apple data center will look like in Athenry, Co. Galway.

Apple is investing €850 billion to construct a new data center in Athenry, Co. Galway, creating about 300 new jobs during its various phases of construction and leading to about 100 permanent...

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European Citizen’s Prize Announced

The European Citizens Prize medal. Photo: europarl.ie

The annual European Citizen’s Prize awards were held this past January at a ceremony at the Brú Ború venue in Cashel, Co. Tipperary, situated at the foot of the Rock of Cashel. Hosted by the...

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Apology Demanded for N.I. Priest’s Yoga Comments

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Father Reverend Roland Colhoun, a priest at Waterside Parish of Roman Catholic Diocese of Derry in Northern Ireland, as reported by The Derry Journal, “warned parishioners against taking part in...

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Tax Relief for Emigrants Returning to Ireland to Farm

Minister of State Simon Harris. (Photo: RTÉ)

Minister of State Simon Harris clarified a crucial part of the recently-passed finance bill in Ireland which made it clear that members of the diaspora who inherit agricultural property while living...

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Poverty in Ireland Doubles

Sean Healy, Director of Social Justice Ireland(Photo: DENIS MINIHAN)

The latest CSO figures in Ireland uncover a troubling statistic regarding Ireland’s poor. The figures show that poverty has doubled in Ireland since 2008. One in six children and one in ten people...

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The Long Green Line

Marching with the green line up Fifth Avenue.

In post-WWII New York City, my father worked as a supervisor in the city’s Department of Transportation at the traffic sign shop. The shop was responsible for the care and refurbishment of all...

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St. Pat’s for All

From left: Kerry Kennedy, Mayor Bill de Blasio, and Brían F. O’Byrne at the St. Pat’s for All Parade in Queens, NY. (Photo courtesy St. Pat's for All)

The 15th Annual St. Pat’s for All Parade took place the first Sunday of March in Queens, New York. Established as a counter to the exclusion of LGBTQ groups marching under their own banner from...

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Irish Eye on Hollywood

Dierdre O’Kane in a still from Noble. Photo: Aspiration Media.

A highly-anticipated award-winning film about a determined Irish woman will get a big U.S. release this May. Entitled Noble, the film stars Drogheda native Deirdre O’Kane, who once described the...

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Every Oscar Is an Irish Win

The Bridge of San Luis Rey Cedric Gibbons THE 2ND ACADEMY AWARDS | 1930 Cocoanut Grove of the Ambassador Hotel Thursday, April 3, 1930 Honoring movies released from August 1, 1928 - July 31, 1929.

How an Irishman Introduced Deco to Hollywood. Each year around this time the world awaits the presentation of the Hollywood awards in which the statue called “Oscar” is presented to those in the...

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“Fully” Kearney: President
Obama’s Irish Ancestor

Family Resemblance? (Image of Fulmoth "Fully" Kearney (left) used with kind permission of Merlyn White)

It was seven years ago when I identified Fulmoth Kearney of Moneygall, Ireland as the most recent immigrant on the maternal side of Barack Obama’s family tree. Inheriting land in Ohio from a...

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NYU Celebrating Irish Studies

Judith McGuire, president of the GIH board; GIH founder, and co-chair of the dinner, Loretta Brennan Glucskman; honorees Ted Smyth and Peter Quinn; dinner co-chair Mary Shanahan; the author Terry Golway who acted as M.C.; and Joe Lee, director of Glucksman Ireland House. (Photo: James Higgins © 2015)

New York University’s Glucksman Ireland House (GIH) honored McGraw Hill Financial’s Ted Smyth and writer Peter Quinn at its annual gala in February. Smyth, honored for his life-long commitment to...

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The Irishman Behind Boyhood

Director of cinematography for ‘Boyhood’, Shane Kelly on set. (Photo: Ulster Harold)

Much praise has been lauded on Richard Linklater’s 12 years spent making Boyhood, the indie film that garnered a slew of awards including Golden Globes, SAGs, BAFTAs, and Oscar nominations. Much of...

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Review: “Oscar” Runs Wilde
at Opera Philadelphia

David Daniels as Oscar with Heidi Stober as Ada Leverson in "Oscar." (© Opera Philadelphia | Photo by Kelly & Massa)

A new opera dealing with the trials and imprisonment of the Irish playwright Oscar Wilde made its East Coast debut this past February. It was put on at the charmingly lavish Opera Philadelphia by...

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Those We Lost

Fr. Theodore Hesburgh, who died in February. (Photo: Matt Cashore | Courtesy of Congregation of Holy Cross, U.S. Province of Priests and Brothers)

Reverend Theodore Hesburgh 1917 – 2015 A former president of the University of Notre Dame and one of the most public Catholic leaders in the 20th century who fought for civil rights and university...

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In Memoriam: Donald Keough
Sept. 4, 1926 – Feb. 24, 2015

Don Keough, former head of Coca-Cola, founder of Notre Dame's Irish Studies institute, and friend to Irish America.

On February 24, Donald Keough, an Irish American legend and a giant of the American business world, passed away in Atlanta. In his 88 years, from his humble upbringing to his role as the President...

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Hillary Clinton’s Celtic Roots

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Until now, the many genealogists who have researched Hillary Clinton’s ancestry have attached her Welsh grandmother, Hannah Jones, to the wrong parents. Roots detective Megan Smolenyak homes in on...

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Jersey Boys:
Irish Soldiers in World War I

Hoboken, New Jersey, c. 1919 – Soldiers on the USS Agamemnon cheer as they return home from battles in France. The deck of the ship is crowded with cheering soldiers. (Photo: CORBIS)

America entered World War One on April 6th, 1917, and though the execution of the leaders of the Easter Rising in Dublin in 1916 greatly angered the influential Irish-American community on...

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War Numbers: Counting the Irish-born Dead in WWI

Detail of WWI memorial in Belmar, New Jersey. See below for full size. (Photo: Paul Goldfinger)

Megan Smolenyak delves into the archives and reaches the conclusion that many more Irish-born soldiers were killed in the U.S. Armed Forces in WWI than previous calculations have shown. As a New...

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Patriot Graves: Dublin’s Glasnevin Cemetery (Photos)

A variety of historical garden styles occupy the cemetery.

Shannon Ní Chonchúir visits Dublin’s Glasnevin Cemetery, the final resting place of many famous Irish people including Daniel O’Connell, Maud Gonne, and Brendan Behan, and talks to Aoife...

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Lovely Lough Erne

An aerial view of the lough.

Two connected lakes on the River Erne in County Fermanagh boast over 150 islands, great fishing, and the lovely town of Enniskillen, which sits right between the upper and lower lough. There is an...

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Forty Shades of Brooklyn

Brooklyn, 1974. Photo: Danny Lyon / EPA / Wikimedia Commons

With a film version of Colm Tóibín’s 2009 novel Brooklyn, coming to American theaters later this year, Tom Deignan looks at the borough that was home to so many mid-century Irish immigrants. Back...

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What Are You Like?
Anne Thompson

Thompson in Rome to cover the abdication of Pope Benedict and the election of Pope Francis in February 2013 for the “Today Show.” (Photo: Clare Duffy / Twitter)

As a television correspondent, Anne Thompson has covered events as far ranging as Tonya Harding in Portland, Oregon to Ground Zero on 9/11. It’s a job some might find enviable, even glamorous for...

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Made in (18th Century) Ireland

Tom Conolly of Castletown Hunting with his Friends, 1769. Robert Healy, Irish, 1743-1771. Grand-nephew of Ireland’s richest commoner Donegal-born William Conolly (1669) who went on to become Speaker of the Irish House of Commons. Very Rare and unique Pastel, chalks, and gouache on paper (20 1/4 x 53 1/2 in.) On loan from Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection.

The new exhibition at the Art Institute of Chicago, Ireland: Crossroads of Art and Design, 1690 – 1840, is a legacy tribute to the last Knight of Glin.  Popularly known as the “long 18th...

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Cherishing Joanie

Joanie Madden, center with flute, and Cherish the Ladies is about to embark on its 30th Anniversary Tour.

As the Cherish the Ladies 30th Anniversary Tour begins, Kristin Cotter McGowan talks to founding member, the award-winning whistle and flute player Joanie Madden.  Irish music was the...

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Of Irish Blood
(Excerpt)

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The early 20th century finds Nora Kelly fleeing her native Chicago from a love affair gone wrong. Landing in Paris, she meets up with Irish revolutionaries – Peter, the librarian at the College des...

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Review of Books

Books feature

Young Skins By Colin Barrett Glanbeigh, the fictional Everytown of Mayo native Colin Barrett’s Young Skins, is “nowhere you have been, but you know its ilk,” asserts the narrator of the...

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Slainte!
The Meat and Potatoes of Life

These are Irish cows that will become Irish beef. (Photo: P. Harty)

An Irish saying has it that “A dinner is not a dinner at all but only an excuse for one if it does not contain a plate of meat.” It’s a good bet that America’s penchant for “meat and...

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Photo Album:
“We Loved You, Mary Garvey”

All three  O’Connor girls and their brother John at my Mom’s (Helen  O’Connor Cahill’s)  75th birthday party in  Northvale, N.J., in 2002. (Left to right) my mom Helen O’Connor Cahill, John O’Connor,  Madelaine O’Connor Brady, and Josephine O’Connor Reilly.

My grandmother Mary Garvey was born on October 18th, 1894 in Farmhill, Claremorris, County Mayo. She was the oldest of six children born to Anne Mullen Garvey and Peter Garvey. She left for America...

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Hibernia

Amal Clooney to Represent “Hooded Men”

Amal Clooney (right), British international law and human right’s lawyer and wife of George...

Irish Eye on Hollywood

A highly-anticipated award-winning film about a determined Irish woman will get a big U.S. release...

European Citizen’s Prize Announced

The annual European Citizen’s Prize awards were held this past January at a ceremony at the...

Every Oscar Is an Irish Win

How an Irishman Introduced Deco to Hollywood. Each year around this time the world awaits the...

Climate Panel Urges Irish Action

The Irish government must plan for coherent, sustainable long-term development or rue the drastic...

Anne Enright Named First Irish Fiction Laureate

Anne Enright,the award-winning Irish writer, was named the first Laureate for Irish Fiction at an...

Apple Planting Data Center in Fields of Athenry

Apple is investing €850 billion to construct a new data center in Athenry, Co. Galway, creating...

Apology Demanded for N.I. Priest’s Yoga Comments

Father Reverend Roland Colhoun, a priest at Waterside Parish of Roman Catholic Diocese of Derry...

Vote Referendum Tabled

Outrage was sparked when the Irish government refused to hold a referendum to extend the vote in...

The Long Green Line

In post-WWII New York City, my father worked as a supervisor in the city’s Department of...

Poverty in Ireland Doubles

The latest CSO figures in Ireland uncover a troubling statistic regarding Ireland’s poor. The...

NYU Celebrating Irish Studies

New York University’s Glucksman Ireland House (GIH) honored McGraw Hill Financial’s Ted Smyth...

Jailing of Water Charge Protesters Condemned

Dublin Sinn Féin city councillor Mícheál Mac Donncha condemned the jailing of five water charge...

Irish Universities Get Top Ranks

Several Irish universities are ranked in the highest echelons of a new international ranking...

New Busking Bylaws

New laws regulating street performance, or busking, have recently been passed in Dublin City just...

The Irishman Behind Boyhood

Much praise has been lauded on Richard Linklater’s 12 years spent making Boyhood, the indie film...

St. Pat’s for All

The 15th Annual St. Pat’s for All Parade took place the first Sunday of March in Queens, New...

Tax Relief for Emigrants Returning to Ireland to Farm

Minister of State Simon Harris clarified a crucial part of the recently-passed finance bill in...

Review: “Oscar” Runs Wilde
at Opera Philadelphia

A new opera dealing with the trials and imprisonment of the Irish playwright Oscar Wilde made its...