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Mary Chase: The Woman Behind “Harvey”

The story of playwright Mary Chase and how the classic comedy Harvey was influenced by her Irish...

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Dublin’s Fair County

Seaside villages, mountains and castles. There’s more to Dublin than its famed city. ℘℘℘ I thought I knew Dublin....

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Tim Kaine’s Irish Roots

Just how Irish is the Democratic vice-presidential nominee? And what does Tim Kaine’s family tree have in common with...

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The Real Life Story of Bridge of Spies Lawyer James B. Donovan

The Irish American New York lawyer who defended a Russian spy, and negotiated on behalf of the thousands of prisoners...

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2016: Reflections on a Centenary

 How the 1916 commemorations helped people connect on a personal level. “Everything is repeated, in a circle. History is...

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In This Issue

Dan Keegan: Thriving as a Leader in Changing Times

Daniel Keegan is Citigroup's co-head of Global Equities and the 2016 Irish America Wall Street 50 Keynote Speaker. (Photo: Kit DeFever)

As Wall Street remaps its understanding of the markets, Daniel Keegan, co-head of Global Equities at Citigroup, is leading the way, shepherding his company through wholly novel and unprecedented...

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2016 Wall Street 50

Irish America celebrates the 19th annual Wall Street 50 list.

Celebrating the Irish in the Financial Industry For nineteen years, Irish America has sought out and recognized the best and the brightest Irish-American and Irish-born leaders in the financial...

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First Word:
A Penny Well Spent

1968 Irish penny.

Growing up in Ireland in the 1950s and ’60s was a thrifty existence. “Take care of the pennies and pounds will take care of themselves,” my mother would say, encouraging us kids to save. She...

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“Cycle Around Ireland” Spotlights Mental Health

Lisa Jacob and Nikki Dorey.

Former Irish international hockey player Lisa Jacob and competitive triathlete turned pilot Nikki Dorey were the first all-female duo cyclists to complete the 1,336-mile “Cycle Around Ireland”...

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Ireland’s Top Goal Scorer Retires Internationally

Robbie Keane, 2011.

Irish captain and all-time record goal scorer Robbie Keane (pictured right) has commenced his international retirement from the Republic of Ireland soccer team following a friendly match against Oman...

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Georgia Tech & Boston College Spar in Dublin

Georgia Tech's Dedrick Mills.

Boston College lost a hard-fought game to Georgia Tech 14-17 at the 2016 Aer Lingus College Football Classic (formerly the Emerald Isle Classic) at Dublin’s Aviva Stadium on September 3. The game...

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Historic Win for Tipperary Hurling Teams

John O'Dwyer.

County Tipperary, the “Blue and Gold Legends,” won the All-Ireland senior and minor hurling finals in Croke Park, Dublin on Sunday, September 4. Hurling is Ireland’s national game and one of...

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The Irish Olympic Diaspora

Medals from the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

Ireland had a reasonable showing at the 2016 Summer Olympics with two silver medals, including the country’s first for rowing (see right). But what about the Irish diaspora? How did the descendants...

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Silver Streak:
Ireland’s Olympic Medals

The O'Donovan brothers. (Photo: RTÉ / YouTube)

Gary and Paul O’Donovan, of Lisheen, Co. Cork, made history at the Rio Olympic Games in August when they secured the country’s first ever medal in a rowing event. The brothers, who sped from...

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Philippines Missionary Receives Humanitarian Award

Father Shay Cullen with some of the Preda School children.

Father Shay Cullen, a Dublin-born Columban Missionary based in the Philippines since 1969, has been given the 2016 Hugh O’Flaherty Humanitarian Award. Cullen (pictured above with his students) has...

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Irish Film Institute Brings the Past Online

U.S. President John F. Kennedy is greeted by an enthusiastic crowd of children and nuns from the Convent of Mercy, as he arrives from Dublin by helicopter at Galway's sports ground, Ireland, June 29, 1963. (AP Photo)

The Irish Film Institute has digitized over 1,200 minutes of Irish cinema, documentary, and public information films dating back to 1910. The free online archive (available at ifiplayer.ie) also...

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2016 Kennedy Summer School

Pictured at the Kennedy Summer School at New Ross Co. Wexford on the Dunbrody Famine Ship are Tad Devine, Chief Strategist with the Bernie Sanders 2016 Presidential Campaign, The United States Ambassador to Ireland Kevin F. O’Malley, the former Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley and Kevin Cullen, Columnist with the Boston Globe. (Photo: Patrick Browne)

The annual Kennedy Summer School took place in September in New Ross, County Wexford. Over 30 guest speakers, including the U.S. Ambassador Kevin O’Malley, attended a series of ten debates relating...

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Ireland Ordered to Recoup €13 Billion from Apple

Apple headquarters in Cork.

The E.U. antitrust regulator has ordered Ireland to recoup €13 billion ($14.5 billion) in taxes, saying that Apple was given selective treatment in Ireland that allowed it to gain advantage over...

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Kellys Are a Charitable Gang

Colleen Kelly, former NYPD Commissioner Raymond  Kelly, Kips Bay Boys and Girls Club Executive  Director Dan Quintero, Ed Kelly and members of the Kips Bay Boys and  Girls Club at the check  presentation.

There is former New York top cop Ray Kelly and his son, Good Day New York anchor Greg Kelly. There’s New York Post columnist Keith Kelly and former Weather Channel CEO Mike Kelly. All these Irish...

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Dallas Dubliner Bishop Headed to the Vatican

Bishop Kevin J. Farrell. (Official Photograph / Courtesy of the Catholic Diocese of Dallas)

Dallas bishop Kevin J. Farrell, a Dublin native, has been named to a new position at the Vatican. In August, Pope Francis named Farrell – who had served nearly a decade as Bishop of Dallas, Texas...

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The Irish at the Emmys

Left to right: Mike Gibbons, Michael Kelly, Maura Tierney, and Liev Schreiber.

From intense dramas to variety shows, the Irish were well represented at the 68th annual Emmy Awards held in September. Winners included producer Mike Gibbons, one of the creative team behind James...

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Irish Eye on Hollywood:
John Crowley to Direct Goldfinch Adaptation

John Crowley (Photo: Focus Features)

John Crowley is staying literary, but going bigger. After directing the Oscar-nominated Irish immigrant saga Brooklyn, Crowley was the toast of Ireland’s movie scene. The movie – starring Saoirse...

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Irish Eye on Hollywood:
Finola Dwyer Shopping Brooklyn TV Spinoff

Finola Dwyer. (Photo: Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

Meanwhile, Colm Tóibín’s Brooklyn will likely have a second life on the small screen. Finola Dwyer – the New Zealand-born producer who guided Brooklyn to the big screen – has confirmed that...

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Irish Eye on Hollywood:
Irish Talent in Toronto

Vanessa  Redgrave,  Jim Sheridan, and Rooney Mara at the Toronto Film Festival.

Take a deep breath, because the Toronto International Film Festival back in September had not one, not two but at least six films with Irish ties that will soon be making their way to U.S. screens....

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Irish Eye on Hollywood:
The Gunn Brothers

Marvel's Guardians Of The Galaxy. Director James Gunn on set with actor Sean Gunn. (Photo: Jay Maidment / Marvel 2014)

The website biography of Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn begins like this: “James Gunn was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri in a large Irish Catholic family. At the age of twelve...

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Irish Eye on Hollywood:
Mike O’Malley Helms Survivor’s Remorse

Mike O'Malley.

Mike O’Malley would not appear to be a likely choice to work as a top producer for a TV show such as Survivor’s Remorse on the Starz network. The show – which is also produced by NBA great...

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Irish Eye on Hollywood:
Canadian Irish Murder Gets TV Treatment

Margaret Atwood.

A notorious murder case in Canada involving an Irish immigrant is the basis for a forthcoming Netflix series. The streaming service is developing the best-selling Margaret Atwood novel Alias Grace...

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Irish Detective Survives Meat Cleaver Attack

Brian O'Donnell coming out of the hospital with his family.

Irish immigrant Detective Brian O’Donnell was severely injured when he intercepted a dispute between his NYPD colleagues and an armed attacker in September. O’Donnell, who left Dublin for New...

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Irish Boy in Chicago Directs Anti-Bullying Video

The Bully / Youtube

Dublin-born Chicago middle schooler Jonah Maxwell has tackled the issue of bullying in his school by writing and directing a video on the subject. The Bully, which dramatizes seventh-grader...

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Chuck Feeney to End Irish Grants

Feeney, top center, with Gerry Adams (left) and Bruce Morrison (bottom) in Northern Ireland during peace negotiations, December 17, 1997. (Photo: Crispin Rodwell)

Irish American philanthropist and entrepreneur Chuck Feeney, who has been engaging in philanthropic projects across the globe for over thirty years, announced in August that his foundation, Atlantic...

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California’s First Irish Hunger Memorial

The dedication of California’s first memorial to the Irish Hunger. (Photo: Loretta McCarthy)

The community of Eugene, California welcomed the state’s first Irish Hunger Memorial at its dedication ceremony in Saint Joseph’s Cemetery in September. It was the product of efforts by the Irish...

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“Mother of Orphans” Sculpture Renewed

Donors and volunteers who helped fund the plaque and restoration of Margaret Place in New Orleans. (Photo: Monumental Task Committee, Inc. / Facebook)

Since July 9, 1884, a sculpture of humanitarian Margaret Haughery, otherwise known as “The Mother of Orphans” (June / July 2016 issue), has stood on the corner of Camp and Prytania Streets in New...

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America’s Oldest Irish Pub Closes

Patrick's of Pratt Street in Baltimore, allegedly the oldest Irish bar in the U.S., has closed.

The oldest Irish pub in America shut its doors once and for all in September. Patrick’s of Pratt Street, a tourist attraction and local haunt alike, was established in Baltimore by Patrick Healy in...

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Taming the Bambino

Left to right: Babe Ruth, Bill Carrigan, Jack Barry, and Vean Gregg of the Boston Red Sox. (The George Grantham Bain collection, Library of Congress / Wikimedia Commons)

Managing Babe Ruth, winning multiple World Series, and the no-nonsense authority of Bill “Rough” Carrigan. ℘℘℘ To control a brash young Babe Ruth – who joined the Boston Red Sox at age...

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Those We Lost

Left to right: Peter Barry, Bob Dunfey, John McLaughlin, and John Timoney.

Recent passings in Ireland and Irish America. ℘℘℘ Peter Barry 1928 – 2016 Former Fine Gael leader, tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs Peter Barry died in August at his home in Cork...

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Dublin’s Fair County

Three Rock Mountain, which forms part of the group of hills in the Dublin Mountains.

Seaside villages, mountains and castles. There’s more to Dublin than its famed city. ℘℘℘ I thought I knew Dublin. I’ve spent lots of time in the capital and even accompanied friends from...

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Irish Scholarship Landmark at Boston College: 25th Anniv. Salute to the Burns Scholars

Mary McAleese, Burns Scholar 2013, served as the eighth President of Ireland from 1997-2011. Photographed at the Library of Trinity College Dublin by Kim Haughton for the exhibition Portrait of a Century.

Since 1991, the Burns Visiting Scholar in Irish Studies program at Boston College has invited various academics and experts in Irish Studies to live on campus, where they teach, confer, and conduct...

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The Real Life Story of Bridge of Spies Lawyer James B. Donovan

Donovan (right) and Fidel Castro in Cuba, 1963.

The Irish American New York lawyer who defended a Russian spy, and negotiated on behalf of the thousands of prisoners captured after the failed Bay of Pigs invasion of Cuba, is remembered by his...

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Fiction: “Sky”

©Photo by Rachel Brown Giese / The Donegal Pictures “Summer Rain: Bailc Shamhraidh”

THE ROAD OUTSIDE this house is the same one my mother and father walked together each morning of their married life to Mass. Hand in hand, then arm in arm as they got older. That now is nearly seen...

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What Are You Like?
Author Donal Ryan

Tipperary-born and Limerick-based writer Donal Ryan. (Photo: Anthony Woods)

Donal Ryan is one of Ireland’s best new writers. His first novel, The Spinning Heart, was published to great acclaim in 2012. It won the Guardian First Book Award, the European Union Prize for...

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Wild Irish Women:
Dancer in a Rough Field

“Portrait of Kathleen Behan,” by Sarah Henrietta Purser (1848 – 1943). Oil on board. (Photo: National Gallery of Ireland)

The extraordinary life of Kathleen Kearney Behan, 1889 – 1984. ℘℘℘ History has cast Kathleen Behan in supporting roles, reducing her to the “sister of” or “mother of” someone...

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2016: Reflections on a Centenary

Frank Shouldice, and his 
father, Frank, at the 
unveiling of a plaque in Boyle, County Roscommon, in July. The plaque acknowledges the 
contribution made by volunteers from the area, including the author’s namesake, in the fight for Irish freedom.  (Photo: BoyleToday.com)

 How the 1916 commemorations helped people connect on a personal level. “Everything is repeated, in a circle. History is a master because it teaches us that it doesn’t exist. It’s the...

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Mary Chase: The Woman Behind “Harvey”

Mary Chase.  After Harvey, Chase continuously produced new creative works until her death in 1981.

The story of playwright Mary Chase and how the classic comedy Harvey was influenced by her Irish heritage.  ℘℘℘ During summertime in cities and towns across the U.S., movies are screened...

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Tim Kaine’s Irish Roots

Immigrant John Mannion (left) and his son, T.P. Mannion (middle). Though it’s hard to see, the latter  is sporting a monocle. What do you think? Is there a resemblance? (Newspapers.com)

Just how Irish is the Democratic vice-presidential nominee? And what does Tim Kaine’s family tree have in common with Downtown Abbey? ℘℘℘ No sooner had Hillary Clinton announced Tim Kaine...

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Roots: That Keegan Fire

The Keegan family crest and author Jennifer Egan and NYPD detective Eddie Egan.

The family name Keegan developed from McEgan, the Anglicized form of MacAodhagain (pronounced mack-HYOO-gan), meaning “son of Aodhagain.” When familial prefixes fell into disuse during the...

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Sláinte! The Magic of Mushrooms

A fairy ring, also known as fairy  circle. Since ancient times, naturally occurring rings of mushrooms were taken as a sign of  otherworldly presences.

From fairy rings to the perfect Thanksgiving side dish, mushrooms have fascinated people since antiquity.  ℘℘℘ Alert! Savvy insider grocery tip I’ve kept secret for several decades ahead!...

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Review of Books

Books of Irish and Irish American interest. From Elsewhere, by Ciaran Carson, and The Wonder, by Emma Donoghue.

Books of Irish and Irish American interest. ℘℘℘ From Elsewhere By Ciaran Carson In a new collection of translations, Belfast poet Ciaran Carson tackles the late modern poetry of Jean Follain, a...

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Review of Books:
Kathleen Donohoe’s “Ashes of Fiery Weather”

Kathleen Donohoe's debut novel puts women at the forefront of four generations of firefighters.

Kathleen Donohoe’s debut novel is a stunning and intimate portrayal of four generations of New York City firefighters that puts women at the forefront. ℘℘℘ The Irish tradition in the New...

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Music Reviews

Music reviews from Kristin McGowan.

New music of Irish and Irish American interest. ℘℘℘ Legacy, Volume 2 Celtic Thunder This familiar, favored collection of incredible talent begins with an extraordinary rendition of the...

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Photo Album: Rebel Irish Girl

Nora as a young girl. This photograph, and the page from the autograph book, pictured below, were sent to the family by Aoife Torpey, an archivist at Kilmainham Gaol.

Nora Brosnan’s role in the fight for Irish independence is remembered by her granddaughter. ℘℘℘ Hanora “Nora” Brosnan was born on September 17, 1905, the youngest of 10 children, to Mary...

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Continuity and Change: The Irish Role in American Politics

Senator John A. Danaher, Republican of Connecticut,  in 1939. (Photo: Library of Congress)

For the second straight White House election, the Democratic and Republican candidates for vice president grew up in strong Irish American and Catholic families. Eyebrow-arching in itself, the fact...

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Hibernia

Irish Eye on Hollywood:
John Crowley to Direct Goldfinch Adaptation

John Crowley is staying literary, but going bigger. After directing the Oscar-nominated Irish...

Georgia Tech & Boston College Spar in Dublin

Boston College lost a hard-fought game to Georgia Tech 14-17 at the 2016 Aer Lingus College...

Irish Detective Survives Meat Cleaver Attack

Irish immigrant Detective Brian O’Donnell was severely injured when he intercepted a dispute...

Kellys Are a Charitable Gang

There is former New York top cop Ray Kelly and his son, Good Day New York anchor Greg Kelly....

Historic Win for Tipperary Hurling Teams

County Tipperary, the “Blue and Gold Legends,” won the All-Ireland senior and minor hurling...

California’s First Irish Hunger Memorial

The community of Eugene, California welcomed the state’s first Irish Hunger Memorial at its...

Irish Eye on Hollywood:
The Gunn Brothers

The website biography of Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn begins like this: “James...

Irish Eye on Hollywood:
Irish Talent in Toronto

Take a deep breath, because the Toronto International Film Festival back in September had not one,...

Silver Streak:
Ireland’s Olympic Medals

Gary and Paul O’Donovan, of Lisheen, Co. Cork, made history at the Rio Olympic Games in August...

The Irish at the Emmys

From intense dramas to variety shows, the Irish were well represented at the 68th annual Emmy...

Dallas Dubliner Bishop Headed to the Vatican

Dallas bishop Kevin J. Farrell, a Dublin native, has been named to a new position at the...

Irish Eye on Hollywood:
Finola Dwyer Shopping Brooklyn TV Spinoff

Meanwhile, Colm Tóibín’s Brooklyn will likely have a second life on the small screen. Finola...

Taming the Bambino

Managing Babe Ruth, winning multiple World Series, and the no-nonsense authority of Bill...

Chuck Feeney to End Irish Grants

Irish American philanthropist and entrepreneur Chuck Feeney, who has been engaging in philanthropic...

“Cycle Around Ireland” Spotlights Mental Health

Former Irish international hockey player Lisa Jacob and competitive triathlete turned pilot Nikki...

“Mother of Orphans” Sculpture Renewed

Since July 9, 1884, a sculpture of humanitarian Margaret Haughery, otherwise known as “The Mother...

Ireland’s Top Goal Scorer Retires Internationally

Irish captain and all-time record goal scorer Robbie Keane (pictured right) has commenced his...

Irish Eye on Hollywood:
Canadian Irish Murder Gets TV Treatment

A notorious murder case in Canada involving an Irish immigrant is the basis for a forthcoming...

Irish Boy in Chicago Directs Anti-Bullying Video

Dublin-born Chicago middle schooler Jonah Maxwell has tackled the issue of bullying in his school...

Ireland Ordered to Recoup €13 Billion from Apple

The E.U. antitrust regulator has ordered Ireland to recoup €13 billion ($14.5 billion) in taxes,...

Philippines Missionary Receives Humanitarian Award

Father Shay Cullen, a Dublin-born Columban Missionary based in the Philippines since 1969, has been...

2016 Kennedy Summer School

The annual Kennedy Summer School took place in September in New Ross, County Wexford. Over 30 guest...

Irish Film Institute Brings the Past Online

The Irish Film Institute has digitized over 1,200 minutes of Irish cinema, documentary, and public...

America’s Oldest Irish Pub Closes

The oldest Irish pub in America shut its doors once and for all in September. Patrick’s of Pratt...

The Irish Olympic Diaspora

Ireland had a reasonable showing at the 2016 Summer Olympics with two silver medals, including the...

Irish Eye on Hollywood:
Mike O’Malley Helms Survivor’s Remorse

Mike O’Malley would not appear to be a likely choice to work as a top producer for a TV show such...