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Follow the Music:
Advice from a November
Holiday in Ireland

Liz Cunningham-Purchia, her boyfriend Tim Gannon, his sister Clare, and her husband Jano Cabrera, all Washington, D.C....

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John Duddy: Actor

Middleweight champion John Duddy on hanging up his gloves.  In 2011, John Duddy retired from boxing. Living in New York,...

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Reflections in Bere Island

A community of healers gathers for a retreat on the role of spirituality in healing. Bere Island is a small island a mile...

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The Girls Are Alright

Five years after the tragic loss of their mother and sister, the five Murray daughters and their father, Sean, continue...

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Gemma Hayes:
Crowd-sourcing Her Sound

The Irish musician, singer-songwriter, and composer Gemma Hayes on making music her way. I’ve never done an interview...

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In This Issue

Stephen Colbert: One Last
Report (It’s Genealogical)

It was a damp morning in late February 2008 when the phone rang. Harvard scholar and PBS host Henry Louis “Skip” Gates, Jr. was calling with one of his random genealogical requests. He was going...

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First Word:
Telling It Like It Is

Our cover story on Stephen Colbert’s Irish roots reminds us that with his ascension to the Late Show throne this coming fall,  he will be joining a venerable group of Irish-American hosts on late...

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Compadre Plant Matrix

Botanists at Trinity College Dublin have launched a database that documents significant ‘life events’ for nearly 600 plant species across the globe. Working with like-minded individuals across...

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The President’s
New Year Message

President Michael D. Higgins’s Christmas New Year message, broadcast from Aras on Uchtairan on December 31, remembered the Irish abroad, those who assist them, and the communities which have...

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100,000 Protesters March
Against Water Charges

Up to 100,000 protesters opposed to the introduction of water charges brought Dublin to a standstill in December when they rallied outside the Irish parliament building. The December 10th protest was...

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Winter Solstice in Newgrange

There were 30,532 entries for a lottery to experience Winter Solstice 2014 at Newgrange in Co. Meath. Fifty names were drawn, and each of those fifty people were invited along with a guest to gather...

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Rising Sea Levels
A Danger for Ireland

In a global warming special on RTÉ’s environment series Eco Eye, experts warned about the catastrophic dangers of climate change on Ireland. They predicted that rising sea levels would bring...

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U.S. Lifts Ban on Irish Beef

The U.S. agreed last year to lift the ban on Irish beef. The ban had been in place for 16 years, following a Europe-wide ban in the late 1990s due to an outbreak of Bovine spongiform encephalopathy...

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Hop Into Dublin

Is there a better way to take in Ireland’s capital than sitting back with coffee on a hop-on hop-off coach tour while a great Irish storyteller fills you in on the history? Unlike many major cities...

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Irish Eye On Hollywood

1As television dramas become more prestigious, Irish acting talent continues to flock to both cable and network shows. We already know that, this year, Irish American cable-drama veteran Denis Leary...

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Golden Globe Moments
and Oscar Nominations

At the Golden Globes in January,  Michael Keaton took home the Best Actor in a Musical or Comedy prize for Birdman, beating out two other actors with Irish ties – Chicago-born Bill Murray, and...

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Khloe Kardashian
Rocks Irish Design

Khloe Kardashian looked fierce wearing a Theia gown at the Golden Globes E! Entertainment after party. The dress from Theia’s spring 2015 collection featured a turtleneck halter bodice in black...

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Irish Rep Stages Da at New Home

The beloved Irish Repertory Theatre on West 22nd Street in Manhattan has been all but hammered to bits – but not for long! Breaking ground in September 2014, the Irish Rep has begun the massive...

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Irish Win Smarter Planet Challenge

A project using smart technology to help the plight of the humble honey bee has won a global competition for Irish students at University College Cork against challengers from MIT/Boston University...

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Governor Martin O’Malley
Grants Stays of Execution

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Maryland governor Martin O’Malley announced late December that he would commute the execution sentence of the last four death row inmates in the state. O’Malley, a Democrat who is wrapping...

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IACI Gifts Irish Collection to Great Hunger Institute at Quinnipiac University

The Great Hunger Institute at Quinnipiac University recently received over 4,000 books, historical documents and rare first editions, from the Irish American Cultural Institute. Professor Christine...

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Accolades for Ward’s
Irish Music Archives

Following the Award of Merit from the American Association for State and Local History, the Ward Irish Music Archives, the largest public collection of Irish music in America, is receiving national...

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Shannon Gaels:
Field of Dreams

The Shannon Gaels GAA Club in New York is one step closer to building its field of dreams – a children’s playing field in Frank Golden Park in College Point, New York. In January, Minister for...

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The Abbey:
110 Years, 110 Moments

In a fitting public tribute to Lady Gregory’s call for the Abbey Theatre “to bring upon the stage the deeper thoughts and emotions of Ireland,” the theater spent all of 2014 collecting memories...

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Hunger:
Tragedy, Comedy, Both?

The British broadcaster Channel 4 plans to create a sitcom based on a script by Irish writer Hugh Travers. “Hunger” centers on the Irish Famine and has become a lightening rod of...

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John McDermott:
Golf Hall of Famer

John McDermott is finally getting his due over a hundred years after he became the first American to win the U.S. Open national golf championship. Winning at the age of 19, he also remains the...

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NYU’s Glucksman Ireland House Annual Gala

Award-winning writer Peter Quinn and McGraw Hill financial executive Ted Smyth will receive the Seamus Heaney Award for Arts & Letters and the Lewis L. Glucksman Award for Leadership,...

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The Things They Carried

Connemara marble boot charm, carried by an Irish soldier (Catalogue #EPH 4892). © IWM What more fascinatingly intimate look into the lives of soldiers of WWI than a glimpse into the tokens they...

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Project Children Draws to a Close

Project Children’s 40th anniversary celebration in Washington D.C. in September brought to a close an important chapter in Northern Ireland’s struggle for peace. For decades, this all-volunteer...

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New Edition of John Kerr’s
“Cardigan Bay” (Review)

As a work-a-day archival historian, I am generally allergic to historical fiction. But occasionally I discover a novel that reaches into the minds of contemporaries in a way that historians...

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Those We Lost

Jackie Healy-Rae 1931 – 2014 Following a long illness, Former Fianna Fáil TD for South Kerry Jackie Healy-Rae died early December. He was 83. Acknowledging Healy-Rae’s deep involvement with and...

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Follow the Music:
Advice from a November
Holiday in Ireland

Liz Cunningham-Purchia, her boyfriend Tim Gannon, his sister Clare, and her husband Jano Cabrera, all Washington, D.C. transplants, planned a November escape to trace their roots and follow the...

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The Girls Are Alright

Five years after the tragic loss of their mother and sister, the five Murray daughters and their father, Sean, continue to thrive. Tie-dyed sheets line the back of a Chevy Chase classroom where a...

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John Duddy: Actor

Middleweight champion John Duddy on hanging up his gloves.  In 2011, John Duddy retired from boxing. Living in New York, the popular Derry native had compiled a 29-and-2 record with 18 knockouts....

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Reflections in Bere Island

A community of healers gathers for a retreat on the role of spirituality in healing. Bere Island is a small island a mile off the southwest coast of West Cork. Twice as long as it is wide and...

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What Are You Like?
Mary Pat Kelly

Author Mary Pat Kelly weaves historical characters such as Maud Gonne, William Butler Yeats, Countess Markievicz, Michael Collins, and Eamon de Valera, as well as Gabrielle Chanel, Gertrude Stein,...

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Gemma Hayes:
Crowd-sourcing Her Sound

The Irish musician, singer-songwriter, and composer Gemma Hayes on making music her way. I’ve never done an interview with a baby before,” says an apologetic Gemma Hayes who has just run off to...

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His Irish Table

Growing up, Cathal Armstrong learned that a man’s place was in the kitchen. From an early age, Cathal Armstrong understood the importance of time spent together at the dinner table, as well as...

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Sláinte! Love Mór

With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, Edythe Preet gives us the story of Áine goddess of love, and the star-crossed lovers the warrior Diarmuid Ua and Gráinne, daughter of the High King...

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Review of Books

FICTION Nora Webster By Colm Tóibín Colm Tóibín’s latest novel Nora Webster finds the gifted Irish author writing one of his most personal novels since Brooklyn. Throughout Nora Webster,...

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Roots: The Macs

This issue’s Roots column is slightly different from the traditional format. Instead of looking at a single surname, or different but etymologically related surnames, I examine three unique but...

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Photo Album: John Harrington

John Harrington My great-great-grandfather John Harrington’s family had probably been in the Beara peninsula of southwest Ireland for many generations before he emigrated in 1848, during the Great...

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Accolades for Ward’s
Irish Music Archives

Following the Award of Merit from the American Association for State and Local History, the Ward...

100,000 Protesters March
Against Water Charges

Up to 100,000 protesters opposed to the introduction of water charges brought Dublin to a...

The Things They Carried

Connemara marble boot charm, carried by an Irish soldier (Catalogue #EPH 4892). © IWM What more...

Golden Globe Moments
and Oscar Nominations

At the Golden Globes in January,  Michael Keaton took home the Best Actor in a Musical or Comedy...

Hop Into Dublin

Is there a better way to take in Ireland’s capital than sitting back with coffee on a hop-on...

Governor Martin O’Malley
Grants Stays of Execution

Maryland governor Martin O’Malley announced late December that he would commute the execution...

Compadre Plant Matrix

Botanists at Trinity College Dublin have launched a database that documents significant ‘life...

John McDermott:
Golf Hall of Famer

John McDermott is finally getting his due over a hundred years after he became the first American...

Hunger:
Tragedy, Comedy, Both?

The British broadcaster Channel 4 plans to create a sitcom based on a script by Irish writer Hugh...

NYU’s Glucksman Ireland House Annual Gala

Award-winning writer Peter Quinn and McGraw Hill financial executive Ted Smyth will receive the...

U.S. Lifts Ban on Irish Beef

The U.S. agreed last year to lift the ban on Irish beef. The ban had been in place for 16 years,...

Irish Win Smarter Planet Challenge

A project using smart technology to help the plight of the humble honey bee has won a global...

Shannon Gaels:
Field of Dreams

The Shannon Gaels GAA Club in New York is one step closer to building its field of dreams – a...

Rising Sea Levels
A Danger for Ireland

In a global warming special on RTÉ’s environment series Eco Eye, experts warned about the...

Irish Rep Stages Da at New Home

The beloved Irish Repertory Theatre on West 22nd Street in Manhattan has been all but hammered to...

Those We Lost

Jackie Healy-Rae 1931 – 2014 Following a long illness, Former Fianna Fáil TD for South Kerry...

Project Children Draws to a Close

Project Children’s 40th anniversary celebration in Washington D.C. in September brought to a...

The Abbey:
110 Years, 110 Moments

In a fitting public tribute to Lady Gregory’s call for the Abbey Theatre “to bring upon the...

The President’s
New Year Message

President Michael D. Higgins’s Christmas New Year message, broadcast from Aras on Uchtairan on...

New Edition of John Kerr’s
“Cardigan Bay” (Review)

As a work-a-day archival historian, I am generally allergic to historical fiction. But occasionally...

IACI Gifts Irish Collection to Great Hunger Institute at Quinnipiac University

The Great Hunger Institute at Quinnipiac University recently received over 4,000 books, historical...

Winter Solstice in Newgrange

There were 30,532 entries for a lottery to experience Winter Solstice 2014 at Newgrange in Co....

Khloe Kardashian
Rocks Irish Design

Khloe Kardashian looked fierce wearing a Theia gown at the Golden Globes E! Entertainment after...