Archive for December, 2004

Behind the Scenes with Bridget

Bridget Moynahan dances on bars, dallies in espionage, fixes robots and steals men away from Sarah Jessica Parker — or so her film and TV roles would have you believe. The star of Coyote Ugly, The Recruit, I, Robot and the actress who played Mr. Big’s second wife Natasha in Sex and the City isRead more..

First Word: A Different Tune

As Irish America’s editor for the past 20 years I have witnessed a major sea change in the economic relationship between Ireland and the U.S. For centuries Ireland depended on help from the U.S. but today Irish firms employ as many people in the U.S. as American companies do in Ireland. The number of Irish-bornRead more..

News from Ireland

Maureen O’Hara Collects an Irish Oscar Maureen O’Hara brought over 700 guests to their feet at the Irish Film and Television Awards (IFTA) in Dublin when she received the Lifetime Achievement Award. Wearing a bright red dress the 84-year-old actress earned a heartfelt ovation, recalling her illustrious career which included her feisty performance opposite JohnRead more..

News in Brief

RESIDENTS in Ringaskiddy, Co. Cork have vowed to oppose construction of Ireland’s first toxic waste incinerator. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) gave a green light to the controversial project by granting a waste management license to Indaver Ireland. The company has plans to build a similar facility near Duleek, Co. Meath but despite the EPARead more..

The Abbey Does
Playboy in the U.S.

The Abbey Theatre is in crisis as it makes its centenary tour of the U.S. Artistic Director Ben Barnes is stepping down amid financial difficulties, but the U.S. tour is proving to be a commercial and theatrical success. The touring group is putting on J.M. Synge’s Playboy of the Western World, a play that causedRead more..

A Memorable Night Out!

The Irish Arts Center’s annual dinner dance at the prestigious New York Athletic Club on Central Park South always promises to be a memorable night out. The 2004 dinner, held on Friday, October 1 was no exception. Each year the Center honors those in the entertainment and business communities who have made great contributions toRead more..

O’Byrne in Shanley’s Doubt

Irish-born Tony Award winner Brian O’Byrne will join forces with Irish American Oscar winner John Patrick Shanley in a new drama called Doubt, which will open at the Manhattan Theater Club on November 22. O’Byrne won the 2004 Tony for Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a play for his portrayal of a child-killerRead more..

The Mighty Mack Family

Player, manager, scout, general manager, owner — Cornelius MacGillicuddy “Connie Mack” — did it all. As a 6’2″ player he revolutionized baseball as the first catcher to squat behind the plate — an innovation that continues today. And as the owner manager of the Philadelphia A’s he built a dynasty that played five World SeriesRead more..

U2 Prepares to Drop “Bomb”

After recording, and then misplacing (the demo disappeared during a photo shoot) their long-awaited new album How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb, U2 are finally delivering the goods. The band releases the record on November 23 and is reportedly collaborating with director Jim Sheridan on videos for the new songs. Four years have passed sinceRead more..

Harry Potter in Irish!

Draíodóirí, dragain, agus Dursleys…As readers around the world eagerly await the sixth installation of the Harry Potter series, we welcome a whole new way to read the first: as Gaeilge. Harry Potter agus an Órcloch, the Irish language translation of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, is now available. Published in October, Harry Potter agusRead more..