The Old Abbey Theatre

Abbey Theatre Archives Go Digital

Dublin’s renowned Abbey Theatre and the National University of Ireland Galway announced an unprecedented digital archive partnership on October 22. The collaboration, which is the largest digital theater project ever undertaken, will entail the digitization of the  1.8 million items in the Abbey’s archives. The range of artifacts includes posters, programs and photographs, lighting plans,...

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Bill Ford pictured with some Irish Fords, Henry Dan Ford and Hannah Ford O’Brien, 5, who turned out to meet him when he visited Ballinascarty, Co. Cork, birthplace of his great-great-grandfather William Ford.

Bill Ford:
The Man Behind the Trademark

“Our name is on every product that we sell, and that really gave us the determination to see this through.” Founded in 1903, Ford Motor Company is one of the top corporations in the world, and one of a handful of American companies still owned by family. “The company’s determination to survive is, in part, a reflection of the tenacity of the Ford family, which has rallied behind its...

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Christmas 1955, me and the brothers at Todds Dept. Store in Limerick.

The Magic of the Diaspora

The First Word One Christmas was so much like another in those years, to quote Dylan Thomas. Looking back, it does seem as if all my childhood Christmases have fused into one glorious memory. I remember the crunch of frosty gravel as we walk to the car for our trip to town and midnight Mass. The stars are bright in the night sky – easy to believe in the Three Wise Men making their way to...

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Glenn Close as Albert Nobbs

Irish Eye on Hollywood:
Upcoming Film Releases

1. The idea has only been floating for a few weeks and not a word of a script has been written. But already, the Whitey Bulger movie soon to be made by Matt Damon and Ben Affleck is getting mixed reviews. Bulger, of course, is the long-time Irish Godfather of South Boston who had been on the run for nearly two decades. He was finally nabbed in California over the summer. Since then, Damon and...

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Amanda crossing the finish line at the 2011 NYC Marathon, in a record-setting victory.

Pushing Through to Victory
Amanda McGrory

Champion wheelchair racer Amanda McGrory tells Molly Ferns about her record-setting year and her plans for the 2012 London Paralympics. Few people begin a career at five years old. But Amanda McGrory, 25, the women’s winner of the wheelchair circuit in the New York City Marathon, can make that very claim. “I was five. I knew nothing, so my dad told me to go to the finish line and stop. So...

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