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Custer’s Last Rally

The Battle of the Little Bighorn, the most significant engagement of the Great Sioux War of 1876, saw the defeat of General...

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Delta 13 Charlie: Reflections of an Irish Soldier in Vietnam

Michael Coyne is one of many Irish-born soldiers who served in Vietnam. A crewman on a Patton tank, he spent most of his...

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Tim Ryan: A Champion for Diversity in the Workplace

PwC’s U.S. chairman has permanently opened the door to frank and honest dialogue about difference in the workplace at his...

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Kerry: The Beautiful Kingdom (Photos)

Photographer John Wesson on the landscape and people of Kerry that captured his imagination more than 30 years...

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No Stone Unturned

Award-winning filmmaker Alex Gibney has made a new documentary investigating the 1994 Loughinisland Massacre in County Down...

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In This Issue

Tim Ryan: A Champion for Diversity in the Workplace

PwC’s U.S. chairman has permanently opened the door to frank and honest dialogue about difference in the workplace at his firm and recruited the country’s top CEOs to an effort to improve...

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The 20th Annual Irish America Wall Street 50 Awards

The 2017 Irish America Wall Street 50 is published. View the honorees here. ℘℘℘ In 1998, we introduced the inaugural Wall Street 50 with the story of John J. Kiernan, the son of Irish emigrants...

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First Word:
Tabhair dom do Lámh

“If you really want to help society, you have to figure out a way to share all the lessons that you’ve learned.” – Tim Ryan Congratulations to all our honorees on this the 20th...

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Removal of Belfast “Peace Wall” is a Milestone in Peace Process

A milestone in the Northern Irish peace process was reached in September when the Belfast community welcomed the first demolition of a “peace wall,” a ten foot high barrier erected in 1989...

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Irishman Ibrahim Halawa Acquitted After Four Years

After four years spent imprisoned in Egypt, Ibrahim Halawa, the son of Egyptian immigrants to Ireland, was acquitted of all charges relating to a 2013 political protest that descended into violence....

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Referendum to be Held on Abortion

For the first time ever, a referendum will be held on whether Ireland’s constitutional ban on abortion, which puts women who illegally abort their pregnancies at risk of prison terms up to 14...

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E.U. Sues Ireland Over Billions Apple Owes in Tax Revenue

Ireland is being sued by the European Union for its failure to collect a year-old bill of €13 billion (over $15 billion) from Apple, Inc. In October, the European Commission referred the country to...

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Kurdish Refugee’s Croke Park Debut

History was made in Dublin’s Croke Park during the Lory Meagher Cup final in June, when the Leitrim senior hurling team took to the terrain for the first time against Warwickshire. Equally...

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Viking Sword Discovered in Cork

A 1,000-year-old Viking weaver’s sword was unearthed by archaeologists at the site of the former Beamer and Crawford brewery in Cork City in September. Dated back to the 11th century and...

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QUB Study’s Astronomical Breakthrough

Astronomers at Queens University Belfast have aided in detecting titanium oxide in the atmosphere of an exoplanet (or extrasolar planet, the name given to a planet outside of our solar system that...

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Ireland Launches Global Irish Diaspora Directory

In keeping with promises made at the second Global Irish Civic Forum held at Dublin Castle in May, Minister of the State for the Diaspora Ciarán Cannon (above) launched the Global Irish Diaspora...

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Irish Eye on Hollywood:
Kenneth Branagh Can’t Stop

Belfast native and Oscar winner Kenneth Branagh spent time behind the camera and in front of it during the shooting of Murder on the Orient Express, which hits theaters in November. Branagh starred...

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Irish Eye on Hollywood:
Aidan Gillen to Play James Joyce

Irish actor Aidan Gillen – best known for key roles in cable dramas such as The Wire and Game of Thrones – will get in touch with his inner Dubliner when he plays James Joyce in an upcoming film...

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Irish Eye on Hollywood:
McDonagh’s Buzz

Also in November, Martin McDonagh will unveil his latest film, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri. The title might be a tad unruly, but the buzz on the film is strong. The film – which...

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Irish Eye on Hollywood:
Daniel Day-Lewis Teams Up with Paul Thomas Anderson Again

Daniel Day-Lewis (In the Name of the Father, The Boxer) claims he is retiring, so the Christmas season movie he recently finished filming may be your last chance to see the Oscar winner in a darkened...

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Irish Eye on Hollywood:
Domhnall Gleeson Is Now in Charge

In a twist worthy of one of the dozens of movies he’s made, Brendan Gleeson no longer seems to be the hardest working member of the Gleeson family. The elder Gleeson recently starred in the...

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Irish Eye on Hollywood:
Saoirse Ronan’s Royal Turn

Saoirse Ronan may be hoping that English best-selling author Ian McEwan gets her a second Academy Award nomination. Early next year, Ronan will star alongside English actor Bill Howle in the dark...

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Irish Eye on Hollywood:
TV & Streaming Report

Here are some new, recent, and noteworthy Irish shows streaming on various services: Trying to capitalize on the success of her most famous novel The Handmaid’s Tale, Netflix has produced a series...

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Joe Biden Opens Irish Hospice

Former U.S. Vice President Joe Biden visited County Mayo in September to preside over the official sod-turning ceremony of a new €10 million 14-bed Mayo/Roscommon Hospice unit in Knockaphunta,...

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Congressman Boyle Honored in Sligo

Congressman Brendan F. Boyle, a Democrat from Pennsylvania, received a warm welcome from the villagers of Easkey in Sligo, when he arrived with his father, Francis, a Donegal native, and his...

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Mayor of San Francisco Visits Cork

T­­­­­­his past September, San Francisco Mayor Edwin M. Lee, who is of Chinese descent, visited Cork City where he met with Lord Mayor Tony Fitzgerald. The two mayors signed a Memorandum of...

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Loretta Brennan Glucksman Named 2018 NYC St. Patrick’s Day Grand Marshal

Irish America Hall of Fame inductee Loretta Brennan Glucksman will lead the 2018 New York City St. Patrick’s Day Parade as the parade’s 257th grand marshal. Glucksman, who has long been a...

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11-Year-Old Cuts White House Lawn

Earlier this year, Falls Church, Virginia, resident Frank Giaccio, who is 11, went viral with a letter he wrote to President Donald Trump offering to mow the White House lawn free of charge, saying...

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Micheline’s March

This September, Micheline Sheehy-Skeffington, the granddaughter of Irish patriot Francis Sheehy-Skeffington (who was executed without trial by a British firing squad during the Easter Rising) and his...

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Talk-Show Pioneer Phil Donahue to Receive Lifetime Achievement Award

Television talk-show pioneer, writer, and film producer Phil Donahue will receive the Irish American Writers and Artists’ 2017 annual Eugene O’Neill Lifetime Achievement Award in October during...

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Bringing Seeds of Hope to The World

Irish relief organization Concern Worldwide U.S., which for the past 40 years has served the poorest of the poor across 26 countries around the world, will hold its 21st annual Seeds of Hope award...

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Ireland Comes to Saks Fifth Avenue

Tourism Ireland joined forces with Saks Fifth Avenue flagship locations in New York and Beverly Hills to showcase the majesty of Irish landmarks in a project that included window installations,...

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Beckett Photographs Displayed in New York

An exhibition featuring Dublin-born photographer John Minihan’s black and white portraiture of Samuel Beckett and those he worked with in his lifetime, opened at the Irish Arts Center in New York...

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Irish Screen America 2017

Acclaimed Irish Director Jim Sheridan was on hand in New York in September for the NYC premiere of his new film The Secret Scripture, based on the Sebastian Barry novel of the same name, and starring...

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From Northern Ireland’s “Silent Testimony” to “Jerusalem”

Belfast-born artist Colin Davidson’s new exhibition, Jerusalem, comprising 12 large-scale portraits of individuals who live and work in the storied, multi-faceted titular city, was unveiled at the...

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Green Hills, White Houses

The 200-Year Relationship Between Irish Builders and America’s Capital ℘℘℘ In September, the James Hoban Societies of the United States and Ireland organized a day-long celebration of the...

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Kerry: The Beautiful Kingdom (Photos)

Photographer John Wesson on the landscape and people of Kerry that captured his imagination more than 30 years ago. ℘℘℘ I am lucky enough to have had a long association with Kerry, having...

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Delta 13 Charlie: Reflections of an Irish Soldier in Vietnam

Michael Coyne is one of many Irish-born soldiers who served in Vietnam. A crewman on a Patton tank, he spent most of his time far from base on patrol in jungle and rice paddies.  ℘℘℘ M y name...

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Wild Irish Women: Carmel Snow, the Fashionista

One of the most extraordinary fashion editors of all time was an immigrant from Ireland.  ℘℘℘ The Irish don’t spring to mind when discussing fashionistas, women such as Anna Wintour or her...

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Custer’s Last Rally

The Battle of the Little Bighorn, the most significant engagement of the Great Sioux War of 1876, saw the defeat of General Armstrong Custer and his soldiers of the 7th Cavalry (many of them Irish)...

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No Stone Unturned

Award-winning filmmaker Alex Gibney has made a new documentary investigating the 1994 Loughinisland Massacre in County Down that killed six, and for which there were no arrests. ℘℘℘ Many Irish...

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Roots: The Remarkable Ryans

Given its status as one of the ten most numerous surnames in Ireland, the name Ryan is recognizable to most people as a telltale indicator of green in the veins. Less commonly known, however, is...

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Sláinte! The Gentleman Who Pays the Rent

Edythe Preet’s first of a two-part series on the Irish pig. ℘℘℘ Whenever I travel to a place I have visited before, the first thing I do is make a beeline for a foodie treat found only...

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Children Without Refuge

Award-winning Irish children’s author Jane Mitchell focuses on the Sirian war crisis and its effect on children in a new novel aimed at young people.  ℘℘℘ As one of the worst refugee...

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Review of Books

Recently-published and upcoming books of Irish and Irish American interest. ℘℘℘ SPORTS Great Moments in Hurling By Sportsfile Great Moments In Hurling from Sportsfile is the ultimate visual...

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Those We Lost

Rosamond Mary Moore Carew 1911 – 2017 The most recent oldest living Irish American, Rosamund Mary Moore Carew, known to her loved ones as “Mema,” died in her family home in September. Her 106th...

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Photo Album:
As My Mother Would Say

I can hear her now – “If I weren’t Irish, I’d be ashamed of myself!”  ℘℘℘ Yes, my mother was Irish, and full of Irish sayings, and they came out whenever she was provoked by a...

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Last Word:
Hurling’s U.S. Rules Are Bad for the Sport’s Success

Does adapting the game for American viewers ruin the traditions of the ancient Gaelic sport? ℘℘℘ The Gaelic Players Association is an Irish not-for-profit organization that was created to...

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Hibernia

Removal of Belfast “Peace Wall” is a Milestone in Peace Process

A milestone in the Northern Irish peace process was reached in September when the Belfast community...

Irish Eye on Hollywood:
Aidan Gillen to Play James Joyce

Irish actor Aidan Gillen – best known for key roles in cable dramas such as The Wire and Game of...

Irish Eye on Hollywood:
McDonagh’s Buzz

Also in November, Martin McDonagh will unveil his latest film, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing,...

Irish Eye on Hollywood:
Domhnall Gleeson Is Now in Charge

In a twist worthy of one of the dozens of movies he’s made, Brendan Gleeson no longer seems to be...

Ireland Comes to Saks Fifth Avenue

Tourism Ireland joined forces with Saks Fifth Avenue flagship locations in New York and Beverly...

Kurdish Refugee’s Croke Park Debut

History was made in Dublin’s Croke Park during the Lory Meagher Cup final in June, when the...

Micheline’s March

This September, Micheline Sheehy-Skeffington, the granddaughter of Irish patriot Francis...

Irish Screen America 2017

Acclaimed Irish Director Jim Sheridan was on hand in New York in September for the NYC premiere of...

Green Hills, White Houses

The 200-Year Relationship Between Irish Builders and America’s Capital ℘℘℘ In September,...

Joe Biden Opens Irish Hospice

Former U.S. Vice President Joe Biden visited County Mayo in September to preside over the official...

Beckett Photographs Displayed in New York

An exhibition featuring Dublin-born photographer John Minihan’s black and white portraiture of...

E.U. Sues Ireland Over Billions Apple Owes in Tax Revenue

Ireland is being sued by the European Union for its failure to collect a year-old bill of €13...

Viking Sword Discovered in Cork

A 1,000-year-old Viking weaver’s sword was unearthed by archaeologists at the site of the former...

Irishman Ibrahim Halawa Acquitted After Four Years

After four years spent imprisoned in Egypt, Ibrahim Halawa, the son of Egyptian immigrants to...

Ireland Launches Global Irish Diaspora Directory

In keeping with promises made at the second Global Irish Civic Forum held at Dublin Castle in May,...

Referendum to be Held on Abortion

For the first time ever, a referendum will be held on whether Ireland’s constitutional ban on...

From Northern Ireland’s “Silent Testimony” to “Jerusalem”

Belfast-born artist Colin Davidson’s new exhibition, Jerusalem, comprising 12 large-scale...

Loretta Brennan Glucksman Named 2018 NYC St. Patrick’s Day Grand Marshal

Irish America Hall of Fame inductee Loretta Brennan Glucksman will lead the 2018 New York City St....

Congressman Boyle Honored in Sligo

Congressman Brendan F. Boyle, a Democrat from Pennsylvania, received a warm welcome from the...

Irish Eye on Hollywood:
Saoirse Ronan’s Royal Turn

Saoirse Ronan may be hoping that English best-selling author Ian McEwan gets her a second Academy...

Irish Eye on Hollywood:
TV & Streaming Report

Here are some new, recent, and noteworthy Irish shows streaming on various services: Trying to...

Talk-Show Pioneer Phil Donahue to Receive Lifetime Achievement Award

Television talk-show pioneer, writer, and film producer Phil Donahue will receive the Irish...

QUB Study’s Astronomical Breakthrough

Astronomers at Queens University Belfast have aided in detecting titanium oxide in the atmosphere...

11-Year-Old Cuts White House Lawn

Earlier this year, Falls Church, Virginia, resident Frank Giaccio, who is 11, went viral with a...

Bringing Seeds of Hope to The World

Irish relief organization Concern Worldwide U.S., which for the past 40 years has served the...

Irish Eye on Hollywood:
Daniel Day-Lewis Teams Up with Paul Thomas Anderson Again

Daniel Day-Lewis (In the Name of the Father, The Boxer) claims he is retiring, so the Christmas...

Irish Eye on Hollywood:
Kenneth Branagh Can’t Stop

Belfast native and Oscar winner Kenneth Branagh spent time behind the camera and in front of it...