The Wilde Side of Kinky Boots

The message of the biggest show on Broadway is subtly inspired by Oscar Wilde. Kinky Boots, playing at the Al Hirschfeld Theater, has taken New York by storm. Winner of the 2013 Tony award for Best New Musical, it also won best new musical at the Drama League Awards and the Outer Circle Critic Awards. With an ad campaign proclaiming “Everyone say yeah!” it was clear from the start that the...

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Some of the original San Patricios. Photo: Google Images

San Patricios Will Be Inducted Into the Irish America Hall of Fame

The San Patricio Battalion Pipe Band, whose namesake was made famous in the Mexican American War of 1846, is being inducted by the JFK Trust and Irish America Magazine into the Irish America Hall of Fame on August 8 with a reception at the Dunbrody Immigrant Experience in Wexford. This event sheds light on a little known part of American and Mexican history and unveils the hidden relationship...

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Joe Delaney 'Town Crier' took to the streets of New Ross, Co.Wexford to practice reading the 'Declaration of Independence' ahead of July 4 Irish America Day celebrations. Photo: Mary Browne.

New Ross’ Town Crier Announces the Second Annual Irish America Day

Visitors to New Ross town might have been surprised to see a ‘Town Crier’ dressed as he would have in 1776, as he took to the quayside to practice reading the Declaration of Independence ahead of this week’s July 4th Irish American Day celebrations. An action packed programme of events for all the family was announced in New Ross for Ireland’s official July 4 celebrations,...

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Jean Kennedy Smith, Enda Kenny and Caroline Kennedy light the eternal Emigrant Flame.

The Homecoming: The Kennedy Clan’s Irish Gathering for the JFK50

During John F Kennedy’s brief (four minutes) but powerful speech to the people of New Ross in 1963 he referred to his great grandfather, Patrick, who left the area in 1849 with nothing but “a strong religious faith and a strong desire for liberty”. A powerful illustration of how JFK adhered to his ancestor’s faith is his rosary beads on display in the newly opened Kennedy Homestead...

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Trinity Launches New Historical Mapping Site

Two centuries before the famed, but relatively benign Ordnance Survey (the national mapping project conducted by the British Royal Engineers between 1824-1846 and primarily responsible for the anglicization of many Irish place names), a lesser known survey was done of Ireland by the English with a much more malicious intent. From 1656-1658 the Cromwellian regime undertook the Down Survey in order...

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