Posts Tagged ‘Arts’

Weekly Comment:
The Great Tate Caper

On April 12, 1956, two young Irish men walked into the Tate Gallery in London with one brazen objective in mind – to seize an £8 million impressionist masterpiece in the name of their country. ℘℘℘ Dubliner Paul Hogan and his mate Billy Fogarty from Galway believed that the painting, Berthe Morisot’s Jour d’Été, wasRead more..

“Long Day” Back on Broadway

Eugene O’Neill’s Irish American epic Long Day’s Journey into Night is coming back to Broadway. Oscar and Emmy winner Jessica Lange will join Irish stage and screen veteran Gabriel Byrne as well as Irish American John Gallagher Jr. for the Roundabout Theater Company production, scheduled to hit the Great White Way next spring. Irish AmericanRead more..

Michael Flatley Opens Up
About Cancer and His Painting

As the 20th Anniversary tour of Riverdance wraps up and Michael Flatley performed in Lord of the Dance for one last time on July 4 in Wembly Arena in London, the 57-year-old dancer spoke about his battle with skin cancer in a radio interview, saying it made him re-evaluate the important things in life andRead more..

Ban on Makeup and False Eyelashes for Irish Dancers

Irish dancers under 10 years old are now forbidden to wear makeup or false eyelashes during competition but can still wear wigs. The Irish Dancing Commission’s site announced that the ban would take effect in March. The news created major ripples in the Irish dance world where there has been considerable controversy over the increasing useRead more..

Lady of Sligo Finds New Home in Quinnipiac

Ireland’s Great Hunger Institute at Quinnipiac University in Hamden, CT recently acquired the historically significant collection of Hester Catherine de Burgh, Lady Sligo (1800-1878). The letters and other related artifacts will be on display at the institute’s inaugural exhibition, titled “Lady Sligo Letters,” which opens to the public April 29. The collection of more thanRead more..

What Are You Like?
Brían F. O’Byrne

Brían F. O’Byrne, 46, is currently starring in the Broadway production of Outside Mullingar, a play by John Patrick Shanley. O’Byrne, who grew up in Mullagh, Co. Cavan, trained at the Samuel Beckett Centre at Trinity College Dublin. He emigrated to New York in 1990, where he had a brother, and an uncle who livedRead more..

IAC PoetryFest 2013:
An Overview

Several months ago at the book launch for Volume III of the Wake Forest Series of Irish Poetry, I was engaged in conversation with some other students and a few of the poets included in the collection when the subject of collective nouns came up. What, someone asked, should we call a group of poets?Read more..

One Year After Sandy,
Rockaway Exhibition Grieves, Hopes

In many cases, the most lasting impact of tragedy is not the loss of possessions, but a loss of perception, a world view so utterly changed that it can be nearly impossible to remember what was once taken for granted. In the Rockaways, a new exhibition by local artists visualizes the three stages of suchRead more..

In Memoriam: Seamus Heaney
(1939-2013)

Seamus Heaney died today at the age of 74 at the Blackrock Clinic in Dublin after a brief illness. The following interview with Heaney was published in the May/June issue of Irish America in 1996, six months after he became the fourth Irish writer to accept the Nobel Prize in Literature. In the years since,Read more..

Author Kevin Barry Wins 2013 Impac Literary Award

A little over a year ago, IA asked Kevin Barry what he would be doing if he weren’t a writer. He answered, “lumberjack.” But Barry, who was born in Limerick and currently lives in Sligo, won’t have to resort to deforesting northern Maine anytime soon (unless he wants to), because he is the just-named recipientRead more..