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August / September 2015

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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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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...

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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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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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In This Issue

Noah Galloway:
Mission No Excuses

Noah Galloway speaks with Patricia Harty in the August / September 2015 cover story. See below for full size image. (Photo courtesy Noah Galloway.)

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

On Dancing with the Stars Noah Galloway holds his partner Sharna Burgess aloft. (Photo courtesy ABC's Dancing With the Stars)

“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

Johnny Depp is going through an Irish phase. Above as Whitey Bulger, right, in "Black Mass."

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

Ciaran Hinds. (neil davidson / stills photographer)

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 to direct a new version of Agatha Christie's famed "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

Colin Farrell.

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”

Sharon Horgan stars in the Hulu original "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

Pierce Brosnan has "No Escape" in September. (Kylin Films)

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”

Carey Mulligan as Maud in 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”

Eve Hewson, the daughter of U2's Bono, stars along side Tom Hanks 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

Gabriel Byrne when he starred in Eugene O'Neill's "Touch of Poet." He is currently starring in O'Neill's "Long Day's Journey into Night" 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

Marty Rea as Richard II in DruidShakespeare. (Photo: Matthew Thompson)

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)

NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 07: Kelli O'Hara, winner of the award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical for "The King and I," poses in the press room at the 2015 Tony Awards on June 7, 2015 in New York City.  (Photo by Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images for Tony Awards Productions)

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

Oscar Wilde.

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

Ambassador Anne Anderson was named one of Ireland's top 25 Most Powerful Women June 11th. Pictured at the awards ceremony with broadcast journalist Roisin O'Hara. (Photo: Maxwell's Photography, courtesy Department of Foreign Affairs, Ireland)

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

Dinner chairman Robert McCann with House of Cards star Michael Kelly at the record-setting Ireland Fund event.

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

Photo: Conor McCourt McCourt Video Analysis and Investigations Inc.

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

Criona Ni Dhalaigh, the first Sinn Féin mayor of Dublin. (Photo: Flickr)

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

The Digital Irish Famine Archive  is launched at the National University of Ireland at Galway.

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

Martin O'Malley at the 2014 Irish America Hall of Fame. (Photo: Nuala Purcell)

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

Adam West. (Photo: The Anton Savage Show)

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

Ireland's alcohol and tobacco prices are the highest in the E.U.

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

Champion golfer Pádraig Harrington,  who recently opened up about undergoing treatment for 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

Chernobyl Children's International founder Adi Roche.

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”

Misean Cara CEO Heydi Foster and Mrs. Sabina Higgins look on as Misean Cara Chairperson Matt Moran presents a copy of the 2014 annual report to President Michael D. Higgins.

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

Kelley O'Hara (center) celebrates after scoring the second goal in the semi-final against Germany in Montreal. (Photo: Getty)

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

Left to right: Beau Biden, Anne Meara, and Bill O'Herlihy.

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

John Clare, Head of Security at Croke Park. (Photo: Barry Cronin)

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

Sister Kenny driving the first Health Wagon. Over 30 years ago she gave a lifeline to rural Virginians to get them mobile health care.

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

Participating in the flower ceremony at the International Breast Cancer Dragon Boat Festival in Sarasota, Florida.

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

Joan Freeman turned a dark period of her life into one of Ireland's most crucial centers for suicide prevention.

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

Three firefighters from “Big Blue” FDNY Rescue 3 Co. in the Bronx. The company  lost eight firefighters who responded to the call on 9/11. (Photo: Peter Foley)

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

Margaret Sanger surrounded by  supporters.

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, the global ambassador  to Haiti for Concern Worldwide, with two  of his cooking students in Port Au Prince, the capital of Haiti in May. (Photo courtesy Concern)

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

O2 Living founder/principal Rosemary Devlin and executive chef, Tom Donnelly in front of one of the newly installed panels at the juicery in the O2 Living wellness center in Yellow Monkey Village, Cross River. (Reece Alvarez photo / Lewisboro Ledger)

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

Mariann Williams and Michael Kelly on their wedding day at St. Patrick’s Cathedral’s Lady Chapel on June 5, 1943. (Photo courtesy of the author)

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 movie poster for Dancing at Lughnasa. (Original Cinema Quad Poster - Movie Film Posters)

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

The O’Brien clan at a tavern on the Dingle Peninsula, in  August, 2010. From left: Greg, his daughter Colleen, his wife Mary Catherine, and sons Conor and Brendan. (Photo courtesy Greg O'Brien)

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

Kevin Jack McEnroe, author of Our Town. Partly visible is the first tattoo McEnroe got – an eight-circle celtic cross found in the Book of Kells.

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

Don’t  underestimate the  importance of multi- colored veggies in the Irish diet, writes Edythe Preet.

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

Ireland's first Fiction Laureate Anne Enright takes out questionnaire.

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

Left to Right: Miss Emily, by Nuala O'Connor; The Accident Season, by Moïra Fowley-Doyle; and The Negotiator, by Senator George Mitchell.

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

Seton (left) and Stacy, already fitted with an arm, on her first birthday. (All photos courtesy of the author)

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

Senator David Norris following the launch of the “You’re not out until you’re out to your TD” campaign.

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

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...

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...

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...

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:
Johnny Depp Goes Green

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

Frank McCourt Prize Awarded

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

Golfer Pádraig Harrington
Speaks Out About Skin Cancer

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

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: 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:
A Pregnant “Catastrophe”

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

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...

“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...

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 –...

Martin O’Malley Releases Immigration Plan

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

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...

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...

Thirty Years After Chernobyl, Irish Aid Is Still Crucial

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

DruidShakespeare in New York

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

A Powerful Ambassador

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

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...

Galway’s Irish Famine Archives

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

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

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

Kelli O’Hara Wins Tony (Finally)

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