Archive for October, 2001

Martin McGuinness: The Man, The Myth, The Minister

The evolution of Martin McGuinness – from high school dropout and IRA man to political leader seeking an end to violence and, finally, his emergence as Northern Ireland’s Minister for Education. ℘℘℘ If it’s fair to judge the effectiveness of a politician by the depth of his opponents’ dislike for him, then the Sinn FéinRead more..

The First Word:
No Rhyme What Reason?

“History says, don’t hope on this side of the grave. But then, once in a lifetime the longed for tidal wave of justice can rise up, and hope and history rhyme.” – Seamus Heaney from The Cure At Troy. ℘℘℘ For a brief time in August, hope and history rhymed in Northern Ireland. The IRARead more..

Sinn Féin Under Pressure

Sinn Féin has come in for scathing criticism in the past weeks, with many blaming the party for the deadlock in the peace renegotiations, after the Stormont Assembly was suspended at the beginning of August by Secretary of State for Northern Ireland John Reid to allow a six-week break during which the parties could returnRead more..

New Inquiry into
Omagh Bombing

A new inquiry into the Omagh bomb disaster three years after it took the lives of 29 men, women and children has been announced by the RUC. However, the RUC itself is denying allegations that it knew of the bomb two days before it was detonated by the Real IRA in August 1998. And anRead more..

To Haiti and Back

Frank McCourt’s life-altering trip to Haiti with Concern Worldwide. ℘℘℘ “Beyond the powers of description” are not the words you would expect to come out of a Pulitzer Prize-winning writer, especially when the words are in regards to poverty and they are coming from the mouth of Angela’s Ashes author, Frank McCourt. The man whoRead more..

Wilde’s Life Under Glass

The beautiful Morgan Library in New York puts the Irish master of wit and self-proclaimed ‘lord of language’ under a glass box this September. “Oscar Wilde: A Life in Six Acts” will display articles of Wilde’s spectacular life. The Morgan gathered photographs, annotated school books, manuscripts, love letters, and personal items from its own collectionRead more..

A Pricey Bundle of Joyce

Also available for viewing for the first time, or at least it was before it was auctioned off, was a previously unknown draft of one of the final chapters of James Joyce’s Ulysses. The Eumaeus chapter, described by Joyce critic Hugh Kenner as ‘the book’s most profound tribute to its hero Ulysses,’ has only oneRead more..

Golden Boys

There must be something in the water of Nenagh, County Tipperary. The town’s offspring seem to have unusually high traces of medal. Make that gold medal. 1956 Olympic 1,500 meter winner, Ronnie Delany, with the Tipperary Olympic Gold Memorial Committee has launched a project to honor three famous champions with Nenagh roots. Already fundraising hasRead more..

Billy Collins as Soul Friend

A visit to Ireland with Poet Laureate Billy Collins. ℘℘℘ What draws an assortment of poets to Ireland to study with Billy Collins? If you’ve been to the Beara Peninsula, you understand the allure of this mountainous region in West Cork; if you are familiar with Billy Collins’ poetry, its quirky bends and heart-stopping imagery,Read more..

She Who Laughs Last

Back by popular demand. Niall Toibin returns to the Irish Arts Center in New York. The actor/comedian, known for his roles in Far and Away and Ballykissangel, sold out three weeks’ worth of performances at IAC last March. Niall Toibin brings his wit and wisdom to audiences as part of IAC’s Irish Comedy Festival. WhenRead more..