Archive for October, 2009

At Rainbow’s End: An Interview with Jim Norton

Tony-winning Irish actor Jim Norton has returned to Broadway in Finian’s Rainbow, a joyful big-budget revival of a golden-era classic that’s become that rare thing: an almost critic-proof Broadway musical. CAHIR O’DOHERTY talks to the veteran Irish actor and his A-list Broadway castmates about starring in the most hotly anticipated show of the season. IrishRead more..

The First Word: Look to the Rainbow

“I’ve an an elegant legacy / Waitin’ for ye, / ’Tis a rhyme for your lips / And a song for your heart, / To sing it whenever / The world falls apart!  Look, look / Look to the rainbow. / Follow it over the hill / And the stream. Look, look / Look to theRead more..

Remembering Frank McCourt

Writers Tom Cahill, Colum McCann, and Peter Quinn paid tribute to Frank McCourt following his passing on July 19, 2009. HOW FRANK SAVED CIVILIZATION By Thomas Cahill The first time I met Frank I knew nothing of Angela’s Ashes. It hadn’t been published yet; and though many writers will regale you with disquisitions on theirRead more..

An Irish Welcome for the Champ

Thousands turned out to welcome Muhammad Ali, 67, to Ennis, County Clare, the birthplace of his great-grandfather, on August 30. The purpose of his and his wife Lonnie’s visit was to inspire awareness and support for the recently established Alltech-Muhammad Ali Center Global Education and Charitable Fund, and also for the Muhammad Ali Center inRead more..

The 2009 Wall Street 50 Awards

The annual Wall Street 50 event brought together national leaders from every sector of the financial world. Police commissioner Ray Kelly, Loretta Brennan Glucksman, Chairman of The American Ireland Fund, and many other luminaries from the Irish-American community gathered to celebrate the honorees. Of the evening’s many highlights were the words, excerpted below, offered byRead more..

Remembering Ted Kennedy

To call you the greatest of all the Kennedys might strike some as lofty rhetoric. But it isn’t. You gave your life to your country, as surely as those patriots of old gave theirs for the United States and your beloved Ireland. A great Irish chieftain has passed. Sure, Jack became president and Bobby becameRead more..

100th Anniversary of Celtic Cross at Grosse Île

“Children of the Gael died in the thousands on this island having fled from the laws of the foreign tyrants and an artificial famine in the years 1847-48. God’s loyal blessing upon them. Let this monument be a token to their name and honour from the Gaels of America. God Save Ireland.” – Inscription onRead more..

William Kennedy Wins Eugene O’Neill Award

Pulitzer Prize-winning author William Kennedy will be presented with the inaugural 2009 Eugene O’Neill Lifetime Achievement Award from the Irish American Writers and Artists, Inc. (IAW&A) in Manhattan on October 16, Eugene O’Neill’s birthday. As the first winner of the award, Kennedy is honored for his authorship of the Albany Cycle of novels centered aroundRead more..

Frank McCourt on How one Thing Led to Another

Frank, famed author of Angela’s Ashes, wrote this piece for Irish America’s 20th anniversary issue. We ran it again in July 2009 when Frank passed over into the great theater in the sky. Happy 90th Birthday, Frank.  We miss you. Jim Sheridan came over to my table at the Lion’s Head bar and asked ifRead more..

Irish Eye on Hollywood

In the next couple of years, acclaimed Dublin-born director Jim Sheridan (In the Name of the Father, In America) is planning to tell gritty Irish-American stories about gangsters in Boston and New York. This coming holiday season, however, Sheridan will be releasing Brothers, a dramatic film about a love triangle which will surely get someRead more..