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August / September 2015

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Behind the Scenes at Dublin’s
Croke Park

An inside look at the stadium that has been at the heart of Irish sporting events for over one 100 years.  I can’t keep...

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Greg O’Brien:
Fighting Against Alzheimer’s

One man’s mission to document his battle against early-onset Alzheimer’s. When Greg O’Brien wakes up each morning in...

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Chef Gabe Kennedy:
Living Below the Line

Gabe Kennedy speaks here with R. Bryan Willits about teaching the basics of cooking in Haiti and the power of food as “a...

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Rowing Back to Life

Survivors of breast cancer join together to paddle dragon boats for fun, physical well-being and good old fashioned...

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The Long Shadow of 9/11

Ongoing health conditions, ranging from cancer to pulmonary diseases, caused by working at Ground Zero cast a shadow on...

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In This Issue

Noah Galloway:
Mission No Excuses

Noah Galloway’s battle to overcome depression has turned him into a fitness guru, a star performer, and a motivational speaker. Like many of the millions who watched Noah Galloway’s performances...

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Healthcare and Life Sciences 50

The inaugural Irish America Healthcare and Life Sciences 50 list celebrates Irish innovators who are leading the way in diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of disease. The work of these...

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First Word: Darkness into Light

“I believe in being better, not bitter.”  — Noah Galloway “If you have your health you have everything,” my mother Norrie used to say. She said a lot of things that used to annoy...

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Irish Eye on Hollywood:
Johnny Depp Goes Green

A-lister Johnny Depp is going through some kind of Irish phase. The Pirates of the Caribbean star – who played an Irish gypsy in the 2000 French flick Chocolat – has two films with heavy Irish...

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Irish Eye on Hollywood:
Ciaran Hinds Keeps Moving Up

Northern Irishman Ciaran Hinds remains as busy as ever.  In August, he co-stars in Hitman: Agent 47, about a ruthless assassin who partners with a desperate woman in search of family secrets. Hinds...

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Irish Eye on Hollywood:
Kenneth Branagh’s Murder
on the Orient Express

Kenneth Branagh is getting back to his literary roots. The Belfast-born lover of Shakespeare – who in recent years has turned to popcorn fare like Thor and Cinderella – is planning to make a new...

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Irish Eye on Hollywood: Clones, Detectives, Priests, & Vigilantes

The Irish are playing an outsized role in a number of the most-buzzed about TV shows these days – the so-called “golden age of television.” Of course, there’s Colin Farrell on True Detective...

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Irish Eye on Hollywood:
A Pregnant “Catastrophe”

Then there is Sharon Horgan. The Meath-raised triple threat (actress/writer/director) stars alongside Boston-born Irish-American comic Rob Delaney in a new sitcom which streams on Netflix called...

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Irish Eye on Hollywood:
Pierce Brosnan Has No Escape

In September, look for Pierce Brosnan in the action film No Escape, which had previously been titled The Coup.  Also starring Owen Wilson and Lake Bell, No Escape is about a straight-laced...

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Irish Eye on Hollywood:
Carey Mulligan Is a “Suffragette”

Finally, and also in October, the film Suffragette chronicles the early days of the movement to win the right to vote for women. Starring Meryl Streep, Carey Mulligan and Helena Bonham Carter,...

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Irish Eye on Hollywood:
Eve Hewston and Tom Hanks
to Star in “Bridge of Spies”

In October, which is when Oscar-buzzed movies really start to hit the screens, two-time Best Actor winner Tom Hanks plays Irish American lawyer James Joseph Donovan in the Steven Spielberg movie...

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“Long Day” Back on Broadway

Eugene O’Neill’s Irish American epic Long Day’s Journey into Night is coming back to Broadway. Oscar and Emmy winner Jessica Lange will join Irish stage and screen veteran Gabriel Byrne as well...

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DruidShakespeare in New York

Tony-Award winning director Garry Hynes and Ireland’s Druid Theatre Company brought Shakespeare to the Lincoln Center Festival this summer. Making their fourth appearance at the festival, Druid...

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Kelli O’Hara Wins Tony (Finally)

Irish-American Broadway actress Kelli O’Hara (above) finally took home a Tony award for her performance of Anna in the classic Rodgers and Hammerstein musical The King and I in June after six...

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Oscar Wilde Play Banned
in Russia

Plans to stage a 1997 play based on Oscar Wilde: “Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde” were halted after the Russian government barred the company from accepting any foreign funds...

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A Powerful Ambassador

The Women’s Executive Network (WXN) celebrated the 2015 “Ireland’s Most Powerful Women: Top 25 Awards” in June, naming Irish Ambassador to the U.S. Anne Anderson as one of the country’s...

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40th Anniversary AIF Gala Raises $4.3 Million

The 40th annual American Ireland Fund’s New York Dinner Gala raised $4.3 million this year, more than any in the Fund’s past. Over 1,000 guests attended the May event in New York City, including...

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Frank McCourt Prize Awarded

Above, left to right: Writers Brendan Costello, Mary Pat Kelly, John Kearns, Emily Ren, and Malachy McCourt. Ren was awarded the Frank McCourt Literary Prize in June, presented annually to a...

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Dublin Elects Sinn Féin Mayor

In June, Críona Ní Dhálaigh was elected Lord Mayor of Dublin, making her the first Sinn Féin Lord Mayor in history to take office. In 1920, Tom Kelly was elected to the position as a Sinn Féin...

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Galway’s Irish Famine Archives

An exciting new archive for a little known area of Irish Famine research was recently unveiled at NUI Galway. The Digital Irish Famine Archive shines a much-needed light on the eyewitness accounts of...

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Martin O’Malley Releases Immigration Plan

Democratic presidential candidate Martin O’Malley announced what has been the most comprehensive plan for immigration reform yet seen by a Democratic hopeful this election season at a round table...

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Englishman Legally Changes
Name to Avoid Ryanair Fees

In what could be mistaken for a fake news story, 19-year-old Manchester, England native Adam Armstrong (pictured below) legally changed his name to Adam West because it was cheaper than changing the...

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Ireland Has Highest Alcohol
and Tobacco Prices in EU

Ordering a whiskey or a pint in Ireland may find you with a subtle pain emanating from your wallet. A newly released survey found that tobacco and whiskey costs are 70 percent higher in Ireland than...

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Golfer Pádraig Harrington
Speaks Out About Skin Cancer

Three-time major champion golfer Pádraig Harrington announced in February that he had undergone treatment for skin cancer. As he told Matt Cooper of Today FM’s The Last Word: “I had a number of...

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Thirty Years After Chernobyl, Irish Aid Is Still Crucial

As the 30th anniversary of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster approaches, Chernobyl Children International (CCI), founded by Irish woman Adi Roche in 1991, continues to offer support to those affected...

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A Tribute to Misean Cara,
Ireland’s “Original Pioneers”

President Michael D. Higgins praised members of Misean Cara for their selfless work when he delivered the keynote address at the organization’s general meeting at Milltown Institute in Dublin in...

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Kelley O’Hara’s World Cup

The U.S. women’s national soccer team won the World Cup in July, beating Japan in a near-blowout 5-2 victory. But it was a goal in the semifinal game against the top-seeded German team that made...

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Those We Lost

Joseph R. Biden III  1969 – 2015 Joseph R. “Beau” Biden III, former Attorney General of Delaware and eldest son of Vice President Joe Biden, died late May after fighting a long battle with...

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Behind the Scenes at Dublin’s
Croke Park

An inside look at the stadium that has been at the heart of Irish sporting events for over one 100 years.  I can’t keep up with Leonard Fearon. He walks as fast as he talks and he’s got a few...

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Health on Wheels

In rural Virginia, where poverty is a constant and medical care is a rarity, a team of nurses has provided mobile healthcare for 35 years. Today, the Health Wagon provides more than $1 million worth...

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Rowing Back to Life

Survivors of breast cancer join together to paddle dragon boats for fun, physical well-being and good old fashioned competition. They come out of the drizzly mist of a very early Saturday morning...

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Darkness into Light

How a brave woman turned a dark moment in her family history into a beacon for many grappling with thoughts of suicide. Sharon Ní Chonchúir talks to Joan Freeman, founder of Pieta House in...

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The Long Shadow of 9/11

Ongoing health conditions, ranging from cancer to pulmonary diseases, caused by working at Ground Zero cast a shadow on celebrations of FDNY’s 150th Year. Ladder 123 is located on a gritty stretch...

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Margaret Higgins Sanger:
Wonder Woman

Continuing her series on Wild Irish Women, Rosemary Rogers profiles Margaret Sanger, who devoted her life to legalizing birth control, and with the help of her sister Ethel, opened the first birth...

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Chef Gabe Kennedy:
Living Below the Line

Gabe Kennedy speaks here with R. Bryan Willits about teaching the basics of cooking in Haiti and the power of food as “a catalyst for change.” Aside from his indisputable culinary prowess, Gabe...

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A Perfect Escape to a
Healthy Lifestyle

Tyrone native Rosemary Devlin has begun a novel wellness center in Westchester County, just north of New York City. Cliodhna Joyce-Daly traveled there to talk about Devlin’s desire to change our...

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Inspiring Seniors:
Mother Knows Best

Mary Pat Kelly writes about her 94-year-old mother whose secret to youthful aging is keeping busy and staying interested in life. “If at first you don’t succeed, do it the way your mother told...

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Lughnasa: Embracing Maturity

The festival of Lughnasa was observed in Ireland at the end of the productive period in agriculture, and in folk circles it is said to correspond with the third stage in life, when it is time to...

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Greg O’Brien:
Fighting Against Alzheimer’s

One man’s mission to document his battle against early-onset Alzheimer’s. When Greg O’Brien wakes up each morning in his Cape Cod home, he starts with the 5 Ws – the who, what, when, where...

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“I Believe in Her:” An
Interview with Author
Kevin Jack McEnroe

At 29, Kevin Jack McEnroe calls his grandmother, the actress Joanna Moore, his “guardian angel.” He credits her, and his debut novel Our Town, a fictionalized account of Moore’s life and...

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Sláinte! Eat Your Veggies

While most people think of Ireland as a nation of “meat and potato” eaters, vegetables and dairy products are also a vital part of the Irish diet. One of my favorite Irish proverbs concerns...

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What Are You Like?
Anne Enright

Anne Enright was born in Dublin, where she now lives and works. She has published three volumes of stories, one book of nonfiction, and five novels. Her 2007 novel, The Gathering, won the Man Booker...

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Review of Books

Miss Emily By Nuala O’Connor The Irish put great store in spinning a narrative around every small thing,” quips Emily Dickinson in Nuala O’Connor’s revelatory American debut novel Miss Emily....

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Photo Album:
The Shields Family

I’ve written about several Irish American mothers for this magazine – Eugenia Biden, Lorna Colbert, and Anne Meara – and the word that always comes to mind is indomitable. Nothing breaks them,...

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The Last Word:
Who the Irish Really Are

The shocking news leapt across the airwaves and sped along the Internet – the Irish, by national vote, had declared gay marriage equal to the straight version. Gay marriage, something virtually...

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Hibernia

Frank McCourt Prize Awarded

Above, left to right: Writers Brendan Costello, Mary Pat Kelly, John Kearns, Emily Ren, and Malachy...

Oscar Wilde Play Banned
in Russia

Plans to stage a 1997 play based on Oscar Wilde: “Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar...

Irish Eye on Hollywood:
Pierce Brosnan Has No Escape

In September, look for Pierce Brosnan in the action film No Escape, which had previously been...

Irish Eye on Hollywood:
A Pregnant “Catastrophe”

Then there is Sharon Horgan. The Meath-raised triple threat (actress/writer/director) stars...

Irish Eye on Hollywood:
Johnny Depp Goes Green

A-lister Johnny Depp is going through some kind of Irish phase. The Pirates of the Caribbean star...

A Powerful Ambassador

The Women’s Executive Network (WXN) celebrated the 2015 “Ireland’s Most Powerful Women: Top...

Englishman Legally Changes
Name to Avoid Ryanair Fees

In what could be mistaken for a fake news story, 19-year-old Manchester, England native Adam...

Kelli O’Hara Wins Tony (Finally)

Irish-American Broadway actress Kelli O’Hara (above) finally took home a Tony award for her...

Dublin Elects Sinn Féin Mayor

In June, Críona Ní Dhálaigh was elected Lord Mayor of Dublin, making her the first Sinn Féin...

Irish Eye on Hollywood:
Carey Mulligan Is a “Suffragette”

Finally, and also in October, the film Suffragette chronicles the early days of the movement to win...

Irish Eye on Hollywood: Clones, Detectives, Priests, & Vigilantes

The Irish are playing an outsized role in a number of the most-buzzed about TV shows these days –...

Irish Eye on Hollywood:
Ciaran Hinds Keeps Moving Up

Northern Irishman Ciaran Hinds remains as busy as ever.  In August, he co-stars in Hitman: Agent...

DruidShakespeare in New York

Tony-Award winning director Garry Hynes and Ireland’s Druid Theatre Company brought Shakespeare...

Galway’s Irish Famine Archives

An exciting new archive for a little known area of Irish Famine research was recently unveiled at...

“Long Day” Back on Broadway

Eugene O’Neill’s Irish American epic Long Day’s Journey into Night is coming back to...

Irish Eye on Hollywood:
Eve Hewston and Tom Hanks
to Star in “Bridge of Spies”

In October, which is when Oscar-buzzed movies really start to hit the screens, two-time Best Actor...

Golfer Pádraig Harrington
Speaks Out About Skin Cancer

Three-time major champion golfer Pádraig Harrington announced in February that he had undergone...

Irish Eye on Hollywood:
Kenneth Branagh’s Murder
on the Orient Express

Kenneth Branagh is getting back to his literary roots. The Belfast-born lover of Shakespeare –...

40th Anniversary AIF Gala Raises $4.3 Million

The 40th annual American Ireland Fund’s New York Dinner Gala raised $4.3 million this year, more...

Ireland Has Highest Alcohol
and Tobacco Prices in EU

Ordering a whiskey or a pint in Ireland may find you with a subtle pain emanating from your...

Martin O’Malley Releases Immigration Plan

Democratic presidential candidate Martin O’Malley announced what has been the most comprehensive...

Thirty Years After Chernobyl, Irish Aid Is Still Crucial

As the 30th anniversary of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster approaches, Chernobyl Children...

A Tribute to Misean Cara,
Ireland’s “Original Pioneers”

President Michael D. Higgins praised members of Misean Cara for their selfless work when he...

Kelley O’Hara’s World Cup

The U.S. women’s national soccer team won the World Cup in July, beating Japan in a near-blowout...