Posts Tagged ‘Frank McCourt’

Irish Eye on Hollywood: Angela’s Christmas

Just in time for Christmas, Netflix has produced a 30 minute animated movie based on a Frank McCourt’s story rooted in his memoir Angela’s Ashes. Entitled Angela’s Christmas, the sentimental cartoon may well earn its place alongside Charlie Brown’s Christmas and The Year Without a Santa Claus when it comes to future holiday favorites. Angela’s ChristmasRead more..

Frank McCourt Prize Awarded

Above, left to right: Writers Brendan Costello, Mary Pat Kelly, John Kearns, Emily Ren, and Malachy McCourt. Ren was awarded the Frank McCourt Literary Prize in June, presented annually to a graduating senior who demonstrates an outstanding potential to be a writer. The Frank McCourt High School of Writing, Journalism and Literature is a screened-admissionsRead more..

Frank McCourt High School
Graduates First Class

Frank McCourt High School first graduating class head to college. Best known as the author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning memoir Angela’s Ashes, Frank McCourt also worked as a New York City public school educator, including 15 years as a teacher of English and creative writing at Stuyvesant High School in Manhattan until his retirement inRead more..

The Irish Repertory Theater:
A Class Act

Showcasing the Irish and Irish-American experience on stage for 23 years. Let us now praise the Irish Repertory Theater, New York, and congratulate founders Charlotte Moore, Artistic Director, and Ciarán O’Reilly, Producing Director, as they receive the 2011 Eugene O’Neill Lifetime Achievement Award from the Irish American Writers and Artists. The award is given annuallyRead more..

Remembering Frank McCourt

Why we loved him Tom Cahill, Colum McCann, Peter Quinn and others pay tribute to Frank McCourt I saw Frank a couple of weeks before he passed. It was at the Irish Repertory Theatre gala fundraiser in June. He had just finished his last round of chemo. He looked fine. I spoke to him forRead more..

Frank McCourt on Frank McCourt

Editor’s Note:  Frank wrote this piece for Irish America’s 20th anniversary issue. It was reprinted in memorium of Frank McCourt and his invaluable contributions to Irish American literature. Jim Sheridan came over to my table at the Lion’s Head bar and asked if I’d be interested in acting in a new play by a youngRead more..

The Tunnel

And how one thing led to another… Jim Sheridan came over to my table at the Lion’s Head Bar and asked if I’d be interested in acting in a new play by a young man from Belfast, Terry George. Jim was artistic director at the Irish Arts Center and I knew him from my timeRead more..

Marian Keyes’ L.A. Story

The author of such works as Rachel’s Holiday and Sushi for Beginners talks to Siobhán Tracey about her new book set in L.A. ℘℘℘ Anyone who has ever read one of Marian Keyes’ novels will already have an impression of the author’s irrepressible sense of fun, which finds humor in situations not obviously funny. And in theRead more..

McCourt Returns to Teaching

Frank McCourt has been giving accent coaching to veteran American actor Paul Newman. After a dinner one night, Paul told Frank that he was playing an Irish character and would like some `accent’ coaching. It was arranged that Paul would visit Frank at his apartment where Frank proceeded to read Paul’s lines into a recorder.Read more..

Danny Boy Uncovered

In his book Danny Boy – The Beloved Irish Ballad to be published in March, well-known Irish-American writer Malachy McCourt offers an explication of the history, facts and myths surrounding the well-loved Irish air. McCourt explains that “Danny Boy” is unique in that people are willing to overlook a bad rendition if the singer is earnest and theRead more..