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Motherfoclóir: A New Kind of Irish Language Revival

Darach Ó Séaghdha, has been putting the fun back into the Irish language by translating words into English in a humorous,...

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An Irish Artist’s American Odyssey

William James Hinchey traveled throughout America’s Southwest frontier and Missouri capturing images of life, the ravishes...

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Shamrocks and Salsa

Jerry Cox spent a lifetime ministering to California’s Mexican immigrants, and found similarities between Irish and...

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Joe Kennedy III:
Why the Dream Will Never Die

Congressman Joe Kennedy is carrying on his family’s legacy in politics and making a name for himself as a champion of the...

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The Irish Airman’s Grave:
From Padua to Kiltartan

The story of W.B. Yeats’s tower, Lady Gregory’s autograph tree, and the grave of Irish airman Robert Gregory,...

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In This Issue

Joe Kennedy III:
Why the Dream Will Never Die

Congressman Joe Kennedy is carrying on his family’s legacy in politics and making a name for himself as a champion of the underdog. On Tuesday, January 30, he will deliver the Democratic rebuttal...

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First Word:
The Dream That Never Dies

“As the first of the racial minorities, our forefathers were subject to every discrimination found wherever discrimination is known.” – Robert Kennedy speaking at a Friendly Sons of St....

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Over 400 G.A.A. Stars Unite to Fight Ireland’s Homeless Crisis

A group of over 400 current and former G.A.A. players held a solidarity sleep-out in December to draw attention to Ireland’s homelessness crisis, raising more than $150,000 in the process. The...

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Band Aid Donates Archives to Ireland’s National Library

Bob Geldof and the Band Aid Trust donated their archives to the National Library of Ireland in December, opening them to public viewing for the first time. The charity effort raised £8 million for...

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Mapping Irish DNA

In a study published late December in the journal Scientific Reports, researchers have found 10 genetic groupings that mirror the ancient and medieval boundaries of Irish kingdoms: Ulster, Leinster,...

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Ireland to Recognize Preferred Gender Pronouns in Registry of Foreign Births

In December, Ireland took further steps to grant equality to transgender citizens by introducing policy designed to formally recognize naturalized citizens of the Republic’s preferred names and...

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Uilleann Pipes Acknowledged by UNESCO

The United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) approved recognition of uilleann piping as an element of the “intangible cultural heritage of humanity” in early...

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Ireland’s First Astronaut Ready to Take Flight

Ever since Dr. Norah Patten visited NASA’s Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, Ohio, as a child, she knew she wanted to be an astronaut. Twenty-three years later, the Mayo-born adventurer was...

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Eimear McBride Takes on Fellowship at Samuel Beckett Research Centre

Award-winning Irish novelist Eimear McBride (right) has been named the inaugural recipient of the University of Reading Samuel Beckett Research Center Creative Fellowship, which provides exclusive...

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Irish Eye on Hollywood:
The Mara Sisters to Tackle Jesus and the Kennedys 

The Irish American Mara sisters – Rooney and Kate – are not just on their way to dominating Hollywood like few other siblings have. They are also not afraid to court controversy along the way....

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Irish Eye on Hollywood:
The Golden Age of Irish Prestige TV

The “Quality TV” era continues to provide Irish actors with all kinds of work. In March, Northern Irish thespian Ciaran Hinds will team up with Jared Harris – former Mad Men star and son of...

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Irish Eye in Hollywood:
Novel Adaptations for Irish Writers

Irish authors have also been having a couple of good months in Hollywood. Oscar-winning producer Scott Rudin recently snatched up the movie rights for The Ninth Hour, Alice McDermott’s excellent...

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Irish Eye on Hollywood:
John Cusack Takes a Villainous Turn in Irish Western

Irish American star John Cusack is getting in touch with his Irish roots – and his dark side – in Galway. Cusack is currently filming a western in Ireland entitled Never Grow Old, to be directed...

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Irish Eye on Hollywood:
Flatley and McGinty Are Dancing to the Big Screen

Two accomplished Irish artists – a musician and a dancer – are trying to cross over into movies. World-renowned Irish dancer Michael Flatley is putting together a film in Barbados (nice work if...

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Hibernia Arts:
Enda Walsh Gets a Revival and a Premiere

Irish playwright Enda Walsh had a bit of a New York moment in January, with the joint stagings of two of his plays. In Manhattan, his 1996 play Disco Pigs is being revived for its 20th anniversary at...

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Hibernia Arts:
Hayley Mills Stars in New Irish Play

Party Face, a new comedy by Irish writer Isobel Mahon, made its Off-Broadway debut as part of the 10th annual Origin 1st Irish Theatre Festival in New York in January, starring Hayley Mills, of...

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Hibernia Arts:
An Irish Riot

In February, New York City’s Irish Arts Center will stage a three-night run of one of the most unique Irish theater spectacles of the year. The production, called RIOT, won Best Production at the...

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Hibernia Arts:
Irish Win at the Golden Globes

The 2018 Golden Globe Awards were a smash success for Irish names in the movie business, with Saoirse Ronan winning Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy for her starring role in...

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Danville and New Ross Poised to Become Official Friends

New Ross, County Wexford, is to be linked with a town in California where playwright Eugene O’Neill lived. O’Neill’s Tao House in Danville, California, near the San Francisco Bay, is preserved...

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Running from Boston to New York for Charity

Tom McGrath, an ultra-distance runner, can often be seen running all over Manhattan, whether he’s running in Central Park or busy running his bar and restaurant. McGrath, 68, has stamina for it...

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300 Years of Scots-Irish Immigration to U.S.

This year marks the 300th anniversary of the first great wave of Scots-Irish migration to the United States, and over the next 12 months, several towns in Northern Ireland and the U.S. will be...

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Irial Finan to Retire from 30-Year Career with Coca-Cola

After over 30 years of leading the beverage industry, Irial Finan (below), a native of Roscommon and a frequent honoree for our Business 100 list, is set to retire in March. Finan started his career...

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Samantha Barry Named Glamour’s New Editor-in-Chief

New media paragon Samantha Barry has been hired as Glamour’s eighth and newest editor-in-chief. Barry, who is originally from Ballincollig, County Cork, is the epitome of Ireland’s burgeoning...

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Irish American Director to Helm Washington National Opera

Timothy O’Leary (right) has taken the United States opera scene by storm as the recently-appointed general director of the Washington National Opera at the John F. Kennedy Center for the...

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Those We Lost

Liam Cosgrave 1920 – 2017 Former prime minister of Ireland Liam Cosgrave died this past October at the age of 97 in Dublin. Cosgrave served as taoiseach from 1973 to 1977, during which time he was...

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Wild Irish Women:
Saint Brigid—Mary of the Gaels

A nun, abbess, and founder of several monasteries, Brigid of Kildare was a woman who defied authority, possessed great strength of will and determination, and whose cheerful giving of food and...

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Setanta’s Successor:
The Rise of Lee Chin

How the son of an Malaysian immigrant rose to stardom within Ireland’s top sports divisions. ℘℘℘ Lee Chin could quite possibly be the modern successor to Setanta (the given name of the Irish...

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An Irish Artist’s American Odyssey

William James Hinchey traveled throughout America’s Southwest frontier and Missouri capturing images of life, the ravishes of war, and beyond.  ℘℘℘ Cormac McCarthy’s novel Blood Meridian...

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The Irish Airman’s Grave:
From Padua to Kiltartan

The story of W.B. Yeats’s tower, Lady Gregory’s autograph tree, and the grave of Irish airman Robert Gregory, whose death inspired some of Yeats’s most well-known...

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Tara Sullivan:
Shipping Up to Boston

Tara Sullivan talks about her life in sports, Irish dance, and the memorable people along her road to becoming the Boston Globe’s newest sports writer.  ℘℘℘ For twenty years Tara Sullivan...

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Roots: The Kennedys

The name Kennedy or O’Kennedy is derived from the Gaelic O’Cinneide, which is itself derived from the original Gaelic form cean eidig meaning, “ugly head,” or, more generously, “helmet...

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Review of Books

Jennifer Egan’s Manhattan Beach is a journey through time and mores. ℘℘℘ In Manhattan Beach, Jennifer Egan makes a radical departure in style, language, and structure from her previous...

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Motherfoclóir: A New Kind of Irish Language Revival

Darach Ó Séaghdha, has been putting the fun back into the Irish language by translating words into English in a humorous, thought- provoking way and deftly using Twitter to expand his audience. He...

More

Shamrocks and Salsa

Jerry Cox spent a lifetime ministering to California’s Mexican immigrants, and found similarities between Irish and Mexican cultures.  ℘℘℘ Shortly after Jerry Cox was ordained a priest...

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Sláinte! Flipping Over Pancake Tuesday

Once the winter holiday feasting frenzy ends, hundreds of ads bombard us with ways to lose weight. There is certainly a time to count calories, but then there is Fat Tuesday. Dieters beware. The two...

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Photo Album: Dad and JFK

My father Cyril DeFever grew up on a dairy farm near Detroit, Michigan. His parents had immigrated to the U.S. from Belgium. My mother, Marie Clancy, the daughter of an insurance man, was Irish....

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The Last Word:
Irish American Agitation in the Age of Trump

U2, Aodhán Ó Ríordáin, and the Irish trying to save America. ℘℘℘ In autumn 2017, U2 released their 14th studio album, Songs of Experience. Critical reception on the album was mixed – was...

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Hibernia

Over 400 G.A.A. Stars Unite to Fight Ireland’s Homeless Crisis

A group of over 400 current and former G.A.A. players held a solidarity sleep-out in December to...

Those We Lost

Liam Cosgrave 1920 – 2017 Former prime minister of Ireland Liam Cosgrave died this past October...

Running from Boston to New York for Charity

Tom McGrath, an ultra-distance runner, can often be seen running all over Manhattan, whether he’s...

Irish American Director to Helm Washington National Opera

Timothy O’Leary (right) has taken the United States opera scene by storm as the...

Eimear McBride Takes on Fellowship at Samuel Beckett Research Centre

Award-winning Irish novelist Eimear McBride (right) has been named the inaugural recipient of the...

Hibernia Arts:
An Irish Riot

In February, New York City’s Irish Arts Center will stage a three-night run of one of the most...

300 Years of Scots-Irish Immigration to U.S.

This year marks the 300th anniversary of the first great wave of Scots-Irish migration to the...

Hibernia Arts:
Hayley Mills Stars in New Irish Play

Party Face, a new comedy by Irish writer Isobel Mahon, made its Off-Broadway debut as part of the...

Hibernia Arts:
Irish Win at the Golden Globes

The 2018 Golden Globe Awards were a smash success for Irish names in the movie business, with...

Irial Finan to Retire from 30-Year Career with Coca-Cola

After over 30 years of leading the beverage industry, Irial Finan (below), a native of Roscommon...

Ireland to Recognize Preferred Gender Pronouns in Registry of Foreign Births

In December, Ireland took further steps to grant equality to transgender citizens by introducing...

Samantha Barry Named Glamour’s New Editor-in-Chief

New media paragon Samantha Barry has been hired as Glamour’s eighth and newest editor-in-chief....

Irish Eye on Hollywood:
Flatley and McGinty Are Dancing to the Big Screen

Two accomplished Irish artists – a musician and a dancer – are trying to cross over into...

Hibernia Arts:
Enda Walsh Gets a Revival and a Premiere

Irish playwright Enda Walsh had a bit of a New York moment in January, with the joint stagings of...

Uilleann Pipes Acknowledged by UNESCO

The United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) approved recognition...

Irish Eye on Hollywood:
The Golden Age of Irish Prestige TV

The “Quality TV” era continues to provide Irish actors with all kinds of work. In March,...

Irish Eye on Hollywood:
The Mara Sisters to Tackle Jesus and the Kennedys 

The Irish American Mara sisters – Rooney and Kate – are not just on their way to dominating...

Irish Eye on Hollywood:
John Cusack Takes a Villainous Turn in Irish Western

Irish American star John Cusack is getting in touch with his Irish roots – and his dark side –...

Irish Eye in Hollywood:
Novel Adaptations for Irish Writers

Irish authors have also been having a couple of good months in Hollywood. Oscar-winning producer...

Band Aid Donates Archives to Ireland’s National Library

Bob Geldof and the Band Aid Trust donated their archives to the National Library of Ireland in...

Danville and New Ross Poised to Become Official Friends

New Ross, County Wexford, is to be linked with a town in California where playwright Eugene...

Mapping Irish DNA

In a study published late December in the journal Scientific Reports, researchers have found 10...

Ireland’s First Astronaut Ready to Take Flight

Ever since Dr. Norah Patten visited NASA’s Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, Ohio, as a child,...