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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...

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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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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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The Point

A visit to the McCord Museum helps uncover the history of two of Montreal’s historic Irish neighborhoods.  In this tale...

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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,...

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In This Issue

Play to Win: Shannon Deegan

Shannon Deegan is Google's director of Global Security Operations and the 2014 Business 100 Keynote Speaker. Photo courtesy of the author.

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

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

Photo: Courtesy of the author.

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

Presidential Distinguished Service Awards 2014 for the Irish Abroad . Photo Chris Bellew / Copyright Fennell Photography 2014

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

The Singhbhum Craton of Odisha where the paleosol (foreground) was discovered.

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

President Michael D. Higgins (center right) and his wife Sabina (center left) pictured with the 2014 Patrick Kavanagh Poetry Award winner John Fitzgerald (second from right).

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

Eric Lalor, a member of the Irish 66ers, on Route 66 during this year's charity ride.

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

John O' Keefe, who was recently awarded the Nobel Prize for 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

Sinead O'Connor with Kevin McCann, who is producing the forthcoming Easter Rising film centered on the life and death of Seán MacDiarmada. Photo courtesy Kevin McCann.

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

Picketers in Dublin.

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 Web Summit 2014

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

Irish Eye on HollywoodTom Deignan on what to watch out for this winter.More »

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

Michael Flatley presents Jonathan Rhys Meyers with his award.

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

Paul Kennedy with a picture of his son Michael, a firefighter who was honored posthumously with fellow firefighter Edward Walsh (below).

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

The Irish Arts Center Annual Spirit of Ireland Gala, Cipriani 42nd Street, Friday October 10, 2014. Credit Photo: Erin Baiano.

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

Wilbur Ross, Jr.  speaking at the American Irish Historical Society Dinner.

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

Left to right: Flax Trust Director Sr. Mary Turley, CBS stars Charlie Rose, and Norah O’Donnell, Fr. Myles Kavanagh, Chairman Flax Trust, and Jim Quinn, President Flax Trust America.

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

Seen at the Ireland-U.S. Council’s 52nd Annual Dinner were (left to right): Anne Anderson, Ireland’s Ambassador to the United Sates; Taoiseach Enda Kenny TD being presented with the Council’s Lifetime Achievement Award; Council President-Emeritus, Dennis Swanson; and William B. Finneran, who served as chairman of the dinner and is a member of the Ireland-U.S. Council board of directors. Photo: James Higgins © 2014

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

Members of  New York Alumni Chapter committee included Emmet Browne, Susan O’Brien, Dr. Michael  Murphy (President of UCC), Edmond  Cunningham and Clayton Love (Chair of New York UCC Alumni Chapter). Photo: Nuala Purcell.

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

L to R: President Dr James J. Browne, Garry Hynes, Aedhmar Hynes and Sean O'Rourke. Photo: James Higgins

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

Pictured at the event promoting Meet in Ireland and the Wild Atlantic Way at the Trump Soho Hotel in New York on Thursday, October 9th.

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 Healy

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

The Irish Voice newspaper hosts the Irish Legal 100 reception at the Irish Ambassador's Residence on Thursday, October 30, 2014, in Washington, DC.  (Photo by Leslie E. Kossoff/LK Photos)

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

Bridget's mother Dottie Mooney (center) with friends Gita Tiku (left) and Viviana Atienzar (right). Photos: Mandy Mayberry

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

From left: Sean Tenner (Irish Famine Education Institute), Ciara Breathnach, Ph.D. (University of Limerick History Lecturer), Heather Humphreys, T.D., Christine Kinealy, Ph.D.  (Director of Ireland’s Great Hunger Institute, Quinnipiac University),  Laura D. Kelley, Ph.D., Caroilin Callery  (Director of the  National Irish Famine Museum, Strokestown Park, Co. Roscommon). Photo: Laura D. Kelley.

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

Joe Cahalan, CEO Concern U.S., honoree Joe Ripp, CEO Time, Inc., and Tom Moran, chairman of Concern U.S. Photos: By Ben Asen.

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

“Choctaw Give Aid to the Irish” by America Meredith, who is a member of the Cherokee Nation.*

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

Left to Right: Galway Kinnell; Joan Durcan with Dr. Kevin Cahill; Msgr. William O'Brien.

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 view of Pointe St. Charles, "The Point" in the local anglophone vernacular.

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

What Can You Do in Seven Days?See a lot of Ireland.More »

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 on the shore of Pollacapall Lough in County Gallway.

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

Songs for the AncestorsJudy Collins finds her inspiration in the experience of her forebears.More »

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

The village of Carna, Co. Galway.

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 being inducted into the Irish America Hall of Fame in New Ross, Co. Wexford.

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

Left to right, the Trinity: Maureen O'Hara, John Wayne, and John Ford on the set of The Quiet Man in 1951.

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

Books of Irish and Irish American Interest.

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

Tommy Makem and the Clancy Brothers.

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

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

Christine Daly at her NY Telephone Company Operation Board circa the early 1970s.

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

An Irish-Choctaw
Thanksgiving in Queens

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

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...

Unpublished Poet Awarded
Patrick Kavanagh Poetry Prize

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

Irish American Wins Nobel
Prize in Medicine

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

Trinity Geologists Rewrite
Earth’s Evolutionary History

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

Young and Strong:
The Bridget Awards

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

Dublin: Europe’s Tech Capital

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

Irish Arts Center
Raises $1.1 Million

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

Ireland-New Orleans Symposium

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

Two Million Seeds of Hope

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

Two Films in Production
on the Easter Rising

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

The Irish Legal 100

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

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...

“Meet in Ireland”
Initiative Announced

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

Flax Trust America
Honors Charlie Rose

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

Patrick Healy to Retire

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

Tales from the Vault

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

Distinguished Service Awards

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

Irish Hero Awards

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

Irish Post Awards

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

Taoiseach Enda Kenny
Presented with Lifetime
Achievement Award

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

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...