Archive for June, 2006

Remembering Bobby Sands and the Nine Other Men Who Died on Hunger Strike

On May 5, 1981, having completed 65 days on hunger strike, republican prisoner Bobby Sands died in the H-Block prison hospital at Long Kesh. By the time the prison hunger strike ended on October 3, 1981, 10 young men had starved themselves to death. The hunger strike was a last effort by the inmates toRead more..

George Carlin is Still Tossing Out the Good Stuff

Once the quintessential seventies hippie comedian, George Carlin continues to evolve and grow. In an intimate interview with T.J. ENGLISH he shares stories of his upbringing, his Irish ancestors and his view of the world. In the history of American stand-up comedy, there has never been anyone like George Carlin. Controversial, iconoclastic, irreverent, obscene –Read more..

Irish America

JUNE / JULY 2006 30 George Carlin – The Interview In a rare interview, George Carlin talks to T.J. English about his life, from growing up in an Irish family in Harlem to the highs and lows of a 50-year career in comedy. 38 “Taskforce Wolfhound” Lead The St. Pat’s Day Parade. New York’s FightingRead more..

Close Encounters

” I always keep thinking of James Connolly and the great calm and dignity that he showed right to the very end, his courage and resolve.” – Bobby Sands As I’m writing this, I can hear the sound of bagpipes. Wafting up to my 21st floor office, high above busy Sixth Avenue, are the mournfulRead more..

Huge Crowds Attend 1916 Anniversary Parade

Over 100,000 people thronged into Dublin’s O’Connell Street to honor the 90th anniversary of the 1916 Easter Rising. In a spectacle regarded as a dress rehearsal for the Rising’s centenary in 2016, a military parade involving some 2,500 members of the Irish Army and Defense Forces passed by a review stand near the General PostRead more..

191 Memorabilia Goes under Hammer

Historic artifacts and memorabilia from the 1916 Easter Rising went under the hammer at James Adam & Sons Auctioneers and Mealy’s Auctioneers in Dublin. A total of 480 collectible items drew combined sales of €3.5 million, the largest sum of which was paid for the first written draft of “Amhrán na bhFiain,” Ireland’s national anthem.Read more..

Tralee Man Sells Business to Getty Family

Jerry Kennelly, a Tralee-born businessman, has sold his library of photographic images for $135 million to Getty Images. Kennelly set up the company for $100,000 in 1997 and bought out the interest of venture capitalists six years later. The company, Stockbyte and Stockdisc, sells digital photographic images to publications and advertising billboards. Last year theRead more..

November Deadline For NI Assembly

The Irish and British governments have set November 24 as a deadline for the restoration of the Northern Ireland Assembly. Local government from Belfast is a key element of the Good Friday Agreement, and Dublin/London’s imposition of a deadline is another attempt to restart power-sharing between unionists and nationalists. However, in an atmosphere devoid ofRead more..

News in Brief

GARDAÍ (Irish police) say they have no leads on the murder of Denis Donaldson, former Sinn Féin activist. Donaldson was outed as a British spy and he immediately left Belfast for Donegal. Within months he was gunned down at the cottage near Glenties where he lived. Nobody claimed responsibility for the murder but republican sources expressedRead more..

Duffy Square To Get Facelift

Hidden in the shadows of a TKTS booth amidst the bright lights and flashing signs that overpower the north end of Times Square stands a statue of Father Francis Duffy – the most celebrated U.S. Army chaplain in history. In any other place the bronze statue, backed by a 17-foot-high Celtic Cross made of granite,Read more..