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February / March 2003

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Tug O’ The Heart

The history of the Moran tugboat family, once known as the “Irish Navy” in the Port of New York, is explored by...

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A Personal Odyssey

The making of the movie Bloody Sunday was a tremendous undertaking for all involved. For actor James Nesbitt it was the...

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The Greens of Ireland

The American love of golf has created a new form of business in Ireland – golf tourism. ℘℘℘ A mean Atlantic...

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The Journey to America

This excerpt from Pete Hamill’s novel Forever takes place aboard a ship bound for New York. ℘℘℘ Holding a...

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The Sporting Life

From King Kelly to Mark McGuire, Ron Kaplan traces the Irish influence in baseball.  ℘℘℘ Irish ballplayers have...

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The Sporting Life

From King Kelly to Mark McGuire, Ron Kaplan traces the Irish influence in baseball.  ℘℘℘ Irish ballplayers have helped to shape baseball ever since the game took its first foundering steps on...

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Forever Hamill

Pete Hamill, consummate newspaperman in a Fedora hat and trench coat. (Photo: Kit DeFever)

Pete Hamill, not unlike Cormac, the hero of his novel Forever, lives in the Five Points area of downtown Manhattan where the streets teem with immigrants just as they did back in the founding days of...

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The Journey to America

Forever by Pete Hamill.

This excerpt from Pete Hamill’s novel Forever takes place aboard a ship bound for New York. ℘℘℘ Holding a lantern, Mr. Partridge showed Cormac the next deck, and for the first time he...

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First Word: The Hands That Built America

“Oh my love, it’s a long way we’ve come.” – U2, “The Hands That Built America” ℘℘℘ I’m glad I read Pete Hamill’s book Forever before I saw the...

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On Trial in Colombia

The Columbia Three: Martin McCauley, James Monaghan, and Niall Connolly.

The trial of three Irishmen in Colombia will resume on February 5 after a hearing in December ended in disarray. The so-called ‘Colombia Three’ — James Monaghan (56), Martin...

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Cardinal Meets Abuse Victims

Desmond Connell, Archbishop of Dublin, met with victims of clerical sexual abuse in an attempt to defuse widespread anger with the Church’s handling of abuse cases. Two victims, Marie Collins...

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February Launch
for Galway Hooker

A transatlantic voyage with a difference is what Steven Mulkerrins has in mind. Now living in Chicago, the 40-year-old carpenter from Connemara is applying finishing touches to a traditional Irish...

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Search Begins
for New US Ambassador

The soon-to-be-replaced Richard Egan.

President George W. Bush is expected to begin the search for a new ambassador to Ireland following the imminent departure of incumbent Richard Egan and his wife Maureen Fitzgerald. The outgoing...

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Jobless Figure Rises Steeply

Despite the Republic of Ireland economy maintaining a respectable growth rate of 4.3 percent, figures for 2002 closed with the highest number of layoffs in over a decade. Published data from the...

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McAleese Injured
in Skiing Accident

Mary McAleese leaving the hospital.

President of Ireland Mary McAleese has been restricted to limited official engagements following a skiing accident in Austria on Christmas Eve. During a short vacation with her husband Martin and...

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Slow Recovery
for Irish Tourism

Tourists stroll along Grafton Street in the heart of Dublin.

Preliminary figures released by the Irish Tourist Industry Confederation suggest a minor increase in visitors to Ireland through 2002. The Confederation reports a two percent increase in volume...

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Catholic Growth Continues
in Northern Census

The latest census for Northern Ireland indicates that the numerical gap between Protestants and Catholics is steadily narrowing. According to this year’s figures Protestants comprise 53 percent...

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Cool Hand Corr

Karen Corr.

Karen Corr, one of the top pool players in the world, talks to Jill Fergus. ℘℘℘ “So, should we play a game?” It’s just a game of pool, after all, but when the words are spoken...

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Irish Eye on Hollywood

A scene from the movie The Magdelene Sisters.

With the hype surrounding Gangs of New York (finally) dying down, Irish moviegoers can begin anticipating a fresh new crop of work by Irish actors and directors. Perhaps the most intriguing new...

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The Shane MacGowan Story

Sundance Channel will celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with the U.S. television premiere of If I Should Fall From Grace: The Shane MacGowan Story. This riveting theatrical feature, directed by Sarah...

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Art Exhibition
J. Kieran McGonnell

An exhibition of J. Kieran McGonnell’s new work will be held at the Axel Raben Gallery in New York City from January 7 – February 8, 2003. McGonnell’s work, an exploration of graphic...

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The Cloning of Trinity

Identical twins? Left: Jedi Archives; Right: Trinity College's historic Long Room Library.

Trinity College Dublin’s legal advisors were recently considering taking action against George Lucas and his company Lucas Films after the remarkable similarities between Trinity’s...

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The Chieftains Will Tour U.S.

After celebrating 40 years together, then unexpectedly suffering a great loss of long-time member, and friend Derek Bell, the Chieftains are taking to the road again for the 41st U.S. tour, in...

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Burns Library Acquires
Rare 19th Century Irish Harp

An Irish harp handcrafted in Dublin in the 1820s has been acquired by the John J. Burns Library of Rare Books and Special Collections at Boston College and is now on display in the library’s...

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Ireland’s “White House”

The hottest ticket in Dublin is no longer to the Abbey Theatre. It’s a ticket to tour Áras an Uachtaráin, the sprawling white-pillared residence of the President of Ireland in Phoenix Park....

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The Church on the Irish Ridge

The decay of an Irish American landmark. ℘℘℘ The glass factory, feed mills, saloons and boat repair facilities that once lined the canal are gone. But the fitted limestone walls that mark...

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Remembering Emily

One of the best-loved poets, Emily Dickinson, counted her Irish caretakers among her friends. ℘℘℘ On May 15, 1886, Emily Dickinson died in her narrow bed in the Dickinson house in Amherst,...

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A Celebration of Irish Women

An exhibit celebrating the accomplishments of Irish-American women is coming to Dreams of Freedom: Boston’s Immigration Museum, from February 17 — April 30, 2003. “Fire Upon the...

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The Boss is Dublin Bound

Bruce Springsteen’s concert in Dublin’s outdoor RDS arena next May 31 sold out in less than two hours – that’s all 35,000 seats priced at $60 and $75. Rumor has it that...

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Up a Tree

John Quimby.

For over a month, John Quigley has been living the life of an ecowarrior, turning his back on the comforts of modern life to fight for the environment. He has been living up a tree in Santa Clarita,...

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The IACI’s 40th

Left to Right: Anne-Marie Crowell, the IACI's Director of Development; Mary McAleese, President of Ireland; John P. Walsh, Sr., Chairman and CEOof the IACI.

The Irish American Cultural Institute celebrated it’s 40th anniversary at Dublin Castle, Ireland on October 29. Over 140 guests attended the dinner, including President McAleese. The...

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Rebel With a Cause

Martin Sheen, backed by fellow actors, discusses letter from Artists Unite to Win Without War that urges President Bush to seek a peaceful solution to the Iraqi crisis. Sheen, who plays President...

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Michael’s Castle Woes

Hoofer extraordinaire Michael Flatley has signed a seven-year contract in Las Vegas that will net him $250 million. Michael just opened his Lord of the Dance stage show at the Venetian Hotel there....

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Irish Song is World Favorite

(Reuters) 12:20:02: The Irish republican rallying cry “A Nation Once Again” was named the world’s favorite song ever, after a global poll by the BBC. The ballad performed by the The...

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Celebrating Irish America’s Business 100

New York: Honorees Joseph Sargent, chairman & CEO, The Guardian Life Insurance Co.; and Tom Moran, President & CEO, Mutual of...

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Irish America’s Tour of Ireland

Irish America with CIE Tours International arranged a very special trip to Ireland for our readers this past October. Highlights included a medieval feast and some fantastic...

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Tug O’ The Heart

Two of the most modern Moran tugs guide the U.S.S. Roosevelt from Norfolk harbor following September 11, 2001.

The history of the Moran tugboat family, once known as the “Irish Navy” in the Port of New York, is explored by Marian Betancourt. ℘℘℘ To say the Irish had a lot to do with making...

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The Greens of Ireland

The American love of golf has created a new form of business in Ireland – golf tourism. ℘℘℘ A mean Atlantic southwesterly howls up the sand dunes, blasting a wintry chill across the grassy...

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A Personal Odyssey

The making of the movie Bloody Sunday was a tremendous undertaking for all involved. For actor James Nesbitt it was the beginning of an extraordinary journey that become much more than just about...

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Book Reviews

Recommended Pete Hamill offers up an epic tale of the Irish — and almost every other immigrant group — in America with Forever. An almost fantastical novel, Hamill’s book begins...

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Sláinte: Four & Twenty Blackbirds Baked in a Pie

Just recently I moved into a little house with a large front lawn and a very large back yard. All needed some tender loving care. The house, a darling early fifties bungalow constructed during...

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Last Word: Paul Hill

Paul Hill, who spent 15 years in jail having been falsely convicted of an IRA bombing, is concerned about the fate of three Irishmen arrested in Colombia for allegedly assisting FARC rebels in a...

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Photo Album: Reaching For The Sky

Who could guess the financial disaster brewing in New York City, 1929, when my father, Mick Connolly gathered a few friends on his tenement roof to capture the joy of a baptismal celebration several...

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The Tyrone Guthrie Centre

Hugh Mulligan Visits Ireland’s premier retreat For artists and finds a workplace without a time clock.  ℘℘℘ The Tyrone Guthrie Centre at Annaghmakerrig is located in lush and lovely...

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Music

It started like a scene from The Commitments. – Hello, Glen? – Yeah? – It’s Frank Shouldice from Irish America magazine. – Oh, how’s it going? Is this for an...

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Roots: Fahy, Fahey, O’Fathaigh

The name Fahy is O’Fathaigh in Gaelic, and probably originates from the word “fothadh” which means base or foundation. Another, rarer English version of the name is Vahey and...

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Hibernia

Search Begins
for New US Ambassador

President George W. Bush is expected to begin the search for a new ambassador to Ireland following...

The IACI’s 40th

The Irish American Cultural Institute celebrated it’s 40th anniversary at Dublin Castle,...

Slow Recovery
for Irish Tourism

Preliminary figures released by the Irish Tourist Industry Confederation suggest a minor increase...

Burns Library Acquires
Rare 19th Century Irish Harp

An Irish harp handcrafted in Dublin in the 1820s has been acquired by the John J. Burns Library of...

Celebrating Irish America’s Business 100

New York: Honorees Joseph Sargent, chairman & CEO, The Guardian...

Michael’s Castle Woes

Hoofer extraordinaire Michael Flatley has signed a seven-year contract in Las Vegas that will net...

The Cloning of Trinity

Trinity College Dublin’s legal advisors were recently considering taking action against...

Jobless Figure Rises Steeply

Despite the Republic of Ireland economy maintaining a respectable growth rate of 4.3 percent,...

On Trial in Colombia

The trial of three Irishmen in Colombia will resume on February 5 after a hearing in December ended...

McAleese Injured
in Skiing Accident

President of Ireland Mary McAleese has been restricted to limited official engagements following a...

Rebel With a Cause

Martin Sheen, backed by fellow actors, discusses letter from Artists Unite to Win Without War that...

Up a Tree

For over a month, John Quigley has been living the life of an ecowarrior, turning his back on the...

Irish Song is World Favorite

(Reuters) 12:20:02: The Irish republican rallying cry “A Nation Once Again” was named...

Cool Hand Corr

Karen Corr, one of the top pool players in the world, talks to Jill Fergus. ℘℘℘ “So,...

Remembering Emily

One of the best-loved poets, Emily Dickinson, counted her Irish caretakers among her...

Ireland’s “White House”

The hottest ticket in Dublin is no longer to the Abbey Theatre. It’s a ticket to tour Áras...

The Shane MacGowan Story

Sundance Channel will celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with the U.S. television premiere of If I...

The Church on the Irish Ridge

The decay of an Irish American landmark. ℘℘℘ The glass factory, feed mills, saloons and boat...

Irish Eye on Hollywood

With the hype surrounding Gangs of New York (finally) dying down, Irish moviegoers can begin...

The Chieftains Will Tour U.S.

After celebrating 40 years together, then unexpectedly suffering a great loss of long-time member,...

Cardinal Meets Abuse Victims

Desmond Connell, Archbishop of Dublin, met with victims of clerical sexual abuse in an attempt to...

Catholic Growth Continues
in Northern Census

The latest census for Northern Ireland indicates that the numerical gap between Protestants and...

February Launch
for Galway Hooker

A transatlantic voyage with a difference is what Steven Mulkerrins has in mind. Now living in...

The Boss is Dublin Bound

Bruce Springsteen’s concert in Dublin’s outdoor RDS arena next May 31 sold out in less...

A Celebration of Irish Women

An exhibit celebrating the accomplishments of Irish-American women is coming to Dreams of Freedom:...

Art Exhibition
J. Kieran McGonnell

An exhibition of J. Kieran McGonnell’s new work will be held at the Axel Raben Gallery in New...