Actor Ciaran Hinds

The Reluctant Star: Ciaran Hinds

Ciarán Hinds is lovely.  Now, perhaps I shouldn’t admit that because part of Hinds’ attraction is that  he remains somewhat of an unknown. In fact, one fan found it so hard to find information on Hinds that she started a website, for those “smitten with Ciarán Hinds.” Hinds has appeared in a wealth of movies and plays over the years, yet he remains on the periphery...

Céad míle fáilte: Editor-in-Chief Patricia Harty welcomes you to the new

The First Word: The Diaspora

Does the diaspora matter? That was the key issue of discussion at the U.S.-Ireland Forum. The first ever conference on the Irish diaspora was held in New York City in November. It drew upwards of 1,000 people over two days, and was hailed as a great success. Growing up in Ireland I don’t think that we ever really understood the concept of Irish America, or indeed, Irish-English. The idea that...

John Rhys Meyers stars as Louis Connelly in August Rush

Irish Eye on Hollywood

Many TV critics have argued that since The Sopranos went off the air, HBO has been a bit adrift. Well, now the cable channel is turning to Irish stage and screen veteran Gabriel Byrne for what can only be described as a bold experiment. Having had some success with shows revolving around psychiatrists and their patients (remember Tony Soprano and Dr. Melfi?), Byrne will star in a new show called...

Authors Joseph O'Connor (left) and Colum McCann (right)

An Evening with Joe O’Connor and Colum McCann

Irish novelists Joseph O’Connor and Colum McCann enthralled an audience at the New York Public Library on November 14.  As part of the fall program at the Dorothy and Lewis Cullman Center, O’Connor and McCann, both former Cullman Fellows, were there to discuss Redemption Falls, O’Connor’s novel about the American Civil War, an epic tale he wrote and researched during his Cullman...

Tom Moran of Mutual of America with Patricia Harty and Niall O'Dowd

The US Ireland Forum Highlights

The inaugural U.S.-Ireland Forum was held in New York on November 7 and 8. Irish America magazine, together with The American Ireland Fund, University College Dublin, and the Irish Government co-hosted the event at the Affinia Manhattan Hotel. Over the two days some of the finest Irish and Irish-American minds came together to discuss the changing relationship between the two countries. Themes...