Posts Tagged ‘Culture’

Weekly Comment: The Carrowkeel Cairns

The celebration of summer solstice on June 21, when the sun rises before 5 a.m. in the northern hemisphere, marks a sacred tradition in Ireland dating back 5000 years, when the power of the sun is celebrated at the burial places of ancient gods, since pre-Christian times. ℘℘℘ Ireland has a number of megalithic monuments. Well-known sites suchRead more..

Weekly Comment:
“Gaza Kids to Ireland”
Scheme a Success

Last week, fourteen young footballers the Al-Helal club in the blockaded Gaza Strip touched down in Dublin Airport for a ten-day trip of football, fun, and friendship. The boys, aged ten to 14, have been staying and playing their way around the country through counties such as Dublin, Kildare, Tipperary, Wexford, Limerick, and Galway. “TheRead more..

European Citizen’s Prize Announced

The annual European Citizen’s Prize awards were held this past January at a ceremony at the Brú Ború venue in Cashel, Co. Tipperary, situated at the foot of the Rock of Cashel. Hosted by the European Parliament Information Office, the awards are presented every year to groups or individuals that promote integration and cooperation between peoples withinRead more..

St. Patrick’s Diaspora:
19 Places Other than Dublin to Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day

We’re familiar with the traditionally large-scale and internationally renowned St. Patrick’s Day celebrations – New York, Boston, Chicago, Dublin, and the like – but what about the other 190 countries? What about the other 47 U.S. states? What about upstate? In addition to national landmarks, fountains, and even rivers (looking at you, Chicago) turning greenRead more..

American Song Becomes Anthem of Hope in Ireland

Legendary singer/songwriter Carly Simon was moved to tears by a new cover of her iconic “Let the River Run,” which became the theme song for Derry/Londonderry City of Culture celebrations. The new single by Stroke City native singers Damian McGinty (of the tv show “Glee”) and Mairead Carlin (of  Celtic Woman) celebrates the close ofRead 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..

Judy Collins Live in Ireland

Judy Collins and some of Ireland’s best loved musicians took over Dromoland Castle last September to film a concert that will be broadcast on PBS this coming spring: Judy Collins Live in Ireland. One of the most influential folk singers of the sixties who has continued to inspire audiences with sublime vocals, Judy has longRead 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..

Never-Before-Seen Irish Letters on Display at NYU

In 1757, in the middle of the Seven Years’ War, an Irish wine ship en route from Bordeaux to Dublin was captured by the British Navy. In 2011, the mailbag from the Dublin-based ship, the Seven Sisters, was discovered in the British National Archives by New York University professor Tom Truxes. The majority of theRead more..