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A Flying Javelin: Marjorie Larney

When I competed for the U.S. in my first Olympics in Helsinki in 1952, I was only 15, the youngest javelin thrower ever and...

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Hurling & Nationalism

Dave Lewis explores the historical connections between the Gaelic Athletic Association, nationalism, and a heritage of...

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Golfing the Emerald Isle

Five days of golf in Ireland’s southwest and a day of football in Dublin. I credit my brother-in-law Tom Coyne for...

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The Forgotten Hero of Golf:
John McDermott

The first American golfer to win the U.S. Open — and the youngest. When Rory McIlroy walked down the 18th fairway at...

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Boxing Buddies: George Bernard Shaw and Gene Tunney

The unlikely friendship between prizefighter Gene Tunney and dramatist George Bernard Shaw is explored in a new book by the...

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In This Issue

Washington Nationals Return to Irish Roots

Irish ambassador to the U.S. Anne Anderson joined the Washington Nationals baseball team at their home field of Nationals Park in May for Irish American Heritage Day, throwing out the first pitch of...

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Hurling Returns to Fenway Park

The sport of hurling will return to Fenway Park with a doubleheader in the AIG Fenway Hurling Classic and Irish Festival on November 19. The park last hosted a hurling event in 2015, bringing to an...

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Ireland v. Mexico Soccer Friendly

The Irish men’s national soccer team is set to square off against Mexico June 1 at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey. The friendly match, which won’t count towards either teams official international...

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Weekly Comment:
Ireland’s Longest Greenway Is Officially Open to the Public

Waterford Greenway, the longest off-road walking and cycling path in Ireland, opened to the public at the end of March. Running 46km from Waterford City to Dungarvan and tracing the former route of...

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Jimmy McAleer’s Opening Day Legacy

The Irish American baseball legend who introduced the concept of the opening day pitch by the President of the United States. ℘℘℘ James Robert, “Jimmy,” McAleer, the youngest of eight...

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It Takes a Village

In February, 110 Irish men and women from Kildangan, County Tipperary converged on the New York midtown pub Slattery’s to help raise money for a new half-million euro community center, complete...

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Up Tipp:
Hurling & Nationalism

Dave Lewis explores the historical connections between the Gaelic Athletic Association, nationalism, and a heritage of hurling in County Tipperary. ℘℘℘ 2016 was a great year for Ireland as it...

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Chicago Miracles

Miracles happen in threes, but few foresaw this one coming when Ireland’s rugby team met the New Zealand All-Blacks in a historic match November 5 at Chicago’s Soldier Field, home to the Chicago...

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The Irish Olympic Diaspora

Ireland had a reasonable showing at the 2016 Summer Olympics with two silver medals, including the country’s first for rowing (see right). But what about the Irish diaspora? How did the descendants...

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Silver Streak:
Ireland’s Olympic Medals

Gary and Paul O’Donovan, of Lisheen, Co. Cork, made history at the Rio Olympic Games in August when they secured the country’s first ever medal in a rowing event. The brothers, who sped from...

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Taming the Bambino

Managing Babe Ruth, winning multiple World Series, and the no-nonsense authority of Bill “Rough” Carrigan. ℘℘℘ To control a brash young Babe Ruth – who joined the Boston Red Sox at age...

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Shannon Gaels:
Field of Dreams

The Shannon Gaels GAA Club in New York is one step closer to building its field of dreams – a children’s playing field in Frank Golden Park in College Point, New York. In January, Minister for...

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John McDermott:
Golf Hall of Famer

John McDermott is finally getting his due over a hundred years after he became the first American to win the U.S. Open national golf championship. Winning at the age of 19, he also remains the...

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John Duddy: Actor

Middleweight champion John Duddy on hanging up his gloves.  In 2011, John Duddy retired from boxing. Living in New York, the popular Derry native had compiled a 29-and-2 record with 18 knockouts....

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A Course Called Quirky

Tom Coyne, whose 16-week jaunt through Ireland’s 38 seaside golf courses led to the best-selling book, A Course Called Ireland, has put together a list of 18 of his favorite quirky Irish golf...

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Saratoga’s Irish Visionary: John Morrissey

John Morrisey and the Saratoga Springs Race Course in the early 1900s. Photos: Library of Congress.

As Saratoga Springs celebrates 150 years of thoroughbred racing, Liz O’Connell tells the tale of John Morrissey, an Irish immigrant who organized, operated and had the vision to develop what is now...

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True Grit – Sandy Fails to Derail the Xavier Knights’ Run for Glory

All they wanted was a chance for ten more days of football. Just before the end of the season, a quarter of the players and one of the coaches on the Xavier High School Knights had been forced from...

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Brian Kelly Is Coach of the Year

Coach Kelly, who led Notre Dame’s Fighting Irish through a perfect season (up until the BCS championship game), was named the Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year by the Football Writers Association of...

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The Irish Giants

The Hibernian legacy of the Giants baseball team. This year the San Francisco Giants won their second World Series in three years. Not since the days of John McGraw and their Irish heyday have the...

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The Emerald Isle Classic: An Irish and Irish-American Dream

Irish America’s publisher, Niall O’Dowd, wrote from the Notre Dame vs. Navy football game in Dublin. In years to come, hardcore Notre Dame fans will ask “Were you there?” when this...

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Golfing the Emerald Isle

Five days of golf in Ireland’s southwest and a day of football in Dublin. I credit my brother-in-law Tom Coyne for inspiring my golf trip to Ireland. Not too long ago, Tom completed what can...

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Running Rings Around the Empire: The 1908 Olympics

As Britain hosts the Summer Olympic Games in London, we look back on the first great modern Olympic confrontation between the United States – most of whose top athletes were Irish – and Britain,...

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The Naming of Winged Fist Way

A stretch of 43rd Street and 48th Avenue in Sunnyside, Queens, received a second name on March 10. Just in time for St. Patrick’s Day, it became Winged Fist Way, in honor of the Irish American...

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GAA Takes Off in Texas

In Dallas, Texas, it’s all about community and camaraderie over competition. Spurred by the success of the Celtic Cowboys, a Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA) league formed in Austin in 2004, Fionn...

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Honey Fitz & Sweet Caroline: A Century of Fenway

The Red Sox and the City of Boston celebrate the 100th anniversary of one of  America’s most beloved ballparks. Honey Fitz, aka John Francis Fitzgerald, would have loved the pageantry of “Fenway...

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The Glory Days of Celtic Park

One of the premier track- and-field training facilities in the world in its time, Celtic Park produced more than two dozen Olympic medalists who collectively won more than 50 medals for the U.S....

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Rory McIlroy Becomes Number One

Rory McIlroy was hitting 40-yard drives at the age of two. By eight he was the youngest full member of the Holywood Golf Club, which sits just outside of Belfast, and by 11 he was shooting level par...

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The Maras and the Rooneys

The long and enduring relationship of two Irish-American sporting families. In 2008, when the New York football Giants capped a spectacular drive in the final two minutes of Super Bowl XLII to become...

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Rory McIlroy Named Sports Star of the Year

Rory McIlroy was named RTE’s Irish Sports Person of the Year at a televised ceremony in Dublin. The 22-year-old golfer from Holywood, Co. Down capped a memorable year by winning the U.S. Open just...

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Pushing Through to Victory
Amanda McGrory

Champion wheelchair racer Amanda McGrory tells Molly Ferns about her record-setting year and her plans for the 2012 London Paralympics. Few people begin a career at five years old. But Amanda...

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Olympic Torch to Pass Through Northern Ireland

The London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (Locog) has confirmed that over 60 towns and villages in Northern Ireland will be included on the route for torchbearers carrying...

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The Jig is Up!

A new documentary dubbed as “Spellbound meets Mad Hot Ballroom, with a touch of Riverdance” As an Irish American who had a very culturally rich childhood, I may be something of an anomaly...

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Irish Dance Nationals

A look at the 2011 North American Irish Dance Competition in Nashville, Tennessee On the July 4th weekend, the Gaylord Opryland Convention Center in Nashville, just a stone’s throw from the Grand...

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The Forgotten Hero of Golf:
John McDermott

The first American golfer to win the U.S. Open — and the youngest. When Rory McIlroy walked down the 18th fairway at Congressional on June 19, the TV flashed a list of six young golfers who won...

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The Most Spectacular Golf Course on the Planet

The Old Head Golf Links in Kinsale, County Cork has been ranked by Links magazine as the most spectacular golf course on the planet (Spring 2011 edition). Truly one of the most unique golf courses...

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Enda, Irial and Ali Honored by Fund

The American Ireland Fund’s annual New York Gala Dinner was held on May 5th. More than 1,200 guests gathered in a tent at Lincoln Center on May 5, for the American Ireland Fund New York Dinner...

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Irish Micky Ward:
The Fighter Speaks Out

The real-life boxer behind the Oscar-nominated movie Eight years ago, Irish America magazine honored boxer Micky Ward as one of “The Irish 100.” Ward received his tribute at the annual Irish...

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Kelly Green at Notre Dame: Coach Brian Kelly

It is a mid-October Sunday morning at Notre Dame, right after the home victory against Pittsburgh. It was a close-run thing and the sense of relief around the Notre Dame campus is palpable. Nowhere...

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Boxing Buddies: George Bernard Shaw and Gene Tunney

The unlikely friendship between prizefighter Gene Tunney and dramatist George Bernard Shaw is explored in a new book by the boxer’s son, Jay Tunney.  There are many books about famous literary...

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Waverider: The Irish Roots of Surfing

Waveriders, the acclaimed documentary directed by Dublin native Joel Conroy and coming out on DVD March 16, is based around an unusual premise: modern-day surfing’s Irish-American roots. The...

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The Irish in Early Baseball

More than two dozen sons of  Irish immigrants, who played in the 1880-1920 period, are enshrined in the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown. Many other great Irish players have made their mark on...

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Sea Fever: An Irish Surfing Odyssey

Ireland, with 3,000 miles of open Atlantic to the West, offers some of the best surf conditions in the world. Sea Fever, a documentary, covers the history of Irish surfing from the early 1960s to the...

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GAA Marks Its 125th Birthday

The Gaelic Athletic Association staged a spectacular fireworks dis- play at Croke Park in Dublin to commemorate its 125th anniversary since being founded in 1884 in Thurles, Co. Tipperary....

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Ulster Scots at Stone Mountain Highland Games

For 38 years, Stone Mountain Park, northeast of Atlanta, Georgia, fills with the sounds of bagpipes, fiddles and harps during the third weekend in October for the Stone Mountain Highland Games and...

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Gaelic Games’ New Future in San Francisco

Hard times are falling on communities across the country, and even in the affluent San Francisco area, belts are tightening and the economy is in decline.  But on a recent December afternoon, on an...

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More Than Just Round of Golf

I was fortunate to play the Old Head Golf Links on my most recent trip to Ireland.  The Links is one of the most unique golf courses ever conceived. It is built on a 220-acre diamond of land,...

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A Flying Javelin: Marjorie Larney

When I competed for the U.S. in my first Olympics in Helsinki in 1952, I was only 15, the youngest javelin thrower ever and that record still stands today. But the most wonderful part about...

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Padraig’s Day

If you drive across the mountain road that borders south Dublin, chances are you will see Padraig Harrington at work in the garden that serves as his office. Out the back of a modest but large...

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Genius and a Gent:
Bill Walsh Remembered

When Bill Walsh took over the head coaching job of the San Francisco 49ers in the late 1970s, the team was among the worst in the National Football League. In just a few years, Walsh transformed...

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Boston’s Fenway Park

Fenway Park – home of the Boston Red Sox – is the nation’s enduring symbol of baseball, America’s favorite pastime. Officially opened on April 20, 1912, the park has outlasted all other...

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Miracle: An Interview with Jack O’Callahan

The kid who helped propel the U.S. team to its miraculous 4-3 victory over the Soviets, giving the country a morale boost at the height of the Cold War in 1980, is now a star in the trading...

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The “Emerald” Pastime

 Tom Deignan reflects on a time when many of the Boys of Summer had a touch of the Irish brogue. A recent New York Times article about the consistent success of the Minnesota Twins baseball...

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Hibernia

The Emerald Isle Classic: An Irish and Irish-American Dream

Irish America’s publisher, Niall O’Dowd, wrote from the Notre Dame vs. Navy football...

Irish Dance Nationals

A look at the 2011 North American Irish Dance Competition in Nashville, Tennessee On the July 4th...

Silver Streak:
Ireland’s Olympic Medals

Gary and Paul O’Donovan, of Lisheen, Co. Cork, made history at the Rio Olympic Games in August...

It Takes a Village

In February, 110 Irish men and women from Kildangan, County Tipperary converged on the New York...

Shannon Gaels:
Field of Dreams

The Shannon Gaels GAA Club in New York is one step closer to building its field of dreams – a...

More Than Just Round of Golf

I was fortunate to play the Old Head Golf Links on my most recent trip to Ireland.  The Links is...

Taming the Bambino

Managing Babe Ruth, winning multiple World Series, and the no-nonsense authority of Bill...

Waverider: The Irish Roots of Surfing

Waveriders, the acclaimed documentary directed by Dublin native Joel Conroy and coming out on DVD...

Rory McIlroy Becomes Number One

Rory McIlroy was hitting 40-yard drives at the age of two. By eight he was the youngest full member...

GAA Takes Off in Texas

In Dallas, Texas, it’s all about community and camaraderie over competition. Spurred by the...

Enda, Irial and Ali Honored by Fund

The American Ireland Fund’s annual New York Gala Dinner was held on May 5th. More than 1,200...

Pushing Through to Victory
Amanda McGrory

Champion wheelchair racer Amanda McGrory tells Molly Ferns about her record-setting year and her...

Chicago Miracles

Miracles happen in threes, but few foresaw this one coming when Ireland’s rugby team met the New...

Genius and a Gent:
Bill Walsh Remembered

When Bill Walsh took over the head coaching job of the San Francisco 49ers in the late 1970s, the...

Ireland v. Mexico Soccer Friendly

The Irish men’s national soccer team is set to square off against Mexico June 1 at MetLife...

John McDermott:
Golf Hall of Famer

John McDermott is finally getting his due over a hundred years after he became the first American...

Jimmy McAleer’s Opening Day Legacy

The Irish American baseball legend who introduced the concept of the opening day pitch by the...

Olympic Torch to Pass Through Northern Ireland

The London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (Locog) has confirmed that over...

Honey Fitz & Sweet Caroline: A Century of Fenway

The Red Sox and the City of Boston celebrate the 100th anniversary of one of  America’s most...

Boston’s Fenway Park

Fenway Park – home of the Boston Red Sox – is the nation’s enduring symbol of baseball,...

The Irish Olympic Diaspora

Ireland had a reasonable showing at the 2016 Summer Olympics with two silver medals, including the...

GAA Marks Its 125th Birthday

The Gaelic Athletic Association staged a spectacular fireworks dis- play at Croke Park in Dublin to...

Washington Nationals Return to Irish Roots

Irish ambassador to the U.S. Anne Anderson joined the Washington Nationals baseball team at their...

Hurling Returns to Fenway Park

The sport of hurling will return to Fenway Park with a doubleheader in the AIG Fenway Hurling...

The Jig is Up!

A new documentary dubbed as “Spellbound meets Mad Hot Ballroom, with a touch of...