It’s been a good year for Irish pop music. There hasn’t been one big ticket album in 1999–the new U2 effort isn’t expected until early 2000–but if you scratch the surface, you’ll find some exciting music nonetheless. TOM DUNPHY recommends a few favorits you may want to investiage… VAN MORRISON, BACK ON TOP Van Morrison’sRead more..
Archive for July 13th, 2021
Terence P. Dolan’s Dictionary of Hiberno-English is not like any other dictionary or, for that matter, like any other reference volume. It’s the first general dictionary of the Irish dialect of English ever published and, in spite of its heady title, a good read for Irish and Irish-American word-hoarders and word-mongers — from the burlyRead more..
Some men are defined by how they win, some by their bearing in defeat. For Mark O’Meara, golf’s great grandson of Ireland, his composure on a day of personal loss but team triumph fleshes out a portrait of classical sportsman. The scene at the 17th green on the last day of the Ryder Cup competitionRead more..
The drive to commemorate the Great Famine and the global legacy of Irish immigration is swelling to massive proportions. Along with the new Irish Immigration postage stamp launched both in Ireland and the U.S. this year, and the increasing number of Irish Famine Curriculum Bills appearing before state legislatures, monuments commemorating the Famine and theRead more..
After building a $1 million memorial park last year to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Irish Famine, Boston’s Irish community is turning its attention toward people suffering from contemporary famines throughout the world. A proposed Irish Famine Institute that blends social activism and academic research is currently in the planning stages in Boston. OrganizersRead more..
Take a long look and it’s easy to imagine yourself in the heart of some Irish Camelot. Overlooking the rolling green countryside between Gort and Galway city, Cloghan Castle is one of the finest examples of the restoration of Ireland’s numerous castles and old houses. For centuries this 12th century Norman fortress stood in ruinsRead more..
Il Papa Meets Il Bono “Holy Father, this is Mr. Bono — he’s a pop singer.” With these words the U2 lead singer was introduced to Pope John Paul II at the Vatican in September. Bono and former Boomtown Rats frontman Bob Geldof met with the pope as part of a campaign the two celebritiesRead more..
There were fond tributes from government officials for former Irish Taoiseach (Prime Minister) and Fianna Fáil leader Jack Lynch, who died in Dublin on October 20 following a long illness. The Dáil (Parliament) observed a minute’s silence in memory of the 82-year-old former politician, and Taoiseach Bertie Ahern said: “On behalf of the Fianna FáilRead more..
Hospitals in Ireland came to a standstill in late October when the country’s 28,000 nurses started strike action over a long-running pay dispute. Despite last minute talks between union representatives and the government, the industrial action went ahead as scheduled, making it the first time in the history of the State that nurses had goneRead more..
It’s Christmas Eve and the Brew and Burger on 47th Street where I work is crowded with last-minute shoppers and tired children brought in from the boroughs and New Jersey to see the tree at Rockefeller Center, by irritated parents and young nannies with short skirts who look at their watches anxiously. I’m 21 yearsRead more..