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April / May 2003

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Jeanie Sets Sail for New World

After many false starts, the Jeanie Johnston famine ship replica is on its way to the United States. ℘℘℘ If there is a...

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Irish American of the Year: Michael Flatley

For what he has done for the world of Irish dance, Irish America is proud to honor Michael Flatley as our Irish American of...

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In This Issue

Irish American of the Year: Michael Flatley

For what he has done for the world of Irish dance, Irish America is proud to honor Michael Flatley as our Irish American of the Year. Flatley talked to Debbie McGoldrick about his extraordinary...

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First Word: The Things They Carried

Patricia Harty - Editor-in-Chief.

“The Irish carry their culture around with them like snails with their houses on their backs.” – Denis Clarke ℘℘℘ Let me start with an apology. I’m sorry if some of your...

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Jeanie Sets Sail for New World

After many false starts, the Jeanie Johnston famine ship replica is on its way to the United States. ℘℘℘ If there is a symbol of the trials and tribulations of getting the Irish replica famine...

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Troubled Images at
Boston College

One of the Northern Ireland posters on display at the John J. Burns Library, Boston College.

A powerful new exhibit of propaganda posters from the bloody conflict in Northern Ireland kicks off an international tour in Boston this March. Boston College’s John J. Burns Library of Rare...

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Arizona’s Grand
Marshal Cowboy

Howard “Bill” O’Brien, a living legend among Irish cowboys, will lead the Phoenix St. Patrick’s Day parade in Arizona as the Grand Marshal. The 80-year-old replica of John...

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Model Behavior
from Irish Women

Although they are more accustomed to runways and photo studios than microphones and podiums, Irish supermodels Jane Bradbury and Caitríona Balfe are both leading the way in fighting for causes they...

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New Movie from Neil Jordan

Irish director Neil Jordan (The Crying Game, Interview With the Vampire, The End of the Affair) has always had a thing for offbeat dramas. So we should expect interesting things from his latest turn...

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Mitchell Honored by
Northern Women

Former Senator George Mitchell was honored for his tireless work for peace in Ireland at the Northern Ireland Women’s Initiative (NIWI) January 21 in New York. NIWI founder and president...

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The Cork Choral Festival

The 49th annual Cork International Choral Festival kicks off May 1 with some 5,000 participants from all over the world expected to flock to Cork. Choirs participating will come not only from Cork...

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Re-Imagining Ireland Conference

Frank McCourt, Roddy Doyle, Mick Moloney and Irish America publisher Niall O’Dowd will be among the Irish writers, artists, and historians to converge in Charlottesville, Virginia in May for a...

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Celebrating Celtic Culture

A weekend celebration of Celtic culture is set for Burke, Virginia with the 10th annual Potomac Celtic Festival on June 14 and 15. All 1200 acres of Morven Park’s international equestrian...

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Paintings of Ireland

The McMullen Museum of Art at Boston College is hosting a highly-acclaimed exhibit entitled Éire/Land, which explores Ireland’s landscape, with artifacts ranging from medieval manuscripts to...

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L.A. Launch of the
Huston Film School

Anjelica Huston will be on hand to launch Galway University’s Huston School of Film and Digital Media. A black tie gala to raise money for student scholarships will be held May 2 at Merv...

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Celebrities Hand Over Purses

Celebrities have handed over their purses, literally, in aid of a good cause. In January, Concern Worldwide held an auction to raise money for its work assisting the impoverished in developing parts...

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Jim Sheridan at Boston Film Festival

Jim Sheridan will introduce his new film In America for the closing night of the fifth annual Boston Irish Film Festival at the end of April. The acclaimed Irish director will be on hand for the East...

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“Mick” Is Top Dog

Mick, the Kerry blue terrier, stole the prize silver dog dish when he won the coveted Best in Show prize at the 127th Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show on February 11. Mick won over the 10,000-strong...

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Bono Nominated for Nobel

He’s been nominated for Oscars, was recently awarded the French Legion d’Honneur, and won dozens of Grammies and other prestigious music awards. So it really isn’t a big deal that...

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Those We Lost

Richard Harris.

From acclaimed actors, musicians, novelists and sports writers, to daring athletes and caring doctors, we lost some of our finest citizens in the past year, including William McCool, one of the seven...

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Book Reviews

A sampling of the latest Irish books.

A sampling of the latest Irish books. ℘℘℘ RECOMMENDED “The reason I wanted to be a Gopher was simple: them gangsters never had to work for a living.” This is famed New York gangster...

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Photo Album: The Queen of the May

Ella Theresa Shea, San Francisco, May 1, 1880.

This photograph of my grandmother Ella Theresa Shea was taken in 1880 when she was 14 years old. She was crowned the Queen of the May at the traditional May Day Festival in newly-opened Golden Gate...

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Hibernia

New Movie from Neil Jordan

Irish director Neil Jordan (The Crying Game, Interview With the Vampire, The End of the Affair) has...

Mitchell Honored by
Northern Women

Former Senator George Mitchell was honored for his tireless work for peace in Ireland at the...

Jim Sheridan at Boston Film Festival

Jim Sheridan will introduce his new film In America for the closing night of the fifth annual...

L.A. Launch of the
Huston Film School

Anjelica Huston will be on hand to launch Galway University’s Huston School of Film and...

Jeanie Sets Sail for New World

After many false starts, the Jeanie Johnston famine ship replica is on its way to the United...

Celebrities Hand Over Purses

Celebrities have handed over their purses, literally, in aid of a good cause. In January, Concern...

Model Behavior
from Irish Women

Although they are more accustomed to runways and photo studios than microphones and podiums, Irish...

Paintings of Ireland

The McMullen Museum of Art at Boston College is hosting a highly-acclaimed exhibit entitled...

Arizona’s Grand
Marshal Cowboy

Howard “Bill” O’Brien, a living legend among Irish cowboys, will lead the Phoenix...

Troubled Images at
Boston College

A powerful new exhibit of propaganda posters from the bloody conflict in Northern Ireland kicks off...

“Mick” Is Top Dog

Mick, the Kerry blue terrier, stole the prize silver dog dish when he won the coveted Best in Show...

The Cork Choral Festival

The 49th annual Cork International Choral Festival kicks off May 1 with some 5,000 participants...

Bono Nominated for Nobel

He’s been nominated for Oscars, was recently awarded the French Legion d’Honneur, and...

Re-Imagining Ireland Conference

Frank McCourt, Roddy Doyle, Mick Moloney and Irish America publisher Niall O’Dowd will be...

Celebrating Celtic Culture

A weekend celebration of Celtic culture is set for Burke, Virginia with the 10th annual Potomac...