Winners of the First St. Patrick’s Day Children’s Art Competition Honored at Irish Consulate

The Consulate General of Ireland in New York hosted a special event to announce the winners of the first St. Patrick’s Day Children’s Art Competition. Prize winners were named in the three age-group categories from hundreds of entries received from the tri-State area, Pennsylvania and West Virginia. The Consul General Noel Kilkenny has sent a special Certificate of Participation to all of the...


JFK50 Events in New Ross, Co. Wexford: Remembering when Kennedy Came

When John F. Kennedy toured Ireland in 1963 he left a lasting impression. Nowhere more so, it seems, than in his ancestral homeland in New Ross, Co. Wexford, where his speech from the Quayside is still fondly remembered. In this, the year of The Gathering, New Ross is also giving Kennedy “The Homecoming,” taking fire from the Eternal Flame at his Arlington gravesite across the Atlantic and...

Ballymaloe Lit Fest participants

The Ballymaloe LitFest

An exciting new food and literary festival from Ballymaloe House in Co. Cork. Ireland and food have a complex history. Visitors have always been struck by its lush greenery and iconic potables like Guinness and Jameson, but have often failed to take note of its food.  All that has changed in recent years, and a food festival at the beginning of the month speaks to Ireland’s increasingly...

Audiences at the 2011 Kilkenny Arts Festival enjoyed a performance of As You Like It.

Kilkenny Arts Festival Announces 2013 Highlights

The Kilkenny Arts Festival was founded 40 years ago this August by a group of classical music enthusiasts, and has continued to grow in its draw, reach, and prestige of performances ever since. For 10 days each August, the medieval city located in the South-East of Ireland comes alive with a feast of artistic entertainment across a range of mediums, including theater, dance, many genres of music,...

Colm Tóibín, Fiona Shaw and Deborah Warner.

The Testament of Mary: Tóibín, Shaw and Warner at the PEN World Voices Festival

Several years ago, Colm Tóibín taught an evening class at the New School in New York. He called it “Relentlessness,” and before each class, he would drink a mix of a double espresso, Coca Cola, and sugar that he said he thinks pretty well mimics the effects of cocaine, and, as he put it in a panel discussion at the PEN World Voices Festival on May 3, “just go.” At least once, the class...