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June / July 2018

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What Are You Like?
Sheila Connolly

Mystery novelist Sheila Connolly takes our questionnaire. ℘℘℘ Sheila Connolly has published over 30 mysteries,...

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Mary Kay Henry:
A New Deal for America’s Working Poor

Mary Kay Henry, the international president of the two-million-member Service Employees International Union talks to...

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Last Word:
A Touch of the Irish

The seeds of Robert F. Kennedy’s compassion lay in his understanding of the past struggles of his Irish...

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When Things Get Tough,
the Tough Get Rowing

Four young doctors team up for a transatlantic row for a good cause. ℘℘℘ What takes 32 days, 22 hours and 5,500...

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Twenty Years Later:
Reflections on the Good Friday Agreement

Signed on April 10, 1998, the landmark Good Friday Agreement helped to bring to an end the 30 years of sectarian conflict in...

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In This Issue

Mary Kay Henry:
A New Deal for America’s Working Poor

Mary Kay Henry, the international president of the two-million-member Service Employees International Union talks to Patricia Harty about the Fight for $15 (minimum wage) campaign, how Trump is...

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First Word:
“Love More”

“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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Pro-Choice Campaign Pops Up in London

An Irish fashion designer took over a shop window in London’s high-end Selfridges’ department store to protest Ireland’s 8th Amendment, which prohibits abortion, in support of the referendum...

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Harry and Meghan Visit Northern Ireland

Prince Harry and his fiancée, Suits star Meghan Markle, made their first joint trip to Northern Ireland in March. The visit was a single day’s excursion, part of a full tour of the U.K. meant to...

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Tackling Ireland’s Homelessness Crisis

The housing crisis and collapse of the Celtic Tiger in the first decade of the 2000s led to a major increase in homelessness in Ireland. However, organizations like Merchant’s Quay in Dublin are...

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Ireland Considers Legislation to Restrict International Travel by Convicted Pedophiles

T.D.s and Senators have been urged to support a new bill – the Sex Offenses (Amendment) Bill 2018 – introduced in Dáil Éireann by Maureen O’Sullivan, T.D., which proposes to restrict the...

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Clothing-Optional Beach Established in Ireland

The County Council of Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown announced plans in March to accommodate nude bathers at Hawk Cliff beach in Dalkey, County Dublin, making it the first Irish beach to do so. Signs...

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Good Friday Agreement 20th Anniversary Marked in London and Belfast

A night of creative expression recalling the Troubles in Northern Ireland, sponsored by the Irish government in tandem with Poetry Ireland, was exhibited at both the Lyric Theatre in Belfast and...

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New Map Animates Devastation of the Great Hunger

Dr. Alan Ferinhough, a lecturer and economic historian at Queen’s University Belfast, recently created an animation of the evolution of Ireland’s population density from 1841 to 2012 showing how...

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Ireland’s Wettest Decade

The years 2006 to 2015 saw the highest average rainfall in Ireland in the past 300 years, according to a study performed at Maynooth University led by Conor Murphy (right). The data, collected from...

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New Viking Finds at Site of Dublin Hotel

Archaeologists have discovered a significant number of Viking-era artifacts and architectural remains during the building of Dublin’s new Hodson Bay Hotel in the Coombe. Among the architectural...

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World Happiness Report: Ireland Happier than U.S.

According to the 2018 World Happiness Report published in March, Ireland has outstripped the United States by four rankings in terms of national glee, coming in as the 14th happiest country. The...

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Twenty Years Later:
Reflections on the Good Friday Agreement

Signed on April 10, 1998, the landmark Good Friday Agreement helped to bring to an end the 30 years of sectarian conflict in Northern Ireland known as the Troubles. Twenty years on, Deaglán de...

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Taoiseach Leo Varadkar’s First Official U.S. Visit

Irish prime minister Leo Varadkar upheld the 65-year-old tradition of presenting the U.S. president with a bowl of shamrocks in March as part of his first state U.S. visit. His week-long trip...

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Higgins Stumps for Peace and Women’s Rights in New York Visit

President of Ireland Michael D. Higgins and his wife, Sabina, visited New York in late April. The trip saw him address the United Nations General Assembly and meet with senior international...

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Irish Eye on Hollywood:
John Crowley the Bookworm

Celebrated Irish director John Crowley just can’t get enough of quality literature – and his latest project is based on a book by a Belfast writer. Crowley earned himself and his cast a trip to...

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Irish Eye on Hollywood:
Ruth Negga Blasts Off

Following Academy Award and Golden Globe nominations for her star turn in Loving, Ruth Negga is beginning to rub elbows with A-list stars. The Ethiopian-born, Irish-raised actress will appear...

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Irish Eye on Hollywood:
O’Dowd Trades Laughter for Tears

Roscommon native Chris O’Dowd is moving beyond his comedy roots. April saw the release (in select theaters and also streaming on-demand) of Love After Love, a drama about a family dealing with a...

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Irish Eye on Hollywood:
The Delinquent Season Lines Up Big Irish Talent

There’s lots of Irish talent in front of the camera and behind it in the forthcoming dark, domestic drama The Delinquent Season. Cillian Murphy teams up again with Irish writer and director Mark...

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Irish Eye on Hollywood:
Jonathan Rhys Meyers is John Doe

Jonathan Rhys Meyers is going “hardcore.” Which means the Dublin star of TV shows like The Tudors and movies such as Stonewall is teaming up with one of the filmmakers behind the controversial...

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Irish Eye on Hollywood:
TV & Streaming Report

New, recent, and noteworthy Irish shows streaming on various services.  ℘℘℘ The Irishman in the Mist Details about Martin Scorsese’s next project The Irishman remain sketchy, but most...

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When Things Get Tough,
the Tough Get Rowing

Four young doctors team up for a transatlantic row for a good cause. ℘℘℘ What takes 32 days, 22 hours and 5,500 kilometers to complete? If you’re the four young men who set a new record when...

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Irish Repertory Theatre’s Seafarer Revival Lands Home

Dublin-born playwright Conor McPherson’s 2006 play The Seafarer opened in an off-Broadway revival at the Irish Repertory Theatre in April, directed by County Cavan native Ciarán O’Reilly....

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American Winners at the World Irish Dance Championships

The World Irish Dancing Championships were held in April in Glasgow, Scotland, and several Americans came away with medals in competition among the best youth dancers in the world. Peyton Clemons...

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Irish Senator Receives Award for Humanitarian Efforts

Frances Black, Irish senator and founder of the nation’s RISE program, was presented with the Arab American Institute Foundation’s Kahlil Gibran Spirit of Humanity Award in Washington, D.C., in...

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Irish American Partnership Awards $20,000 to Primary School Science Fairs

The Irish American Partnership hosted its inaugural New York Business Leaders Breakfast in New York in April. Bernie Brennan, president of the Royal Dublin Society, delivered the keynote address and...

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Ronan Dunne Speaks to Irish International Business Network (Video)

Verizon Wireless’s executive vice president Ronan Dunne, a member of Irish America’s 2017 Business 100, delivered keynote remarks at a recent event sponsored by Grant Thornton for the Irish...

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Wild Geese Honored by Irish American Bar Association

The I.A.B.A. of New York hosted its annual Wild Goose Awards in April, honoring three lawyers for their creative endeavors outside the field of law: Colleen McMahon (second from left), chief judge of...

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McGuinness Principles Launched in U.S.

In honor of the Good Friday Agreement’s 20th anniversary, the McGuinness Principles were launched from New York in April. The principles, named after Northern Ireland’s former deputy first...

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New York’s Catholic Heritage Archive Launched Online

Genealogy database Findmypast joined with the Archdiocese of New York to collate a comprehensive digital record of Roman Catholics in New York, the first portion of which was uploaded in early March....

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High School Student Project Can Predict Spread of Potato Blight

Hunter College High School student Benjamin “Benjy” Firester was awarded $25,000 for a unique research project that predicts the patterns of movement of the phytophthora infestans – the mold...

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Irish Hunger Memorial Renovations Completed

The Irish Hunger Memorial was re-opened in late July 2017 after a year-long, $5.3 million renovation. The structure had suffered extensive water infiltration, particularly from 2012’s Hurricane...

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Those We Lost

Recent passings in the Irish and Irish American communities. ℘℘℘ Marjorie Steele-Fitzgibbon 1930 – 2018 Marjorie Steele-Fitzgibbon, an American actress, painter, and sculptor who later...

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“Sláinte, Mon!”:
The Irish of Jamaica

That Irish is Jamaica’s second-most predominant ethnicity may come as a surprise, especially to those outside the country. It all started in 1655 when the British failed in their efforts to claim...

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Wild Irish Women:
Deirdre O’Connell’s Fanatic Heart

The Bronx girl who changed the face of Irish theater. ℘℘℘ An enigma and a shapeshifter, she changed her first name each time her life entered a new incarnation. Baptized Eleanor, she was...

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Mission Possible:
Concern Worldwide at 50 (Photos)

Concern, Ireland’s largest humanitarian aid agency, has been serving the poorest of the poor for 50 years. Ed Kenney Jr. and Kieran McConville, both of whom work for Concern, explore the...

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What Are You Like?
Sheila Connolly

Mystery novelist Sheila Connolly takes our questionnaire. ℘℘℘ Sheila Connolly has published over 30 mysteries, including several New York Times bestsellers. Her series include the Orchard...

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Review of Books:
A Parting Gift

William Trevor’s posthumous Last Stories. ℘℘℘ How strange to read a published work knowing it to be the author’s last. Such was the feeling on opening Last Stories, a collection of short...

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Eunice and Eileen

Eunice Kennedy was an amazing woman who changed the way people with disabilities are treated and viewed. Who better to bring her story to light in a new biography than Eileen McNamara, another...

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Sláinte!
Music: The Food of Love

With Father’s Day in mind, our columnist writes about her own dad, “a true Irish bard.” ℘℘℘ Ilive with a disc jockey. No, not like one you’d find in a dance club, not at all. My jock...

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Photo Album:
Nanna’s First Fourth

“Kate, be careful when you get to America, the streets are full of gangsters!” That is what my grandmother, we called her Nanna, heard before she boarded the ship to America in the 1920s. It...

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Book Notes:
Sebastian Barry Is Ireland’s New Fiction Laureate

Author Sebastian Barry, known for his representation of varying perspectives during Ireland’s revolutionary period in The Steward of Christendom and A Long Long Way, was announced as Ireland’s...

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Book Notes:
Trove of Irish Civil War Letters Donated to Boston College

(Ellen Alden / 296 pp. / $15.95) Six years after finding a box in her attic with her great-great-grandfather’s photographs and letters from his time in the American Civil War – and one book later...

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Book Notes:
Novelist Edna O’Brien to Become a Dame of the British Empire

It has been reported that renowned Irish novelist Edna O’Brien will be made an honorary Dame of the British Empire for her contributions to the field of literature. Because O’Brien is a native of...

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Book Notes:
Sunday Times Longlists Irish Writers

The Sunday Times recently announced the winner of their EFG Short Story Award, a £30,000 prize: American Courtney Zoffness, who won for her story “Peanuts Aren’t Nuts” and beat out several...

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Last Word:
A Touch of the Irish

The seeds of Robert F. Kennedy’s compassion lay in his understanding of the past struggles of his Irish ancestors. ℘℘℘ On March 17, 1964, Robert F. Kennedy traveled to Scranton, Pennsylvania,...

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Irish Eye on Hollywood:
The Delinquent Season Lines Up Big Irish Talent

There’s lots of Irish talent in front of the camera and behind it in the forthcoming...

Harry and Meghan Visit Northern Ireland

Prince Harry and his fiancée, Suits star Meghan Markle, made their first joint trip to Northern...

Irish Eye on Hollywood:
John Crowley the Bookworm

Celebrated Irish director John Crowley just can’t get enough of quality literature – and his...

Irish Hunger Memorial Renovations Completed

The Irish Hunger Memorial was re-opened in late July 2017 after a year-long, $5.3 million...

Good Friday Agreement 20th Anniversary Marked in London and Belfast

A night of creative expression recalling the Troubles in Northern Ireland, sponsored by the...

New Viking Finds at Site of Dublin Hotel

Archaeologists have discovered a significant number of Viking-era artifacts and architectural...

Irish Senator Receives Award for Humanitarian Efforts

Frances Black, Irish senator and founder of the nation’s RISE program, was presented with the...

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar’s First Official U.S. Visit

Irish prime minister Leo Varadkar upheld the 65-year-old tradition of presenting the U.S. president...

Irish Eye on Hollywood:
TV & Streaming Report

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

Irish Eye on Hollywood:
O’Dowd Trades Laughter for Tears

Roscommon native Chris O’Dowd is moving beyond his comedy roots. April saw the release (in...

McGuinness Principles Launched in U.S.

In honor of the Good Friday Agreement’s 20th anniversary, the McGuinness Principles were launched...

Pro-Choice Campaign Pops Up in London

An Irish fashion designer took over a shop window in London’s high-end Selfridges’ department...

Irish Repertory Theatre’s Seafarer Revival Lands Home

Dublin-born playwright Conor McPherson’s 2006 play The Seafarer opened in an...

Tackling Ireland’s Homelessness Crisis

The housing crisis and collapse of the Celtic Tiger in the first decade of the 2000s led to a major...

Ronan Dunne Speaks to Irish International Business Network (Video)

Verizon Wireless’s executive vice president Ronan Dunne, a member of Irish America’s 2017...

World Happiness Report: Ireland Happier than U.S.

According to the 2018 World Happiness Report published in March, Ireland has outstripped the United...

High School Student Project Can Predict Spread of Potato Blight

Hunter College High School student Benjamin “Benjy” Firester was awarded $25,000 for a unique...

Irish American Partnership Awards $20,000 to Primary School Science Fairs

The Irish American Partnership hosted its inaugural New York Business Leaders Breakfast in New York...

Ireland Considers Legislation to Restrict International Travel by Convicted Pedophiles

T.D.s and Senators have been urged to support a new bill – the Sex Offenses (Amendment) Bill 2018...

Irish Eye on Hollywood:
Jonathan Rhys Meyers is John Doe

Jonathan Rhys Meyers is going “hardcore.” Which means the Dublin star of TV shows like The...

Irish Eye on Hollywood:
Ruth Negga Blasts Off

Following Academy Award and Golden Globe nominations for her star turn in Loving, Ruth Negga is...

Higgins Stumps for Peace and Women’s Rights in New York Visit

President of Ireland Michael D. Higgins and his wife, Sabina, visited New York in late April. The...

New Map Animates Devastation of the Great Hunger

Dr. Alan Ferinhough, a lecturer and economic historian at Queen’s University Belfast, recently...

American Winners at the World Irish Dance Championships

The World Irish Dancing Championships were held in April in Glasgow, Scotland, and several...

Clothing-Optional Beach Established in Ireland

The County Council of Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown announced plans in March to accommodate nude bathers...

Wild Geese Honored by Irish American Bar Association

The I.A.B.A. of New York hosted its annual Wild Goose Awards in April, honoring three lawyers for...

Ireland’s Wettest Decade

The years 2006 to 2015 saw the highest average rainfall in Ireland in the past 300 years,...

New York’s Catholic Heritage Archive Launched Online

Genealogy database Findmypast joined with the Archdiocese of New York to collate a comprehensive...