Archive for January, 2013

Surfer Garrett McNamara Rides 100 Ft. Wave to Break Own World Record

For nearly 10 years, extreme surfer Garrett McNamara has been on the hunt for the world’s biggest waves. Born in Pittsfield, Massachusetts in 1967, McNamara was leagues away from the sea. But after he relocated to Hawaii with his family in 1978, the sea became a driving force in McNamara’s life.  As a teenager, heRead more..

Irish Folk Furniture – Delightful Animated Short Wins Sundance & Our Hearts

Irish Folk Furniture, a short  film by Tony Donoghue, has won the prize for Best Animation at the prestigious (not to mention cool) Sundance Film Festival in Utah. Over the course of eight utterly delightful minutes, Donoghue uses stop motion animation and interviews to explore the fate of folk furniture in his Tipperary parish ofRead more..

Irish Family History Day – January 24

Irish Family History Day is Thursday, January 24. In partnership with The Gathering and the launch of more than 21 million birth, marriage, and death (BDM) certificates to the site, FindMyPast.com has declared Thursday, January 24 to be “Irish Family History Day.” It’s more than just a nominal accolade though, because this Thursday the siteRead more..

Discover Ireland Connemara

If it’s scenery you’re after on a trip to Ireland, be sure not to miss Connemara. Long stretches of greens, the beautiful shores, Connemara is practically calling out to explorers! It’s perfect for a hike, a stroll through fishing villages, a drive around the countryside or even a ride on a famous Connemara pony. JumpRead more..

The Genius of Day-Lewis Brings Lincoln Alive

In the last decade, Daniel Day-Lewis, one of the greatest actors of our time, has made only five films. But when he chooses to play a part he commits to it fully, as his portrayal of Abraham Lincoln in Steven Spielberg’s latest biopic exemplifies. Between roles? It’s all about his family, he tells Patricia Danaher.Read more..

The First Word: Finding the Way

“First determine that the thing can and shall be done and then we shall find the way. – Abraham Lincoln  As we go to press, we learn that Lincoln received 12 Oscar nominations – more than any other film this year. It’s timely then, that we feature Daniel Day-Lewis on our cover. Day-Lewis is anRead more..

Pakistani Schoolgirl Activist Wins Tipperary Peace Award

Malala Yousafzai, the 15-year-old Pakistani girl who survived a violent attack by Taliban gunmen in retaliation for her advocacy of girls’ education, is the recipient of the 2012 Tipperary International Peace Award. Yousafzai, a native of the Swat Valley region of Pakistan, gained prominence in 2009 after writing a blog for BBC Urdu chronicling herRead more..

Ireland Begins Six-Month EU Presidency

The New Year marked the start of Ireland’s six-month presidency of the Council of the European Union. The transition began with a ceremony at Dublin Castle on New Year’s Eve, at which Taoiseach Enda Kenny, Táiniste Eamon Gilmore and Minister of State for European Affairs Lucinda Creighton laid out Ireland’s agenda for the months ahead.Read more..

Belfast Rocked By Union Jack Protests

Loyalist protesters in Belfast have been marching against the City Council’s decision that the United Kingdom’s flag, the Union Jack, will no longer be flown above City Hall year-round. The decision, reached by a council vote on December 3, came from a compromise motion proposed by the centrist Alliance Party that the Union Jack wouldRead more..

Quiet Man Pub for Sale

Pat Cohan’s bar in Cong, Co. Mayo, where John Wayne and Victor McLaglen brawled and raised pints in John Ford’s The Quiet Man, was recently put up for sale. The asking price is €300,000, and auctioneer Vincent Walsh informed the Irish Independent that the majority of interest thus far is from overseas – the USRead more..