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The 17th Christmas

The Greyhound roared up the Jersey Turnpike in the rain, its fierce power leaving the cars behind, the thick wheels ripping...

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Wild Irish Women:
Louise Mohan Bryant

It took a movie, 1981’s Reds, to both lift Louise Bryant from obscurity and reduce her to the sniveling acolyte of...

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Stan & Ollie and the Irish

Stan & Ollie finds the legendary comedy duo at a low point in their professional lives. No longer the box-office success...

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Patrick Kavanagh

Sean Kelly remembers one of Ireland’s most significant and revered poets. ℘℘℘ Ireland, from 1932 until 1973, was...

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Cheerleader-in-Chief

  Eileen McDonnell, the Chairman & CEO of Penn Mutual Life Insurance Company, discusses her Irish heritage,...

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In This Issue

Cheerleader-in-Chief

Eileen McDonnell, Chairman & CEO of Penn Mutual Life Insurance Company.

  Eileen McDonnell, the Chairman & CEO of Penn Mutual Life Insurance Company, discusses her Irish heritage, breaking the glass ceiling, and the way forward. ℘℘℘ When parents tell their...

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First Word:
The Gift of Heritage

Happy Christmas to all our readers. I love this time of year. New York is abuzz with lights and window displays, and good cheer. ’Tis the season… To make time for a little reflection to go along...

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Brexit Uncertainty Makes Ireland More Attractive

Bank of America Merrill Lynch has relocated its main EU banking arm from London to Dublin, months ahead of the earliest possible date of the UK’s exit from the EU. They are one of the first banks...

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Irish Favor Birthright Citizenship

As other western countries are endorsing populist agendas on tightening immigration policy, Ireland is voicing its opposition to such restrictions, overwhelmingly in favor of reinstating birthright...

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Michael D. Higgins Re-Elected

President and First Lady Higgins celebrate his reelection at the residence, Áras an Uachtaráin. 

Irish President Michael D. Higgins has been re-elected for a second term after receiving 56 percent of the country’s vote on October 26. He was first elected in 2011 and will now serve another...

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Winterval in Waterford City

On Saturday, November 17, International Rose of Tralee, Kirsten Mate Maher joined Santa and the mayor in Waterford City for the launch of the seventh annual Winterval, Ireland’s largest Christmas...

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Ireland’s Biggest Santa Cycle Reaches €1 Million Mark for Sick Children This Christmas

On Sunday, December 2, 500 Dubliners dressed as Santa Claus with Christmas lights took part in Ireland’s biggest Santa Cycle, now in its fourth year. After departing from the Phoenix Park, the...

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Mary Robinson
Gives Peace Lecture

On Tuesday, November 6th, Former president of Ireland and UN Commissioner for Human Rights Mary Robinson delivered the Inaugural Senator George J. Mitchell Annual Peace Lecture at Queen’s...

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University of Limerick Leads the Way on Gender Equality

University of Limerick has long been a leader on gender equality among Irish higher education institutions, with the highest percentage of female professors at 33%, and as one of the first two...

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Ireland Has Highest Rates of Cystic Fibrosis in the World, But is Leading With Research

1 in 19 people in Ireland are carriers of the Cystic Fibrosis gene. In 2010, Professor Paul McNally and Dr. Barry Linnane set up the SHIELD Cystic Fibrosis study, a wide-ranging long-term study into...

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Guestbook Project Marks Good Friday Agreement’s
20th Anniversary

On Monday, December 3, Guestbook Project, an initiative started by Boston College Professor of Philosophy Richard Kearney that uses the power of digital storytelling to promote peace and heal...

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Irish Eye on Hollywood: Scary Joy for Ciaran Foy

It will certainly be a happy new year for Dublin born director Ciaran Foy. Foy is the director of the upcoming horror film Eli, featuring Lili Taylor and Sadie Sink, as well as Anglo-Irish actress...

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Irish Eye on Hollywood: Balfe & Kennedy
Race to the Silver Screen

Irish actress and Golden Globe nominee Caitriona Balfe is branching out from the excellent work she has been doing for several years now on the Starz network show Outlander. In 2019, Balfe­­ ­–...

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Irish Eye on Hollywood:
The Irish Laurel and Hardy

What do you get when you cast an Irish American, alongside an Irish Englishman, alongside a Scotswoman with a history of playing Irish roles? A Laurel and Hardy movie, of course! With all of the...

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Irish Eye on Hollywood: Traveling Back in Time

It would make sense if Outlander – with its Irish cast and time-traveling concept – inspired Irish writer and director Steve Kenny to create his film Time Traveller, which may well earn an...

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Irish Eye on Hollywood: Neeson’s Back in
Black and White

As always, there is plenty of news on the Liam Neeson front. Look for the hunk from Ballymena in February 2019 in the action thriller Cold Pursuit, alongside Laura Dern and Emmy Rossum. Then, when...

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Irish Eye on Hollywood:
The Gleaming Gleesons

Gleeson family update: Don’t look now, Domhnall, but you’re no longer the only son of Brendan Gleeson making waves in show biz.  In recent years, Brian Gleeson has had roles in films such as the...

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Irish Eye on Hollywood: Dornan’s Wars

Jamie Dornan is working feverishly to branch out from the Fifty Shades franchise, taking on roles in an eclectic mix of offbeat and serious projects.  Not long ago, he was in the campy HBO flick My...

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Irish Eye on Hollywood: Angela’s Christmas

Just in time for Christmas, Netflix has produced a 30 minute animated movie based on a Frank McCourt’s story rooted in his memoir Angela’s Ashes. Entitled Angela’s Christmas, the sentimental...

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Irish Art Sells For
Highest Total Ever

In Sotheby’s in London, on November 21, a sale of Irish art from the collection of Brian P. Burns – one of the most significant collections of its kind in private hands – brought a total of...

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Silent Testimony

Hear my Voice, a cinematic tribute to those who suffered loss as a result of the Northern Irish conflict known as The Troubles, (1968–1998), was screened at the Core Club in New York on November...

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Cherish the Lady:
Joanie Madden Receives
Eugene O’Neill Lifetime Achievement Award

Talk show legend Phil Donahue presented Joanie Madden with the O'Neill Lifetime Achievement Award.

New York-based Irish American Writers & Artists bestowed the prestigious Eugene O’Neill Lifetime Achievement Award to traditional Irish musician Joanie Madden at a formal ceremony at the...

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Nollaig na mBan

One of the most unique of the many events the Irish American Partnership puts on each year to raise money and awareness of its goals is its celebration of Nollaig na mBan, or “Women’s...

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Fenway’s Hurling Classic

Fenway Park, the hallowed ground of the Boston Red Sox, was taken over by Irish players wielding sticks in what has been described as the world’s fastest game played on grass, on November 18. It...

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Celtic Football Club Dine
Out in New York for Charity

“You’ll Never Walk Alone,” the unofficial anthem of Celtic Football Club, was sung loudly and proudly on October 30 at the Celtic FC Foundation’s Inaugural New York Gala Dinner in Manhattan,...

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NUI Galway Gala Dinner

On Thursday, November 15, NUI Galway held its 12th Annual Gala Dinner at the University Club in New York City. This year’s honoree was Senior Vice President at Morgan Stanley Wealth Management,...

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The Ireland–U.S. Council’s
56th Annual Dinner

On November 8, the Ireland-U.S. Council, a premier transatlantic business organization, held its 56th Annual Dinner at the Metropolitan Club in New York City. The council was founded in 1962 to...

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Irish Post Awards

Chris de Burgh performing at the Irish Post Awards.

The band The Script, actor James Nesbitt, and music legend Chris de Burgh were among the stars honored at the star-studded 2018 Irish Post Awards in London on November 22. Journalist and broadcaster...

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Presidential Distinguished Service Awards

President of Ireland Michael D. Higgins presented the 2018 Presidential Distinguished Service Awards for the Irish Abroad on Thursday, November 29. ℘℘℘ Pulitzer Prize-winning author William...

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Concern Celebrates 50 Years

On Tuesday, December 4, at Cipriani Wall Street, Concern Worldwide US held its 22nd Annual Seeds of Hope Award Dinner, which this year also marked the 50th anniversary of its founding in Dublin in...

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Ronan Tynan Sings
for George H.W. Bush

Ronan Tynan, one of the Irish Tenors.

Irish Tenor Ronan Tynan sang Silent Night, as well as another song in Irish, at former President George H.W. Bush’s bedside, shortly before he passed away. “Believe it or not,” said James A....

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Women in Leadership

Marjorie Muldowney and Sarah Friar.

Sarah Friar, former CFO at Square and now CEO of Nextdoor and one of our 2018 Business 100 honorees, was the Honorary Speaker at The Ireland Funds Women in Leadership Luncheon on November 30th. The...

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Those We Lost

Patrick O'Neill's favorite plane, a B-17, and his favorite rank, captain, 1944.

Recent passings in the Irish and Irish American communities. ℘℘℘ Patrick O’Neill. Patrick O’Neill 1915–2018 Patrick H. O’Neill passed at the age of 102 at his residence in New...

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Mighty Mayo

Steeped in history with landscapes that go from brilliant beaches to windswept boglands, lakes, mountains to islands, pilgrimage sites to pirate queens, Mayo has it all. ℘℘℘ There’s something...

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33rd Annual
Irish America Business 100

Now in its fourth decade, the Irish America Business 100 has a long history of providing recognition to a fundamental core of American business. It can be easy to assume that the Irish in America and...

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Wild Irish Women:
Louise Mohan Bryant

John Reed and Louise Bryant circa 1915.

It took a movie, 1981’s Reds, to both lift Louise Bryant from obscurity and reduce her to the sniveling acolyte of American communist John Reed, Annie Hall in a babushka. Wrong. For all her (many)...

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Patrick Kavanagh

Sean Kelly remembers one of Ireland’s most significant and revered poets. ℘℘℘ Ireland, from 1932 until 1973, was ruled by the eminently austere statesman Eamon de Valera, in cahoots with...

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An Ocean Away,
Yet Close at Heart

The Irish American Partnership supports education and community development programs across Ireland, North and South.

The Irish American Partnership ensures Irish children have the educational resources they need to thrive. ℘℘℘ Only 11 km off the coast of Connemara lies the island of Inishbofin, a stunning...

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Window on the Past:
A Savior of History

John Gilmary Shea preserved much of the existing knowledge of the beginnings of American Catholicism. ℘℘℘ Considering the Irish-American influence on U.S. Catholicism, it makes sense that...

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Roots:
The Mighty McDonnells

The name McDonnell accounts for a widespread group of individuals of Irish or Scottish heritage. Categorized as a patronymic (a name labelling by male ancestor), McDonnell is an anglicization of the...

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Stan & Ollie and the Irish

Stan & Ollie finds the legendary comedy duo at a low point in their professional lives. No longer the box-office success they once were, they attempt to reignite their careers by embarking on an...

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Book Notes:
Being New York, Being Irish

Being New York, Being Irish is available now in all good bookstores and online at www.iap.ie.

Reflections on Twenty-Five Years of Irish America and New York University’s Glucksman Ireland House. ℘℘℘ Terry Golway assembled Irish and Irish-American writers to give voice to Being New...

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Review of Books

Recently-published books of Irish and Irish-American interest. ℘℘℘ FICTION A Keeper By: Graham Norton A Keeper As a friend commented recently, is there anything Graham Norton can’t do? He’s...

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Sláinte! Auld Lang Syne

Illustration to Robert Burns' poem "Auld Lang Syne" by J.M. Wright and Edward Scriven.

With the New Year in mind, Edythe Preet writes about Robert Burns: Scotland’s Immortal Bard. ℘℘℘ In case any reader has ever wondered how a gal named Preet could claim Irish ancestry,...

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A Southern Celtic
Christmas Concert

The sudden death five years ago of the Nobel laureate Seamus Heaney (1939-2013) evoked an unprecedented outpouring of grief around the world. Generally acknowledged as the greatest poet of the age,...

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Photo Album:
My Wonderful Irish Mother

Patricia Duffy and her children.

My mother, Patricia Duffy, was born December 7, 1927. She was one of two children raised by Rose and Frank Duffy in Oakland, California. Frank Duffy and his brother came to the United States from...

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The 17th Christmas

Pete Hamill.

The Greyhound roared up the Jersey Turnpike in the rain, its fierce power leaving the cars behind, the thick wheels ripping through the gathering pools of water with the driving stateliness of a...

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Hibernia

Irish Eye on Hollywood:
The Irish Laurel and Hardy

What do you get when you cast an Irish American, alongside an Irish Englishman, alongside a...

Winterval in Waterford City

On Saturday, November 17, International Rose of Tralee, Kirsten Mate Maher joined Santa and the...

Michael D. Higgins Re-Elected

Irish President Michael D. Higgins has been re-elected for a second term after receiving 56 percent...

Women in Leadership

Sarah Friar, former CFO at Square and now CEO of Nextdoor and one of our 2018 Business 100...

Irish Eye on Hollywood: Dornan’s Wars

Jamie Dornan is working feverishly to branch out from the Fifty Shades franchise, taking on roles...

Irish Favor Birthright Citizenship

As other western countries are endorsing populist agendas on tightening immigration policy, Ireland...

Presidential Distinguished Service Awards

President of Ireland Michael D. Higgins presented the 2018 Presidential Distinguished Service...

NUI Galway Gala Dinner

On Thursday, November 15, NUI Galway held its 12th Annual Gala Dinner at the University Club in New...

Celtic Football Club Dine
Out in New York for Charity

“You’ll Never Walk Alone,” the unofficial anthem of Celtic Football Club, was sung loudly and...

Irish Eye on Hollywood:
The Gleaming Gleesons

Gleeson family update: Don’t look now, Domhnall, but you’re no longer the only son of Brendan...

The Ireland–U.S. Council’s
56th Annual Dinner

On November 8, the Ireland-U.S. Council, a premier transatlantic business organization, held its...

Ireland Has Highest Rates of Cystic Fibrosis in the World, But is Leading With Research

1 in 19 people in Ireland are carriers of the Cystic Fibrosis gene. In 2010, Professor Paul McNally...

Mary Robinson
Gives Peace Lecture

On Tuesday, November 6th, Former president of Ireland and UN Commissioner for Human Rights Mary...

Fenway’s Hurling Classic

Fenway Park, the hallowed ground of the Boston Red Sox, was taken over by Irish players wielding...

Irish Eye on Hollywood: Neeson’s Back in
Black and White

As always, there is plenty of news on the Liam Neeson front. Look for the hunk from Ballymena in...

Brexit Uncertainty Makes Ireland More Attractive

Bank of America Merrill Lynch has relocated its main EU banking arm from London to Dublin, months...

Guestbook Project Marks Good Friday Agreement’s
20th Anniversary

On Monday, December 3, Guestbook Project, an initiative started by Boston College Professor of...

Irish Eye on Hollywood: Traveling Back in Time

It would make sense if Outlander – with its Irish cast and time-traveling concept – inspired...

Silent Testimony

Hear my Voice, a cinematic tribute to those who suffered loss as a result of the Northern Irish...

Concern Celebrates 50 Years

On Tuesday, December 4, at Cipriani Wall Street, Concern Worldwide US held its 22nd Annual Seeds of...

Ronan Tynan Sings
for George H.W. Bush

Irish Tenor Ronan Tynan sang Silent Night, as well as another song in Irish, at former President...

Irish Art Sells For
Highest Total Ever

In Sotheby’s in London, on November 21, a sale of Irish art from the collection of Brian P. Burns...

Ireland’s Biggest Santa Cycle Reaches €1 Million Mark for Sick Children This Christmas

On Sunday, December 2, 500 Dubliners dressed as Santa Claus with Christmas lights took part in...

University of Limerick Leads the Way on Gender Equality

University of Limerick has long been a leader on gender equality among Irish higher education...

Irish Eye on Hollywood: Angela’s Christmas

Just in time for Christmas, Netflix has produced a 30 minute animated movie based on a Frank...

Irish Eye on Hollywood: Balfe & Kennedy
Race to the Silver Screen

Irish actress and Golden Globe nominee Caitriona Balfe is branching out from the excellent work she...

Cherish the Lady:
Joanie Madden Receives
Eugene O’Neill Lifetime Achievement Award

New York-based Irish American Writers & Artists bestowed the prestigious Eugene O’Neill...

Irish Post Awards

The band The Script, actor James Nesbitt, and music legend Chris de Burgh were among the stars...

Nollaig na mBan

One of the most unique of the many events the Irish American Partnership puts on each year to raise...

Irish Eye on Hollywood: Scary Joy for Ciaran Foy

It will certainly be a happy new year for Dublin born director Ciaran Foy. Foy is the director of...