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The Forgotten Irish American Artist of the Capitol Building

Geoffrey Cobb writes about Thomas Crawford, who sculpted the figure of Liberty and Freedom on top of the U.S. Capitol in...

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Mother Teanga

The Irish language has roots stretching back at least 5,000 years, and shares words with Sanskrit, the ancient classical...

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In Search of Lost Writers

The unexpected success of the efforts of Dublin’s Tramp Press to re-release out-of-print and forgotten books by Irish...

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Maudie: A Love Story

Irish director Aisling Walsh talks to Patricia Harty about her latest film. ℘℘℘ Set in Nova Scotia and filmed in...

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Window on the Past:
The Georgia Healys

In antebellum Georgia, the Healy children, born legal slaves to an Irish immigrant father and his black common-law wife, had...

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In This Issue

Barbara Lynch:
Cooking for the City She Loves

With ingenuity, a lot of talent, and a passion for cooking, Barbara Lynch rose from cooking for the priests in her Southie neighborhood to one of the top chefs and restaurateurs in the country....

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First Word:
The Joys of Cooking

Our cover story on top chef and restauranteur, Barbara Lynch got me thinking about my first forays into cooking, which involved wrestling with a Stanley wood-burning stove. I have fond memories of...

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Bus Éireann Dispute Sparks Suspicion

The daily routines of many Irish commuters were thrown into disarray when employees of Bus Éireann, an intercity and regional bus service that connects areas in Dublin, Limerick, Waterford, and...

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Michael D. Higgins First Leader to Light Uisneach Fire in 1,000 Years

In May, Irish President Michael D. Higgins became the first Irish leader to light the ceremonial fire on the hill of Uisneach in County Westmeath since the last High King (presumed to be Ruaidrí Ua...

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Irish Artist Awarded for Refugee Shots

Irish photographer Richard Mosse was awarded the 2017 Prix Pictet photography award in May for his Heat Maps series, which tracks the journeys of Middle Eastern and North African refugees with the...

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New Roles for Irish Diplomats

Irish ambassador to Great Britain Dan Mulhall (above right) is set to replace Anne Anderson as the Republic of Ireland’s 18th representative in the United States as part of a rotation in the senior...

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Entrepreneurial Emigrants Invited Home

Returning diaspora who wish to kickstart new businesses on Irish soil can now apply for support with a new government-funded mentoring scheme, Minister for Diaspora and International Development Joe...

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Census Reports on Love and Language

The results of the Republic of Ireland’s most recent census, conducted April 24, 2016, were released April 6. The census, which occurs every five years, requires everyone on Irish soil to submit a...

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Ireland Announces Online Passport Applications

In March the Irish government rolled out a major change to its passport issuing office, allowing Irish citizens to renew their passports online, from anywhere in the world. The service, Minister for...

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Irish Beach Brought Back to Life Overnight

Sand has returned to a village beach on Achill Island for the first time in over 30 years after a surprise deposit from the Atlantic Ocean in April. Since storms washed away the sand in 1984, leaving...

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Wexford Festival Opera Named Best in World

Ireland’s famed Wexford Festival Opera won the prestigious “Best Festival” prize at this year’s International Opera Awards at the London Coliseum, home of the London Opera, in May. The...

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Irish Eye on Hollywood: John Cusack Scouts the North for Thomas Francis Meagher Film

Irish American John Cusack recently went on a secret movie mission to Belfast. Chicago native Cusack (Say Anything, Being John Malkovich, Hot Tub Time Machine) was ostensibly in the North to receive...

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Irish Eye on Hollywood: Colin Farrell is Beguiled

One of the more highly-anticipated dramas for this summer is Colin Farrell’s The Beguiled, hitting theaters in late June. The film was in competition for the top prize at late May’s prestigious...

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Irish Eye on Hollywood: The Dunning Man Adaptation Hits the Festival Circuit

Writer Kevin Fortuna’s collection of stories The Dunning Man was heaped with praise when it was released a few years back. “The mostly Irish American characters… should know better by...

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Irish Eye on Hollywood: Jane Lynch Leads Unabomber Series

Later this year, an Irish American actress will play a starring role in a TV drama series about an Irish American crime fighter nabbing a notorious killer. Jane Lynch is slated to play U.S. Attorney...

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Irish Eye on Hollywood: Rumors Surround U.S. Father Ted Remake

Hollywood runs on many things, from money to egos. Another essential show biz ingredient? Rumors. It often takes months – even years – to sort out the difference between what a movie is rumored...

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Irish Eye on Hollywood: The Golden Age of New York Journalism

Legendary Irish American newspaper columnist Jimmy Breslin (right) is gone but will not be forgotten. Breslin, who died in March at the age of 88, left behind a series of classic columns as well as a...

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Irish Eye on Hollywood: Liam Neeson Tackles a Revamped Philip Marlowe

Lots of Irish talent looks to be coming together for an upcoming movie about an iconic American detective. Liam Neeson (right) will reportedly portray novelist Raymond Chandler’s famous private...

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Irish Eye on Hollywood: Streaming Report

In case you missed these when they first came out… Two famous Hollywood directors with strong Irish ties – John Huston and John Ford – are among those profiled in the three-part Netflix...

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Reinventing Anne of Green Gables

The Donegal actress at the heart of a new series ­­­about Canada’s most famous orphan talks to Irish America. ℘℘℘ Fifteen-year-old Irish actress Amybeth McNulty has spent her entire life...

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Connecticut’s Coffin Ship Art Exhibit

Aseries of art pieces portraying the struggle for survival aboard the “coffin ships” on which 1.5 million Irish escaped the Great Hunger are now on display at the Knights of Columbus Museum in...

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North America Acts Irish

Community theater groups from throughout the United States and Canada converged at the Geva Theater Center in Rochester, New York for the 24th Annual Acting Irish International Theater Festival in...

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A Global Artist’s Irish Roots

A centenary symposium was held at London’s Royal Academy of Arts in April to honor artist Sir Sidney Nolan (right), an Australian with Irish roots who called himself a “citizen of the planet.”...

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Californian Student Discovers Cork Link

A Californian student attending University College Cork had a prominent role in the centenary commemoration of the first time the U.S. Navy ever landed in Ireland, after making the discovery that her...

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Obama Receives JFK Profile in Courage Award

In May, former president Barack Obama received the John Fitzgerald Kennedy Profile in Courage Award at the JFK Library in Boston. The award, which was created in 1990, is given each year in...

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Tom Moran Receives Honorary Doctorate from Manhattan College

Tom Moran, a perennial figure on Irish America’s Business 100 list and a member of our Hall of Fame, received an honorary degree in humane letters from his alma mater, Manhattan College, and...

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Tullaghoge Fort:
Home of the O’Neills

A memorial stone and plaque were unveiled to mark the 400th anniversary of the death of Hugh O’Neill.  ℘℘℘ The re-opening of Tullaghoge Fort last June has brought one of Ireland’s most...

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Francis Bacon Painting Hits $51.8m Bid

A triptych painting of George Dyer, the lover and muse of Irish-born figurative artist Francis Bacon, sold for $51.8 million at a Christie’s auction for contemporary works in May. The painting,...

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Origin Celebrates 15 Years

New York’s Origin Theatre Company, whose mission is to celebrate the work of Irish and European artists, celebrated its 15th anniversary with a gala party at Mutual of America building on Park...

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Washington Nationals Return to Irish Roots

Irish ambassador to the U.S. Anne Anderson joined the Washington Nationals baseball team at their home field of Nationals Park in May for Irish American Heritage Day, throwing out the first pitch of...

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Hurling Returns to Fenway Park

The sport of hurling will return to Fenway Park with a doubleheader in the AIG Fenway Hurling Classic and Irish Festival on November 19. The park last hosted a hurling event in 2015, bringing to an...

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Ireland v. Mexico Soccer Friendly

The Irish men’s national soccer team is set to square off against Mexico June 1 at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey. The friendly match, which won’t count towards either teams official international...

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Meagher’s Memorial, Late,
But Not Forgotten

When General Thomas Francis Meagher died, he never received a formal memorial. An Irish revolutionary turned exile, U.S. Army general, and acting governor of the Montana Territory, Meagher drowned in...

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IRB Leader and Civil War Vet Remembered

The 150th anniversary commemoration of Colonel Thomas J. Kelly and the Manchester Martyrs was celebrated at the Historic Woodlawn Cemetery in the Bronx in April. The event included a procession to...

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County Clare

With the use of audio tours and drones, one of the most beautiful counties in Ireland is captured in all its glory. ℘℘℘ “It’s a long, long way from Clare to here.” These may be the words...

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Wild Irish Women:
The Reporter Who Wouldn’t Go Away

Dorothy is Back! Dorothy Kilgallen was a TV and radio star, a columnist who wrote about theater and film, the rich and famous, but more than anything, she was a crime reporter who, at the time of...

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The Forgotten Irish American Artist of the Capitol Building

Geoffrey Cobb writes about Thomas Crawford, who sculpted the figure of Liberty and Freedom on top of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, DC.  Senate Pediment, marble, 1863, east front U.S. Capitol:...

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Mother Teanga

The Irish language has roots stretching back at least 5,000 years, and shares words with Sanskrit, the ancient classical language of India.  ℘℘℘ Almost all of us can speak a little Irish, and...

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Roots: The Lynches of Galway

The name Lynch, which is ranked among the 100 most common names in Ireland, originates with several different clans, and is most frequently traced back to the anglicization of the old Irish name Ó...

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Window on the Past:
The Georgia Healys

In antebellum Georgia, the Healy children, born legal slaves to an Irish immigrant father and his black common-law wife, had to be smuggled out of the state to avoid being sold into slavery. Several...

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What Are You Like?
Allen Leech

The former Downton Abbey star makes his American stage debut. ℘℘℘ ong before Allen Leech drove himself and the Crawley family into American hearts in a 1920 Renault for the surprise 2010 PBS...

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Maudie: A Love Story

Irish director Aisling Walsh talks to Patricia Harty about her latest film. ℘℘℘ Set in Nova Scotia and filmed in Newfoundland, Maudie is based on the true story of Canadian folk artist Maud...

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In Search of Lost Writers

The unexpected success of the efforts of Dublin’s Tramp Press to re-release out-of-print and forgotten books by Irish women writers. ℘℘℘ In 2014, Sarah Davis-Goff and Lisa Coen founded Tramp...

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Review of Books

POETRY The Wake Forest Series of Irish Poetry, Vol. 4 Selected by David Wheatley In the fourth installment of The Wake Forest Series of Irish Poetry, curated by 2008 Vincent Buckley Poetry...

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Beckett’s Bodies

“Dance first, think later. It is the natural order.” These are the words made famous by the characters of Samuel Beckett’s Waiting for Godot; characters who, Beckett delighted in suggesting,...

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Sláinte! My Own Personal Seanachie

Edythe Preet writes about her father’s love of literature and storytelling.  ℘℘℘ June always finds me thinking about my Father more than usual. It’s Father’s Day month, his birthday was...

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Those We Lost

Jimmy Breslin 1928 – 2017 Legendary New York City reporter Jimmy Breslin, who appeared on Irish America’s second ever cover in January of 1986, died March 19 in Manhattan following a bout of...

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Photo Album: The Old Irish of Burlington, Vermont

My family never celebrated St. Patrick’s Day at our house. When I got older and realized how Irish I was, I asked my mother why. She said she did not approve of all the drinking and she wanted her...

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A Global Artist’s Irish Roots

A centenary symposium was held at London’s Royal Academy of Arts in April to honor artist Sir...

Obama Receives JFK Profile in Courage Award

In May, former president Barack Obama received the John Fitzgerald Kennedy Profile in Courage Award...

Origin Celebrates 15 Years

New York’s Origin Theatre Company, whose mission is to celebrate the work of Irish and European...

Connecticut’s Coffin Ship Art Exhibit

Aseries of art pieces portraying the struggle for survival aboard the “coffin ships” on which...

Census Reports on Love and Language

The results of the Republic of Ireland’s most recent census, conducted April 24, 2016, were...

Tom Moran Receives Honorary Doctorate from Manhattan College

Tom Moran, a perennial figure on Irish America’s Business 100 list and a member of our Hall of...

Ireland Announces Online Passport Applications

In March the Irish government rolled out a major change to its passport issuing office, allowing...

New Roles for Irish Diplomats

Irish ambassador to Great Britain Dan Mulhall (above right) is set to replace Anne Anderson as the...

Washington Nationals Return to Irish Roots

Irish ambassador to the U.S. Anne Anderson joined the Washington Nationals baseball team at their...

Irish Beach Brought Back to Life Overnight

Sand has returned to a village beach on Achill Island for the first time in over 30 years after a...

Francis Bacon Painting Hits $51.8m Bid

A triptych painting of George Dyer, the lover and muse of Irish-born figurative artist Francis...

Hurling Returns to Fenway Park

The sport of hurling will return to Fenway Park with a doubleheader in the AIG Fenway Hurling...

Irish Artist Awarded for Refugee Shots

Irish photographer Richard Mosse was awarded the 2017 Prix Pictet photography award in May for his...

Bus Éireann Dispute Sparks Suspicion

The daily routines of many Irish commuters were thrown into disarray when employees of Bus...

IRB Leader and Civil War Vet Remembered

The 150th anniversary commemoration of Colonel Thomas J. Kelly and the Manchester Martyrs was...

Reinventing Anne of Green Gables

The Donegal actress at the heart of a new series ­­­about Canada’s most famous orphan talks to...

North America Acts Irish

Community theater groups from throughout the United States and Canada converged at the Geva Theater...

Meagher’s Memorial, Late,
But Not Forgotten

When General Thomas Francis Meagher died, he never received a formal memorial. An Irish...

Ireland v. Mexico Soccer Friendly

The Irish men’s national soccer team is set to square off against Mexico June 1 at MetLife...

Michael D. Higgins First Leader to Light Uisneach Fire in 1,000 Years

In May, Irish President Michael D. Higgins became the first Irish leader to light the ceremonial...

Californian Student Discovers Cork Link

A Californian student attending University College Cork had a prominent role in the centenary...

Wexford Festival Opera Named Best in World

Ireland’s famed Wexford Festival Opera won the prestigious “Best Festival” prize at this...

Tullaghoge Fort:
Home of the O’Neills

A memorial stone and plaque were unveiled to mark the 400th anniversary of the death of Hugh...

Entrepreneurial Emigrants Invited Home

Returning diaspora who wish to kickstart new businesses on Irish soil can now apply for support...