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August / September 2016

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The Pain and the Pleasure

A grueling climb in the rain is followed by a blissful spa treatment.  ℘℘℘ Five miles outside the County Mayo town of...

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Wild Irish Women: Biddy Early (1798 – 1872)

Healer, Herbalist, Clairvoyant… or Witch? Biddy Early was a true “alpha female” writes Rosemary Rogers in her latest...

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Sláinte! The Doors of Dublin

The story behind the Georgian houses in Dublin City and why no two adjacent doors are alike. ℘℘℘ Mention the word...

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Mother Courage:
How Ruth Sullivan Changed the World for Autistic Children

There’s no way for John Donvan to put it gently when it comes to Ruth Sullivan, an Irish Catholic mother of seven and...

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High Endurance

Mountaineer Colin O’Brady talks breaking two world records, keeping children active, and shows just how far the human body...

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In This Issue

A Reflection on Simplicity

Dr. William Campbell (right) works one- on-one with Drew undergraduate student  Emmanuel (Manny) Gabrielon. He was, Campbell says, “a truly exceptional student. After graduation he did a joint M.D.-Ph.D.  program and became a surgeon. He is now engaged in advanced cancer surgery.” (Photo: Bill Denison/Drew University
)

 The Irish-born biologist and parasitologist William Cecil Campbell, who was awarded the 2015 Nobel Prize in Medicine, talks to Patricia Harty. ℘℘℘ For those of us fortunate enough to turn a...

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Healthcare and Life Sciences 50

The 2016 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 Irish-American...

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First Word:
Climb Every Mountain

Portroe lookout at Lough Derg.

When I was a kid my father would take us for drives to County Clare, or as he called it, “Biddy Early country.” We’d drive the back road, so narrow that the trees on either side reached across...

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Medical Breakthroughs that Matter

Queen's University Belfast.

Irish universities are leading the way in breakthrough medical science.  ℘℘℘ Testing Breakthroughs at QUB Queen’s University Belfast is leading the world’s first ever trial of a new...

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HIV on the Rise in Ireland

Dublin Lord Mayor Criona Ni Dhalaigh. (Photo: John Mc Elroy)

Recent figures from the Health Protection Surveillance Centre, Ireland’s specialist agency for the surveillance of communicable diseases, show a 30 percent increase in HIV cases in Ireland. To...

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New Cancer Drug May Skip Ireland

A new cancer drug by Bristol Myers Squibb may not be available in Ireland.

A groundbreaking new melanoma treatment is being rolled out to patients in the U.K., but may never reach those in Ireland. The National Pharmacoeconomics Centre (NCPE), an independent medicine cost...

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UCD Honors Medicine Alumnus and U.N. Peacekeeper

Dr Patrick Kelly (right) who received the European Access Network Alumni Honours Award for his contribution to public service and global peacekeeping and Mr Jamie Merisotis​,​ President and CEO of Lumina Foundation, USA at the EAN 25th annual conference at UCD​. Marrinan Events / UCD Conference, O'Brien Science Building / 30th May 2016 EVENTIMAGE/Bryan Brophy

Dr. Patrick Kelly (pictured above with Jamie Merisotis​,​ president and CEO of the Lumina Foundation) received an Alumni Honors Award from University College Dublin in June for his services to...

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Digital Ocean Launches Ireland’s First Undersea Observatory

P. Heffernan, Mininster Creed, and A. Boyle with the Cathx Digital Ocean.

Ireland’s first undersea observatory was launched in June as part of an event for the Digital Ocean, a data resource of the Irish Marine Institute. The Digital Ocean represents Ireland’s...

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Ireland Celebrates 25 Years Online

The Internet.

As of June 17th, Ireland has officially been connected to the internet for 25 years. On the same day in 1991, Trinity College Dublin became the first organization in the country to connect to the...

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Irish Agriculture “Not So Green”

Raised bog being drained for peat extraction. Photo Fintan Kelly

Ireland’s current agricultural practices are unsustainable, say N.G.O. coalitions Stop Climate Chaos and the Environmental Pillar in their new report, “Not So Green: Debunking the Myths Around...

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The Action Plan to Save Ireland’s Bees

Una Fitzpatrick.

Ireland’s shrinking bee population is receiving a helping hand from the National Biodiversity Plan, an initiative designed to protect the pollination stations that keep the insects fed. Of the 98...

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First All-Ireland Sand Sculpting Competition

Ireland's first ever all-Ireland sand sculpting competition took place early August in Duncannon, Co. Wexford.

The first ever All-Ireland sand sculpting competition will take place in August at the 30th annual Duncannon Sand Sculpting Festival on Duncannon Beach, Co. Wexford. Featuring both professional and...

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Rory McIlroy Withdraws From 2016 Olympic Games

Rory McIlroy.

Rory McIlroy, who was chosen to represent Ireland in Brazil’s 2016 Olympic games, announced in July that he would not be competing. The Northern Irish golfer issued an official statement,...

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Irish Soccer Fans Receive Award for Good Behavior

Irish and Northern Irish fans received formal recognition from the City of Paris for their demeanor during the 2016 Euro Cup.

Fans of the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland soccer teams were commended by the City of Paris for their displays of good sportsmanship during the 2016 Union of European Football Associations...

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40-Year Anniversary of “Brendan Voyage” Marked in Clare

Explorer Tim Severin on the "Brendan Boat" he sailed from Ireland to Newfoundland in 1976.

Explorer and historian Tim Severin celebrated 40 years since he embarked on an epic 4,500 mile voyage across the Atlantic on a leather boat with Shannon Heritage in June at the permanent home of...

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Brexit Creates Worry for Northern Ireland

Theresa May,  Arlene Foster, and  Martin McGuinness.

In June, the United Kingdom officially passed the referendum to end its membership with the European Union. A slim 51.9 percent majority voted in accordance with the “Leave” campaign, while 49.1...

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Irish Eye on Hollywood:
McDonagh and McDormand Head to Missouri

Frances McDormand.

For two decades now, playwright Martin McDonagh has been dazzling theater and movie audiences with Irish plays like The Beauty Queen of Leenane and The Cripple of Inishmaan. More recently, he has...

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Irish Eye on Hollywood: 
The Irishman Gives Final Word on Jimmy Hoffa

Martin Scorsese films Shutter Island.

Martin Scorsese’s next foray into ethnic warfare is quite simple, at least to judge from its title. Slated to star Robert DeNiro as well as Al Pacino, the film is called The Irishman. The film is...

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Irish Eye on Hollywood:
Galway Film Fleadh Crystalizes Irish Aesthetic

Jamie Dornan.

The 28th annual Galway Film Fleadh, held in July, featured a diverse array of Irish films that should be trickling to American screens in the coming months. One of the most highly-anticipated...

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Irish Eye on Hollywood:
No Bother, Domhnall Gleeson Is A.A. Milne

Domhnall Gleeson, Son of Brendan.

First there was 2013’s Saving Mr. Banks, starring Tom Hanks, Colin Farrell, and Emma Thompson. The film explored the artistic struggle between a children’s writer and movie makers while creating...

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Irish Eye on Hollywood:
Ewan McGregor Adapts Philip Roth in Directorial Debut

EwanMcGregor. (Photo: WikimediaCommons)

“I know it’s just my Irish resentment, but I don’t like being looked down on.” That’s a line from American Pastoral, the great 1997 novel by Philip Roth, which will be turned into a...

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Irish Eye on Hollywood:
Pierce Brosnan Poised for Comeback

Pierce Brosnan.

If it worked for Liam Neeson, maybe it can work for Pierce Brosnan. Brosnan is working with fellow Irishman, Dundalk-born director John Moore (Behind Enemy Lines, A Good Day to Die Hard), on the...

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Irish Eye on Hollywood:
Christopher Nolan Rounds Up Irish for WWII Film

Kenneth Branagh.

Another impressive Irish team is being assembled for Dark Knight director Christopher Nolan’s next film. Kenneth Branagh, Cillian Murphy and Dublin up-and-coming star Barry Keoghan (’71, Life’s...

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Kennedy Summer School in Wexford

Robert Dowling.

Art, literature, politics and history come together once again this September at the Kennedy Summer School in New Ross, Wexford. American and Irish academics, writers and policy experts will converge...

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Pioneering Woman Mary Holt Moore

Mary Holt Moore.

Mary Holt Moore – a prominent leader in New York’s Irish American community and only the second woman to lead the St. Patrick’s Day parade down Fifth Avenue – died in July at the age of...

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A Movie, and Legacy, for Children

"A Monster Calls" hits theaters in October.

When the fantasy film A Monster Calls (with Liam Neeson in a voice role) opens in October, it will present an opportunity for moviegoers to not only get lost for a few hours in a magical world, but...

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Kaine’s Strong Irish Roots

Hillary Clinton and Tim Kaine, whose Irish roots are in Longford and Kilkenny.

It worked for Barack Obama. Hillary Clinton may have had this in mind when she selected an Irish Catholic senator – which is also current vice president Joe Biden’s background – to be her...

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The Trump-Pence Irish Connection & a Different Kind of Wall

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump poses at a photo of his golf course in  Doonbeg, Co. Clare.

Donald Trump and Mike Pence have more in common than a desire to win election to the White House in November. Pence, the governor of Indiana, has strong Irish roots. His grandmother came to the U.S....

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Remembrance and Hope: 9/11 Fifteen Years On

A firefighter walks through the rubble of the Twin Towers in this photograph by Peter Foley. Foley was one of the first photographers on the scene that day. Just prior to 9/11, he had lived in a Manhattan firehouse, documenting the lives of the firefighters and doing portraits of the men, many of which, sadly, became memorial cards.

Back in July, on a hot afternoon at Kennedy International Airport in Queens, a truck carried a 40,000-pound piece of debris – draped in an American flag – out of a building known as Hangar 17....

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Irish Cancer Survivor Hikes Iceland Glacier on Crutches

Nicki Bradley.

Irish woman Nikki Bradley, a courageous survivor of a rare form of bone cancer known as Ewing’s sarcoma, has just defied the odds once again after climbing an Icelandic glacier on crutches. Since...

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NYU Student Discovers 900-Year-Old Irish Brooch

An NYU student discovered an 12th century Irish brooch in Connemara. (Photo courtesy NYU)

An Irish American New York University student made a once-in-a-lifetime discovery in July when she spotted what turned out to be a 12th century kite brooch (pictured right) in the sand on Omey...

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New Jersey GAA Player Signs with Cleveland Browns

GAA kicker Patrick Murray (right) has signed with the Cleveland Browns.

Irish American placekicker Patrick Murray has been signed by the Cleveland Browns for the coming football season. After playing for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers since graduating Fordham University in...

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Whitey Bulger Auction Raises $109,000 for Victims’ Families

Boston gangster Whitey Bulger's claddagh ring, which sold at auction for $23,000 to raise money for victims' families.

The personal effects of organized crime-boss James Joseph “Whitey” Bulger, Jr. were offered up for auction by the U.S. Marshals in June. A total of 104 items were seized during Bulger’s arrest...

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Chicago in the Seanad

Galway Mayor Cllr. Donal Lyons and Galway City Council presented Billy Lawless, Sr. Vice-Chair  of the Galway Committee of Chicago Sister Cities International, with the Freeman of the City of Galway last year.

Galway native Billy Lawless, Sr., who has lived in Chicago since 1998, has been appointed to the Irish Seanad (the Irish senate) by Taoiseach Enda Kenny. His nomination marks the first time an...

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Biden Family Visits Ireland

Visit to Ireland by U.S. Vice-President Joe Biden Pic shows Enda Kenny and Vice President of the United States, Joe Biden in Knock Airport June 22. The Vice President of the United States of America, Joe Biden, is in Ireland for a six-day visit. (Photo: Department of Foreign Affairs)

Vice President Joe Biden traveled to Ireland in June for a six-day trip through counties Dublin, Meath, Louth, and Mayo. Arriving with his brother, sister, daughter and five grandchildren, Biden was...

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Kennedy Center Gold Medal in the Arts goes to Ireland

Enda Walsh, Sir Van Morrison,Taoiseach Enda Kenny, Jim Sheridan, James Galway, Kennedy Center President Deborah F. Rutter. (Photo: Yassine El Mansouri)

The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts presented its annual Gold Medal in the Arts to five formidable names linked with the Irish arts community in June. In a gala ceremony held at Farmleigh in...

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A Second Chance at Life

Dr. Barbara  Murphy is chief of  medicine at Mount  Sinai Health System,  and one of the leading  kidney transplant and  immunology researchers  in the U.S.

One of the country’s top transplant researchers is Dr. Barbara Murphy, the Dublin-born chair of medicine at Mount Sinai Health System in New York. Her expertise in the field of renal transplants...

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A Different Key

John Donvan and Carey Zucker are the authors of "In a Different Key," a new history of autism in America.

ABC’s John Donvan captures the challenges, activism and inspiration of living with autism.  ℘℘℘ Robert Foster Kennedy was born in Belfast, where he studied to become a doctor at Queens...

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Mother Courage:
How Ruth Sullivan Changed the World for Autistic Children

Ruth Sullivan and her son Joe.

There’s no way for John Donvan to put it gently when it comes to Ruth Sullivan, an Irish Catholic mother of seven and pioneering woman in the world of autism. “She just thought it was all...

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High Endurance

Colin O'Brady broke the  world record  for the fastest  completion of the Explorer's Grand Slam.  Pictured here on Union Glacier  in Antarctica, January 28.

Mountaineer Colin O’Brady talks breaking two world records, keeping children active, and shows just how far the human body can be tested. ℘℘℘ On May 27th, Colin O’Brady was one of two...

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From “Giving It Up” to “Getting Rid of It”

(Left to right) Caron Treatment Centers  president and CEO Doug Tieman, Casey Duffy, Ken Gill, and  John Duffy at the dedication of the Gill Duffy House in June. (All photos courtesy of Caron)

One family’s journey from addiction to recovery. ℘℘℘ Casey Duffy will not be mistaken for anything but Irish – the lightly graying hair is clearly that characteristic red, and he has the...

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Roots: Melissa McCarthy

Melissa McCarthy.

Five Things You Didn’t Know About Melissa McCarthy’s Family Tree. ℘℘℘ Easily one of the most popular and reliable box office performers today, actress, comedian, producer, and now fashion...

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Wild Irish Women: Biddy Early (1798 – 1872)

Biddy Early. (stairnaheireann.net)

Healer, Herbalist, Clairvoyant… or Witch? Biddy Early was a true “alpha female” writes Rosemary Rogers in her latest exploration of “Wild Irish Women.” ℘℘℘ For as long as anyone can...

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Accordion Man

Billy McComiskey, who was just awarded a National Endowment for the Arts Heritage Fellowship.

Billy McComiskey, who recently received a National Heritage Fellowship – the nation’s highest honor in the folk and traditional arts, talks to Kristin Cotter McGowan. ℘℘℘ I’m up in...

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What Are You Like? Emily O’Hare Under the Tuscan Sun

Emily O’Hare, wine sommelier and yogi, hosts  retreats at Castello di Potentino in Tuscany. (Photo courtesy Emily O'Hare)

Raised in London with Irish and Scottish roots, Emily O’Hare made a name for herself as a wine buyer and head sommelier at The River Café, London. That was before she fell in love with Italy and...

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The Pain and the Pleasure

Sharon on the first leg of her climb up Croagh Patrick, Ireland’s holy mountain.

A grueling climb in the rain is followed by a blissful spa treatment.  ℘℘℘ Five miles outside the County Mayo town of Westport, a conically-shaped mountain looms over the surrounding...

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Sláinte! The Doors of Dublin

“Wide  is the  door of the small  cottage.” – Anonymous.

The story behind the Georgian houses in Dublin City and why no two adjacent doors are alike. ℘℘℘ Mention the word “doors” to someone of the Boomer Generation (me, for instance) and the...

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The Touch of The Poet

Columnist Robert Schmuhl reflects on an encounter with Seamus Heaney. (Photos: Kit DeFever)

Five years ago this summer, a dream came true – but not quite the way the daydreamer envisioned it might. A decade earlier, I approached the poet and Nobel laureate Seamus Heaney, proposing a...

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Review of Books

Books of Irish and Irish American interest. ℘℘℘ FICTION Pond By Claire-Louise Bennett English writer Claire-Louise Bennett’s debut novel Pond is a through-the-looking-glass experience of the...

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Those We Lost

Clockwise from top left: Leland Bardwell, Bill Cunningham, Michael Curtin, Alphie McCourt, Bronwyn Brigid 
Fitzsimons pictured with her mother Maureen O’Hara, and Joe Derrane.

Leland Bardwell 1922 – 2016 Leland Bardwell, an Irish poet and novelist, died in June at the age of 94. She had a prolific literary career that spanned over five decades. Bardwell’s first...

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Photo Album:
Cops & Nurses, A Love Story

Ginny with her 
granddaughters, Rose Deignan on the left, and her sister Maggie on the right, in 2008.

So many cops are married to nurses,” the great novelist and screenwriter Richard Price once observed. “It’s just the way it is. You know, mom’s a nurse, dad’s a cop…. That’s where...

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Hibernia

New Cancer Drug May Skip Ireland

A groundbreaking new melanoma treatment is being rolled out to patients in the U.K., but may never...

Irish Eye on Hollywood:
Pierce Brosnan Poised for Comeback

If it worked for Liam Neeson, maybe it can work for Pierce Brosnan. Brosnan is working with fellow...

Irish Eye on Hollywood:
Ewan McGregor Adapts Philip Roth in Directorial Debut

“I know it’s just my Irish resentment, but I don’t like being looked down on.” That’s a...

The Trump-Pence Irish Connection & a Different Kind of Wall

Donald Trump and Mike Pence have more in common than a desire to win election to the White House in...

First All-Ireland Sand Sculpting Competition

The first ever All-Ireland sand sculpting competition will take place in August at the 30th annual...

Irish Eye on Hollywood:
No Bother, Domhnall Gleeson Is A.A. Milne

First there was 2013’s Saving Mr. Banks, starring Tom Hanks, Colin Farrell, and Emma Thompson....

Irish Eye on Hollywood:
McDonagh and McDormand Head to Missouri

For two decades now, playwright Martin McDonagh has been dazzling theater and movie audiences with...

Ireland Celebrates 25 Years Online

As of June 17th, Ireland has officially been connected to the internet for 25 years. On the same...

Kennedy Summer School in Wexford

Art, literature, politics and history come together once again this September at the Kennedy Summer...

Remembrance and Hope: 9/11 Fifteen Years On

Back in July, on a hot afternoon at Kennedy International Airport in Queens, a truck carried a...

UCD Honors Medicine Alumnus and U.N. Peacekeeper

Dr. Patrick Kelly (pictured above with Jamie Merisotis​,​ president and CEO of the Lumina...

A Movie, and Legacy, for Children

When the fantasy film A Monster Calls (with Liam Neeson in a voice role) opens in October, it will...

Whitey Bulger Auction Raises $109,000 for Victims’ Families

The personal effects of organized crime-boss James Joseph “Whitey” Bulger, Jr. were offered up...

New Jersey GAA Player Signs with Cleveland Browns

Irish American placekicker Patrick Murray has been signed by the Cleveland Browns for the coming...

HIV on the Rise in Ireland

Recent figures from the Health Protection Surveillance Centre, Ireland’s specialist agency for...

Irish Eye on Hollywood: 
The Irishman Gives Final Word on Jimmy Hoffa

Martin Scorsese’s next foray into ethnic warfare is quite simple, at least to judge from its...

Kennedy Center Gold Medal in the Arts goes to Ireland

The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts presented its annual Gold Medal in the Arts to five...

Chicago in the Seanad

Galway native Billy Lawless, Sr., who has lived in Chicago since 1998, has been appointed to the...

Pioneering Woman Mary Holt Moore

Mary Holt Moore – a prominent leader in New York’s Irish American community and only the second...

Irish Soccer Fans Receive Award for Good Behavior

Fans of the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland soccer teams were commended by the City of...

Irish Eye on Hollywood:
Galway Film Fleadh Crystalizes Irish Aesthetic

The 28th annual Galway Film Fleadh, held in July, featured a diverse array of Irish films that...

40-Year Anniversary of “Brendan Voyage” Marked in Clare

Explorer and historian Tim Severin celebrated 40 years since he embarked on an epic 4,500 mile...

Medical Breakthroughs that Matter

Irish universities are leading the way in breakthrough medical science.  ℘℘℘ Testing...

Irish Cancer Survivor Hikes Iceland Glacier on Crutches

Irish woman Nikki Bradley, a courageous survivor of a rare form of bone cancer known as Ewing’s...

Kaine’s Strong Irish Roots

It worked for Barack Obama. Hillary Clinton may have had this in mind when she selected an Irish...

Irish Eye on Hollywood:
Christopher Nolan Rounds Up Irish for WWII Film

Another impressive Irish team is being assembled for Dark Knight director Christopher Nolan’s...

Irish Agriculture “Not So Green”

Ireland’s current agricultural practices are unsustainable, say N.G.O. coalitions Stop Climate...

NYU Student Discovers 900-Year-Old Irish Brooch

An Irish American New York University student made a once-in-a-lifetime discovery in July when she...

Digital Ocean Launches Ireland’s First Undersea Observatory

Ireland’s first undersea observatory was launched in June as part of an event for the Digital...

The Action Plan to Save Ireland’s Bees

Ireland’s shrinking bee population is receiving a helping hand from the National Biodiversity...

Brexit Creates Worry for Northern Ireland

In June, the United Kingdom officially passed the referendum to end its membership with the...

Biden Family Visits Ireland

Vice President Joe Biden traveled to Ireland in June for a six-day trip through counties Dublin,...

Rory McIlroy Withdraws From 2016 Olympic Games

Rory McIlroy, who was chosen to represent Ireland in Brazil’s 2016 Olympic games, announced in...