Archive for August, 2006

Duty, Honor & Country

During this time of political intransigence, we look back on Republican Senator John McCain as someone who knew how to cross the aisle for the good of the people. At the time of this conversation with Niall O’Dowd, McCain was looking ahead to the 2008 presidential election. Immigration was, as now, a hot issue thatRead more..

The Spirit Of Endurance

“Am I the first Scots-Irish person on your cover?” Senator John McCain asks. “Yes. But it’ s all the same DNA.” He doesn’t seem to hear me. He’s busy being photographed by Kit DeFever. I’m about to tell him about Scotland being the only place the Irish ever colonized – the Scotti being Gaelic speakersRead more..

State Bids Farewell to Haughey

Charles J. Haughey, former Taoiseach (Irish prime minister) and ex-leader of the Fianna Fáil party, was buried in Dublin following a long illness. Haughey, aged 80 years, was afforded all the trappings of a state funeral, but the Irish public remains divided by the many contradictions surrounding his leadership and lifestyle. Although he remained aRead more..

N.I. Talks Show Slow Progress

Irish and British governments continue to decommissioning, but DUP leader Dr. Ian push the November 24 deadline for power sharing in Northern Ireland, but there is little sign of actual progress on the ground. Unionist and nationalist parties have been unable to find a way to restore devolved gov- ernment at the N.I. Assembly, butRead more..

Hollywood Snaps Up Cecelia Ahern Books

Hilary Swank has been cast to star in the film adaptation of Cecelia Ahern’s hit novel PS, I Love You. The two-time Oscar-winning actress will play a young Irish widow recovering from her husband’s sudden death. Richard LaGravenese will direct the movie, which will be produced by Warner Brothers. Hollywood’s interest marks a further leapRead more..

Ireland and Beyond

Irish Tony Award Nominees Celebrate Brían F. O’Byrne summed it up when he said, “It’s beyond Irish.” O’Byrne who is currently starring in Shining City, was speaking at a reception hosted by New York Consul General Tim O’Connor on June 9. The event celebrated the Tony nominees from three Irish plays currently on Broadway (Faith Healer,Read more..

Irish Eye on Hollywood

Irish actor Brendan Gleeson can always be relied upon to star in independent movies on both sides of the Atlantic, as well as Hollywood blockbusters. For example, next year, Gleeson will star alongside Sir Anthony Hopkins in a new screen version of the literary classic Beowulf. This latest sci-fi version of the book that hasRead more..

Gov. Ryan Convicted on 18 Counts

Irish-Americans are in the news in Chicago where U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald – who has charged Vice President Dick Cheney’s chief of staff with perjury and obstruction of justice – over- saw the prosecution of George Ryan, the former governor of Illinois, that was spear- headed by his top public corruption prose- cutor, Patrick Collins.Read more..

Proud Is Part of Fleet Week

When the USS Mason sailed into New York Harbor on May 25 for Fleet Week, the ship’s banner displayed a coat of arms rooted in a shamrock. Commissioned in April, 2003, the destroyer was named for the World War II USS Mason DE529 as a tribute to the brave service of the crew – theRead more..

Duddy Jabs His Way to Win

On the undercard to the Cotto/Malinaggi world title bout, John Duddy faced his sternest test June 10 against Freddy Cuevas and once again answered with a resounding victory in the seventh round. The atmosphere in Madison Square Garden was like a football match with “Olé, Olé” and “The Fields of Athenry” the soundtracks to Duddy’sRead more..