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Roots: Melissa McCarthy

Five Things You Didn’t Know About Melissa McCarthy’s Family Tree. ℘℘℘ Easily one of the most popular and reliable...

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

One family’s journey from addiction to recovery. ℘℘℘ Casey Duffy will not be mistaken for anything but Irish – the...

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A Second Chance at Life

One of the country’s top transplant researchers is Dr. Barbara Murphy, the Dublin-born chair of medicine at Mount Sinai...

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In This Issue

A Reflection on Simplicity

 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

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

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

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 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 (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

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

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”

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

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

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, 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

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 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

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

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’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

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

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

“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

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

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

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 – 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

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

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

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

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

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 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

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

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 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

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

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

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

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

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

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”

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

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)

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 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Kaine’s Strong Irish Roots

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

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...

UCD Honors Medicine Alumnus and U.N. Peacekeeper

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

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...

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...

New Jersey GAA Player Signs with Cleveland Browns

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

Ireland Celebrates 25 Years Online

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

Irish Agriculture “Not So Green”

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

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...

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...

The Action Plan to Save Ireland’s Bees

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

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...

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

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

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....

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...

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...

Brexit Creates Worry for Northern Ireland

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

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...

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:
Christopher Nolan Rounds Up Irish for WWII Film

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

Rory McIlroy Withdraws From 2016 Olympic Games

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

Medical Breakthroughs that Matter

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

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...

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 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...

Biden Family Visits Ireland

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

Kennedy Summer School in Wexford

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

Pioneering Woman Mary Holt Moore

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

New Cancer Drug May Skip Ireland

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

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...

Chicago in the Seanad

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

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...