Archive for April, 2004

Irish American of the Year John Sweeney:
Defending America’s Workers

Sitting with me in the sleek conference room of the AFL-CIO’s executive suite overlooking the White House, John Sweeney presents a striking contrast to his surroundings. Portly in his suspenders and rumpled shirt with his jacket nowhere in sight, he appears totally unassuming. It would be easy to underestimate the man at first glance. TheRead more..

First Word: Everyday Heroes

Congratulations to our Top 100 and to our Irish-American of the Year John J. Sweeney. In honoring Sweeney we honor a great labor leader who has three million workers under the umbrella of the AFL-CIO. We also take pride in the history of the Irish in the labor movement — by 1900 it’s estimated thatRead more..

St. Patrick’s Day,
A World Away

Honolulu hosts the very last St. Patrick’s Day parade on earth every year. No other parade is held closer to the International Dateline. It has an eclectic look with Polynesian school bands, Chinese lion dancers, beauty queens of various Pacific Island nationalities and even representatives of the British-themed Fox and Hounds Pub &Grub marching along-sideRead more..

Noth and Meaney,
No Bad Apples

Bad Apple, a fast-paced drama with dark comedic overtones, based on the novel by Anthony Bruno, had its premiere in New York City and aired on February 16 on TNT. Chris Noth and Colm Meaney play two FBI agents trying to bring down a loan-sharking business run by the mob. Things become increasingly intense afterRead more..

You Raise Me Up’s
Irish Connection

With U.S. sales in excess of 2 million units, popular music phenomenon Josh Groban (22) has stormed to the No. 1 position on the prestigious Billboard Top 100 album charts, and Irish composer and novelist Brendan Graham is partly responsible for getting him there. Closer, Groban’s second album, produced by David Foster, features the hitRead more..

Lord’s Castle Problem

Lord of the Dance King Michael Flatley has shut down all renovation work on Castlehyde, his multi-million dollar castle in Co. Cork because he’s fed up with combating Cork County Council. Flatley bought the 19th century castle on the banks of the River Blackwater for four million euros five years ago, but his renovations haveRead more..

To Know Here and There

To Know Here and There is my thesis project undertaken while studying for my MFA in Photography and Related Media at the School of Visual Arts in New York. It is a continuation of my ongoing exploration of the subject’s identification with place. With this work I depict the connection with one’s homeland as tiedRead more..

Praise for Concern

A major new report praises Irish aid agencies for their efforts in tackling southern Africa’s food crisis. The report by consultants for the U.K.’s Disasters Emergency Committee criticizes its 12 member charities for overstating the seriousness of the crisis which arose in 2002/03 and tot failing to consult the people they were trying to help.Read more..

Hats Off to Johnny!

John Daly made a spectacular birdie to win a three-man play-off at the Buick Invitational in San Diego, claiming his first PGA Tour victory in nearly nine years. The 37-year-old had not won in 189 PGA Tour events since his British Open win in 1995. With a 100-foot bunker shot that trickled within four inchesRead more..

Chernobyl Oscar Win

Illuminating the plight of the victims of the Chernobyl disaster, filmmaker Maryann DeLco took home an Oscar for Chernobyl Heart, which won Best Short Subject Documentary. Chernobyl Heart is a film about the effects of radiation on the children of Belarus 16 years after the accident at Chernobyl’s nuclear reactor. It features the work ofRead more..