At first glance the claim seems like pure pub blarney: an Irishman wrote the melody for “The Star Spangled Banner.” There is, however, a strong basis to assert that the melody of our national anthem, in fact, is an adaptation of an Irish tune written by Erin’s greatest composer. If you half paid attention inRead more..
Archive for June, 2017
For the fifth year running, the County Wexford town of New Ross will mark American Independence Day with Irish America Fest, a three-day celebration of transatlantic friendship and legacy beginning this weekend on Friday, June 30. The festival, held in association with the Wexford Co. Council, Failte Ireland, and Irish America magazine, will provide entertainmentRead more..
Maureen O’Hara has heard a banshee, played camogie, and more from a 1957 episode of “This Is Your Life.” ℘℘℘ At the 1957 Academy Awards TV host Ralph Edwards surprised Maureen O’Hara mid-way through an interview about her upcoming film The Wings of Eagles. But it turns out that the interview itself was staged andRead more..
Just in time for Bloomsday, June 16th, actress/producer Aedin Moloney and her father, Paddy Moloney of The Chieftains, are releasing Reflections of Molly Bloom, a two-volume collaborative recording featuring Aedin Moloney’s renowned interpretation and performance of “Molly Bloom’s Soliloquy” from James Joyce’s Ulysses, complimented with music by Paddy. A record release party will be heldRead more..
Each year on June 16, bibliophiles celebrate Bloomsday in tribute to the day of wandering undertaken by the protagonist of James Joyce’s famously dense Ulysses, Leopold Bloom. Though it may be one of the most famous days in literature, a running joke about Ulysses is that it’s the most famous book most people haven’t read.Read more..
John Quinn, the New York lawyer, originally from Ohio, has a taste for Picassos, Wyndham Lewises, Rousseaus, Augustus John, and Matisses. He also owned all of Conrad’s manuscripts and the first draft of Eliot’s The Waste Land. But he never forgot his Irish roots and in his support of Yeats, Joyce, and Synge, he wasRead more..
A bone fragment found at Newgrange has the potential to rewrite the evolutionary history of dogs. ℘℘℘ DNA from a 4,800-year-old dog bone excavated at Newgrange, Co. Meath has put some bite in the bark of a new theory about the origins of the canine species – that man’s best friend may have in factRead more..
In John Ford’s 1952 The Quiet Man, the introduction of Irish American lead character Sean Thorton, portrayed by cinematic legend John Wayne, is integral to the plot that will soon unfold. The narration that accompanies his first moments on screen is simple: “A fine, soft day in spring it was when the train pulled intoRead more..