Columnist Robert Schmuhl reflects on an encounter with Seamus Heaney. (Photos: Kit DeFever)

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The Touch of The Poet

Five years ago this summer, a dream came true – but not quite the way the daydreamer envisioned it might. A decade earlier, I approached the poet and Nobel laureate Seamus Heaney, proposing a magazine profile of him and requesting an interview in Dublin. An enthusiastic admirer of his work, I’d just published an assessment of his translation of Beowulf – “a cross-cultural tour de force”...

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A firefighter walks through the rubble of the Twin Towers in this photograph by Peter Foley. Foley was one of the first photographers on the scene that day. Just prior to 9/11, he had lived in a Manhattan firehouse, documenting the lives of the firefighters and doing portraits of the men, many of which, sadly, became memorial cards.

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9/11 Fifteen Years On

Back in July, on a hot afternoon at Kennedy International Airport in Queens, a truck carried a 40,000-pound piece of debris – draped in an American flag – out of a building known as Hangar 17. The building, for well over a decade, housed over 2,000 items collected from the rubble of the World Trade Center. But, as the New York Times noted, Hangar 17’s “storage room is now empty,...

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Citigroup's co-head of Global Equities Daniel Keegan will deliver the 2016 Irish America Wall Street 50 keynote address at the Wall Street 50 awards dinner October 12 in Manhattan. (Photo: Kit DeFever)

Citigroup’s Daniel Keegan Named Wall Street 50 Keynote

Irish America is pleased to announce Citigroup’s co-head of Global Equities Daniel Keegan as keynote speaker at the 19th annual Irish America Wall Street 50 awards dinner on October 12th at the Metropolitan Club in Manhattan. Keegan, who was appointed co-head of the group in May, previously served for three years as head of Equities Americas at Citi and joined Citi in 2007 as part of the...

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The Irish of Labor History

As you gather round the barbecue pit or head to the beach this Labor Day weekend, consider the contribution that the Irish have made, and continue to make to the American labor movement. It was Peter McGuire who first proposed a national holiday for workers. Born to Irish immigrants on the Lower East Side, New York City, in 1852, Peter became the breadwinner for his family at 11 when his...

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Gladys Aycock became the 1 Millionth Visitor to the House Of Waterford Crystal. (August 19th) Photo : www.gerryocarroll.com

Weekly Comment: House of Waterford Crystal Celebrates One-Millionth Visitor

  August 19th marked a historic day for the House of Waterford Crystal as they welcomed their one-millionth visitor, Gladys Aycock from North Carolina, to their headquarters in Waterford city, Ireland. After booking a tour of the factory on her first trip to Ireland’s east coast, Gladys was greeted with a VIP reception upon her arrival at the House of Waterford Crystal. Councilor Adam...

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