Gabriel Byrne, actor and Cultural Ambassador

Imagining Ireland With Gabriel Byrne

The acclaimed actor discusses his role as Ireland’s first Cultural Ambassador, his experience as an emigrant, and his thoughts on the strong ties and the disconnects between Ireland and America. The most immediately striking thing about Gabriel Byrne, aside from his very light blue eyes and the chunky silver Claddagh ring he wears on his right hand (and the fact that he is Gabriel Byrne),...

Patricia Harty

The First Word:
Let the Irish Apply

A letter from our Editor… After all these years in America, I still feel like an immigrant. Though I proudly hold American citizenship, it is other immigrants that I most readily identify with.  “Where are you from?” I ask waiters and cab drivers, even a woman on the subway (we were so caught up in our chat about how “there is no place in the world like New York City” that I...

Michael Fassbender as Magneto

Irish Eye on Hollywood:
Upcoming Film Releases

Tom Deignan with the latest Irish and Irish American happenings in film and television. Carlow actress Saoirse Ronan apparently enjoys playing a killer. In April, Ronan starred in the action flick Hanna, which should be out on DVD soon. Ronan played a teenage assassin raised by her dad (Eric Bana) to be a ruthless killer. Now comes word that Ronan – who shot to fame in 2007, at the age of 13,...

Pat O'Donnell confronts The Solitaire

The Pipe: Small Irish Town Meets Big Oil

A new documentary from Ireland sheds light on the Corrib pipeline plans in Rossport, Co. Mayo. In 2005, Rossport was a small, peaceful costal village in Co. Mayo, Ireland. Risteard Ó Domhnaill was living there, on his uncle’s farm, and working as a camera man. Then Shell, the international oil company, came to town with plans to build a gas pipeline from the sea, through nearby Broadhaven Bay...

NEW YORK - MAY 05, 2011:  Enda Kenny (L), Taoiseach of Ireland, Muhammad Ali (C), three-time World Heavyweight Champion American boxer, and Kieran McLoughlin (R), President & CEO of The Worldwide Ireland Funds, speak to one another during The American Ireland Fund's 36th Annual New York Dinner Gala at Lincoln Center, honoring Muhammad Ali, and Irial Finan, Executive Vice President of The Coca-Cola Company and President of Bottling Investments Group, on May 05, 2011 in New York City.

Enda, Irial and Ali Honored by Fund

The American Ireland Fund’s annual New York Gala Dinner was held on May 5th. More than 1,200 guests gathered in a tent at Lincoln Center on May 5, for the American Ireland Fund New York Dinner Gala,  the largest of the 100 events held annually by The Worldwide Ireland Funds. The dinner, chaired by Duncan Niederauer, CEO of NYSE Euronext, exceeded its goal and raised $3 million: $2.65...