Stephanie J. Block (on rock) and company in The Pirate Queen.

The Pirate Queen

The producers of The Pirate Queen, husband-and-wife team Moya Doherty and John McColgan, talk to Cahir O’Doherty. Between the first draft and the opening night the challenge of mounting a Broadway musical on the scale of The Pirate Queen is a high-wire act of artistic daring that few of us will ever have the courage or good fortune to make in our lives. Prior to the show’s opening night I...

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Stained glass window of St. Patrick

The First Word: That Time of Year!

Mórtas Cine. Pride in our heritage! It’s that time of year, and thought we don’t need an occasion to feel pleased to be Irish, it’s kind of nice to be the center of attention as the St. Patrick’s season rolls around. We can look forward to reruns of The Quiet Man, watch the Irish Tenors and The Celtic Women, and enjoy Visions of Ireland, which showcases scenery that is so...

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Gerry Adams addresses the Sinn Fein party congress.

Sinn Féin Endorses PSNI

Sinn Féin voted to support the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) – formerly the RUC – at an extraordinary Ard Fheis (party congress) attended by nearly 1,000 delegates in Dublin. The motion was carried by over 90 percent of the vote. Prior to the Ard Fheis Sinn Féin refused to participate on the PSNI policing board. The Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) cited this position as grounds...

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Channel revelers celebrate St. Patrick's Day Mardi Gras style – adding cabbages to the thousands of green and white beads that are thrown to the eager crowds.

The Irish Channel Salutes St. Patrick

With multiple events spotlighting the Irish heritage of New Orleans on St. Patrick’s Day, the largest and one of the more historic is the Irish Channel St. Patrick’s Day Club, which this year marks its 60th anniversary of parading through the streets of some of the city’s historically Irish neighborhoods. With over 3,000 people either marching in formal attire to the sounds of bagpipes or...

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(1962) Mayor Richard J. Daley (left) marches in Chicago's St. Patrick's Day Parade accompanied by Lord Mayor of Dublin Robert Briscoe

Hizzoner

Mayor Richard J. Daley is back among us – live on the Chicago stage It’s him. The legendary Mayor Richard J. Daley, in the opening scene, kneeling to take morning communion as the priest says with a slight Irish accent, “The Lard be with you.” Daley, his hair slicked back, his jowls motionless, solemnly in responds in Bridgeportese along with his minions standing behind him: “An also...

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