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Irish America’s 2017 Business 100 Awards with SAP CEO Bill McDermott (Photos)

Irish America magazine celebrated its 2017 Business 100 Awards on December 13 at the Metropolitan Club in Manhattan, recognizing the contributions of 100 Irish and Irish American business professionals to the corporate world. Bill McDermott, CEO of the global software giant SAP, delivered the keynote speech. 250 people attended Irish America’s 2017 Business 100 Awards at the Metropolitan...

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Ireland’s Brexit Breakthrough

The Republic of Ireland and the U.K. reached a deal in early December assuring Ireland that there would be no hard border on the island after Britain leaves the E.U., allowing Brexit negotiations to move on to phase two. Previously, president of the European Council Donald Tusk said Ireland, as an E.U. member state, would be entrusted with the final decision on whether the U.K. has made adequate...

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The Best of the Irish Diaspora Honored in Dublin

Ten members of the global Irish diaspora, including Irish America’s own editor-in-chief Patricia Harty, received Ireland’s top honor for civilians living abroad for service to the Republic of Ireland. The ceremony, held November 30 at Áras an Uachraráin, the official residence of the president of Ireland. In addition to Patricia Harty, three other U.S. residents received the honor – actor...

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How the Irish Saved the Pilgrims and Started Thanksgiving

In 1621, the pilgrims, just arrived in the New World, had no idea how wild their new frontier could be. Winter arrived and with it came starvation, death, and the idea that maybe it was time to give up and go back to Europe where the strict confines of politics were easier to deal with than the utter randomness of Mother Nature. The real story of what happened next is all but lost. On February 20...

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Grandfather’s War Years

What’s in a photograph? Writer John Fay reflects on an image of a grandfather he never knew as he’s being sent to World War I. ℘℘℘ My grandfather, John Fay, was born in Finavarra, County Clare in 1896. The youngest of twelve children, he grew up on a farm that juts out into Galway Bay. Family lore has it that he had an almost idyllic childhood – trapping lobsters and playing...

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