President Michael D. Higgins Vs. The Tea Party

A two-year-old scorching exchange between Michael D. Higgins, now the President of Ireland, and Michael Graham, a conservative American radio host, on RTE’s Newstalk has gone viral, with 522,487 views as of this post’s publication. The Irish president probably wouldn’t be so candid in his current role, but in 2010, as leader of the Irish Labour Party and a dedicated human rights...

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International Celtic Festival at Hunter Mountain

Hunter Mountain hosts the International Celtic Festival featuring fantastic entertainment from the Emerald Isles, plus world-class Irish-American bands and dancers. Dozens of authentic Irish vendors, traditional foods, and plenty of beverages. Sunday features a Bagpipe Competition, followed by the spectacular Mass March as hundreds of pipers and drummers march down the mountain in unison. After...

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Against All Odds: Irish Gymnast Kieran Behan Becomes an Olympian

When he was eight years old, Kieran Behan developed a passion for gymnastics. Two years later, a botched operation on his leg did permanent nerve damage to his foot, almost dashing his dream in its infancy. Bound to a wheelchair, he was taunted by classmates, and was warned by doctors that he might never walk again. He did recover, however, and 15 months later, he was back in the gym working...

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Ireland’s Preeminent Contemporary Playwright Tom Murphy on Druid Theatre Company’s Return to the US

This week, Galway’s Tony winning Druid Theatre Company will present a mini-retrospective of three of the most accomplished plays of Irish playwright Tom Murphy at Druid Murphy, an exciting festival in his honor that will be staged at Lincoln Center beginning July 5. Murphy, 77, has famously been described by Colm Toibin as “the writer whom other Irish writers most admire.” While that’s...

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First Annual Irish America Day Celebrated in Ireland

This Fourth of July, flags were raised, grills were lighted, streets were decked with red, white and blue, and America was celebrated – on both sides of the Atlantic. In recognition of the strong ties between the U.S. and Ireland, and of the millions of Irish immigrants who began new lives in America throughout the centuries, the Co. Wexford town of New Ross devoted the fourth of July to...

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