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 the letters had never been opened. Now, the 125 letters are the subject of an...

Eamon Morrissey, writer and performer of Maeve’s House. Directed by Gerard Stembridge. Photography by Ros Kavanagh.

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 recently extended for five more performances), and is a must-see for anyone...

Dr. Wilhelm Doegen, courtesy of Humboldt Universitat zu Berlin

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 in native Irish speaking. Doegen had a life long interest in linguistic and...


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 the reeds are full of bird song,” the narrator says. “It’s a wonderful, happy...

The Echoes of Erin Tour is now in the U.S.

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 many present and past All-Ireland champions, launched Echoes of Erin before...