Denis O’Brien with local people in Haiti.

Irish Power and Irish Concern: Denis O’Brien

Denis O’Brien, a Clinton Global Citizen honoree and the 2012 Irish America Business 100 Keynote Speaker, is empowering people in Haiti and elsewhere in the Caribbean.   Denis O’Brien, 54, is Ireland’s most successful businessman and biggest philanthropist. He created Digicel, one of the most successful cell phone companies in the world, and he has a vast media empire, but he is known as...

The aftermath of Hurricane Sandy in Breezy Point, Queens. Photo: Peter Foley.

The First Word: Share the Extraordinary

“They are extraordinary. It boggles my mind that there are still good people like that in the world.” – Jim O’Connor said of the Mormon missionaries who showed up in the Rockaways after Hurricane Sandy and are still helping with the clean-up. The Daily News.  As we head into the holiday season and look forward to celebrating with family and friends, we are reminded of all the things we...

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,...

Derry City, which will be City of Culture in 2013. Photo: Paul Faith/PA Wire.

A “Legenderry” Year in Northern Ireland

“Let it be Legenderry” is the phrase being coined by the Derry-Londonderry 2013 City of Culture initiative, a year-long celebration of the Northern Irish city. There has been a flurry of activity about Derry ever since it won the first-ever UK City of Culture title, for which it competed against 54 cities in the United Kingdom. The result was announced in 2010, and the famous walled city has...

A vigil in Ireland for Savita Halappanavar. Photo: Google Images.

The Last Word: Enough Sitting on the Fence

The young Indian dentist who died in Galway when doctors refused to terminate her pregnancy even though she was carrying a non-viable fetus has sparked protests all over Ireland, with citizens calling for the government to consider the life of the mother in such cases.  Dear Taoiseach, I have never before ‘made representations’ to my TD on any matter, and I must confess that up to now I have...