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November / December 2018

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From Reefer Madness
to Reefer Medicine

The highs, lows, benefits, and downfalls of legalizing marijuana. ℘℘℘ The archeologists who discovered the bones of a...

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The Sacred Text of
Rock ‘n’ Roll

The birth, re-birth, and enduring legacy of Van Morrison’s Astral Weeks. ℘℘℘ In 1968, Van Morrison was on the...

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The Pacemaker

The 33rd Annual Business 100 Keynote Speaker, Chairman and CEO of Boston Scientific Mike Mahoney, on Forging Ahead With New...

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West Cork

Take a walk (or a drive) on the wild side. West Cork offers an abundance of wildlife, nature, and scenery. ℘℘℘ Is...

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Wild Irish Women: Dr. James Barry

The famous British Army surgeon was actually an Irish woman. ℘℘℘ Dr. James Barry was born in County Cork as Margaret...

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In This Issue

The Pacemaker

Mahoney with members of the Boston Scientific team

The 33rd Annual Business 100 Keynote Speaker, Chairman and CEO of Boston Scientific Mike Mahoney, on Forging Ahead With New Solutions ℘℘℘ Mike Mahoney’s entrepreneurial spirit goes back to...

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First Word: Into the Future

“As long as you have your health, you have everything,” my mother, Norrie, used to say. She said a lot of things that annoyed me when I was younger, but as the years go by I realize that...

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West Cork

Boats along Haven Coast in Kinsale, County Cork. (Photos: Tourism Ireland)

Take a walk (or a drive) on the wild side. West Cork offers an abundance of wildlife, nature, and scenery. ℘℘℘ Is there a more intriguing place in Ireland than West Cork? On a recent trip, I...

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From Reefer Madness
to Reefer Medicine

Offices of Columbia Care Dispensary.

The highs, lows, benefits, and downfalls of legalizing marijuana. ℘℘℘ The archeologists who discovered the bones of a man in China’s Gobi Desert determined his age at over 2700 years and...

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Wild Irish Women: Dr. James Barry

Photograph of Dr. James Barry in approximately the late 1840s.

The famous British Army surgeon was actually an Irish woman. ℘℘℘ Dr. James Barry was born in County Cork as Margaret Anne Bulkley, the daughter of Jeremiah and Mary-Ann (neé Barry). Accounts...

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The Upside of Having Your
Life Turned Upside Down

The Duffy / Murray pain scale.

Karen Duffy writes about living with chronic pain. ℘℘℘ There is pain that hurts you and pain that changes you. Pain is a survival mechanism; it’s a signal that you need to pay attention to...

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The Irish Nightingale
of the Civil War

The death of a Sister of Charity on the battlefield.

“The Irish-American Florence Nightingale” of the Civil War – Sister Mary Anthony. ℘℘℘ The name of this Civil War medical pioneer has unjustly slipped between history’s...

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Retracing the Footsteps
of the Last Gaelic King
of Ireland in Rome

A bronze sculpture commemorating the Flight of the Earls in Rathmullan, County Donegal. It was from here that Rory O'Donnell (known as Red Hugh), the Earl of Tyrconnell (with his brother Cathbharr), and Hugh O'Neill, the Earl of Tyrone (with his son Hugh, the baron of Dungannon), and some 90 of their followers set sail for mainland Europe on September 4, 1607.

Why it’s time to reclaim the last days and figureheads of the old Gaelic world. ℘℘℘ Stories matter, so here’s a good one. Four hundred and ten years ago this November the last two...

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GAA in the USA

The Chicago Patriots and Austin Celtic Cowboys struggle for the ball during the Intermediate Football Final. (Photographs by David Morgan, Stylish Images)

The passion, competition, and camaraderie of supporters and players of Gaelic games were on display at the USGAA Finals in Philadelphia over Labor Day Weekend. ℘℘℘ September is traditionally...

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The Sacred Text of
Rock ‘n’ Roll

Cover of the Van Morrison album Astral Weeks. The copyright is believed to belong to the label, Warner Bros., or the graphic artist(s).

The birth, re-birth, and enduring legacy of Van Morrison’s Astral Weeks. ℘℘℘ In 1968, Van Morrison was on the lam from the mob and hiding in Boston. Author Ryan Walsh takes Van’s...

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Oliver St. John Gogarty!

Oliver St. John Gogarty, pictured driving one of his many cars.

Caricatured as “Buck Mulligan” in Joyce’s masterpiece, Oliver St. John Gogarty was more than just a swashbuckling figure – he was a poet, a playwright, a politician, and a renowned surgeon...

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The Irish Budget Includes Measures for Brexit and
Mental Health

Paschal Donohue, Minister, Department of Finance, Ireland.

In his second budget as Minister of Finance Pascal Donohue in the Dail on October 9, spending plans totaling €66.5bn for the coming year. €59.3bn of that will be on current expenditure and...

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Top Shelf

Redbreast Aged 12 year Cask Strength, Jim Murray's 2019 Irish Whisky of the Year.

The best Irish whiskeys of 2019 have been revealed in news that’s sure to make essential reading for dram drinkers everywhere. Scotch may go down well with some, but over in Ireland, it’s got to...

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Firearms Seized by Garda

Members of the Garda Siochana, the police force of Ireland.

A number of firearms, namely three GLOCK handguns, have been intercepted and seized in postal packages destined for Ireland from the United States. The Special Crime Operations (SCO) branch of An...

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Good News For Redheads

Newly crowned Redhead King and Queen, Alan Reidy and Grainne Keena, pose with a crowd full of red heads at the Irish Redhead Convention, which celebrates everything to do with red hair held in the village of Crosshaven on August 22, 2015 in Cork.

Redheads are significantly less likely to age badly. That’s according to a study conducted by Erasmus University in Rotterdam who discovered the gene that keeps people looking young is the same as...

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University Research

Members of the UCC's University Sanctuary Working Group with UCC President, Professor Patrick O'Shea (second from left), and Professor Caroline Fennell, Senior VP at UCC.

UNIVERSITY COLLEGE DUBLIN A Radical Approach in Diabetes Research An international collaboration jointly led by University College Dublin (UCD) and Monash University in Melbourne has found that...

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Irish Eye on Hollywood: From Gone Girl to Windows

In November, Liam Neeson and Colin Farrell will team up with Irish American writer Gillian Flynn (Gone Girl) in a crime thriller loaded with talent. Entitled Widows, the film features Neeson as one...

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Irish Eye on Hollywood: Bohemian Rhapsody
with a Hint of Irish

Queen lead singer Freddie Mercury was a giant of the British music scene. But his birth name was actually Farrokh Bulsara, and he was born in what, at the time, was British-ruled India. And with a...

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Irish Eye on Hollywood:
Dinner With Jamie

One of HBO’s more surreal, yet entertaining, recent projects was My Dinner with Hervé, about the life and times of 1970s diminutive Fantasy Island star Hervé Villechaize. The film featured Game...

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Irish Eye on Hollywood:
Al Capone’s Irish Gal

With Martin Scorsese’s Netflix epic The Irishman–about the hitman who supposedly whacked Jimmy Hoffa–slated for release next year, now comes word that Oscar-nominated tough guy Tom Hardy (Dark...

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Irish Eye on Hollywood:
Brosnan in Hemingway Flick

Former 007 Pierce Brosnan is re-teaming with Goldeneye director Martin Campbell for a very different kind of movie. The duo are looking to bring Ernest Hemingway’s war novel Across the River and...

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Irish Eye on Hollywood: Saoirse Takes a
Turn in Little Women

It has been 150 years now since Louisa May Alcott wrote her beloved novel Little Women–and filmmakers can’t stop returning to this classic. Just as one updated version was being released this...

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Irish Eye on Hollywood:
TV & Streaming Report

You can catch a creepy Irish horror story called The Lodgers on Netflix right now.  Directed by Brian O’Malley, The Lodgers is set in 1920s Carlow, where a brother and sister live a mysterious...

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Gaelic Players Toasted in New York

The Gaelic Players Association (GPA) held its annual dinner on Thursday October 4, at Capitala, 130 Bowery, New York City. The gala event featured awards, Q&A with all-star Gaelic players, and a...

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The Ireland Funds 2018
NJ Golf Classic

The Ireland Funds 2018 NJ Golf Classic Committee with Honoree Bob Garrett. L – R: Kyle Clifford, Anthony Callaghan, Eddie Dowling, Michael Higgins, Bob Garrett, John Fitzpatrick, Martin Kehoe, Angus Miller, Pat Leahy, Matthew McBride, George Stall, Michael Hurly, and Pat Tully.

On Monday, October 1st, supporters of The Ireland Funds gathered at Bayonne Golf Club for the 16th annual NJ Golf Classic. This year’s honoree was Bob Garrett, New York Office Managing Partner,...

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Carnegie Focus on N.I.

Laura Hickey Deputy Consul General, British Consulate, Loretta Brennan Glucksman, Norman Houston, Director Northern Ireland Bureau, Baroness May Blood. (Photo: Amanda Ghanooni)

An international seminar celebrated and reflected on the progress made in improving wellbeing in Northern Ireland. In the year of the 20th anniversary of the Good Friday Agreement, it is an...

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Flax Trust New York Banquet

Jim Quinn, President of Flax Trust America with honorees Ed and Brigid Kenney and Sr. Mary Turley, Director of Flax Trust.

The 28th annual Flax Trust New York banquet took place in the 21 Club on October 10, 2018, honoring Ed and Brigid Kenney and Tom O’Brien, Director and Audit Chair of Prudential Financial Annuity...

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UCD Smurfit School

Allison Doody and Aiden Connolly, who were honored by UCD Smurfit School.

On Wednesday October 17th, the 16th annual New York UCD Smurfit School Benefit Dinner took place at the Metropolitan Club, New York City. This year’s honorees were Aidan Connolly, Chief innovation...

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Margaret Corrigan Retires

The Irish Consulate in New York hosted a reception on Wednesday, September 26, on the occasion of the visit to New York for UN Week by the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney,...

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O’Neill a Success in New Ross

On the Dunbrody: Irish actors Ronan Barry, Stephen Byrne and Eugene McLoughlin, who featured in a production of the Glencairn one-act plays on board the ship.

The Eugene O’Neill Theatre Festival in New Ross, called “One Festival, Two Countries,” was a big success. The first half of the festival, the 19th Annual Eugene O’Neill Festival in...

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A Visit to the Hall of Fame

Pictured below: Sean Reidy, co-founder with Patricia Harty of the Irish America Hall of Fame; Sean Connick, CEO of the Dunbrody Famine Ship Experience, in New Ross, Co. Wexford, where the Irish America Hall of Fame is housed; and Kevin M. White.

Kevin M. White, Duke University’s vice president and director of athletics, who was inducted into the Irish America Hall of Fame in 2017, paid a visit to the Hall of Fame in New Ross, Co. Wexford,...

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Magic, Fun, and Remembering Ruckle

17th annual Imagine Arts Festival set to open with Art Exhibitions, trails and a Tremendous Trad Weekend ℘℘℘ The 17th annual Imagine Arts Festival opened in Waterford on October 18th for 10...

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Being Irish, Being New York

New York University’s Glucksman Ireland House opened a quarter-century ago, and since then has led and witnessed tremendous changes in both nations’ cultures. Being New York, Being Irish gathers...

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Collins & Stills: Together Again

Judy Collins and Stephen Stills, two American singer-songwriters celebrated the golden anniversary of their formative time together in the 1970s, when Stills penned “Judy Blue Eyes” and other...

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Los Gatos Irish Celebrate

Showcasing the best in contemporary Irish arts and literature ℘℘℘ he Irish Arts & Writers’ Festival brought together Irish writers and audiences in the historic and intimate town...

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Book Notes

Anna Burns Wins Man Booker Prize Author Anna Burns Novelist Anna Burns won the 2018 Man Booker Prize for her third book, Milkman. Burns is the first writer from Northern Ireland to ever win the...

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Review of Books

Sally Rooney's Normal People, Dolly Carlson's The Red Coat: A Novel of Boston, and Lynn Ruane's People Like Me.

Recently-published books of Irish and Irish American interest. ℘℘℘ FICTION Normal People by Sally Rooney. Normal People By: Sally Rooney There is something quietly knowing in the title of Sally...

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Sláinte!: New Wave Greens

Dulse / Dillisk - Organic Irish Seaweed from AlgAran Seaweed Products, County Donegal, Ireland.

The therapeutic benefits of seawater and seaweed baths, as well as seaweed as an important food source, is explored by Edythe Preet. ℘℘℘ I’ve got this thing about immersing myself in water....

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Murphy’s Saw: Surgery With Irish Flair

The Murphy-Lane bone skid.

The extraordinarily gifted John Benjamin Murphy, who turned surgery into performance art. ℘℘℘ Like other influential doctors, John Benjamin Murphy saved and improved lives with his medical...

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Hibernia

Margaret Corrigan Retires

The Irish Consulate in New York hosted a reception on Wednesday, September 26, on the occasion of...

A Visit to the Hall of Fame

Kevin M. White, Duke University’s vice president and director of athletics, who was inducted into...

Los Gatos Irish Celebrate

Showcasing the best in contemporary Irish arts and literature ℘℘℘ he Irish Arts &...

Good News For Redheads

Redheads are significantly less likely to age badly. That’s according to a study conducted by...

Firearms Seized by Garda

A number of firearms, namely three GLOCK handguns, have been intercepted and seized in postal...

Collins & Stills: Together Again

Judy Collins and Stephen Stills, two American singer-songwriters celebrated the golden anniversary...

Irish Eye on Hollywood: Saoirse Takes a
Turn in Little Women

It has been 150 years now since Louisa May Alcott wrote her beloved novel Little Women–and...

Irish Eye on Hollywood:
TV & Streaming Report

You can catch a creepy Irish horror story called The Lodgers on Netflix right now.  Directed by...

Gaelic Players Toasted in New York

The Gaelic Players Association (GPA) held its annual dinner on Thursday October 4, at Capitala, 130...

Carnegie Focus on N.I.

An international seminar celebrated and reflected on the progress made in improving wellbeing in...

University Research

UNIVERSITY COLLEGE DUBLIN A Radical Approach in Diabetes Research An international collaboration...

O’Neill a Success in New Ross

The Eugene O’Neill Theatre Festival in New Ross, called “One Festival, Two Countries,” was...

Top Shelf

The best Irish whiskeys of 2019 have been revealed in news that’s sure to make essential reading...

Flax Trust New York Banquet

The 28th annual Flax Trust New York banquet took place in the 21 Club on October 10, 2018,...

The Ireland Funds 2018
NJ Golf Classic

On Monday, October 1st, supporters of The Ireland Funds gathered at Bayonne Golf Club for the 16th...

Irish Eye on Hollywood:
Brosnan in Hemingway Flick

Former 007 Pierce Brosnan is re-teaming with Goldeneye director Martin Campbell for a very...

Irish Eye on Hollywood: Bohemian Rhapsody
with a Hint of Irish

Queen lead singer Freddie Mercury was a giant of the British music scene. But his birth name was...

Irish Eye on Hollywood: From Gone Girl to Windows

In November, Liam Neeson and Colin Farrell will team up with Irish American writer Gillian Flynn...

UCD Smurfit School

On Wednesday October 17th, the 16th annual New York UCD Smurfit School Benefit Dinner took place at...

Irish Eye on Hollywood:
Dinner With Jamie

One of HBO’s more surreal, yet entertaining, recent projects was My Dinner with Hervé, about the...

Irish Eye on Hollywood:
Al Capone’s Irish Gal

With Martin Scorsese’s Netflix epic The Irishman–about the hitman who supposedly whacked Jimmy...

The Irish Budget Includes Measures for Brexit and
Mental Health

In his second budget as Minister of Finance Pascal Donohue in the Dail on October 9, spending plans...

Being Irish, Being New York

New York University’s Glucksman Ireland House opened a quarter-century ago, and since then has...

Magic, Fun, and Remembering Ruckle

17th annual Imagine Arts Festival set to open with Art Exhibitions, trails and a Tremendous Trad...