At the Golden Globes in January, Michael Keaton took home the Best Actor in a Musical or Comedy prize for Birdman, beating out two other actors with Irish ties – Chicago-born Bill Murray, and...More
1. Michael Fassbender, who was raised in Kerry by his Irish mother and German father, is Hollywood’s current “it” guy. After shocking audiences in 2008 in the harrowing film Hunger, in which...More
On this day in 1887, 20-year-old Anne Sullivan arrived at Ivy Green, the Keller family’s estate, to begin teaching their 6-year-old deafblind daughter, Helen. Born to Irish immigrant parents in Feeding Hills, MA, Anne herself went blind as a child. She attended Boston’s Perkins School for the Blind–the same school Helen Keller eventually attented. Operations restored Anne’s vision, and in 1886 she graduated as class valedictorian.The Perkins Institution recommended Anne to the Kellers when they inquired about help for their daughter. She began immediately, teaching Helen to associate objects with their names by making signs into the palm of Helen’s hand. The two became lifelong companions, living, working and traveling together until Anne’s death in 1936.