Bloomsday Lock-in

Bloomsday is an annual celebration that takes place around the world. It celebrates Thursday 16 June 1904, which is the day depicted in James Joyce’s novel Ulysses. The day is named after Leopold Bloom, the central character in Ulysses. Bloomsday in Brooklyn the annual literary pub crawl featuring readings from James Joyce will this year be presented in an online modern adaptation of the...


In Conclusion

A chat with the acclaimed director John Boorman who made Ireland his home

By Noel Shine John Boorman is best known as the film director behind the critically acclaimed Deliverance (1972) and Hope and Glory (1987), for which he received Oscar, Golden Globe and BAFTA nominations. His Hollywood breakthrough came with Point Blank (1967), starring Lee Marvin and Angie Dickinson. It was the first of two collaborations with Marvin that he completed, before relocating...


Dr. Patrick Monahan

The Doctor is in the House [of Representatives}.

By Tom Deignan Dr. Brian Patrick Monahan is a rare creature in Washington these days. He is praised by both Democrats and Republicans. “Throughout this (coronavirus) health crisis, the Senate, its members and our staffs have been lucky to have the steady leadership of Dr. Brian Monahan in our corner,” Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said in late May. Dr. Monahan,...


First Word:
June 6th, 2020 Newsletter

By Patricia Harty, Editor-in-Chief We have been shaken by the reprehensible killing of George Floyd and so many others in America’s Black communities, as we grieve with the families of the victims of racial violence, we are heartened by all those who have shown solidarity through peaceful protests in communities throughout the country. We remember too, on this day that marks the anniversary of...


Latest News from Ireland

By Emer Mullins As Ireland begins to emerge from its Coronavirus lockdown the national context reminds me of the Billy Joel hit ‘We didn’t start the fire,’ with its staccato allusions to global headline events over a number of years. The COVID-19 pandemic has seen forced, rapid change across every section of Irish society in a matter of months, leading many commentators to ponder...