The Secret Life of the Shannon

The River Shannon is the subject of a recent RTÉ wildlife documentary produced by the Wicklow-based company Crossing the Line. It opens in the orange of dawn, with a sepia mist rising from the surface of the river before the silhouette of a canoe traverses the plane of water. “The dawn chorus comes and the reeds are full of bird song,” the narrator says. “It’s a wonderful, happy...

The Echoes of Erin Tour is now in the U.S.

Tuning in to Roots Music, Irish Style

The Comhaltas Echoes of Erin Tour in North America. Lucky residents of the Northeast and Midwest now have the chance to enjoy the best of Irish music, song and dance because the 41st Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann Echoes of Erin tour of North America is underway. On Tuesday, October 8, the 13-member troupe, which includes many present and past All-Ireland champions, launched Echoes of Erin before...

Kevin Ryan and Tom Weston-Jones in Copper.

Fans Protest the Cancellation of BBC America’s Copper

The beloved BBC American television show Copper was abruptly cancelled last month, after its second season. The sudden demise of the show has caught most its fans off-guard and left many with unanswered questions. Premiering last August on the then new BBC America channel, Copper seemed destined for longevity. Created and directed by executive producer Tom Fontana with Academy Award winner Barry...


Open Call for Letters:
New 1916 Project Is Crowd-Sourcing for History

Students at Trinity College Dublin’s M.Phil. in Digital Humanities and Culture want your Irish letters, as long as they were written between November 1, 1915 and October 31, 1916. In Ireland’s first crowd-sourced letters project, researchers at TCD are aiming to shed light on what the average citizenry was up to in the six months before and after the 1916 Easter Rising. The project, Letters...

The Wicklow Mountains, Co Wicklow. Photo by Michelle Meagher.

All Around Ireland

Michelle Meagher’s photographs of her first trip to Ireland. Wicklow Mountains, County Wicklow. This panoramic view of the Wicklow Mountains and Lake is my favorite of all the pictures I captured on my very first trip to Ireland over the summer. My boyfriend, Brendan, who acted as my tour guide, pulled over on an almost nonexistent shoulder so I could take a few photographs of one of...