Archive for February, 2011

Moments in Irish Life

A retrospective of the work of the late Bill Doyle, one of Ireland’s great photographers Bill Doyle, one of Ireland’s most celebrated photographers, was an artist of another time. Doyle, who recently died at 85, was frequently compared to the French photographer Henri Cartier-Bresson, whose “decisive moment” approach to photography he mirrored in his mostlyRead more..

The First Word: Imagine Ireland

“An Irishman’s heart is nothing but his imagination.” – George Bernard Shaw (John Bull’s Other Island) Gabriel Byrne says that the line between reality and imagination is very thin. I concur. Perhaps it’s because my father filled my head with stories of banshees and haunted fields with gates that never stayed shut. Perhaps it’s simplyRead more..

Irish Eye on Hollywood: Upcoming Film Releases

Tom Deignan with the latest Irish happenings in film and television When the bigwigs of the movie industry gathered in Park City, Utah, at the end of January for the annual Sundance Film Festival, the Irish were well represented. Brendan Gleeson’s new film The Guard, which also stars Fionnula Flanagan, Don Cheadle and Mark Strong,Read more..

Launch of Imagine Ireland

A year of arts and culture in the U.S. 2011 is going to be an exciting year for the Irish arts in America. On January 7th, Culture Ireland announced its expansive project for the coming year, titled Imagine Ireland.  Launched in New York City’s Lincoln Center by Cultural Ambassador and renowned actor Gabriel Byrne, MinisterRead more..

Anne Sweeney’s Keynote Speech at the Business 100

Anne Sweeney, president of the Disney-ABC Television Group, gave a heartfelt keynote Address at Irish America’s Business 100 luncheon on November 30. Here it is in its entirety. I want to thank Irish America magazine for including me in this very impressive group of 100. We represent a broad spectrum of business and industry inRead more..

A Year on Croagh Patrick

Matt Loughrey, the man behind Croagh Patrick 365 Matt Loughrey had just finished his 218th consecutive climb of Croagh Patrick, the third-highest mountain in County Mayo, when I spoke to him on a recent Saturday evening. “It’s cold up there now,” he said. “We’ve been getting temperatures of -17˚c,  -18˚c up on the top. We’reRead more..

Mary Higgins Clark on Leading the St. Patrick’s Day Parade

“My father came here with five pounds in his pocket” “On St. Patrick’s Day, March 17, 2011, as the parade goes up Fifth Avenue I will be thinking of the father who came over with five pounds in his pocket and who died when I was only eleven, the mother who encouraged my dreams ofRead more..

Irish Micky Ward:
The Fighter Speaks Out

The real-life boxer behind the Oscar-nominated movie Eight years ago, Irish America magazine honored boxer Micky Ward as one of “The Irish 100.” Ward received his tribute at the annual Irish America awards banquet at the Plaza Hotel in New York. “I don’t know why I’m being honored,” Micky said that night. Then he turnedRead more..

Young Irish Writers Part 1:
Kevin Barry

Three emerging Irish writers offer insight into their lives, their work, and what it’s like to be a writer in Ireland right now. Limerick native Kevin Barry got his start as a journalist for a local paper. He went on to do freelance work, columns and sketches for Glasgow’s Sunday Herald, The Irish Examiner, TheRead more..

Young Irish Writers Part 2:
Claire Kilroy

Three emerging Irish writers offer insight into their lives, their work, and what it’s like to be a writer in Ireland right now. Born in Dublin in 1973, Claire Kilroy is the author of three novels: All Summer, which won the 2004 Rooney Prize for Literature, Tenderwire, and All Names Have Been Changed. Kilroy studiedRead more..