Professors Brian Lawlor (left) and Ian Robertson, who will head the new Trinity research project.

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Trinity Receives Largest Donation in Irish History

The Atlantic Philanthropies, created in 1982 by Irish-American businessman Chuck Feeney, is giving  €138.4 million [$177 million] to Trinity College Dublin and the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), to establish the Global Brain Health Institute (GBHI), a ground breaking initiative that aims to tackle the looming dementia epidemic and improve health and dementia care...

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Martin O’Malley dines in East Austin with the Ramirez family. The parents, Manuel and Adriana, are undocumented citizens. (Photo: Jordan Rudner / Twitter)

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Martin O’Malley Dines with Undocumented Family

Yesterday Democratic presidential candidate Martin O’Malley accepted an invitation to dine with an undocumented family, becoming the first presidential candidate to do so while on the campaign trail. O’Malley ate a mid-day meal with the Ramirez family of Austin Texas as part of a handful of immigrant-rights advocacy groups invitation to participate in “DAPA Dinners,” named for President...

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Billboard images for Michael Flatley's New York Broadway performance.

Michael Flatley’s Last Dance

This month, Michael Flatley will make his final stage performances during a special run this fall at the Lyric Theater in on Broadway. The run brings a re-worked and enhanced version of his signature “Lord of the Dance.” This version, now called “Lord of the Dance: Dangerous Games,” has been on the West End stages for the year, but moves to New York for an opening night of November 7th...

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Roger Casement (left) with John Devoy in New York.

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Dramatizing America’s Role
in the 1916 Easter Rising

A one-time performance in New York later this month seeks to dramatize America’s role in the 1916 Easter Rising. Often an overlooked aspect of the Rising, the voices of America, and Irish Americans were as varied and complex as in Ireland, with mixed results and effect. On November 18th, “Voices in America and the 1916 Easter Rising” brings them to the fore, weaving together proclamations,...

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