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The “Emerald” Pastime

 Tom Deignan reflects on a time when many of the Boys of Summer had a touch of the Irish brogue. A recent New York Times...

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Golfing the Emerald Isle

Five days of golf in Ireland’s southwest and a day of football in Dublin. I credit my brother-in-law Tom Coyne for...

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Ulster Scots at Stone Mountain Highland Games

For 38 years, Stone Mountain Park, northeast of Atlanta, Georgia, fills with the sounds of bagpipes, fiddles and harps...

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Boxing Buddies: George Bernard Shaw and Gene Tunney

The unlikely friendship between prizefighter Gene Tunney and dramatist George Bernard Shaw is explored in a new book by the...

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Miracle: An Interview with Jack O’Callahan

The kid who helped propel the U.S. team to its miraculous 4-3 victory over the Soviets, giving the country a morale boost at...

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A Course Called Quirky

Tom Coyne at Mulranny Golf Club. Photo: ©INPHO / Morgan Treacy

Tom Coyne, whose 16-week jaunt through Ireland’s 38 seaside golf courses led to the best-selling book, A Course Called Ireland, has put together a list of 18 of his favorite quirky Irish golf...

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Saratoga’s Irish Visionary: John Morrissey

John Morrisey and the Saratoga Springs Race Course in the early 1900s. Photos: Library of Congress.

As Saratoga Springs celebrates 150 years of thoroughbred racing, Liz O’Connell tells the tale of John Morrissey, an Irish immigrant who organized, operated and had the vision to develop what is now...

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True Grit – Sandy Fails to Derail the Xavier Knights’ Run for Glory

Xavier H.S. Knights gather on field at Mitchell Field Stadium, Uniondale, NY, after defeating St. John  the Baptist 35 to 14 to win Catholic High School crown only five weeks after 11 Knights were forced from homes in wake of Super-storm Sandy. They are:  Left to right: John  Strehle, Jimmy Wolfer, Ricky Comis, Bryan  Carley, Ryan McDade,  Dan Smith, Ryan  Sullivan (Trophy),  Eddie McCarthy,  Jimmy Morgan and  Dylan Bergstol.  (Not pictured Ryan Kilgallen.) Courtesy of Xavier HS.

All they wanted was a chance for ten more days of football. Just before the end of the season, a quarter of the players and one of the coaches on the Xavier High School Knights had been forced from...

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Brian Kelly Is Coach of the Year

Fighting Irish coach Brian Kelly.

Coach Kelly, who led Notre Dame’s Fighting Irish through a perfect season (up until the BCS championship game), was named the Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year by the Football Writers Association of...

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The Irish Giants

7/11/13: New York Giants Opening Day line-up at the Polo Grounds: Fred Snodgrass, Tillie Shafer, George Burns, Larry Doyle, Red Murray, Fred Merkle, Buck Herzog, Chief Meyers. Photo: Library of Congress

The Hibernian legacy of the Giants baseball team. This year the San Francisco Giants won their second World Series in three years. Not since the days of John McGraw and their Irish heyday have the...

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The Emerald Isle Classic: An Irish and Irish-American Dream

Pre-game festivities at the Emerald Isle Classic, with the Notre Dame leprechaun. Photo: Robert Schroeder.

Irish America’s publisher, Niall O’Dowd, wrote from the Notre Dame vs. Navy football game in Dublin. In years to come, hardcore Notre Dame fans will ask “Were you there?” when this...

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Golfing the Emerald Isle

Golfing in Ireland. Photo: Robert Schroeder.

Five days of golf in Ireland’s southwest and a day of football in Dublin. I credit my brother-in-law Tom Coyne for inspiring my golf trip to Ireland. Not too long ago, Tom completed what can...

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Running Rings Around the Empire: The 1908 Olympics

The Irish Whales of the 1908 Olpmpics: John Flanagan, Martin Sheridan and James Mitchell. Photo: The Library of Congress.

As Britain hosts the Summer Olympic Games in London, we look back on the first great modern Olympic confrontation between the United States – most of whose top athletes were Irish – and Britain,...

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The Naming of Winged Fist Way

Council Member Jimmy Van Bramer; Ian McGowan, Executive Director of the Winged Fist Organization; Congressman Joe Crowley and State Senator Michael Gianaris.

A stretch of 43rd Street and 48th Avenue in Sunnyside, Queens, received a second name on March 10. Just in time for St. Patrick’s Day, it became Winged Fist Way, in honor of the Irish American...

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GAA Takes Off in Texas

The Fionn Mac Cumhaill GAA Club’s men's team. Photo courtesy of Fionn Mac Cumhaill GAA.

In Dallas, Texas, it’s all about community and camaraderie over competition. Spurred by the success of the Celtic Cowboys, a Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA) league formed in Austin in 2004, Fionn...

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Honey Fitz & Sweet Caroline: A Century of Fenway

Hat in hand, Honey Fitz waves to his fans at Fenway Park.

The Red Sox and the City of Boston celebrate the 100th anniversary of one of  America’s most beloved ballparks. Honey Fitz, aka John Francis Fitzgerald, would have loved the pageantry of “Fenway...

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The Glory Days of Celtic Park

The Winged Fist Team, 1909. Courtesy of the American Irish Historical Society.

One of the premier track- and-field training facilities in the world in its time, Celtic Park produced more than two dozen Olympic medalists who collectively won more than 50 medals for the U.S....

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Rory McIlroy Becomes Number One

Rory McIlroy. Photo by Google Images.

Rory McIlroy was hitting 40-yard drives at the age of two. By eight he was the youngest full member of the Holywood Golf Club, which sits just outside of Belfast, and by 11 he was shooting level par...

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The Maras and the Rooneys

John Mara, Ann Mara, Steve Tisch. University of Phoenix Stadium on Sunday, Feb. 3, 2008 in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

The long and enduring relationship of two Irish-American sporting families. In 2008, when the New York football Giants capped a spectacular drive in the final two minutes of Super Bowl XLII to become...

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Rory McIlroy Named Sports Star of the Year

Rory McIlroy

Rory McIlroy was named RTE’s Irish Sports Person of the Year at a televised ceremony in Dublin. The 22-year-old golfer from Holywood, Co. Down capped a memorable year by winning the U.S. Open just...

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Pushing Through to Victory
Amanda McGrory

Amanda crossing the finish line at the 2011 NYC Marathon, in a record-setting victory.

Champion wheelchair racer Amanda McGrory tells Molly Ferns about her record-setting year and her plans for the 2012 London Paralympics. Few people begin a career at five years old. But Amanda...

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Olympic Torch to Pass Through Northern Ireland

The 2012 Olympic Torch

The London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (Locog) has confirmed that over 60 towns and villages in Northern Ireland will be included on the route for torchbearers carrying...

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The Jig is Up!

Jig! the documentary follows Irish dancers at the World Championships in Glasglow in 2010

A new documentary dubbed as “Spellbound meets Mad Hot Ballroom, with a touch of Riverdance” As an Irish American who had a very culturally rich childhood, I may be something of an anomaly...

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Irish Dance Nationals

The Cashel Dennehy Junior Ceili Team celebrates the tie between the two groups from their school.

A look at the 2011 North American Irish Dance Competition in Nashville, Tennessee On the July 4th weekend, the Gaylord Opryland Convention Center in Nashville, just a stone’s throw from the Grand...

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The Forgotten Hero of Golf:
John McDermott

John McDermott, picture with his 1911 U.S. Open trophy.

The first American golfer to win the U.S. Open — and the youngest. When Rory McIlroy walked down the 18th fairway at Congressional on June 19, the TV flashed a list of six young golfers who won...

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The Most Spectacular Golf Course on the Planet

A section of the Old Head Links in Kinsale, Co. Cork.

The Old Head Golf Links in Kinsale, County Cork has been ranked by Links magazine as the most spectacular golf course on the planet (Spring 2011 edition). Truly one of the most unique golf courses...

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Enda, Irial and Ali Honored by Fund

NEW YORK - MAY 05, 2011:  Enda Kenny (L), Taoiseach of Ireland, Muhammad Ali (C), three-time World Heavyweight Champion American boxer, and Kieran McLoughlin (R), President & CEO of The Worldwide Ireland Funds, speak to one another during The American Ireland Fund's 36th Annual New York Dinner Gala at Lincoln Center, honoring Muhammad Ali, and Irial Finan, Executive Vice President of The Coca-Cola Company and President of Bottling Investments Group, on May 05, 2011 in New York City.

The American Ireland Fund’s annual New York Gala Dinner was held on May 5th. More than 1,200 guests gathered in a tent at Lincoln Center on May 5, for the American Ireland Fund New York Dinner...

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Irish Micky Ward:
The Fighter Speaks Out

Arturo Gatti, left, takes a right to the face from Micky Ward during their junior welterweight bout Saturday, May 18, 2002, in Uncasville, Conn. Ward won the fight. (AP Photo/Steve Miller)

The real-life boxer behind the Oscar-nominated movie Eight years ago, Irish America magazine honored boxer Micky Ward as one of “The Irish 100.” Ward received his tribute at the annual Irish...

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Kelly Green at Notre Dame: Coach Brian Kelly

Coach Kelly at a Notre Dame vs. Boston College game in 2010. The Fighting Irish won the day with a final score of 31-13.

It is a mid-October Sunday morning at Notre Dame, right after the home victory against Pittsburgh. It was a close-run thing and the sense of relief around the Notre Dame campus is palpable. Nowhere...

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Boxing Buddies: George Bernard Shaw and Gene Tunney

Gene Tunney and George Bernard Shaw, Photo courtesy of Jay Tunney

The unlikely friendship between prizefighter Gene Tunney and dramatist George Bernard Shaw is explored in a new book by the boxer’s son, Jay Tunney.  There are many books about famous literary...

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Waverider: The Irish Roots of Surfing

Gabe-Davies surfing at Aileens, Co Clare

Waveriders, the acclaimed documentary directed by Dublin native Joel Conroy and coming out on DVD March 16, is based around an unusual premise: modern-day surfing’s Irish-American roots. The...

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The Irish in Early Baseball

More than two dozen sons of  Irish immigrants, who played in the 1880-1920 period, are enshrined in the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown. Many other great Irish players have made their mark on...

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Sea Fever: An Irish Surfing Odyssey

Surfer Ken Easkey

Ireland, with 3,000 miles of open Atlantic to the West, offers some of the best surf conditions in the world. Sea Fever, a documentary, covers the history of Irish surfing from the early 1960s to the...

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GAA Marks Its 125th Birthday

Croke Park in 1929

The Gaelic Athletic Association staged a spectacular fireworks dis- play at Croke Park in Dublin to commemorate its 125th anniversary since being founded in 1884 in Thurles, Co. Tipperary....

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Ulster Scots at Stone Mountain Highland Games

For 38 years, Stone Mountain Park, northeast of Atlanta, Georgia, fills with the sounds of bagpipes, fiddles and harps during the third weekend in October for the Stone Mountain Highland Games and...

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Gaelic Games’ New Future in San Francisco

A future star of the Gaelic Games in San Francisco

Hard times are falling on communities across the country, and even in the affluent San Francisco area, belts are tightening and the economy is in decline.  But on a recent December afternoon, on an...

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More Than Just Round of Golf

Old Head Lighthouse on the 4th hole

I was fortunate to play the Old Head Golf Links on my most recent trip to Ireland.  The Links is one of the most unique golf courses ever conceived. It is built on a 220-acre diamond of land,...

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A Flying Javelin: Marjorie Larney

A young Marjorie Larney

When I competed for the U.S. in my first Olympics in Helsinki in 1952, I was only 15, the youngest javelin thrower ever and that record still stands today. But the most wonderful part about...

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Padraig’s Day

If you drive across the mountain road that borders south Dublin, chances are you will see Padraig Harrington at work in the garden that serves as his office. Out the back of a modest but large...

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Genius and a Gent: Bill Walsh Remembered

Coach Bill Walsh celebrating the 49ers Super Bowl win in 1985.

When Bill Walsh took over the head coaching job of the San Francisco 49ers in the late 1970s, the team was among the worst in the National Football League. In just a few years, Walsh transformed...

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Boston’s Fenway Park

Boston's Fenway Park

Fenway Park – home of the Boston Red Sox – is the nation’s enduring symbol of baseball, America’s favorite pastime. Officially opened on April 20, 1912, the park has outlasted all other...

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Miracle: An Interview with Jack O’Callahan

The USA victory of the Soviet Union at the 1980 Olympics

The kid who helped propel the U.S. team to its miraculous 4-3 victory over the Soviets, giving the country a morale boost at the height of the Cold War in 1980, is now a star in the trading...

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The “Emerald” Pastime

Connie Mack, owner-manager of the Philadelphia Athletics. Derek Jeter, who has Irish heritage on his mother’s side.

 Tom Deignan reflects on a time when many of the Boys of Summer had a touch of the Irish brogue. A recent New York Times article about the consistent success of the Minnesota Twins baseball...

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Hibernia

Boston’s Fenway Park

Fenway Park – home of the Boston Red Sox – is the nation’s enduring symbol of baseball,...

GAA Takes Off in Texas

In Dallas, Texas, it’s all about community and camaraderie over competition. Spurred by the...

Olympic Torch to Pass Through Northern Ireland

The London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (Locog) has confirmed that over...

Waverider: The Irish Roots of Surfing

Waveriders, the acclaimed documentary directed by Dublin native Joel Conroy and coming out on DVD...

Honey Fitz & Sweet Caroline: A Century of Fenway

The Red Sox and the City of Boston celebrate the 100th anniversary of one of  America’s most...

Pushing Through to Victory
Amanda McGrory

Champion wheelchair racer Amanda McGrory tells Molly Ferns about her record-setting year and her...

Rory McIlroy Becomes Number One

Rory McIlroy was hitting 40-yard drives at the age of two. By eight he was the youngest full member...

Irish Dance Nationals

A look at the 2011 North American Irish Dance Competition in Nashville, Tennessee On the July 4th...

Genius and a Gent: Bill Walsh Remembered

When Bill Walsh took over the head coaching job of the San Francisco 49ers in the late 1970s, the...

The Emerald Isle Classic: An Irish and Irish-American Dream

Irish America’s publisher, Niall O’Dowd, wrote from the Notre Dame vs. Navy football...

Enda, Irial and Ali Honored by Fund

The American Ireland Fund’s annual New York Gala Dinner was held on May 5th. More than 1,200...

More Than Just Round of Golf

I was fortunate to play the Old Head Golf Links on my most recent trip to Ireland.  The Links is...

The Jig is Up!

A new documentary dubbed as “Spellbound meets Mad Hot Ballroom, with a touch of...

GAA Marks Its 125th Birthday

The Gaelic Athletic Association staged a spectacular fireworks dis- play at Croke Park in Dublin to...