Irish America Announces Irish Spirit Award

Irish America magazine is proud to announce the Irish Spirit award recipients Arthur and Barbara Gelb.  The Gelbs will be presented with the award by Pulitzer Prize winner and New York Times writer Maureen Dowd at the 2012 Irish America Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and Luncheon on March 14th at the New York Yacht Club. As a writing team, Arthur and Barbara Gelb are best known for...


Making of Monongah

Gaelic Americana musician and songwriter Kyle Carey writes about the ups and downs and ins and outs of recording an album. An album isn’t finished when the musicians go home. One could argue in reality, that’s when it all begins. After recording week, I flew back to the States to visit with my family, sleeping three days straight to recover from the emotional strain of it all. Not that I...


Irish Film The Shore Wins Oscar for Best Short

Huge cheers erupted in the Den bar on Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood on Sunday night when Terry and Oorlagh George’s short movie The Shore won an Oscar for the father-daughter team. Director Jim Sheridan who has made two Oscar nominated movies with George – In the Name of the Father and Some Mother’s Son, was among the cheering crowd of about 150 LA-based Irish who gathered to watch the...


Concertina Music in a Church

Let us all bow down and give thanks to Jack and Cormac. Let us give praise to their musical ingenuity, to their rhythm and their rolls. You will also need a pair of headphones as you follow me down the road to St. Nicholas Collegiate Church, Galway. The church is empty now but that doesn’t matter. Jack and Cormac have gone home. Just pick a pew and settle in anyway. You have your iPod. You...


The Greening of Niagara Falls

In keeping with the newly minted St. Patrick’s Day tradition of the past two years, March 17 will see a variety of iconic landmarks around the world turn green. With St. Patrick’s day less than a month away, Tourism Ireland recently announced that the structures to go green this year will once again include Table Mountain in South Africa, the London Eye, Burj Al Arab in Dubai and,...