Archive for May, 2015

The Irish Heritage of the
Remarkable Anne Meara

This article originally appeared on the Huffington Post and is reprinted here courtesy of the author. Like so many, I am mourning the loss of actress, comedian and writer, Anne Meara. Partnered in every sense of the word with Jerry Stiller (whose autobiography is called Married to Laughter: A Love Story Featuring Anne Meara), her husband ofRead more..

Weekly Comment:
Coke, Mad Men, and
Shannon Airport

For those of you still recovering from the emotional rollercoaster of Sunday’s series finale of Mad Men and are still trying to make sense of what it all means, how you are going to live with yourselves on Sunday’s (or whenever you watch it on Hulu), or are still craving that fitting farewell you thoughtRead more..

Weekly Comment:
What Do You Get When You
Cross a Ukulele with U2?
Something Magnificent

Some puns are born great (Daddy tomato is walking. Baby tomato can’t walk so fast. Daddy tomato turns to baby tomato, squishes him, says “catch up!”), some puns achieve greatness (What’s Forrest Gump’s password? 1forrest1), others have greatness thrust upon them (That time when you’re walking down the sidewalk and someone says “That’s where GlenRead more..

Writing Retreat on the
Wild Atlantic Way

A creative writing retreat with a difference takes place this summer on Ireland’s famous Wild Atlantic Way. Golf outings, Irish dancing, Celtic legend hikes, live traditional music, classes in Gaeilge language and practical training workshops hosted by published authors – Ireland’s most innovative and multi-faceted creative writing retreat offers something for every taste. Located amidRead more..

Des Bishop Is Seriously Funny

He grew up in Queens, went to high school in Ireland, spent a year in the Gaeltacht, two years in China, and just bought an apartment back in New York. And here is an incomplete list of things he has done stand-up sets or made RTÉ documentaries about: living on minimum wage, alcoholism, his father’sRead more..

First Word: High Notes

One of the many highlights of our recent Hall of Fame lunch was Notre Dame’s president Rev. John Jenkins’s tribute to Don Keough, the late great Irish American who contributed so much to Ireland and Irish Studies. “Don loved everything Irish,” Jenkins said, “but he also insisted it can’t be all about Ireland, and challenged usRead more..

World Irish Dance-Off

Hairspray, fake wigs, and oodles of bling were on full display in front of 20,000 spectators for the 45th installment of the Irish World Dance Championships which took place in Montreal at the Palais des Congres in April. It marked the first time the event took place on Canadian soil and proved to be aRead more..

Ireland’s Action Plan for Jobs
Brings Results

In his April 28th Spring Economic Statement speech, Finance Minister Michael Noonan T.D. announced that Ireland currently has the fastest growing economy in Europe. He said that 95,000 new jobs have been created since 2012, with a record 20,000 being created last year. The jobs are being created across a number of sectors including medicalRead more..

News From Our Honorees

Irish businessman and 2012 Irish America Business 100 Keynote Speaker Denis O’Brien has created a fellowship that will, on an annual basis, offer two Irish students a fully-funded master’s degree in business administration at Boston College’s Carroll School of Management, where O’Brien himself earned his M.B.A. in 1982. The Denis O’Brien Fellowship is available to Irish citizens withRead more..

Dublin Mural to Gay Marriage

A touchingly brave four-story mural of two men embracing was recently plastered on the side of a Dublin building on George Street. The black and white image is meant to be a “poignant representation of same sex love,” according to its painter, Joe Caslin. His image is a homage to marriage equality, an issue soonRead more..