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Martin McGuinness: The Man, The Myth, The Minister

The evolution of Martin McGuinness – from high school dropout and IRA man to political leader seeking an end to violence...

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Galileo: King of Kings

Can an Irish horse win the prestigious Breeders Cup? ℘℘℘ In 1907 the Epsom gallery was horrified to see an...

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Field of Dreams

How one Man’s dream became a reality. It all began with a castle. In 1987, a husband and wife from the nearby town of...

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Why Grandpa Should
Be in the Hall of Fame

On July 1st, 1920, my grandfather saved the only no-hitter ever thrown by the Hall of Fame pitcher Walter Johnson. Grandpa...

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Just Judy

By the time Judy Garland made her first and only concert appearance in Dublin in July 1951, she had been an international...

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In This Issue

Martin McGuinness: The Man, The Myth, The Minister

The evolution of Martin McGuinness – from high school dropout and IRA man to political leader seeking an end to violence and, finally, his emergence as Northern Ireland’s Minister for...

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The First Word:
No Rhyme What Reason?

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“History says, don’t hope on this side of the grave. But then, once in a lifetime the longed for tidal wave of justice can rise up, and hope and history rhyme.” – Seamus...

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Sinn Féin Under Pressure

Sinn Féin has come in for scathing criticism in the past weeks, with many blaming the party for the deadlock in the peace renegotiations, after the Stormont Assembly was suspended at the beginning...

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New Inquiry into
Omagh Bombing

A new inquiry into the Omagh bomb disaster three years after it took the lives of 29 men, women and children has been announced by the RUC. However, the RUC itself is denying allegations that it...

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To Haiti and Back

Frank McCourt’s life-altering trip to Haiti with Concern Worldwide. ℘℘℘ “Beyond the powers of description” are not the words you would expect to come out of a Pulitzer...

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Wilde’s Life Under Glass

The beautiful Morgan Library in New York puts the Irish master of wit and self-proclaimed ‘lord of language’ under a glass box this September. “Oscar Wilde: A Life in Six Acts” will display...

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A Pricey Bundle of Joyce

Also available for viewing for the first time, or at least it was before it was auctioned off, was a previously unknown draft of one of the final chapters of James Joyce’s Ulysses. The Eumaeus...

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Golden Boys

There must be something in the water of Nenagh, County Tipperary. The town’s offspring seem to have unusually high traces of medal. Make that gold medal. 1956 Olympic 1,500 meter winner, Ronnie...

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Billy Collins as Soul Friend

A visit to Ireland with Poet Laureate Billy Collins. ℘℘℘ What draws an assortment of poets to Ireland to study with Billy Collins? If you’ve been to the Beara Peninsula, you...

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In the Heat of Battle

Dubliners Alan Concannon, Tadgh Honan, Gerry Lynch Tyrone-man Noel McGillian stand dressed in Civil War regalia as part of the 140th anniversary re-enactment of the Battle of First Manassas or the...

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Ladies of Mercy

On July 18, 2001, Dorothy Marie and Gwen Hennessey of the Sisters of St. Francis of The Holy Family, left their fellow sisters and friends to report to Pekin Federal Correctional Institute in...

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Into the Mystic

That one?!” Noreen Walshe responded to a fan at the Irish Arts Center in New York who told her that one of the paintings the Meath artist chose to display was a personal favorite....

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SDLP Approves
New Police Plan

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The latest proposed implementation plan on policing in Northern Ireland has been rejected by Sinn Féin, whose chairman Mitchell McLaughlin said the proposals – jointly put forward by the Irish...

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Surfin’ FirstUSA

Freshmen Chris Barrett and Luke McCabe, two New Jersey 18-year-old surfers are even smarter than their SATs show: they figured out how to get their education paid for by turning themselves into...

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IMF Warns Economy
Faces Slowdown

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The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has warned of substantial risks for the Irish economy as a result of the slowdowns in the U.S. and Europe, but has nevertheless painted a pretty favorable...

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First Family Photo Album

For those thirsty for more on the interior lives of America’s royal family, rarely or never seen photographs of the Kennedys are available for downloading or purchase on the web. MPTV has...

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Loyalists Kill Young
Protestant Man

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An 18-year-old Protestant man from Glengormley was shot to death by loyalists in front of his father recently – because his killers believed he was a Catholic. The murder of young Gavin Brett in...

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From White House to Green

Apparently, Bill Clinton appreciated more than a dew perks as President. While in L.A. for a radio and television conference, Clinton hit the golf course with his brother Roger, Jack Nicholson, and...

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Caucus Ruckus

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Chicago alderman Thomas Murphy’s attempt to bridge cultural gaps seems to have gone unappreciated. Murphy represents the 18th Ward on the city’s Southwest Side, with an 85 percent black...

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The Warring of the Green

New York’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade, one of the last major celebrations left to the Irish in America, has come under a barrage of criticism these past years; from ILGO, the Irish Gays...

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Isle of Scholars

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Congratulations are in order for James Houlihan of Dublin and Kevin O’Regan of Tallaght, Ireland. In 1997, they won the Redington Scholarship, established in honor of Irish immigrant Joseph P....

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For the Love of Ireland

Author Susan Cahill tells what prompted her to write For the Love of Ireland: A Literary Companion for Readers and Travelers. ℘℘℘ I grew up in New York City in an Irish-American family...

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Eat Your Greens

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Homeopathy is hot as more people are choosing natural plants and herbs over prescription drugs to heal their ailments. Aware of the growing demand, the small but growing Irish company, Dolphin Sea...

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In-Tune Internet

With the plethora of music sites on the web today, a new one dances apart form the other. Or jigs away, rather. Launched by Irish music business veteran Gerry Dornan, Irishmusicmail.com (inactive)...

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Not Quite Gopher

For those who want the gold without the uh, golf, a bit of paradise just opened in Caddyshack, a golf-themed restaurant owned by comedian Bill Murray (featured on the cover of Irish America in 1988)...

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Carroll O’Connor

He called his wife “Dingbat.” He called his daughter a “weepy Nellie atheist.” Puerto Ricans “spics”; Jews “yids.” He was terrified of African...

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The Pipes Aren’t Calling in RI

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This July, the Diocese of Providence, Rhode Island announced that no longer would the haunting tune of “Danny Boy” which so many have used to say goodbye to their loved ones, be...

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Galileo: King of Kings

Can an Irish horse win the prestigious Breeders Cup? ℘℘℘ In 1907 the Epsom gallery was horrified to see an Irish owned, Irish trained (if Berkshire bred) horse, Orby, storm to victory at...

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Just Judy

By the time Judy Garland made her first and only concert appearance in Dublin in July 1951, she had been an international star for more than a decade. She had starred in 27 feature length films,...

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Waking the Dead

I had never really been all that comfortable with my Irish heritage. I’ve always been scared that our American society views the Irish as a bunch of drinkers, big talkers who cannot be relied...

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Why Grandpa Should
Be in the Hall of Fame

On July 1st, 1920, my grandfather saved the only no-hitter ever thrown by the Hall of Fame pitcher Walter Johnson. Grandpa played first base for the Washington Senators, and he and Johnson were in...

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Field of Dreams

How one Man’s dream became a reality. It all began with a castle. In 1987, a husband and wife from the nearby town of Ballyvaughan purchased a 16th-century tower house. Newtown Castle, along...

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Book Reviews

RECOMMENDED For decades, one simple question has split the Irish on both sides of the Atlantic into two warring factions: Do you love or loathe The Quiet Man, that 1952 stage Irish classic...

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Film Forum:
James Joyce in Love

For many years, the conventional wisdom about Nora Barnacle, James Joyce’s longtime companion and eventually his wife, was that she was an ignorant but “country cute” peasant from...

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Music:
Traditional Music Roundup

Mirth-Making Heroes There are folks who think of “Celtic” music as a gently soothing, slightly ethereal style, heavy on the harps and tin whistles. They haven’t heard At the...

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Sláinte! The Irish
Roots of Halloween

Ask anyone to name five favorite holidays, and it’s a sure bet Halloween will be on the list. Then ask how the celebration came to be. More than likely you’ll be told Halloween means All...

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Roots: The Unimportance
of Being Mulligan

Irish literature and lore shows Mulligan little respect. The very opening sentence of James Joyce’s acclaimed Ulysses introduces Buck Mulligan, a ribald braggart who, before many pages, is...

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The Last Word: The
Far Side of Revenge

There was a terrible silence in Omagh in the days after the bombing. It seemed that not even birdsong could be heard in a town that was full of life and joy and laughter when the world turned upside...

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Photo Album: On the Town

Cigarette in mouth and mates by his side, Corporal James L. O’Brien stands on a street in Paris in 1918. O’Brien and his friend, Pat Donovan (far left) joined “because we felt...

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Into the Mystic

That one?!” Noreen Walshe responded to a fan at the Irish Arts Center in New York who told...

Not Quite Gopher

For those who want the gold without the uh, golf, a bit of paradise just opened in Caddyshack, a...

The Pipes Aren’t Calling in RI

This July, the Diocese of Providence, Rhode Island announced that no longer would the haunting...

Caucus Ruckus

Chicago alderman Thomas Murphy’s attempt to bridge cultural gaps seems to have gone...

From White House to Green

Apparently, Bill Clinton appreciated more than a dew perks as President. While in L.A. for a radio...

Golden Boys

There must be something in the water of Nenagh, County Tipperary. The town’s offspring seem to...

The Warring of the Green

New York’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade, one of the last major celebrations left to the...

Carroll O’Connor

He called his wife “Dingbat.” He called his daughter a “weepy Nellie...

Wilde’s Life Under Glass

The beautiful Morgan Library in New York puts the Irish master of wit and self-proclaimed ‘lord...

Isle of Scholars

Congratulations are in order for James Houlihan of Dublin and Kevin O’Regan of Tallaght,...

In-Tune Internet

With the plethora of music sites on the web today, a new one dances apart form the other. Or jigs...

First Family Photo Album

For those thirsty for more on the interior lives of America’s royal family, rarely or never...

Surfin’ FirstUSA

Freshmen Chris Barrett and Luke McCabe, two New Jersey 18-year-old surfers are even smarter than...

For the Love of Ireland

Author Susan Cahill tells what prompted her to write For the Love of Ireland: A Literary Companion...

A Pricey Bundle of Joyce

Also available for viewing for the first time, or at least it was before it was auctioned off, was...

In the Heat of Battle

Dubliners Alan Concannon, Tadgh Honan, Gerry Lynch Tyrone-man Noel McGillian stand dressed in...

Eat Your Greens

Homeopathy is hot as more people are choosing natural plants and herbs over prescription drugs to...

Ladies of Mercy

On July 18, 2001, Dorothy Marie and Gwen Hennessey of the Sisters of St. Francis of The Holy...

Billy Collins as Soul Friend

A visit to Ireland with Poet Laureate Billy Collins. ℘℘℘ What draws an assortment of...

To Haiti and Back

Frank McCourt’s life-altering trip to Haiti with Concern...