Archive for May, 2014

On The Set with
Norah O’Donnell

Norah O’Donnell is the co-host of CBS This Morning, guest host on Face the Nation, and a 60 Minutes correspondent. This seasoned broadcaster has earned the moniker “tough but fair.” Of course it helps Norah O’Donnell’s popularity that the camera loves her – she is tall and slim with perfect features, thick auburn hair, andRead more..

The First Word:
A Visit to Irish America

I’ve come to think of Irish America as an actual place unto itself, sort of like in an Irish fairytale where someone is magically transported to another world. And sometimes, if you’re lucky, you get to take a trip to that place without ever leaving American soil. That’s how it was for me the weekRead more..

Does Paul Ryan Have Irish Amnesia?

On the eve of St. Patrick’s Day last March, Timothy Egan’s column “Paul Ryan’s Irish Amnesia” appeared in The New York Times. Egan cited Sir Charles Trevelyan, the British assistant secretary to the Treasury, who had ordered relief works to be shut down during the height of the Famine. “Dependence on charity,” Trevelyan declared, “isRead more..

Gerry Adams Arrested

Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams was arrested in Northern Ireland on Wednesday, April 30, and held until the following Sunday night when he was released without charge. Police cited new evidence from a Boston College Burns Library oral history project in which former IRA members apparently named Adams in connection with the kidnapping and killingRead more..

President Higgins’s First State Visit to the Queen

In April President Michael D. Higgins and his wife Sabina made their first official state visit to Queen Elizabeth II – in fact the first official Irish state visit to the U.K. since the formation of the Irish Free State in 1922. Celebrated as a diplomatic success, the four-day visit included two banquets at WindsorRead more..

Tech Companies Expanding in Ireland

A new report on the technology sector in Ireland suggests that the industry is poised for continued growth over the coming year, with the majority of businesses planning on expanding within the next 12 months. The study, which was commissioned by Allied Irish Banks and carried out by Amárach Consulting in partnership with the Irish InternetRead more..

All For the Love of Ewe

Break out your wool shears, the Golden Shears World Sheep Shearing championship kicked off on a 25-acre plot of land in May in Gorey, Co. Wexford, marking the second time this event has been held in Ireland. Over 30,000 people were estimated to have attended the festivities, currently being billed as the “Olympics of SheepRead more..

The Truth of the Battle of Clontarf

A grudge rebellion or the medieval equivalent of the 1916 Rising? The world’s leading authorities on the Battle of Clontarf gathered in Trinity College Dublin on April 11, 2014 in a bid to establish the truth of what really happened at the battle as part of a major international conference to mark the 1000th anniversaryRead more..

Expansion Project for Cliffs of Moher

Visitors to the Cliffs of Moher this summer will see a much-needed host of upgrades to their tourist experience thanks to a 550,000-euro plan announced in April. The improvements were spurred by the increased tourist numbers over the past three years. Since 2011, the Cliffs of Moher has seen more than a 33 percent growthRead more..

One Quarter of Ireland Affected by Another’s Drinking

New research has found that more than a quarter of the population is affected by someone else’s drinking habits. While alcohol consumption in Ireland has steadily fallen over the past decade, the study aimed to look not at those who imbibe, but to investigate greater societal impacts of their actions. “Alcohol’s Harm to Others inRead more..