Posts Tagged ‘Irish Culture’

First Word: The Things They Carried

“The Irish carry their culture around with them like snails with their houses on their backs.” – Denis Clarke ℘℘℘ Let me start with an apology. I’m sorry if some of your favorites are not on this list. I’m sorry that some of my own favorites are not on this list. Indeed, there are oneRead more..

Re-Imagining Ireland Conference

Frank McCourt, Roddy Doyle, Mick Moloney and Irish America publisher Niall O’Dowd will be among the Irish writers, artists, and historians to converge in Charlottesville, Virginia in May for a three-day gathering entitled “Re-Imagining Ireland”. Described as a “town meeting” on the state of Ireland, organizers say the conference will explore Ireland as a modern,Read more..

Hibernia: A Twist
on Tradition

The familiar swirls and knots of Celtic design are under renovation – American style. “American Celtic – Beyond the Ninth Wave” brings the Celtic art of 21st-century American artists to several cities across the U.S., including Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, Milwaukee, Lexington (K.Y.), and New York. The recent resurgence in interest in all thingsRead more..

Hibernia: Cape Breton Festival Builds on Tradition

Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, is once again preparing for its annual world-class Celtic entertainment and cultural extravaganza this October. Over the past four years, the Celtic Colours International Festival has established a reputation as one of the foremost Celtic music events in the world. This year’s performers include Tommy Makem, Sean McGuire, the Barra MacNeils,Read more..

Anjelica Huston

Renaissance Woman

Oscar-winning actress Anjelica Huston is perhaps most memorable to the Irish for her role as Gretta Conroy in her father John’s film of the James Joyce short story “The Dead.” Here she recalls time her family spent in County Wicklow before moving to St. Clerans in Galway. ℘℘℘ I have very early memories of thatRead more..

Lust for Lust

A bawdy romance from the author of Angela’s Ashes. ℘℘℘ When he awoke that morning Mordecai O’Callaghan found himself in such a desperate state of tumescence he immediately thought of Nora Moynihan down the road. Nora Moynihan, down the road, awakening at the same time, found herself in such a desperate state of lubriciousness sheRead more..

Book Reviews

The latest Irish books. ℘℘℘ Non-Fiction Often it’s easy to think that the only real Irish cities in America are New York, Chicago, and Boston. But as author Pat O’Neill shows in the vibrant and revealing From the Bottom Up: The Story of the Irish in Kansas City, great Irish stories can be found allRead more..

Music: Rockin’ 15

The musicians who made being Irish “cool.” ℘℘℘ The year was 1985. At roughly about the same time that U2’s Bono was stage-diving into the massive crowd gathered for Live Aid, the charity concert organized by former Boomtown Rat Bob Geldof to help eradicate world hunger, the first issue of Irish America was being preppedRead more..

Hibernia: B.C. Appoints New Director of Irish Studies

Boston College has named Marquette University Dean and History Professor Dr. Thomas E. Hachey to be its first executive director of Irish programs. Hachey will be responsible for B.C.’s Irish Studies program, Irish Institute, and Irish initiatives of the John J. Burns Library. Hachey has edited or authored seven books on Irish and European history,Read more..

Smithsonian’s Irish Tour

Music legend Mick Moloney will lead an 11-day bus tour of western Ireland being offered through the Smithsonian Institution this September. Ennis, Galway, Clifden, and Westport are among the destinations of this cultural tour, which will include concerts, lectures, poetry readings, castle tours and visits to a step dancing school as well as cultural centers.Read more..