Behind the Scenes with Bridget

Bridget Moynahan dances on bars, dallies in espionage, fixes robots and steals men away from Sarah Jessica Parker — or so her film and TV roles would have you believe. The star of Coyote Ugly, The Recruit, I, Robot and the actress who played Mr. Big’s second wife Natasha in Sex and the City is actually a very down to earth and level-headed woman. Raised by Irish-American parents in...

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First Word: A Different Tune

As Irish America’s editor for the past 20 years I have witnessed a major sea change in the economic relationship between Ireland and the U.S. For centuries Ireland depended on help from the U.S. but today Irish firms employ as many people in the U.S. as American companies do in Ireland. The number of Irish-born executives in corporate America is at an all-time high. Ireland is now the 9th...

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News from Ireland

Maureen O’Hara Collects an Irish Oscar Maureen O’Hara brought over 700 guests to their feet at the Irish Film and Television Awards (IFTA) in Dublin when she received the Lifetime Achievement Award. Wearing a bright red dress the 84-year-old actress earned a heartfelt ovation, recalling her illustrious career which included her feisty performance opposite John Wayne in The Quiet...

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News in Brief

RESIDENTS in Ringaskiddy, Co. Cork have vowed to oppose construction of Ireland’s first toxic waste incinerator. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) gave a green light to the controversial project by granting a waste management license to Indaver Ireland. The company has plans to build a similar facility near Duleek, Co. Meath but despite the EPA decision environmentalist groups and...

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The Abbey Does
Playboy in the U.S.

The Abbey Theatre is in crisis as it makes its centenary tour of the U.S. Artistic Director Ben Barnes is stepping down amid financial difficulties, but the U.S. tour is proving to be a commercial and theatrical success. The touring group is putting on J.M. Synge’s Playboy of the Western World, a play that caused extreme controversy and riots when it premiered in Dublin in 1907, and on the...

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