“‘Her Exiled Children’: Poetry in America and the 1916 Easter Rising,” is being presented by Glucksman Ireland House, NYU.

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The Poetry of 1916

Glucksman Ireland House, the center for Irish and Irish American Studies at New York University, is hosting an event centered on the poetry of the 1916 Easter Rising written by Irish and Irish-American authors. Titled “‘Her Exiled Children’: Poetry in America and the 1916 Easter Rising,” the event will be hosted by National Book Award-winning author Colum McCann, and features readings...

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Lilly McAlerney (front row, center) with other female members of James Connolly's Irish Citizen's Army. (Photo: Melissa McAlerney / Pinterest)

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20 Years Ago the Last 1916
Rebel in the U.S. Died

The last remaining person in the U.S. to have fought in the 1916 Rising in Ireland died in Seattle, Washington, at the age of 99 on January 21, 1996. Elizabeth “Lily” Kempson McAlerney, who threatened a man at gunpoint when he wanted to leave the scene of the fighting, was exiled to the U.S. when the uprising was suppressed, but supported the cause of a united Ireland until her...

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Dr. Garrett O'Connor, a pioneer of addiction treatment who died early September, center, at the 2014 Irish America Healthcare and Life Sciences 50 Awards with his wife Fionnula Flanagan (right) and Ciaran Murray, CEO of ICON plc. (Photo: Nuala Purcell)

Fionnula Flanagan Remembers Husband Garrett O’Connor, Addiction Treatment Pioneer

I met him in 1969. In the corridor of the Round Towner Motel in Baltimore. Maryland. Following a Broadway run, I was on a national tour with Lovers, the play that had brought me to the US. He was an Irish psychiatrist running the Psychiatric Emergency Clinic on the faculty at Johns Hopkins University Hospital. But when I first saw him, having opened my motel room door to raucous laughter in the...

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"Finding Your Roots" airs on PBS. Above: Soledad O'Brien, Bill O'Reilly, Bill Maher.

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PBS Uncovers Surprising Genealogical Connections for O’Reilly, Maher, O’Brien

Bill O’Reilly, Soledad O’Brien, and Bill Maher’s Irish roots were uncovered in this week’s episode of Finding Your Roots, Jr. on PBS, and it turns out, O’Reilly and Maher are related. O’Brien is also related to another of the show’s previous guests – Stephen Colbert. The episode, “The Irish Factor,” used a combination of archival research and DNA testing to explore the...

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Stephen Colbert and Saoirse Ronan talk Irish names and accents on the Late Show.

Saoirse Ronan and Stephen Colbert Talk Irish Accents

Saoirse Ronan stopped by The Late Show with Stephen Colbert this week. The Irish starlette did her best to teach Stephen a thing or two about the Irish accent. Irish actress Saoirse Ronan appeared on the Late Show with Stephen Colbert this week and the two enjoyed a lightly jibing conversation about Irish accents and the difficulty of pronouncing Irish names. Ronan, who was on the show to promote...

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