George Clooney. Photo: AP Images

Serious George – An Interview With George Clooney

The perennial leading man talks about his Irish roots, getting older, and his passion for activism.  George Clooney has nothing to prove as an actor and he knows it. It’s part of what makes him such a pleasant and relaxed interview – quick with the self-effacing jokes, interested in the wider world beyond where he now sits, at home in his own skin. At 51, he is aging beautifully and has more...

The Gateway Arch in St. Louis. Photo from Wikimedia Commons.

The First Word: Arch of Triumph

“[The Arch] is a soaring curve in the sky that links the rich heritage of yesterday with the richer future of tomorrow.” – Vice President Hubert Humphrey at the opening of the Gateway Arch in St. Louis. The day was hot and humid and late in the afternoon the skies darkened and you could not see the Arch from the hotel window. By 6 p.m. the tornado alarm siren went off and we left the...

President Michael D. Higgins speaking at the Irish Consulate in New York, on the first night of his U.S. visit. Photo by Fennell Photography.

The President’s Visit: Michael D. Higgins in the U.S.

After his first official U.S. visit, Ireland’s new President reflects on the importance of the diaspora and the unique creativity of the Irish. Michael D. Higgins, the 9th President of Ireland, arrived in New York on the evening of April 30 for his first official visit to the U. S. The president and his wife, Sabina, went straight to a welcoming reception at the Consulate General of Ireland. In...

Joanne O'Riordan at the UN. Photo: Google Images.

Inspiring Cork Teen Addresses the UN

The United Nations’ International Telecommunication Union’s conference, entitled “Girls in Technology,” had a special guest speaker on Thursday, April 26. Joanne O’Riordan, a 16-year-old from Millstreet, Co. Cork, addressed some of the world’s leading women in technology with a keynote speech about how technology has enhanced her life. Joanne is the first person with a disability to...

A rare copy of the 1916 Proclamation

Important Items from Ireland’s Past at Auction

Only fifty original copies of the 1916 Proclamation of the Irish Republic remain in existence. The proclamation, which famously called for a provisional government of the Irish Republic and proclaimed the country’s independence from the United Kingdom, was distributed and read aloud by Patrick Pearse outside the General Post Office, marking the beginning of the Easter Rising. On April 18, one...