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December / January 2001

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Educating Martin

How Sinn Féin’s Martin McGuinness is adjusting to his new role as Northern Ireland’s Minister for...

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Ties That Bind

Two successful Irish Americans share an experience of giving…more than money. ℘℘℘ Mary Pat Lyons...

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The King Ranch

How the orphaned son of Irish immigrants ended up owning one of the largest cattle ranches in...

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The Irish in Australia

Commencing with convicts, feared and despised, and followed by free immigrants and settlers, the Irish became the dynamic...

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Reclining With Kevin

Kevin Kline is seriously funny. Blame it on his Irish side. ℘℘℘ Settling back into a plush maroon velvet...

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In This Issue

Bono’s Bandwagon

U2 frontman Bono could be spotted on the east Coast this fall as he visited both the United Nations and the U.S. Congress with his plea for the G7 nations to drop the third world debt. With 21.1...

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The First Word:
The Wealth of Our Heritage

As I write this, the end of the first year of the new millennium is closing in. It’s November 1. Celtic New Year, a day when it was thought by the ancients that the layer between this world...

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Reclining With Kevin

Kevin Kline is seriously funny. Blame it on his Irish side. ℘℘℘ Settling back into a plush maroon velvet banquette in the restaurant of the Mark Hotel on Manhattan’s Upper East...

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More Millionaire Madness

Millionaire madness has hopped the Atlantic taking firm hold in Ireland with the October debut of the Irish Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? Hosted by popular TV personality Gay Byrne, former host of...

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Sinn Féin Ordered
to Fly Union Jack

The British government has announced that it will be assuming powers to order Sinn Féin members of the Northern Ireland Executive to fly the Union Jack over their offices on specified days. A...

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Trimble Wins Reprieve And Jeopardizes Good Friday Agreement

Another political crisis in Northern Ireland was narrowly avoided and a new one born when at the end of October Ulster Unionist Party leader David Trimble won his party’s confidence vote,...

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Educating Martin

How Sinn Féin’s Martin McGuinness is adjusting to his new role as Northern Ireland’s Minister for Education. ℘℘℘ Unusually for a politician, Martin McGuinness is early....

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Get Your Irish Up!
At Galway’s Oyster Festival

It’s early evening and a vast room at Galway’s Corrib Southern Hotel is lined with long rows of tables, laid for a banquet for over 600 people. Men in dinner jackets and bow ties make...

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Dreaming of Freedom

A new exhibit in Boston traces the city’s history as a gateway to the United States and freedom. A state-of-the-art multimedia exhibition honoring Boston’s diverse mix of immigrants...

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Margaret Mitchell’s
Lasting Gift

Madam, I greet you on the beginning of a great new career.” With these words John Mitchell presented his wife, Margaret, with a second-hand Remington typewriter. Ten years later Margaret...

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The Beckett of Paint

“I live, you might say, in gilded squalor,” Dublin-born painter Francis Bacon once remarked, explaining his attachment to 7 Reece Mews, the spartan twelve-by-eight-foot London flat that...

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Las Vegas ROCKS

Maura O’Connell concert benefits U.S.-Ireland Alliance. ℘℘℘ On Friday, September 22, Maura O’Connell performed her first Las Vegas concert at the Regent Las Vegas, a new...

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Healing Heartthrobs

“I have so many pins and bolts in me I feel like Boris Karloff,” Liam Neeson told the Daily News during one of his first public forays in recent months. The Phantom Menace star suffered...

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New and Noteworthy

Actress, model and former MTV VJ, and Irish America Top 100 honoree Karen Duffy, better known as Duff, can now add author to her list of accomplishments with her new book Model Patient: MY Life as...

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Martin Sheen’s Enduring Spirit

Actor Martin Sheen was awarded Amnesty International’s Enduring Spirit Award for his tireless dedication to social justice. Of Irish and El Salvadorian heritage, he has been an activist for...

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An Irish Pair
Win Emmy Awards

If this year’s Emmy awards are any indication, the Irish still have the market on humor cornered. Two Irish Americans, Megan Mullally and Sean Hayes, of NBC’s hit sitcom Will & Grace...

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Seeing Beckett on
the Silver Screen

Film adaptations of two Samuel Beckett plays Not I and Krapp’s Last Tape, were screened in New York City on September as part of the New York Film Festival at Lincoln Center. The films are a...

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Independent TDs Demand Abortion Referendum

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Kerry South TD (Member of Parliament) Jackie Healy -Rae has changed his tune and added his voice to those of the three other independent TDs, whose votes the government has counted on for support in...

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Olympic Roundup

Sonia’s Silver Ireland brought home only one Olympic medal from the Sydney Games. The country’s hopes for gold were dashed when runner Sonia O’Sullivan narrowly lost the...

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The Punt Takes a Pounding…

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If you’re planning a trip to Ireland, now’s the time. The Irish pound has hit a 15-year low in its exchange rate with the dollar, falling to as low as 95 cents at the time of going to...

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Life After Riverdance?

Perish the thought! But it’s a possibility Riverdance producers Moya Doherty and John McColgan are prepared for. The power couple are already working on a new show that picks up where...

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Stars Turn Out For
Concern Gala Evening

The stars came out in October to honor A.M. Rosenthal, the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist whose work on behalf of human rights and compassion in consistently calling attention to the voiceless...

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The Ideal Christmas
Gift for Joyce Fans

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How’s this for a stocking stuffer? On December 14 Christie’s New York will offer a newly discovered manuscript of a chapter of James Joyce’s Ulysses. The manuscript is an early...

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The King Ranch

How the orphaned son of Irish immigrants ended up owning one of the largest cattle ranches in Texas. ℘℘℘ Kingsville, Texas: You look across the flat, dry miles stretching to the horizon,...

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The Irish in Australia

Commencing with convicts, feared and despised, and followed by free immigrants and settlers, the Irish became the dynamic force in Australia’s evolution into a nation. ℘℘℘ The eyes...

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Ties That Bind

Two successful Irish Americans share an experience of giving…more than money. ℘℘℘ Mary Pat Lyons O’Connor listened to the old woman, her grandfather’s sister, Margaret,...

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Film Forum:
No Non-Irish Need Apply?

Ethnic casting issues in movies. ℘℘℘ Our moviegoing experience would be much diminished if we had never had the chance to see Liam Neeson as Oskar Schindler, Peter O’Toole as...

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Film Reviews: Tigerland

Starring Colin Farrell. Directed by Joel Schumacher. 20th Century Fox. ℘℘℘ Faster than a speeding bullet, it seems, onetime Ballykissangel actor Colin Farrell has shot to fame as the...

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Film Review: Two Family House

Starring Michael Rispoli, Kelly MacDonald, and Kevin Conway. Written and directed by Raymond De Felitta. Lion’s Gate Films. ℘℘℘ In the tradition of films as diverse as Saturday...

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Roots: Using Church Records

To do successful family history research you must know where to look. Knowing the sources and what they can tell you is vital to success. Irish church records are probably the best place to...

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Who’s Rappin’ Now?

Tom Dunphy talks to Chris Byrne of Unity Squad. ℘℘℘ Chris Byrne is an unrepentant Fenian bastard. That’s not a smear by this writer, mind you: the Brooklyn-born uillean piper,...

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Book Reviews:
The Latest Irish Books

NON-FICTION The Irish cop is no stereotype. As authors Thomas Reppetto and James Lardner show, in their informative new history NYPD: A City and Its Police, the Irish have played an integral role...

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Slainte!
The History of Irish Soup

Come fall, the days grow shorter, temperatures drop, and trees shed their leaves. Just as certainly, as soon as there’s a chill in the air and a hint of winter weather creeps onto the scene,...

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Photo Album:
Happy Holidays!

The celebration of Christmas at Rockefeller Center started informally in 1931 when workmen involved in the construction of the Center placed a small tree on the Fifth Avenue site of the British...

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Hibernia

Seeing Beckett on
the Silver Screen

Film adaptations of two Samuel Beckett plays Not I and Krapp’s Last Tape, were screened in...

New and Noteworthy

Actress, model and former MTV VJ, and Irish America Top 100 honoree Karen Duffy, better known as...

Olympic Roundup

Sonia’s Silver Ireland brought home only one Olympic medal from the Sydney Games. The...

Independent TDs Demand Abortion Referendum

Kerry South TD (Member of Parliament) Jackie Healy -Rae has changed his tune and added his voice...

Get Your Irish Up!
At Galway’s Oyster Festival

It’s early evening and a vast room at Galway’s Corrib Southern Hotel is lined with...

An Irish Pair
Win Emmy Awards

If this year’s Emmy awards are any indication, the Irish still have the market on humor...

Healing Heartthrobs

“I have so many pins and bolts in me I feel like Boris Karloff,” Liam Neeson told the...

The Punt Takes a Pounding…

If you’re planning a trip to Ireland, now’s the time. The Irish pound has hit a...

The Beckett of Paint

“I live, you might say, in gilded squalor,” Dublin-born painter Francis Bacon once...

Martin Sheen’s Enduring Spirit

Actor Martin Sheen was awarded Amnesty International’s Enduring Spirit Award for his...

The Ideal Christmas
Gift for Joyce Fans

How’s this for a stocking stuffer? On December 14 Christie’s New York will offer a...

Margaret Mitchell’s
Lasting Gift

Madam, I greet you on the beginning of a great new career.” With these words John Mitchell...

Las Vegas ROCKS

Maura O’Connell concert benefits U.S.-Ireland Alliance. ℘℘℘ On Friday, September...

Stars Turn Out For
Concern Gala Evening

The stars came out in October to honor A.M. Rosenthal, the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist whose...

Dreaming of Freedom

A new exhibit in Boston traces the city’s history as a gateway to the United States and...

Bono’s Bandwagon

U2 frontman Bono could be spotted on the east Coast this fall as he visited both the United...

Life After Riverdance?

Perish the thought! But it’s a possibility Riverdance producers Moya Doherty and John...