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The Fenian Invasion of Canada

Irish veterans of the American Civil War launched attacks on Canada in an effort to win independence for...

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Still Running

Eamonn Coughlan, Ray Flynn and Marcus O’Sullivan dominated middle-distance running in the eighties and early...

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Discovery at Pearl Harbor

The search for the Japanese midget sub sunk off Pearl Harbor, Dec. 7, 1941, had been ongoing for 61 years until TERRY KERBY...

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Marian Keyes’ L.A. Story

The author of such works as Rachel’s Holiday and Sushi for Beginners talks to Siobhán Tracey about her new book set...

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Chris Matthews Interrupted

Niall O’Dowd interviews Chris Matthews of CNBC’s Hardball, one of prime time’s most popular...

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In This Issue

Chris Matthews Interrupted

Niall O’Dowd interviews Chris Matthews of CNBC’s Hardball, one of prime time’s most popular programs. ℘℘℘ If Chris Matthews were a cat, curiosity would have killed him long...

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Irish America’s Annual Business 100: Who They Are

Irish America's Annual Business 100.

“There is no denying the influence of American business on the Republic of Ireland. The economy in Ireland has grown more than any other European Union country, and the 585 American companies...

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First Word: The Good Luck of Bad Luck

“Lady Luck generally woos those who earnestly, enthusiastically, unremittingly woo her.” — B.C. Forbes ℘℘℘ Much is said of the Luck of the Irish. What luck? you might ask. A...

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The U.S.-Ireland
Business Summit

Susan Davis, Chairperson U.S.-Ireland Business Summit, At the opening session of the Washington Conference.

A conference in Washington to strengthen economic ties. ℘℘℘ Approximately 450 heavy hitters in business, academia and politics from both sides of the Atlantic descended on Washington D.C. in...

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The Fighting Irish

"Irish" Mickey Ward

“Irish” Mickey Ward takes on Arturo Gatti again for $1.2 million ℘℘℘ Mickey Ward is a fighter. That’s the first thing to know about him. Outside the ring, he’s soft...

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Irish Win Ryder for Europe

Paul McGinley holding the Ryder Cup.

The European Ryder Cup Team, which included several Irish players, triumphed over the United States in the 34th Ryder Cup held at the Belfry, North Warwickshire, England, in late September. Of the...

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Solas Award for Menino

Boston’s Irish Immigration Center is awarding its ninth annual Solas Award to Mayor Thomas Menino in recognition of his administration’s work on behalf of immigrants and refugees. The...

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Ireland’s Ambassador to Washington Welcomed by President Bush

President George W. Bush formally welcomed Ireland’s newest dignitary to the U.S. recently. Ireland’s new ambassador in Washington, D.C., Noel Fahey, accompanied by his wife, Christine,...

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Daniel’s Big Day

One of Ireland’s most eligible bachelors, Daniel O’Donnell, will walk down the aisle with his fiancée Majella McLennan on Monday, November 4. The couple who met three years ago has had...

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Irish Eye on Hollywood

Daniel McCarthy talks to Daniel Baldwin on the set of Irish Eyes.

Inspired by what he calls “credit card filmmakers” such as fellow Irish Americans Kevin Smith and Ed Burns, Daniel McCarthy ran up the bill on his pocket plastic to make his crime caper...

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McCann Wins Princess Grace Award

New York-based Irish writer Colum McCann, 37, was awarded the first ever Princess Grace Memorial Literary Award on October 5, 2002 at the Hôtel de Paris, Monte Carlo. The award entitled “the...

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Harrington to Play at Carnegie

Dublin-born Gregory Harrington will become the first Irish violinist to play a full-length solo debut at Carnegie Hall on February 17th, 2003. Harrington, who is a graduate of the Royal Irish Academy...

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FDNY Honor Irish Tenor

October 16 was declared Ronan Tynan Day in New York City, and the Irish tenor was presented with a mayoral proclamation by Fire Commissioner Nicholas Scoppetta, pictured right. The ceremony, which...

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Celtic Tenors Tour U.S.

Left to Right: James Nelson, Niall Morris, and Matthew Gilsenan.

Chicago-based Jam Theatricals will present the U.S. debut tour of the Irish singing trio, the Celtic Tenors, in December. The tour, entitled “An Evening with the Celtic Tenors,” begins in...

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Bono’s Oprah Appearance

Bono took his African crusade to the American heartland in September when he appeared for a full hour on Oprah. “If you want to talk to the American people, you come to Oprah,” said the...

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Dolly Parton Does Dublin

Country and Western star Dolly Parton visited Dublin recently in advance of her concert in the city on November 29th. Parton made an hour-long appearance at the HMV music store on Grafton Street,...

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Irish Arts Center’s Annual Dinner

Pictured at the Irish Arts Center’s annual dinner held at the New York Athletic Club on October 4th, 2002 were actress Ellen Barkin, actor Gabriel Byrne, and Pauline Turley, Director of the...

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Malachy’s Graduation

It’s never too late to have a happy childhood, and the Irish Government proved its willingness to help its citizens do just that recently when it dispatched an emissary to New York to award...

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Caroline Helps New York Schools

Caroline Kennedy recently took on the role of chief fundraiser for New York’s hard-hit public schools. She was appointed to the role, for which she will be paid $1 a year, by Chancellor Joel...

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The O’Malley Library

On Saturday, October 5, Manhattan College, New York, dedicated the Mary Alice and Tom O’Malley Library in honor of longtime benefactors Tom O’Malley, a graduate of 1963 and his wife, Mary...

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Poetry for Young People Series: New W.B. Yeats Volume

A new book in the “Poetry for Young People” Sterling Series, featuring acclaimed Irish poet William Butler Yeats, would make an ideal Christmas present for any young reader. Yeats, who...

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George J. Mitchell Scholars Study Abroad

October 13, 2002: The third class of George J. Mitchell Scholars arrived in Ireland for a year of study at institutions throughout the island. While here they will volunteer for the 2003 Special...

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Discovery at Pearl Harbor

Terry Kerby standing in front of the Pisces IV.

The search for the Japanese midget sub sunk off Pearl Harbor, Dec. 7, 1941, had been ongoing for 61 years until TERRY KERBY came along. Pat Bigold talks to the man who made the most significant...

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Dynamite Johnny

Dynamite Johnny.

The Cuban struggle for independence and the remarkable Irishman who helped. ℘℘℘ Johnny O’Brien was already famous among sailors for his extraordinary skill as a harbor pilot guiding ships...

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Argentine Irish Leader Passes

Dr. Mario Dolan, who founded the Irish Argentine Society in 1987, died on October 3, in New York City. The group’s main goal as the promotion of relationships between the descendants of the...

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Those We Lost

Irish actor Richard Harris.

  Derek Bell 1935 — 2002 Derek Bell, the much-loved musician best known for playing harp with The Chieftains, died suddenly in Phoenix on October 17th. Belfast-born Bell had been with the...

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Northern Ireland’s Political Crisis Deepens

Belfast: August 6, 1997: Paul Murphy, the new Northern Ireland Secretary, with the then Northern Ireland Secretary Mo Mowlam, after a meeting with Sinn Féin's Gerry Adams.

The political crisis in the North looks set to continue in the coming months. It seems that both Dublin and London are now resigned to the fact that it will take a lot of work to re-establish some...

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Preparations Underway for Special Olympics — Ireland 2003

Special Olympics Gold medal winner Charles Whelan with Pat Fitzgerald (left) and Bob Hawkins (right), Chief Operating Officer with Special Olympics.

It is a logistical challenge, the likes of which Ireland has never seen before. Over a quarter of a million lunches will have to be made, 2,000 interpreters have to be found to speak more than 50...

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Irish Government
Faces More Fallout

Irish Taoiseach Bertie Ahern.

The Irish Government is bracing itself for more fallout from the Flood Tribunal — the statutory inquiry set up to investigate political corruption in Ireland. The Tribunal’s first report...

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Verdict in Colombia
Three Trial Due in February

A verdict in the case of three Irishmen accused of training FARC guerrillas in Colombia is expected to be handed down in February, but campaigners for the three insist that they will never get a fair...

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Omagh Suspect’s Trial Date Set

American David Rupert will be a key witness.

The trial of the alleged leader of the “Real IRA,” Michael McKevitt, is expected to go ahead in February. McKevitt is the first man in Ireland to be charged with directing terrorist...

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Irish Catholic Church
Faces New Crisis

Cardinal Desmond Connell may be forced to resign.

The Irish Government is to set up an inquiry into how sex abuse allegations were dealt with in the Dublin diocese amid ongoing allegations that Cardinal Connell and his staff failed to cooperate with...

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Blood Tribunal Prosecutions Possible

The report of the Lindsay Tribunal, which investigated how almost half of Ireland’s haemophiliacs were infected with HIV and Hepatitis C, has been passed on to the Director of Public...

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Operation Smile Hosts World Summit in Limerick, Ireland

Joselin Serrano Rodriguez of Bolivia before her surgery by Operation Smile doctors.

Operation Smile, founded by Irish-Americans, Dr. William Magee and his wife, Kathy, held its annual four-day World Summit conference in Limerick, Ireland, October 24-27. Operation Smile provides free...

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Still Running

Eamonn Coughlan finishes first in the 1500m at the World Track & Field Championships in Helsinki in 1983.

Eamonn Coughlan, Ray Flynn and Marcus O’Sullivan dominated middle-distance running in the eighties and early nineties. Paul Gains catches up with the three runners today. ℘℘℘ The images...

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The Fenian Invasion of Canada

Historically accurate portrait of the Battle of Ridgeway. It was the first time the IRA insignia on the Fenian banner was used.

Irish veterans of the American Civil War launched attacks on Canada in an effort to win independence for Ireland. ℘℘℘ It was 4 a.m., but the men of the 17th Regiment were wide-awake....

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A Soldier’s Story

The Fenians sold these bonds in the name of the then non-existent “Irish Republic,” to help finance the Canadian invasion. The vignette depicts Cathleen Ní Houlihann gesturing with one...

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Film Forum:
The Making of Bloody Sunday

James Nesbitt (on truck) as politician Ivan Cooper leads marchers before violence erupts in Bloody Sunday.

The powerful film Bloody Sunday could teach Northern Ireland politicians a thing or two. Most importantly, that Irish Catholics and British Protestants can indeed overcome their suspicions, work...

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Irish Roots:
The History of the Tobins

The Tobin Family Crest.

Tobin is not an indigenous Irish name, but the family can be regarded as having become completely hibernicized. Its Irish form, Toibín, is a gaelicized version of the Norman ‘St. Aubyn.’...

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Tobin’s Field

The remains of the old Tobin house.

John Liegl travels to Ireland to find his roots. ℘℘℘ My adventure began 40 years ago when I discovered that my great-great-grandparents John Tobin and Elizabeth Dooley had emigrated to America...

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Marian Keyes’ L.A. Story

Marian Keyes and her husband Tony Baines at home in Dublin.

The author of such works as Rachel’s Holiday and Sushi for Beginners talks to Siobhán Tracey about her new book set in L.A. ℘℘℘ Anyone who has ever read one of Marian Keyes’...

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Book Reviews

A Sampling of the Latest Irish Books on Offer ℘℘℘ Ireland’s Painters: 1600–1940. RECOMMENDED Ireland’s Painters: 1600-1940 presents a stunning survey of the grand, oftoverlooked...

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Sinéad’s New Style

Sinéad O'Connor.

In New York to promote her new album of old Irish songs, Sinéad O’Connor talks to Bill Crandall ℘℘℘ Sinéad O’Connor hasn’t been here since the towers fell. As a car carries...

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Traditional Music Round-up

A roaring rip tide of traditional music recordings has been flowing out of Ireland and Irish America recently, much of it released by the musicians themselves without recourse to record labels. A...

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Sláinte: Let Them Eat
Irish Christmas Cake

Traditional Christmas cake with a modern twist – whimsical winter designs.

Not so long ago, when my daughter was a child, life was very different. The world moved at a slower pace and I had time on my hands. It was the era before cable TV and the internet. The phrases...

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The Last Word:
The Priestless Parish

Fr. Michael Collins gets ready for mass.

On the surface everything at two County Clare villages in the west of Ireland appears as it’s always been. Church bells tolling across Lough Graney call the faithful to Sunday services at...

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Photo Album:
Home at Last

Mary Ellen O'Connor (right) & her sister Bridie before Mary Ellen moved to America.

We lost my mother, Mary Ellen Smith, née O’Connor last April, 2002. She was 86 years old. She emigrated from Ireland in 1929 when she was almost 14 years old from the Derries, Co. Mayo, a...

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Hibernia

Dolly Parton Does Dublin

Country and Western star Dolly Parton visited Dublin recently in advance of her concert in the city...

Poetry for Young People Series: New W.B. Yeats Volume

A new book in the “Poetry for Young People” Sterling Series, featuring acclaimed Irish...

Celtic Tenors Tour U.S.

Chicago-based Jam Theatricals will present the U.S. debut tour of the Irish singing trio, the...

McCann Wins Princess Grace Award

New York-based Irish writer Colum McCann, 37, was awarded the first ever Princess Grace Memorial...

Dynamite Johnny

The Cuban struggle for independence and the remarkable Irishman who helped. ℘℘℘ Johnny...

Irish Arts Center’s Annual Dinner

Pictured at the Irish Arts Center’s annual dinner held at the New York Athletic Club on...

The O’Malley Library

On Saturday, October 5, Manhattan College, New York, dedicated the Mary Alice and Tom...

George J. Mitchell Scholars Study Abroad

October 13, 2002: The third class of George J. Mitchell Scholars arrived in Ireland for a year of...

The U.S.-Ireland
Business Summit

A conference in Washington to strengthen economic ties. ℘℘℘ Approximately 450 heavy hitters...

Caroline Helps New York Schools

Caroline Kennedy recently took on the role of chief fundraiser for New York’s hard-hit public...

Solas Award for Menino

Boston’s Irish Immigration Center is awarding its ninth annual Solas Award to Mayor Thomas...

Daniel’s Big Day

One of Ireland’s most eligible bachelors, Daniel O’Donnell, will walk down the aisle...

The Fighting Irish

“Irish” Mickey Ward takes on Arturo Gatti again for $1.2 million ℘℘℘ Mickey Ward...

Discovery at Pearl Harbor

The search for the Japanese midget sub sunk off Pearl Harbor, Dec. 7, 1941, had been ongoing for 61...

Argentine Irish Leader Passes

Dr. Mario Dolan, who founded the Irish Argentine Society in 1987, died on October 3, in New York...

Ireland’s Ambassador to Washington Welcomed by President Bush

President George W. Bush formally welcomed Ireland’s newest dignitary to the U.S. recently....

Irish Win Ryder for Europe

The European Ryder Cup Team, which included several Irish players, triumphed over the United States...

Those We Lost

  Derek Bell 1935 — 2002 Derek Bell, the much-loved musician best known for playing harp...

Irish Eye on Hollywood

Inspired by what he calls “credit card filmmakers” such as fellow Irish Americans Kevin...

FDNY Honor Irish Tenor

October 16 was declared Ronan Tynan Day in New York City, and the Irish tenor was presented with a...

Bono’s Oprah Appearance

Bono took his African crusade to the American heartland in September when he appeared for a full...

Malachy’s Graduation

It’s never too late to have a happy childhood, and the Irish Government proved its...

Harrington to Play at Carnegie

Dublin-born Gregory Harrington will become the first Irish violinist to play a full-length solo...