Sinead O’Connor announced retirement from the music business for the second time on April 25, 2003. The provocative Irish singer rose to international fame in the late 1980s and early ’90s. She was acclaimed for her unique sound and strong message, and also noted for her changeable relationship with the public. O’Connor’s first retirement cameRead more..
Archive for April, 2003
For what he has done for the world of Irish dance, Irish America is proud to honor Michael Flatley as our Irish American of the Year. Flatley talked to Debbie McGoldrick about his extraordinary journey and what’s next on the cards. ℘℘℘ It’s hard to remember the days when Irish stepdancing wasn’t in vogue, whenRead more..
“The Irish carry their culture around with them like snails with their houses on their backs.” – Denis Clarke ℘℘℘ Let me start with an apology. I’m sorry if some of your favorites are not on this list. I’m sorry that some of my own favorites are not on this list. Indeed, there are oneRead more..
After many false starts, the Jeanie Johnston famine ship replica is on its way to the United States. ℘℘℘ If there is a symbol of the trials and tribulations of getting the Irish replica famine ship Jeanie Johnston to sea on its homage to history, Tom Kindre is the poster boy. When Tom McCarthy, theRead more..
A powerful new exhibit of propaganda posters from the bloody conflict in Northern Ireland kicks off an international tour in Boston this March. Boston College’s John J. Burns Library of Rare Books and Special Collections has assembled 70 posters of political and terrorist propaganda created during The Troubles, representing all sides of the war. “ThisRead more..
Howard “Bill” O’Brien, a living legend among Irish cowboys, will lead the Phoenix St. Patrick’s Day parade in Arizona as the Grand Marshal. The 80-year-old replica of John Wayne has been so busy raising funds for the Irish Cultural and Learning Foundation in Phoenix that he has almost neglected the Irish Cowboys Association, an organizationRead more..
Although they are more accustomed to runways and photo studios than microphones and podiums, Irish supermodels Jane Bradbury and Caitríona Balfe are both leading the way in fighting for causes they believe in. Caitríona Balfe is strongly opposed to the war in Iraq and is spearheading the anti-war movement in the fashion industry. When IrishRead more..
Irish director Neil Jordan (The Crying Game, Interview With the Vampire, The End of the Affair) has always had a thing for offbeat dramas. So we should expect interesting things from his latest turn as director / screenwriter: The Good Thief. It opens April 16, but New York movie lovers can get an early peekRead more..
Former Senator George Mitchell was honored for his tireless work for peace in Ireland at the Northern Ireland Women’s Initiative (NIWI) January 21 in New York. NIWI founder and president Maureen Murray said, “The Northern Ireland Women’s Initiative is honored to have Senator Mitchell’s support in our efforts to promote full and equal participation ofRead more..
The 49th annual Cork International Choral Festival kicks off May 1 with some 5,000 participants from all over the world expected to flock to Cork. Choirs participating will come not only from Cork and across Ireland, but also from Russia, Switzerland, Hungary, Latvia, Poland, Sweden, Finland, Italy, Norway, and Wales. A highly anticipated competition forRead more..