Northern Lights in County Donegal

County Donegal was swarmed with tourists all gathering to see the unbelievable natural light show on January 22. The Northern Lights, expected to make another appearance this week were captured in the video below. When ionized particles from the sun hit the earth’s atmosphere, the chemical reaction of the gases gives off the red and green colors. The auroras, attracted to magnetic poles, are...

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Slainté!

New Year – A Time of Big Portions Edythe Preet, Irish America columnist, Jan 2012 Who needs Hocus Pocus when we have global positioning satellite systems, cell phones, ipods, and full-body airport scanners? No one believes in magic anymore. Well, if that’s the case why do you suppose we stay out of a black cat’s path, avoid walking under a ladder and put a penny in a new...

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Céad míle fáilte: Editor-in-Chief Patricia Harty welcomes you to the new IrishAmerica.com

2011 was a great year for Irish America magazine, and the icing on the cake is that we are starting off the New Year with this brand new site. We see it as a home – a place to display each new issue and our finest treasures from the past 26 years. Over the next year we will be mining the depths of our archives, which are a virtual treasure chest full of history and information about the Irish...

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The House That Hoban Built

James Hoban, Architect of the White House. In 1785, a newspaper in Philadelphia carried this advertisement: “Any gentleman who wishes to build in an elegant style, may hear of a person properly calculated for that purpose who can execute the Joining and Carpenter’s business in the modern taste. James Hoban. Hoban was an Irishman, born in Kilkenny. George Washington never did see Hoban’s ad....

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The Courage to Try

Whenever I think of Bill Flynn, I think of the quote that is attributed to John F. Kennedy: “One person can make a difference and each person should try.” Bill Flynn did make a difference, and how he tried. He was fearless in his attention to Northern Ireland and his belief that with Irish American help the “Troubles” could be brought to an end. Looking back now I’m just as amazed by...

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