Two centuries before the famed, but relatively benign Ordnance Survey (the national mapping project conducted by the British Royal Engineers between 1824-1846 and primarily responsible for the anglicization of many Irish place names), a lesser known survey was done of Ireland by the English with a much more malicious intent. From 1656-1658 the Cromwellian regimeRead more..
Archive for June, 2013
Judy Collins produced her first album in 1961 at the age of 22 and quickly ascended to become one of the most well-known and influential singers of the generation. Since, she has released over 40 records (six of which have gone gold), won a Grammy, written seven books, and stayed committed to her idea thatRead more..
Announcing a new scholarship in honor of Brian Harty, an inspirational young man who passed away in 2010. In honor and memory of Brian Harty, a young man with an inspirational passion for leadership and volunteer work, Grab the Torch has established a new scholarship worth $2,000, which provides one female student ages 14-18 withRead more..
Irish-Americans planning summer vacations home to “The Ould Sod” now have a new destination to add to their itineraries. The “Best Place in Ireland to Holiday,” according to a contest recently sponsored by the Irish Times, is not a well-known area such as Killarney or Derry city (which were two of the five finalists) but instead isRead more..
This Sunday, June 16th, is Bloomsday, the annual celebration of the events of James Joyce’s Ulysses, which is set on June 16, 1904. Since its inception in Dublin on the 50th anniversary of Leopold Bloom’s fictional peregrinations, Bloomsday has followed the germinating spores of the Irish diaspora and become a worldwide phenomenon. While events inRead more..
A little over a year ago, IA asked Kevin Barry what he would be doing if he weren’t a writer. He answered, “lumberjack.” But Barry, who was born in Limerick and currently lives in Sligo, won’t have to resort to deforesting northern Maine anytime soon (unless he wants to), because he is the just-named recipientRead more..