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August / September 2001

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Sister Act

How a committed sister freed her brother from prison. ℘℘℘ In 1980 the body of Katharina Brow was found in her...

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Lacey Meets Brecht in Dublin

Tyne Daly, known to TV viewers as Mary Beth Lacey, takes on a new role in Dublin. ℘℘℘ The character of Mary...

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The Hottest Thing in Hats

It’s a hot night in Boston, hotter still in the narrow space of Studio Soto where barefoot models weave trance-like...

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The Irish Brigade
In the Civil War

“When anything absurd, forlorn, or desperate was to be attempted, the Irish Brigade was called upon.” –...

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Songs of the People

Tom Russell’s folk-rock album bears witness to American immigrant history. ℘℘℘ Singer and songwriter Tom...

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In This Issue

The Hottest Thing in Hats

It’s a hot night in Boston, hotter still in the narrow space of Studio Soto where barefoot models weave trance-like through the melting crowd. ℘℘℘ Exhibiting the kind of creative...

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The First Word:
“Dear Sir or Madam”

When Northern Ireland comes to lunch, it can be uncomfortable. It nags at complacency and the notion that everything will be okay and peace will hold, even though there are signs that say otherwise....

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Sinn Féin Surges Ahead

On election day in Northern Ireland, David Trimble, leader of the Ulster Unionist Party and First Minister in the Northern Ireland Assembly, was roughed up by Democratic Unionist Party (DUP)...

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Ireland Votes NO on Nice

European Union foreign ministers, furious at the Irish electorate’s decision to reject the Nice Treaty on EU enlargement, have ruled out any renegotiation of the treaty. While they insist that...

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St. Patrick’s Day in May

The sign in the display in Clery’s shop window on Dublin’s O’Connell Street said it all: “Strong, bold…and proud to be Irish.” The sentiment perfectly captured...

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Christina Aguilera’s Irish Roots

“A lot of people get all in a fuss about Christina wanting to explore her Latin side and not mentioning her Irish side much, but that’s only logical,” explains Christina...

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Michael Flatley Goes
One More Round

Michael Flatley was eleven and living in Chicago when he first saw Irish step dancing. He knew immediately it was to become his passion. “I was impressed with the sheer masculinity of the...

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The Rep Takes Broadway

Séan Campion and Conleth Hill of Stones in His Pockets and the legendary Shirley Jones headlined a spectacular cast of performers appearing in The Irish Repertory Theater’s 8th Annual...

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Fundraiser for
Irish Breast Cancer

The New York dinner for the International Breast Cancer Foundation for Ireland was held at the Metropolitan Club in New York on April 25. The foundation sponsors post-graduate specialist studies for...

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Arthur Gelb –
An Honorary Irishman

Irish America publisher Niall O’Dowd presented Arthur Gelb with a Waterford Crystal Harp at his office in the New York Times building on May 12. Gelb and his wife, Barbara, were named to the...

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Jeremy’s in the Pink
Mumba Doesn’t Mind

Wrapping up production this summer is Dreamworks’ remake of the 60’s film, The Time Machine. Starring in the Spielberg feature, due out December 2001, are Jeremy Irons and up and coming...

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Kevin’s Seagull

New Yorkers are in for a treat this summer with the Public Theatre’s production of Anton Chekov’s classic, The Seagull in New York’s Central Park. The Russian play about artistic...

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Carlin Redux

George Carlin is still bucking the establishment, thank God. In his latest compilation Napalm & Silly Putty, the comedian and commentator, has something to say about everything from capital...

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Reba’s Toothache

Reba McIntyre, who wowed them on Broadway in Annie Get Your Gun, has a new sitcom set to launch on the WB this fall. The show, called Deep in the Heart, features the country singer star as a mother...

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Sweet Avondale

California redwoods in Ireland? Yes, you can find a fine grove at Avondale Forest Park in County Wicklow about an hour’s drive from Dublin. Avondale, now a national historic site and home of...

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A Little Bit of
Ireland in the U.S.

Williamsburg: The challenge for Busch Gardens in adding an Ireland theme to its park at this colonial oasis was to steer clear of shamrockery, yet still create a family environment that was fun and...

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A Call to Remember

The Irish Memorial in Philadelphia is one of many Famine memorials springing up across the United States. But how does one show that the one million dead were once living, breathing, loving,...

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Remembrance

The potato blight arrived in Ireland in the late summer of 1845.Pest, parasite, fungus, invisible and invincible,it stuck across Europe, the same sudden, unstoppable invasion...

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U.S. Call for Finucane Inquiry

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The U.S.-based National Committee on American Foreign Policy (NCAFP) has called on the British government to set up a full judicial inquiry into the 1989 murder of Pat Finucane, the Belfast lawyer....

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The Bellow of Great Airs

The wood-paneled wall of Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall opened like the ribcage of a Leviathan. And two giant voices emerged. One was the drone of the pipes, the other was of the human...

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Irish Theater Loses a Voice

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The creative community suffered a grievous loss when actor, drama teacher, artistic director and founder of the Focus Theatre in Dublin, Deirdre O’Connell, died at her home in Dublin on June...

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Ellis Island in Cyber Space

In April of 2001 Ellis Island opened its doors to more people than ever before with the launching of their web site, www.ellisislandrecords.com. The site contains essentially all the immigration...

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Amnesty Celebrates 40 Years

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W.B. Yeats had his second coming on June 11 with actors, writers, and other members of New York’s creative community slouching towards the microphone to read from the hilarious new novel Yeats...

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Sister Act

How a committed sister freed her brother from prison. ℘℘℘ In 1980 the body of Katharina Brow was found in her trailer home in Ayer, Massachusetts. She had been stabbed to death and...

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The Irish Brigade
In the Civil War

“When anything absurd, forlorn, or desperate was to be attempted, the Irish Brigade was called upon.” – George Alfred Townsend ℘℘℘ No brigade in the Civil War was more...

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Songs of the People

Tom Russell’s folk-rock album bears witness to American immigrant history. ℘℘℘ Singer and songwriter Tom Russell is a man of many worlds. Born in Southern California, he has led...

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Sláinte! The Feast of Lughnasa

The most joyous event of the Celtic year is Lughnasa (August 1), the beginning of the annual harvest. The Celtic calendar was structured on nature’s agricultural cycle and great festivals...

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Book Reviews

FICTION For almost five decades now, legendary newspaperman Jimmy Breslin has dispensed wisdom, wit and justice with his hard-hitting columns. But Breslin has also published a dozen books now,...

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Music:
From a Whisper to a Scream

“Sometimes it is a spiritual experience, but most of the time it’s not…You have to work very hard to get that. But that’s okay. There’s no free lunch,...

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Lacey Meets Brecht in Dublin

Tyne Daly, known to TV viewers as Mary Beth Lacey, takes on a new role in Dublin. ℘℘℘ The character of Mary Beth Lacey is as firmly fixed in the collective televisual consciousness of...

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Passings

John Joseph Moakley Irish America lost a skilled and big-hearted leader with the death on May 28 of Massachusetts Congressman John Joseph Moakley, the South Boston Representative raised in a...

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Film Forum:
Land of the Second Chance

Once the most popular form of American filmmaking, the Western has not fully recovered from the commercial and critical debacle of Michael Cimino’s 1980 epic Heaven’s Gate. Although a...

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Northern Roots Southern Branches

Will a re-examining of the Ulster Scots advance the idea of a “pluralist society” or lead to further separation? ℘℘℘ Southerners like to say they are not like other...

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Photo Album:
Gracie’s Crossing

Grace Boner was born December 10, 1904 in Altmore near Burtonport in the Rosses, County Donegal, Ireland. She married John Conaghan from nearby Crickamore. John went to America looking for work,...

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Hibernia

A Little Bit of
Ireland in the U.S.

Williamsburg: The challenge for Busch Gardens in adding an Ireland theme to its park at this...

Carlin Redux

George Carlin is still bucking the establishment, thank God. In his latest compilation Napalm...

Amnesty Celebrates 40 Years

W.B. Yeats had his second coming on June 11 with actors, writers, and other members of New...

Remembrance

The potato blight arrived in Ireland in the late summer of 1845.Pest, parasite, fungus, invisible...

Reba’s Toothache

Reba McIntyre, who wowed them on Broadway in Annie Get Your Gun, has a new sitcom set to launch on...

Fundraiser for
Irish Breast Cancer

The New York dinner for the International Breast Cancer Foundation for Ireland was held at the...

Sweet Avondale

California redwoods in Ireland? Yes, you can find a fine grove at Avondale Forest Park in County...

A Call to Remember

The Irish Memorial in Philadelphia is one of many Famine memorials springing up across the United...

Christina Aguilera’s Irish Roots

“A lot of people get all in a fuss about Christina wanting to explore her Latin side and not...

Jeremy’s in the Pink
Mumba Doesn’t Mind

Wrapping up production this summer is Dreamworks’ remake of the 60’s film, The Time...

Ellis Island in Cyber Space

In April of 2001 Ellis Island opened its doors to more people than ever before with the launching...

The Rep Takes Broadway

Séan Campion and Conleth Hill of Stones in His Pockets and the legendary Shirley Jones headlined...

Kevin’s Seagull

New Yorkers are in for a treat this summer with the Public Theatre’s production of Anton...

The Bellow of Great Airs

The wood-paneled wall of Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall opened like the ribcage of a...

Arthur Gelb –
An Honorary Irishman

Irish America publisher Niall O’Dowd presented Arthur Gelb with a Waterford Crystal Harp at...

Michael Flatley Goes
One More Round

Michael Flatley was eleven and living in Chicago when he first saw Irish step dancing. He knew...