Archive for April, 2007

April 4, 2007

April 4 2007 marked a symbolic moment in relations between the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland. Prior to a meeting at Farmleigh in Dublin, then Taoiseach Bertie Ahern and leader of the Democratic Unionist Party Ian Paisley shook hands. The handshake received much attention, especially because Paisley had previously publicly commented that he wouldRead more..

The Pirate Queen

The producers of The Pirate Queen, husband-and-wife team Moya Doherty and John McColgan, talk to Cahir O’Doherty. Between the first draft and the opening night the challenge of mounting a Broadway musical on the scale of The Pirate Queen is a high-wire act of artistic daring that few of us will ever have the courage orRead more..

The First Word: That Time of Year!

Mórtas Cine. Pride in our heritage! It’s that time of year, and thought we don’t need an occasion to feel pleased to be Irish, it’s kind of nice to be the center of attention as the St. Patrick’s season rolls around. We can look forward to reruns of The Quiet Man, watch the Irish TenorsRead more..

Sinn Féin Endorses PSNI

Sinn Féin voted to support the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) – formerly the RUC – at an extraordinary Ard Fheis (party congress) attended by nearly 1,000 delegates in Dublin. The motion was carried by over 90 percent of the vote. Prior to the Ard Fheis Sinn Féin refused to participate on the PSNIRead more..

The Irish Channel Salutes St. Patrick

With multiple events spotlighting the Irish heritage of New Orleans on St. Patrick’s Day, the largest and one of the more historic is the Irish Channel St. Patrick’s Day Club, which this year marks its 60th anniversary of parading through the streets of some of the city’s historically Irish neighborhoods. With over 3,000 people eitherRead more..

Hizzoner

Mayor Richard J. Daley is back among us – live on the Chicago stage It’s him. The legendary Mayor Richard J. Daley, in the opening scene, kneeling to take morning communion as the priest says with a slight Irish accent, “The Lard be with you.” Daley, his hair slicked back, his jowls motionless, solemnly inRead more..

Irish Eye on Hollywood

March marks the release of two big Cillian Murphy films. First there is the American release of the Irish Civil War drama The Wind that Shakes the Barley, which won major praise at the recent Sundance Film Festival.  Wind is easily one of the most highly anticipated Irish movies to come out in years. MarchRead more..

The West’s Awake

Bucking a century-old trend, the West of Ireland now appeals to Americans and U.S. companies to come live, work and set up businesses there. Reversing a century-old trend of emigration from the West of Ireland to the U.S., the Western Development Commission (WDC), the state body charged with promoting the economic and social development ofRead more..

Those We Lost

A tribute to some of the fine Irish-Americans who touched our  lives Of the thousands of men and women who have given their lives in the conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq, the deaths of three young Irish-Americans from the New York area brought home the terrible price of war. The funeral of Captain John F.Read more..

Book Corner

Tom Deignan reviews the latest Irish and Irish-American books   Recommended:  Nothing But an Unfinished Song: Bobby Sands, The Irish Hunger Striker Who Ignited a Generation It’s been 25 years since Bobby Sands and his fellow Irish nationalists launched their hunger strikes in 1981, which resulted in Sands’s death after 66 days. That may seemRead more..