Archive for December, 2002

Chris Matthews Interrupted

Niall O’Dowd interviews Chris Matthews of CNBC’s Hardball, one of prime time’s most popular programs. ℘℘℘ If Chris Matthews were a cat, curiosity would have killed him long ago. In our 90-minute interview in a Washington restaurant he asked as many questions as he fielded and he ranged over practically every major world problem, offeringRead more..

First Word: The Good Luck of Bad Luck

“Lady Luck generally woos those who earnestly, enthusiastically, unremittingly woo her.” — B.C. Forbes ℘℘℘ Much is said of the Luck of the Irish. What luck? you might ask. A look at our long history of trials and tribulations would surely say we were dogged by bad luck. As John Lennon wrote in a songRead more..

The U.S.-Ireland Business Summit

A conference in Washington to strengthen economic ties. ℘℘℘ Approximately 450 heavy hitters in business, academia and politics from both sides of the Atlantic descended on Washington D.C. in early September for the U.S.-Ireland Business Summit. Adopting the theme “Redefining Relationships,” the conference aimed to strengthen economic ties between the U.S. and Ireland in theRead more..

The Fighting Irish

“Irish” Mickey Ward takes on Arturo Gatti again for $1.2 million ℘℘℘ Mickey Ward is a fighter. That’s the first thing to know about him. Outside the ring, he’s soft spoken and likeable. Inside the squared circle, he’s something else. On May 18, 2002, Ward stepped into the ring against Arturo Gatti. It was aRead more..

Irish Win Ryder for Europe

The European Ryder Cup Team, which included several Irish players, triumphed over the United States in the 34th Ryder Cup held at the Belfry, North Warwickshire, England, in late September. Of the twelve team players, three were Irish, one of whom, Paul McGinley, was playing in his first Ryder Cup. The Americans had been expectedRead more..

Solas Award for Menino

Boston’s Irish Immigration Center is awarding its ninth annual Solas Award to Mayor Thomas Menino in recognition of his administration’s work on behalf of immigrants and refugees. The award ceremony will take place on December 3, 2002 at the Boston Westin Hotel in Copley Square. Solas is the Irish word for light and the awardRead more..

Ireland’s Ambassador to Washington Welcomed by President Bush

President George W. Bush formally welcomed Ireland’s newest dignitary to the U.S. recently. Ireland’s new ambassador in Washington, D.C., Noel Fahey, accompanied by his wife, Christine, presented his letter of credence to Bush in a White House meeting on Wednesday, September 25. Fahey, who replaces the popular Sean O’Huiginn in the top diplomatic post, praised theRead more..

Daniel’s Big Day

One of Ireland’s most eligible bachelors, Daniel O’Donnell, will walk down the aisle with his fiancée Majella McLennan on Monday, November 4. The couple who met three years ago has had to wait until Majella’s annulment came through, as she is the divorced mother of two. “We’re delighted that Majella and her former husband wereRead more..

Irish Eye on Hollywood

Inspired by what he calls “credit card filmmakers” such as fellow Irish Americans Kevin Smith and Ed Burns, Daniel McCarthy ran up the bill on his pocket plastic to make his crime caper Irish Eyes, which will have its East Coast premiere in Boston on November 23. The saga begins in 1955 in the IrishRead more..

McCann Wins Princess Grace Award

New York-based Irish writer Colum McCann, 37, was awarded the first ever Princess Grace Memorial Literary Award on October 5, 2002 at the Hôtel de Paris, Monte Carlo. The award entitled “the Ireland Fund of Monaco Literary Award in Memory of Princess Grace” has a value of 15,000 euro and was created to commemorate theRead more..