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The Irishman Who Built New York Harbor

John Wolfe Ambrose emigrated from County Limerick as a boy and went on to leave an indelible mark on New York City. He...

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What Are You Like?
Sebastian Barry

Novelist Sebastian Barry takes our questionnaire.  ℘℘℘ Sebastian Barry was born in Dublin in 1955 and has become one...

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Hall of Fame: Terry O’Sullivan

For more than 150 years, the American labor movement has been a conduit for Irish American economic growth and, just as...

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John Ford:
A True Film Pioneer

Film director Martin Scorsese was honored with the John Ford Award at the annual Irish Film and Television Awards...

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Hall of Fame:
Michael Dowling

In 1995, Limerick-native Michael Dowling was offered the position of senior vice president of hospital services at Northwell...

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In This Issue

Hall of Fame:
Dr. William C. Campbell

William Campbell pictured at his cottage in Cape Cod. He always carries a pencil in his pocket to jot down any ideas that may occur as he moves through his day. (Photo: Kit DeFever)

­For centuries, onchocerciasis, commonly known as river blindness, had plagued remote communities in Africa, Latin America, and Yemen. Lifelines for villagers, the rivers are breeding grounds for...

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Hall of Fame:
Michael Dowling

Michael Dowling, CEO of  Northwell Health. (Photo: Kit DeFever)

In 1995, Limerick-native Michael Dowling was offered the position of senior vice president of hospital services at Northwell Health, formerly North Shore-LIJ Health System, which was then a...

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Hall of Fame:
Sister Tesa Fitzgerald

Sister Tesa Fitzgerald is the founder and director of Hour Children.

Sister Teresa “Tesa” Fitzgerald, a nun of the order of the Sisters of St. Joseph and the founder of non-profit organization Hour Children, is a long-time believer in the power of routine. “If...

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Hall of Fame: Terry O’Sullivan

O’Sullivan speaks to LIUNA leaders at the union’s 2013 Leadership Conference. (Photo: Bill Burke)

For more than 150 years, the American labor movement has been a conduit for Irish American economic growth and, just as importantly, between the Irish in America and their families still in Ireland...

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Hall of Fame:
Dr. Kevin White

Kevin White in his role as 
athletics director at Duke University in 
North Carolina.

Kevin White believes that his success and impact on collegiate sports is because of his Irish ancestry. “I am who I am, the diminutive pluses combined with the avalanche of minuses, because of my...

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The First Word:
“It’s Not What You Look at. It’s What You See.”

Henry David Thoreau.

“We’re the nation that just had six of our scientists and researchers win Nobel Prizes – and every one of them was an immigrant.” – @POTUS 3:40 PM • Oct. 13, 2016. President Obama...

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Brian Burns Named New Irish Ambassador

Seen at the Ireland-U.S. Council’s 2017 Winter Meeting in Palm Beach, Florida were (from left) Shane Stephens, Consul General for Ireland for the Southeast United States; Michael J. Gibbons, Chairman of the 2017 Winter Meeting; Brian W. Stack, President of the Ireland-U.S. Council; Guest Speaker Brian Burns, the next United States Ambassador to Ireland.

Philanthropist, businessman, and Irish America Hall of Fame member Brian Burns was officially announced as President Donald Trump’s appointment for ambassador to Ireland in January. He was tapped...

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Northern Ireland Undergoes Historic Election Shift

Sinn Féin's Michelle O'Neill (right) is  congratulated by party leader Gerry Adams and party members Mary Lou McDonald (left), and Órlaithí Flynn, in Belfast March 3, after Sinn Féin’s victories had become clear. (Photo: Peter Morrison / AP)

For the first time in history of Northern Ireland there will be a nationalist majority in the national assembly at Stormont. A short 10 months after the previous Northern Ireland Assembly election,...

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Gen. Martin Dempsey Receives Joyce Award

General Martin E. Dempsey. (CJCS, official portrait 2012)

General Martin Dempsey, the former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, was presented with the James Joyce Award in Dublin recently. Also known as the Honorary Fellowship of the Society, the award...

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Over 100,000 U.K. Companies Registered in Ireland After Brexit

Almac executive director Colin Hayburn.

Despite the fact that the deadline for the completion of the U.K. withdrawal from the European Union is two years away, U.K. companies are already registering in Ireland to shore up contingency plans...

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Dairy State Bans Kerrygold Butter

Banned. (Photo: Nick Saltmarsh / Flickr)

There was statewide outcry in Wisconsin when much-loved Irish butter brand Kerrygold was outlawed at the end of February, due to a 1970 law that dictates all butter sold there must be subject to...

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Knock Visionary to Be Reinterred at St. Patrick’s Cathedral

John Curry, center, with Patrick Hill, another of the Knock visionaries, right, and an unidentified friend in New York. (Photo: Knock Shrine)

The remains of John Curry, the youngest visionary to have claimed to see the alleged 1879 apparition of the Virgin Mary at Knock, County Mayo, are to be reinterred at the Basilica of St. Patrick’s...

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Irish American Musician Advocates for Syria

Connor (center) with his wife, Reem, and their two children, Jude and Fayrouz (right), and Reem’s mother Raghda (far left), a retired public school teacher who was  detained by the Assad regime for attempting to protest in Damascus in 2011, and  father Taha (second left), whose family’s homes have been destroyed by shelling. (Photo courtesy Dylan Connor)

Dylan Connor is an Irish American singer/songwriter who, inspired by his Syrian wife, Reem Alhariri Connor, has become a celebrated activist for Syria and its refugees. Connor, who is the first...

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Irish Eye on Hollywood:
Stephen King Partners with Irish Heavyweights

Stephen King.

Talk about scary talents. Brendan Gleeson is teaming up with Irish American TV legend David E. Kelley and horror god Stephen King for an upcoming mini-series. David E. Kelley. The Dublin-born...

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Irish Eye on Hollywood:
Netflix Buys The Irishman

DeNiro  and Pacino in 2008’s  Righteous  Kill.

Speaking of how radically the entertainment business is changing, anticipation has been building for the Martin Scorsese-Robert DeNiro-Al Pacino gangster flick The Irishman. The film will tell the...

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Irish Eye on Hollywood:
Simon Fitzmaurice, Director with ALS, Makes U.S. Feature Film Debut

Simon Fitzmaurice.

Simon Fitzmaurice has already lived a life more incredible than any movie. Back in 2008, Fitzmaurice, from Wicklow, was a promising filmmaker who’d had a short film screened at the Sundance Film...

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Irish Eye on Hollywood:
Play Ball: The Duke of Tralee

The  “Duke  of Tralee,” Roger  Bresnahan.

Just in time for the start of another baseball season, one of Irish America’s first great athletic stars is set to be the subject of a major film, with one of his descendants even producing the...

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Irish Eye on Hollywood:
Colin Farrell Leads Civil War Drama

Colin Farrell in a still from The Beguiled.

In June, look for Colin Farrell to lead a strong cast in the U.S. Civil War drama The Beguiled, based on a novel by Irish American writer Thomas P. Cullinan. The Beguiled tells the story of a wounded...

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Irish Eye on Hollywood:
Streaming Irish

Malachi Martin appears on TV in a still from Hostage to the Devil.

Numerous streaming services have begun to offer up expanded Irish entertainment. Acorn TV now offers Striking Out, an Irish legal drama. Striking Out was hailed as “a roaring success” by the...

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Irish Eye on Hollywood:
Boxer-Actor John Duddy’s Festival Raves

John Duddy (right) with Brendan Coyle, Don Cisternino, and Colin Broderick at the world premier of Emerald City in London last December. (Photo: Ryan McKenna / Twitter)

Making the rounds and earning raves at film festivals is Irish boxer John Duddy’s acting debut Emerald City. The film, written by Northern Irish native Colin Broderick and produced by Irish Downton...

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Jimmy McAleer’s Opening Day Legacy

President Taft receiving baseball fromClark Griffiths after throwing out first pitch in 1910. (Photo: National Baseball Hall of Fame Library)

The Irish American baseball legend who introduced the concept of the opening day pitch by the President of the United States. ℘℘℘ James Robert, “Jimmy,” McAleer, the youngest of eight...

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Report from Havana: Irish Latin American Conference

President  Higgins meeting with Aleida Guevara March, daughter of Che  Guevara, in Havana on February 18. (Che  Guevara’s grandmother was from Galway). (Photo: Alamy)

The annual conference of the Society for Irish Latin American Studies (SILAS), “Island Relations: Ireland, Cuba and the Latin World,” was held in Havana over four days in February. The conference...

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The Forgotten Irish Remembered at U.S. National Archives

Damian Shiels.

Irish archeologist Damian Shiels, who specializes in what he calls “conflict archeology,” will launch his new book on the Irish immigrant experience during the Civil War at the National Archives...

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Spotlight on Mulvaney at U.S.-Ireland Business Summit

Mulvaney speaking at the 2012 Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Gage Skidmore / Wikimedia Commons )

In March, the Ireland-U.S. Economic Business Relations Summit will host one of the top Irish American members of the new presidential administration team in New York. Former congressman Mick Mulvaney...

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McGregor v. Mayweather in the Cards?

Conor McGregor at UFC 189 World Tour London. (Photo: Andrius Petrucenia / Flickr)

Legendary boxing trainer Freddie Roach has predicted that a boxing match between undefeated former five division world champion boxer Floyd Mayweather and reigning Ultimate Fighting Championship...

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Glucksman Ireland House Honors Niall O’Dowd and James Galway

Niall O'Dowd and Loretta Brennan Glucksman. (Photos: James Higgins)

Glucksman Ireland House at New York University honored Irish America founding publisher Niall O’Dowd at their 24th annual gala dinner in February, along with renowned flautist Sir James...

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It Takes a Village

Egan, far right, at Slattery’s Midtown Pub with members of the Slattery family (from left to right, Michael Ryan, club chairman; Oliver, Rita , John, and Justin) who hosted the Kildangan GAA team at Slattery's pub in February.

In February, 110 Irish men and women from Kildangan, County Tipperary converged on the New York midtown pub Slattery’s to help raise money for a new half-million euro community center, complete...

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New Leadership for Concern Worldwide U.S.

Joanna Geraghty on a Concern visit to Nairobi, Kenya in February. (Photos: Courtesy of Concern Worldwide U.S.)

Two Irish America Business 100 honorees have been unanimously elected chair of the board of directors and chief executive officer of the non-profit international humanitarian organization Concern...

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Those We Lost

From left: Desmond Connell, Frank Delaney, Ronan Fanning, Dermot Gallagher, Mary Tyler Moore, and Magie Roche.

Recent passings in Ireland and Irish America. ℘℘℘ Desmond Connell 1926 – 2017 Former archbishop of Dublin Cardinal Desmond Connell, who stepped down from the position during the 2004 furor...

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Celebrating St. Patrick’s Day Parades in the U.S.

Mummers parade in Savannah, Georgia during the city's annual St. Patrick's Day Parade.

Some of the biggest and best celebrations of Ireland’s patron saint actually take place in America. New York may have the largest parade in the country, but it’s followed closely by Savannah,...

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The Irishman Who Built New York Harbor

John  Wolfe Ambrose, Because of his efforts, New York Harbor was deepened to handle the largest transatlantic ships,  allowing New York’s commercial economy to boom; A view of the New York City docks, c. 1880. (Photos: Museum of the City of New York; Courtesy South Street Seaport Museum Archives)

John Wolfe Ambrose emigrated from County Limerick as a boy and went on to leave an indelible mark on New York City. He cleaned the streets and turned New York Harbor into a world port. ℘℘℘ Like...

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Wild Irish Women:
Mother Jones

Mother Jones at the White House, September 26, 1924. (Photo: Library of Congress)

Irish-born American labor leader Mother Jones was once known as the “most dangerous woman in America.” ℘℘℘ The editors of the socially-conscious magazine Mother Jones, explaining...

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Window on the Past:
The Battering Ram (Photos)

Eviction from the Vandeleur Estate in  Kilrush, Co. Clare,  c. 1888. Photos courtesy Sean Sexton.

Sean Sexton’s photographic archive, considered the finest privately-held collection of Irish photographs in the world, provide a poignant photo-history of evictions in the final decades of the 19th...

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Salt Spring Island:
The Land of Fairies

There's more than meets the eye on British Columbia's Salt Spring Island.

British Columbia’s oldest working farm, founded by Irishman Henry Ruckle in 1872, has turned into something of a fairy land. ℘℘℘ Between a visionary immigrant farmer and an unknown planter of...

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John Ford:
A True Film Pioneer

Martin Scorsese says John Ford "was a visionary in the truest form and his films are enriched with artistic energy."

Film director Martin Scorsese was honored with the John Ford Award at the annual Irish Film and Television Awards presentation in Dublin on February 25. Scorsese was a huge fan of Ford as he explains...

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What Are You Like?
Sebastian Barry

Novelist Sebastian Barry.

Novelist Sebastian Barry takes our questionnaire.  ℘℘℘ Sebastian Barry was born in Dublin in 1955 and has become one of Ireland’s most celebrated authors, writing plays as well as novels...

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Review of Books

Ireland's Immortals; The House of Memory; Jonathan Swift: The Reluctant Rebel; The Stolen Child.

Recently published books of Irish and Irish American interest. ℘℘℘ Ireland’s Immortals: A History of the Gods of Irish Myth By Mark Williams In the midst of the Celtic Revival of the late...

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Sláinte! The Irish and their Horses

Horses on the island of Inismore.

Irish horses are much more than the stuff of legend ℘℘℘ It is spring. The foals are being born. In their gawky, long-legged honor, I give you the saga of the Irish and their horses. It is a...

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Forward the Music of the Gael

Sean, Jr., Joe, Kevin, and Mike McGonigal.

There’s more to piping than meets the ear. Kristin McGowan talks to Joe McGonigal, the highly sought after musician and teacher, about his upcoming plans and the influence of his grandfather on the...

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Photo Album: Rosamond Mary Moore Carew at 106

Rosamond and her husband James F. Carew at the beach.

Happy Birthday, Mema. Rosamond Mary Moore Carew turns 106 March 15. ℘℘℘ Rosamond Mary Moore Carew, my mother, known to her family as “Mema,” may just be the oldest living Irish American....

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The Last Word:
JFK at 100

John F. Kennedy at 46, on his Irish  trip in June 1963.

What is the best way to properly mark the 100th birthday of John Fitzgerald Kennedy? ℘℘℘ On May 29, a series of events across the country will mark what would have been John Fitzgerald...

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Hibernia

Northern Ireland Undergoes Historic Election Shift

For the first time in history of Northern Ireland there will be a nationalist majority in the...

New Leadership for Concern Worldwide U.S.

Two Irish America Business 100 honorees have been unanimously elected chair of the board of...

Jimmy McAleer’s Opening Day Legacy

The Irish American baseball legend who introduced the concept of the opening day pitch by the...

The Forgotten Irish Remembered at U.S. National Archives

Irish archeologist Damian Shiels, who specializes in what he calls “conflict archeology,” will...

Brian Burns Named New Irish Ambassador

Philanthropist, businessman, and Irish America Hall of Fame member Brian Burns was officially...

McGregor v. Mayweather in the Cards?

Legendary boxing trainer Freddie Roach has predicted that a boxing match between undefeated former...

Knock Visionary to Be Reinterred at St. Patrick’s Cathedral

The remains of John Curry, the youngest visionary to have claimed to see the alleged 1879...

Gen. Martin Dempsey Receives Joyce Award

General Martin Dempsey, the former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, was presented with the...

Glucksman Ireland House Honors Niall O’Dowd and James Galway

Glucksman Ireland House at New York University honored Irish America founding publisher Niall...

Dairy State Bans Kerrygold Butter

There was statewide outcry in Wisconsin when much-loved Irish butter brand Kerrygold was outlawed...

It Takes a Village

In February, 110 Irish men and women from Kildangan, County Tipperary converged on the New York...

Over 100,000 U.K. Companies Registered in Ireland After Brexit

Despite the fact that the deadline for the completion of the U.K. withdrawal from the European...

Report from Havana: Irish Latin American Conference

The annual conference of the Society for Irish Latin American Studies (SILAS), “Island Relations:...

Irish American Musician Advocates for Syria

Dylan Connor is an Irish American singer/songwriter who, inspired by his Syrian wife, Reem Alhariri...

Spotlight on Mulvaney at U.S.-Ireland Business Summit

In March, the Ireland-U.S. Economic Business Relations Summit will host one of the top Irish...