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March / April 2019

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Window on the Past: Hugh Daily

A one-armed Irishman with a bat… It just sounds problematic. And baseball player Hugh “One Arm” Daily was indeed a...

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Hall of Fame:
Grammy Award-Winning Musician Arturo O’Farrill

At first the names Arturo and O’Farrill don’t seem to belong together. But, in the long, romantic history of the...

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Celebrating St. Patrick
in the United States

Some of the biggest and best parades celebrating Ireland’s patron saint actually take place in America. New York may have...

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Hall of Fame:
Lawyer, Public Servant, and Peacemaker John C. Dearie

John Dearie may not remember the specific year, but he remembers a very small, very important detail about one New York City...

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Galway Girl

The Transatlantic Connection That Inspired a Tribal Anthem: An encounter in Galway 20 years ago led Steve Earle to write one...

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In This Issue

Hall of Fame: NYPD Commissioner James P. O’Neill

NYPD Commissioner James P. O'Neill, taken by Mark Condren for his book, NYPD: Behind the Scenes with the Men and Women of the New York City Police Department.

“Jimmy’s not just a cop’s cop. He’s a New Yorker’s New Yorker.” When it comes to James O’Neill, New York City’s 43rd and current police commissioner, those words by Chirlane McCray,...

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Hall of Fame:
Lawyer, Public Servant, and Peacemaker John C. Dearie

John Dearie pictured with Gerry Adams in 2018.

John Dearie may not remember the specific year, but he remembers a very small, very important detail about one New York City St. Patrick’s Day parade in the late 1980s. “I remember seeing all of...

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Hall of Fame:
Broadcaster Adrian Flannelly

Adrian Flannelly (right) broadcasting from his New York studio with former New York City mayor Ed Koch.

He’s been praised by the New York Daily News as the “Dean of Irish Radio in the United States,” by New York Newsday as “a promoter of incredible charm and energy,” by The Irish...

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Hall of Fame: Academy Award-Winning Director
Terry George

On the set of The Promise. Terry's son, Seamus (pictured left), is the assistant director.

There is a thread that links each of Terry George’s films, and it comes directly from his life. “I’m talking about ordinary people struggling against oppression,” he tells Irish America....

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Hall of Fame: Irish Repertory Theatre Founders Charlotte Moore & Ciarán O’Reilly

Charlotte Moore and Ciarán O'Reilly, the founders of the Irish Repertory Theatre.

The year is 1980. A former movie actor, Ronald Reagan, whose great-grandfather was an emigrant from the village of Ballyporeen in County Tipperary, is the newly-elected, 40th president of the United...

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Hall of Fame:
Grammy Award-Winning Musician Arturo O’Farrill

Arturo O'Farrill pictured in front of some Brooklyn street art.

At first the names Arturo and O’Farrill don’t seem to belong together. But, in the long, romantic history of the Hibernia-Hispania connection, they do: Bernardo O’Higgins liberated Chile; the...

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First Word:
Trailblazers Past & Present

It was the first time that I knew the full weight of Irish America. Coming from a small country with few people, it’s difficult for an immigrant to grasp that in a place as big as America, the...

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Dublin Apocalypse
Manuscript Now Online

Trinity College Dublin (TCD) celebrated the digitization of the Dublin Apocalypse manuscript, one of great medieval treasures of TCD’s library, on February 1. The 14th-century Latin manuscript of...

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Long-Lost James Connolly
Play May Be Found

James Connolly.

In Nora Connolly’s 1935 memoir of her father, James Connolly, she mentions a play of his entitled The Agitator’s Wife, which scholars have never been able to find. A short story of the same name...

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Ireland Leading
the War on Plastic

Platic washed up on the beach.

Ireland, the first to ban smoking in public places and the first to charge for plastic bags in supermarkets, is now taking it one step further. The Irish government has prohibited the purchase of all...

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Syrian Refugee in
Ireland Wins Science Award

Suad Al Darra, a master’s student studying computer science at NUI Galway’s College of Engineering and Informatics, was one of five winners at the recent Techfugees Global Challenge competition....

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The Cry of the Curlew

Irish Plant and Animal Life Endangered ℘℘℘ One third of the species of Irish plant and animal wildlife are in danger of extinction, according to the Irish Wildlife Trust (IWT). On the...

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Irish Nurses Strike for Fair Pay

Ireland’s nurses went on strike on January 30 in a dispute over pay and staff shortages. There were three separate 24-hour stoppages and a planned three-day strike set for February 12, until the...

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Ancient Gaelic
Manuscript Discovered

Arecently discovered 15th-century Irish vellum manuscript reveals a connection between Gaelic Ireland and the Islamic world, and illustrates that medical scholarship in medieval Gaelic Ireland was on...

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Irish Eye on Hollywood: March / April 2019

Al Pacino and Robert De Niro in The Irishman.

THE IRISHMAN FOR 2020? It’s time for Academy Award predictions – for 2020!  It’s never too early to look ahead and see which films Hollywood honchos are positioning as Oscar bait, to lure...

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Those We Lost: Kevin Roche

Kevin Roche, the prominent Dublin-born, American architect who brought his modernist style to many significant buildings, passed away on Friday, March 1, at his home in Guilford, Connecticut, at the...

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Celebrating St. Patrick
in the United States

Some of the biggest and best parades celebrating Ireland’s patron saint actually take place in America. New York may have the largest parade in the country, but it’s followed closely by Savannah,...

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John Brennan
Speaks to Young Leaders

The Ireland Funds Young Leaders in New York for a four-day meet-up.

Over 150 young business leaders from the U.S. and abroad gathered in New York City for The Ireland Funds’ 8th Annual Global Young Leaders Summit, hearing from many industry and government leaders....

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Irish in Palm Beach

Bob Crowe and Elizabeth Bagley (former U.S. Ambassador to Portugal) with Irish Ambassador to the U.S. Dan Mulhall and his wife Greta.

Both the Ireland-U.S. Council’s 27th Annual Winter Meeting and the Ireland Funds’ 29th Annual Emerald Isle Palm Beach Dinner Dance took place in Palm Beach, Florida, over Valentine’s Day. At...

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Origin Theatre’s 1st Irish Awards

Fionnula Flanagan with Mark Lambert, who play Aunt Maggie Faraway and Uncle Patrick Carney, respectively, in The Ferryman, and Eoin Cannon, who plays Frank McCourt in Angela's Ashes: The Musical, which is destined for Broadway.

The crowd-pleasing rugby play Alone It Stands scored Best Production at the 2019 Origin 1st Irish Theatre Festival’s closing night festivities at the Manhattan Club at Rosie O’Grady’s in...

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UCC at NYU

L-R: Rob Donelson, Executive Director of Development and Alumni Relations UCC; Prof. Patrick O'Shea, President of UCC; Prof. Kevin Kenny, Director of Glucksman Ireland House NYU; and Ciarán Madden, Ireland's Consul General to New York.

Alumni of University College Cork got together at NYU’s Glucksman Ireland House, for a reception hosted by the president of ​UCC, Professor Patrick O’Shea. Graduates were updated on the...

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Baroness Blood Celebrated

Liam Neeson, May Blood, and John Fitzpatrick.

Baroness May Blood, recently retired from the U.K.’s House of Lords after a long and very distinguished career, was celebrated in New York City in January at an Ireland Funds reception held in...

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Americans Prepare for Brexit

The American Brexit Committee convened in NYC in January.

The troubles of Brexit do not stop at the E.U. border. The American Brexit Committee convened in New York City on January 24 to assess how Great Britain’s exit from the European Union will affect...

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The Tánaiste Goes to Washington

Tánaiste Simon Coveney meeting with former congressman Peter King (R-NY) and Congressman Richie Neal (D-MA) in Washington, D.C.

Simon Coveney, the Tánaiste (Ireland’s deputy prime minister) was in New York in February to support Ireland’s campaign for a non-permanent seat on the UN Security Council, the election for...

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NYPD Photo Launch

Photographer Mark Condren (left) and Sgt. Conor McDonald at the launch of Condren’s book of New York’s finest in action.

Mark Condren pitched the idea of an NYPD-centric coffee table book to Commissioner James O’Neill in 2016 after finishing a similar project about Ireland’s police force, the Garda. O’Neill was...

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NYU Glucksman Ireland House Gala Honors

Loretta Brennan Glucksman, Alice McDermott, Marie Heaney, and Jim Rooney at the GIH gala.

The awarding-winning writer Alice McDermott and Pittsburgh business leader Jim Rooney were honored at the annual Glucksman Ireland House NYU Gala on February 28. Some 300 gathered to toast the...

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Downey Talks

Bob Downey talks to Glenn Kenny about his work after a showing of Putney Swope at Waterside Plaza NYC.

Nowadays people think of Bob Downey as actor Robert Downey, Jr.’s father, but back in the ’60s and ’70s he was celebrated for his avant-garde movies – most notably, his 1969 satire Putney...

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Judy Collins on the Town

The artist Louise Peabody and singer Judy Collins pose in front of Peabody’s portrait of Collins at the Century Club.

Singer and author Judy Collins, just off an 18-month tour with Stephen Stills, and with hit song “Dreamers” on the Billboard charts, was back in New York City, her home since the ’70s, on...

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Business Awards in Philadelphia

Sean Flatley, President of the Irish American Business Chamber & Network; Col. Tom Manion, Chairman Emeritus, and Ryan Manion, Preisdent, of the Travis Manion Foundation; Daniel & Sarah Keating; Liam Kelly, CEO of Teleflex; Kevin Kent, Chairman of the Irish American Business Chamber & Network.

Irish Ambassador to the United States Daniel Mulhall presented the Irish American Business Chamber & Network Awards at a luncheon on Friday, March 1, at the Union League of Philadelphia. Over 600...

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Story and Song

Singer Mary Deady and author Mary Pat Kelly in performance at the Irish Repertory Theatre.

Author Mary Pat Kelly launched her latest his  torical fiction novel, Irish Above All, with a gathering at the Irish Rep. on February 11. It was a lovely celebration of Irish America, as Kelly...

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Those We Lost

Famed architect Kevin Roche.

Recent passings in the Irish and Irish American communities. ℘℘℘ Eileen Battersby. Eileen Battersby (1958 – 2018) Former literary critic and correspondent for the Irish Times Eileen Battersby...

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Galway Girl

Steve Earle and the Dukes.

The Transatlantic Connection That Inspired a Tribal Anthem: An encounter in Galway 20 years ago led Steve Earle to write one of his most beloved songs. Today, the connection between this small Irish...

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Wild Irish Women:
Isadora Duncan

Isadora with her dancers, The Isadorables.

An American pioneer of dance and an important figure in both the arts and history, Isadora Duncan was known as the “Mother of Modern Dance.” ℘℘℘ “Sans Limites” Oh, body swayed...

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The Passion
of the San Patricios

The Churubusco monastery at the height of the 1847 Battle of Churubusco, during which the Batallón de San Patricio was captured, painted by James Walker.

Irish America looks back at the legacy of St. Patrick’s Battalion, an honor-bound group of Irishmen that championed the cause of the smaller Mexican force against the might of the American army...

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Window on the Past: Hugh Daily

The Buffalo Bisons, 1882. Daily is circled.

A one-armed Irishman with a bat… It just sounds problematic. And baseball player Hugh “One Arm” Daily was indeed a problematic guy. His predicament made it impossible for him to succeed as...

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Sláinte! Rainy Day Comfort

A little girl enjoys the rainfall.

“Anyone who says sunshine brings happiness has never danced in the rain.” – Anonymous ℘℘℘ When people who live elsewhere than Los Angeles phone me and ask “How’s the...

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Review of Books

Recently published books by Irish and Irish-American authors. ℘℘℘ In the Galway Silence  by Ken Bruen The Galway Tourist Office must just brace itself every time there’s a new book out by...

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Roots: The Ferocious and Fascinating O’Neills

The O'Neill family crest.

Members of the O’Neill Clan (anglicized from Ui Néill, “Néill” meaning “champion”) can trace their origins back to Niall Noígíallach “of the Nine Hostages” (c. 361-452). Niall...

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Photo Album: My Grandfather, the Diver

Patrick Killen with his daughter, Margaret, and son, Joseph Patrick, 1934.

My grandfather, Patrick Joseph Killen, (“Pop”), was born in Downpatrick, County Down, in 1897. He sailed with his sister Margaret for America in 1911, and arrived in New York on his 14th...

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Hibernia

Baroness Blood Celebrated

Baroness May Blood, recently retired from the U.K.’s House of Lords after a long and very...

Irish Eye on Hollywood: March / April 2019

THE IRISHMAN FOR 2020? It’s time for Academy Award predictions – for 2020!  It’s never too...

The Tánaiste Goes to Washington

Simon Coveney, the Tánaiste (Ireland’s deputy prime minister) was in New York in February to...

Ireland Leading
the War on Plastic

Ireland, the first to ban smoking in public places and the first to charge for plastic bags in...

Long-Lost James Connolly
Play May Be Found

In Nora Connolly’s 1935 memoir of her father, James Connolly, she mentions a play of his entitled...

Origin Theatre’s 1st Irish Awards

The crowd-pleasing rugby play Alone It Stands scored Best Production at the 2019 Origin 1st Irish...

NYU Glucksman Ireland House Gala Honors

The awarding-winning writer Alice McDermott and Pittsburgh business leader Jim Rooney were honored...

The Cry of the Curlew

Irish Plant and Animal Life Endangered ℘℘℘ One third of the species of Irish plant and...

Downey Talks

Nowadays people think of Bob Downey as actor Robert Downey, Jr.’s father, but back in the ’60s...

UCC at NYU

Alumni of University College Cork got together at NYU’s Glucksman Ireland House, for a reception...

Business Awards in Philadelphia

Irish Ambassador to the United States Daniel Mulhall presented the Irish American Business Chamber...

Celebrating St. Patrick
in the United States

Some of the biggest and best parades celebrating Ireland’s patron saint actually take place in...

Judy Collins on the Town

Singer and author Judy Collins, just off an 18-month tour with Stephen Stills, and with hit song...

Irish in Palm Beach

Both the Ireland-U.S. Council’s 27th Annual Winter Meeting and the Ireland Funds’ 29th Annual...

Story and Song

Author Mary Pat Kelly launched her latest his  torical fiction novel, Irish Above All, with a...

Irish Nurses Strike for Fair Pay

Ireland’s nurses went on strike on January 30 in a dispute over pay and staff shortages. There...

Dublin Apocalypse
Manuscript Now Online

Trinity College Dublin (TCD) celebrated the digitization of the Dublin Apocalypse manuscript, one...

Ancient Gaelic
Manuscript Discovered

Arecently discovered 15th-century Irish vellum manuscript reveals a connection between Gaelic...

Americans Prepare for Brexit

The troubles of Brexit do not stop at the E.U. border. The American Brexit Committee convened in...

NYPD Photo Launch

Mark Condren pitched the idea of an NYPD-centric coffee table book to Commissioner James O’Neill...

John Brennan
Speaks to Young Leaders

Over 150 young business leaders from the U.S. and abroad gathered in New York City for The Ireland...

Syrian Refugee in
Ireland Wins Science Award

Suad Al Darra, a master’s student studying computer science at NUI Galway’s College of...