Archive for June, 2002

A Beautiful Success

After 22 movies Jennifer Connelly is an overnight success. Penelope Dening talks to the winner of the Best Supporting actress academy Award. ℘℘℘ A blur of bodies block the corridor, voices muffled to a hum by carpets thick as fur. At the center a slight figure in black (spike-heeled boots, leather trousers, off-the shoulder lace)Read more..

The Fist Word:
A Touch of the Poet

By standing shoulder to shoulder, hope for the future will triumph over the hurt of the past.” – President of Ireland, Mary McAleese ℘℘℘ We were delighted to see Jennifer Connelly (cover story) take home the Oscar for her performance in A Beautiful Mind. Connelly is not only a beautiful star, but she’s also aRead more..

Steppin’ Out in Scotland

The 32nd World Irish dance championships were held inGlasgow and drew dancers from around the world. David Kirkwood reports. Photography by Paul McSherry. ℘℘℘ Scotland, for ten days in spring, became the world Mecca for Irish dancing when dancers from across the globe descended on Glasgow. The 32nd World Irish Dancing Championships, Oireachtas Rince naRead more..

Robert Ballagh :
The Land and The Irish

In his latest work, Irish artist Robert Ballagh explores the relationship between the Irish and the land. ℘℘℘ March 10, 2002, New York: Looking remarkably fresh after a long plane fide from Dublin, artist Robert Ballagh took time to show me around the recent exhibition of his new paintings that were displayed so beautifully atRead more..

World Cup Fever

In our dreams we take out Spain, beat England on penalties and Jason McAteer scores the winning goal against Brazil in the World Cup Final. The Carlsberg beer ad which is running in Ireland at the moment may only be wishful thinking, but as the nation gears up for the greatest sporting occasion of theRead more..

Voters Head to the Polls

Will Bertie be back, will there be a Quinn tide, or will Sinn Féin’s day finally come? These are the questions facing the Irish people as they head to the polls on May 17. It has been the longest campaign and the most polled contest in the history of Irish elections, even though the actualRead more..

The Catholic Church in Crisis

As in the U.S., the Church in Ireland is in crisis over continuing allegations of clerical child abuse. The scandal has taken its first scalp with the forced resignation of the Bishop of Ferns, Dr. Brendan Comiskey, for his mishandling of child abuse cases in his diocese. But there is ongoing pressure on some ofRead more..

George Mitchell on the Middle East & Northern Ireland

CAUTION IS ADVISED WHEN MAKING COMPARISONS BETWEEN AREAS AS COMPLICATED AND DIVERGENT AS NORTHERN IRELAND AND THE MIDDLE EAST. BUT AS THE VIOLENCE IN THE MIDDLE EAST INTENSIFIED, DIPLOMATS AND PEACE-MAKERS STRAIN TO FIND A WAY FORWARD BY EXAMINING THE DYNAMICS THAT SOLIDIFIED NEW POLITICAL INSTITUTIONS IN NORTHERN IRELAND AND BROUGHT A PEACEFUL SOLUTION TORead more..

The Green and the Gold

February’s Winter Olympic Games were memorable for more than just the judging controversy in me pairs figure skating final. As host country, the United States won its highest ever number of medals, including gold medals for Irish-Americans Jim Shea, Sarah Hughes and Kelly Clark. Shea, a resident of Lake Placid, New York, won the skeletonRead more..

Sister Artists

Those who love art and are visiting the South of Ireland might consider stopping in at a new gallery that has opened in Mullinahorna Ring, Co. Waterford. The gallery is owned by Joan Clancy and the first Exhibition “Spring Sky” featured works by her daughters, Blawnin Clancy and Rayleen Clancy who have been gaining fineRead more..