Archive for July, 2011

July 25

July 25th marks the feast of St. James in the liturgical calendar of the Roman Catholic Church. Dubliners celebrate this day by holding an annual drinking festival, which has been a tradition since the medieval era. Likewise, Irish pilgrims who choose to honor St. James and walk the Santiago de Compostela in Spain, often leaveRead more..

Imagining Ireland With Gabriel Byrne

The acclaimed actor discusses his role as Ireland’s first Cultural Ambassador, his experience as an emigrant, and his thoughts on the strong ties and the disconnects between Ireland and America. The most immediately striking thing about Gabriel Byrne, aside from his very light blue eyes and the chunky silver Claddagh ring he wears on hisRead more..

The First Word:
Let the Irish Apply

A letter from our Editor… After all these years in America, I still feel like an immigrant. Though I proudly hold American citizenship, it is other immigrants that I most readily identify with.  “Where are you from?” I ask waiters and cab drivers, even a woman on the subway (we were so caught up in ourRead more..

Irish Eye on Hollywood:
Upcoming Film Releases

Tom Deignan with the latest Irish and Irish American happenings in film and television. Carlow actress Saoirse Ronan apparently enjoys playing a killer. In April, Ronan starred in the action flick Hanna, which should be out on DVD soon. Ronan played a teenage assassin raised by her dad (Eric Bana) to be a ruthless killer.Read more..

The Pipe: Small Irish Town Meets Big Oil

A new documentary from Ireland sheds light on the Corrib pipeline plans in Rossport, Co. Mayo. In 2005, Rossport was a small, peaceful costal village in Co. Mayo, Ireland. Risteard Ó Domhnaill was living there, on his uncle’s farm, and working as a camera man. Then Shell, the international oil company, came to town withRead more..

Enda, Irial and Ali Honored by Fund

The American Ireland Fund’s annual New York Gala Dinner was held on May 5th. More than 1,200 guests gathered in a tent at Lincoln Center on May 5, for the American Ireland Fund New York Dinner Gala,  the largest of the 100 events held annually by The Worldwide Ireland Funds. The dinner, chaired by DuncanRead more..

What Are You Like?

Bill Whelan, composer of Riverdance answers 15 questions. Renowned composer, producer and arranger Bill Whelan has worked extensively in theatre, film and television. The Limerick native has produced and arranged for Irish rock legends U2, Van Morrison, the Dubliners, Richard Harris and Kate Bush. He boasts an impressive resume beginning with his position as composerRead more..

Ireland’s New Prime Minister on the Way Forward

On his recent trip to New York, between visiting Ground Zero and being welcomed at an Irish American community reception, Ireland’s new Taoiseach, Enda Kenny, spoke with Patricia Harty about the changes taking place in the Irish government.   Until the recent election one party, Fianna Fáil, had been in power for fourteen years. What’sRead more..

Citizen Artist, Robert Ballagh

The extraordinary life and work of Robert Ballagh is celebrated in a new book, “Citizen Artist” by Ciaran Carty I’ve often called Robert Ballagh the perfect Dubliner. He married the city, walked it, photographed it, painted it, and Dublin in turn – no mean city – has embraced him. He’s just done a portrait ofRead more..

Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann Celebrates 60 Years

Held in San Antonio, TX for the first time, CCE’s annual celebration marked the organization’s 60th anniversary. Hundreds of devoted Irish music and dance fans descended upon San Antonio for the annual Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann North American Convention on the weekend of March 25th. The annual event, held in different cities around the U.S., wasRead more..