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Ireland at War: Photos from the Sean Sexton Collection

These rare photos from the Sean Sexton Collection chronicle the years of terror following the Rising when the Irish were...

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The Face of the Rising

Last year, Captain Peter Kelleher read the Proclamation in front of Dublin’s General Post Office, just as Pádraig Pearse...

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The Diaspora Commemorates 1916: United States

How the 100th anniversary of the Easter Rising was commemorated throughout the U.S. ℘℘℘ NEW YORK CITY Senator Chuck...

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1916 – 2016: Reflections

“At a time of immense challenge in Ireland, in Europe, and in the United States, it is important that we draw on the...

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150 Years:
The Fenians and Canada

One hundred and fifty years ago, members of the Fenian Brotherhood sought to force Britain’s hand by creating disturbances...

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In This Issue

The Diaspora Commemorates 1916: United States

Keynote Speaker Patsy Kelly addresses the crowd at the Philadelphia Easter Rising Centenary commemoration at Independence Hall. (Photo: C. Keenan)

How the 100th anniversary of the Easter Rising was commemorated throughout the U.S. ℘℘℘ NEW YORK CITY Senator Chuck Schumer launches the New York Rising commemorations in January. (Photo: James...

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The Diaspora Commemorates 1916: International Events

The Argentine Navy Band present for the first time during the program for Buenos Aires Celebrates Ireland. (Photo courtesy The Southern Cross)

How the 100th anniversary of the Easter Rising was commemorated throughout the world. ℘℘℘  CANADA Briona Nic Dhiarmada delivers a lecture at Concordia University. What Ireland’s Ambassador...

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Ireland Remembers 1916:
The Dublin Centerpiece

The wreath-laying ceremony, Sunday, March 27, at Glasnevin Cemetery. Photo: Maxwells

“Let us revive the best of the promise of 1916, so that those coming generations might experience freedom in the full sense of the term – freedom from poverty, freedom from violence and...

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Ireland Remembers 1916:
Beyond the Pale

Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness with actors in period costume at the 1916 Easter Rising event in Clifton House, Belfast, including Bartle D’Arcy (left), who is helping organize the centenary plans. (Photo: Belfast Telegraph)

The main Easter commemorations were in Dublin where most of the action happened on Easter Monday, April 24, 1916, but the Rising left deep scars on those beyond the Pale of Dublin. There were...

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First Word: How Looking Back Has Helped us Face Forward

A 19th century eviction, Vandeleur Estate, c. 1888. One of the photos from the Sean Sexton Irish collection. See below for a version to enlarge.

As you will see when you turn the pages, we couldn’t stop with the photographs in this commemorative issue. From North America to Argentina, Australia to Ireland, and places in between, we bring...

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Record Number of Irish Passports Issued in 2016

Irish Passport.

Arecord number of Irish passports were issued in 2016, the Irish Department of Foreign Affairs announced in January. In total, 733,060 passports were issued last year, a nine percent increase from...

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McGuinness Passes Torch to Michelle O’Neill

Martin McGuinness has stepped down as NI deputy first minister. Michelle O'Neill will assume the role.

Former Deputy First Minister of Northern Ireland Martin McGuinness announced in January that he would not be running for re-election due to an earlier diagnosis with a rare medical condition. Taking...

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Sligo Named European Volunteering Capital 2017

Left to Right: Joao Afonso, Deputy Mayor of Lisbon; Independent MEP Marian Harkin; Delores McDonagh, Sligo  County Council; and Ciara Herity, Sligo Volunteer Centre.

In January, Sligo was announced as the European Volunteering Capital for 2017, beating out other European cities like Belfast, London, Edinburgh, Bruges, and Cagliari. A joint application was...

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Donegal Crowned World’s Coolest Destination

Donegal cityscape.

Co. Donegal claimed the number one spot on National Geographic Traveller’s annual “Cool List” of recommendations for those who love travelling the world. The isolated western county ranked...

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Cliffs of Moher Experience Breaks Visitor Record

Cliffs of Moher.

The 10 year anniversary of the Cliffs of Moher Visitor Experience was celebrated with a tourism networking afternoon at the Experience’s headquarters in Liscannor, Co. Clare in February. The event...

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Conor McGregor Cracks Forbes’ 30 Under 30

Conor McGregor.

Reigning Ultimate Fighting Championship Lightweight Champion Conor McGregor has made the prestigious 2016 Forbes magazine list of 30 Under 30 European entertainment stars. McGregor, who hails from...

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Irish Surgeon Discovers New Organ

Irish surgeon J. Calvin Coffey has discovered a new abdominal organ called the mesentery.

Historic medical discourses all over the world are set to be rewritten now that Irish surgeon J. Calvin Coffey has discovered a new abdominal organ called the mesentery, a finding which could lead to...

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2016 Presidential Distinguished Service Awards

Four Irish Americans were awarded the President's Distinguished Service Medal. (Photo: DFA)

The Presidential Distinguished Service Awards were celebrated in January, honoring exceptional members of the Irish diaspora. President Michael D. Higgins (first row, center) presented the awards to...

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$12.7m Sets Irish Whiskey Production to Soar

A new copper pot still is navigated through Midleton, Co. Cork. (Photo: Padraic O'Reilly / Shannon Images)

Production of Irish whiskey is to skyrocket by 33 percent due to a $12.7 million investment made by Irish Distillers for the purchase of three additional stills for the Midleton, Co. Cork distillery....

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U.S.S. Mason Makes Historic Trip to Northern Ireland

Sailors from the U.S.S. Mason (DDG-87) stopped off in Northern Ireland on their return trip from the Gulf Coast to honor their ship's heritage and Northern Irish relationships.

Last year, the U.S.S. Mason arrived in Derry, honoring the crew of the ship’s World War II namesake, which made port in Northern Ireland in 1944.  ℘℘℘ Standing shoulder-to-shoulder, squared...

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Irish Eye on Hollywood:
Is 007 jumping into the “pool”?

Hugh Jackman, Pierce Brosnan, Ryan Reynolds

Rumors abound in Hollywood that Irish hunk – and former James Bond – Pierce Brosnan will be appearing as a villain in the sequel to the critically-acclaimed box office smash Deadpool, starring...

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Irish Eye on Hollywood:
Jamie Dornan’s Heavy February

Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson on the set of Fifty Shades Darker.

Northern Irish model-turned-actor Jamie Dornan once again steamed up winter movie screens just in time for Valentine’s Day in Fifty Shades Darker, the sequel to the massive erotic hit Fifty Shades...

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Irish Eye on Hollywood:
Ruth Negga Returns in Preacher

Ruth Negga as Tulip O'Hare in AMC's Preacher.

Ruth Negga – born in Africa to an Ethiopian father and Irish mother – was one of the only Irish actors to receive an Academy Award nomination this time around, for her portrayal of Mildred Loving...

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Irish Eye on Hollywood:
Irish Stars Alight King Arthur

Katie McGrath

Wicklow native Katie McGrath and Dubliners Aidan Gillen and Michael McElhatton will team up with Charlie Hunam in the big-budget May release King Arthur. Hunam – best known as the lead in TV’s...

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Irish Eye on Hollywood:
Eve Hewson’s Fantasy Role

Eve Hewson, 2014.

Another forthcoming fantasy epic of war and adventure is Robin Hood: Origins, featuring Jamie Foxx as Little John as well as Taron Egerton in the title role. And who will be playing Maid Marian but...

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Irish Eye on Hollywood:
Year of Irish Heavyweights

Michael Fassbender as Chad Cutler and Brendan Gleeson as Colby Cutler in Trespass Against Us.

Not too many people saw the pairing of two Irish cinematic heavyweights – Brendan Gleeson and Michael Fassbender – in the crime caper Trespass Against Us. The film came and went in theaters with...

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Irish Eye on Hollywood:
Girls Draws to a Close

Colin Quinn in Girls.

It’s old Brooklyn meets new Brooklyn on the final season of the HBO comedy Girls. Star and creator Lena Dunham has asked Brooklyn-born Irish American comedy legend Colin Quinn to appear as one of...

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Irish Eye on Hollywood:
SNL Gets its Own Biopic

Thomas Lennon and Michael O'Donoghue.

The Irish American tradition of TV comedy – in front of and behind the camera – will be on full display later this year in another much anticipated new Netflix film entitled A Futile and Stupid...

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Irish Eye on Hollywood:
Project Children Documentary Dazzles

Project Children founder Denis Mulcahy

A documentary that opened many eyes in Ireland and England is making its way to U.S. film festivals and will also be screened in Manhattan in April. How to Defuse a Bomb: The Project Children Story...

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Joe Biden Receives Surprise Medal of Freedom, May Return to Ireland This Summer

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In January, Barack Obama surprised former Vice President Joe Biden with the highest honor that can be bestowed on an American citizen by the government – the Presidential Medal of Freedom with...

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Boston Mayor Walsh Stands up for Immigrants

Mayor Walsh.

Boston’s Mayor Marty Walsh has emerged nationally as a fiery opposition voice in the early days of the Trump Administration. The day after the inauguration, Walsh gave a speech at a women’s rally...

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The Taoiseach’s American Trips

Enda Kenny and Michael Bloomberg.

Taoiseach Enda Kenny arrived in the U.S. in November for a three-day trip in which he met with businesses leaders in New York and Silicon Valley to promote Ireland as an investment location in the...

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Chris Kennedy Running for IL Governor

Chris Kennedy.

Chris Kennedy, the son of Senator Robert F. and Ethel Kennedy, officially launched his campaign for the governor of Illinois in February, invoking a platform of state budget reform, access to...

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Petition for U.S.S. Patrick Gallagher Gains Steam

Patrick "Bob" Gallagher.

Patrick Gallagher, who everyone called Bob, left County Mayo at 18 to live in America. Four years later, in April 1966, he was drafted and enlisted in the U.S. Marines and, following basic training,...

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One Hundred Pounds Peeled Off with Potato Diet

Andrew Taylor. (Photo: Facebook)

The illustrious nutritional profile of the humble potato was further proven by the commitment of one Australian man to eat nothing but the starchy root vegetable for the entirety of 2016. Andrew...

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Irish Post Expands with Acquisition of Irish TV Assets

Elgin Loane, owner of the Irish Post.

London-based newspaper the Irish Post has purchased the digital and intellectual property assets of the defunct Irish TV company, the company announced in February. Irish TV, which was founded in...

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Norwegian Air to Commence $69 Irish Flights

Norwegian Air may introduce $69 flights to Ireland this summer.

International budget airline Norwegian Air has announced plans to provide inexpensive flights to Ireland this coming July, with initial fares at $69 for a one-way ticket, though round trip rates will...

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Margaret Molloy: Wearing Irish

Margaret Molloy, of Siegel+Gale, who started the #WearingIrish campaign. All photos courtesy Margaret Molloy. See below for full-size image and designer credits.

Margaret Molloy has tied her pride in her Irish heritage with her love of fashion and social media expertise to create the #WearingIrish social media initiative. ℘℘℘ In March 2016, Molloy, the...

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Looking Forward: Festivals

Gilda Fiume in title role of Maria de Rudenz by Donizetti. WFO 2016. (Photo by Clive Barda)

Fun Festivals in Ireland and Irish America ℘℘℘ Wexford Festival Opera The 66th Wexford Festival Opera will take place between October 19 and November 5, showcasing Medea by Luigi Cherubini...

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Those We Lost

T.K. Whitaker (1916 – 2017) was "the most influential public servant in the history of Ireland’s economic development," writes Olivia O'Mahony.

Recent passings in Ireland and America. ℘℘℘ Elizabeth Flatley 1936 – 2017 Michael and Elizabeth Flatley. Mother of celebrated Irish dancer Michael Flatley, Elizabeth “Eilish” Flatley died...

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1916 – 2016: Reflections

March 3, 2016; Anne Anderson, Irish ambassador to the United States, gives  remarks at the Gala  Premiere of the  documentary 1916: The Irish Rebellion at the Leighton Concert Hall in the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center in Notre Dame, IN. The documentary was produced by Notre Dame. (Photo by Barbara Johnston/University of Notre Dame)

“At a time of immense challenge in Ireland, in Europe, and in the United States, it is important that we draw on the perspective of memory, steady ourselves with reflection, and think boldly about...

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An American Perspective (Photos)

The President of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins, inspects the troops in front of the General Post Office. All photos by Cliff Carlson.

A look at the 1916 Easter Rising Commemorations in Dublin through the lens of Cliff Carlson. ℘℘℘ I’m glad I did it. I’m half Swedish, I have no connection with the Easter Rising that I...

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The Face of the Rising

Captain Peter Kelleher from the 27th Infantry Battalion, Irish Defense Forces, reads the Proclamation at the GPO, O’Connell Street, Dublin, March 27, 2016. (Photo: Maxwells)

Last year, Captain Peter Kelleher read the Proclamation in front of Dublin’s General Post Office, just as Pádraig Pearse had done April 24, 1916, and the ensuing photographs became the face of...

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After the Rising

Members of the First Dáil. First row (left to right): Laurence  Ginnell, Michael Collins, Cathal Brugha, Arthur Griffith, Éamon de Valera, Count Plunkett, Eoin MacNeill, W. T. Cosgrave, and Kevin  O’Higgins (third row, right).

The soaring oratory of the Easter Rising Proclamation – “In this supreme hour the Irish nation must . . . prove itself worthy of the august destiny to which it is called” – was followed by...

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Ireland at War: Photos from the Sean Sexton Collection

An unidentified man, thought to be Terence MacSwiney, is arrested. All photos courtesy of the Sean Sexton Collection. See below for more.

These rare photos from the Sean Sexton Collection chronicle the years of terror following the Rising when the Irish were caught up in the War of Independence and the Civil War. ℘℘℘ You can read...

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Up Tipp:
Hurling & Nationalism

Brendan Maher, captain Tipperary Senior Hurling team, lifts the McCarthy cup following  the team’s All-Ireland final triumph over the  Kilkenny “Cats” by 2-15 to 2-08. Goals were scored by John “Bubbles” O’Dwyer and John McGrath, while Seamus Callanan contributed 13 points. (Photo: RTÉ)

Dave Lewis explores the historical connections between the Gaelic Athletic Association, nationalism, and a heritage of hurling in County Tipperary. ℘℘℘ 2016 was a great year for Ireland as it...

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Wild Irish Women: Elizabeth O’Farrell – A Fearless Woman

Illustration by David Rooney. Courtesy of 1916 Portraits and Lives, edited by Lawrence William White and James Quinn.

An Irish nurse and member of Cumann na mBan, Elizabeth O’Farrell performed nursing and courier duties, delivering dispatches and ammunition to rebels over the days of the Easter Rising. She further...

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150 Years:
The Fenians and Canada

The Battle of Ridgeway. An 1869 lithograph  produced in Buffalo, NY depicting the charge of the Fenians, led by Col. O’Neill, against No. 5 Company, Queen’s Own Rifles of Canada, a Toronto military unit, near Niagra, Ontario, on June 2, 1866.  (Photo: Library and Archives Canada)

One hundred and fifty years ago, members of the Fenian Brotherhood sought to force Britain’s hand by creating disturbances along the Canadian border. The raids failed, but they led to an unexpected...

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Music Reviews

From left: Rising, by Black Bank Folk; Visionaries – 1916, by Lorcán Mac Mathúna with Elaine O’Dea, Íde Mac Mathúna, Daire Bracken, Martin Tourish, and Éamonn Galldubh; The Girl with the Beret, by Kate O'Callaghan; No Force on Earth, by Damian Dempsey.

A number of albums released this year and last have has strong thematic links to the Easter Rising.  ℘℘℘ Rising  Black Bank Folk A debut album years the making, Rising, tells the human...

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The Tenacity of Hope

Cheevers (center left) and Brady (center right) with their host parents, Carol and Duke Hoffman, at JFK airport in 1975.

A new documentary recounts the founding of Project Children and the strides the all-volunteer organization made toward helping Northern Ireland achieve peace.  ℘℘℘ “It’s simple, it’s not...

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“A Living Soul for Ireland:” The Poetic Legacy of the Rising

The Proclamation outside Dublin's GPO, March 27, 2016. (PHOTO: MAXWELLS DUBLIN GOVERNMENT HANDOUT )

On Sunday March 27, 2016, with other representatives of the Irish diaspora, I attended a remarkable ceremony at the General Post Office in Dublin to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the 1916...

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Review of Books

Books of Irish and Irish American interest.

New novels by Irish authors; challenging the legacy of the Rising; and Americans’ role in the rebellion. ℘℘℘ A Line Made By Walking By Sara Baume Tragic figures such as Vincent Van Gogh,...

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Sláinte! The Little Clover

Shamrock on an Irish Defense Forces U.N. beret.

Slainte columnist Edythe Preet explores the story behind Ireland’s national symbol. ℘℘℘ Telling anyone with even just one drop of Irish blood there’s no such thing as a shamrock would be...

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Last Word: The Way Forward

Minister for  Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan, TD, who launched the 2016  Centenary Program in New York City at the Consulate of Ireland, is pictured with Ambassador Anne Anderson and John Concannon, who spearheaded the  commemorations. (Photo: James Higgins)

Following the success of the 1916 commemorations, the Irish government has launched a five-year program to celebrate the wealth of Ireland’s creativity.  ℘℘℘ 2016­ was a momentous year for...

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Hibernia

Record Number of Irish Passports Issued in 2016

Arecord number of Irish passports were issued in 2016, the Irish Department of Foreign Affairs...

Sligo Named European Volunteering Capital 2017

In January, Sligo was announced as the European Volunteering Capital for 2017, beating out other...

U.S.S. Mason Makes Historic Trip to Northern Ireland

Last year, the U.S.S. Mason arrived in Derry, honoring the crew of the ship’s World War II...

$12.7m Sets Irish Whiskey Production to Soar

Production of Irish whiskey is to skyrocket by 33 percent due to a $12.7 million investment made by...

2016 Presidential Distinguished Service Awards

The Presidential Distinguished Service Awards were celebrated in January, honoring exceptional...

Petition for U.S.S. Patrick Gallagher Gains Steam

Patrick Gallagher, who everyone called Bob, left County Mayo at 18 to live in America. Four years...

Irish Post Expands with Acquisition of Irish TV Assets

London-based newspaper the Irish Post has purchased the digital and intellectual property assets of...

Chris Kennedy Running for IL Governor

Chris Kennedy, the son of Senator Robert F. and Ethel Kennedy, officially launched his campaign for...

McGuinness Passes Torch to Michelle O’Neill

Former Deputy First Minister of Northern Ireland Martin McGuinness announced in January that he...

Margaret Molloy: Wearing Irish

Margaret Molloy has tied her pride in her Irish heritage with her love of fashion and social media...

Norwegian Air to Commence $69 Irish Flights

International budget airline Norwegian Air has announced plans to provide inexpensive flights to...

Boston Mayor Walsh Stands up for Immigrants

Boston’s Mayor Marty Walsh has emerged nationally as a fiery opposition voice in the early days...

Cliffs of Moher Experience Breaks Visitor Record

The 10 year anniversary of the Cliffs of Moher Visitor Experience was celebrated with a tourism...

One Hundred Pounds Peeled Off with Potato Diet

The illustrious nutritional profile of the humble potato was further proven by the commitment of...

The Taoiseach’s American Trips

Taoiseach Enda Kenny arrived in the U.S. in November for a three-day trip in which he met with...

Irish Surgeon Discovers New Organ

Historic medical discourses all over the world are set to be rewritten now that Irish surgeon J....

Those We Lost

Recent passings in Ireland and America. ℘℘℘ Elizabeth Flatley 1936 – 2017 Michael and...

Joe Biden Receives Surprise Medal of Freedom, May Return to Ireland This Summer

In January, Barack Obama surprised former Vice President Joe Biden with the highest honor that can...

Looking Forward: Festivals

Fun Festivals in Ireland and Irish America ℘℘℘ Wexford Festival Opera The 66th Wexford...

Conor McGregor Cracks Forbes’ 30 Under 30

Reigning Ultimate Fighting Championship Lightweight Champion Conor McGregor has made the...

Donegal Crowned World’s Coolest Destination

Co. Donegal claimed the number one spot on National Geographic Traveller’s annual “Cool List”...