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John Lee
From fine art to fast horses, John Lee has pursued a diverse communications career. The fine art came early, when Lee worked as a museum educator and lecturer at the National Gallery of Art. The fast horses came later, when a freelance writing specialty evolved into director positions in communications, media relations and broadcasting for the New York Racing Association, America’s leading thoroughbred racing circuit and home of the Belmont Stakes. Currently, as principal of John Lee MEDIA, he consults on a range of communications issues, collaborates on a variety of media projects and blogs here on media topics, often with an Irish angle.

Entries by John Lee

Irish Deputy Prime Minister Jumps Into the Tweetstream

(2) Comments | Posted October 2, 2013 | 11:50 AM

Give credit to political leaders who agree to sit down for a live Twitter chat and face the untamed, wildly divergent questions and commentary coming their way from anyone who has picked up on the chat's hashtag.

Which in this case was #GilmoreInNY.

The "Gilmore" in question...

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Ireland Back on Global Innovation Index Leader Board

(0) Comments | Posted July 2, 2013 | 12:44 PM

In another example of punching above its weight, Ireland has retained a "Top Ten" ranking on the Global Innovation Index 2013, a survey of 142 countries just released by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) and Cornell University.

The United States rejoined the five most innovative nations and the...

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Shadowy Ninjas of Irish Dance, Fusion Fighters Set for St. Patrick's Day Debut in London

(0) Comments | Posted March 22, 2013 | 2:24 PM


Pray that they only use their awesome hip-hop, techno, disco, martial arts, Celtic dance powers for good.

I discovered Fusion Fighters when I opened a mysterious Facebook message sent in a plain brown envelope (new service, still in beta), and throwing caution...

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No Shortage of Ways to Be Linkedin to Ireland and the Irish Worldwide

(2) Comments | Posted March 22, 2013 | 2:22 PM

The seventh most visited website in Ireland, Linkedin has over 200 million members in over 200 countries, over 2.6 million company pages and about two new members joining every second.

And it has groups, lots of groups; about 1.6 million...

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215 Million People on the Move, Smartly Tracked Online

(0) Comments | Posted February 7, 2013 | 4:34 PM

Over 215 million people today are considered migrants, 3.15 percent of a world population nudging seven billion -- data beautifully visualized on a website called, which tracks on one dynamic page all the population outflows and inflows for every county on the planet.

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'An Irish Christmas' in NYC

(8) Comments | Posted December 6, 2012 | 10:13 AM

Cross-cultural currents ebb and flow around New York for the holidays. For starters, for many in New York the holiday in question is Hanukkah, which is already upon us and celebrated for eight days starting this Saturday. And all those who celebrate Christmas do so in traditions spiced by countries...

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Iconic NYC Photo Shot 80 Years Ago Still Intrigues

(0) Comments | Posted October 1, 2012 | 1:53 PM

Photo credit: Bettmann/Corbis

Eighty years ago, on Oct. 2, 1932, the New York Herald Tribune published the now iconic photograph of 11 ironworkers, casually dangling their feet hundreds of feet above 5th Avenue while breaking for lunch on an exposed steel beam they had...

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Irish Isle's Designs on Venetian Isles

(0) Comments | Posted September 7, 2012 | 2:01 PM

Regular as the tides, another cultural acqua alta is washing over Venice now in the form of the Biennale Architetttura 2012. The theme this time is "Common Ground" and joining the many international firms exploring that theme in this cosmopolitan...

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OurLand Gives Ireland Cross Cultural Spin in Free NYC Fest

(0) Comments | Posted July 25, 2012 | 6:54 PM


Quite the McMashup at Out of Doors at Lincoln Center this Sunday, July 29 -- Led Zeppelin's Shannon Conley, Get Smart's Barbara Feldon, Pulitzer Prize winner William Kennedy (singing!), New York Dolls Syl SyLvain, Dennis Dunaway of Alice Cooper fame, the cast...

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Google Maps an Acre of Ireland in Upstate New York

(0) Comments | Posted June 21, 2012 | 9:15 AM

Google Maps

You know the old line about the Great Wall of China being the only manmade object visible from outer space? Now Google Maps and Google Earth are bringing the whole world into focus, right down this acre's worth of Ireland, rendered...

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Putting Irish Science on the (Google) Map

(0) Comments | Posted May 18, 2012 | 10:41 AM


It's a digital, interactive, online, tricked-out Google map called The Atlas of Ingenious Ireland. Dedicated to "Putting Irish Science on the Map," it locates and annotates key science, tech and natural history landmarks.

Click on the blue "Astronomy" icon with the silhouette...

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Julie Feeney a Weird and Wonderful Irish Import

(0) Comments | Posted May 1, 2012 | 8:30 AM

With vibrant traditional styles embraced worldwide, Irish music is a strong brand. Extending that brand in weird and wonderful ways is Julie Feeney, an innovative singer, songwriter, poet and performer who is halfway through a...

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Irish Eyes on China, a Chinese Man Eyes Ireland (VIDEO)

(0) Comments | Posted March 28, 2012 | 2:05 PM

While Irish eyes follow the official visit of Taoiseach Enda Kenny to China, a little gem of an Irish film has surfaced on YouTube, tracing a more humble trip in the opposite direction.

Made 10 years ago, but gaining viral traction now, Yu Ming Ainm Dom (or My Name Is...

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Who Speaks For Ireland? Rebel Voices Have Their Say

(1) Comments | Posted March 16, 2012 | 2:12 PM



Take that as a sign that there'll be none of the season's shamrock and leprechaun sentimentality, so brace yourself for a...

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Irish Dance Darlings Go to Digital Dark Side

(0) Comments | Posted January 12, 2012 | 1:05 PM

Irish Step Dancers/Hand Dancers Suzanne Cleary and Peter Harding are back and they are BAD in a new video going viral. The ex-Riverdance duo was lasted noted...

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Rock the Vote for Irish EU Logo

(7) Comments | Posted December 20, 2011 | 10:03 AM

Logos were digital before there was digital--quick hits, with immediate impact and lots of message delivered in a tight, clean package. A powerful visual tweet designed "to...
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Ireland Ups Flow of Greatest Export -- Culture

(1) Comments | Posted December 9, 2011 | 9:00 AM

While economic storm clouds were joining all the other clouds that typically gather over Ireland, the government decided to increase the flow of its greatest export to its most significant market. Lacking much in the way of currently accessible oil reserves, rare earths,...

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Ireland Punching Above its Weight in Design, Too

(0) Comments | Posted October 4, 2011 | 5:22 PM


Curse you trend-setting Frank Gehry designed museum in Bilbao! Curse you gorgeous seaside and mountains setting of Cape Town with your peppy BRICSA economy! Dublin is right back at you with the Kevin Roche designed Convention Centre Dublin!...

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Artist's Social Media Tour: Pedaling, Painting & Tweeting Across Ireland

(1) Comments | Posted September 6, 2011 | 11:11 AM

So quaint -- itinerant artist pedaling through the Irish countryside, paying for a night's lodging with a deftly done painting -- all so very analog. But it's...

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Jon Stewart Is "the Mack" for Author With Book to Sell

(18) Comments | Posted June 2, 2011 | 4:40 PM

The internet lit up with recently that the world's last typewriter factory had closed. Though obituary now appears a bit premature, it's another reminder of how much the world of the writer is changing. Most writers ditched their typewriters years ago, but when it comes time to sell...

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