Flannery O’Connor:
The Storied Life of
the Writer from Georgia

By Tom Deignan A new documentary about the short life and powerful work of Irish American literary giant Flannery O’Connor has just been released and is available for streaming. Entitled “Flannery: The Storied Life of the Writer from Georgia,” the 97-minute film premiered on PBS on March 23. Directed by Mark Bosco and Elizabeth Coffman, the film comes at a fascinating time. O’Connor’s...

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A Vaccine Update from Ireland

By Deaglán de Bréadún Ireland is currently going through one of the most dreary and restrictive periods in its history, because of the coronavirus pandemic. Curbs on movement and social gatherings for work or pleasure mean that most people spend the bulk of their time at home. When they do go out, they are under orders from the Government to observe specific limits: in the 26 counties of...

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Maud Gonne and Famines in the 1890s

By Christine Kinealy Maud Gonne is frequently remembered as the unrequited love interest of the poet, W.B. Yeats, while her accomplishments as a nationalist, artist, actor, lecturer, polemist, writer and social activist are often marginalized. In particular, Maud’s role in engaging with the perennial poverty and intermittent subsistence crises that dogged Ireland in the final decade of the 19th...

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Marty Walsh is Confirmed as U.S. Labor Secretary

By Michael Quinlin Congratulations to Martin J. Walsh, who was confirmed on Monday, March 22, 2021 as the next U.S. Secretary of Labor. The U.S. Senate approved his nomination 68-29. Walsh has been mayor of Boston since January 2014, and prior to that was Massachusetts state representative and a leader in Boston’s trade unions. In his farewell speech, Walsh cited affordable housing, education,...

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The Irish Rep’s Theatre
The Aran Islands

You are cordially invited to attend a virtual performance of The Aran Islands by J.M. Synge and adapted and directed by Joe O’Byrne. Starring Brendan Conroy, the Performance on Screen production of The Aran Islands will premiere on Tuesday, March 16, 2021, at 7 pm ET and runs through Sunday, March 28, 2021. In the...

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