Eileen McDonnell, the Chairman & CEO of Penn Mutual Life Insurance Company, discusses her Irish heritage, breaking the glass ceiling, and the way forward. When parents tell their children that they can do anything, it’s all too often taken with too many grains of salt. But Eileen McDonnell believed her parents. She had no reasonRead more..
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It looks like it’s trying to clear this morning, though waves of drizzle betimes pass through. Our friend Thomas says “betimes.” I like it. A little while ago our neighbors Anne and Joe Kelley stopped to tell us that Joe Macklin had died during the night. The Macklins live in the small house on theRead more..
The Buena Vista is Best! ℘℘℘ Drinking legend has it that in 1942, when Foynes was the foremost transit point between Europe and America, a flight to New York was returned to Ireland due to bad weather. The airport bartender, anticipating grouchy passengers, decided to add a little sweetener to their coffee, a hefty slugRead more..
Once considered the greatest crooner of all, the distortion of Bing Crosby’s accomplishments and reputation has been as remarkable as his career. Bob Lydon debunks many of the myths that have circulated since the singer’s death in 1977. ℘℘℘ Bing Crosby died on a golf course near Madrid, Spain, on October 14, 1977. He was 74Read more..
An Irish American family go back to 1883 to discover what’s most important in the present. ℘℘℘ What could be more parental than to wish to show your children how good they have it today? To take your family into the past and give them a taste of real life, when necessity stared you straightRead more..
New York native Deirdre Murphy is the first woman cyclist ever to qualify Ireland for the Olympics. She talks to Sarah Curran about Ireland, her Olympic dream, and her strategy for Sydney. ℘℘℘ Deirdre Murphy arrives at the café where we had arranged to hold an interview in the most appropriate way – on aRead more..
The familiar swirls and knots of Celtic design are under renovation – American style. “American Celtic – Beyond the Ninth Wave” brings the Celtic art of 21st-century American artists to several cities across the U.S., including Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, Milwaukee, Lexington (K.Y.), and New York. The recent resurgence in interest in all thingsRead more..
Top 100 2000 honoree Tom Foley, the New York City firefighter thrust into the spotlight last year for his daring rescue of two construction workers, is in the spotlight again. Now People magazine have named him one of America’s 100 Most Eligible Bachelors. He’s no stranger to the pages of People magazine; they have alsoRead more..
When Pat Riley coached the New York Knicks basketball team, journalist Pete Hamill listed him in a Thanksgiving column as “one of the things New Yorkers should be grateful for.” Riley now coaches the Miami Heat and is a motivational speaker. He is the author of The Winner Within. ℘℘℘ When I was about nineRead more..
lreland The art of matchmaking is still alive and well in Ireland, at least when it comes to the matchmaking festival held in Lisdoonvarna, County Clare each year. This year’s love fest takes place from September 1 through October 5, under the knowing eye of local matchmaker Willie Daly. For all that jazz and more,Read more..