Archive for August, 2001

The Hottest Thing in Hats

It’s a hot night in Boston, hotter still in the narrow space of Studio Soto where barefoot models weave trance-like through the melting crowd. ℘℘℘ Exhibiting the kind of creative flair she’s known for, Ballina-born designer and hat maker Marie Galvin had forsaken the predictable run down the catwalk during Boston Spring Fashion Weekend inRead more..

The First Word:
“Dear Sir or Madam”

When Northern Ireland comes to lunch, it can be uncomfortable. It nags at complacency and the notion that everything will be okay and peace will hold, even though there are signs that say otherwise. On June 19 – a beautiful New York morning – I make my way to the Mutual of America building onRead more..

Sinn Féin Surges Ahead

On election day in Northern Ireland, David Trimble, leader of the Ulster Unionist Party and First Minister in the Northern Ireland Assembly, was roughed up by Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) supporters as he approached the polling station. Trimble needed the protection of the police to get in and out of the building unharmed, and endedRead more..

Ireland Votes NO on Nice

European Union foreign ministers, furious at the Irish electorate’s decision to reject the Nice Treaty on EU enlargement, have ruled out any renegotiation of the treaty. While they insist that they respect the decision of the Irish people who voted 54-46 against the treaty, they will not reopen discussions on the deal and are adamantRead more..

St. Patrick’s Day in May

The sign in the display in Clery’s shop window on Dublin’s O’Connell Street said it all: “Strong, bold…and proud to be Irish.” The sentiment perfectly captured the spirit of the city’s belated St. Patrick’s Day festival this past May. St. Patrick’s Day celebrations throughout the country were canceled in March due to an outbreak ofRead more..

Christina Aguilera’s Irish Roots

“A lot of people get all in a fuss about Christina wanting to explore her Latin side and not mentioning her Irish side much, but that’s only logical,” explains Christina Aguilera’s mother, Shelly Kearns. “She has no need to go exploring her Irish heritage because she has always known it.” The blonde singing star, whoRead more..

Michael Flatley Goes
One More Round

Michael Flatley was eleven and living in Chicago when he first saw Irish step dancing. He knew immediately it was to become his passion. “I was impressed with the sheer masculinity of the dance,” he recalls, speaking to Irish America after his opening Feet of Flames 2001 national tour performance in Miami. Flatley, who leapedRead more..

The Rep Takes Broadway

Séan Campion and Conleth Hill of Stones in His Pockets and the legendary Shirley Jones headlined a spectacular cast of performers appearing in The Irish Repertory Theater’s 8th Annual Broadway Benefit on Monday, June 4. Founded by Ciaran O’Reilly and Charlotte Moore, the Irish Rep enjoys a reputation for stellar performances and this evening wasRead more..

Fundraiser for
Irish Breast Cancer

The New York dinner for the International Breast Cancer Foundation for Ireland was held at the Metropolitan Club in New York on April 25. The foundation sponsors post-graduate specialist studies for Irish doctors at Memorial Sloan Kettering Hospital in New York. Funds from the dinner will also refurbish a family room at the national radiationRead more..

Arthur Gelb –
An Honorary Irishman

Irish America publisher Niall O’Dowd presented Arthur Gelb with a Waterford Crystal Harp at his office in the New York Times building on May 12. Gelb and his wife, Barbara, were named to the Honorary Irish list by the magazine for their contribution to reserving the legacy of Irish America’s greatest writer, Eugene O’Neill. TheRead more..