Archive for February, 2012

Irish America Announces Irish Spirit Award

Irish America magazine is proud to announce the Irish Spirit award recipients Arthur and Barbara Gelb.  The Gelbs will be presented with the award by Pulitzer Prize winner and New York Times writer Maureen Dowd at the 2012 Irish America Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and Luncheon on March 14th at the New York YachtRead more..

Making of Monongah

Gaelic Americana musician and songwriter Kyle Carey writes about the ups and downs and ins and outs of recording an album. An album isn’t finished when the musicians go home. One could argue in reality, that’s when it all begins. After recording week, I flew back to the States to visit with my family, sleepingRead more..

Irish Film The Shore Wins Oscar for Best Short

Huge cheers erupted in the Den bar on Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood on Sunday night when Terry and Oorlagh George’s short movie The Shore won an Oscar for the father-daughter team. Director Jim Sheridan who has made two Oscar nominated movies with George – In the Name of the Father and Some Mother’s Son, wasRead more..

Concertina Music in a Church

Let us all bow down and give thanks to Jack and Cormac. Let us give praise to their musical ingenuity, to their rhythm and their rolls. You will also need a pair of headphones as you follow me down the road to St. Nicholas Collegiate Church, Galway. The church is empty now but that doesn’tRead more..

The Greening of Niagara Falls

In keeping with the newly minted St. Patrick’s Day tradition of the past two years, March 17 will see a variety of iconic landmarks around the world turn green. With St. Patrick’s day less than a month away, Tourism Ireland recently announced that the structures to go green this year will once again include TableRead more..

Strong Irish Presence Among 2012 Oscar Nominees

Ireland will be well-represented at this year’s Academy Awards ceremony, which is to take place on Sunday, February 26 at Hollywood’s Kodak Theatre. Two Irish filmmakers, Peter McDonald and Terry George, have been nominated for the live-action shorts, Pentecost and The Shore, respectively. Pentecost is stage and film actor McDonald’s directorial debut. Shot in DublinRead more..

For Fall 2012, Nanette Lepore Channels Oscar Wilde

Earlier this week, Irish America had the pleasure of attending Business 100 honoree Nanette Lepore’s Fall 2012 show at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week. We were particularly excited to see this collection since the buzz was that it had been inspired by tarot cards, dandyism and the style and attitude of one of our all-time favorite IrishRead more..

The Heart of Hearts Rests in Dublin

How the remains of  Saint Valentine came to be enshrined in a Dublin church. On February 14 and in the days and weeks leading up to Valentine’s day (pre-pandemic) visitors would flock to the Carmelite Church on Whitefriar Street in Dublin to visit the shrine of St. Valentine. The shrine consists of a life-size statueRead more..

Whitney Houston and Her Irish Duet

February 14, 2012 As the world mourns the woman and the voice that was Whitney Houston, Irish America takes a moment to smile with her memory. At a Dublin concert in 2010, Houston brought this little Irish girl up from the crowd at the O2 arena for a song. See the touching video below.  Read more..

Bill Clinton, Enda Kenny and more at Invest in Ireland Forum

Ireland is open for business and the diaspora will be key in its economic recovery. Staying true to a proposal he made last October at the second Global Irish Economic Forum in Dublin, former president Bill Clinton brought close to two dozen of America’s highest ranking CEOs and key corporate players together for a roundtableRead more..