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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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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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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For Fall 2012, Nanette Lepore Channels Oscar Wilde

Earlier this week, Irish America had the pleasure of attending Business 100 honoree Nanette Lepore’s Fall 2012 show at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week. We were particularly excited to see this collection since the buzz was that it had been inspired by tarot cards, dandyism and the style and attitude of one of our all-time favorite Irish writers and wits, Oscar Wilde. In the days leading up to...

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Visit the Bones of Saint Valentine in Dublin

The remains of the martyred Saint Valentine are enshrined at Dublin’s Whitefriar Street Church. ℘℘℘ Each year on February 14th and in the days and weeks leading up to Valentine’s day, visitor’s flock to the Carmelite Church on Whitefriar Street in Dublin to visit the shrine of St. Valentine. The shrine consists of an altar, above which stands a life-size statue of St....

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