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Music: The Food of Love

With Father’s Day in mind, our columnist writes about her own dad, “a true Irish bard.” ℘℘℘ I live with a disc jockey. No, not like one you’d find in a dance club, not at all. My jock lives in my head. His repertoire is wide and deep, it ranges through all music genres, and I never know what tune he’s going to spin next. Some days his pick is my first waking thought. Other times...

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An Irish Music Playlist Just in Time for St. Patrick’s Day

From Turlough O’Carolan to The Chieftains, The Cranberries to The Corrs, Ireland has always had a world-wide reputation for musical prowess. This St. Patrick’s Day weekend, enjoy this special playlist of Irish music that ranges from traditional Irish songs to more contemporary fare like The Pogues and The Saw Doctors. The 200-song playlist curates the best of Irish music and hopefully...

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Irish American Director to Helm Washington National Opera

Timothy O’Leary (right) has taken the United States opera scene by storm as the recently-appointed general director of the Washington National Opera at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. O’Leary previously worked in New York City as a part of the management at the New York City Opera and was the first managing director of Gotham Chamber Opera. Most...

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The Last Word:
Irish American Agitation in the Age of Trump

U2, Aodhán Ó Ríordáin, and the Irish trying to save America. ℘℘℘ In autumn 2017, U2 released their 14th studio album, Songs of Experience. Critical reception on the album was mixed – was it a superstar older rock band’s attempt at political relevance, or a late-career classic infused with the urgency of Brexit, Trump, and a world thrown into uncertainty? In December 2017, the band...

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Weekly Comment:
Redeeming Bing Crosby,
the Voice of Christmas

Bing Crosby was once considered the greatest crooner of all and his recording of “White Christmas” remains the best-selling single of all time, with an estimated 100 million copies sold world-wide. And yet the distortion of Bing Crosby’s accomplishments and reputation has been as remarkable as his career. Here, we debunk many of the myths that have circulated since the...

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