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August / September 2000

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Baltimore’s Pied Piper

New Baltimore Mayor Martin O’Malley is renewing this harbor city’s long Irish ties not only by his stunning...

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Talkback:
Mike’s Back in Town

Bronx boy, bard, and beef baron J.P. Donleavy converses with John Froude. ℘℘℘ James Patrick Donleavy, known to...

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Meet the Best: Tim Russert
of NBC’s Meet the Press

Tim Russert is the most influential political journalist in America. As host of top-rated Meet the Press he can make and...

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An Isle Too Far

Beautiful, haunting, and cut off from the westernmost tip of lreland by three miles of treacherous sea, the Great Blasket...

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From the Emerald Isle
to the Copper Mines

A historical look at the Irish of Butte, Montana. ℘℘℘ Marcus Daly, who became one of the richest men in the West,...

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In This Issue

Meet the Best: Tim Russert
of NBC’s Meet the Press

Tim Russert is the most influential political journalist in America. As host of top-rated Meet the Press he can make and break careers, but his own success story is a highly unusual one. Niall...

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The First Word:
A Little Boy’s Cry

“Hushed be that sigh, be dry that tear,Nor let us lose our heaven here…” – Richard Brinsley Sheridan ℘℘℘ Patricia Harty, Editor-in-Chief. On a plane to San Francisco a...

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News from Ireland:
A Fragile Peace

The Northern Ireland Assembly is back – but intransigence could still damage the prospects for peace. ℘℘℘ Glimpse a furrowed brow or lips shut tight against gritted teeth at Stormont...

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News from Ireland:
You Can Go Home Again

One of the happy consequences of Ireland’s robust economy is the reversal of its centuries-long emigration trend. Now thousands of Irish citizens are returning home, often to find an Ireland...

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News from Ireland:
The Threat of the Super Pub

The small Irish local pub is in danger of becoming extinct with the increasing popularity of larger superpubs, according to a leading Irish vintner. Cork vintner Con Dennehy warned of the danger of...

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News from Ireland: Marriages Up, Births Down
in Latest Irish Statistics

Marriage is on the increase in Ireland but birth rates are falling, according to a report by the Central Statistics Office. Almost 19,000 couples exchanged vows in 1999 (up 1,700 on the previous...

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News from Ireland: Blair Apologizes to Guildford Four

British Prime Minister Tony Blair has apologized to the Guildford Four who spent 15 years in prison before their convictions for IRA bomb attacks were overturned in 1989 after it emerged that police...

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News from Ireland:
Racial Attacks on the Increase in Ireland of the Welcomes

Ireland has long been famed as the land of the céad míle fáilte or “hundred thousand welcomes,” but it may be a case of céad míle insults for some visitors, if recent reports of...

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Hibernia:
Pulitzer Prize Winners

Irish-American journalist (and Top 100 2000 honoree) Katherine Boo won the Pulitzer gold medal for public service for her two-part series describing abuse, sometimes lethal, of mentally handicapped...

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Hibernia: The Queen of Suspense Goes Digital

Mary Higgins Clark, the #1 bestselling suspense writer in the U.S., recently signed a record-breaking contract with Simon & Schuster, making her the highest-paid female author in the world....

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Hibernia: Irish Novelist Wins Guggenheim Fellowship

Novelist Emer Martin, author of More Bread or I’ll Appear, was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship which honors men and women who have demonstrated an exceptional capacity for productive...

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Hibernia: O’Brien
Supports eBusiness

Denis O’Brien, chairman and chief executive officer of Esat Telecom Group, has made a IR£3 million donation to Smurfit School of Business, UCD, to help upgrade the school’s Internet and...

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Hibernia: Song of the Century

Actors Milo O’Shea and Gabriel Byrne and author Malachy McCourt were iust a few of the luminaries who attended the New York City-based lrish Repertory Theatre’s 7th annual Broadway...

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Hibernia:
Beckett on the Screen

Dublin theater director Michael Colgan and producer Alan Moloney have joined forces in an ambitious new project that aims to bring all 19 stage plays penned by Samuel Beckett to life on the large...

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Hibernia: Flatley on Film

Never one to shy away from publicity, Michael Flatley won some laughs at this year’s Cannes Film Festival when he joked about potential titles for an upcoming movie he’s working on....

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Hibernia: Movie Briefs

In a pairing likely to set the big screen on fire, Daniel Day-Lewis is to team up with Martin Scorsese for the director’s upcoming gangster epic, Gangs of New York. The reclusive My Left Foot...

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Hibernia: Fighting
Sullivans Documentary

In Steven Spielberg’s film Saving Private Ryan, a troop of World War II soldiers sets out to find a fellow grunt who is missing. Already, several of his brothers have been killed in battle,...

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Hibernia: Yeats House Saved, But New Apartments to Occupy Grounds

Thanks to an intensive campaign by some of Ireland’s leading writers and academics, a stay of execution was obtained on the elegant 18th-century farmhouse in Dublin where poet William Butler...

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Hibernia:
Commencement Quotes

Highlights of 2000’s commencement speeches, made by Irish America’s best and brightest. ℘℘℘ Seamus Heaney at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia “You stand...

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Hibernia: Gerry Adams Honored at UMass

Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams was invited to give the commencement address, and was awarded an honorary degree by the University of Massachusetts –Lowell, in May. Adams told the 1,700 graduates...

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Hibernia: Emory Acquires Edna O’Brien Archive

The Robert W. Woodruff Library of Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia has acquired the archive of the Irish novelist and short story writer Edna O’Brien. O’Brien is the author of more...

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Hibernia: B.C. Appoints New Director of Irish Studies

Boston College has named Marquette University Dean and History Professor Dr. Thomas E. Hachey to be its first executive director of Irish programs. Hachey will be responsible for B.C.’s Irish...

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Hibernia:
Smithsonian’s Irish Tour

Music legend Mick Moloney will lead an 11-day bus tour of western Ireland being offered through the Smithsonian Institution this September. Ennis, Galway, Clifden, and Westport are among the...

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Hibernia: Everybody Go Surfing, Surfing Donegal

It seems an unlikely choice, but apparently areas of Ireland’s west and northwest coastline are proving highly popular with members of the surfing fraternity these days, who are fairly...

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Hibernia:
Moriarty Clan Gathering

Moriartys from all corners of the world are invited to Dublin on Saturday, October 7 for a 9-day reunion. Some of the reunion events will be a clan reception in Dublin, a bus tour of the west of...

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Hibernia: Croí’s
Golf Tournament

Croí, the West of Ireland Cardiology Foundation, is presenting its fourth annual golfing tournament and auction at Silvermine Golf Club, in Norwalk, Connecticut, on Monday, August 21, at 9 a.m. In...

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Hibernia:
Irish Festival Roundup

lreland The art of matchmaking is still alive and well in Ireland, at least when it comes to the matchmaking festival held in Lisdoonvarna, County Clare each year. This year’s love fest...

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Hibernia: Le Brocquy
Fetches £1 Million

Louis le Brocquy’s painting “Traveling Woman with Newspaper” was sold at an auction of Irish art at Sotheby’s in London for £1,158 sterling, making the painting, executed in...

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Hibernia: Laughter and Verse

It doesn’t necessarily have to rhyme, but it definitely has to be funny. And that, in a nutshell, is the guiding principle behind the Bard of Armagh contest. Billed as “Ireland’s...

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Hibernia: “Hero” Honor
for Slain Journalist

Murdered Irish journalist Veronica Guerin, shot dead in Dublin four years ago, was named a press freedom hero in Boston recently at the 50th birthday general assembly of the International Press...

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Hibernia: A Bit of Ireland
in Los Gatos, C.A.

Nestled in the foothills of Santa Cruz just south of San Jose in downtown Los Gatos is an Irish treasure trove. Four Green Fields, just opened this spring, a fine lrish home and gift store, is...

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Hibernia: Erin’s
Own Brockovich

The Julia Roberts hit Erin Brockovich has many similarities to an ongoing case in Louisiana, only this time it’s an lrish nun who is fighting for justice. Garry O’Sullivan...

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Hibernia: Passings

John Cardinal O’Connor (1920-2000) Cardinal John O’Connor, the archbishop of the New York Archdiocese, died on May 3 at the age of 80 at his residence in New York City. The cause was...

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Hibernia: A Ship Apart –
The Jeanie Johnston

It’s human nature to look for inspiring stories in larger narratives of suffering and tragedy, whether it’s the one about the band aboard the Titanic playing to the bitter end or the...

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Hibernia: Irish Cathedral
on Conservation List

The World Monument Watch program, created by the World Monuments Fund serves to protect cultural landmarks all over the world that are in immediate danger due to neglect, suburban sprawl, flood,...

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Hibernia:
Irish Arts Extravaganza

Compared to cities like New York, Chicago, and Boston, which all boast a strong Irish presence, Washington D.C. can hardly lay claim to being the heart of Irish America, but for two weeks in May,...

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An Isle Too Far

Beautiful, haunting, and cut off from the westernmost tip of lreland by three miles of treacherous sea, the Great Blasket lsland lies abandoned since the last remaining islanders were evacuated in...

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From the Emerald Isle
to the Copper Mines

A historical look at the Irish of Butte, Montana. ℘℘℘ Marcus Daly, who became one of the richest men in the West, was born in 1841, in Ballyjamesduff, County Cavan, the youngest of 11...

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Baltimore’s Pied Piper

New Baltimore Mayor Martin O’Malley is renewing this harbor city’s long Irish ties not only by his stunning election in a predominantly African-American city but also as leader of the...

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Music: New Irish Releases

Sinead O’Connor, Faith and Courage Atlantic Records In music, as in affairs of the heart, the opposite of love isn’t hate, it’s indifference. And indifference is largely how...

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Film Forum:
My Guiltiest Pleasure

Anyone who has survived Catholic schooling – in my case, eight years of torture by Dominican nuns, then four years of more refined sadism at the hands of Jesuit priests – cannot help watching...

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Irish Roots:
Leave No Stone Unturned

For many people who have been infected by the genealogy bug, knowing Ireland as a place from whence our ancestors originated is not enough. Genealogists and family historians want an exact place of...

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Talkback:
Mike’s Back in Town

Bronx boy, bard, and beef baron J.P. Donleavy converses with John Froude. ℘℘℘ James Patrick Donleavy, known to his friends as Mike, is standing in the lobby of the New York Athletic Club....

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Books: Unspeakable Acts, Ordinary People

A book about a subject most of us want to ignore. ℘℘℘ When the British government imposed internment without trial in 1971, army personnel at the Castlereagh Interrogation Centre carried...

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Bookshelf

A sampling of the latest Irish books on offer, reviewed by Tom Deignan. ℘℘℘ Non-Fiction Black Mass: The Irish Mob, the FBI and a Devil’s Deal, by Dick Lehr and Gerard...

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Sláinte!
Ireland – The Lace Place

A love of lace is woven into the fabric of Irish life. ℘℘℘ Perhaps my favorite possession is my mother’s trousseau chest. Treasure chest is more apt since it’s filled with...

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Ireland’s Golden
Tenor Passes Away

Frank Patterson, known around the world as “Ireland’s Golden Tenor,” died June 10 in New York at the age of 59. The death was caused by a brain tumor which was diagnosed in early...

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The Last Word:
When the Irish Did Apply

This September 5 will mark the 118th anniversary of the nation’s first commemoration of Labor Day. On that day in 1882, thousands of New York City workers took the day off to participate in...

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Hibernia

News from Ireland: Marriages Up, Births Down
in Latest Irish Statistics

Marriage is on the increase in Ireland but birth rates are falling, according to a report by the...

News from Ireland:
You Can Go Home Again

One of the happy consequences of Ireland’s robust economy is the reversal of its...

Hibernia: Emory Acquires Edna O’Brien Archive

The Robert W. Woodruff Library of Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia has acquired the archive of...

Hibernia: B.C. Appoints New Director of Irish Studies

Boston College has named Marquette University Dean and History Professor Dr. Thomas E. Hachey to...

Hibernia: Gerry Adams Honored at UMass

Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams was invited to give the commencement address, and was awarded an...

Hibernia: Laughter and Verse

It doesn’t necessarily have to rhyme, but it definitely has to be funny. And that, in a...

Hibernia:
Smithsonian’s Irish Tour

Music legend Mick Moloney will lead an 11-day bus tour of western Ireland being offered through...

Hibernia: A Bit of Ireland
in Los Gatos, C.A.

Nestled in the foothills of Santa Cruz just south of San Jose in downtown Los Gatos is an Irish...

Hibernia: Irish Novelist Wins Guggenheim Fellowship

Novelist Emer Martin, author of More Bread or I’ll Appear, was awarded a Guggenheim...

Hibernia: A Ship Apart –
The Jeanie Johnston

It’s human nature to look for inspiring stories in larger narratives of suffering and...

Hibernia: O’Brien
Supports eBusiness

Denis O’Brien, chairman and chief executive officer of Esat Telecom Group, has made a IR£3...

Hibernia:
Irish Arts Extravaganza

Compared to cities like New York, Chicago, and Boston, which all boast a strong Irish presence,...

Hibernia: Passings

John Cardinal O’Connor (1920-2000) Cardinal John O’Connor, the archbishop of the...

Hibernia: Flatley on Film

Never one to shy away from publicity, Michael Flatley won some laughs at this year’s Cannes...

Hibernia:
Commencement Quotes

Highlights of 2000’s commencement speeches, made by Irish America’s best and...

Hibernia:
Irish Festival Roundup

lreland The art of matchmaking is still alive and well in Ireland, at least when it comes to...

Hibernia: Irish Cathedral
on Conservation List

The World Monument Watch program, created by the World Monuments Fund serves to protect cultural...

Hibernia: Song of the Century

Actors Milo O’Shea and Gabriel Byrne and author Malachy McCourt were iust a few of the...

Hibernia: The Queen of Suspense Goes Digital

Mary Higgins Clark, the #1 bestselling suspense writer in the U.S., recently signed a...

Hibernia: Le Brocquy
Fetches £1 Million

Louis le Brocquy’s painting “Traveling Woman with Newspaper” was sold at an...

Hibernia: Croí’s
Golf Tournament

Croí, the West of Ireland Cardiology Foundation, is presenting its fourth annual golfing...

Hibernia: Everybody Go Surfing, Surfing Donegal

It seems an unlikely choice, but apparently areas of Ireland’s west and northwest coastline...

Hibernia:
Moriarty Clan Gathering

Moriartys from all corners of the world are invited to Dublin on Saturday, October 7 for a 9-day...

News from Ireland: Blair Apologizes to Guildford Four

British Prime Minister Tony Blair has apologized to the Guildford Four who spent 15 years in...

Hibernia:
Beckett on the Screen

Dublin theater director Michael Colgan and producer Alan Moloney have joined forces in an...

Hibernia: Movie Briefs

In a pairing likely to set the big screen on fire, Daniel Day-Lewis is to team up with Martin...

News from Ireland:
The Threat of the Super Pub

The small Irish local pub is in danger of becoming extinct with the increasing popularity of...

Hibernia: “Hero” Honor
for Slain Journalist

Murdered Irish journalist Veronica Guerin, shot dead in Dublin four years ago, was named a press...

News from Ireland:
A Fragile Peace

The Northern Ireland Assembly is back – but intransigence could still damage the prospects for...

Hibernia: Yeats House Saved, But New Apartments to Occupy Grounds

Thanks to an intensive campaign by some of Ireland’s leading writers and academics, a stay...

Hibernia: Fighting
Sullivans Documentary

In Steven Spielberg’s film Saving Private Ryan, a troop of World War II soldiers sets out to...

Hibernia: Erin’s
Own Brockovich

The Julia Roberts hit Erin Brockovich has many similarities to an ongoing case in Louisiana, only...

News from Ireland:
Racial Attacks on the Increase in Ireland of the Welcomes

Ireland has long been famed as the land of the céad míle fáilte or “hundred thousand...

Hibernia:
Pulitzer Prize Winners

Irish-American journalist (and Top 100 2000 honoree) Katherine Boo won the Pulitzer gold medal for...