Archive for January, 2014

Irish at the Oscars

It’s that time of year again and the Oscar nods arrived this morning. Among the contenders for Best Picture this year is Philomena, the true story of Philomena Lee’s search for her son after a clandestine adoption under the shadow of the Catholic Church and Irish State. Much of the movie was filmed in IrelandRead more..

Boston’s Man of the People: Marty Walsh

There was world renowned musician Yo-Yo Ma on center stage, playing an audacious solo of Danny Boy on his cello before 8,000 enraptured listeners. Mid-way through the performance and without missing a note he suddenly turned around to smile and nod at a pretty, proper Irish woman named Mary Walsh sitting behind him with herRead more..

The First Word: We Are All Immigrants

And  so it begins. A new year, and already a happy one with the election of an Irish mayor in Boston. And who better to embody the tough, tireless, tender trajectory of our Irish story, than Marty Walsh, son of immigrants and champion of the working class. Marty’s campaign, aimed at a range of ethnic and social groups,Read more..

Glucksman Ireland House NYU at Twenty

2013 was an extraordinarily busy year at 1 Washington Mews. Starting last February, a plethora of activities has highlighted the range of this jewel in Greenwich Village: a memorable 20th Anniversary gala, conferences, exhibits, publications, concerts, workshops and all this on top of a range of classes offered to undergraduate and graduate students in theRead more..

Irish Scientists Discover Genetic Basis for Memory Formation

Scientists from Trinity College Dublin have shown for the first time that two genes involved in many neurological diseases act together to regulate specific aspects of protein production in nerve cells and allow the development of a simple form of memory called habituation. These findings have implications for our understanding of memory formation in general,Read more..

Celebrating with Concern

CEO of Aer Lingus Christoph Mueller was honored by the international humanitarian organization Concern Worldwide U.S. in early December. Mueller was recognized at Concern’s annual Seeds of Hope dinner for bridging the gulf between business acumen and charitable efforts since assuming Aer Lingus’s top position in 2009. At the event, Dr. Joseph Cahalan, CEO ofRead more..

The Quiet Man is A National Treasure

There was much rejoicing among Golden-Age film lovers on December 18, 2013, when they learned that the classic 1952 John Ford film The Quiet Man was officially added to the Library of Congress National Film Registry. Each year the organization selects 25 movies that have the largest number of supporters by way of campaigns andRead more..

Irish Eye on Hollywood

Maybe they should call it the Father and Son Dance Film Festival! After all, it was an Irish family affair at this year’s Sundance Film Fest, which ran from January 16 – 26 in Park City, Utah. First up is Frank, starring Domhnall Gleeson, Michael Fassbender and Maggie Gyllenhaal. The film has been described asRead more..

Those We Lost

Peter O’Toole (1932-2013) Peter O’Toole, the actor who rose to international fame nearly overnight as T.E. Lawrence in the 1962 epic Lawrence of Arabia, died December 14th in a London hospital. His daughter, the actress Kate O’Toole, said in a statement that he had been ill for some time. He was 81 years old. HeRead more..

Jimmy Fallon Family Tree

Megan Smolenyak, the roots detective, takes a look at Jimmy Fallon’s Irish side. Not yet forty, Jimmy Fallon already has an impressive history to look back on.  Between “Saturday Night Live” and hosting “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon,” he’s logged more than a decade on air, and is now primed for his take over ofRead more..