Mairtin Folan and Paraic Choili Pheadai O Conghaile, Inis Oirr, 1970s

Moments in Irish Life

A retrospective of the work of the late Bill Doyle, one of Ireland’s great photographers Bill Doyle, one of Ireland’s most celebrated photographers, was an artist of another time. Doyle, who recently died at 85, was frequently compared to the French photographer Henri Cartier-Bresson, whose “decisive moment” approach to photography he mirrored in his mostly black-and-white shots of...

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

The First Word: Imagine Ireland

“An Irishman’s heart is nothing but his imagination.” – George Bernard Shaw (John Bull’s Other Island) Gabriel Byrne says that the line between reality and imagination is very thin. I concur. Perhaps it’s because my father filled my head with stories of banshees and haunted fields with gates that never stayed shut. Perhaps it’s simply the beauty of the Irish countryside – some of...

Brendan Gleeson

Irish Eye on Hollywood: Upcoming Film Releases

Tom Deignan with the latest Irish happenings in film and television When the bigwigs of the movie industry gathered in Park City, Utah, at the end of January for the annual Sundance Film Festival, the Irish were well represented. Brendan Gleeson’s new film The Guard, which also stars Fionnula Flanagan, Don Cheadle and Mark Strong, opened up the festival’s World Dramatic Competition.  The...

Culture Ireland CEO Eugene Downes, Cultural Ambassador Gabriel Byrne, Minister Mary Hanafin, author Colum McCann and speaker Christine Quinn

Launch of Imagine Ireland

A year of arts and culture in the U.S. 2011 is going to be an exciting year for the Irish arts in America. On January 7th, Culture Ireland announced its expansive project for the coming year, titled Imagine Ireland.  Launched in New York City’s Lincoln Center by Cultural Ambassador and renowned actor Gabriel Byrne, Minister for Art, Sport and Tourism Mary Hanafin, and Culture Ireland CEO...

Anne Sweeney Keynote

Anne Sweeney’s Keynote Speech at the Business 100

Anne Sweeney, president of the Disney-ABC Television Group, gave a heartfelt keynote Address at Irish America’s Business 100 luncheon on November 30. Here it is in its entirety. I want to thank Irish America magazine for including me in this very impressive group of 100. We represent a broad spectrum of business and industry in this room and the one thing that I know we all have in common is...