Daniel Day-Lewis as 16th President Abraham Lincoln in Steven Spielberg's Lincoln. Courtesy of DreamWorks Pictures.

The Genius of Day-Lewis Brings Lincoln Alive

In the last decade, Daniel Day-Lewis, one of the greatest actors of our time, has made only five films. But when he chooses to play a part he commits to it fully, as his portrayal of Abraham Lincoln in Steven Spielberg’s latest biopic exemplifies. Between roles? It’s all about his family, he tells Patricia Danaher. Daniel Day-Lewis is in an extremely good mood. He’s in such high spirits...

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Portrait of Abraham Lincoln holding the 13th Amendment. Photo: AP

The First Word: Finding the Way

“First determine that the thing can and shall be done and then we shall find the way. – Abraham Lincoln  As we go to press, we learn that Lincoln received 12 Oscar nominations – more than any other film this year. It’s timely then, that we feature Daniel Day-Lewis on our cover. Day-Lewis is an incredible actor who first came to prominence in a triumph-over-adversity movie called My Left...

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Pakistani Schoolgirl Activist Wins Tipperary Peace Award

Malala Yousafzai, the 15-year-old Pakistani girl who survived a violent attack by Taliban gunmen in retaliation for her advocacy of girls’ education, is the recipient of the 2012 Tipperary International Peace Award. Yousafzai, a native of the Swat Valley region of Pakistan, gained prominence in 2009 after writing a blog for BBC Urdu chronicling her experience of the Taliban’s ban on girls’...

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The flags of Ireland and the European Union. Photo: Google Images.

Ireland Begins Six-Month EU Presidency

The New Year marked the start of Ireland’s six-month presidency of the Council of the European Union. The transition began with a ceremony at Dublin Castle on New Year’s Eve, at which Taoiseach Enda Kenny, Táiniste Eamon Gilmore and Minister of State for European Affairs Lucinda Creighton laid out Ireland’s agenda for the months ahead. Kenny emphasized that the presidency offers Ireland a...

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Belfast City Hall, before the council's December decision that the Union flag would be flown only on designated days. Photo: Wikimedia Commons

Belfast Rocked By Union Jack Protests

Loyalist protesters in Belfast have been marching against the City Council’s decision that the United Kingdom’s flag, the Union Jack, will no longer be flown above City Hall year-round. The decision, reached by a council vote on December 3, came from a compromise motion proposed by the centrist Alliance Party that the Union Jack would be flown on 17 designated days – including birthdays of...

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