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Irish America

JUNE / JULY 2006 30 George Carlin – The Interview In a rare interview, George Carlin talks to T.J. English about his life, from growing up in an Irish family in Harlem to the highs and lows of a 50-year career in comedy. 38 “Taskforce Wolfhound” Lead The St. Pat’s Day Parade. New York’s Fighting 69th and Louisiana’s 256th National Guard celebrated their homecoming by leading the Saint...

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Close Encounters

” I always keep thinking of James Connolly and the great calm and dignity that he showed right to the very end, his courage and resolve.” – Bobby Sands As I’m writing this, I can hear the sound of bagpipes. Wafting up to my 21st floor office, high above busy Sixth Avenue, are the mournful strains of “Sean South from Garryowen.”  It’s a reminder that one can never really...

Irish Army and Defense Forces pass by the General Post Office in a parade to commemorate the 90th anniversary of the 1916 Easter Rising.

Huge Crowds Attend 1916 Anniversary Parade

Over 100,000 people thronged into Dublin’s O’Connell Street to honor the 90th anniversary of the 1916 Easter Rising. In a spectacle regarded as a dress rehearsal for the Rising’s centenary in 2016, a military parade involving some 2,500 members of the Irish Army and Defense Forces passed by a review stand near the General Post Office, rebel headquarters in 1916. Three planes from the Air...

Defense Forces march in front of Daniel O'Connell's statue in Dublin

191 Memorabilia Goes under Hammer

Historic artifacts and memorabilia from the 1916 Easter Rising went under the hammer at James Adam & Sons Auctioneers and Mealy’s Auctioneers in Dublin. A total of 480 collectible items drew combined sales of €3.5 million, the largest sum of which was paid for the first written draft of “Amhrán na bhFiain,” Ireland’s national anthem. The item was sold for €760,000. The...


Tralee Man Sells Business to Getty Family

Jerry Kennelly, a Tralee-born businessman, has sold his library of photographic images for $135 million to Getty Images. Kennelly set up the company for $100,000 in 1997 and bought out the interest of venture capitalists six years later. The company, Stockbyte and Stockdisc, sells digital photographic images to publications and advertising billboards. Last year the company had sales of $60...