Archive for May, 2013

Maureen O’Hara Makes a Sentimental Journey to John Wayne’s Birthplace

Few people may know that of all the movies Maureen O’Hara made in her film career one of her favorites is a tearjerker from 1946 called Sentimental Journey. On May 23, at the age of 92, Maureen boarded a plane to make a real-life sentimental journey to the John Wayne Birthplace Museum in the ruralRead more..

George Moore, Leading Businessman and Philanthropist, Dies at 60

George Moore 1951 – 2013 George Moore was a savvy entrepreneur in the tech industry and an influential philanthropist. His unexpected death of a heart attack at the age of 60 comes as a shock to the Irish community. A leading businessman in Ireland and the United States, just last year Moore appeared as oneRead more..

Winners of the First St. Patrick’s Day Children’s Art Competition Honored at Irish Consulate

The Consulate General of Ireland in New York hosted a special event to announce the winners of the first St. Patrick’s Day Children’s Art Competition. Prize winners were named in the three age-group categories from hundreds of entries received from the tri-State area, Pennsylvania and West Virginia. The Consul General Noel Kilkenny has sent aRead more..

JFK50 Events in New Ross, Co. Wexford: Remembering when Kennedy Came

When John F. Kennedy toured Ireland in 1963 he left a lasting impression. Nowhere more so, it seems, than in his ancestral homeland in New Ross, Co. Wexford, where his speech from the Quayside is still fondly remembered. In this, the year of The Gathering, New Ross is also giving Kennedy “The Homecoming,” taking fireRead more..

The Ballymaloe LitFest

An exciting new food and literary festival from Ballymaloe House in Co. Cork. Ireland and food have a complex history. Visitors have always been struck by its lush greenery and iconic potables like Guinness and Jameson, but have often failed to take note of its food.  All that has changed in recent years, and aRead more..

Kilkenny Arts Festival Announces 2013 Highlights

The Kilkenny Arts Festival was founded 40 years ago this August by a group of classical music enthusiasts, and has continued to grow in its draw, reach, and prestige of performances ever since. For 10 days each August, the medieval city located in the South-East of Ireland comes alive with a feast of artistic entertainmentRead more..

Judy Collins: El Troubadour

Judy Collins, one of the most influential folk singers of the sixties, and the voice that has been called the voice of the century, still believes that music can heal the world. Interview by Patricia Harty.  It all began with a song. As a young 14-year-old, Judy Collins heard “The Gypsy Rover” on the radioRead more..

The First Word: Grace and Healing

The First Word, by Patricia Harty. Our hearts weep for Boston. This most Irish of American cities has seen its share of tragedy, but when the bombings at the marathon turned a sporting celebration into a scene of destruction, it was a fresh horror that is hard to process. This city, where at least aRead more..

Maze Prison to Become Peace Center

Peter Robinson and Martin McGuinness have jointly praised plans for the redevelopment of the 347-acre Maze-Long Kesh prison site near Lisburn, Co. Antrim into a Peace Building and Conflict Resolution Centre. The plans include a business campus for renewable technology and life sciences linked to the universities. Maze Prison, also known as the H-Blocks, housedRead more..

Irish Twins Born 87 Days Apart Set World Record

Waterford twins Katie and Amy Jones-Elliott are headed to the Guinness Book of Records after they were born 87 days apart. As reported by the Irish Mirror, Maria Jones-Elliott, went into labor after four months of pregnancy but gave birth to only one of her daughters, Amy, at a slight 1 lb. 3 oz. KatieRead more..