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June / July 2001

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All About Colin

In a street café in Prague’s Old Town, 24-year-old Colin Farrell is having a coffee with Bruce Willis. It’s a...

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Susan Lynch

For decades now, Irish film stardom has been an exclusively male domain – the big three of Liam Neeson, Pierce Brosnan...

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Coming Home

I always imagined my wedding as a beautiful and romantic event: My dad would walk me down the aisle, my brother would be a...

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For the Defense

If political power can be judged by how an individual influences society and changes its laws, then there’s an...

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Maeve Binchy Reflects
on Her Career

No one tells stories like Irish writer Maeve Binchy. Humane, down-to-earth, funny, her novels have captured imaginations on...

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In This Issue

The First Word:
Something to Remember

“Irish people didn’t get me out of jail. It was English people who got me out of jail.” – Paul Hill ℘℘℘ I don’t remember Bloody Sunday. I don’t...

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For the Defense

If political power can be judged by how an individual influences society and changes its laws, then there’s an arguable case for British defense lawyer Michael Mansfield being one of the most...

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All About Colin

In a street café in Prague’s Old Town, 24-year-old Colin Farrell is having a coffee with Bruce Willis. It’s a few days before they face up as adversaries in Hart’s War, a war...

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Real IRA Informer in
Protective Custody

A former leading figure in the Irish American dissident republican community is in protective custody after it was revealed that he had been working as a double agent for years. According to...

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Paddy Clancy
Memorial Scholarship

Applications for the Paddy Clancy Memorial Scholarships are invited from students in Ireland and North America. The $1,500 scholarships are available to students interested in studying folk song,...

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Irish Tourism Crisis
Grows Worse

The Irish Tourist Board is working furiously to clear up misconceptions surrounding the foot-and-mouth crisis among potential tourists, engaging in an “assurance campaign” to convince...

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The Mammoth of Ventry

How many men can say they live with four women and the only woolly mammoth in Ireland? Harris Moore can, because his home in Ventry on the western Dingle Peninsula is also the unique Prehistoric...

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Dorothy Day’s Staten Island
Home Demolished

The small waterfront bungalow in Staten Island, New York that Dorothy Day occupied late in life was razed in February to make way for a subdivision of million dollar homes. The act stunned the...

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Irish Hunger Memorial Groundbreaking in NYC

Plans for a half-acre, $4.7-million Irish Hunger Memorial commemorating victims of the Great Hunger and those who immigrated to the United States, were unveiled in New York City on March 15. The...

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Sotheby’s Irish Art Auction

Sotheby’s was hoping that art lovers wanting to brighten their walls might also want to give their bank accounts a spring cleaning when works of the 7th Irish Sale were viewed in New York,...

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Apprentice Boys to March

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As we go to press, nationalists in South Belfast are planning to stage a protest in response to the Parades Commission’s decision to grant a loyalist organization permission to march through a...

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Greatest Irish Americans
Book Launch

Irish Tenor Ronan Tynan and actor Milo O’Shea were just two of the Irish luminaries who turned out to celebrate the launch of Greatest Irish Americans of the 20th Century edited by our own...

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Church Row

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Recently elevated Dublin Cardinal Dr. Desmond Connell incited a row with the Archbishop of the Church of Ireland when in an interview with the Sunday Business Post he criticized the Church of...

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A Night to Remember

Irish America magazine’s Top 100 awards ceremony. ℘℘℘ Of all our Top 100 awards ceremonies, this year’s was perhaps the most moving as we celebrated real heroes. Irish...

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Marrying Madness

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Marriage is back in fashion. According to The Irish Voice, more Irish couples are preparing to wed than ever before. In 1999, more than 18,500 couples married in either religious or civil...

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Stones in His Pockets

Even The Fonz turned out to celebrate the Broadway opening of the hit Irish play Stones in His Pockets. And it’s no wonder, this show is a hit wherever it goes. After enjoying a run as the...

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Robinson to Stay at UN

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After her surprise announcement that she will step down from her position as UN High Commissioner on Human Rights when her four-year term expires this September, Mary Robinson has now agreed to...

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A Feast for the Eyes

Patrons of New York watering holes such as Clancy’s, Rory Dolan’s and Barney Mac’s are seeing amazing things on the walls, and no, they haven’t had one too many....

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Adrian Flannelly Show Expands

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The Adrian Flannelly Show, part of the Irish Radio Network, has expanded into new markets and extended its Saturday broadcast from two to five hours. You can now catch the show on WJUX 103.1 FM...

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New U.S. Ambassadors
to Ireland

Richard Egan, the ninety-ninth wealthiest person in America, was nominated by President Bush as the new U.S. Ambassador to Ireland. Egan, one of Irish America’s Business 100, holds an Irish...

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Coming Home

I always imagined my wedding as a beautiful and romantic event: My dad would walk me down the aisle, my brother would be a groomsman, and my very best friends would be there standing up for me. The...

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Chernobyl’s Hope

April 26, 1986: At 1:23 AM an explosion in reactor number four of the Chernobyl nuclear plant spewed 190 tons of radioactive material into the atmosphere, creating a cloud that traveled over...

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Music Roundup

Paul Brady Oh What A World Compass Records Let’s all ponder Paul Brady’s career for a moment. The man has written songs that have been recorded by the likes of Tina Turner,...

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Broadway in Their Pockets

Two years ago they were hardly known, now Séan Campion and Conleth Hill are the toast of Broadway. ℘℘℘ In a departure from the world of big-budget films and special effects, Conleth...

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Susan Lynch

For decades now, Irish film stardom has been an exclusively male domain – the big three of Liam Neeson, Pierce Brosnan and Gabriel Byrne recently being joined by Colin Farrell. But that could be...

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Maeve Binchy Reflects
on Her Career

No one tells stories like Irish writer Maeve Binchy. Humane, down-to-earth, funny, her novels have captured imaginations on both sides of the Atlantic in a way most authors only dream of. Millions...

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Film Forum:
When Brendan Met Trudy

The first original screenplay by Irish novelist Roddy Doyle is automatically a cinematic and literary event. When Brendan Met Trudy offers many quirky delights, but it is an uneven and ultimately...

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Book Reviews

NON-FICTION A larger-than-life Irish American politician finally gets the treatment he deserves – praise and criticism, that is – in Tip O’Neill and the Democratic Century, by Boston...

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Sláinte! Midsummer’s
Eve: St. John’s Day

One of summer’s finest gifts is its long hours of sunshine. This is especially true the farther one travels from the equator where a midwinter’s night is so long that only a few hours of...

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Return to Derry

I had almost a worm’s-eye view of Bloody Sunday. I was working as a junior TV journalist covering a protest march through Derry on January 30, 1972, and like every other observer I was...

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Irish Roots: Cusack
The Warrior Clan

The Cusack name carries with it a fighting air. One of the most colorful examples is of one George Cusack whose parents wanted him to be a monk. He did not, so he ran away to fulfill every...

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Photo Album:
Catherine’s Family

Catherine Flannely was born in Porturlin, County Mayo, Ireland around 1835. She married Anthony Moran from the nearby village of Baralty. Catherine and Anthony immigrated to America in the 1860s and...

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Hibernia

Sotheby’s Irish Art Auction

Sotheby’s was hoping that art lovers wanting to brighten their walls might also want to give...

A Night to Remember

Irish America magazine’s Top 100 awards ceremony. ℘℘℘ Of all our Top 100 awards...

A Feast for the Eyes

Patrons of New York watering holes such as Clancy’s, Rory Dolan’s and Barney...

Robinson to Stay at UN

After her surprise announcement that she will step down from her position as UN High Commissioner...

The Mammoth of Ventry

How many men can say they live with four women and the only woolly mammoth in Ireland? Harris...

Dorothy Day’s Staten Island
Home Demolished

The small waterfront bungalow in Staten Island, New York that Dorothy Day occupied late in life...

New U.S. Ambassadors
to Ireland

Richard Egan, the ninety-ninth wealthiest person in America, was nominated by President Bush as...

Greatest Irish Americans
Book Launch

Irish Tenor Ronan Tynan and actor Milo O’Shea were just two of the Irish luminaries who...

Adrian Flannelly Show Expands

The Adrian Flannelly Show, part of the Irish Radio Network, has expanded into new markets and...

Stones in His Pockets

Even The Fonz turned out to celebrate the Broadway opening of the hit Irish play Stones in His...

For the Defense

If political power can be judged by how an individual influences society and changes its laws,...

Irish Hunger Memorial Groundbreaking in NYC

Plans for a half-acre, $4.7-million Irish Hunger Memorial commemorating victims of the Great...