Kevin Barry, author of the 2013 Impac Award-winning City of Bohane

Kevin Barry Reading in NYC

Limerick-born writer Kevin Barry, author of the wildly inventive novel City of Bohane and the short story collections There Are Little Kingdoms and Dark Lies the Island, will be doing a reading at 7pm on Thursday, April 26th at the McNally Jackson bookstore in SoHo. Pete Hamill, writing for the New York Times Book Review, enthusiastically described City of Bohane as “full of marvels. They...

Margaret Tobin Brown, "The Unsinkable" Molly Brown. Photo from Wikimedia Commons.

Margaret Tobin Brown: The Unsinkable Molly Brown

“I’m Unsinkable” Margaret Tobin Brown was reading a book in her first-class cabin on the Titanic when she heard a crash and was thrown to the floor by the impact. Pulling herself up, she went out into the corridor to investigate and saw her fellow passengers standing around in their nightwear. It was then she noticed that the engines had stopped. She went up on deck and was flung into a...

Julie Feeney at the Glastonbury Music Festival in her self-devised house headpiece.

Irish America Invites You to Julie Feeney Live in Concert!

CONTEST: Irish America readers who love captivating musical performances, smart lyrics, brilliant orchestration and delightfully whimsical headpieces should get excited. Julie Feeney, the rising star of Ireland’s contemporary music scene is coming to New York for ten nights of unforgettable performances at the Irish Art Center’s Donaghy Theater – and Irish America has two pairs...

Bram Stoker portrait from 1906. From Wikimedia Commons.

Irish Dracula Author Celebrated 100 Years After Death

Dublin-born writer Bram Stoker, author of the famed novel Dracula, died in London at age 64, on April 20, 1912. Given that the vampire story, and the gothic in general, is currently seeing a resurgence in popularity, paying homage to the influential author on the centenary of his death seems all the more important. On April 10, artist Aidan Hickey gave a portrait that he painted of Stoker to the...

Visitors gather outside of the newly opened Titanic Belfast. Photo from Google Images.

Titanic Belfast Opens for Ship’s Centenary

Titanic Belfast, the world’s largest Titanic-themed attraction, opened its doors to the public on Saturday, March 31. The giant complex is both owned and managed by the Titanic Foundation, a charitable trust. The foundation worked in partnership with the Belfast City Council to design an exhibition and space that would acknowledge Belfast’s prominent standing in history as a shipbuilding...