Discovery’s Down to Earth Commander

Eileen Collins presses her face against the glass of the shuttle. She is desperately trying to see something. Like anyone far from home when they see land, they look for what they know. Except for Eileen Collins, 48, far from home is outer space. And that little slice of familiarity is a country she visited once but thinks of often. “I was trying to see Ireland. But our orbit was too low...

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The First Word: Happy Birthday To Us!

“We choose to go to the moon and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard.” – President John F. Kennedy. Exactly 20 years ago when we set out to explore the story of the Irish in America we used Mortas Cine — Pride in Our Heritage — as our motto. Every article that has appeared in our magazine over the years flows from this guiding...

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Who is Patrick Fitzgerald?

Abdon Pallasch profiles the Irish-American prosecutor who is charged with trying to figure out who leaked the name of the CIA agent whose husband criticized Bush’s invasion of Iraq.   He’s delivering an indictment a day to shady Chicago politicians. He’s jailing journalists as he closes in on President Bush’s top aides, trying to figure out which one leaked the name of a...

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John Robert’s Irish Wife

It was a long, hot summer for Jane Sullivan. Sullivan, the wife of President Bush’s Supreme Court nominee John Roberts, was thrust into the headlines because of her devout Catholic faith. It was a faith nurtured in a New York Irish enclave. In the early 1970s, Jane Sullivan attended St. Catherine’s Academy in the Morris Park section of the Bronx, then a largely Irish and Italian...

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Irish Eye on Hollywood

Having conquered the world of music and shed light on global poverty, U2 lead singer Bono is now eyeing Hollywood. Presumably this is the charismatic crooner’s way to kill time until he is awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. Until then, Bono is developing a film project which revolves around an Irish musician who comes to the United States to work with a show band in Las Vegas. Entitled A...

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