Head in the Clouds

Tom O’Neill talks to Hollywood heartthrob Stuart Townsend about his newfound stardom and his latest movie with Charlize Theron. ℘℘℘ The common perception might be that when you have a very hot, Academy Award-winning actress like, say, Charlize Theron, and she does a follow-up picture to the film that won her an Oscar (Monster) and it just so happens to co-star her, well, less familiar...

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The First Word: The Irish Way

“Eoin was never afraid to aim high. He played a seminal role in creating the transatlantic scholarly conversation that is Irish studies today, and he believed in his vision at a time when almost no one shared his dreams.” – James Rogers, Director, Center for Irish Studies, University of Saint Thomas. ℘℘℘ With the passing of Eoin McKiernan, 89, (see October / November...

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News: Kilkenny Rose Wins in Tralee

Kilkenny Rose Orla O’Shea emerged as winner of the 46th International Rose of Tralee Festival. The 20-year-old teacher was voted ahead of 27 competitors hailing from Ireland, Europe, America and Australia to claim the silver crown. She dedicated her achievement to her mother who died four years ago from cancer. “She made me what I am today,” said the emotional winner, who...

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News: Joe Cahill Laid to Rest

Joe Cahill, former I.R.A. chief of staff, died on July 23 at his Andersonstown home in Belfast after a short illness. The 84-year-old was buried after a huge funeral cortege carried his remains to the Republican plot at Milltown Cemetery. Cahill was honorary vice-president of Sinn Féin, and the party’s current president Gerry Adams paid homage to his friend at the graveside. In 1942,...

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News: Big Rise in Traffic at Knock Airport

Knock Airport, the brainchild of the late Monsignor James Horan, has proved critics wrong by reporting a dramatic increase in passenger numbers this year. The airport, built in a County Mayo bogland, recorded 200,000 passengers in 2002. Figures for 2004 are estimated to have doubled with a notable rise in charter flight business. Despite being ridiculed by many commentators when Monsignor Horan...

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