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The 2016 Business 100

Now entering its fourth decade, the Irish America Business 100 has a long history of providing recognition to a fundamental...

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Dinner and “The Dead”

The Irish Repertory Theatre mounts an immersive production of James Joyce’s famous short story “The...

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John Quinn: The Forgotten Irish American Nationalist

John Quinn, the unpretentious Irish American lawyer who funded the Irish literary renaissance by supporting Ireland’s...

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Ireland’s Ancient South East

A stroll through Ireland’s mystical past, from ancient castles and rugged stone monuments to lively taverns and modern day...

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The “Loving” Star Power of Ruth Negga

Ruth Negga isn’t just an actress; she’s a movie star. ℘℘℘ About ten minutes into Loving, director Jeff...

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In This Issue

The Image Maker

FleishmanHillard president and CEO John Saunders is Irish America’s 2016 Business 100 Keynote Speaker. He believes brands get the reputation they deserve, and he wants to keep it that way by...

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The 2016 Business 100

Now entering its fourth decade, the Irish America Business 100 has a long history of providing recognition to a fundamental core of American business. It can be easy to assume that the Irish in...

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First Word: A Nation of Immigrants?

“Immigration policy should be generous; it should be fair; it should be  flexible. With such a policy we can turn to the world, and to our own past, with clean hands and a clear...

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McGregor Trailblazes UFC

Ultimate Fighting Championship featherweight champion Conor McGregor (below) became the only mixed martial artist in history to hold two UFC titles simultaneously in November, when the Dubliner took...

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Bono Named Among Glamour’s Women of the Year

U2 lead and lifelong humanitarian Bono was named among Glamour magazine’s ten Women of the Year in November, breaking a 26-year-long precedent of honoring, naturally, women. The magazine wrote...

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Irish Designer Clodagh Wins Humanitarian Award

American-based Irish designer Clodagh received the prestigious Manfred Steinfeld Humanitarian Award in November for her work with the Thorn Tree Project in Kenya. The award, given by Hospitality...

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Irish Government Funds Aid for Syria

In October, the Irish government made a contribution of €5 million ($5.55 million) to the Turkey Refugee Facility for victims of the Syrian civil war. Following a subsequent meeting with E.U....

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Donegal Woman Bakes for Unity

The third annual “International Bake Bread for Peace Day” was celebrated across the world on October 24th this year on Facebook, with countless people baking and posting photos of their bread...

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Ciaran Murray to Chair ICON

ICON plc, a Dublin-based global provider of drug development solutions and biotechnical, pharmaceutical, and medical device services, announced in October that Irish America Business 100 honoree...

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Belfast Airport to Lose Sole Direct U.S. Link

Northern Ireland is set to lose its only direct flight to the U.S. United Airlines chose to end the Belfast to Newark service, effective from the start of January, citing the route’s “poor...

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Ireland Tops Best Hotels of 2016

The Ballyfin Hotel of Co. Laois (pictured right) was named the best hotel in the world by Conde Nast Traveller in an October listing. Two other Irish hotels made the top ten, with Waterford Castle...

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Church of Scientology Arrives in Dublin

A new Church of Scientology National Affairs Office has made its home in Merrion Square, Dublin, and will be used to deliver Scientology-supported social programs in Ireland, such as rights awareness...

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Birr Castle Plans Largest Redwood Grove Outside California (UPDATE)

The largest forest grove of giant redwoods outside of California will be planted through a public participation project by Birr Castle and the Irish environmental organization Crann – Trees for...

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Irish Eye oh Hollywood: Live by Night on Christmas Day

It’s not exactly a typical holiday feel-good movie, but Live by Night ­– directed by and starring Ben Affleck, based on the novel by Irish American master Dennis Lehane – is set to be one of...

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Irish Eye on Hollywood: Fassbender Heads to Spanish Inquisition

Brendan Gleeson will actually be having himself a busy Christmas movie season. On December 21, Gleeson’s latest movie Assassin’s Creed opens. Starring fellow Irish actor Michael Fassbender,...

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Irish Eye on Hollywood: Double Duty for Liam Neeson

Also opening around Christmas will be not one, but two flicks featuring Liam Neeson. First, there is Martin Scorsese’s latest film, the religious epic Silence, which stars Neeson, as well as...

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Irish Eye on Hollywood: Three Times a Star

Irish American actress Caitlin Fitzgerald is bringing 2016 to a rousing end. Aside from starring in season four of the ongoing Showtime series Masters of Sex, she appears in three films as the year...

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Irish Eye on Hollywood: Lenny Abrahamson Takes a Chance

Director Lenny Abrahamson earned an Academy Award nomination for his adaptation of Emma Donoghue’s Room. Up next for the Dublin-born filmmaker is a Hulu TV show and a controversial boxing...

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Irish Eye on Hollywood: The Irishman Set to Make DeNiro Young Again

Speaking of Scorsese, more details are emerging about his upcoming mega-project The Irishman, starring Robert DeNiro and Al Pacino.  Though it is still in the pre-production phase, anticipation for...

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Irish Eye on Hollywood: 9/11 and Bobby Sands Subjects of New Streaming Documentaries

Jim Sheridan’s latest Irish movie The Secret Scripture, based on Irish writer Sebastian Barry’s novel, premiered at the Toronto Film Festival, though there is no word yet on a wide release. It...

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Out & About: Malachy McCourt Honored

Irish American Writers and Artists Inc. (IAW&A) presented Malachy McCourt, the legendary actor, author, and radio host with the Eugene O’Neill Lifetime Achievement Award on October 17, 2016 at...

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Out & About: Building Irish & American Business Links

The Ireland U.S. Council honored Willie Walsh, CEO, International Airlines Group (IAG) at its 54th annual dinner at the New York Metropolitan Club on November 10. Walsh, born in Dublin, began his...

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Out & About: Irish Olympic Stars at UCD Gala

University College Dublin’s Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School’s 14th annual New York Benefit Dinner took place at the Metropolitan Club in Manhattan on October 19. Pictured above are Marie...

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Out & About: Concern’s Seeds of Hope Dinner

Concern Worldwide U.S., the Irish relief organization, held its 20th annual Seeds of Hope Award Dinner at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York on November 29. John Greed, president and CEO of Mutual...

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Out & About: Gaelic Sports Stars Take New York

The biggest annual celebration of Gaelic games in the U.S. marked its fifth anniversary on October 6, when 500 guests packed into the gilded ballroom of New York’s Plaza Hotel for a gala dinner...

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Out & About: New Golf & Heritage Tourism Initiative

Club Choice Ireland director Larry Byrne was in New York in November to promote tailor-made golfing vacations in Ireland’s east and southeastern counties. Hailing from County Wexford, Byrne, who...

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New York City Street Renamed for Easter Rising

New York’s Irish bonds were celebrated in November at the renaming ceremony of a municipal stairway in Maspeth, Queens. The step-street, now officially “Easter Rising Way,” overlooks Calvary...

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Chicago Miracles

Miracles happen in threes, but few foresaw this one coming when Ireland’s rugby team met the New Zealand All-Blacks in a historic match November 5 at Chicago’s Soldier Field, home to the Chicago...

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U.S. Police to Investigate IRA Infiltrator

Two American police officers, NYPD Deputy Commissioner for Intelligence and Counterterrorism John Miller and LAPD Deputy Chief Mike Downing, will join the group conducting Northern Ireland’s...

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Aisling Irish Center Celebrates 20 Years

New York’s Aisling Irish Center celebrated its 20th year of providing community programs and social services to Irish immigrants in October. As revealed by executive director and Kerry native Orla...

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Weekly Comment:
Irish American Tavern Named World’s Best Bar

Irish American tavern The Dead Rabbit Grocery and Grog in New York claimed the top spot on Drinks International magazine’s World’s 50 Best Bars list for the second year in a row in October. The...

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Former Boston Mayor Immortalized

The Raymond L. Flynn Marine Park of the South Boston Seaport District was officially dedicated to the former mayor of Boston on November 12 in a gathering of city and state officials, tourism...

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Archbishop Joseph Tobin to Lead Newark

Moderate clergyman Joseph Tobin was named the new Archbishop of Newark by Pope Francis in November as part of a larger effort to reformulate the Roman Catholic Church’s hierarchy in the United...

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Jim Clerkin Receives Spirit of the Diaspora Award in Northern Ireland

Jim Clerkin, an Irish America Business 100 keynote speaker and one of Northern Ireland’s most successful overseas businessmen, was honored with a special diaspora award by Northern Irish...

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Those We Lost

Recent passings in Ireland and Irish America. ℘℘℘ Kevin Curran 1957 – 2016 Television comedy writer Kevin Curran, best known for his work on Late Night with David Letterman, Married… With...

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Ireland’s Ancient South East

A stroll through Ireland’s mystical past, from ancient castles and rugged stone monuments to lively taverns and modern day crafts.  ℘℘℘ I recently paid a visit to Ireland’s Ancient East....

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The Fabulous Murphys

Gerald Murphy and his wife, Sara, were the golden couple at the center of glamorous expatriate life in Paris and the Riviera in the 1920s, with a social circle that included many of the great artists...

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Dead Shot Mary

New York City police officer and detective Mary Agnes Shanley (1896-1989) was the first policewoman to use a gun in an arrest. She made over 1,000 collars in her career and, at just 160 pounds, had...

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The “Loving” Star Power of Ruth Negga

Ruth Negga isn’t just an actress; she’s a movie star. ℘℘℘ About ten minutes into Loving, director Jeff Nichols’s remarkably powerful new film about a couple whose court challenged ended...

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John Quinn: The Forgotten Irish American Nationalist

John Quinn, the unpretentious Irish American lawyer who funded the Irish literary renaissance by supporting Ireland’s leading writers of the day (including W.B. Yeats and James Joyce), is less...

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Dinner and “The Dead”

The Irish Repertory Theatre mounts an immersive production of James Joyce’s famous short story “The Dead.”  ℘℘℘ Dublin, January 6, 1904. The Feast of the Epiphany. At the townhouse of...

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Sláinte! The Joyous Season

Ireland’s ancient Christmas traditions and the magic of Newgrange.  ℘℘℘ The winter holidays are a time to gather with family and friends, to share abundance, to feast, to reflect on joyful...

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Playing in the Band

For the perfect pairing of Grateful Dead and traditional Celtic sound, look to Wake the Dead, a California group of experts musicians. ℘℘℘ For almost 17 years, Wake the Dead has dug deep into...

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What Are You Like?
Keith & Kristyn Getty

The Northern Irish duo reinventing the hymn. ℘℘℘ Keith and Kristyn Getty have written music together since 2001 (and have been married since 2004). Both born near Belfast, they now live between...

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There’s Something About Morag

Morag Prunty, who writes as Kate Kerrigan, talks about growing up in London with Irish parents. ℘℘℘ There are two ways it can go when you interview a former journalist. Either they are...

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Review of Books

Books of Irish and Irish American interest. ℘℘℘ Dear Mr. Beckett: Letters from the Publisher By Barney Rosset, edited by Lois Oppenheim, and curated by Astrid Myers Rosset More than anything,...

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Weekly Comment:
Winter Watch List

What’s good on Netflix, Hulu, Amazon, and more of Irish and Irish American interest. ℘℘℘ The holiday season brings with it some much-needed time off for rest and relaxation. Sure, it’s...

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Paddy’s Papal Absence

It sure was big news when Pope Francis, the first Latin American pontiff, was chosen. And there has been talk about the prospect of having a black or Asian pope. But amid the widening papal radar,...

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Photo Album: The Fight for Irish Freedom and the 2nd IRA Tipperary Brigade

This photograph, of the officers of the 2nd Tipperary Brigade, was taken in May 1920 by Ed McGrath, the brigade’s vice commandant. My maternal grandfather, Michael “Mike” Dwan, is pictured...

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The Last Word:
Discrimination – Remembering the Hard Times

Discrimination, when it’s directed at you, can shape the course of your life. It can prevent you from having a say in what happens to you, where you can go, what you can do. It shuts you up and...

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Hibernia

Former Boston Mayor Immortalized

The Raymond L. Flynn Marine Park of the South Boston Seaport District was officially dedicated to...

Chicago Miracles

Miracles happen in threes, but few foresaw this one coming when Ireland’s rugby team met the New...

Out & About: New Golf & Heritage Tourism Initiative

Club Choice Ireland director Larry Byrne was in New York in November to promote tailor-made golfing...

Weekly Comment:
Irish American Tavern Named World’s Best Bar

Irish American tavern The Dead Rabbit Grocery and Grog in New York claimed the top spot on Drinks...

Jim Clerkin Receives Spirit of the Diaspora Award in Northern Ireland

Jim Clerkin, an Irish America Business 100 keynote speaker and one of Northern Ireland’s most...

Out & About: Malachy McCourt Honored

Irish American Writers and Artists Inc. (IAW&A) presented Malachy McCourt, the legendary actor,...

Ciaran Murray to Chair ICON

ICON plc, a Dublin-based global provider of drug development solutions and biotechnical,...

Birr Castle Plans Largest Redwood Grove Outside California (UPDATE)

The largest forest grove of giant redwoods outside of California will be planted through a public...

Ireland Tops Best Hotels of 2016

The Ballyfin Hotel of Co. Laois (pictured right) was named the best hotel in the world by Conde...

Archbishop Joseph Tobin to Lead Newark

Moderate clergyman Joseph Tobin was named the new Archbishop of Newark by Pope Francis in November...

Irish Government Funds Aid for Syria

In October, the Irish government made a contribution of €5 million ($5.55 million) to the Turkey...

McGregor Trailblazes UFC

Ultimate Fighting Championship featherweight champion Conor McGregor (below) became the only mixed...

Out & About: Irish Olympic Stars at UCD Gala

University College Dublin’s Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School’s 14th annual New York...

Out & About: Concern’s Seeds of Hope Dinner

Concern Worldwide U.S., the Irish relief organization, held its 20th annual Seeds of Hope Award...

Irish Designer Clodagh Wins Humanitarian Award

American-based Irish designer Clodagh received the prestigious Manfred Steinfeld Humanitarian Award...

U.S. Police to Investigate IRA Infiltrator

Two American police officers, NYPD Deputy Commissioner for Intelligence and Counterterrorism John...

Aisling Irish Center Celebrates 20 Years

New York’s Aisling Irish Center celebrated its 20th year of providing community programs and...

Irish Eye on Hollywood: Double Duty for Liam Neeson

Also opening around Christmas will be not one, but two flicks featuring Liam Neeson. First, there...

Bono Named Among Glamour’s Women of the Year

U2 lead and lifelong humanitarian Bono was named among Glamour magazine’s ten Women of the Year...

Church of Scientology Arrives in Dublin

A new Church of Scientology National Affairs Office has made its home in Merrion Square, Dublin,...

Donegal Woman Bakes for Unity

The third annual “International Bake Bread for Peace Day” was celebrated across the world on...

Belfast Airport to Lose Sole Direct U.S. Link

Northern Ireland is set to lose its only direct flight to the U.S. United Airlines chose to end the...

New York City Street Renamed for Easter Rising

New York’s Irish bonds were celebrated in November at the renaming ceremony of a municipal...

Out & About: Building Irish & American Business Links

The Ireland U.S. Council honored Willie Walsh, CEO, International Airlines Group (IAG) at its 54th...

Out & About: Gaelic Sports Stars Take New York

The biggest annual celebration of Gaelic games in the U.S. marked its fifth anniversary on October...