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Dan Ward’s Stack

From rural Donegal to Russia’s Hermitage Museum: the bizarre journey of an Irish landscape by an American...

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Sláinte! Clean Green

Summer is in full bloom! The days are longer, and the light is brighter. But with the drapes pulled back, and sunshine...

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Wild Irish Women:
Chicago May

“How hard Ireland was on the women who could not fit in – the wild ones, the ones who had to get out, seeming emigrants...

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What Are You Like? Writer Mary Beth Keane

On swanky hotels, Gráinne O’Malley’s tailor-made pirate outfits, and her own unusual hidden talent. ℘℘℘ Mary Beth...

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Dr. Kevin J. Tracey: Inventing the Future of Medicine

Dr. Kevin J. Tracey, president & CEO of the Feinstein Institutes, is a trailblazer in the neuroscience of immunity,...

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In This Issue

Dr. Kevin J. Tracey: Inventing the Future of Medicine

Dr. Kevin Tracey in the lab at Northwell Health System's Feinstein Institute for Medical Research in Manhasset, NY.

Dr. Kevin J. Tracey, president & CEO of the Feinstein Institutes, is a trailblazer in the neuroscience of immunity, bioelectronic medicine, and unlocking the secrets of the brain. ℘℘℘ For...

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First Word: Inventing
The Future of Medicine

You would think after all this time as editor of this magazine, I would cease to be surprised at the mighty achievements of Irish-Americans. We have showcased the measure of that success down through...

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Bringing Music to Ahalin National School

Principal Brid Leahy, Vincent Hanly, and Michael Dowling at Ahalin National School.

Michael Dowling, president and CEO of Northwell Health in New York, presented an Irish American Partnership grant of $10,000 to Ahalin National School in Knockaderry, County Limerick, during his June...

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Waterford’s Annual
Harvest Festival

Harvest Festival participants.

The 11th annual Waterford Harvest Festival is set for September 6-8. ℘℘℘ Waterford is expecting over 40,000 attendees to partake in the annual celebration of local food, culture, and heritage....

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Irishman Wins British Open in Northern Ireland

Shane Lowry after his win.

I hadn’t drank a brandy since 2009,” said Emily Scanlon, grandmother of golfer Shane Lowry, after Lowry won the 148th British Open Championship on Sunday, July 21, at Royal Portrush in Northern...

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Cork Hosts Summit
on Climate Change

Former U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry.

With the theme “shared voices from small island nations,” the 2019 SeaFest and Our Ocean Wealth Summit in Cork, 7-9 of June, focused on the importance of protecting the world’s oceans from the...

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Kylemore Abbey
Visitor Center Opens

Conor Coyne, chief executive of the Kylemore Trust, Sr. Maire Hickey, Mark Mitchell Henry, Minister Shane Ross, Sr. Magdelena, and Orla Carrol of Failte Ireland.

From Generation to Generation… The Story of Kylemore Abbey promises to take visitors on a vivid journey through the history of the iconic building, from its founding by Benedictine nuns who fled...

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Michael J. Fox Funds Parkinson’s Research in Galway

Dr. Eilís Dowd.

The Michael J. Fox Foundation, founded by and named for actor, author, and advocate Michael J. Fox, announced that it is awarding $300,000 to NUI Galway for researchers to develop an approach to...

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Queen’s University
Takes on Fertility Issues

Dr. Lisa Connolly.

Queen’s University Belfast has been awarded 6.1 million euros, in collaboration with 11 other global partner universities and institutions, to develop a test to identify harmful chemicals that...

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BNA 2019 Festival of Neuroscience

Some 1,500 international neuroscientists, neurologists, psychiatrists, psychologists, patient advocates, and patient organizations gathered in Dublin for the BNA2019 Festival of Neuroscience, the...

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NUI Galway Collaborate on Global Antimicrobial Resistant Bacteria Study

NUI Galway participates in major international study showing sewage can reveal levels of antimicrobial resistance worldwide. ℘℘℘ A comprehensive analysis of sewage collected in 74 cities in 60...

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Ireland Bans Microbeads

With a bill soon to be introduced by the Dáil, Ireland is set to be the first country in the European Union to ban the use of plastic microbeads in household cleaners and toiletries. Microbeads are...

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Are We Doing Enough?

The climate action campaign group Extinction Rebellion Ireland stage a sitdown in Dublin on July 16.

Ireland’s Role in Global Climate Change. ℘℘℘ Welcome to the Emerald Isle. A country so verdant that Johnny Cash sang of the 40 shades of green that could be found in its rolling hills and...

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What’s on Tap?

Belfast Takes on Plastic. ℘℘℘ Professor Chris Elliot and Dr. Cuong Cao are co-leading a project at Queen’s University Belfast to raise awareness about potentially harmful materials found in...

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In the Shoes of Refugees

Christine Kinealy and Caroilin Callery on the walk from Roscommon to Dublin in memory of the exiles of 1847.

Walking in the footsteps of 1,490 Irish exiled in 1847. ℘℘℘ In 2017, and again in 2019, I was honored to be part of a small group of five historians who were invited by Caroilin Callery of the...

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The Un-Quiet
Ghosts of the Carricks

Beside the monument is a bell from the boat, found near Blanc-Sablon in 1968. (Photos courtesy of CBC Radio-Canada).

Bones of Irish children were found 170 years after they died on a “coffin ship” en route to Canada in 1847. Vertebra and jaw bones were identified among the remains, believed to be of Irish...

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Irish Eye On Hollywood: August / September 2019

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.

KEEPING UP WITH THE GLEESONS It’s the Gleeson family’s world. The rest of us just live in it. This autumn will be a special time for the Irish acting clan, made up of patriarch Brendan Gleeson...

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Caron Music Award
Named for Thomas Moran

John Greed addresses the gathering. (Photos by Samantha Nandez and Vladimir Weinstein, BFA.com).

Caron Treatment Centers’ annual NYC gala. ℘℘℘ Caron Treatment Centers, an addiction recovery center, hosted its annual NYC gala dinner at Cipriani 42nd Street on May 8, 2019, and renamed...

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Dr. Paddy Boland Receives “Nobility in Science” Award

Dr. Paddy Boland (second from left), and (left to right): dinner co-chairs Sean Mackin, Mike Carty, and Dr. Jonathan Lewis, an honorary board member of the Sarcoma Foundation and the 2019 event chair.

The 17th Annual New York City fundraising event, “Stand Up to Sarcoma,” was held on Thursday, May 9, at Gustavino’s on East 59th Street. Dr. Paddy Boland, the Irish-born surgeon who has spent...

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A Win For Heroes

Photographer Peter Foley spent months documenting the aftermath of 9/11.

9/11 Bill Passes the Senate. ℘℘℘ New Yorkers were sweating through a brutal heat wave at the end of July this year when grim news began circulating, from Briggs Avenue in the Bronx and East...

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Paddling in the Wake of St. Patrick & Game of Thrones

Pam Martin and Eddie Hawkins of Wild Rover Adventures paddle the River Quoile towards Down Cathedral, where St. Patrick is buried.

Looking for a truly exceptional adventure? Paddleboarding is the fastest growing sport in the world, and Ireland offers an abundance of waterways – some challenging, some less so – and, as our...

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Roots: O’Treasaigh,
Tracy, Tracey, Treacy

The Irish Tracey (Tracy, Treacy, Treacey) comes from the historic sept of the Ó Treasaigh; however, the name originally stems from the word treasach, meaning war-like, fighter, more powerful, or...

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Wild Irish Women:
Chicago May

Belle of New York publicity photo.

“How hard Ireland was on the women who could not fit in – the wild ones, the ones who had to get out, seeming emigrants but actual exiles.” – Nuala O’Faolain ℘℘℘ Chicago May wasn’t...

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Corey Johnson:
Lightning in a Bottle

Speaker of New York City Council, Corey Johnson, at the Irish Arts Center. Pictured are Irish Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, Corey, Mayor Bill de Blasio, and Pauline Turley, the center's vice chair. Speaking at the event, which marked a $2.5 million grant from the Irish Government to the center, Johnson said: "The story of this project, in many ways, is the story of Ireland and the story of New York. It's persistent, gritty history of how we moved this project forward."

Corey Johnson zoomed into New York like a comet and burst onto the political scene. In just a few short years he became speaker of the city council. He’s smart, articulate, high-energy, and the...

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What Are You Like? Writer Mary Beth Keane

Author Mary Beth Keane as an infant with her father, Willie.

On swanky hotels, Gráinne O’Malley’s tailor-made pirate outfits, and her own unusual hidden talent. ℘℘℘ Mary Beth Keane’s novel, Ask Again, Yes, is a lyrical, moving tale spanning 40...

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Window on the Past:
The Triumph of a Sad Clown

Kelly in a 1953 Life Magazine photo.

The extraordinarily gifted Emmett Kelly, who turned clowning into an art form. ℘℘℘ Though he was most certainly a clown, Emmett Kelly’s performances were wistful rather than slapstick....

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Dan Ward’s Stack

"Dan Ward's Stack" by Rockwell Kent. Courtesy of the Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia.

From rural Donegal to Russia’s Hermitage Museum: the bizarre journey of an Irish landscape by an American artist. ℘℘℘ You would hardly expect to find idyllic scenes of the Donegal Gaeltacht...

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Book Reviews

1,000 Books to Read Before You Die By James Mustich If you can get past what is clearly one of the more intimidating book titles you will ever come across, this volume is a wonder to dip in and out,...

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Our Story

When mental illness wreaks havoc on life and home. ℘℘℘ In September, 1989, my beautiful, talented daughter entered NYU Film School as a promising young filmmaker. She amassed a stunning...

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Climate Change:
A Mum’s Mission

Trócaire’s Lorna Tevnan Gold on saving the future from the present. ℘℘℘ Dr. Lorna Tevnan Gold of the Irish humanitarian organization Trócaire has been working to change environmental policy...

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Saoirse

Saoirse, the only daughter of Courtney Kennedy Hill and Paul Hill, tragically died on Thursday, August 1, of a suspected accidental overdose at her family’s compound in Hyannis Port,...

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Sláinte! Clean Green

Summer is in full bloom! The days are longer, and the light is brighter. But with the drapes pulled back, and sunshine illuminating the corners of every room, suddenly everything looks a little...

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Photo Album:
Playing Ball With the FBI

My father was wanted by the F.B.I. Specifically, by J. Edgar Hoover himself. ℘℘℘ The founding director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation had heard of Tommy Connor’s prowess on the...

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Those We Lost

Ivan Cooper (1944 – 2019) Irish civil rights activist Ivan Cooper died in late June, aged 75. A founding member of Northern Ireland’s Social Democratic and Labour party, Cooper is best known for...

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The Last Word:
Things Fall Apart

The failure to stay young. ℘℘℘ The greatest failure in America is the failure to stay young. It is a failure of imagination, the inability to grasp the alternatives offered by surgery,...

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Hibernia

Dr. Paddy Boland Receives “Nobility in Science” Award

The 17th Annual New York City fundraising event, “Stand Up to Sarcoma,” was held on Thursday,...

In the Shoes of Refugees

Walking in the footsteps of 1,490 Irish exiled in 1847. ℘℘℘ In 2017, and again in 2019, I was...

Ireland Bans Microbeads

With a bill soon to be introduced by the Dáil, Ireland is set to be the first country in the...

Irishman Wins British Open in Northern Ireland

I hadn’t drank a brandy since 2009,” said Emily Scanlon, grandmother of golfer Shane Lowry,...

BNA 2019 Festival of Neuroscience

Some 1,500 international neuroscientists, neurologists, psychiatrists, psychologists, patient...

Caron Music Award
Named for Thomas Moran

Caron Treatment Centers’ annual NYC gala. ℘℘℘ Caron Treatment Centers, an addiction...

Queen’s University
Takes on Fertility Issues

Queen’s University Belfast has been awarded 6.1 million euros, in collaboration with 11 other...

A Win For Heroes

9/11 Bill Passes the Senate. ℘℘℘ New Yorkers were sweating through a brutal heat wave at the...

Waterford’s Annual
Harvest Festival

The 11th annual Waterford Harvest Festival is set for September 6-8. ℘℘℘ Waterford is...

Kylemore Abbey
Visitor Center Opens

From Generation to Generation… The Story of Kylemore Abbey promises to take visitors on a vivid...

Cork Hosts Summit
on Climate Change

With the theme “shared voices from small island nations,” the 2019 SeaFest and Our Ocean Wealth...

Are We Doing Enough?

Ireland’s Role in Global Climate Change. ℘℘℘ Welcome to the Emerald Isle. A country so...

What’s on Tap?

Belfast Takes on Plastic. ℘℘℘ Professor Chris Elliot and Dr. Cuong Cao are co-leading a...

The Un-Quiet
Ghosts of the Carricks

Bones of Irish children were found 170 years after they died on a “coffin ship” en route to...

Michael J. Fox Funds Parkinson’s Research in Galway

The Michael J. Fox Foundation, founded by and named for actor, author, and advocate Michael J. Fox,...

Bringing Music to Ahalin National School

Michael Dowling, president and CEO of Northwell Health in New York, presented an Irish American...

NUI Galway Collaborate on Global Antimicrobial Resistant Bacteria Study

NUI Galway participates in major international study showing sewage can reveal levels of...