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Running Rings Around the Empire: The 1908 Olympics

In 1908, as the world’s attention focused on the Olympic Games in London, Britain had decided again not to allow Ireland...

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Hall of Fame:
Powerful Business Leader Promoting Inclusion & Diversity, Eileen Murray

What does the next chapter hold for Eileen Murray, one of the most senior women in the financial services industry –...

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Hall of Fame:
Thomas Kelly, Visionary, Educator, and Advocate for “Great and Giving Lives”.

Visionary Educator and Advocate for “Great and Giving Lives” Fifteen years ago, when Thomas Kelly, Ph.D., became...

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Window on the Past:
The Irish Bambino

In late 1990s baseball, home runs were everywhere. The balls were allegedly juiced. The sluggers were definitely juiced....

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Hall of Fame:
Patrick Doherty, The New York Official Who Uses Investment Power to Promote Human Rights.

New York Official Uses Investment Power to Promote Human Rights Patrick Doherty recalls one of many St. Patrick’s Day...

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In This Issue

Hall of Fame:
Dancer, Choreographer, Teacher Jean Butler

A few years back, the Irish dancing community was dealt a series of devastating losses. Four celebrated dance masters – Jimmy Erwin, Jerry Mulvihill, Michael Bergin, and Peter Smith – passed...

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Hall of Fame: Judy Collins
Singer, Songwriter, Social Activist

It is difficult to define or to encapsulate Judy Collins in under 2,000 words. Ironically though, perhaps just two words can provide an insight into this remarkable woman’s activism, career, and...

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Hall of Fame:
Patrick Doherty, The New York Official Who Uses Investment Power to Promote Human Rights.

New York Official Uses Investment Power to Promote Human Rights Patrick Doherty recalls one of many St. Patrick’s Day parties on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, where his parents met, and his...

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Hall of Fame:
Thomas Kelly, Visionary, Educator, and Advocate for “Great and Giving Lives”.

Visionary Educator and Advocate for “Great and Giving Lives” Fifteen years ago, when Thomas Kelly, Ph.D., became Horace Mann School’s Head of School, the independent school’s...

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Hall of Fame:
Labor Leader Promoting Diversity Sean McGarvey

Sean McGarvey began his career as a glazier, so it’s fitting that he has an office with a view. And what a view! McGarvey, president of North America’s Building Trades Unions (NABTU), has an...

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Hall of Fame:
Family, Faith, Fidelity, & Financial Independence Kathleen Murphy

It may be an over-used chestnut at times, but that “there is no ‘I’ in team” is still a popular phrase in the worlds of sport and industry. And Kathleen Murphy, a team player to her...

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Hall of Fame:
Powerful Business Leader Promoting Inclusion & Diversity, Eileen Murray

What does the next chapter hold for Eileen Murray, one of the most senior women in the financial services industry – someone who has made a career out of breaking barriers and redefining...

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Hall of Fame:
An Honest Broker Congressman Richie Neal

Last April, U.S. Congressman Richard E. ­Neal had an extraordinary moment when he was able to pay tribute to his personal as well as political forebears – not in his native Massachusetts, but in...

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First Word:
Dreamers

“Our focus is to create ladders of opportunity to help people get to the middle class through the construction trades. That’s really why you do it.” – Sean...

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News: Sinn Féin Surge
in Irish Election

The Irish people went to the polls on February 8 to elect a new government. Almost a month later, that government has yet to be formed. Why is this and what does it mean? In order to form a...

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News: Ireland’s Best
Vacation Destinations

The best hotel and tourism operators in Ireland were recently recognized at the 30th CIE Tours International Awards of Excellence. These awards took place in Christchurch Cathedral in Dublin on...

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News: Remembering
Aengus & Jack

The Finucane brothers were unstoppable forces, seeing no such thing as an unsolvable problem. There was a sense of immediacy about them…a kind of raw humanity,” president of Ireland Michael D....

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News: The Rose Fitzgerald
Kennedy Bridge Opens

The great-granddaughter of Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy joined Irish taoiseach Leo Varadkar to open Ireland’s longest bridge on January 29. Named for the Irish-American matriarch, it’s only the...

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News: Museum of
Literature Opens in Dublin

Ireland has a new landmark cultural institution. The Museum of Literature Ireland (MoLI) on St. Stephen’s Green in Dublin celebrates Ireland’s world-renowned literary heritage. The museum is...

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News: An Irish
Garden Blooms

Spring bloomed in the world-famous Mount Congreve Gardens this Valentine’s Day. That’s when the inaugural Crocus Festival started, celebrating the simple beauty of the flower. Thousands of...

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News: Irish Hotels
Scoop Forbes Awards

Eight Irish hotels have been recognized as ranking among the world’s best hotels, restaurants, and spas, according to the Forbes Travel Guide. Ashford Castle in Cong, County Mayo, was one of...

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News: MS Research at Trinity

Scientists at Trinity College Dublin have made a discovery that could lead to more effective treatments for people living with multiple sclerosis (MS) and other autoimmune diseases such as psoriasis...

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News: Irish Women’s Awards

Ireland’s inspiring women were celebrated at the second Irish Women’s Awards on January 29. In a ceremony that took place at the Blanchardstown Crowne Plaza Hotel in Dublin, 32 awards were...

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News: New Writing Awards

Dublin’s Dalkey Book Festival is celebrating its second decade by launching two major new annual Irish literary awards worth a total of €30,000. These awards will recognize writers in two...

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Irish Eye on Hollywood: Colfer’s Fiction Soon to Become a Small-Screen Reality

Memorial Day is going to feel more like a sequel to St. Patrick’s Day when the sci-fi fantasy flick Artemis Fowl – with loads of Irish talent in front of and behind the camera – kicks off the...

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Irish Eye on Hollywood: HBO to Release The Plot
Against America
in March

One of the more interesting political novels in recent years is being brought to television by HBO, featuring several big Hollywood names as well as an up-and-coming actor from Northern Ireland....

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Irish Eye on Hollywood: Dublin Murders & What
the Future Holds

The Starz network is in the same wait-and-see boat when it comes to its recent series Dublin Murders, which featured a fine bunch of Irish talent – including best-selling Irish-American writer...

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Irish Eye on Hollywood: Macken – a Model, an Actor,
a Director, and Much More

Another Dublin Murders star, Conleth Hill, is among the impressive cast of Irish talent putting out a film called Here Are the Young Men. Based on the Dublin-set novel of the same name, the film...

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Irish Eye on Hollywood: Derry Girls the Movie?

One of the heartwarming success stories of the streaming entertainment era is that of Lisa McGee, a Northern Ireland-born screenwriter whose success in Ireland and the U.K. would not likely have...

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Irish Eye on Hollywood: Billie Eilish to Write Bond’s New Theme Tune

It’s been 15 years since Pierce Brosnan played James Bond, but the next 007 film will be getting a little help from the Irish. Eighteen-year-old music superstar Billie Eilish – born in...

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Irish Eye on Hollywood: Farrell to Channel DeVito’s Evil Penguin in The Batman Flick

It would take quite a dedicated film historian, or very creative film producer, to pick out any role in movie history that both hunky Colin Farrell and balding and barrel-shaped Danny DeVito could...

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Celebrating Women in Boston and Washington, D.C.

Hosted by the Irish American Partnership, women’s leadership breakfasts in Boston and Washington, D.C., featured Ambassador Samantha Power and Senator Joan Freeman, founder of Pieta House and...

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Origin 1st Irish
Theatre Festival Awards

The 12th annual Origin 1st Irish Festival, a month-long theater festival (January 7 to February 3, 2020) in New York City dedicated to showcasing the work of contemporary Irish writers at...

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Dances from the
American Revolution

Philadelphia’s Museum of the American Revolution held a winter ball on January 21. Visitors were encouraged to fall into step and join in a traditional Irish céilí – a social...

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Tourism Ireland’s “Green
Is the New Black”

Tourism Ireland hosted a stellar event at The Lotte New York Palace Hotel in New York City on January 28 to launch its 2020 marketing plan – an extension of the 2019 “Fill Your Heart with...

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Enda Kenny in New York to Support Fundraiser for Children with Cancer

The Children’s Medical Research Foundation hosted its ninth annual Best of Ireland Gala Dinner on Monday evening, February 24, 2020, in New York City. A total of $750,000 was pledged on the night...

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Festival in Silver Springs, M.D. Showed the Best of Irish Film

A festival showcasing the best of contemporary Irish film took place at the beautiful American Film Institute Silver Theatre and Cultural Center in Silver Spring, M.D. It was six days of feature...

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Education for Girls

The urgent need to empower girls was the theme of an Irish Mission to the U.N. event in New York on February 11. The “Drive for Five” campaign identifies five transformative actions that the...

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Burns Library Exhibit on Writer Louise Imogen Guiney

Louise Imogen Guiney (1861-1920), an American poet and essayist with ties to nineteenth-century Boston literary circles, is the subject of a retrospective exhibition at the John J. Burns Library, on...

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A Visit to the Irish
America Hall of Fame

The Irish America Hall of Fame is fast becoming a travel destination in Ireland. The Hall of Fame is housed at the Dunbrody Famine Ship Experience in New Ross, County Wexford. The ship, open for...

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A Gala Evening at NYU Celebrates Jewish and Irish Ties

NYU’s Glucksman Ireland House, at their eighth annual gala, recently honored Irish business leader Dómhnal Slattery and award-winning writer Colm Tóibín at an event at NYU’s Kimmel Center for...

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Black Irish Celebration

An extraordinary gathering of Irish and African-American leaders took place at the Irish Consulate in New York on Wednesday night, February 26, 2020 to celebrate Black History Month. Irish Consul...

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The Fighting Irish

When this year’s postponed St. Patrick’s Day parade is rescheduled, the New York Army National Guard’s 1st Battalion (the Fighting 69th Infantry Regiment), led by two Irish...

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A Tale of Two Flags

Back in 1974, City Council President Paul O’Dwyer introduced a bill that would change the date on the New York’s flag and seal from 1664 to 1625. The move was an effort to set history straight...

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Window on the Past:
The Irish Bambino

In late 1990s baseball, home runs were everywhere. The balls were allegedly juiced. The sluggers were definitely juiced. Players who had been lanky rookies would later display cartoon-sized muscles,...

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Wild Irish Women: More Sinned Against Than Sinning

Pilloried by the press and railroaded to prison, she still managed to sail into the sunset. ℘℘℘ During the summer of 1965 in the East Bronx, the collective grief in Saint Raymond’s...

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You’ve Got Mail:
Irish History From Stamps

℘℘℘ Over the last four decades, stamp-collecting, also known as “philately,” has been undergoing a slow but sure death. This has been mirrored by a decline in letter-writing and a...

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What Are You Like?:
Kristen Shaughnessy

℘℘℘ A NY1 television reporter since 1995, Kristen Shaughnessy says the best part of her job is meeting New Yorkers from all walks of life. Wherever in the five boroughs the story takes her,...

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Running Rings Around the Empire: The 1908 Olympics

In 1908, as the world’s attention focused on the Olympic Games in London, Britain had decided again not to allow Ireland to field its own team, imperiously stating, “Ireland is not a nation.”...

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Sláinte! The Irish & the Oval

In 2020 you can safely bet that the biggest topic of news and conversation is going to be the presidential election. And until midsummer, the hottest sub-topic will be “Who will the Democrats...

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Review of Books

American Dirtby Jeanine Cummins When Stephen King describes something as “one hell of a novel,” you sit up and take notice. And when, barely a few weeks into 2020, many reviewers start...

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Those We Lost

Mattie Maher(1939–2020) Irish bar owner Matthew (“Mattie”) Maher died in January, aged 80. The retired publican was a staple of McSorley’s Old Ale House, beloved for his affection for his...

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Photo Album: A Son
of Erin Is Called Home

Remembering Thomas V. Murphy, WWII flyer. ℘℘℘ Thomas V. Murphy, Jr was born in Baltimore in 1922. A great-great-grandson of Terence Murphy, who emigrated from Tallanstown, County Louth,...

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Hibernia

Irish Eye on Hollywood: Farrell to Channel DeVito’s Evil Penguin in The Batman Flick

It would take quite a dedicated film historian, or very creative film producer, to pick out any...

Irish Eye on Hollywood: Colfer’s Fiction Soon to Become a Small-Screen Reality

Memorial Day is going to feel more like a sequel to St. Patrick’s Day when the sci-fi fantasy...

News: Remembering
Aengus & Jack

The Finucane brothers were unstoppable forces, seeing no such thing as an unsolvable problem....

A Visit to the Irish
America Hall of Fame

The Irish America Hall of Fame is fast becoming a travel destination in Ireland. The Hall of Fame...

Dances from the
American Revolution

Philadelphia’s Museum of the American Revolution held a winter ball on January 21. Visitors were...

A Gala Evening at NYU Celebrates Jewish and Irish Ties

NYU’s Glucksman Ireland House, at their eighth annual gala, recently honored Irish business...

Irish Eye on Hollywood: HBO to Release The Plot
Against America
in March

One of the more interesting political novels in recent years is being brought to television by...

Black Irish Celebration

An extraordinary gathering of Irish and African-American leaders took place at the Irish Consulate...

News: Sinn Féin Surge
in Irish Election

The Irish people went to the polls on February 8 to elect a new government. Almost a month later,...

Irish Eye on Hollywood: Dublin Murders & What
the Future Holds

The Starz network is in the same wait-and-see boat when it comes to its recent series Dublin...

Origin 1st Irish
Theatre Festival Awards

The 12th annual Origin 1st Irish Festival, a month-long theater festival (January 7 to...

The Fighting Irish

When this year’s postponed St. Patrick’s Day parade is rescheduled, the New York Army...

Tourism Ireland’s “Green
Is the New Black”

Tourism Ireland hosted a stellar event at The Lotte New York Palace Hotel in New York City on...

Celebrating Women in Boston and Washington, D.C.

Hosted by the Irish American Partnership, women’s leadership breakfasts in Boston and...

Irish Eye on Hollywood: Macken – a Model, an Actor,
a Director, and Much More

Another Dublin Murders star, Conleth Hill, is among the impressive cast of Irish talent putting...

Education for Girls

The urgent need to empower girls was the theme of an Irish Mission to the U.N. event in New York...

News: An Irish
Garden Blooms

Spring bloomed in the world-famous Mount Congreve Gardens this Valentine’s Day. That’s when...

Festival in Silver Springs, M.D. Showed the Best of Irish Film

A festival showcasing the best of contemporary Irish film took place at the beautiful American...

News: Ireland’s Best
Vacation Destinations

The best hotel and tourism operators in Ireland were recently recognized at the 30th CIE Tours...

News: New Writing Awards

Dublin’s Dalkey Book Festival is celebrating its second decade by launching two major new annual...

News: MS Research at Trinity

Scientists at Trinity College Dublin have made a discovery that could lead to more effective...

News: Irish Women’s Awards

Ireland’s inspiring women were celebrated at the second Irish Women’s Awards on January 29. In...

Irish Eye on Hollywood: Billie Eilish to Write Bond’s New Theme Tune

It’s been 15 years since Pierce Brosnan played James Bond, but the next 007 film will be getting...

News: Irish Hotels
Scoop Forbes Awards

Eight Irish hotels have been recognized as ranking among the world’s best hotels, restaurants,...

A Tale of Two Flags

Back in 1974, City Council President Paul O’Dwyer introduced a bill that would change the date...

News: Museum of
Literature Opens in Dublin

Ireland has a new landmark cultural institution. The Museum of Literature Ireland (MoLI) on St....

News: The Rose Fitzgerald
Kennedy Bridge Opens

The great-granddaughter of Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy joined Irish taoiseach Leo Varadkar to open...

Burns Library Exhibit on Writer Louise Imogen Guiney

Louise Imogen Guiney (1861-1920), an American poet and essayist with ties to nineteenth-century...

Enda Kenny in New York to Support Fundraiser for Children with Cancer

The Children’s Medical Research Foundation hosted its ninth annual Best of Ireland Gala Dinner...

Irish Eye on Hollywood: Derry Girls the Movie?

One of the heartwarming success stories of the streaming entertainment era is that of Lisa McGee,...