Archive for December, 2005

A Winning Pedigree:
Tom Brady

Tom Brady is more than an athlete, he is an American icon. Through the support of his loving family and his own will and determination, Brady won an unprecedented three Super Bowls before the age of 30. More importantly, he’s done it with a touch of class. ℘℘℘   It is a nondescript fall morningRead more..

First Word: Seeds of Hope

I can still see the collection box with its picture of a black child and an Irish missionary priest. I can’t remember if we were saving their souls from damnation or their bodies from starvation. One sister says she remembers it as starvation, another says it was definitely souls. Growing up in Ireland, Africa wasRead more..

News From Ireland

Recent news pieces of Irish and Irish American interest. ℘℘℘ Sean Óg Is a Winner The captain of the Cork hurling team, Sean Óg ÓhAilpín, is an inspiration in more ways than one. Captain Sean Óg ÓhAilpín’s Cork hurling team defended its All-Ireland crown on September 11, after an enthralling encounter with Galway. After dustingRead more..

Auction Brings Rare Kennedy Collection to New York

Forty-two years after his public assassination, Americans continue their love affair with one of the most famous Irish Americans of all time, John F. Kennedy. Since his death and the death of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, there have been countless auctions of Kennedy memorabilia. An auction starting on December 15 in the Seventh Regiment Armory inRead more..

Pub Moves to Reagan Library

The Ronald Reagan Pub of Ballyporeen, County Tipperary opened at its new location, The Ronald Reagan Library in Simi, California on October 22. President Reagan’s great-grandfather emigrated from Ballyporeen during the 1800s, and on his 1984 trip to Ireland the President visited the area, stopping in at the pub. The President not only enjoyed aRead more..

IRA Scrapbook Sold on E-Bay

One never knows what you are going to find at a car boot sale, as was the case with one particular sale in Reno, Nevada late September, when a collector came across a scrapbook of pictures and letters commemorating the life of IRA soldier Frank Ryan. Ryan was born in County Limerick, Ireland in 1902.Read more..

Bono and Sachs at NYU

Glucksman Ireland House — New York University (NYU), presented its inaugural Daniel Patrick Moynihan Lecture on October 5. Musician and political activist U2’s Bono introduced Columbia University’s Professor Jeffrey Sachs, the author of the bestselling book The End of Poverty: Economic Possibilities for Our Time. Bono, whose intensive lobbying of politicians all over the worldRead more..

John O’Hurley: Artiste Extraordinaire

John O’Hurley, one of America’s most versatile actors, businessman, musician and even show host, is probably best known for his portrayal of the eccentric and humorous J. Peterman on Seinfield, one of America’s best known and loved sitcoms of the 1990’s. Even though O’Hurley is best known for acting in sitcoms, feature films and lendingRead more..

Life’s Good for
Survivor Winner

Life has certainly changed for New York City fireman, Survivor: Palau winner Tom Westman, 41 (Irish America cover story Aug/Sept). After winning a million dollars on the hit CBS show last summer, Westman officially hung his jacket up and retired from the FDNY after 20 years of service. Recently named by TV Guide as oneRead more..

Irish Author Wins Booker Prize

Irish author John Banville was the surprise winner of the Man Booker Prize this year for his novel The Sea. The Booker Prize for Fiction was originally set up by Booker plc. in 1969 to raise the public profile of authors, reward writing excellence and increase interest in modern fiction writing. The annual competition isRead more..