Irish businessman Liam Casey

The Global Irishman

Dubbed “Mr. China” by James Fallows of The Atlantic Monthly, and the subject of a BBC 4 program, Liam Casey, a native of Cork, is changing the way the world does business with China. You’ve studied the goods and compared the prices, and your latest electronic desire hovers in your online shopping cart, awaiting that final command. You click “Purchase” and you’ve tipped the domino,...

Patricia Harty

The First Word: A Ribbon of Green

“There’s a huge can-do attitude here in the U.S. that’s very creative, very innovative.” –    Liam Casey. “You have to go, and you have to do well,” Molly Fogarty told her grandson.  Molly had been left a young widow with four daughters, the oldest of which was 13 years, and a farm to run. Now her grandson, the only male in that family of women, was about to leave home to take...

Lt. Erin Millea and the USS New York

USS New York: A Ship of Remembrance

A new Navy ship partly built with steel from the World Trade Center carries the motto “Never Forget.” Aliah O’Neill talks to Lt. Erin Millea who is serving aboard the recently commissioned USS New York. Lt. Erin Millea always knew she wanted to be a dentist—her father and older brother are practicing and one of her sisters is in dental school. However, her desire to serve her country and...

Saorise Ronan in The Lovely Bones

Irish Eye on Hollywood

This holiday season, audiences will see Saoirse Ronan – the Northern Irish wunderkind actress – in the intense drama The Lovely Bones, also starring Rachel Weisz, Susan Sarandon and Mark Wahlberg. Ronan plays a girl who is brutally murdered and, afterwards, watches from beyond the grave as her friends and family try to come to terms with this horrific turn of events. Next spring, however,...

One of Farrell's Pulizter-winning images

Patrick Farrell Wins 2009 Pulizter

In April, second-generation Irish American Patrick Farrell of The Miami Herald was awarded the 2009 Pulitzer Prize for Breaking News Photography, for his incredible and moving photographs of the aftermath of Hurricane Ike and the other serious storms of the hurricane season in Haiti. In a recent conversation with Irish America, Farrell discussed his Irish heritage and his experience of...