Galway’s American Tour

Flutist Sir James Galway is internationally regarded as both a matchless interpreter of classical music and a consummate entertainer whose charismatic appeal crosses all musical boundaries. During his 50-year career, the Belfast-born Galway has sold more than 30 million albums and recorded more than 60. Starting February 22, Sir James will embark on a 22-U.S.-city tour with the Polish Chamber...

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From Doubt to Defiance

“The guy who makes coffee for me I every morning in my local coffee shop in Brooklyn congratulated me when I won the Pulitzer,” recounts John Patrick Shanley with a big grin. “Then, when I won the Tony, the guy says, `This cuppa coffee’s on me.'” Shanley, the Irish-American playwright and screenwriter, lets out a hoot of laughter. “God knows what I have to do...

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Mortas Cine

Is there anything better than cuddling up with a good book? I was fortunate enough to have been brought up without television. Not because my parents were worried about it being a distraction from homework, but because Ireland was a bit behind the times. When we did get the box — I was 12 at the time — it offered one snowy black-and-white channel that only broadcast from 5:30 p.m. to...

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George Best Laid to Rest

Belfast was brought to a standstill when the remains of soccer legend George Best were returned to Roselawn Cemetery outside the city. Best, aged 59, widely regarded as one of the world’s greatest ever soccer players, died from multiple organ failure. The ex-footballer had a liver transplant three years ago in an effort to cope with deteriorating health due to alcoholism. The Belfast...

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Irish President Meets
Queen Elizabeth

Irish President Mary McAleese and Britain’s Queen Elizabeth held a low-key “private meeting” at Hillsborough Castle, Co. Down. It was the fourth occasion that the two public figures had met but the first time such an encounter took place on Irish soil. “We both found ourselves in Northern Ireland on the same day coming up to Christmas and it seemed an opportune time to...

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