Tara’s Reign

Declan O’Kelly talks to Miss USA Tara Conner and finds there is a steely resolve and inner grace to this Southern beauty Tara Conner remembers being a boisterous girl who enjoyed the outdoor life, playing sports with her brother Josh and getting into all sorts of devilment. One day her mother told her she looked really pretty in a dress, so Tara decided to enter the 1998 Russell County Fair,...


Dancing at Lacrosseroads

A look at the impressive development of the sport of lacrosse in ireland, normally known for Gaelic games, soccer and rugby It was not so startling to see the vivid green Ireland uniforms at the World Lacrosse Championships in London, Ontario, as it was to see the result, a sixth-place finish in just two years of life for the Irish Lacrosse Foundation. How did this unstructured toddler go from an...


News From Ireland

Taxi drivers in Ireland are targeting the Ryder Cup in their efforts to secure a fare rate hike from regulator Ger Deering. The three main taxi unions voted in favor of going on strike during the international golf tournament which will take place from September 22-24. As the venue in Straffan, Co. Kildare is not accessible by public transport, the cabbies feel they can use it as a pressure point...


Irish Eye on Hollywood

Two of Hollywood’s most promising young Irish actors, Cillian Murphy and Jonathan Rhys-Meyers, remain very busy. And coming up the show biz ladder not far behind them is Kerry Condon, a Tipperary-born actress who will be featured in a big-budget HBO mini-series in January. But the biggest Irish movie news early this fall surely is the opening of The Departed, Martin Scorsese’s Irish-American...

Bernardo O'Higgins

O’Higgins the Liberator Returns to the People

Chile’s redheaded revolutionary, the man who would become known as “The Father of the Nation” was born on August 20, 1778, to Ambrose Bernard O’Higgins, an Irish engineer from County Sligo who eventually became Governor of Chile and Viceroy of Peru, and Isabel Riquelme, a Chilean Creole woman who was not his wife. Not openly recognized by his father, Bernardo was brought up by foster...