Archive for May, 2012

Adrian Jones is Announced as 15th Anniversary Wall Street 50 Keynote Speaker

Adrian Jones is named 2012 Wall Street 50 Keynote Speaker by Irish America Magazine Irish America is proud to announce Adrian Jones of Goldman Sachs as the 2012 Wall Street 50 Keynote Speaker. Jones is a managing director of the Principal Investment Area of the Merchant Banking Division in New York, where he is co-head ofRead more..

From Brown Bread to Wine Writing – Irish Talent at the James Beard Awards

The recent James Beard Awards, held at Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher Hall on May 9, celebrate the stars of the restaurant and cookbook worlds, and this year’s winners included some true Irish talent. Matt Dillon, of Seattle restaurant Sitka & Spruce, went home with the award for Best Chef in the Northwest. Maureen O’Hagan wonRead more..

Serious George – An Interview With George Clooney

The perennial leading man talks about his Irish roots, getting older, and his passion for activism.  George Clooney has nothing to prove as an actor and he knows it. It’s part of what makes him such a pleasant and relaxed interview – quick with the self-effacing jokes, interested in the wider world beyond where heRead more..

The First Word: Arch of Triumph

“[The Arch] is a soaring curve in the sky that links the rich heritage of yesterday with the richer future of tomorrow.” – Vice President Hubert Humphrey at the opening of the Gateway Arch in St. Louis. The day was hot and humid and late in the afternoon the skies darkened and you could notRead more..

The President’s Visit: Michael D. Higgins in the U.S.

After his first official U.S. visit, Ireland’s new President reflects on the importance of the diaspora and the unique creativity of the Irish. Michael D. Higgins, the 9th President of Ireland, arrived in New York on the evening of April 30 for his first official visit to the U. S. The president and his wife,Read more..

Inspiring Cork Teen Addresses the UN

The United Nations’ International Telecommunication Union’s conference, entitled “Girls in Technology,” had a special guest speaker on Thursday, April 26. Joanne O’Riordan, a 16-year-old from Millstreet, Co. Cork, addressed some of the world’s leading women in technology with a keynote speech about how technology has enhanced her life. Joanne is the first person with aRead more..

Important Items from Ireland’s Past at Auction

Only fifty original copies of the 1916 Proclamation of the Irish Republic remain in existence. The proclamation, which famously called for a provisional government of the Irish Republic and proclaimed the country’s independence from the United Kingdom, was distributed and read aloud by Patrick Pearse outside the General Post Office, marking the beginning of theRead more..

Certificate of Irish Heritage for Obama

During his St. Patrick’s Day visit to the White House, Taoiseach Enda Kenny presented President Obama with an official Certificate of Irish Heritage. These certificates, which all members of the Irish diaspora with at least one relative born in Ireland are welcome to apply for, recognize the recipients’ Irish ancestors – in this case, Obama’sRead more..

Irish Eye on Hollywood

1. The girl with the dragon tattoo is going to become the girl with the Irish accent. Rooney Mara – star of the smash hit horror flick based on Stieg Larsson’s trilogy of novels – is slated to star in a big-screen adaptation of Colm Toibin’s best-selling novel Brooklyn.  The screenplay will be written byRead more..

John Cusack on Poe and The Raven

Exploring a character forced to grapple with inner demons is a familiar task for actor John Cusack, who has portrayed quite a few anguished souls throughout his versatile film career. From his role as an existentially suffering puppeteer in Charlie Kaufman’s absurdist Being John Malkovich to his – not one but two – turns atRead more..