President Taft receiving baseball fromClark Griffiths after throwing out first pitch in 1910. (Photo: National Baseball Hall of Fame Library)

Jimmy McAleer’s Opening Day Legacy

The Irish American baseball legend who introduced the concept of the opening day pitch by the President of the United States. ℘℘℘ James Robert, “Jimmy,” McAleer, the youngest of eight children, was born in Ohio on July 10, 1864. He gained fame and notoriety for being a player, manager, and stockholder in Major League Baseball who assisted in establishing the American League. Apart from...

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Egan, far right, at Slattery’s Midtown Pub with members of the Kildangan GAA team that attended the February fundraiser. (Photos: Courtesy Kildangan Hurling Club)

It Takes a Village

In February, 110 Irish men and women from Kildangan, County Tipperary converged on the New York midtown pub Slattery’s to help raise money for a new half-million euro community center, complete with a sports hall, gym, meeting rooms, kitchen, and changing rooms. The trip was organized as a joint venture between the Kildangan GAA club and Slattery’s, and led by Puckane-native Darragh...

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Brendan Maher, captain Tipperary Senior Hurling team, lifts the McCarthy cup following  the team’s All-Ireland final triumph over the  Kilkenny “Cats” by 2-15 to 2-08. Goals were scored by John “Bubbles” O’Dwyer and John McGrath, while Seamus Callanan contributed 13 points. (Photo: RTÉ)

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Hurling & Nationalism

Dave Lewis explores the historical connections between the Gaelic Athletic Association, nationalism, and a heritage of hurling in County Tipperary. ℘℘℘ 2016 was a great year for Ireland as it celebrated the centenary of the 1916 Easter Rising. The year was an even better one for the people of Tipperary, as not only did they celebrate the heroes of the past, but celebrated two All-Ireland...

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Captains Kieran Read of New Zealand, left, and Rory Best of Ireland lead their teams onto Soldier Field ahead of Ireland’s surprising 40-29 win over the All-Blacks Nov. 5.  Photo: Brendan Moran / Sportsfile.

Chicago Miracles

Miracles happen in threes, but few foresaw this one coming when Ireland’s rugby team met the New Zealand All-Blacks in a historic match November 5 at Chicago’s Soldier Field, home to the Chicago Bears. ℘℘℘ Euphoria reigned that week in Chicago, where the lovable-loser Cubs had just broken their 108-year failure to win a World Series in dramatic, come-from-behind, fashion. Many of the...

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Medals from the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

The Irish Olympic Diaspora

Ireland had a reasonable showing at the 2016 Summer Olympics with two silver medals, including the country’s first for rowing (see right). But what about the Irish diaspora? How did the descendants of emigrants fare in the Rio games? And what would Ireland’s team score have looked like if the diaspora competed as a country? Here are the most obviously Irish medalists from around the world,...

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