Clockwise from top left: Maureen O'Hara with her daughter Brigit Bronwin Fitzsimmons, Jack Leslie, John Timoney, Kay Starr, Bill Cunningham, Rick Cluchey, Alphie McCourt, Dan Tully, Michael Kennedy, Daniel Berrigan, and Tom Hayden.

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Those We Lost in 2016

2016 saw the passing of numerous Irish and Irish American luminaries, from the first female elected representative of Cook County in Illinois to 60s activists and renowned actors and musicians. Below we remember the lives of some of the most important figures in Irish and Irish American life. ℘℘℘ Editor’s Note: The first obituary we publish here was not published in Irish America, but...

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Left to right: Empire City CEO Tim Rooney, California toy donor Josh Blake, and Monsignor Kevin Sullivan. (Photo courtesy Empire City Casino)

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Empire City Drive Provides for Catholic Charities

The 10th annual “Christmas Spirit” Toy and Coat Drive was held by Empire City Casino of Yonkers, New York in aid of Catholic Charities on December 15. Nearly one thousand coats and children’s toys were donated to bring holiday cheer to many New Yorkers in need this winter season. President and CEO of Empire City Casino Timothy J. Rooney presented the donation to executive director of...

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FleishmanHillard president and CEO John Saunders (center) accepts the 2016 Irish America Business 100 Keynote Award, a House of Waterford Crystal Lismore Essence Vase, from Irish America founding publisher Niall O'Dowd and co-founder and editor-in-chief Patricia Harty. (Photo: Nuala Purcell)

Irish America Celebrates 31st Annual Business 100 Awards

Irish America Celebrates 31st Annual Business 100 Awards with FleishmanHillard CEO John Saunders delivering the keynote address. ℘℘℘ On Wednesday, December 7, Irish America magazine celebrated the 31st annual Irish America Business 100 Awards with a luncheon at the Metropolitan Club in Manhattan. Since its inception, the Business 100 awards have sought to recognize Irish-born and Irish...

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Tara O'Grady with the Houdini Bible at the House of Houdini in Budapest. Photo by Richard Velasco.

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The Magic of Dreams

Queens-born Jazz singer Tara O’Grady recently traveled to the House of Houdini in Budapest to donate a rare 19th century bible signed by Harry Houdini to the museum that bears his name in the city of his birth. ℘℘℘ My dreams are vivid, detailed, and they often come true. One night, about ten years ago, I had a dream I was sitting in a hotel room. There was a bible on the bedside...

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One of the most iconic images from the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor shows the explosion of the U.S.S. Shaw, a destroyer named for Captain John Shaw, a decorated early U.S. Naval officer who was born in Laois. Full image below.

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Pearl Harbor and the
U.S.S. Shaw

Seventy-five years ago this week, the Japanese surprised the U.S. by attacking Pearl Harbor in the early hours of December 7th. One of the most iconic photographs from the from that day is of the U.S.S. Shaw, a ship named after an Irishman and early officer in the U.S. Navy. Following the attack, the Shaw, which was nearly destroyed, returned to battle and went on to become one of the most...

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