Left and right: Gillian Murphy in Sylvia (Photos: Rosalie O'Connor); Center: In La Fille mal gardée (Photo: Marty Sohl).

Gillian Murphy: On Her Toes

After 20 years with American Ballet Theatre, principal dancer Gillian Murphy still loves the challenge of making the difficult look effortless. ℘℘℘ Gillian Murphy celebrated her 20th anniversary performance with American Ballet Theatre on May 28, dancing the lead role as Lise in La Fille mal gardée (translating literally to “The Poorly Guarded Girl,” and also called “The Girl Who...

Irish America celebrates the inaugural Top 50 Power Women.

Inaugural Top 50 Power Women

The women featured on this list perform some of the most pioneering work currently done in their manifold industries, from literature, media, and fashion to technology, business, finance, and politics. In many cases, they are representative of the crest of a new wave determined to shore up a more inclusive professional space for women, particularly in fields that have yet to reflect the full...


First Word:
“Reach for the Stars”

“We are adventuring into a new world.” – Astronaut Eileen Collins. ℘℘℘ The idea of an issue devoted to women has been brewing for some time but it really took hold these past months with all of the 1916 commemorations and celebrations marking Ireland’s rebellion. Finally, the Women of the Rising are getting their due, and there has been a plethora of articles showing us just how...

Mike Nesbitt (UUP), left, and Colum Eastwood (SDLP), right, have formed the first opposition government in the Northern Irish Assembly.

N.I. Assembly Gets First Opposition Government

An opposition government at Stormont is beginning to take shape after the Ulster Unionist Party (UUP) and the nationalist Social Democratic and Labour Party (SDLP) decided to opt for opposition rather than take part in the power-sharing executive after Arlene Foster of the Democratic Unionist Party and Sinn Féin’s Martin McGuinness were re-appointed as the assembly’s First and Deputy First...

Afri Famine Walk 2016, Doolough, County Mayo. Famine Walk began at Delphi Lodge, led by walk Leaders Cathryn O'Reilly and Clare O'Grady Walshe (other Walk leaders not present here include; Rafeef Ziadah) among others. The Walkers commemorate an event where people in search of food were turned away from Delphi Lodge during the Great Famine in 1849. (Photo: Derek Speirs)

28th Annual Afri Famine Walk

Palestinian poet and activist Rafeef Ziadah led the annual 10.5 mile Afri famine walk in Louisburgh, Co. Mayo, in May. The walk, which has been around since 1988, traces the footsteps of hundreds of famine victims who were turned away from local landlords at Delphi Lodge on May 30, 1849. “Exhausted, weak and emaciated, many of them were blown into the water on their return to Louisburgh,”...