Archive for February, 2007

Mother, Life, Landscape, and the Connection

Edna O’Brien returns to world of The Country Girls in The Light of Evening, with the mother-daughter relationship as the main theme. “A writer’s life is like an athlete’s life. You train every day of your life and even then it may not be as good as one had hoped,” says Edna O’Brien, who hasRead more..

The First Word: The Grip of Mother Ireland

“Like Joyce she has lived in exile but never forgotten a single thing.”  – Professor Declan Kiberd, UCD School of English and Drama, speaking about Edna O’Brien. UCD awarded O’Brien the Ulysses Medal in 2006. To start the New Year off right, we bring you our “Arts Special” issue, featuring a plethora of interviews (and feathersRead more..

Phoenix Couple Turn
Tragedy Into Assistance

Phoenix couple Delia Garcia and Kelly Stokes decided to take what Delia called a “babymoon” last summer, a few months before the expected arrival of their baby boy. They had always wanted to visit Ireland and knew they wouldn’t have much time for taking trips once the baby arrived. Delia’s pregnancy had been perfect upRead more..

Irish Eye on Hollywood

Amidst all the hype (and jokes) concerning Sylvester Stallone’s latest return to the boxing ring as Rocky Balboa, little was said about the performance given by Belfast native Geraldine Hughes, playing a Philadelphia native opposite Sly. This could be the big break this theater veteran needed to crossover into Hollywood. Until Rocky Balboa in December,Read more..

Tara Keeps Her Crown

Tara Conner, Miss USA 2006 and Irish America cover story (Oct./Nov.) has been called to task about conduct unbecoming a beauty queen. It seems that the transition from the small town of Russell Springs, Kentucky to New York City has been a lot to handle for the petite blonde. On December 14, entertainment website TMZ.comRead more..

Waking Up the Irish Echoes

Notre Dame’s Keough-Naughton Institute for Irish Studies has become renowned for its scholarship and innovation. NIALL O’DOWD reports from South Bend, Indiana. It is three p.m. on November 16, 2006, the Friday before Notre Dame faces Army in the annual pitched battle between two of the most storied teams in college football. It is aRead more..

Oileán Iathghlas Éireann:
The Emerald Isle

In late September, Irish America designer and photographer Patrick Cahalan took a CIE seven-day tour of Ireland. The photos in the next few pages give a taste of his experiences on his first trip to Ireland. Beginning in Dublin, our CIE Tour visited the Guinness and Jameson breweries, Phoenix Park and the city center. TheRead more..

A River Runs Through It

One Irishman’s Dream Becomes Another’s Reality Joe Dowling stands in the amber glass ninth-floor lobby of the Dowling Studio in the gleaming new Guthrie Theater in downtown Minneapolis. Outside the mighty Mississippi runs alongside the cobalt building designed by the French architect Jean Nouvel. This architectural marvel, which cost $125 million, is instantly impressive, itsRead more..

The Master Hatter

Philip Treacy, whose beautiful hats are works of art, draws inspiration from his Irish country childhood As bells pealed out over the village of Ahascragh in County Galway, Father McManus stood under the eaves of his church, awaiting the bride. It was business as usual for the priest whose parish kept him busy most SaturdaysRead more..

Imagining the Unknown

In his latest novel, Zoli, Dublin-born Colum McCann proves that part of his talent as a writer lies in his ability  to imagine and capture the lives of the forgotten and oppressed. Colum McCann doesn’t write about what he knows. That, he insists, would involve sitting in the study of his apartment on the UpperRead more..