Edition Cover

October / November 2015

Launch Digital Edition

Top Stories

A Long Day’s Journey:
New Ross to New London

James O’Neill had a remarkable life, emigrating from Ireland at the age of five, abandoned by his father at 10, raised by...

More
What’s So Funny?

Three comedic performers with Irish roots share how they get to the laughter. Is it the collective painful history as a...

More
Remembering Eugene O’Neill
and Celebrating Irish American
Writers and Artists

Founded in 2008, and operated as a non-profit organization, Irish American Writers & Artists, Inc. (IAW&A) welcomes...

More
What Are You Like?
T.J. English

T.J. English is a noted journalist, screenwriter, and author of the New York Times bestsellers Havana Nocturne, Paddy...

More
On the Prowl for Springsteen’s
Irish Roots

Roots detective Megan Smolenyak explores the National Library of Ireland’s online collection of Catholic parish registers,...

More

In This Issue

2015 Wall Street 50
Keynote Interview:
KPMG’s Shaun Kelly

Shaun Kelly won’t stop smiling. Photographer Kit DeFever asks him to put on a serious face for our cover shot but Kelly, a COO of KPMG, just can’t hold it and soon the corners of his mouth are...

More

The 2015 Wall Street 50

For eighteen years, Irish America has sought out and recognized the best and the brightest Irish-American and Irish-born leaders in the financial sphere, and this year is no exception. The fifty...

More

First Word:
Our 30th Anniversary!

There is something about anniversaries that appeals to people. And it’s our 30th. If it were a wedding anniversary, pearls would be an appropriate gift. There is something about the pearl that...

More

Celebrating Thirty Years of
Irish America

Looking back at Irish America’s premier issue we see that it set the tone for what was to come: a thorough investigation into what it means to be Irish American. Thirty years later, we are still...

More

Irish Aid for Europe’s
Refugee Crisis

On September 3rd this year, the photograph of Aylan Kurdi, the Syrian three-year-old whose body washed ashore on a Turkish beach, ran across the front pages of newspapers world-wide, putting a...

More

Turmoil in Northern Ireland

As we go to press, the Northern Irish peace process faces one of its greatest challenges. First Minister Peter Robinson, the Democratic Unionist Party leader resigned his position in September, along...

More

One in Six Irish-Born
Living Abroad

Two recent reports from the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development and the Central Statistics Office show that more than one in six Irish-born no longer live in Ireland. In the latest...

More

Queen’s University Making Waves in Europe

This summer saw laurels upon laurels laid on Queen’s University Belfast, as cancer experts there received major U.S. and U.K. research awards, and researchers launched a €50 million, Europe-wide,...

More

Researchers Cite ALS Ice
Bucket Challenge for Ground-
Breaking Discoveries

The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, co-founded by Irish America Hall of Fame inductee Pat Quinn and re-launched this past August, is being credited by researchers at Johns Hopkins University for recent...

More

Limerick Student Wins Irish
Invention Award

Cathal Redmond, a 26-year-old University of Limerick student, has won the 2015 Irish James Dyson award for his underwater breathing invention. His device, called the “Express Dive,” allows divers...

More

Centenary Commemorations
for O’Donovan Rossa Funeral

Ireland has released a new 70-cent stamp to commemorate the 100-year anniversary of Pádraig Pearse’s graveside oration at the funeral of Jeremiah O’Donovan Rossa on August 1, 1915. And...

More

Global Irish Parliamentarians
Gather in Dublin

In September, 44 political representatives with Irish connections from the U.S., U.K., Canada, Australia, and France convened in Dublin for the first-ever Global Irish Parliamentarians’ Forum,...

More

Young Travelers Name Dublin
“Favorite City” in World Poll

Reiterating Ireland’s prestige as one of the top places to visit in the world, Dublin was recently named the “favorite worldwide city” at the Trazee Awards in Orlando, Florida. Owned by Global...

More

Kenny and Higgins Make
State Visits to U.S.

Two Irish leaders graced America’s eastern shores this fall ­– Taoiseach Enda Kenny and President Michael D. Higgins both visited the United States in late September of the year, the latter...

More

Presidential Distinguished Service Awards 2015

Actor Gabriel Byrne, businessman Tom Moran, solicitor Gareth Peirce, and author Mario Vargas Llosa are among the recipients of the Presidential Distinguished Service Awards for the Irish Abroad for...

More

Irish Eye on Hollywood:
Casting “The Rising”

Next year marks the 100th anniversary of the Easter Rising in Dublin, which paved the way for (first) the Irish War for Independence and then the partition of Ireland north and south. Plenty of...

More

A Year for Ad-Meyer-ers

Jonathan Rhys Meyers recently joined Ron Perlman and a large cast in the September film Stonewall, capturing the moment in New York City, in 1969, when many agree the modern gay rights movement...

More

Irish Eye on Hollywood:
Irish Film Festival Favorites

Autumn means two things in the movie business: lots of film festivals as well as prestigious movies aimed at snagging Oscar nominations, which are traditionally announced in January. Among the films...

More

Irish Eye on Hollywood:
Fassbender

Then there are the movies being released in the run-up to the Oscars. The Irish feature prominently in a number of top-flight films with strong odds to be in the Academy Award discussion. One of the...

More

Irish Eye on Hollywood:
Room on the Bridge for U2

Also hitting screens in October is Room, a kidnapping drama starring Brie Larson, William H. Macy and Joan Allen. Based on Irish writer Emma Donoghue’s thrilling best-seller, Room is about a mother...

More

Irish Eye on Hollywood:
The Irish Vote

Finally in October, Brendan Gleeson and Ann-Marie Duff (born in England to Irish parents) shore up the cast of Suffragette, which also stars Meryl Streep, Carey Mulligan and Helena Bonham Carter....

More

Irish Eye on Hollywood:
Season of Saoirse

In November, Brooklyn finally arrives in theaters. This long-awaited Irish immigrant saga (based on Colm Tóibín novel) stars Saoirse Ronan and Domhnall Gleeson and was directed by Cork native John...

More

Irish Eye on Hollywood:
Spotlight on Tom McCarthy

Lastly, in November watch for Spotlight, a close look at the Boston Globe journalists (including Irish Americans such as Kevin Cullen) who doggedly investigated the sexual abuse scandals of the...

More

Kennedy Center Announces
2016 Irish Festival

I rish writers, musicians, singers, playwrights, actors, and dancers will converge in Washington, D.C.’s Foggy Bottom for a three-week Irish festival at the John F. Kennedy Center for...

More

Bloody Irish on PBS

An uplifting and original musical stage show depicting the armed rebellion, the 1916 Easter Rising, will air on PBS on October 17. The Bloody Irish, recently recorded live in the Helix theater,...

More

Red Heads Galore

Red hair and blue eyes are the rarest combination in the world, though you wouldn’t have known it in Crosshaven, Co. Cork the weekend of Aug. 21st during the 6th annual Red Head...

More

1st Irish Theater Festival in
NYC On Nine Stages

The only all-Irish theater festival in the world kicked off in September across nine stages in New York. Now in its eighth year, the 2015 Origin Theater Company’s 1st Irish Festival, founded by...

More

Maureen O’Hara’s 95th Birthday

On Monday, August 17, legendary actress, and most famous redhead of them all, Maureen O’Hara celebrated her 95th birthday at a small gathering of friends and family hosted by her grandson, Conor,...

More

“Quiet Man” Cottage
Given Protected Status

There were huge sighs of relief and joy from thousands of fans when they learned that the iconic thatched cottage “White o’ Morn” that featured in The Quiet Man movie, starring John Wayne and...

More

Henry Ford’s Ancestral Home
Opens in West Cork

The West Cork ancestral home of Henry Ford, the Ford Motors founder whose Model T revolutionized transportation in the United States, opened to the public in September following a €20,000...

More

100th Salon Celebration

Irish American Writers and Artists, Inc. (IAW&A) celebrated its 100th Manhattan Salon at the Cell Theatre on September 15 with a curated evening of readings and performances and a retrospective...

More

American Success at Fleadh
Cheoil na hÉireann 2015

Musicians and spectators from across the globe descended on Sligo in August to take part in Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann, the annual week-long festival of traditional Irish music, song and dance. Now...

More

A “Blight-Free” Potato?

A variety of potato engineered to be resistant to the pathogen that caused the Great Irish Potato Famine has been approved for deregulation by the USDA. The J.R. Simplot Company’s so-called Innate...

More

Mathew Brady’s Irish Mystery

In August, a sign in Johnsburg, New York that claimed to mark the birthplace of acclaimed Civil War photographer Mathew Brady went missing. But in addition to sparking a search for the sign itself,...

More

Forgotten Famine-era Graves
Discovered in Massachusetts

An estimated 600-900 neglected and forgotten Famine-era graves were discovered in Massachusetts in September when Rhode Islander Annie McMullen was attempting to trace her husband’s Irish...

More

Rare Titanic Artifacts
Up for Auction

The Belfast-built H.M.S. Titanic was thought to be unsinkable after it set sail from Cobh, Co. Cork, on its fated maiden voyage. Of the roughly 2,220 people aboard the Titanic, around 164 were Irish,...

More

Irish Sweep World Handball
Championships

Two Irish GAA handball players retain the rights to call themselves the king and queen of handball following the 2015 World Handball Championships in Calgary this past August. Paul Brady, from Cavan,...

More

John Kelly’s Irish Landscapes

World-renowned Irish-Australian-British artist John Kelly makes his U.S. debut in New York City through mid-October, bringing his stark land and seascape paintings and several small sculptures to a...

More

Those We Lost

Jerry Berrigan 1919 – 2015 Jerry Berrigan, the legendary Catholic educator and political activist, passed away this past July at 95. Alongside his brothers Philip and Daniel, both priests, he...

More

Commentary:
“No Irish Need Apply” a Myth?

This summer, an eighth-grade student and a retired history professor re-ignited the debate about the prominence of “No Irish Need Apply” signs in the 19th and early 20th centuries. Irish...

More

Commentary:
What Oonagh Did

On paper, the 1916 Proclamation and the 1922 Constitution of the Irish Free State appeared to signal a new beginning in regards to equal opportunities for Irish men and women. However, the...

More

Becky Lynch:
A Fighting Irish Lass

Becky Lynch is becoming one of the major figures in what appears to be a revolution in women’s professional sports – pro wrestling. Enthusiastic, opinionated, and, yes, mouthy, Lynch spoke with...

More

The Irish of Barbados (Photos)

The descendants of Irish people sold into slavery in the 1600s live in a close-knit community beset by poverty and ill health. ℘℘℘ During the winter of 1636, a ship bearing a consignment of 61...

More

What Are You Like?
T.J. English

T.J. English is a noted journalist, screenwriter, and author of the New York Times bestsellers Havana Nocturne, Paddy Whacked, The Savage City, The Westies, and Born to Kill, which was nominated for...

More

On the Prowl for Springsteen’s
Irish Roots

Roots detective Megan Smolenyak explores the National Library of Ireland’s online collection of Catholic parish registers, uncovers entries for ancestors of a few well-know Irish Americans,...

More

What’s So Funny?

Three comedic performers with Irish roots share how they get to the laughter. Is it the collective painful history as a people? The tendency not to take themselves too seriously? The influence of...

More

The Girsa Girls of Irish Trad

With their melodious voices, masterful musicianship and enthusiasm, the Irish American women’s group Girsa has captured the hearts of audiences everywhere by bringing a creative mix of vocals,...

More

Dangerfield Lives!
The Ginger Man at 60

At 89, J.P. Donleavy celebrates 60 years of his best-selling cult-classic, The Ginger Man. At his countryside retreat near Mullingar, he spoke to Noel Shine about his extraordinary life and the novel...

More

A Long Day’s Journey:
New Ross to New London

James O’Neill had a remarkable life, emigrating from Ireland at the age of five, abandoned by his father at 10, raised by a mother who spoke very little English. Yet, having little formal...

More

Remembering Eugene O’Neill
and Celebrating Irish American
Writers and Artists

Founded in 2008, and operated as a non-profit organization, Irish American Writers & Artists, Inc. (IAW&A) welcomes Irish-American writers, actors, filmmakers, musicians and artists of every...

More

Review of Books

NON-FICTION All in the Cooking By Josephine B. Marnell and Nora M. Breathnach and Ann A. Martin and Mor Murnaghan For those of us who grew up in Ireland in the latter half of the 20th century, the...

More

Sláinte! Birds of Celtic
Myths and Legend

In Irish folklore the raven was thought to be a messenger from the other world. ℘℘℘ Autumn is upon us. The leaves have gone gold and scarlet, night falls earlier, the air turns chill, and the...

More

Last Word: The State of Play

Why women are still fighting male chauvinism on the greens of Ireland. ℘℘℘ Ireland is now a rainbow nation. With the passing of the referendum on same-sex marriage in May, all...

More

Photo Album:
Great-Grandpa Cole’s Legacy

My great-grandfather Michael Cole was born in Claudy, County Derry in 1860. His parents were farmers in the foothills of the Sperrin Mountains. He made his way to the States on the steamship Lord...

More

Hibernia

Kenny and Higgins Make
State Visits to U.S.

Two Irish leaders graced America’s eastern shores this fall ­– Taoiseach Enda Kenny and...

Queen’s University Making Waves in Europe

This summer saw laurels upon laurels laid on Queen’s University Belfast, as cancer experts there...

Irish Sweep World Handball
Championships

Two Irish GAA handball players retain the rights to call themselves the king and queen of handball...

Irish Eye on Hollywood:
The Irish Vote

Finally in October, Brendan Gleeson and Ann-Marie Duff (born in England to Irish parents) shore up...

100th Salon Celebration

Irish American Writers and Artists, Inc. (IAW&A) celebrated its 100th Manhattan Salon at the...

Bloody Irish on PBS

An uplifting and original musical stage show depicting the armed rebellion, the 1916 Easter Rising,...

Irish Eye on Hollywood:
Fassbender

Then there are the movies being released in the run-up to the Oscars. The Irish feature...

Irish Eye on Hollywood:
Spotlight on Tom McCarthy

Lastly, in November watch for Spotlight, a close look at the Boston Globe journalists (including...

Irish Eye on Hollywood:
Casting “The Rising”

Next year marks the 100th anniversary of the Easter Rising in Dublin, which paved the way for...

Limerick Student Wins Irish
Invention Award

Cathal Redmond, a 26-year-old University of Limerick student, has won the 2015 Irish James Dyson...

Turmoil in Northern Ireland

As we go to press, the Northern Irish peace process faces one of its greatest challenges. First...

One in Six Irish-Born
Living Abroad

Two recent reports from the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development and the Central...

Forgotten Famine-era Graves
Discovered in Massachusetts

An estimated 600-900 neglected and forgotten Famine-era graves were discovered in Massachusetts in...

Irish Eye on Hollywood:
Irish Film Festival Favorites

Autumn means two things in the movie business: lots of film festivals as well as prestigious movies...

Centenary Commemorations
for O’Donovan Rossa Funeral

Ireland has released a new 70-cent stamp to commemorate the 100-year anniversary of Pádraig...

Irish Aid for Europe’s
Refugee Crisis

On September 3rd this year, the photograph of Aylan Kurdi, the Syrian three-year-old whose body...

Maureen O’Hara’s 95th Birthday

On Monday, August 17, legendary actress, and most famous redhead of them all, Maureen O’Hara...

Commentary:
What Oonagh Did

On paper, the 1916 Proclamation and the 1922 Constitution of the Irish Free State appeared to...

Kennedy Center Announces
2016 Irish Festival

I rish writers, musicians, singers, playwrights, actors, and dancers will converge in Washington,...

Irish Eye on Hollywood:
Season of Saoirse

In November, Brooklyn finally arrives in theaters. This long-awaited Irish immigrant saga (based on...

A “Blight-Free” Potato?

A variety of potato engineered to be resistant to the pathogen that caused the Great Irish Potato...

Henry Ford’s Ancestral Home
Opens in West Cork

The West Cork ancestral home of Henry Ford, the Ford Motors founder whose Model T revolutionized...

Mathew Brady’s Irish Mystery

In August, a sign in Johnsburg, New York that claimed to mark the birthplace of acclaimed Civil War...

Commentary:
“No Irish Need Apply” a Myth?

This summer, an eighth-grade student and a retired history professor re-ignited the debate about...

Red Heads Galore

Red hair and blue eyes are the rarest combination in the world, though you wouldn’t have known it...

Presidential Distinguished Service Awards 2015

Actor Gabriel Byrne, businessman Tom Moran, solicitor Gareth Peirce, and author Mario Vargas Llosa...

Young Travelers Name Dublin
“Favorite City” in World Poll

Reiterating Ireland’s prestige as one of the top places to visit in the world, Dublin was...

John Kelly’s Irish Landscapes

World-renowned Irish-Australian-British artist John Kelly makes his U.S. debut in New York City...

A Year for Ad-Meyer-ers

Jonathan Rhys Meyers recently joined Ron Perlman and a large cast in the September film Stonewall,...

1st Irish Theater Festival in
NYC On Nine Stages

The only all-Irish theater festival in the world kicked off in September across nine stages in New...

Rare Titanic Artifacts
Up for Auction

The Belfast-built H.M.S. Titanic was thought to be unsinkable after it set sail from Cobh, Co....

“Quiet Man” Cottage
Given Protected Status

There were huge sighs of relief and joy from thousands of fans when they learned that the iconic...

Irish Eye on Hollywood:
Room on the Bridge for U2

Also hitting screens in October is Room, a kidnapping drama starring Brie Larson, William H. Macy...

Researchers Cite ALS Ice
Bucket Challenge for Ground-
Breaking Discoveries

The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, co-founded by Irish America Hall of Fame inductee Pat Quinn...

Global Irish Parliamentarians
Gather in Dublin

In September, 44 political representatives with Irish connections from the U.S., U.K., Canada,...

Those We Lost

Jerry Berrigan 1919 – 2015 Jerry Berrigan, the legendary Catholic educator and political...

American Success at Fleadh
Cheoil na hÉireann 2015

Musicians and spectators from across the globe descended on Sligo in August to take part in Fleadh...