Archive for October, 2003

Cate Blanchett Goes Irish

An acclaimed Australian actress known for tackling tough parts, Cate Blanchett takes on her first Irish role in Veronica Guerin. Smart, provocative and down-to-earth, Blanchett spoke to Louise Carroll just before the movie’s U.S. release. ℘℘℘ Cate Blanchett has played a range of characters in her career including the Queen of England, the elf queenRead more..

First Word:
The Battle for the Truth

“I vow that the eyes of justice, the eyes of this journalist will not be shut again. No hand can deter me from my battle for the truth.” –Journalist Veronica Guerin ℘℘℘ While Veronica Guerin starring Cate Blanchett (see cover story) may be the movie of the fall season, the real Veronica Guerin was anythingRead more..

River Films

Successful Riverdance team takes on Hollywood. ℘℘℘ Moya Doherty and John McColgan, the couple who own Abhann, the company behind Riverdance: The Show, announced at the Cannes Film Festival that they would be moving into film production. Together with Joan Egan, a director of Tyrone Productions, which produces Ireland’s Who Wants to be a Millionaire,Read more..

Ireland’s New Drinking
& Smoking Laws

On January 1, Ireland is expected to become the first European country to ban smoking in pubs. Given that smoking and drinking are cherished traditions in the old sod, pundits are betting that it won’t happen. Minister for Health Micheál Martin, who proposed the new smoking rule, is facing increasing ire, not just from theRead more..

No Cows For Dublin

A collection of life-size cows designed by Irish artists had to be taken off the streets of Dublin in July after vandals destroyed several exhibits. More than 70 cows were placed on the streets of Dublin and Dundalk as part of Bailey’s Cow Parade 2003, an international exhibition which visits cities al over the world.Read more..

Alison Doody Is Back

Fifteen years after she starred in Steven Spielberg’s Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade with Harrison Ford, Alison Doody has again embraced the screen. The Irish beauty, who is married to Gavin O’Reilly (Sir Anthony’s son) will be returning to the silver screen in King Solomon’s Mines, based on H. Rider Haggard’s adventure story. Alison, who putRead more..

FBI Head Visits Ireland

Robert S. Mueller III arrived in Ireland August 13 for a ten-day “private” visit. Much security and secrecy surrounded the visit, which started off with a round of golf at Lahinch Golf Club in Co. Clare. A regular golfing visitor to Ireland, Mueller was nominated by President Bush on September 4, 2001, becoming the sixthRead more..

Golf Is His Baby!

After considering withdrawing from the P.G.A. Championship, Irish golfer Padraig Harrington decided to compete, leaving his wife Caroline at home about to go into labor. “The doctor was of the opinion that if anything, the pregnancy will go late,” Harrington said. “I decided the worst thing was if I was sitting at home all theRead more..

Irish Landmarks Saved and Sold

The site of the last stand by leaders of the 1916 Easter Rising against British rule, nicknamed Ireland’s Alamo, has won a last-minute reprieve. The house, in a run-down part of Dublin, had been earmarked for demolition to make way for a shopping center. It was where republican leaders held their last meeting before surrendering.Read more..

Booker Prize Nominee

Schopenhauer’s Telescope, the first novel by Irish Poet Gerard Donovan, has been announced as a selection for the prestigious Booker Prize. Donovan lives in Long Island, New York. His collection of poems, The LightHouse, was a nominee for the Irish Times Literature Prize. His short stories “Glass” and “A Crime About Martha” were finalists inRead more..