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June / July 2002

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A Beautiful Success

After 22 movies Jennifer Connelly is an overnight success. Penelope Dening talks to the winner of the Best Supporting...

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Out of Albany

William Kennedy, known as the author who captured Albany, New York, talks to Tom Deignan. ℘℘℘ William Kennedy is...

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The Heart of a Firefighter

When the dust settled on September 11, one of the 343 firefighters listed as missing, later pronounced dead, was Chief Bill...

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Steppin’ Out in Scotland

The 32nd World Irish dance championships were held inGlasgow and drew dancers from around the world. David Kirkwood reports....

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Robert Ballagh :
The Land and The Irish

In his latest work, Irish artist Robert Ballagh explores the relationship between the Irish and the land. ℘℘℘ March...

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In This Issue

A Beautiful Success

After 22 movies Jennifer Connelly is an overnight success. Penelope Dening talks to the winner of the Best Supporting actress academy Award. ℘℘℘ A blur of bodies block the corridor, voices...

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The Fist Word:
A Touch of the Poet

Patricia Harty - Editor-in-Chief.

By standing shoulder to shoulder, hope for the future will triumph over the hurt of the past.” – President of Ireland, Mary McAleese ℘℘℘ We were delighted to see Jennifer Connelly...

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Steppin’ Out in Scotland

The 32nd World Irish dance championships were held inGlasgow and drew dancers from around the world. David Kirkwood reports. Photography by Paul McSherry. ℘℘℘ Scotland, for ten days in spring,...

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Robert Ballagh :
The Land and The Irish

In his latest work, Irish artist Robert Ballagh explores the relationship between the Irish and the land. ℘℘℘ March 10, 2002, New York: Looking remarkably fresh after a long plane fide from...

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World Cup Fever

In our dreams we take out Spain, beat England on penalties and Jason McAteer scores the winning goal against Brazil in the World Cup Final. The Carlsberg beer ad which is running in Ireland at the...

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Voters Head to the Polls

Will Bertie be back, will there be a Quinn tide, or will Sinn Féin’s day finally come? These are the questions facing the Irish people as they head to the polls on May 17. It has been the...

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The Catholic Church in Crisis

As in the U.S., the Church in Ireland is in crisis over continuing allegations of clerical child abuse. The scandal has taken its first scalp with the forced resignation of the Bishop of Ferns, Dr....

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George Mitchell on the Middle East & Northern Ireland

CAUTION IS ADVISED WHEN MAKING COMPARISONS BETWEEN AREAS AS COMPLICATED AND DIVERGENT AS NORTHERN IRELAND AND THE MIDDLE EAST. BUT AS THE VIOLENCE IN THE MIDDLE EAST INTENSIFIED, DIPLOMATS AND...

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The Green and the Gold

February’s Winter Olympic Games were memorable for more than just the judging controversy in me pairs figure skating final. As host country, the United States won its highest ever number of...

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Sister Artists

Those who love art and are visiting the South of Ireland might consider stopping in at a new gallery that has opened in Mullinahorna Ring, Co. Waterford. The gallery is owned by Joan Clancy and the...

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The Irish Blood Scandal

Haemophilia sufferers across Ireland are awaiting the outcome of the Lindsay Tribunal, which was set up to investigate how blood products were contaminated with HIV and Hepatitis C. But while Judge...

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Tom Coughlin Is Tops

Wal-Mart has been named the biggest corporation in America in the annual Fortune 500 list of mighty corporations. As of January 31, Wal-Mart operated 2,713 Wal-Mart and Supercenter stores, 500...

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Bloody Sunday in New York

Hidden Truths — Bloody Sunday 1972 examined one of the great tragedies of the Troubles in Northern Ireland — the shooting of thirteen Irish civil rights protestors by British soldiers in...

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The Lady’s a Winner

Seventeen-year-old Lauren Byrne from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania was the High School winner in the National Annual Irish History Writing Contest organized by the Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians. Her...

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Ali Takes on Sellafield

Bono isn’t the only activist in his family. For some time now, his wife Ali has helped campaigner Adi Roche with the Irish-based Chernobyl Children’s Project, which was founded to help...

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Go Canada!

Canada benefited from Irish leadership and grit in ending a 50-year gold-medal drought in hockey, which was an ongoing embarrassment in the birthplace of the game. Pat Quinn took a collection of star...

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Riverdance Celebrates
5,000th Performance

The Riverdance phenomenon continues as the world-famous Irish dance show celebrated its 5,000th performance in San-Francisco last month and Mayor Willie Brown Jr. proclaimed March 6 “Riverdance...

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Reaching for the Top

In his working hours he’s an anaesthetist at Belfast City Hospital but come springtime Roger McMorrow’s concerns will focus elsewhere. The 26-year-old will peg his white coat for a month...

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Artist With a Twist

Prionsias World is the internet home of the Irish-born artist Frank Maguire (Prionsias is Gaelic for francis) where one can purchase the artist’s prints, calendars, cards and postcards. The...

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Anjelica’s Irish Memories

Oscar-winning actress Anjelica Huston spent part of her youth in Craughwell, Co. Galway where her father, legendary movie director John Huston, owned an estate called St. Clerans. Anjelica lived with...

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Leopold Bloom Lives On

June 16 has been immortalized by lovers of James Joyce’s Ulysses everywhere as “Bloomsday” and has become an annual day of pilgrimage and celebration. Ulysses is the epic...

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The Heart of a Firefighter

When the dust settled on September 11, one of the 343 firefighters listed as missing, later pronounced dead, was Chief Bill Feehan. A firefighter to his core, Feehan was loved by the men and women in...

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Historic Pubs of Belfast

Think of Irish pubs and the mind turns to Dublin; sipping a pint of Guinness as the sun streams over the aged wooden interiors of Doheny and Nesbitt’s or following the literary trail of Joyce,...

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Out of Albany

William Kennedy, known as the author who captured Albany, New York, talks to Tom Deignan. ℘℘℘ William Kennedy is telling a story about his father that could very well be a haunting moment from...

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The Voice of the Dispossessed

February 2, 2002 marked the centenary of John Steinbeck’s birth. Jim Dwyer writes about the great American writer’s Irish Roots. ℘℘℘ All the great novels and stories of John...

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Film Forum :
Troubles with Sunday

The epochal “Bloody Sunday” — the massacre of thirteen unarmed Londonderry civilians by the British Army on January 30, 1972 — is the stuff from which great drama could be...

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On Thomas Flanagan
(1923-2002)

On March 16 this year Thomas Flanagan reviewed a history of St. Patrick’s day for The Irish Times and was identified by the paper’s literary editor as “a novelist and...

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The Cranberries :
Back On Track

Just like the old days. A new album (Wake Up and Smell the Coffee) from The Cranberries and the band are back on the road. May is pencilled in for the North American stretch of a world tour,...

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Books: Roscoe

Roscoe – the latest book from Albany author William Kennedy – is a splendid novel: at once an exuberant elegy, a sad comedy, a realistic fable of life and death. In the seventh novel of...

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Shaw Goes to Boston College

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The John J. Burns Library of Rare Boston College has acquired three significant archives of material for its Irish Collection, which is already considered to be the most comprehensive collection of...

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The Missing Irish

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In the 10 years between 1990 and 2000, the population of the U.S. grew from 248.7 million to 281.4 million according to the latest census report. From an Irish-American perspective, it is interesting...

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Paddy Clancy Scholarships

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A number of scholarships in honor of musician and folk singer Paddy Clancy are available to students with an interest in pursuing studies in folk song, sean nós and the traditional ballad. American...

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Irish Roots : O’Donnell, McDonnell and Donnelly

These three names and others of a similar sound such as Donnellan and Donlon are sometimes confused, as spelling variations have occurred among emigrant families. They are, however, totally distinct,...

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Sláinte! Rhubarb:
The Sweet & Sour of Irish Pies

Often when I sit down to write Sláinte! I find myself ruminating about my Dad’s favorite foods, which writing this ongoing series has revealed to me are almost always directly related to the...

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The Last Word:
From Celibacy to Godliness

A staggering succession of priests accused. A total failure of responsibility by bishops. Concern in every parish. On the positive side, a surprisingly strong consensus for broad reform has taken...

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Photo Album: As Apple Pie

Proud of their country and their new house, Lawrence and Blanche Faron hosted the Faron family’s first July 4th clambake at their home in Millbury, Massachusetts in 1941. Lawrence’s...

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The Missing Irish

In the 10 years between 1990 and 2000, the population of the U.S. grew from 248.7 million to 281.4...

Paddy Clancy Scholarships

A number of scholarships in honor of musician and folk singer Paddy Clancy are available to...

Artist With a Twist

Prionsias World is the internet home of the Irish-born artist Frank Maguire (Prionsias is Gaelic...

Anjelica’s Irish Memories

Oscar-winning actress Anjelica Huston spent part of her youth in Craughwell, Co. Galway where her...

Tom Coughlin Is Tops

Wal-Mart has been named the biggest corporation in America in the annual Fortune 500 list of mighty...

Bloody Sunday in New York

Hidden Truths — Bloody Sunday 1972 examined one of the great tragedies of the Troubles in...

Leopold Bloom Lives On

June 16 has been immortalized by lovers of James Joyce’s Ulysses everywhere as...

Reaching for the Top

In his working hours he’s an anaesthetist at Belfast City Hospital but come springtime Roger...

Go Canada!

Canada benefited from Irish leadership and grit in ending a 50-year gold-medal drought in hockey,...

The Lady’s a Winner

Seventeen-year-old Lauren Byrne from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania was the High School winner in the...

Ali Takes on Sellafield

Bono isn’t the only activist in his family. For some time now, his wife Ali has helped...

Sister Artists

Those who love art and are visiting the South of Ireland might consider stopping in at a new...

Shaw Goes to Boston College

The John J. Burns Library of Rare Boston College has acquired three significant archives of...

Riverdance Celebrates
5,000th Performance

The Riverdance phenomenon continues as the world-famous Irish dance show celebrated its 5,000th...