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Roots: The Murray Clan

The surname Murray reflects the historic ties between Ireland and Scotland, and signifies the bearer’s roots in the early...

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Frederick Douglass
and Irish Home Rule

Born a slave, Frederick Douglass died as a champion of human rights, and Ireland played an important role in his political...

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Irish America’s 21st Annual Wall Street 50

The 2018 Irish America Wall Street 50 is published. View the honorees here. ℘℘℘ This year’s Wall Street 50 marks...

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Turlough O’Carolan:
The Irish Vivaldi

In 1691, a poor, blind, twenty-one year old son of a blacksmith and his guide set out on a journey from a backwater estate,...

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County Galway

Home to some of the most spectacular scenery in the world, County Galway also features and ancient city with ties to Spain...

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In This Issue

Eileen Murray:
An American Success Story

Is the American Dream still attainable? Eileen Murray thinks so. She herself is a prime example that hard work, a sense of humor, and perseverance can get you there. ℘℘℘ Every inspiring story...

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First Word: Celebrate! You’ve Come a Long Way

“No pessimist ever set foot on Ellis Island. No pessimist ever crossed the prairies, no pessimist ever built cities from one end of the continent to another. These things were done by people...

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Irish America’s 21st Annual Wall Street 50

The 2018 Irish America Wall Street 50 is published. View the honorees here. ℘℘℘ This year’s Wall Street 50 marks the 21st running of the list. The honorees, many the descendants of those who...

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Suffragette Sheehy
Skeffington Honored

On Thursday, June 13, 1912, Hanna Sheehy Skeffington, and a group of suffragettes, smashed windows in Dublin Castle to highlight the “woman’s right to vote” cause. It was an offense for which...

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An Old Henge Emerges
at Newgrange

While Ireland’s early summer heatwave brought some misery, it brought archaeologists and history enthusiasts great joy. The drought revealed an Neolithic wonder called a henge near the ancient site...

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An Education in Restoration

Over 70 volunteers took part in a three-day training course in County Clare in August to learn methods of preserving historic ruins. The program – the first of its kind – was hosted by the Irish...

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Export Sales Hitting New Record

Enterprise Ireland, the state agency responsible for helping Irish companies export to international markets, announced on June 12 that its clients recorded export sales of €22.71 billion in 2017,...

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New Jobs for Kerry

Irish fintech company Fexco is creating 175 jobs over the next three years at its headquarters in Killorglin, County Kerry. The jobs will be in the areas of information, communication technology,...

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Galway Start-Up Offers New Remedy for Arthritis

Loci Orthopaedics, a Galway-based medical devices start-up that has developed a new joint implant to treat arthritis, announced on July 7 that it has raised €2.75 million in a seed round. The...

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Funds for Marine Technology and Agritech

Enterprise Ireland launched a €500,000 Competitive Start Fund for entrepreneurs in marine technology and agritech sectors on June 29. The fund was launched by Minister for Agriculture, Food, and...

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The Great Famine Online

University College Cork, and the Irish Department of Culture, Heritage, and the Gaeltacht, collaborated to create the Great Irish Famine Online. The project displays detailed information on the...

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European of the Year

Former Taoiseach Enda Kenny T.D. was named European of the Year by European Movement Ireland (EM Ireland) at an event sponsored by Uniphar in Dublin on June 11. Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, in presenting...

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Man Booker Opens Up to Irish Publishers

The Man Booker Prize, a prestigious literary award with a cash prize of £50,000, which each year honors the best original novel written in English and published in the U.K., has expanded its...

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Irish Eye on Hollywood:
Irish Women Can
Stand the Heat

From the 1990 Sean Penn movie State of Grace to the bygone NBC drama The Black Donnellys (which introduced the entertainment world to a young Olivia Wilde), the Irish gangs of New York City’s...

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Irish Eye on Hollywood: Where the Irish Boys Are

Other Irish stars to look out for this summer are Pierce Brosnan, who will be appearing in the much-anticipated July song-and-dance sequel Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again, alongside Meryl Streep and...

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Irish Eye on Hollywood:
Post-Twitter Chaos:
The Kids Are in Play

Lots of headlines, rumors, and rage were generated when ABC cancelled the reboot of Roseanne Barr’s classic sitcom, which had generated high ratings for the network.  The controversial star – a...

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Irish Eye on Hollywood:
The Donovans’ Return

In other TV news, Showtime’s Ray Donovan – starring Liev Schreiber as a South Boston Irish fixer relocated to the West Coast – will soon begin filming its sixth season.  The show will actually...

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Irish Eye on Hollywood:
A Bet on the Right Horse

Another gritty New York story which has begun filming puts a modern twist on the Irish immigrant experience. Entitled Misty Button, this dark comedy was written and directed by Kerry-born Seanie...

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Irish Eye on Hollywood: Kelly on the Silver Screen

Oscar winner Charlize Theron will reportedly star as Irish American TV personality Megyn Kelly in an upcoming film about big egos and allegations of sexual misconduct at Fox News.  At the center of...

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Irish Eye on Hollywood:
Burns Pitches Tom Seaver

It looks like baseball is making yet another cinematic comeback. Irish American writer / director / actor Ed Burns (The Brothers McMullen, She’s the One) is slated to direct a documentary about...

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Fitzpatrick Memorial Golf Tournament

The Eithne & Paddy Fitzpatrick Memorial Fund held its 25th Annual Golf Tournament in May at the Sleepy Hollow Country Club, one of the United States’ most prestigious golf courses, located in...

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Women of Concern Annual Luncheon

The Women of Concern Annual Luncheon was held on Thursday, June 21 at the Pierre Hotel, with two very worthy honorees, Aine Brazil, Vice Chairman of Thornton Tomasetti, and William Moore, Executive...

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Irish Repertory Theatre Gala Honors

The Irish Repertory Theatre began its 30th-anniversary season honoring Tina Sainti Flaherty, the author, philanthropist, and businesswoman, at its annual gala on June 4 at the Town Hall in N.Y.C....

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John Wolfe Ambrose Monument is Restored

Nearly 30 years after the bust of John Wolfe Ambrose, the Irishman who helped New York become one of the greatest sea ports in the world, was stolen from his memorial, a new bust was unveiled and...

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Native Americans and the Irish

The Irish Consulate in New York City hosted a discussion of Irish-Native American relations in June. Titled, “Native Americans and the Irish: Historic and Continuing Connections,” it touched on...

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Irish Landmark in
Montreal in Danger

he preservation of Montreal’s rich history of Irish settlement is once again in peril. After plans to build a park and preserve the Black Rock Irish Famine memorial erected in 1859 were put on...

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The Hoboken Guards
Take Senior Hurling Trophy

The Hoboken Guards of Hoboken, New Jersey won their first New York Senior Hurling Championship in August in New York’s Gaelic Park. They beat Tipperary New York by two goals and 29 points (2-29) to...

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Guinness with a Baltimore Twist

Guinness, the most famous of Irish brew masters, has taken notice of the brewing movement in the U.S., where Americans all over the country are brewing and creating beer labels with much success, and...

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U.S. Pipe Band Win
All-Ireland Title

The St. Columcille United Gaelic Pipe Band from the Scots-Irish stronghold of Kearny, New Jersey made history when they became the first band outside of Ireland or the U.K. to win an All-Ireland Pipe...

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Wall Street’s Forgotten Financial News Genius

All but Forgotten John J. Kiernan, was a pioneer in the financial news industry and the inventor of ticker tape news. ℘℘℘ Etched against the burgeoning lower Manhattan skyline, a lone figure...

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Our Steps, Our Story: An Irish Dance Legacy

For 10 days in July, the New York Public Library (N.Y.P.L.) partnered with choreographer and original Riverdance star dancer Jean Butler to lead a workshop celebrating the history and variety of...

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Bringing it All Back Home

Four new festivals, intended to embrace the diaspora, some 70 million, and entice them back to Ireland, were announced in August. The Global Irish Festival Series is part of a partnership effort...

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Poets-Patriots
Concert Now on CD

San Francisco-based DW Productions is releasing a 2-CD set of Ireland’s Poet-Patriots, A Musical History, commemorating the 1916 rebellion, which was recorded live in concert at the Washington...

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Power Women Meet Designing Irish

Irish America celebrated its 2018 Power Women in New York this spring with the induction of six phenomenal leaders of business, journalism, and politics. ℘℘℘ Irish America inducted six amazing...

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Kerry Kennedy
Visits New Ross

Fans of Ireland, the U.S., and international politics descended upon the ancestral hometown of President John F. Kennedy, New Ross in County Wexford on September 6, as American human rights activist...

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Ripple of Hope

50 years of RFK’s Human Rights Legacy ℘℘℘ Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights celebrates 50 years at its annual Ripple of Hope dinner on December 12 in New York. Every year it’s a...

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County Galway

Home to some of the most spectacular scenery in the world, County Galway also features and ancient city with ties to Spain that doubles as a modern-day thriving university town.  ℘℘℘ To Hell...

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Wild Irish Women:
Touched by Fire

Sinéad rose to fame in the late 1980s with her debut album The Lion and the Cobra. She will release a new album under a new name, Magda Davitt, in 2019. In between she has battled mental illness and...

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Roots: The Murray Clan

The surname Murray reflects the historic ties between Ireland and Scotland, and signifies the bearer’s roots in the early kingdom of Moray. Located in the northeast of the country, with coastline...

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Frederick Douglass
and Irish Home Rule

Born a slave, Frederick Douglass died as a champion of human rights, and Ireland played an important role in his political awakening. ℘℘℘ In 1845, Ireland provided a safe refuge to Frederick...

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Turlough O’Carolan:
The Irish Vivaldi

In 1691, a poor, blind, twenty-one year old son of a blacksmith and his guide set out on a journey from a backwater estate, Alderford, near the town of Balyfarnon, County Roscommon, hoping to make a...

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Jiggs and Maggie and More…

The impact Irish creators and their characters had on the funny, and not-so funny, papers is examined ℘℘℘ Later this year, Hollywood funnyman Seth Rogen (This is 40, Knocked Up) and his regular...

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The Brooklyn Fire Chaser

Single-Mindedly Brilliant: The Life of Fire Detective Thomas P. Brophy and his lasting legacy on the FDNY. ℘℘℘ He never married, had no hobbies, and often needed reminding just to eat. Thomas...

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Sláinte!: Ahoy Me Hearties

Celebrate “Talk Like a Pirate Day” on September 19 by upping your knowledge of these Irish buccaneers of yonder years. Read on and ye’ll discover the Irish men and women who sailed the high...

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Frank & Al

A new book by Terry Golway on the developing Democratic party through the lens of F.D.R. and Al Smith. Review by Dave Lewis ℘℘℘ Frank and Al: FDR, Al Smith, and the Unlikely Alliance and Epic...

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Review of Books

Recently-published books of Irish and Irish American interest. ℘℘℘ FICTION Every Breath You Take By Mary Higgins Clark & Alafair Burke The latest thriller and newest undertaking in the...

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Those We Lost

Recent passings in the Irish and Irish American communities. ℘℘℘ William Flynn  1927-2018   William Flynn Bill Flynn’s approach to business was always a human one. Colleagues called him...

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The Pope’s Visit to Ireland

When I was growing up in the 1980s, a photo of Pope John Paul II hung above many Irish fireplaces. That pope held a special place in Irish Catholics’ hearts, as he was the first and only pope ever...

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Photo Album:
My First & Only Love

My wife, Bridget Heaney, was born on June 7, 1944. She was one of 10 children raised by a single mother in Cavan, Ireland. Her mother eventually moved to England (Newbury) in search of work, and it...

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Hibernia

Irish Eye on Hollywood: Where the Irish Boys Are

Other Irish stars to look out for this summer are Pierce Brosnan, who will be appearing in the...

Funds for Marine Technology and Agritech

Enterprise Ireland launched a €500,000 Competitive Start Fund for entrepreneurs in marine...

Suffragette Sheehy
Skeffington Honored

On Thursday, June 13, 1912, Hanna Sheehy Skeffington, and a group of suffragettes, smashed windows...

Irish Eye on Hollywood:
Irish Women Can
Stand the Heat

From the 1990 Sean Penn movie State of Grace to the bygone NBC drama The Black Donnellys (which...

U.S. Pipe Band Win
All-Ireland Title

The St. Columcille United Gaelic Pipe Band from the Scots-Irish stronghold of Kearny, New Jersey...

Our Steps, Our Story: An Irish Dance Legacy

For 10 days in July, the New York Public Library (N.Y.P.L.) partnered with choreographer and...

Irish Eye on Hollywood:
Burns Pitches Tom Seaver

It looks like baseball is making yet another cinematic comeback. Irish American writer / director /...

Native Americans and the Irish

The Irish Consulate in New York City hosted a discussion of Irish-Native American relations in...

John Wolfe Ambrose Monument is Restored

Nearly 30 years after the bust of John Wolfe Ambrose, the Irishman who helped New York become one...

Irish Eye on Hollywood:
A Bet on the Right Horse

Another gritty New York story which has begun filming puts a modern twist on the Irish immigrant...

Power Women Meet Designing Irish

Irish America celebrated its 2018 Power Women in New York this spring with the induction of six...

Irish Landmark in
Montreal in Danger

he preservation of Montreal’s rich history of Irish settlement is once again in peril. After...

An Education in Restoration

Over 70 volunteers took part in a three-day training course in County Clare in August to learn...

Export Sales Hitting New Record

Enterprise Ireland, the state agency responsible for helping Irish companies export to...

Irish Eye on Hollywood:
Post-Twitter Chaos:
The Kids Are in Play

Lots of headlines, rumors, and rage were generated when ABC cancelled the reboot of Roseanne...

An Old Henge Emerges
at Newgrange

While Ireland’s early summer heatwave brought some misery, it brought archaeologists and history...

The Hoboken Guards
Take Senior Hurling Trophy

The Hoboken Guards of Hoboken, New Jersey won their first New York Senior Hurling Championship in...

Man Booker Opens Up to Irish Publishers

The Man Booker Prize, a prestigious literary award with a cash prize of £50,000, which each year...

Irish Repertory Theatre Gala Honors

The Irish Repertory Theatre began its 30th-anniversary season honoring Tina Sainti Flaherty, the...

Poets-Patriots
Concert Now on CD

San Francisco-based DW Productions is releasing a 2-CD set of Ireland’s Poet-Patriots, A Musical...

Guinness with a Baltimore Twist

Guinness, the most famous of Irish brew masters, has taken notice of the brewing movement in the...

Women of Concern Annual Luncheon

The Women of Concern Annual Luncheon was held on Thursday, June 21 at the Pierre Hotel, with two...

Fitzpatrick Memorial Golf Tournament

The Eithne & Paddy Fitzpatrick Memorial Fund held its 25th Annual Golf Tournament in May at the...

Galway Start-Up Offers New Remedy for Arthritis

Loci Orthopaedics, a Galway-based medical devices start-up that has developed a new joint implant...

Irish Eye on Hollywood:
The Donovans’ Return

In other TV news, Showtime’s Ray Donovan – starring Liev Schreiber as a South Boston Irish...

Bringing it All Back Home

Four new festivals, intended to embrace the diaspora, some 70 million, and entice them back to...

Wall Street’s Forgotten Financial News Genius

All but Forgotten John J. Kiernan, was a pioneer in the financial news industry and the inventor of...

New Jobs for Kerry

Irish fintech company Fexco is creating 175 jobs over the next three years at its headquarters in...

Ripple of Hope

50 years of RFK’s Human Rights Legacy ℘℘℘ Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights celebrates 50...

European of the Year

Former Taoiseach Enda Kenny T.D. was named European of the Year by European Movement Ireland (EM...

The Great Famine Online

University College Cork, and the Irish Department of Culture, Heritage, and the Gaeltacht,...

Kerry Kennedy
Visits New Ross

Fans of Ireland, the U.S., and international politics descended upon the ancestral hometown of...