Archive for August, 2002

Bono’s African Journey

Bono wants a major rethink on U.S. foreign policy regarding Africa. The Dubliner and frontman for U2 feels that aid can work but only if the burden of debt is removed, and he took his argument to U.S. Treasury Secretary Paul O’Neill. ℘℘℘ When Bob Geldof roused the Western world out of indifference about starvationRead more..

Postcards From the Edge

Although she takes her husband’s surname, Ali Hewson has always shied away from publicity generated by marriage to rock star Bono, the frontman of U2, and while he carries on his war against world debt, she concentrates on nuclear fallout closer to home.  ℘℘℘ Anna Gabriel is excited. Having changed from her customary jeans andRead more..

The First Word:
Window on the World

On July 11, 2001 we gathered at the Windows on the World on top of the World Trade Center for our annual Wall Street 50 bash. The guests, senior members and a smattering of women excepting, were mostly young men in their 30s. I talked to John Ryan Jr. and kidded him about his motherRead more..

Kate Dillon

Kate Dillon wears many hats. In addition to her work in the world of fashion, she is spokesperson for the Eating Disorders Coalition for Research, Policy and Action and co-founder of Echo, a children’s organization committed to teaching social consciousness through art. Dillon is both beautiful and very much in proportion at five feet elevenRead more..

The Gift

The gift of the gab, which translates into dialogue in his plays and screenplays, is one part of his Irish heritage that playwright John Patrick Shanley is grateful for.  ℘℘℘ “I’ll take a funeral over a wedding any day,” declares John Patrick Shanley, 49, gleefully. The Bronx-born award-winning playwright, director and screenwriter, whose latest handiwork,Read more..

The Jewel of the West

A visit to Westport encompasses many aspects of the unique history of the West of Ireland. ℘℘℘ On a clear day the panoramic vista from Sheeaune Hill on the Castlebar Road approach to Westport, Co. Mayo, is breathtaking. The town snuggles in a cosy hollow that is dominated by the pyramidal peak of Ireland’s holyRead more..

Nice Referendum
Set for Autumn

Once again, Irish people are heading to the polls to vote on the Nice Treaty. They will be asked this autumn to vote in favor of the Treaty which will bring in EU enlargement, having already said No to Nice just a year ago. There is growing pessimism in government circles that the people couldRead more..

Irish Soccer Stand-off Continues

You may have thought that the World Cup and the Roy Keane saga was over, but a series of new books on Ireland’s soccer greats threatens to reopen the wounds and will undoubtedly lead to new conflict between the warring factions in Irish soccer. Four explosive tell-all books are due for release in the comingRead more..

Call for Urgent
Finucane Inquiry

There is growing pressure on the British Government to hold an independent inquiry into alleged collusion between loyalist paramilitaries and the security forces. Catholics in the North are concerned at the apparent stalling by the British government in dealing with a number of high profile killings in the North, particularly the murder of Belfast solicitorRead more..

Sectarianism Filters
Down to Next Generation

“Proud to be a Baby Prod” is the slogan on the infant bibs that adorn many small children during the North’s marching season. But a new survey has confirmed what was obvious to most observers: that children in the six counties are following the same sectarian ways as their parents. Three-year-old Catholics in the NorthRead more..