Archive for June, 2016

Weekly Comment:
Lower Manhattan Historical Society Plans Irish 4th of July Celebrations

Irish studies scholar Maureen Murphy will lead the Lower Manhattan Historical Society’s second annual Fourth of July parade. ℘℘℘ The Lower Manhattan Historical Society will celebrate American and Irish independence alike this weekend with a series of events in and around Battery Park. Assisting the society in running these activities will be the Consulate ofRead more..

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Enda Kenny’s Statement on U.K. Brexit Vote

On June 23, the United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union, with 51.9 percent voting to leave, and 48.1 percent to remain. The British exit will take two years to fully be implemented, but the ramifications for Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland are already being considered, particularly fears of a return to the violenceRead more..

Bloomsday in New York (Photos)

Fans of James Joyce celebrated “Bloomsday” around the world this past week on Thursday, June 16th and New York was no exception. ℘℘℘ Bloomsday is named for Leopold Bloom, the chief protagonist in Joyce’s groundbreaking groundbreaking novel Ulysses, to whom a lot happens over the course of one day – June 16th 1904. It’s believed that Joyce choseRead more..

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New Cultural Podcast Series in Celebration of Bloomsday

A new podcast series released in conjunction with this year’s Bloomsday celebrations features interviews with Ireland’s leading cultural experts. ℘℘℘ Today, Cultural Roadmapp will debut Tripod, a series of three 10-minute podcast interviews with leading lights of Ireland’s cultural scene, to be hosted on SoundCloud. The series syncs with a three-week online celebration of IrishRead more..

Bronwyn Brigid FitzSimmons
(1944 – 2016)

Bronwyn, daughter of legendary Irish actress Maureen O’Hara passed away on May 25, 2016 in Glengarriff, County Cork, Ireland. The memorial service was being held in Glengarriff on June 11th. Bronwyn was born in Los Angeles on June 30th, 1944, daughter of Maureen (O’Hara) FitzSimons Price and Will Price.  During her childhood and teen years she explored the possibility ofRead more..

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Poetry Corner

The Final Pass By John James Reid She held the ball for two and a half weeks, unable to move, unwanting to pass. Each breath, each save, knowing, the game was almost over. Her players, watching their Goalkeeper In her final attempt to save herself. Weakened, withered, wasted, against a powerful pneumonic team. White refereesRead more..

Susan Ungaro

Susan Ungaro is president of the James Beard Foundation, the leading culinary organization in the U.S. Since taking on the role in 2006, Ungaro has overseen significant growth in global awareness of the Foundation, expanded the number of educational and thought-leadership initiatives, and increased the organization’s culinary scholarship program, which this year will award $750,000 inRead more..

Pauline Ann Turley

Pauline Ann Turley is the vice chair of the Irish Arts Center, New York. She holds a B.A. in Drama and Theatre Studies from Trinity College Dublin. Pauline recalls how she moved to New York right out of college at age 23, knowing no-one, and started as an intern at the Irish Arts Center. “BeingRead more..

Anne Sweeney

Anne Sweeney is former co-chair of Disney Media Networks and president of the Disney/ABC Television Group, having left her post earlier this year to pursue a career in television directing. A leading industry figure, she was named one of the 50 Most Powerful Women in Business by Fortune and one of The World’s 100 Most Powerful WomenRead more..

Regina Sullivan

Regina Sullivan is the head of Shared Services at Fidelity International, a position she has held since 2013. She obtained her B.A. from Boston College, a J.D. from Suffolk University Law School, and a risk management certificate from the Wharton Executive Education Program. Regina notes that in 2015 Fidelity International, which has operated in IrelandRead more..