Archive for October, 2013

Never-Before-Seen Irish Letters on Display at NYU

In 1757, in the middle of the Seven Years’ War, an Irish wine ship en route from Bordeaux to Dublin was captured by the British Navy. In 2011, the mailbag from the Dublin-based ship, the Seven Sisters, was discovered in the British National Archives by New York University professor Tom Truxes. The majority of theRead more..

Maeve’s House: A Journey Through the Years

Dublin’s famed Abbey Theatre has returned to New York with a new one-man show created and performed by Eamon Morrissey, veteran actor of the Irish stage and screen. Maeve’s House, which centers on the life and work of writer Maeve Brennan, is playing at the Irish Arts Center through November 10 (its run was recentlyRead more..

Voices of Ireland Past

The Doegen Records Project In 1926, Berlin native Dr. Wilhelm Doegen, director of the sound department at the Prussian State Library, was asked by the Irish government to make a series of recordings of the Irish language in the Gaeltacht areas of Ireland and in the surrounding areas that had suffered a major decline inRead more..

The Secret Life of the Shannon

The River Shannon is the subject of a recent RTÉ wildlife documentary produced by the Wicklow-based company Crossing the Line. It opens in the orange of dawn, with a sepia mist rising from the surface of the river before the silhouette of a canoe traverses the plane of water. “The dawn chorus comes and theRead more..

Tuning in to Roots Music, Irish Style

The Comhaltas Echoes of Erin Tour in North America. Lucky residents of the Northeast and Midwest now have the chance to enjoy the best of Irish music, song and dance because the 41st Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann Echoes of Erin tour of North America is underway. On Tuesday, October 8, the 13-member troupe, which includes manyRead more..

Fans Protest the Cancellation of BBC America’s Copper

The beloved BBC American television show Copper was abruptly cancelled last month, after its second season. The sudden demise of the show has caught most its fans off-guard and left many with unanswered questions. Premiering last August on the then new BBC America channel, Copper seemed destined for longevity. Created and directed by executive producerRead more..