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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...

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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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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...

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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...

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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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In This Issue

The Image Maker

John Saunders is president and CEO of public relations giant FleishmanHillard and Irish America's 2016 Business 100 Keynote Speaker. Photo by Kit DeFever. All other photos courtesy of John Saunders.

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

Irish America celebrates the 31st annual 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?

John F. Kennedy addresses the Anti-Defamation League on their 50th anniversary, January 1963. (YouTube)

“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

Dubliner Conor McGregor is the first UFC fighter to hold world championships in two weight divisions.

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

Bono is named Glamour magazine's Man 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

Irish designer Clodagh receives prestigious 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

Irish Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan.

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

Kelly shares her bread on the steps of Stormont.

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 president and CEO Ciaran Murray to assume chairman role.

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

Belfast Airport.

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

Ballyfin Hotel. (Photo: Ballyfin.com)

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

Church of Scientology opens on Merrion Square in Dublin. (Photo: Irish Times)

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

Lord Rosse and his grandchildren, William,Olivia, Bee, and Charlotte with one of the redwoods on the grounds of Birr Castle. (Photo: Chris Bellew / Fennell Photography)

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

Ben Affleck.

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

Michael Fassbender, right, in Assassin's Creed.

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

Liam Neeson in Silence.

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

Caitlin Fitzgerald.

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.

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

Robert DeNiro, c. 1980.

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

A still from Bobby Sands: 66 Days at Sands’s funeral in Belfast.

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

Ciarán O’Reilly  presented the award to Malachy McCourt. Photo: James Higgins.

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

John Fitzpatrick  (President, Fitzpatrick Hotel Group New York), Willie Walsh (Chief  Executive Officer, IAG) who received the 2016 Award for Outstanding Achievement, Brian Stack (President, The  Ireland- US Council) and Barbara Koster (Senior VP, Prudential Financial). Photo: James Higgins.

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

Gary and Paul O'Donovan with PwC Ireland's Marie O'Connor. Photo: James Higgins.

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

Left to Right: John Greed, Anne Anderson, and Tom Moran. Photo: Ben Asen.

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

Irish America  editor-in-chief Patricia Harty with Tipperary senior hurling team  captain Brendan Maher. Photos: James Higgins.

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

Larry Byrne (Club Choice  Ireland) and Alison Metcalfe (Tourism Ireland), at the Irish Consulate on November 10.  Photo: James Higgins.

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

Elizabeth Crowley, Barbara Jones, Gerry Adams at the naming ceremony. (Photo: DNAinfo / Katie Honan)

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

Captains Kieran Read of New Zealand, left, and Rory Best of Ireland lead their teams onto Soldier Field ahead of Ireland’s surprising 40-29 win over the All-Blacks Nov. 5.  Photo: Brendan Moran / Sportsfile.

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

NYPD Deputy Commissioner for Intelligence and Counterterrorism John Miller.

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

On September 30, the Aisling Irish  Community Center  celebrated their 20th  anniversary honoring three honorees, Consul General Barbara Jones, Hilary Bierne of the  St. Patrick’s Day  Foundation, and Kerri Ann O’Connor of St. Barnabas Parish. Above, left to right, Orla  Kellaher, Executive  Director, Aisling Irish  Community Center;  Honorees Kerri Ann  O’Connor, Consul  Barbara Jones, and  Hilary Beirne; and Agnes Delaney, Aisling Irish  Community Center  Board Chair. Photo: Nuala Purcell.

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

The Dead Rabbit Grocery and Grog was recently named the best bar in the world.

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

Mayor Marty Walsh pictured with Cathy Flynn and Mayor Flynn unveiling the Raymond L. Flynn Marine Park. Photo: Connell Gallagher / Irish Emigrant.

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

Joseph Tobin is the new Archbishop of 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, president and CEO of Moët Hennessy North America speaks at the Irish America Business 100 awards in 2015. Photo: Nuala Purcell.

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

Clockwise from top left: Kevin Curran, Peter Leo Gerety, Tom Hayden, Kay Starr, Joan Murphy, and Robert Kiley.

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

Jerpoint Abbey, Co. Kilkenny. The chief delight of the Abbey is the sculptured cloister arcade with unique carvings. (Photos courtesy Tourism Ireland)

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, Ginny Carpenter, Cole Porter, and Sara  Murphy.

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

Shanley being congratulated by Mayor La Guardia, 1937. Photo: Library of Congress.

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

Limerick-born actress Ruth Negga in Loving.

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, left, and Roger Casement.

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”

Boyd Gaines as Gabriel in the Irish Repertory Theater’s production of The Dead. (Photos courtesy Irish Repertory Theatre)

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

Dublin's Christchurch Cathedral at Christmas. Photo: Tourism Ireland.

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

Left to Right: (Back row) Sylvia Herold, Maureen Brennan, Cindy Brown, and Kevin Carr. (Front) Danny  Carnahan, Paul Kotapish, and Brian Rice. Photo courtesy Wake the Dead.

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

Keith and Kristyn during last year’s Christmas tour, which was broadcast on public television. Photo: Getty Music.

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 under the pen name Kate  Kerrigan.

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

The Clancys of Queens and Dear Mr. Beckett are reviewed.

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

"Rebellion," a TV show about the Easter Rising, aired on BBC and is now streaming on Netflix.

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

St. Killian’s  altar in St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Fifth Avenue, New York City. Photo: Patricia Harty.

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

The officers of the 2nd Tipperary Brigade IRA.  Back row: Michael Dwan (Q.M.), Michael Cleary (Vol.), Michael Kennedy (Lt.), James “Big Jim” Stapleton (Lt.), and James Lea (Brig.). Front row: Patrick Kinnane (Capt.), Jerry Ryan (Col.), John McCormack (Asst. Q.M.), and Egan Killahara. Photo: Ed McGrath, Killea (Vice Comdt.) / courtesy Sean Gaffey

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

Newspaper illustration, circa 1910, by  unknown artist. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

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

Out & About: Irish Olympic Stars at UCD Gala

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

Archbishop Joseph Tobin to Lead Newark

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

Out & About: Concern’s Seeds of Hope Dinner

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

New York City Street Renamed for Easter Rising

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

Donegal Woman Bakes for Unity

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

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...

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...

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...

Out & About: Building Irish & American Business Links

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

U.S. Police to Investigate IRA Infiltrator

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

Former Boston Mayor Immortalized

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

Ciaran Murray to Chair ICON

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

Irish Designer Clodagh Wins Humanitarian Award

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

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...

Church of Scientology Arrives in Dublin

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

Ireland Tops Best Hotels of 2016

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

McGregor Trailblazes UFC

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

Chicago Miracles

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

Out & About: Malachy McCourt Honored

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

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...

Irish Government Funds Aid for Syria

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

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...

Out & About: New Golf & Heritage Tourism Initiative

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

Aisling Irish Center Celebrates 20 Years

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

Birr Castle Plans Largest Redwood Grove Outside California

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