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April / May 2018

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Hall of Fame:
Dennis P. Long

When Irish America first interviewed Dennis Long, in January 1986, he was part of a new generation of Irish American...

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Wild Irish Women:
“Hello, Suckers!”

Singer, showgirl, and queen of the speakeasy during Prohibition, Mary Guinan was a genuine Irish American wild woman. Larger...

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The Life of Brian

Known for his roles in the Academy Award-winning film The Hurt Locker and the HBO series Boardwalk Empire, Brian Geraghty...

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Hall of Fame:
Jerry Brown

Jerry Brown – who has spent more time than anyone else in the California governor’s office – has been well served by...

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Hall of Fame:
John O. Brennan

John Owen Brennan’s 29-year career with the Central Intelligence Agency was spectacular. He was director of the agency...

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In This Issue

Hall of Fame:
Kelli O’Hara

The glorious The King and I overture reaches a crescendo, filling Lincoln Center’s Vivian Beaumont theater with some of the greatest music ever written for the theater played by...

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Hall of Fame:
John O. Brennan

John Owen Brennan’s 29-year career with the Central Intelligence Agency was spectacular. He was director of the agency from March 2013 to January 2017 and prior to that, his career included stints...

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Hall of Fame:
Jerry Brown

Jerry Brown – who has spent more time than anyone else in the California governor’s office – has been well served by his Irish Catholic roots. Brown’s great-grandfather, Joseph, came to   ...

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Hall of Fame:
Dennis P. Long

When Irish America first interviewed Dennis Long, in January 1986, he was part of a new generation of Irish American corporate leaders. “Irish Americans are really only now reaching the top levels...

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First Word:
The Ship of Hope

“The real members of the Hall of Fame are the parents and grandparents and great-grandparents who had the courage to come here.” – Donald Keough, the former president of Coca-Cola, and our...

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USA Women’s Hockey Team Wins Gold with a Rooney at the Goal

The USA Women’s National Hockey Team came away with their first gold medal since the sport was introduced to the games in 1998, beating Canada in the final round on February 22 in a 3-2 nail-biting...

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Cillian Murphy Speaks at UNESCO’s Youth Empathy Day

Actor Cillian Murphy attended and spoke at the UNESCO-sponsored event Youth Empathy Day at the National University of Ireland at Galway in February. The event marked the launch of Activating Social...

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NLI to Digitize Pre-Republic History of Ireland

The National Library of Ireland rolled out plans in January for a new digital archive of modern Irish history. The archive, called Towards a Republic, will document the tumultuous series of events...

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Divided Society Archives Available

In January the Linen Hall Library in Belfast launched a new digital archive dedicated to the Troubles. Founded in 1968, the institution has amassed over 350,000 primary sources and essays relating...

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Irish Government Launches Brexit Website

The Tánaiste and the Irish Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade launched a new website in February that seeks to keep interested citizens informed of the government’s Brexit negotiations and...

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End in Sight for Titanic’s “Heartbreak Pier” Restoration in Cobh

The final phase of renovations of the pier from which the Titanic launched its fateful maiden voyage began in January, with plans for completion in March 2019. This portion of the project is hoped to...

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Hook Lighthouse Celebrates First Imbolc Festival

Though one of the lesser-known festivals of the ancient Celts, Imbolc was one of the four most important seasonal celebrations in the Celtic calendar, heralding the coming of spring. Hook Lighthouse,...

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St. Brigid’s Tourism Trail Opens in Kildare

A tourism trail honoring Ireland’s female patron saint, Saint Brigid, has opened in Kildare. The town and county of Kildare are named after a monastery Saint Brigid established in the fifth...

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Irish Eye on Hollywood:
The Trending Trope of the Irish Maid 

In the wake of the well-received Netflix show Alias Grace, is the Irish maid who happens to be around when a horrific murder happens turning into a bit of a trend? Released last year, Alias Grace,...

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Irish Eye on Hollywood:
Fiona Shaw’s French Turn in Colette

Speaking of Fiona Shaw (the Harry Potter series, The Butcher Boy), she will appear alongside fellow Irish actor Denise Gough in the September film Collette. Like Lizzie, the film is a biographical...

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Irish Eye on Hollywood:
Ireland’s Great Hunger Revenge Movie Finally Premieres

The long-awaited Irish Great Hunger movie Black 47 premiered in February at the prestigious Berlin Film Festival. The movie is expected to open in Ireland later this year and though there has not yet...

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Irish Eye on Hollywood:
A Year in the Life of Brosnan

It looks like we’ll see Pierce Brosnan singing and dancing before we see him trying to prevent the escape of three dozen Irish Republican Army soldiers from a Northern Irish prison. This summer,...

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Irish Eye on Hollywood:
Domhnall Gleeson Becomes a Little Stranger

Fresh off another turn as General Hux in Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Domhnall Gleeson has a busy 2018 ahead of him. In February, he was featured in Peter Rabbit (along with Margot Robbie, Rose Byrne,...

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Irish Eye on Hollywood:
A Hereditary Horror

Also in June, Irish movie veteran Gabriel Byrne teams up with Irish American Ann Dowd, who has become one of the top character actresses in this “golden age” of TV, earning not one but two Emmy...

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Irish Eye on Hollywood:
Irish Shine in Steve McQueen’s New Thriller

There’s also lots of Irish-born and Irish American talent in the upcoming thriller Widows, directed by Steve McQueen, who also directed the Northern Ireland film Hunger. Described as a heist flick...

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Irish Eye on Hollywood:
TV & Streaming Report

New, recent, and noteworthy Irish shows streaming on various services.  ℘℘℘ The aforementioned Domhnall Gleeson is currently appearing in the Netflix comedy-drama A Futile and Stupid Gesture,...

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Ralph Lauren Appoints Irish Woman as Inaugural Chief Digital Officer

Alice Delahunt, a County Wicklow native and Trinity College graduate, has been named the inaugural chief digital officer of Ralph Lauren. “So incredibly excited by the opportunity at hand, and...

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U.S. Navy Partners with Irish Ocean Energy Company for $12 Million Project

Ocean Energy, a County Cork-based renewable energy technology company, has partnered with the U.S. Navy and Oregon-based fabrication company Vigor to build the first full-scale model of a pioneering...

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Irish Whiskey Market Booms Abroad

Irish distillers of the “water of life” are singing “Whiskey in the Jar” this year after sales figures for 2017 have been published. According to the 2012-2018 Export Performance and...

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Irish Physicist to Head American Institute of Physics

The American Institute of Physics has appointed Irish physicist Michael H. Moloney (right) as their new CEO. The unanimous appointment of Moloney, who holds a doctorate in experimental physics from...

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New, Expanded Categories in the 2020 Census Questionnaire

American citizens who check “White” on the U.S. Census will be allowed to expand on their ethnicity for the first time in the upcoming 2020 census. In an effort to establish a more comprehensive...

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Adopted American Finally Uncovers Irish Birthplace and Family

Ohio-raised Kathleen Sullivan recently discovered that she was one of thousands of Irish babies sent to well-off American families in the mid-20th century for profit. While Sullivan knew that she was...

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Illinois Politician Changes Name to Sound More Irish

The former Phillip Spiwak, a Polish American attorney who unsuccessfully ran for a judicial position in Illinois’s Will County as a Republican in 2010, has a new identity in hopes of boosting his...

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U.S.-Ireland Flights Increase in Number and Affordability

Spring of 2018 promises an array of new price and destination options for flights between Ireland and the U.S. In February, Irish national airline Aer Lingus and Norwegian Air both announced plans...

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Woman with Terminal Cancer Gets Dream Trip to Ireland

In January, single mother and grandmother Kathryn Doyon, diagnosed with Stage 4 colon and liver cancer, was surprised with €600 in funds raised to help her finally take her dream trip to Ireland. A...

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#WearingIrish: Bringing Irish Creativity to the World Stage

From May 15-17 Margaret Molloy and WearingIrish will bring Ireland’s most talented designers to New York. ℘℘℘ In March 2016, Irish expat and marketing executive Margaret Molloy began...

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Ulster at Play Pays Homage to Northern Irish Theatre

Celebrating its 10th anniversary, the Origin 1st Irish Theatre Fest, which ran during the month of January, welcomed all those with a love of the Irish arts scene to attend any of its seven...

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The Irish in Film Rule 2018

Martin McDonagh and Saoirse Ronan continue to dominate the 2018 awards season, with McDonagh’s Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri claiming the British Academy Film Award for Best Film and...

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Irish Youth Group Launched in Philadelphia

Leading Irish youth development group Foróige launched its first overseas club in Philadelphia in February. The launch took place in the city’s Irish Immigration Center, the new home of Foróige...

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British and Irish Consul Generals Host Historic Reception

Amidst Brexit negotiations and rising uncertainty about the bi-lateral relationship between Ireland and the U.K. across the Atlantic, the New York consuls general of the two countries met for the...

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United Irish Counties Recognize Ireland’s Best

The United Irish Counties Association of New York held its 114th annual banquet in January at the historic Antun’s in Queens Village, New York, recognizing the contributions of activist and...

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Campbell Returns to Ireland for Dublin Lecture

Distinguished parasitologist, Nobel prize winner, and 2017 Irish America Hall of Fame inductee Dr. William Campbell delivered an academic discourse at the Royal Irish Academy in Dublin in November....

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New York’s Annual CraicFest Music and Film Festival Turns 20

This year marks the 20th year of New York City’s celebrated CraicFest, a music and film festival that takes place each March throughout the city to highlight Irish culture and inspire new...

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Irish Multimedia Experience Goes Off-Broadway

In late 1980s Ireland, commercial digital scanning was newly available, and when Dublin artist Patrick Dunning decided to scan a piece of his art – a large but simple cosmic landscape – into a...

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Irish American Partnership Breakfast

Bernie Brennan, president of the Royal Dublin Society, will deliver the keynote address at a business breakfast in New York in April hosted by the Irish American Partnership. The breakfast, to be...

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Best of Ireland Gala Dinner 2018 (Photos)

In partnership with The G-Mac Foundation and the Ireland Funds, the seventh annual Best of Ireland Gala dinner was held at the New York Athletic Club on 31st January. More than $800,000 was pledged...

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Those We Lost

Recent passings in the Irish and Irish American communities. ℘℘℘ Brendan Byrne 1924 – 2018 Two-term New Jersey governor Brendan Byrne died of a lung infection in January at the age of 93....

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Irish Fighting Irish

Fifty years ago this April, the University of Notre Dame rugby club became the first team to represent the university in competition in Ireland. Tom Condon, then a senior on the squad, recalls the...

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Beckett Unplugged

Conor Lovett and Judy Hegarty Lovett, leading Beckett interpreters, and John Minihan, the photographer who captured Beckett on film, talk to Rosemary Rogers. ℘℘℘ Samuel Beckett created the...

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Wild Irish Women:
“Hello, Suckers!”

Singer, showgirl, and queen of the speakeasy during Prohibition, Mary Guinan was a genuine Irish American wild woman. Larger (and louder) than life, she had an even bigger heart.  ℘℘℘ During...

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The Life of Brian

Known for his roles in the Academy Award-winning film The Hurt Locker and the HBO series Boardwalk Empire, Brian Geraghty stars in TNT’s new drama The Alienist, which premiered on January 22, and...

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What Are You Like?
Loretta Brennan Glucksman

The Grand Marshal of the 2018 New York City St. Patrick’s Day Parade takes our questionnaire.  ℘℘℘ When Loretta Brennan Glucksman’s grandparents immigrated to Pennsylvania coal mining...

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The World Is Just A Book Away

Actor Aidan Quinn on how Dostoyevsky changed his life and made him a better performer. ℘℘℘ My father was an English teacher, and my family moved back and forth between Ireland and the United...

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Review of Books

Recently-published books of Irish and Irish American interest. ℘℘℘ MEMOIR Box of Butterflies: Discovering the Unexpected Blessings All Around Us By Roma Downey A 10-year-old Roma Downey,...

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Roots: The O’Hara Clan

The name O’Hara has held a distinguished place in Ireland for centuries. The current spelling is an anglicized pronunciation of the original Irish Ó hEaghra, meaning “descended from Eaghra”...

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Sláinte! Calling All Fools, Fairies, and Leprechauns

The history of April Fools’ Day and tricksters of folk mythology.  ℘℘℘ April is full of surprises. When spring sunshine starts warming the earth, night can fall on a brown leafless landscape...

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Last Word:
Leadership Lessons of Grandma Bridget

Retired General Martin Dempsey on the lessons he learned from his Irish grandmother. ℘℘℘ Radical Inclusion (March 2018 / Missionday / 192 pp. / $26.95) Bridget Jennings was my diminutive, Irish...

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Those We Lost

Recent passings in the Irish and Irish American communities. ℘℘℘ Brendan Byrne 1924 –...

St. Brigid’s Tourism Trail Opens in Kildare

A tourism trail honoring Ireland’s female patron saint, Saint Brigid, has opened in Kildare. The...

Irish Youth Group Launched in Philadelphia

Leading Irish youth development group Foróige launched its first overseas club in Philadelphia in...

Woman with Terminal Cancer Gets Dream Trip to Ireland

In January, single mother and grandmother Kathryn Doyon, diagnosed with Stage 4 colon and liver...

Irish Whiskey Market Booms Abroad

Irish distillers of the “water of life” are singing “Whiskey in the Jar” this year after...

Irish Eye on Hollywood:
A Hereditary Horror

Also in June, Irish movie veteran Gabriel Byrne teams up with Irish American Ann Dowd, who has...

Adopted American Finally Uncovers Irish Birthplace and Family

Ohio-raised Kathleen Sullivan recently discovered that she was one of thousands of Irish babies...

Cillian Murphy Speaks at UNESCO’s Youth Empathy Day

Actor Cillian Murphy attended and spoke at the UNESCO-sponsored event Youth Empathy Day at the...

Divided Society Archives Available

In January the Linen Hall Library in Belfast launched a new digital archive dedicated to the...

Ulster at Play Pays Homage to Northern Irish Theatre

Celebrating its 10th anniversary, the Origin 1st Irish Theatre Fest, which ran during the month of...

Irish Eye on Hollywood:
Domhnall Gleeson Becomes a Little Stranger

Fresh off another turn as General Hux in Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Domhnall Gleeson has a busy 2018...

Illinois Politician Changes Name to Sound More Irish

The former Phillip Spiwak, a Polish American attorney who unsuccessfully ran for a judicial...

Irish Physicist to Head American Institute of Physics

The American Institute of Physics has appointed Irish physicist Michael H. Moloney (right) as their...

Irish Eye on Hollywood:
Ireland’s Great Hunger Revenge Movie Finally Premieres

The long-awaited Irish Great Hunger movie Black 47 premiered in February at the prestigious Berlin...

Irish Eye on Hollywood:
Irish Shine in Steve McQueen’s New Thriller

There’s also lots of Irish-born and Irish American talent in the upcoming thriller Widows,...

Irish Multimedia Experience Goes Off-Broadway

In late 1980s Ireland, commercial digital scanning was newly available, and when Dublin artist...

Campbell Returns to Ireland for Dublin Lecture

Distinguished parasitologist, Nobel prize winner, and 2017 Irish America Hall of Fame inductee Dr....

Irish American Partnership Breakfast

Bernie Brennan, president of the Royal Dublin Society, will deliver the keynote address at a...

The Irish in Film Rule 2018

Martin McDonagh and Saoirse Ronan continue to dominate the 2018 awards season, with McDonagh’s...

End in Sight for Titanic’s “Heartbreak Pier” Restoration in Cobh

The final phase of renovations of the pier from which the Titanic launched its fateful maiden...

NLI to Digitize Pre-Republic History of Ireland

The National Library of Ireland rolled out plans in January for a new digital archive of modern...

#WearingIrish: Bringing Irish Creativity to the World Stage

From May 15-17 Margaret Molloy and WearingIrish will bring Ireland’s most talented designers...

U.S. Navy Partners with Irish Ocean Energy Company for $12 Million Project

Ocean Energy, a County Cork-based renewable energy technology company, has partnered with the U.S....

U.S.-Ireland Flights Increase in Number and Affordability

Spring of 2018 promises an array of new price and destination options for flights between Ireland...

New, Expanded Categories in the 2020 Census Questionnaire

American citizens who check “White” on the U.S. Census will be allowed to expand on their...

New York’s Annual CraicFest Music and Film Festival Turns 20

This year marks the 20th year of New York City’s celebrated CraicFest, a music and film festival...

Irish Government Launches Brexit Website

The Tánaiste and the Irish Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade launched a new website in...

Ralph Lauren Appoints Irish Woman as Inaugural Chief Digital Officer

Alice Delahunt, a County Wicklow native and Trinity College graduate, has been named the inaugural...

Irish Eye on Hollywood:
The Trending Trope of the Irish Maid 

In the wake of the well-received Netflix show Alias Grace, is the Irish maid who happens to be...

Irish Eye on Hollywood:
A Year in the Life of Brosnan

It looks like we’ll see Pierce Brosnan singing and dancing before we see him trying to prevent...

United Irish Counties Recognize Ireland’s Best

The United Irish Counties Association of New York held its 114th annual banquet in January at the...

USA Women’s Hockey Team Wins Gold with a Rooney at the Goal

The USA Women’s National Hockey Team came away with their first gold medal since the sport was...

Irish Eye on Hollywood:
Fiona Shaw’s French Turn in Colette

Speaking of Fiona Shaw (the Harry Potter series, The Butcher Boy), she will appear alongside fellow...

Best of Ireland Gala Dinner 2018 (Photos)

In partnership with The G-Mac Foundation and the Ireland Funds, the seventh annual Best of Ireland...

British and Irish Consul Generals Host Historic Reception

Amidst Brexit negotiations and rising uncertainty about the bi-lateral relationship between Ireland...

Irish Eye on Hollywood:
TV & Streaming Report

New, recent, and noteworthy Irish shows streaming on various services.  ℘℘℘ The...

Hook Lighthouse Celebrates First Imbolc Festival

Though one of the lesser-known festivals of the ancient Celts, Imbolc was one of the four most...