Patrick Pearse's August 1, 1915 speech may have been the catalyst for the Easter Rising. (Wikimedia Commons)

Weekly Comment:
August 1st May Have Changed Ireland Forever

By the turn of the 20th Century, new Irish rebellion movements emerged that inspired a collective longing for national independence. A political party named Sinn Fein fostered by Arthur Griffith advocated for Irish nationhood. But while Griffith and others became the public faces of Irish nationalism, another, more radical group called the Irish Republican Brotherhood (IRB) worked in the...

Tim Ruddy's "The International" makes its Broadway premiere in New York. (Photo by Garlia Jones)

“The International” by Tim
Ruddy Premieres on Broadway

The International, a play about war and genocide in our age by Irish actor and playwright Tim Ruddy, has made an aptly timed return to the stage as the 20-year anniversary of the Bosniak genocide in Srebrenica is mourned. The recent Off-Broadway return of The International is fueled by Urbanite Theatre of Sarasota Florida, which aims to give new life to plays that did not reach their full...

The cottage featured in John Ford's "The Quiet Man" has been given protected status by the Irish State. (Photo courtesy of the author)

Weekly Comment:
“Quiet Man” Cottage Given
Protected Status

UPDATE: In the wake of Maureen O’Hara’s death earlier this month, a new petition has been started by fans hoping to see the Co. Galway cottage where The Quiet Man, one of her best-known films, was shot faithfully restored in her memory.  The petition was started by Patrick McCormack, founder of the White O’Morn Foundation, and has amassed more than 1,600 signatures in just a...

*FEATURE.John Boehner

Weekly Comment:
John Boehner’s Irish
Travels (Photos)

U.S. Speaker of the House John Boehner spent the Fourth of July in Ireland last weekend. After a week of diplomatic talks with European allies like Lithuania, Finland, and Poland, U.S. Speaker of the House John Boehner finished up his trip in Ireland for the Independence Day, or Irish America Day as it’s known in Wexford, speaking extensively with Taoiseach Enda Kenny. The talks mostly centered...

George M. Cohan and Arthur Johnston rehearse on location for The Phantom President, a Paramount movie.

George M. Cohan:
“Born on the Fourth of July”

The life of George M. Cohan, the greatest song and dance man of all time, is explored by M.V. Quinn. As he boasts in his song, George Michael Cohan was born on July 4, 1878, and as he proved again and again in his plays and songs, he remained “a real live nephew” of America’s Uncle Sam throughout his life. Cohan loved three things fervently: show business, his family, and the United States...