Against All Odds: Irish Gymnast Kieran Behan Becomes an Olympian

When he was eight years old, Kieran Behan developed a passion for gymnastics. Two years later, a botched operation on his leg did permanent nerve damage to his foot, almost dashing his dream in its infancy. Bound to a wheelchair, he was taunted by classmates, and was warned by doctors that he might never walk again. He did recover, however, and 15 months later, he was back in the gym working...

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Ireland’s Preeminent Contemporary Playwright Tom Murphy on Druid Theatre Company’s Return to the US

This week, Galway’s Tony winning Druid Theatre Company will present a mini-retrospective of three of the most accomplished plays of Irish playwright Tom Murphy at Druid Murphy, an exciting festival in his honor that will be staged at Lincoln Center beginning July 5. Murphy, 77, has famously been described by Colm Toibin as “the writer whom other Irish writers most admire.” While that’s...

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First Annual Irish America Day Celebrated in Ireland

This Fourth of July, flags were raised, grills were lighted, streets were decked with red, white and blue, and America was celebrated – on both sides of the Atlantic. In recognition of the strong ties between the U.S. and Ireland, and of the millions of Irish immigrants who began new lives in America throughout the centuries, the Co. Wexford town of New Ross devoted the fourth of July to...

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Fionnula Flanagan & More to be Inducted into the Irish America Hall of Fame on July 4th

Legendary Irish actress Fionnula Flanagan will be formally inducted into the Irish America Hall of Fame on Wednesday, the 4th of July, 2012 at the Dunbrody Famine Ship’s Emigration History Centre in New Ross, Co. Wexford. The induction ceremony takes place as a focal point of the larger 4th of July festivities in New Ross, as the town celebrates its first official Irish America Day. In honor of...

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The Epitome of Resilience: A Field Diary From Haiti

By Anita Sands, Head of Change Leadership, UBS Wealth Management; Irish America Wall Street 50 honoree; and 2012 Women of Concern Honoree What it takes to build a school in rural Haiti is something you have to see for yourself to fully appreciate. We set out from Port-au-Prince, recovering but still badly scarred by the 2010 earthquake, along a steep but well-paved mountain road to rural Saut...

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