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 Before Johnny Depp and Public Enemies, there was The Public Enemy. James Cagney’s 1931 portrayal of the Irish American gangster, Tommy Powers, set the standard for the Hollywood gangster and helped to launch a golden age of Irish American cinema. In the years that followed several of the era’s greatest stars, such as Spencer Tracy, Bing Crosby, Pat O’Brien, and Ginger Rogers, assumed Irish American roles—as boxers, entertainers, priests, and working girls—delighting audiences and at the same time providing a fresh perspective of the Irish American experience in America’s cities.


ClanDonnell: A Storied History of Ireland is a non-fiction, epic tale of Celtic Ireland’s McDonnell clan and their descendants through the 20th century. The clan’s history is intertwined with the history of Ireland (and, to a lesser extent, Scotland and the Hebrides Islands) and thus is far broader than a history of a single clan. The book is a series of crisply written, and often witty, stories about fascinating people and places within Ireland. Buy Book Here!

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