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On one Saturday morning each month, however, an organization dedicated to recovering family information that had been lost over the generations meets at Bethpage Public Library on Long Island. The Irish Family History Forum begins each of these meeting with a “help” session for people tracing their ancestors. Then, a...

It’s 1984, and famine is claiming tens of thousands of lives across Ethiopia. Images of the death and suffering are broadcast around the world, and millions respond with help. Bob Geldof will soon launch Live Aid. Millions of Ethiopians whose lives were at risk are saved as food and charity pours into the...

For New York rock singer and author Chris Campion, that says it all. No further explanation is necessary. But there were other key moments during the period a decade ago when he spent three periods in the hospital on First Avenue. There was the time on Houston Street he bumped into a friend who enquired whether...

Brendan Bracken has been the subject of a play, books and remains a man of extreme interest to historians and journalists. Now, his extraordinary life is the subject of a made for television documentary that weaves together historical footage and dramatic reenactment. And the man behind the documentary is also named...

My whole life was in front of me then, never giving a thought to death or wakes. Then as I got older, no matter how far I traveled, these were the very things that always brought me back home to Windsor Terrace. To Smith’s. No matter how much that Brooklyn neighborhood changed, Smith’s always seemed the same to me....

Dressed in full regalia, Thomas Capurso, business representative of IBEW Local 3 and bagpiper with the Sword of Light Bagpipe Band, and his son Stephen, head of the color guard for the band, will serenade students and staff when they enter the school and line the halls for a bagpipe parade. Stephen Capurso is a...

Congressman Richard Neal, chairman of the Friends of Ireland In Congress, will take the wraps off the striking painting by acclaimed Irish artist, Robert Ballagh. The portrait, which hasn’t before been seen in public, is reproduced on the opposite page. Pat Finucane was gunned down in February 1989 by loyalist...

But with the bizarre murder of a Hamas leader in Dubai involving at least two dozen people suspected of being Israeli Mossad agents – half a dozen of whom were carrying false Irish passports – Ireland has been catapulted into the front line of international espionage and intrigue. The Israeli ambassador to Dublin was...

And just days later, his was the welcoming hand for North leaders Peter Robinson and Martin McGuinness as they arrived in the U.S. for St. Patrick’s week festivities. “The vote by the Northern Ireland Assembly builds on the important agreement that was announced last month, and I congratulate the Northern Ireland...

“It’s a great honor to put this on,” he said. “I know you know my record from the other side, but whether you wear pinstripes or red socks, you sing a song about a great country, and that’s what it’s really about.” Tynan, who had sung “God Bless America” for years at Yankee Stadium, recently moved to Boston from New York...