Hibernia – Irish America https://irishamerica.com Irish America Magazine Mon, 15 Jul 2019 20:00:35 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.10 82361074 Arrests in Death of Journalist https://irishamerica.com/2019/05/arrests-in-death-of-journalist/ https://irishamerica.com/2019/05/arrests-in-death-of-journalist/#respond Wed, 01 May 2019 07:57:51 +0000 https://irishamerica.com/?p=41946 Read more..]]> 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 the city on Wednesday morning, May 8, in connection with the killing.

The suspects have been taken to the Serious Crime Suite at Musgrave PSNI Station in Belfast, where they are being questioned by detectives.

Ms. McKee, 29, was shot dead while observing riots in Derry’s Creggan estate area on Thursday, April 18. The New IRA, a dissident paramilitary group opposed to Northern Ireland’s peace process, says its members killed her by accident when firing at police.

Lyra McKee, who was killed while observing a riot in Derry.

The senior officer leading the investigation, Detective Superintendent Jason Murphy, said: “As part of this morning’s operation detectives carried out searches at four houses in the city and arrested four people in connection with the violence which was orchestrated on the streets of Creggan on the evening of Lyra McKee’s murder.

“They are currently in custody, where they are being questioned.

“I want to thank the public for the widespread support we have received to date, including more than 140 people who have provided images, footage and other details via our dedicated Major Incident Public Portal.”

McKee’s death united people and politicians in shock and grief.

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, British Prime Minister Theresa May, and political leaders from all the Northern parties were in attendance in St. Anne’s Church of Ireland Cathedral in Belfast for her funeral service on April 24.

– Aidan Lonergan / The Irish Post / May 9, 2019  ♦

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Malahide Casino Returns https://irishamerica.com/2019/05/malahide-casino-returns/ https://irishamerica.com/2019/05/malahide-casino-returns/#respond Wed, 01 May 2019 07:56:44 +0000 https://irishamerica.com/?p=41892 Read more..]]> 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 disrepair. Construction began on the restoration and redevelopment in April 2018, and the beautifully restored thatched roof is now visible to the public.

In addition to the roof, internal repairs, and upgrading of services, the conservation of the Cyril Fry Model Railway is underway, and is being installed in its new permanent home in the casino building. The Railway is a working miniature railroad display, initially constructed in the 1920s-1930s and developed and modernized to become the largest model railway collection in Europe. The casino has been a Malahide landmark for over 200 years. The restoration project was funded by Michael Gaffney, a local farmer who was active in the community. Gaffney died in 2013 at age 90, leaving more than €17 million in his will. The casino is one of many projects he funded.

“I am delighted to see the refurbishment of this much-loved building,” said mayor of Fingal Anthony Lavin. “Over the years, the people of Malahide have watched anxiously as it fell into disrepair and it is thanks to Michael Gaffney for his generous donation and Fingal County Council that we were able to conserve this unique and magnificent landmark.” ♦ Maggie Holland

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World War II “Eire” Landmark Restored https://irishamerica.com/2019/05/world-war-ii-eire-landmark-restored/ https://irishamerica.com/2019/05/world-war-ii-eire-landmark-restored/#respond Wed, 01 May 2019 07:55:08 +0000 https://irishamerica.com/?p=41954 Read more..]]> 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 worked tirelessly to restore a picturesque sign displaying the word “Eire” in giant white letters.

One of 80 signs built along the Irish coastline during the conflict, the signs were designed to warn Allied and German pilots alike that they were flying over neutral territory.

The sign was uncovered by members of the Dalkey Tidy Towns Committee. With the help of a committed group of volunteers they were able to clear up the site, lifting and cleaning up to 100 tons of stone before laying weed killer on the site. The stones were then returned to the site, restoring an incredible part of Irish history in the process.

Now fully restored and set alongside the number seven, the sign is one of five still visible from the air.

A similar sign in Bray was restored by another group of volunteers.

– Jack Beresford / The Irish Post / May 9, 2019  ♦

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U.K. and Ireland Agree Common Travel Area https://irishamerica.com/2019/05/u-k-and-ireland-agree-common-travel-area/ https://irishamerica.com/2019/05/u-k-and-ireland-agree-common-travel-area/#respond Wed, 01 May 2019 07:54:31 +0000 https://irishamerica.com/?p=41958 Read more..]]> 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 continuation of reciprocal rights enjoyed by British and Irish citizens under the CTA, which dates back to 1922.

Those rights include the free movement of people between Britain and Ireland, but also access to social security, healthcare, and education.

Irish citizens also have the right to vote in U.K. general elections and hold office there, while these privileges are reciprocated for the estimated 30,000 Brits living in Ireland.

The provisions of the CTA do not, however, relate to goods or customs issues – a sticking point of the ongoing Brexit negotiations between the United Kingdom and European Union.

The agreement comes after more than two years of negotiations between London and Dublin to ensure that even if Britain leaves the E.U. without a Brexit deal, citizens will continue to enjoy their current reciprocal rights and privileges.

The two governments have agreed to maintain existing arrangements on social insurance, child benefits and pensions and they are working on new arrangements to ensure that British and Irish citizens will continue to have equal access to public health and education services in both countries.

– Aidan Lonergan / The Irish Post / May 8, 2019  ♦

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Seamus Heaney’s 80th Birthday Celebration https://irishamerica.com/2019/05/seamus-heaneys-80th-birthday-celebration/ https://irishamerica.com/2019/05/seamus-heaneys-80th-birthday-celebration/#respond Wed, 01 May 2019 07:53:13 +0000 https://irishamerica.com/?p=41906 Read more..]]> 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 the Seamus Heaney Home Place, a literary center celebrating the life and literature of the Nobel Laureate, who passed away in 2013.

One of the artists in attendance was acclaimed Arab-American composer Mohammed Fairouz, who presented the U.K. and Ireland premiere of “Anything Can Happen,” a classical choral piece he composed centered around three of Seamus Heaney’s poems. It was performed by the internationally acclaimed Codetta Choir, featuring Milena Simovik on viola.

Glenn Patterson, director of the Seamus Heaney Centre for Poetry at Queens University, introduced the evening. Producer, arranger, and musician Neil Martin opened the celebration with a musical performance, followed by Northern Ireland actors Bríd Brennan and Adrian Dunbar conducting intimate readings of Seamus Heaney’s most beloved poems.

The audience reaction was very positive. “I came home from the Home Place last night feeling that we had witnessed the performance of a lifetime,” said Jim Holland. “Saturday’s concert was superb. It was a very fitting celebration of Seamus Heaney’s birthday. You could tell from the buzz afterwards that everyone felt the same,” said Maura Johnston.

In other Heaney news, the BBC announced in early April that a feature-length film exploring the life and legacy of the poet is in the works. A release date is still to be announced. ♦ Maggie Holland

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Great Irish Song Stamps https://irishamerica.com/2019/05/great-irish-song-stamps/ https://irishamerica.com/2019/05/great-irish-song-stamps/#respond Wed, 01 May 2019 07:52:00 +0000 https://irishamerica.com/?p=41910 Read more..]]> 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 U2’s “With or Without You,” “Danny Boy” by John McCormack, and “On Raglan Road” by Luke Kelly.

Each of the songs have been chosen by An Post (the Irish postal administration) because of the way they celebrate Irish identity and culture.

An Post will present the songs featured on the stamps in a special live performance in the GPO, curated by Other Voices. The songs will be performed by an array of Irish musical and vocal talent including John Sheahan, Colm Mac Con Iomaire, the Glass House String Quartet, Declan O’Rourke, Wyvern Lingo, Jack O’Rourke, May Kay Geraghty, and the Discovery Gospel Choir.

“The set of four stamps underscore the richness of Irish musical heritage, the songs’ origins ranging from 17th-century musical airs to rock music, poetry, and folk ballads,” Debbie Byrne from An Post Retail said. “The stamps are a celebration of creativity and of the power of song to tell important human stories, which are at once Irish and universal.

“We know these beautiful stamps will be popular with fans of music all over the world.”

The Great Irish Songs stamps are available at Irish post offices nationwide and online at irishstamps.ie. A limited edition souvenir box set of the stamps is also available at the same site or at Dublin’s GPO, Philatelic Bureau.  ♦

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McAllister Can Stay for Now! https://irishamerica.com/2019/05/mcallister-can-stay-for-now/ https://irishamerica.com/2019/05/mcallister-can-stay-for-now/#respond Wed, 01 May 2019 07:51:32 +0000 https://irishamerica.com/?p=41964 Read more..]]> 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 deportation of former Irish National Liberation Army (INLA) member Malachy McAllister

McAllister, 59, was jailed for seven years for attacks on Royal Ulster Constabulary officers during the 1981 hunger strikes. He did not participate in any further paramilitary activity after  being released in 1985. After a loyalist gun attack on his home in Belfast in 1988, he fled to the United States and now runs two businesses: a construction company in New Jersey and an Irish pub in Manhattan.

Although he sought asylum in 1996, McAllister’s application has been repeatedly denied by the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service, which still classifies his previous activity as “terrorist” in nature, despite the U.S.’s strong support for the Good Friday Agreement and Northern Ireland’s peace process

McAleenan has made a decision “in accordance with standing policy” to put a stay on the deportation for a further six months for the purpose of allowing the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Lindsay Graham, and other members of Congress to pass a private bill allowing McAllister to remain in the United States, where he has lived for decades. He and his late wife have several children and grandchildren.

“Despite being a prima facie example of the greatness of the American dream as a land of second opportunities, the McAllister family continues to live their lives in one-year, and recently six-month, intervals,” the Ancient Order of Hibernians said in a statement, continuing, “Let Malachy McAllister and his family enjoy the peace and security that America has symbolized for generations of immigrants.”  ♦

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Kerrygold Sales Exceed €1 Billion https://irishamerica.com/2019/05/kerrygold-sales-exceed-e1-billion/ https://irishamerica.com/2019/05/kerrygold-sales-exceed-e1-billion/#respond Wed, 01 May 2019 07:50:51 +0000 https://irishamerica.com/?p=41973 Read more..]]> 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 internationally recognized Kerrygold brand, which is the number one brand in Germany, the now number-two butter brand in the United States, behind Land O’Lakes, and enjoys leading market share positions in many of its export markets. Pilgrims Choice – the number two cheese brand in the U.K. – is also one of their brands.

An Bord Bainne, a semi-state organization, was established by the Irish Government in 1961 “to promote and facilitate the exportation of milk and milk products from grass-fed cows.” In 1973, it became a limited cooperative – the Irish Dairy Board. On March 31, 2015, the board transformed its corporate identity from the Irish Dairy Board to Ornua, the name of which comes from the Irish ór nua, meaning “new gold.”

The company has grown immensely in the decades since its founding, with over 7.5 million packets of butter now being sold worldwide each week, but the recipe itself has not changed at all; it retains the same distinct, rich flavor.

Róisín Hennerty, Ornua’s foods managing director, said, “While Kerrygold holds a unique place in the hearts of the Irish people, we are especially proud that the brand has captured the hearts and imagination of consumers all over the world.”  ♦

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James Connolly Visitor Centre Opens in Belfast https://irishamerica.com/2019/05/james-connolly-visitor-centre-opens-in-belfast/ https://irishamerica.com/2019/05/james-connolly-visitor-centre-opens-in-belfast/#respond Wed, 01 May 2019 07:49:06 +0000 https://irishamerica.com/?p=41977 Read more..]]> 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, education, study, work, meeting, and socializing on the Falls Road in West Belfast, only yards from where Connolly lived. Connolly, a labor leader, was executed for his part in the 1916 Rising. A James Connolly pageant parade assembled in Conway Mill, processed down Falls Road and arrived at the Visitor Centre, where Higgins then delivered a speech.

Included in the parade were hundreds of Trade Unionists from across Ireland, Britain, and the United States, proudly carrying their union banners. It also featured a brass band, historical period speeches, and women and girls dressed in mill worker costumes.

General Secretary of the Trades Union Congress Frances O’Grady, Mayor of Belfast Deirdre Hargey, and Terry O’Sullivan, the general president of LIUNA, gave speeches. Frances Black and Terry O’Neill gave musical performances.  ♦

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The Lusitania Gifted to Cork Museum https://irishamerica.com/2019/05/the-lusitania-gifted-to-cork-museum/ https://irishamerica.com/2019/05/the-lusitania-gifted-to-cork-museum/#respond Wed, 01 May 2019 07:48:33 +0000 https://irishamerica.com/?p=41982 Read more..]]> 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 Lusitania, a Cunard liner, was the largest ship in the world when it was sunk by the German submarine. It went down in 18 minutes, 11 nautical miles off the Kinsale coast, killing 1,198 passenger and leaving 761 survivors.

Gregg Bemis, the American businessman who has owned the salvage rights to the wreck since 1982, signed the donation agreement with the Old Head of Kinsale Museum on May 7, the anniversary of the tragedy

Gifting the Lusitania: Pictured (left to right) Old Head of Kinsale Museum chairman J.J. Hayes; secretary Con Hayes; Gregg Bemis, owner of the Lusitania; and Richard Martin, solicitor, at the signing ceremony.

Bemis, who initially hoped to make money from the scrap metal of the ship, became obsessed with finding proof that the Lusitania was secretly carrying war supplies from then-neutral America to Great Britain when it was sunk, told RTÉ’s News: “Today we are finally coming to a close of my relationship with the Lusitania. I’m getting too old to continue with this thing forever and I’m going to be 91 at the end of this month, and it is about time I have some new people responsible for carrying on the research and the exploration and the recovery of artifacts for the museum.”

In 2017, the museum opened a Lusitania memorial garden complete with a 20-meter-long bronze sculpture in honor of the victims.

With the help of Bemis’ incredible donation, it is now hoped that a full-scale “living museum” can be built to allow the Lusitania’s story and history to be shared.  ♦

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