Archive for May, 2021

Mathew Crowley
Celebrates his 107th Birthday

On Friday, May 7th in anticipation of his 107th birthday on May 12, 2021 Mathew Crowley received a special gift from the President of Ireland Michael D. Higgins. Mathew Crowley was born In Ashkeaton, County Limerick in Ireland, the son of a Principal Lighthouse Keeper, James (Jimmie) Crowley, Loop Head Lighthouse, County Clare. His motherRead more..

The Prince of Tales

By Patricia Harty Editor-In-Chief In the fall of 1995, Pat Conroy, author of The Prince of Tides and The Great Santini, was back on the best-seller list with Beach Music. He talked to Patricia Harty about his work, his family, and his desire to find his Irish relatives. Pat Conroy was born on October 26,Read more..

Sharing the Tradition:
Traditional Irish
Music Workshops

An Interactive Online Workshop Do you know your jigs from your reels, your slides from your polkas?  If you’ve always wanted to improve your knowledge of traditional Irish music, a four-week series of interactive online workshops starting on Tuesday, May 11th, could be just the thing for you.  These workshops are hosted by Siamsa Tíre, theRead more..

Following in Frederick Douglass’s Footsteps:
A Walking Tour of Dublin

Irish America Staff In August 1845, an American “fugitive slave” named Frederick Douglass arrived in Dublin. He was seeking refuge from capture and a return to enslavement in his home country. Twenty-seven-year-old Douglass referred to his four months in Ireland as the “happiest moments” of his life. He also described it as “transformative”. Ireland changedRead more..

Famine Heroes Honor
Black Abolitionists in Ireland
William Henry Lane

Great Famine Voices 2021 continues with a new series of standalone short films and online discussions beginning with Black Abolitionists in Ireland and continuing with caregivers during Ireland’s darkest years. William Henry Lane “Master Juba” – the Father of Tap Dance This week’s topic, a short film (23 minutes) and live online discussion features William HenryRead more..

American Conference
for Irish Studies

The ACIS-West is the Western Regional chapter of the American Conference for Irish Studies, a multidisciplinary scholarly organization with approximately 800 members in the United States, Ireland, Canada, and other countries around the world. Each fall, ACIS-West holds an annual conference featuring plenary speakers, academic sessions in all fields of Irish Studies, poetry and fictionRead more..