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Irish Power, U.S. Politics

U.S. Rep. Richie Neal Talks to Niall O’Dowd

Richie Neal’s extraordinary journey from a working-class neighborhood in Springfield, Massachusetts, to Washington, D.C.,...

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Recollections of a
Bronx Irish Catholic

In the 1950s, the Bronx was a melting pot of immigrants and first-generation families: Jewish, Italian, and Irish alike....

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Irish War Brides:
A Little Irish Romance

A group of workers on the docks serenaded the passengers with “When Irish Eyes are Smiling” and “Come Back to Erin.”...

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The Last Irish Saloon

An old-time bar in Brooklyn, Farrell’s has served as a community center since the 1930s, and is the last marker of what...

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Window on the Past:
Manifest Destiny

Two words from one Irishman who trumpeted the world’s superpower. ℘℘℘ “Manifest destiny…” These words,...

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In This Issue

Irish Power, U.S. Politics

U.S. Rep. Richie Neal Talks to Niall O’Dowd

Richie Neal’s extraordinary journey from a working-class neighborhood in Springfield, Massachusetts, to Washington, D.C., and one of the most powerful jobs in American politics as the chairman of...

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First Word:
A True Friend of Ireland

My first home in America was in the Bronx, a basement apartment on Briggs Avenue off Fordham Road. It was a happy time. We were a revelry of young Irish immigrants caught up in the glorious freedom...

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Arrests in Death of Journalist

Police investigating the murder of journalist Lyra McKee in Derry have arrested four people under terrorism legislation. ℘℘℘ The four males – aged 15, 18, 38, and 51 – were arrested in...

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Malahide Casino Returns

Malahide Casino after being restored.

The repair and conservation of the Malahide Casino building is nearing its completion. A historic 18th-century cottage orné, the building had been vacant for a number of years and had fallen into...

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World War II “Eire” Landmark Restored

A historic Irish Second World War coastal landmark has been painstakingly restored by volunteers in Dublin. For six months, a team of up to 35 volunteers met on Hawk Cliff in Dalkey, Dublin, and...

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U.K. and Ireland Agree Common Travel Area

The governments of Britain and Ireland have agreed on a deal to preserve the Common Travel Area (CTA) shared by the two countries after Brexit. The Memorandum of Understanding guarantees the...

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Seamus Heaney’s 80th Birthday Celebration

Bríd Brennan, Adrian Dunbar, and Neil Martin at “In New Light; An Occasion To Mark What Would Have Been Seamus Heaney’s 80th Birthday.”

World-renowned artists gathered in Bellaghy, Northern Ireland, on Saturday, April 13, for “In New Light: An Occasion to Mark What Would Have Been Seamus Heaney’s 80th Birthday.” It was held at...

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Great Irish Song Stamps

U2 and The Cranberries are among notable Irish musicians featured on a new set of stamps celebrating great Irish songs. The Cranberries’ global smash hit “Dreams” is included along with...

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McAllister Can Stay for Now!

At the request of many prominent politicians, including senators Chuck Schumer and Lindsay Graham, Acting Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan has intervened to postpone the...

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Kerrygold Sales
Exceed €1 Billion

Global sales of Kerrygold butter and dairy products have exceeded €1 billion in revenue per year, a first for an Irish food company. The Irish Dairy Board – now Ornua – owns the...

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James Connolly Visitor
Centre Opens in Belfast

At a ceremony on Friday, April 19, President of Ireland Michael D. Higgins officially opened Áras Uí Chonghaile, the new James Connolly Visitor Centre, providing a new space for discovery,...

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The Lusitania Gifted to Cork Museum

The shipwreck of the RMS Lusitania has been gifted to a museum in Kinsale, County Cork, exactly 104 years after it was torpedoed by a German U-boat on May 7, 1915 during the first world war. The...

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Game of Thrones Set to be Turned into Tourist Attractions in Northern Ireland

“The world’s most popular show,” Game of Thrones, may have wrapped up, but that doesn’t mean you’ve seen the last of Westeros. HBO plans to convert several of the series’ filming...

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Irish Eye on Hollywood:
May / June 2019

BUCKLE UP FOR BUCKLEY We may look back on 2019 as the moment the entertainment industry was conquered by Kerry native Jessie Buckley. Earlier this year, Forbes magazine touted the Irish...

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Railroad with Irish Roots Turns 150

The 150th anniversary of connecting the First Transcontinental Railroad was commemorated in a two-day celebration in a remote spot in the Utah desert called Promontory Point, where the final spikes...

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Irish Film Institute Unveils Century-Old Footage

The Irish Film Institute (IFI) was at the Consulate General of Ireland in New York in April to launch its Irish Independence Film Collection, a culturally significant compilation of newsreel material...

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O’Toole Honored by Éire Society

Three hundred guests attended the Éire Society of Boston’s dinner at which Kathleen M. O’Toole, former Massachusetts Secretary of Public Safety and former Boston Police Commissioner, was...

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Irish American Partnership Grants $10,000 in Honor
of Michael Dowling

The Irish American Partnership announced a special grant of $10,000 to Ahalin National School in County Limerick during its annual New York Business Leaders Breakfast on April 10, 2019, in honor of...

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The Ireland Funds Gala

The Ireland Funds 44th annual New York Gala raised over $2.3 million for Irish charities and causes. Actress Saoirse Ronan, Verizon’s Ronan Dunne, and Bridgewater Associates’ Eileen K. Murray...

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Makem & Clancy Together Again

On Tuesday April 16, 2019, Dónal Clancy and Rory Makem performed in a special concert at the Tommy Makem Arts and Community Centre (TMAC) in Keady, County Armagh. The center is just a stone’s...

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Those We Lost

Bill O’Donnell (1935 – 2019) Former newspaper reporter Bill O’Donnell died in April, aged 84. A beloved and dedicated member of the Irish community in Boston, O’Donnell proudly held...

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Wild Irish Women:

A Most Sorrowful Mystery

Oh! star of Erin, queen of tears, Black clouds have beset thy birth, And your people die like morning stars, That your light may grace the earth. – “Stars of Freedom,” 1981 By IRA...

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“Wild Bill” Donovan:
Irish-American War
Hero and Superspy

“Wild Bill“ Donovan had many fascinating friends, including Ian Fleming, creator of James Bond – the fictional, globe-trotting superspy. Donovan’s real-life feats, however, surpassed even...

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Irish War Brides:
A Little Irish Romance

A group of workers on the docks serenaded the passengers with “When Irish Eyes are Smiling” and “Come Back to Erin.” The sirens of other ships in the harbor wailed while the 314 Irish brides...

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The Last Irish Saloon

An old-time bar in Brooklyn, Farrell’s has served as a community center since the 1930s, and is the last marker of what was once a thriving Irish neighborhood. ℘℘℘ Farrell’s Bar, on the...

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Recollections of a
Bronx Irish Catholic

In the 1950s, the Bronx was a melting pot of immigrants and first-generation families: Jewish, Italian, and Irish alike. Peter Quinn shares his story of what it was like to be a Bronx Irish Catholic,...

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For Faith & Country

All Hallows High School, a Catholic boys’ high school in the South Bronx, has a colorful history, from the sons of Irish immigrants who it was opened for to the minority students it now serves....

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Window on the Past:
Manifest Destiny

Two words from one Irishman who trumpeted the world’s superpower. ℘℘℘ “Manifest destiny…” These words, placed together, command one’s attention. They sound important, almost...

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Decades of Irish Dance: Celebrating Patsy McLoughlin

Irish dancing is a very important part of the heritage and culture of Ireland and the Irish-American community, and no one knows that better than Patsy McLoughlin. ℘℘℘ Patsy Early...

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Your Summer Reading List

MILKMAN Anna Burns A month after reading Milkman, Anna Burns’ Man Booker prize-winning novel, vivid scenes come unbidden into my head. You too will be haunted by this book, but it’s a must-read...

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Sláinte!: The Lace Place

Imagine Ireland. What do you see? Patchwork green fields, stone walls, crystal streams, ancient ruins, horses…and lace. From manor house to country cottage, windows are draped with the delicate...

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Photo Album:
Tales of New York

I have no interest in Ancestry.com or tracing my roots. I know most of my DNA and it’s all Irish on my mom’s side. Her father, the son of a Ballylongford, County Kerry, farmer, was named Tom...

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Malahide Casino Returns

The repair and conservation of the Malahide Casino building is nearing its completion. A historic...

Arrests in Death of Journalist

Police investigating the murder of journalist Lyra McKee in Derry have arrested four people under...

McAllister Can Stay for Now!

At the request of many prominent politicians, including senators Chuck Schumer and Lindsay Graham,...

Irish Film Institute Unveils Century-Old Footage

The Irish Film Institute (IFI) was at the Consulate General of Ireland in New York in April to...

U.K. and Ireland Agree Common Travel Area

The governments of Britain and Ireland have agreed on a deal to preserve the Common Travel Area...

Makem & Clancy Together Again

On Tuesday April 16, 2019, Dónal Clancy and Rory Makem performed in a special concert at the Tommy...

World War II “Eire” Landmark Restored

A historic Irish Second World War coastal landmark has been painstakingly restored by volunteers...

Irish Eye on Hollywood:
May / June 2019

BUCKLE UP FOR BUCKLEY We may look back on 2019 as the moment the entertainment industry was...

James Connolly Visitor
Centre Opens in Belfast

At a ceremony on Friday, April 19, President of Ireland Michael D. Higgins officially opened Áras...

Great Irish Song Stamps

U2 and The Cranberries are among notable Irish musicians featured on a new set of stamps...

The Ireland Funds Gala

The Ireland Funds 44th annual New York Gala raised over $2.3 million for Irish charities and...

Seamus Heaney’s 80th Birthday Celebration

World-renowned artists gathered in Bellaghy, Northern Ireland, on Saturday, April 13, for “In New...

Railroad with Irish Roots Turns 150

The 150th anniversary of connecting the First Transcontinental Railroad was commemorated in a...

Game of Thrones Set to be Turned into Tourist Attractions in Northern Ireland

“The world’s most popular show,” Game of Thrones, may have wrapped up, but that...

O’Toole Honored by Éire Society

Three hundred guests attended the Éire Society of Boston’s dinner at which Kathleen M....

Irish American Partnership Grants $10,000 in Honor
of Michael Dowling

The Irish American Partnership announced a special grant of $10,000 to Ahalin National School in...

The Lusitania Gifted to Cork Museum

The shipwreck of the RMS Lusitania has been gifted to a museum in Kinsale, County Cork, exactly 104...

Kerrygold Sales
Exceed €1 Billion

Global sales of Kerrygold butter and dairy products have exceeded €1 billion in revenue per year,...