Archive for January, 2012

News from Irish America

The Henry Ford Museum Unveils a New Exhibit This Saturday, Bill Ford Jr., Irish America’s 2011 Business 100 Keynote Speaker, was joined by an excited and distinguished crowd, including Michigan Governor Rick Snyder at The Henry Ford Museum to unveil a new exhibit: “Driving America.” The exhibit chronicles not just technological and aesthetic advances inRead more..

The German – Amazing Short Film on Ireland in WWII

The German is a stunning Irish short written and directed by Nick Ryan. The film, which was made in 2007 and went up online a few months ago, features a British fighter pilot in pursuit of a German who killed his fellow Allied soldier and friend in mid-air combat. It presents a quiet but insightfulRead more..

Irish Hand Dancing by Former Riverdance Duo

We’ve got to hand it to Suzanne Cleary and Peter Harding, they know how to take Irish dance to new and unexpected places. The pair, world-class Irish dancers who toured with Riverdance and Magic of the Dance, coined their unique, irreverent and totally cool style of hand dancing in 2008 and have since enjoyed greatRead more..

Northern Lights in County Donegal

County Donegal was swarmed with tourists all gathering to see the unbelievable natural light show on January 22. The Northern Lights, expected to make another appearance this week were captured in the video below. When ionized particles from the sun hit the earth’s atmosphere, the chemical reaction of the gases gives off the red andRead more..

Martin Hayes:
Rhythm and Strings

Whether playing solo or with the newly formed The Gloaming, Martin Hayes, the marvelously gifted fiddler, finds his mesmeric rhythm in the Irish tunes he learned from his father – the leader of the famed Tulla Ceili band – and other master musicians in east County Clare. The first time I heard Martin Hayes itRead more..

The First Word:
Something to Shout About

When we first published the magazine back in 1985, I wasn’t entirely comfortable with our slogan “Mórtas Cine,” which translates from the Irish as “Pride in one’s heritage.” As children we were warned about “pride” and its place at the top of the list of the Seven Deadly Sins. “Pride goes before a fall,” myRead more..

Irish Army Archives to go Public

The Irish Armed Forces is about to make a huge volume of historical documents available to the public by putting them online for general access. Lieutenant General Sean McCann, Defense Forces’ Chief of Staff, confirmed that an ambitious project will be carried out with the National Archives of Ireland, placing 36,000 pages of material onlineRead more..

Rory McIlroy Named Sports Star of the Year

Rory McIlroy was named RTE’s Irish Sports Person of the Year at a televised ceremony in Dublin. The 22-year-old golfer from Holywood, Co. Down capped a memorable year by winning the U.S. Open just two months after he suffered a meltdown when leading the field into the last day of the Masters. McIlroy held offRead more..

Chuck Schumer’s Irish Bill

New York Senator Charles Schumer has gained a great deal of support from the Irish in America since mid-December, when he introduced an Irish visa bill to the Senate. The bill, co-sponsored by Senators Patrick Leahy and Dick Durbin of Vermont and Illinois, respectively, would permit 10,000 Irish citizens to live and work in theRead more..

Chuck Feeney’s Latest Donation

Irish America’s most beloved billionaire philanthropist has done it again. Irish America Hall of Famer and founder of Atlantic Philanthropies, Charles F. Feeney is the man behind a massive project to build a new house of graduate learning on New York’s Roosevelt Island. The new high-tech science learning center will be a branch of CornellRead more..