Kyle Carey

Making of Monongah

Gaelic Americana musician and songwriter Kyle Carey writes about the ups and downs and ins and outs of recording an album. An album isn’t finished when the musicians go home. One could argue in reality, that’s when it all begins. After recording week, I flew back to the States to visit with my family, sleeping three days straight to recover from the emotional strain of it all. Not that I...

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Oorlagh and Terry George at the 2012 Academy Awards. Photo by Google Images.

Irish Film The Shore Wins Oscar for Best Short

Huge cheers erupted in the Den bar on Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood on Sunday night when Terry and Oorlagh George’s short movie The Shore won an Oscar for the father-daughter team. Director Jim Sheridan who has made two Oscar nominated movies with George – In the Name of the Father and Some Mother’s Son, was among the cheering crowd of about 150 LA-based Irish who gathered to watch the...

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Jack Talty and Cormac Begley

Concertina Music in a Church

Let us all bow down and give thanks to Jack and Cormac. Let us give praise to their musical ingenuity, to their rhythm and their rolls. You will also need a pair of headphones as you follow me down the road to St. Nicholas Collegiate Church, Galway. The church is empty now but that doesn’t matter. Jack and Cormac have gone home. Just pick a pew and settle in anyway. You have your iPod. You...

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Niagara Falls will turn green on St. Patrick's Day. Photo courtesy of Tourism Ireland.

The Greening of Niagara Falls

In keeping with the newly minted St. Patrick’s Day tradition of the past two years, March 17 will see a variety of iconic landmarks around the world turn green. With St. Patrick’s day less than a month away, Tourism Ireland recently announced that the structures to go green this year will once again include Table Mountain in South Africa, the London Eye, Burj Al Arab in Dubai and,...

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Oscar nominees Rooney Mara, Glenn Close, Kenneth Branagh and George Clooney.

Strong Irish Presence Among 2012 Oscar Nominees

Ireland will be well-represented at this year’s Academy Awards ceremony, which is to take place on Sunday, February 26 at Hollywood’s Kodak Theatre. Two Irish filmmakers, Peter McDonald and Terry George, have been nominated for the live-action shorts, Pentecost and The Shore, respectively. Pentecost is stage and film actor McDonald’s directorial debut. Shot in Dublin and Wicklow, the...

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