Archive for March, 2018

Weekly Comment:
Ireland’s Good Friday Alcohol Ban Has Been Lifted

Alcohol can be served for the first time since 1927 on Good Friday in Ireland this year. ℘℘℘ Finding a pint of plain on Good Friday in one of the Republic of Ireland’s world-famous pubs has been nigh impossible (legally) for 90 years. That changed on January 31 of this year, when Irish president MichaelRead more..

An Irish Music Playlist Just in Time for St. Patrick’s Day

From Turlough O’Carolan to The Chieftains, The Cranberries to The Corrs, Ireland has always had a world-wide reputation for musical prowess. This St. Patrick’s Day weekend, enjoy this special playlist of Irish music that ranges from traditional Irish songs to more contemporary fare like The Pogues and The Saw Doctors. The 200-song playlist curates theRead more..

Weekly Comment:
Irish Taoiseach Meets with Trump in Oval Office

Irish Taoiseach Leo Varadkar met with President Donald Trump on his first official state visit to the U.S. this week, presenting Trump with a bowl of Irish shamrocks, continuing a tradition that dates back to the 1950s. ℘℘℘ At the annual St. Patrick’s Day reception at the White House this week, Irish Taoiseach Leo VaradkarRead more..

Weekly Comment:
9 Uniquely American
St. Patrick’s Day Traditions

From Honolulu to Hot Springs, North America has some of the oldest – and quirkiest – St. Patrick’s Day traditions. ℘℘℘ On the morning of March 17, 1853, Archbishop of New York John Hughes addressed a crowd of worshippers at St. Patrick’s Cathedral about the special significance that St. Patrick’s Day had taken on inRead more..

The Choctaw Tribe
and the Irish Famine

Just 16 years after their own “Trail of Tears,” the Choctaw Indians raised money for Irish Famine relief. Visiting New York in 1989, Don Mullan, Director of Action From Ireland (AFrI), a Dublin-based human rights organization, was addressing members of the American Irish Political Education Committee about AFrI’s “Great Famine Project.” The Project had begunRead more..

Weekly Comment:
9 Ways to Celebrate Irish American Heritage Month

At the end of February, President Trump officially declared the month of March to be Irish American Heritage Month for 2018. He also took the opportunity to mention the numerous historical and cultural contributions the Irish have made to America over the years, mentioning specifically the nine signers of the Declaration of Independence who wereRead more..

Mother, Life, Landscape, and the Connection

In February of this year, globally-renowned Irish author Edna O’Brien was named as the winner of the PEN/Nabokov award for achievement in international literature. Today, on International Women’s Day, we celebrate this seminally feminist voice in modern Irish culture, and look back on Patricia Harty’s 2007 interview with O’Brien, where they talked writing, family, andRead more..

Weekly Comment:
Celebrating the 2018 Irish America Hall of Fame

On March 2, Irish America magazine inducted four new members to the Irish America Hall of Fame at the Metropolitan Club in New York. See below for speeches, photos, and more from the exciting awards luncheon. ℘℘℘ Irish America magazine hosted the 2018 Irish America Hall of Fame March 2 in Manhattan, recognizing the diverseRead more..

Travel:
Girls on a Bus Through Ireland

CIE Tours International’s Taste of Ireland Tour is a trip not soon to be forgotten. Irish America sent Tara Dougherty and Sheila Langan to discover its splendor. Scroll down for more photos and a chance to win your own 5 day/4 night Taste of Ireland tour for two. ℘℘℘ TARA: An Irish American’s First Time inRead more..

Kelli O’Hara

One of Broadway’s great leading ladies, Tony award-winner Kelli O’Hara has had a dazzling career on the stage and screen, appearing in some of America’s most revered musicals and plays. She made her Broadway debut in 2000 in a revival of Jekyll & Hyde. Her first of six Tony nominations was for her appearance inRead more..