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Paul Boskind:
A Man and his Castle

Paul Boskind, Ph’D is a psychologist, Chief Executive Officer, national LGBTQ activist, philanthropist, and Tony...

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Paul Boskind:
A Man and his Castle

Paul Boskind, Ph’D is a psychologist, Chief Executive Officer, national LGBTQ activist, philanthropist, and Tony Award-winning producer and owner of a castle in...

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We Banjo 3

The band from Galway that plays a blend of traditional Irish, old-time, and bluegrass music they call Celtgrass. ℘℘℘ The banjo has a long, contested, and even controversial history....

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First Word: The Dreamer of Dreams

“We are the music makers / And we are the dreamers of dreams, / Wandering by lone sea-breakers, / And sitting by desolate streams; / World-losers and world-forsakers, / On whom the pale moon...

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An Tánaiste Opens Georgia  Southern University Facility in Wexford

℘℘℘ Georgia Southern University is the first public university in the United States to open an outreach learning facility in Ireland. On November 20, the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign...

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Fintech Couple Win Major Awards & Sell Company

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℘℘℘ On November 13, the Financial Times named Prepaid Financial Services’ Valerie Moran as one of the Top 100 Most Influential BAME Leaders in Technology. One day later, European CEO...

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Fighting Poverty and Climate Change

℘℘℘ Global poverty and climate change can be averted by 2030. That’s according to Declan Kelly, a businessman from Portroe in Tipperary. Speaking on Ireland’s Late, Late Show in...

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A Citizen’s Assembly on a United Ireland

A united Ireland seems more possible now than at any point in our history ℘℘℘ “Brexit has catapulted this issue forward,” says Pádraig Ó Muirigh, advisor to the Republican Sinn...

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Distinguished Service Awards

℘℘℘ The Irish have made their mark all over the world. Following the 2011 Global Irish Economic Forum, the Irish government inaugurated the Presidential Distinguished Service Award as a way...

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Homeless Crisis as Economy Booms

℘℘℘ Ireland is a tale of two countries. While the economy is booming, the country is also facing the worst homelessness crisis in living memory, according to one of its leading homeless...

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The Irish Post Awards

The Irish who have made their mark on the cultural life of Great Britain at the Irish Post award on November 15th. ℘℘℘ The awards were presented by Eamonn Holmes and Aoife Ní Thuairisg....

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From The Paper Press to the Small Screen

℘℘℘ The ascension of Sally Rooney from promising young Irish writer to A-list entertainment mogul continues at a breathtaking pace.  The latest proof? A fawning report in Vanity Fair, from...

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You Won’t Want to “Pass” on this.

℘℘℘ In other adaptation news, Irish actress Ruth Negga has taken a lead role in a highly anticipated film called Passing, based on the groundbreaking novel of the same name. Passing will...

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Horgan to Take Centre Stage

℘℘℘ Don’t tell Sharon Horgan the movie musical is dead. The Irish writer and actress has joined the cast of Everybody’s Talking About Jamie, a musical drama based on the hit show of the...

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Buckley to Break Boundaries in FARGO Season 4

℘℘℘ Decades from now, when we look back on this era of “peak TV,” shows like The Sopranos, Mad Men, and Breaking Bad are sure to appear near the top of many “Best Of” lists. But in...

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Irish Writers & Artists Honor Peter Quinn

℘℘℘ Kindness, humor, affection and even love (were) on display,” tweeted Counsel General Ciarán Madden, summing up the mood as the Irish American Writers & Artists presented Peter...

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President Obama Statue of Presidents

℘℘℘ Visitors to historic downtown Rapid City, South Dakota, are greeted by a series of life-size bronze statues of our nation’s past presidents along the city’s streets and...

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Mother Jones Inducted into the Mining Hall of Fame

℘℘℘ The National Mining Museum in Leadville, Colorado, inducted Mary Harris “Mother” Jones into its Mining Hall of Fame on September 14. Mother Jones, born in Cork, was one of the most...

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The Annual Tom Quinlan Lecture in Poetry

℘℘℘ November 1: For the eighth year, Glucksman Ireland House at NYU welcomed the winner of one of the poetry world’s most coveted prizes, the Seamus Heaney Centre for Poetry Prize for...

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Queens University celebrates Seamus Heaney in New York

℘℘℘ Professor Ian Greer, president and vice-chancellor for Queen’s University, Belfast, for a Seamus Heaney event on Monday, October 28, 2019. The VC was hosting the event to celebrate 15...

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The Flax Trust Banquet

℘℘℘ The 29th annual Flax Trust New York banquet took place in the 21 Club on October 9, honoring Edward A. McDermott Jr., president and CEO of the Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research;...

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The Friends of Sinn Féin

The Friends of Sinn Féin held its annual dinner on Thursday, November 7, at the Sheraton New York Hotel in Manhattan, raising a reported $700,000. Friends of Sinn Féin was established in 1995 to...

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Judy Collins Opens Concern Gala

℘℘℘ Concern Worldwide U.S.’s Seeds of Hope annual awards dinner got off to a good start with singing legend Judy Collins singing her classic “Both Sides Now,” and classic anthem...

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Loretta Brennan Glucksman Honored

℘℘℘ Family, friends, leading figures in the Irish world, and a contingent from the University of Limerick (UL) converged on Glucksman Ireland House at NYU on Sunday, November 17 to witness...

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Enda O’Brien Takes New York

℘℘℘ Fresh on the heels of her success with her latest book, Girl, Edna O’Brien was at Symphony Space for an evening of tributes and a one-on-one interview with Robert Ford, the American...

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New York Hurling Classic 2019

℘℘℘ Four all-star hurling teams descended on the city of New York to battle it out for the top spot in the New York Hurling Classic 2019 in mid-November. Tipperary, Kilkenny, Wexford, and...

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A Hidden Gem of Celtic Revival Art

℘℘℘ A tiny chapel, just outside of Dublin City Centre in the pleasant seaside town of Dún Laoghaire, houses a stunning jewel of Celtic. Revival decoration, yet the small building is so...

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Fáilte go hÉireann

℘℘℘ A journey through the native Irish-speaking areas of Ireland These are the words of welcome that Irish people have greeted visitors with for centuries. They may well be the words...

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Skyscraper Sullivan

The Visionary Behind our Modern Towers of Babel ℘℘℘ Few things convey a sense of progress and modernity like skyscrapers. Whether or not one finds them aesthetically appealing, such...

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Wild Irish Women: Madame Bluebell

℘℘℘ Ladies: who among us hasn’t at least briefly entertained the fantasy of having Catherine Deneuve portray you in the movie of your life? Okay, even if that’s not the direction you...

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Tragedy over the Reeks

℘℘℘ The MacGillycuddy Reeks, Ireland’s tallest mountain range, stretches across the Iveragh Peninsula in the southwest section of the Emerald Isle. The area is steeped in ancient...

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Listen Now Again

A new National Library of Ireland exhibition celebrating the life and work of Seamus Heaney gives an overview of the poet laureate’s life and work. ℘℘℘ When Seamus Heaney was...

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Review of Books

℘℘℘ Noah Selvaggio misses his wife Joan something rotten. Luckily, she’s still very much present in his head, and 40 years of togetherness ensure he still converses with her regularly in...

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Sláinte! An Irish Christmas with a Drop of Scottish

Head back to Kansas with Dorothy, fly to Never Never Land with Peter Pan, and read about the two writers that gave us these wonderful characters. ℘℘℘ It’s mid-November and we are...

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Roots: That’s Not an Irish Name!

℘℘℘ Names such as Kelly, Murphy, O’Brien, and Ryan are distinctively Irish and are widely known to be. However, there are many other names that are Irish – but far less obviously so....

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“What’re You Having”

1939 – Astor Bar, New York ℘℘℘ My father, Michael Rogers, was a bartender at New York’s legendary Astor Bar from 1936 to 1965. The photo above was taken for the N.Y. Daily News...

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Ireland: There’s Never Been a Better Time to Visit

℘℘℘ Tourism Ireland’s Executive Vice President, North America & Australia / NZ Alison Metcalfe, explains why Ireland is a unique travel destination, offering beautiful landscapes, a...

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Buckley to Break Boundaries in FARGO Season 4

℘℘℘ Decades from now, when we look back on this era of “peak TV,” shows like The...

President Obama Statue of Presidents

℘℘℘ Visitors to historic downtown Rapid City, South Dakota, are greeted by a...

The Irish Post Awards

The Irish who have made their mark on the cultural life of Great Britain at the Irish Post award...

A Citizen’s Assembly on a United Ireland

A united Ireland seems more possible now than at any point in our...

New York Hurling Classic 2019

℘℘℘ Four all-star hurling teams descended on the city of New York to battle it out for...

Mother Jones Inducted into the Mining Hall of Fame

℘℘℘ The National Mining Museum in Leadville, Colorado, inducted Mary Harris “Mother”...

Distinguished Service Awards

℘℘℘ The Irish have made their mark all over the world. Following the 2011 Global Irish...

A Hidden Gem of Celtic Revival Art

℘℘℘ A tiny chapel, just outside of Dublin City Centre in the pleasant seaside town of...

Queens University celebrates Seamus Heaney in New York

℘℘℘ Professor Ian Greer, president and vice-chancellor for Queen’s University, Belfast,...

Enda O’Brien Takes New York

℘℘℘ Fresh on the heels of her success with her latest book, Girl, Edna O’Brien was at...