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Songs for the Ancestors

Judy Collins on finding inspiration in the experience of her antecedents. Shortly before Judy Collins was inducted into the...

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Kylemore Abbey: Arais Aris

Kylemore Abbey was founded in 1920 by Irish Benedictine nuns on the grounds of Kylemore Castle in Connemara after the nuns...

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Carna Emigrants Centre

A village in County Galway uses DNA testing to connect with people whose ancestors immigrated to Portland, Maine and other...

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The 29th Annual
Irish America Business 100

The Business 100 recognizes the phenomenal success of the Irish in corporate America. The executives, managers, partners,...

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What Are You Like?
Maureen O’Hara

Maureen O’Hara lit up the silver screen in 60 movies over a lifetime. We all have our favorites, How Green Was My Valley,...

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In This Issue

Play to Win: Shannon Deegan

Shannon Deegan, Director of Global Security Operations at Google, talks about growing up in Montreal, a grandfather who told him “always play to win,” the importance of knowing when to lead and...

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The 29th Annual
Irish America Business 100

The Business 100 recognizes the phenomenal success of the Irish in corporate America. The executives, managers, partners, and directors profiles in the following pages represent some of the most...

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First Word: Google & Me

Google was following me. Or so it seemed. Immediately after my visit to the Google complex in Mountain View, California, I drove on to Big Sur and the Monterey Peninsula. I confess to being a bit...

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Distinguished Service Awards

Winners of this year’s Presidential Distinguished Service Awards for the Irish abroad included actress Fionnula Flanagan, humanitarian Dr. Kevin Cahill, and activist and founding publisher of Irish...

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Trinity Geologists Rewrite
Earth’s Evolutionary History

Geologists from Trinity College Dublin have rewritten evolutionary history by finding that oxygen-producing life forms were present on Earth some three billion years ago – 60 million years earlier...

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Unpublished Poet Awarded
Patrick Kavanagh Poetry Prize

The literary world welcomed a new talent in September when the prestigious Patrick Kavanagh Poetry Award was given to UCC librarian John Fitzgerald. A virtual unknown, having no previous...

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The Irish 66ers

The spirited “Irish 66ers” recently completed their 7th motorcycle journey on Route 66 in an effort to raise money for the Temple Street Children’s Hospital in Dublin. They were escorted by the...

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Irish American Wins Nobel
Prize in Medicine

Irish-American scientist John O’Keefe was awarded the 2014 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, sharing the award with Norwegian husband-and-wife researchers May Britt-Moser and Edward Moser....

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Two Films in Production
on the Easter Rising

As the centenary of the 1916 Easter Rising approaches, many cultural events and other commemorations are planned to celebrate the lives of the men and women of who risked everything in a bid to end...

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Irish Say “No”
to Water Charges

While rain is free and plentiful and free in Ireland, it appears water is not. Public outrage is sweeping across Ireland over the introduction of mandatory water meters that would raise the cost of...

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Dublin: Europe’s Tech Capital

Dublin today has a unique rhythm, a youthful impatience to succeed, and confidence in its ability to compete with the greatest cities in the world. Underpinning this sense of buoyancy is the city’s...

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Irish Eye on Hollywood

Two children of the Irish diaspora may well come together to tell the story of a recently deceased American icon. Oscar winning director Danny Boyle (Trainspotting, Slumdog Millionaire) is currently...

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Irish Post Awards

Hollywood actor Jonathan Rhys Meyers was among those honored at this year’s Irish Post Awards on October 24 in London. Hosted by broadcaster Eamonn Holmes, the black tie event at the Hilton, Park...

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Irish Hero Awards

The Irish Emigrant newspaper, in partnership with IrishCentral.com, held its Irish Heroes of New England awards in Boston on December 3. Two firefighters, Michael Kennedy and Edward Walsh were...

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Irish Arts Center
Raises $1.1 Million

From left: Irish Arts Center vice chair Pauline Turley, Martin Hayes, special guest Sting (whose grandmother is Irish), Robert McCann, and Irish Arts Center executive director Aidan Connolly,...

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Tales from the Vault

The American investor and businessman Wilbur Ross, Jr. led a consortium of investors who took a stake in Bank of Ireland in 2011 in order to reduce the risk the Irish state had to take. The...

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Flax Trust America
Honors Charlie Rose

Talk show host and journalist Charlie Rose was honored at the Flax Trust annual luncheon at the 21 Club, New York on October 15. Rose was introduced by Norah O’Donnell, his co-host on “CBS This...

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Taoiseach Enda Kenny
Presented with Lifetime
Achievement Award

President Brian W. Stack presenting the Ireland-U.S. Council’s Award for Outstanding Achievement to Gerald C. Crotty, Chairman & CEO of Mayo Renewable Power at the 52nd Annual Dinner in New...

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UCC Celebrates Legacy of
Mathematician George Boole

A celebration of the life and legacy of George Boole was the theme of the gala dinner for alumni and friends of University College, Cork, which took place at the Princeton Club in New York in...

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NUI Galway Dinner
Supports Drama

The eighth annual National University Ireland, Galway Gala Dinner took place in November at the Metropolitan Club in New York. Garry Hynes, Tony Award winner and founder of the Druid Theatre in...

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“Meet in Ireland”
Initiative Announced

Failte Ireland have launched a new campaign called “Meet in Ireland,” to support corporate tourism. One of these initiatives is the Conference Ambassador Program, which rewards people who bring...

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Patrick Healy to Retire

Patrick J. Healy, Quinnipiac University’s senior vice president for finance, is retiring effective June 30, 2015. His 43-year career cannot be fully captured, but there are several areas that...

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The Irish Legal 100

From the era of the Brehon laws, the Irish have been famous worldwide for their commitment to principles and justice for all. Thus the Irish Voice 7th Annual Irish Legal 100 was celebrated at the...

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Young and Strong:
The Bridget Awards

The first-ever Celebrating Young and Strong cocktail reception benefiting Dana-Farber’s program for young women with breast cancer was held on Friday, Oct. 17 at the Boston Harbor Hotel. With over...

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Ireland-New Orleans Symposium

Heather Humphreys, Ireland’s Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, and Chair of the National Famine Commemoration Committee, together with other Irish dignitaries visited New Orleans in...

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Two Million Seeds of Hope

The International humanitarian organization Concern Worldwide U.S. recognized Joe Ripp, CEO of Time Inc., at its Seeds of Hope Annual Award Dinner in New York. The Seeds of Hope dinner, the annual...

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An Irish-Choctaw
Thanksgiving in Queens

The Choctaw Native American tribe and Irish people have a complex and nuanced relationship that has stretched across the centuries. Their histories of displacement and recovery inform and strengthen...

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Those We Lost

Msgr. Lawrence M. Connaughton 1944 – 2014 For the last 44 years, Monsignor Lawrence M. Connaughton was a priest of the Archdiocese of New York. Ordained by then Archbishop Terrance Cardinal Cook at...

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The Point

A visit to the McCord Museum helps uncover the history of two of Montreal’s historic Irish neighborhoods.  In this tale of two Irish neighborhoods, leafy and modest Point St. Charles is in some...

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Photo Essay:
Ireland in Seven Days

Whoever coined the Irish proverb “When God made time, he made plenty of it” must have been blessed with immortality, or unlimited vacations. The rest of us measure our lives in years and our...

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Kylemore Abbey: Arais Aris

Kylemore Abbey was founded in 1920 by Irish Benedictine nuns on the grounds of Kylemore Castle in Connemara after the nuns fled Belgium where they found refuge during penal times in Ireland during...

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Songs for the Ancestors

Judy Collins on finding inspiration in the experience of her antecedents. Shortly before Judy Collins was inducted into the Irish America Hall of Fame in New Ross, County Wexford, this magazine...

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Carna Emigrants Centre

A village in County Galway uses DNA testing to connect with people whose ancestors immigrated to Portland, Maine and other places in the U.S. Maybe I am so excited about the partnership between the...

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What Are You Like?
Maureen O’Hara

Maureen O’Hara lit up the silver screen in 60 movies over a lifetime. We all have our favorites, How Green Was My Valley, which won five Academy Awards including Best Picture, The Long Gray Line,...

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Hollywood’s Irish Trinity

For all of the bluster surrounding the John Ford and John Wayne relationship, and the sizzling chemistry of Maureen O’Hara and Wayne, Scott Eyman’s book, John Wayne: The Life and Legend, is...

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Review of Books

SHORT FICTION Belfast Noir Edited by Adrian McKinty & Stuart Neville Belfast, a city of conflicting allegiances and a dark and turbulent past, seems a perfect setting for Akashic’s latest...

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Slainte! A Stitch in Time

Every year December swoops in with a blizzard of holiday parties. There are office parties, cookie trading parties, trim the tree parties, cocktail parties, secret Santa parties, and more. But the...

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Remembering Kate FitzGerald

Kate FitzGerald died peacefully on August 4, at home in Philadelphia with her family. Born to Catherine and Niall O’Connor on December 14, 1949, Kate grew up in Dublin; she attended Rathnew,...

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Photo Album:
Ma Bell and Mom

My mother Christine Daly (née Flynn), born in CastleGregory, County Kerry, came to the U.S. in 1949 when her Aunt Molly sponsored her. She met our late dad – Patrick Daly – also from Kerry...

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Hibernia

Two Films in Production
on the Easter Rising

As the centenary of the 1916 Easter Rising approaches, many cultural events and other...

Irish Say “No”
to Water Charges

While rain is free and plentiful and free in Ireland, it appears water is not. Public outrage is...

NUI Galway Dinner
Supports Drama

The eighth annual National University Ireland, Galway Gala Dinner took place in November at the...

Tales from the Vault

The American investor and businessman Wilbur Ross, Jr. led a consortium of investors who took a...

Two Million Seeds of Hope

The International humanitarian organization Concern Worldwide U.S. recognized Joe Ripp, CEO of Time...

Irish American Wins Nobel
Prize in Medicine

Irish-American scientist John O’Keefe was awarded the 2014 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine,...

Irish Arts Center
Raises $1.1 Million

From left: Irish Arts Center vice chair Pauline Turley, Martin Hayes, special guest Sting (whose...

Irish Post Awards

Hollywood actor Jonathan Rhys Meyers was among those honored at this year’s Irish Post Awards on...

Unpublished Poet Awarded
Patrick Kavanagh Poetry Prize

The literary world welcomed a new talent in September when the prestigious Patrick Kavanagh Poetry...

Ireland-New Orleans Symposium

Heather Humphreys, Ireland’s Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, and Chair of the...

Young and Strong:
The Bridget Awards

The first-ever Celebrating Young and Strong cocktail reception benefiting Dana-Farber’s program...

Patrick Healy to Retire

Patrick J. Healy, Quinnipiac University’s senior vice president for finance, is retiring...

Taoiseach Enda Kenny
Presented with Lifetime
Achievement Award

President Brian W. Stack presenting the Ireland-U.S. Council’s Award for Outstanding Achievement...

An Irish-Choctaw
Thanksgiving in Queens

The Choctaw Native American tribe and Irish people have a complex and nuanced relationship that has...

UCC Celebrates Legacy of
Mathematician George Boole

A celebration of the life and legacy of George Boole was the theme of the gala dinner for alumni...

Irish Hero Awards

The Irish Emigrant newspaper, in partnership with IrishCentral.com, held its Irish Heroes of New...

Trinity Geologists Rewrite
Earth’s Evolutionary History

Geologists from Trinity College Dublin have rewritten evolutionary history by finding that...

“Meet in Ireland”
Initiative Announced

Failte Ireland have launched a new campaign called “Meet in Ireland,” to support corporate...

Irish Eye on Hollywood

Two children of the Irish diaspora may well come together to tell the story of a recently deceased...

The Irish 66ers

The spirited “Irish 66ers” recently completed their 7th motorcycle journey on Route 66 in an...

Dublin: Europe’s Tech Capital

Dublin today has a unique rhythm, a youthful impatience to succeed, and confidence in its ability...

Distinguished Service Awards

Winners of this year’s Presidential Distinguished Service Awards for the Irish abroad included...

The Irish Legal 100

From the era of the Brehon laws, the Irish have been famous worldwide for their commitment to...

Flax Trust America
Honors Charlie Rose

Talk show host and journalist Charlie Rose was honored at the Flax Trust annual luncheon at the 21...