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October / November 2004

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Head in the Clouds

Tom O’Neill talks to Hollywood heartthrob Stuart Townsend about his newfound stardom and his latest movie with...

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A Postcard from Prince Edward Island

The unique Irish / Scottish heritage of PEI, off the coast of Nova Scotia, is preserved in music and dance and in the faces...

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The Irish Issue

As the 2004 United States Presidential Election Approaches, Irish Americans want to be informed of the candidates’...

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Proudly We Serve

September 11 has become this generation’s “Day of Infamy.” The terrorist attacks forever changed the way...

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O’Toole in Charge

Boston Police Commissioner Kathy O’Toole serves as top cop to the nation’s oldest police force and brings a...

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In This Issue

Head in the Clouds

Tom O’Neill talks to Hollywood heartthrob Stuart Townsend about his newfound stardom and his latest movie with Charlize Theron. ℘℘℘ The common perception might be that when you have a...

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The First Word: The Irish Way

“Eoin was never afraid to aim high. He played a seminal role in creating the transatlantic scholarly conversation that is Irish studies today, and he believed in his vision at a time when...

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News: Kilkenny Rose Wins in Tralee

Kilkenny Rose Orla O’Shea emerged as winner of the 46th International Rose of Tralee Festival. The 20-year-old teacher was voted ahead of 27 competitors hailing from Ireland, Europe, America...

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News: Joe Cahill Laid to Rest

Joe Cahill, former I.R.A. chief of staff, died on July 23 at his Andersonstown home in Belfast after a short illness. The 84-year-old was buried after a huge funeral cortege carried his remains to...

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News: Big Rise in Traffic at Knock Airport

Knock Airport, the brainchild of the late Monsignor James Horan, has proved critics wrong by reporting a dramatic increase in passenger numbers this year. The airport, built in a County Mayo bogland,...

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News: Show Jumping Win Lifts Irish Gloom

Cian O’Connor jumped for gold at the equestrian events in Athens to send the Irish tricolor aloft for the first time in the Olympic Games. The 24-year-old County Meath show jumper won the...

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News: An Overlooked Atlantis

According to Swedish scientist Ulf Erlingsson, the mythical sunken island of Atlantis was actually Ireland. He bases his assertion on the geographical details described by Plato in 360 B.C., linking...

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News: Major Financial Cuts at Aer Lingus

Aer Lingus, Ireland’s national airline, is cutting costs in response to mounting financial difficulties. It is set to slash its workforce in an attempt to compete as a low-cost operator. The...

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News: Hospitals Admit Selling Organs

A number of hospitals in Ireland admitted they had taken glands without consent during post-mortem examinations of patients during the 1980s. The practice, which appears to have been widespread,...

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News: Fresh Talks to
Kick-Start Assembly

Political parties in Northern Ireland are gearing up for September talks in England at Leeds Castle in an effort to restore the dissolved Northern Ireland Assembly. Arms decommissioning, policing,...

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News in Brief

ROAD deaths in Ireland are on the increase despite the introduction of penalty points and a raft of new laws to curb speeding. By August, a total of 239 people were killed on Irish roads, 18 more...

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New Book Celebrates Irish Americans

The Irish Face in America, a stunning book of photographs and text, by writer Julia McNamara and photographer Jim Smith, delves beneath the surface to show us who we are today. Here is the...

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The Wall Street 50 Awards

Irish America magazine and Financial Dynamics Business Communications co-hosted the 7th annual Wall Street 50 Awards at the Sky Club on Wednesday, July 14, 2004. Chairman of Allen & Co. Donald R....

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Inter-Continental Youth Championships

The first annual Inter-Continental Gaelic Athletic Association Youth Championships were held in Purchase, N.Y. at SUNY on July 24. G.A.A. fans from all over the U.S. attended. This slideshow requires...

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Kansas City Celebrates Its Heritage

The Celtic heritage of Kansas City runs deep, as immigrants from Ireland were first brought to the new city in the late 1850s to dig streets through the river bluffs and to work on the railroads and...

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Irish Eye on Hollywood

Brendan Gleeson is turning into Hollywood’s go-to-guy, at least when it comes to supporting characters. Gleeson’s credits, in the last few years, are a tour through A-list Hollywood, from...

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Pete Hayden Named New FDNY Chief

Pete Hayden, a career veteran, was named Chief of the Fire Department of New York City by Mayor Bloomberg in July. Hayden, who has been with the FDNY for 35 years, was one of the principal officers...

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Rescue Me Star Donates Command Center to FDNY

Denis Leary, who stars as a firefighter in the new TV series Rescue Me (Fox Network), is more than just an actor playing a role, he takes his commitment to public safety seriously. In 2000, the actor...

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9/11 Memorial Planned for Irish Catskills

After losing Michael, his firefighter son, on September 11, 2001, Jack Lynch felt a responsibility to ensure that the day’s events be remembered appropriately. An executive board member on the...

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Remembering Typhoid Mary

Pity poor Mary Mallon. Born in Cookstown, County Tyrone in 1870, she came to New York looking for a new life in 1883, but the life she found, from 1909 until her death in 1938, was confinement on...

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The Unfortunate Legacy of Mary Mallon

Death and disease. Mystery and suspense. A lover’s betrayal with controversial human rights issues in the mix. Nova’s new documentary The Most Dangerous Woman in America has it all. The...

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Typhoid Mary Under
the Microscope

NOVA’s new film about Mary Mallon, The Most Dangerous Woman in America, is based on the book Typhoid Mary: Captive to the Public’s Health by Judith Walzer Leavitt, a professor of medical...

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Let’s Put on a Show!

Showbiz legend Mickey Rooney took to the Irish Repertory stage in New York in August regaling sold-out audiences with music, tales, and movie clips from his life. He performed with his wife, Jan, in...

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Donnelly Wins Carnegie Medal

Acclaimed author Jennifer Donnelly won the prestigious U.K. literary prize, the Carnegie Medal, for her first young adult novel A Northern Light. “I almost fell out of my chair when my...

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Philly’s Rose

Sinead deRoiste was the first African-American Rose to compete in the Rose of Tralee competition in Ireland on August 24. A daughter of an Irish father and African-American mother, she proudly...

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Firefighters Ride

The FDNY Cross Country Bike Tour is a ride across America by N.Y.C. firefighters cycling for the Widows’ & Childrens’ Fund. The 42-day event began in Los Angeles, California, on...

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An American Night in Dublin

The Ireland-U.S. Council, an American-based organization that promotes economic growth in Ireland, held its annual “Irish” dinner in Dublin on June 25. Billed as “An American night...

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CSI’s New Irishman

One of the most anticipated new television series to debut this fall is Crime Scene Investigation (CSI): New York, the third installment in the highly successful CSI franchise. Up-and-coming...

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Rose Garden Blooms in Boston

The Kennedys were out at the New England Aquarium in Boston on Monday, July 26.. The cause for the celebration was the dedication of the Rose Kennedy Greenway in honor of the late Rose Fitzgerald...

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AOH Holds Convention in Philly

The 92nd biennial convention of the Ancient Order of Hibernians, which was established in 1836, took place in Philadelphia on July 10, 2004, with delegates attending from all over the United...

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Those We Lost

Recent passings in the Irish and Irish American communities. ℘℘℘ Al Gavin Al Gavin at the Top 100 Awards in March. Legendary boxing cutman Al Gavin passed away after suffering a stroke on...

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Olympics’ Golden Girl

Natalie Coughlin, an Irish-American swimming champion, came back from a shoulder injury and a career hiatus to win five medals for the U.S.A. in Athens. ℘℘℘ Natalie Coughlin took the swimming...

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The Irish Issue

As the 2004 United States Presidential Election Approaches, Irish Americans want to be informed of the candidates’ policies on Irish issues. Deanna Turner approached President George W. Bush...

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O’Toole in Charge

Boston Police Commissioner Kathy O’Toole serves as top cop to the nation’s oldest police force and brings a global approach to the job. ℘℘℘ It’s a week after the Democratic...

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Proudly We Serve

September 11 has become this generation’s “Day of Infamy.” The terrorist attacks forever changed the way we live, and have made our daily lives more difficult. A secure environment...

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Roots: The Quinn Clan – Descendants of Conn

The surname Quinn is derived from the Irish word O’Cuinn meaning “descending from Conn.” Conn comes from the Irish word ceann, meaning “head,” and denotes a person of...

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A Postcard from Prince Edward Island

The unique Irish / Scottish heritage of PEI, off the coast of Nova Scotia, is preserved in music and dance and in the faces of the people. ℘℘℘ “An always but never known place” is...

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The Last of His Kind

Christopher Connell writes on his Uncle Jimmy McSweeney, the very model of the Irish bachelor farmer. ℘℘℘ My uncle Jimmy McSweeney was laid to rest recently beside his mother and sister in the...

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Music Roundup

Selections of recently released music by Irish artists. ℘℘℘ Critic’s Pick: James Galway James Galway, Wings of Song. Wings of Song Perhaps the greatest living flutist, 64-year-old Sir...

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MacGowan’s Road to Paradise

Long written off by the music industry, Shane MacGowan’s new single “Road to Paradise” has the critics buzzing. Richard Purden reports. ℘℘℘ The behemoth of Irish music has...

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Book Reviews

A sampling of the latest Irish books. ℘℘℘ RECOMMENDED Nights of Rain and Stars Maeve Binchy Maeve Binchy, Nights of Rain and Stars. There was a rumor a few years back that the best-selling...

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Sláinte!: A Peck of Pickled Peppers

When I set out this year’s veggie garden, it never occurred to me that 6 eggplants, 5 peppers, 4 cucumbers, 6 string beans, 3 zucchini, and 8 tomato plants, plus a few 4-inch pots of herbs,...

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Last Word: The Passing of a Legend

“He was a unique individual, both a pioneer and a genius. He will be missed and can never be replaced.” – John Walsh, CEO of the Irish American Cultural Institute ℘℘℘ To my mind...

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Photo Album: Cummings Coalminers

1890: Jackson’s Patch, Pennsylvania. ℘℘℘ In this picture, Patrick Cummings of Loan in Clogh parish near Castlecomer in County Kilkenny sits with his wife Margaret Crennan, also of Loan,...

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Hibernia

Pete Hayden Named New FDNY Chief

Pete Hayden, a career veteran, was named Chief of the Fire Department of New York City by Mayor...

Remembering Typhoid Mary

Pity poor Mary Mallon. Born in Cookstown, County Tyrone in 1870, she came to New York looking for a...

Let’s Put on a Show!

Showbiz legend Mickey Rooney took to the Irish Repertory stage in New York in August regaling...

The Unfortunate Legacy of Mary Mallon

Death and disease. Mystery and suspense. A lover’s betrayal with controversial human rights...

Firefighters Ride

The FDNY Cross Country Bike Tour is a ride across America by N.Y.C. firefighters cycling for the...

Philly’s Rose

Sinead deRoiste was the first African-American Rose to compete in the Rose of Tralee competition in...

Rose Garden Blooms in Boston

The Kennedys were out at the New England Aquarium in Boston on Monday, July 26.. The cause for the...

An American Night in Dublin

The Ireland-U.S. Council, an American-based organization that promotes economic growth in Ireland,...

Those We Lost

Recent passings in the Irish and Irish American communities. ℘℘℘ Al Gavin Al Gavin at the Top...

Olympics’ Golden Girl

Natalie Coughlin, an Irish-American swimming champion, came back from a shoulder injury and a...

CSI’s New Irishman

One of the most anticipated new television series to debut this fall is Crime Scene Investigation...

Irish Eye on Hollywood

Brendan Gleeson is turning into Hollywood’s go-to-guy, at least when it comes to supporting...

Donnelly Wins Carnegie Medal

Acclaimed author Jennifer Donnelly won the prestigious U.K. literary prize, the Carnegie Medal, for...

New Book Celebrates Irish Americans

The Irish Face in America, a stunning book of photographs and text, by writer Julia McNamara and...

Kansas City Celebrates Its Heritage

The Celtic heritage of Kansas City runs deep, as immigrants from Ireland were first brought to the...

AOH Holds Convention in Philly

The 92nd biennial convention of the Ancient Order of Hibernians, which was established in 1836,...

9/11 Memorial Planned for Irish Catskills

After losing Michael, his firefighter son, on September 11, 2001, Jack Lynch felt a responsibility...

Rescue Me Star Donates Command Center to FDNY

Denis Leary, who stars as a firefighter in the new TV series Rescue Me (Fox Network), is more than...

Typhoid Mary Under
the Microscope

NOVA’s new film about Mary Mallon, The Most Dangerous Woman in America, is based on the book...