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Ireland’s Watchmaking Revolution

The word “clock,” one of the oldest human inventions, is derived from the Celtic words clagan and clocca, meaning...

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Ireland At Christmas

CHRISTMAS is the most magical time of year in Ireland, where the festive atmosphere is not to be missed. Cheerful Christmas...

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The Golden Touch

The most surprising thing about Nigel O’Reilly is not that he looks so young (at least 10 years younger than his actual...

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Bobby Kennedy’s Message of Unity and Raging Spirit

Chris Matthews talks about his new book, which offers valuable insights into Bobby Kennedy, and why we need someone of...

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2017 Irish America Business 100 Awards

Now in its fourth decade, the Irish America Business 100 has a long history of providing recognition to a fundamental core...

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In This Issue

The American Dreamer

With tenacity, focus, a lot of hard work, and an ability to inspire others to dream big, Bill McDermott rose to the top job at SAP. But, never one to rest on his laurels, he is always on to the next...

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2017 Irish America Business 100 Awards

Now in 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 America and...

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First Word:
American Dreamers

“Life should be better and richer and fuller for everyone, with opportunity for each according to ability or achievement regardless of social class or circumstances of birth.” —The definition...

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Gerry Adams Announces Retirement

Gerry Adams, president of Sinn Féin and one of the most formidable figures in Irish nationalist politics for nearly 50 years, announced at the Sinn Féin party conference in November that he plans...

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LinkedIn Launches New HQ in Ireland

LinkedIn officially opened its new Europe, Middle East, and Africa headquarters in Dublin in September, revealing a new $100 million premises on the Grand Canal Dock. The headquarters was built to...

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New Irish Embassies and Consulates to Open in 2018

In October, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Simon Coveney announced the opening of six new Irish diplomatic missions as part of the government’s 2018 budget package. New embassies in Chile,...

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More than 100 Syrian Refugees at Home in Roscommon

Ballaghadereen is a small town in County Roscommon of about 2,000 people, and since March, locals have been working hard to welcome more than 100 Syrian refugees living on the grounds of the defunct...

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Slane Castle Open for Whiskey Touring

After eight years in the making and two years of building and renovations, a new distillery has opened on the historic grounds of the 18th century Slane Castle Estate, 30 miles north of Dublin. Much...

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Irish Passport Service Wins World Class Civil Service Award

The Irish Passport Service was recognized for its outstanding achievement with the World Class Civil Service award at the Civil Service Excellence and Innovation Awards at Dublin Castle in...

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Girl Power: University College Cork’s Annual Alumni Awards

Several outstanding University College Cork graduates were recently honored at the university’s annual alumni awards in November, including the first visually-impaired athlete to complete seven...

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UCD’s Smurfit Business School Annual New York Fundraiser

The University College Dublin Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School held its 15th Annual New York Benefit Dinner at the Metropolitan Club in New York in October, with more than 200 alumni and...

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Gaelic League Donates Archives to NUIG

A new chapter in Irish language scholarship is about to begin as the National University of Ireland at Galway has received and plans to digitize the entire archives of Conradh na Gaeilge (the Gaelic...

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Irish Eye on Hollywood:
RFK Biopics in the Works for 50th Anniversary of his Death

June 2018 will mark the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Robert F. Kennedy, and Hollywood is ready to mark the occasion with not one but two projects in the works telling the story of the...

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Irish Eye on Hollywood:
Rising Irish Stars On Both Sides of the Camera

The Hollywood Reporter recently highlighted 10 rising Irish stars set to make serious waves in front of, as well as behind, the camera. Among this new crop of talent was Dublin actor Tom...

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Irish Eye on Hollywood:
Saoirse Ronan Just Can’t Do Wrong

The Irish actress earned raves in the November coming-of-age movie Lady Bird, which was directed to great acclaim by indie darling Greta Gerwig. Prior to that, Ronan was in the...

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Irish Eye on Hollywood:
Barry Lyndon Joins the Criterion Collection

In the annals of classic Irish films, Barry Lyndon holds a strange spot. It has impeccable credentials: the stars include Irish American, Ryan O’Neal, (best known for Love Story, What’s Up, Doc?,...

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Irish Eye on Hollywood:
Samuel Beckett’s “Film” and “Notfilm”

It sounds like a Ph.D. candidate’s idea of a joke: What do you get when you cross the great Irish playwright Samuel Beckett with the American comic genius Buster Keaton? You get one of the...

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Irish Eye on Hollywood:
TV & Streaming Report

Here are some new, recent, and noteworthy Irish shows streaming on various services. Tim Doyle (Photo: Courtesy CAA) ABC has given Irish American comedy veteran Tim Doyle the go-ahead to shoot a show...

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Irish American Priest Beatified in Detroit

Father Solanus Casey, a first-generation Irish American Capuchin priest, was beatified in Detroit in November, creating the possibility that he may become the first American-born male to become a...

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California High Schooler Wins Surfing Competitions on Tricolor Longboard

Los Angeles area high schooler Emily Rose Flavin, 17, is an award-winning amateur competitive surfer in both short and longboard. This summer 2017 she won three longboard championships, all while...

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Irish Woman Among Youngest Ever to Pass New York Bar

When the results of the July New York Bar Exam were posted this fall, Aoife Moore Kavanagh (right), a law graduate of Dublin City University from County Louth, became one of the youngest people ever...

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First American Wins NY Marathon in 40 Years

With a finish time of 2 hours 26 minutes, Shalane Flanagan (below) became the first American in 40 years to win the New York City Marathon in November. It was her first major international win after...

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Eileen McDonnell Honored at Concern U.S. Seeds of Hope Awards

Concern Worldwide U.S. recognized Penn Mutual chairman and CEO Eileen McDonnell at its 21st annual Seeds of Hope dinner in November. McDonnell was honored for her outstanding dedication to...

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Irish Books, Arts, and Music Celebration 2017 Honors Deserving Irish

The Ninth Annual iBAM! 2017 opened in October with a near-sold-out concert when Daniel O’Donnell took the stage with his band and gave folks a show to remember. O’Donnell (above, second from...

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Eugene O’Neill Awards

Television host and entertainer Phil Donahue (second from left) was awarded with the Irish American Writers and Artists’ annual Eugene O’Neill Lifetime Achievement Award in a dinner gala ceremony...

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Irish Post Awards 2017: “Together We are Immense”

A night of community, Brexit, and high praise of the Irish in Britain as Bob Geldof and Johnny McDaid were among those honored at 40th annual Irish Post Awards on November 23 at the Grosvenor House...

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Steve Martin Honored at Irish Arts Center Gala

New York’s Irish Arts Center honored Oscar-, Emmy-, and Grammy-winning performer Steve Martin in October at the 2017 Spirit of Ireland Gala at Cipriani, raising a record-breaking $1.5 million over...

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Women in Leadership: Her Place at the Table

Enterprise Ireland hosted their inaugural female leadership and entrepreneurship event in New York City in November with Ireland’s then-Tánaiste (deputy prime minister) Frances Fitzgerald and...

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Roscommon, Part I:
Ireland’s Lake District

A county that is rich in beauty and many historical sites. ℘℘℘ The third largest of Connacht’s five counties, Roscommon is also the province’s most water-logged. Three-quarters bound by...

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Roscommon, Part II:
Ireland’s First President

Douglas Hyde, born in Roscommon in 1860, was a leading figure in the Gaelic revival and Ireland’s first president. ℘℘℘ A couple of unplanned events shaped the course of Douglas Hyde’s...

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Roscommon, Part III:
The Hungry Years

Roscommon was one of the hardest hit counties during the Famine, losing 31 percent of its population. ℘℘℘ In 1845, County Roscommon was one of the first counties to record the appearance of...

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Ireland At Christmas

CHRISTMAS is the most magical time of year in Ireland, where the festive atmosphere is not to be missed. Cheerful Christmas markets spring up all across the island, traditional decoration displays...

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Wild Irish Women:
Rita Hayworth, the Ravishing and Ravished Redhead

The tragic star who burned too bright but always gave the loveliest light.  ℘℘℘ Her mother, the improbably named Volga, was an ex-Ziegfeld Girl, born to a printer, Allynn Hayworth, and his...

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Bobby Kennedy’s Message of Unity and Raging Spirit

Chris Matthews talks about his new book, which offers valuable insights into Bobby Kennedy, and why we need someone of Kennedy’s ilk today. ℘℘℘ Next year, on St. Patrick’s Day, the San...

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Ireland’s Watchmaking Revolution

The word “clock,” one of the oldest human inventions, is derived from the Celtic words clagan and clocca, meaning “bell” (clog in modern Irish), so it’s only fitting that the Irish are...

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The Golden Touch

The most surprising thing about Nigel O’Reilly is not that he looks so young (at least 10 years younger than his actual age) or that he’s creating high-end jewelry out of a small town in Mayo,...

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Out of Reach:
Memories of a Distant Father

I reached for my father’s hand as he lay in his hospital bed. Sensing his unease, I quickly let go. It was my last attempt at intimacy. He died several days later, maintaining the distance between...

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Review of Books

Recently published books of Irish and Irish American interest. ℘℘℘ NONFICTION Playing with Fire: The 1968 Election and the Transformation of American Politics By Lawrence O’Donnell MSNBC...

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When Irish Eyes Are Smiling

The world has been enriched by many distinctly Irish songs. “Danny Boy” and “MacNamara’s Band” are among the diverse offerings. But no song is more deeply embedded in hearts than “When...

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Sláinte! The Irish Pig, Part II: Everything but the Oink

How the Irish used every part of the pig to create varied and resourceful dishes. ℘℘℘ Anyone who has ever visited Ireland has encountered one of the nation’s legendary feasts: The Irish...

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Roots: The MacDermots

The MacDermots are a clan of royalty and rebels. ℘℘℘ The MacDermot clan and its descendants have produced kings, revolutionaries, politicians, CEOs, sports figures, authors and at least one...

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Photo Album: A Visit to Santa

Christmas, 1959 One Christmas was so much like another in those years, to borrow a line from Dylan Thomas. My mother began the preparations in autumn. The plum pudding was stirred for good luck, then...

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Those We Lost

Glen Campbell 1936 – 2017 Country singer, songwriter, session musician, actor, and television host Glen Campbell, best known for his 1975 hit “Rhinestone Cowboy,” died in Nashville, Tennessee...

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Last Word:
Lessons on Leadership

General Martin Dempsey on what he learned from the writings of W.B. Yeats. ℘℘℘ I first became interested in the poetry of William Butler Yeats in graduate school. By that time I had...

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Hibernia

Girl Power: University College Cork’s Annual Alumni Awards

Several outstanding University College Cork graduates were recently honored at the university’s...

Irish Passport Service Wins World Class Civil Service Award

The Irish Passport Service was recognized for its outstanding achievement with the World Class...

Slane Castle Open for Whiskey Touring

After eight years in the making and two years of building and renovations, a new distillery has...

LinkedIn Launches New HQ in Ireland

LinkedIn officially opened its new Europe, Middle East, and Africa headquarters in Dublin in...

Steve Martin Honored at Irish Arts Center Gala

New York’s Irish Arts Center honored Oscar-, Emmy-, and Grammy-winning performer Steve Martin in...

More than 100 Syrian Refugees at Home in Roscommon

Ballaghadereen is a small town in County Roscommon of about 2,000 people, and since March, locals...

Gerry Adams Announces Retirement

Gerry Adams, president of Sinn Féin and one of the most formidable figures in Irish nationalist...

Irish American Priest Beatified in Detroit

Father Solanus Casey, a first-generation Irish American Capuchin priest, was beatified in Detroit...

Women in Leadership: Her Place at the Table

Enterprise Ireland hosted their inaugural female leadership and entrepreneurship event in New York...

First American Wins NY Marathon in 40 Years

With a finish time of 2 hours 26 minutes, Shalane Flanagan (below) became the first American in 40...

UCD’s Smurfit Business School Annual New York Fundraiser

The University College Dublin Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School held its 15th Annual New...

California High Schooler Wins Surfing Competitions on Tricolor Longboard

Los Angeles area high schooler Emily Rose Flavin, 17, is an award-winning amateur...

Gaelic League Donates Archives to NUIG

A new chapter in Irish language scholarship is about to begin as the National University of Ireland...

Irish Post Awards 2017: “Together We are Immense”

A night of community, Brexit, and high praise of the Irish in Britain as Bob Geldof and Johnny...

Eileen McDonnell Honored at Concern U.S. Seeds of Hope Awards

Concern Worldwide U.S. recognized Penn Mutual chairman and CEO Eileen McDonnell at its...

Irish Books, Arts, and Music Celebration 2017 Honors Deserving Irish

The Ninth Annual iBAM! 2017 opened in October with a near-sold-out concert when Daniel O’Donnell...

Irish Woman Among Youngest Ever to Pass New York Bar

When the results of the July New York Bar Exam were posted this fall, Aoife Moore Kavanagh (right),...

New Irish Embassies and Consulates to Open in 2018

In October, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Simon Coveney announced the opening of six new...

Eugene O’Neill Awards

Television host and entertainer Phil Donahue (second from left) was awarded with the Irish American...