Cover Story – 58
- WELLINGTON MARA
The Duke of the GridironBy Barry Stephen Hanley
Wellington Mara was a man whose entire lifetime was dedicated to the National Football League and his family owned Giants. From 1956 to 1963, the Giants won six divisional championships and the 1956 NFL title. In more recent years, Mara’s Giants won Super Bowls XXI and XXV. Mara, who was born August 14, 1916, in New York City, was respected as am of the most knowledgeable executives in pro football. Barry Hanley tells the story of ‘The Duke’.
- 18 – Finding That Perfect Gift
BY ANNE MARIE SCANLON
Gifts. Presents. We give them to people as a way of saying “Thank You”, “I love you”, ‘Well done”, “Congratulations”. They are a way of letting people know how much we value and care for them. Grand in theory isn’t it, but when it comes down to it, finding that perfect present, especially when you have to buy several at the same time, can be one huge pain.
- 22 – “And Away We Go”
The Jackie Gieason Story
BY ROBERT C. ROMAN
The man who would help define TV comedy in the 1950s toiled without distinction in Hollywood a decade earlier. Minor roles in films with major stars like Bogart and Grable All Through the Night, Springtime in the Rockies (both 1942) led nowhere, and the comedy lead in a 1942 B picture called Tramp, Tramp, Tramp was likewise a dead end. Only after his tremendous success on TV, with his own variety show and the immortal “Honeymooners” skits, did Gleason return to the big screen-not in comedy roles, for the most part, but in dramatic characterizations that showed another facet of his great talent.
- 34 – AIB PPAI Exhibit
The AIB Press Photographer’s Association of Ireland recently held an exhibition of images from their 2004 competition at the Lighthouse International Center in Manhattan. The AIB PPAI Awards and Exhibition, are a showcase of Ireland’s most outstanding press photography. Organized for the third year in partnership with AIB Bank, the PPAI Awards have been running for 27 years, a testament to the power of photography in a changing world.
- 42 – Ciaran Sweeney
Ciaran Sweeney is one of Europe’s most innovative young artists and designers. Born in Ireland in 1971, his father a poet and his mother a teacher. Ciaran travelled around Ireland as a child, instilling in him a deep appreciation of his environment. He studied at the National College of Art and Design where he trained as an Art teacher specializing in textiles. Sweeney set up his own label soon after graduating and has gone on to receive critical acclaim at home and abroad.
- 46 – Rory Gallagher
The Man, The Myth, and the Music
BY SEAMUS KELLEHER
Rory Gallagher released over 20 albums with sales in excess of 25 million units; outselling most of his contemporaries at the time including the Rolling Stones. He recorded with blues legend and his idol, Muddy Waters, and the Rock and Roll icon, Jerry Lee Lewis. In 1972 he was voted Musician Of The Year by the prestigious music paper Melody Maker. Eric Clapton and Jim Hendrix were the runners up.
- 50 – Mayor’s Cup
BY TURLOUGH MCCONNELL
Rarely have sailing and business networking come together with more gusto than at the recent 36th Annual Mayor’s Cup Race for Schooners and Classic Yachts in New York harbor organized by the South Street Seaport Museum over a September weekend. Some twenty to thirty classic schooners, sloops, cutters, ketches, and yawls built or designed before 1970 raised their sails and charted a course that took them from the tip of Manhattan toward the Verrazano Narrows Bridge and back.
- 56 – Chef Chris Duperray
Eamonn’s Bar and Grill
BY MIKE FITZPATRICK
Growing up in the south of France, Chris Duperray, the Executive Chef at Eamonn’s Bar & Grill, on East 45th Street in Manhattan, was raised amidst the delectable aromas emanating from the nearby Provence region, and mentored superbly by several family members who had gone on to become renowned chefs themselves.
- 6 – Publisher’s Letter
Paddy McCarthy takes time out to bid you welcome and give the lowdown on this issue.
- 8 – Contributors
Introducing our latest showcase of talented writers and photographers.
- 10 – Letters
Your letters have been arriving daily, here are a sample from our mailbag.
- 12 – The Scene
What’s hot and happening in the Irish arts and entertainment.
- 14 – Roman Around
Robert C. Roman takes a look at what’s new in arts and entertainment.
- 16 – Premiers
The best of Hollywood attending the opening night ceremonies of some of the year’s blockbuster movies, as seen through the lens of Roger Wong.
- 66 – Reviews
Joe Kavanagh fills us in on the latest releases from the literary and music worlds, while author Anne Marie Scanlon gives us her respected opinion on new titles.
- 76 – News and Noteworthy
A selection of books and CDs with Irish Flavor.
- 80 – Photo Finish
A look at those in the community caught on our photographer’s cameras.
- 82 – Web Directory
Plug in, log on and use this list to access the important sites on the web for everything Irish.