Maureen O'Hara celebrated her 95th Birthday August 17 with her family, close friends, and more than 60 birthday messages uploaded to YouTube. (Photo courtesy of the Roddy McDowall Estate)

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Watch These Moving Birthday Tributes for Maureen O’Hara

On Monday, Irish screen legend Maureen O’Hara turned 95, and tributes to her were sent in from around the world. More than 60 fans from places as far ranging as Sweden, Australia, and Idaho uploaded 30-second videos to YouTube to create a moving celebration of her life and work. Organized by Maureen O’Hara Magazine, the project included birthday wishes from three generations and half a dozen...

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“Yes, I am most definitely an Irishwoman.” Maureen O’Hara speaks to Patricia Harty on the occasion of the publication of her memoir ’Tis Herself.

Maureen O’Hara:
“The Greatest Guy”

Patricia Harty talks to the Hollywood legend about her life and her new book, ’Tis Herself. “Being an Irishwoman means many things to me. An Irishwoman is strong and feisty. She has guts and stands up for what she believes in. She believes she is the best at whatever she does and proceeds through life with that knowledge. She can face any hazard that life throws her way and stay with it until...

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Obama Names Three to Second Term Cabinet for EPA, Energy, Budget

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Obama and McCarthy Announce Clean Power Plan

On Monday, August 3, President Obama and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy released the final Clean Power Plan, a historic step in the Obama Administration’s fight against climate change. The regulations are the strongest yet unveiled by any U.S. administration and are a huge step to curbing what the President described as one of the greatest national security,...

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A crowd of 700 was on hand to take part in the relaunch of the ALS Water Bucket Challenge on Sunday, August 2, at Empire City Casino, including founder Pat Quinn.

Pat Quinn Re-launches
ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, last summer’s internet viral sensation, was officially re-launched August 2 in Yonkers, New York, sponsored by the City of Yonkers and the Empire City Casino. More than 700 people gathered at the casino’s historic Yonkers Raceway to mark the event, including Pat Quinn, co-founder of ALS Ice Bucket Challenge and 2014 Irish America Hall of Fame inductee; Yonkers...

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Patrick Pearse's August 1, 1915 speech may have been the catalyst for the Easter Rising. (Wikimedia Commons)

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August 1st May Have Changed Ireland Forever

By the turn of the 20th Century, new Irish rebellion movements emerged that inspired a collective longing for national independence. A political party named Sinn Fein fostered by Arthur Griffith advocated for Irish nationhood. But while Griffith and others became the public faces of Irish nationalism, another, more radical group called the Irish Republican Brotherhood (IRB) worked in the...

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