Posts Tagged ‘Youth’

True Grit – Sandy Fails to Derail the Xavier Knights’ Run for Glory

All they wanted was a chance for ten more days of football. Just before the end of the season, a quarter of the players and one of the coaches on the Xavier High School Knights had been forced from their homes when Superstorm Sandy slammed into the East Coast. But when the displaced kids votedRead more..

Inspiring Cork Teen Addresses the UN

The United Nations’ International Telecommunication Union’s conference, entitled “Girls in Technology,” had a special guest speaker on Thursday, April 26. Joanne O’Riordan, a 16-year-old from Millstreet, Co. Cork, addressed some of the world’s leading women in technology with a keynote speech about how technology has enhanced her life. Joanne is the first person with aRead more..

Irish Teens Giving Back

On April 9, Pramerica Systems Ireland, Prudential Financial’s Irish branch, honored gold medal recipients Molly Gilmartin and Bonnie Shortall for their outstanding youth volunteer work at the sixth annual Pramerica Spirit of Community Awards in Derry. The two girls received engraved gold medals, €1000 for charities of their choice and all-expenses-paid trips to the U.S.Read more..

Roma Downey’s Little Angels

The Derry-born star of Touched by an Angel tells Molly Ferns about her new faith-based children’s series Little Angels. Upon first hearing about Roma Downey’s new children’s series, Little Angels, some might guess that her breakout role as Monica in Touched by an Angel (1994-2003), a show that promoted Christian values, is what led RomaRead more..

Irish Hand Dancing by Former Riverdance Duo

We’ve got to hand it to Suzanne Cleary and Peter Harding, they know how to take Irish dance to new and unexpected places. The pair, world-class Irish dancers who toured with Riverdance and Magic of the Dance, coined their unique, irreverent and totally cool style of hand dancing in 2008 and have since enjoyed greatRead more..

The Reality of Irish Dance

It is hard to overstate the way Irish step dancing has exploded onto the scene in mainstream media. The once-niche sport will be the topic of a new show to air on TLC called Irish Dancing Tweens. TLC, formerly The Learning Channel, has begun production on a documentary series which will follow several competitive IrishRead more..

Paige Turilli

Paige Turilli, a fourteen-year-old Freshman at Pearl River High School in Pearl River, NY is the girls under 15 current World Champion of the all-Ireland finals in Irish-step dancing – and has been first in her age group for the past two years. Turilli studies at the Innisfree School of Irish Dancing. In an interviewRead more..

A Diary for the Tweople, By the Tweople

The two Irishmen behind Diary of the Tweople There’s no denying the wonderfully wide (and sometimes weird) reach of Twitter – from messages from Tahrir Square during the Arab Spring, to live tweets of the Republican presidential debates, to to-the-minute updates concerning Kim Kardashian’s whereabouts. Since the social networking phenomenon was founded in 2006, itRead more..

The Jig is Up!

A new documentary dubbed as “Spellbound meets Mad Hot Ballroom, with a touch of Riverdance” As an Irish American who had a very culturally rich childhood, I may be something of an anomaly in that I never once tried Irish step dancing. I never raised a foot to a jig or a reel, never donnedRead more..

Irish Dance Nationals

A look at the 2011 North American Irish Dance Competition in Nashville, Tennessee On the July 4th weekend, the Gaylord Opryland Convention Center in Nashville, just a stone’s throw from the Grand Ole Opry, was descended upon by a mad rush of curly wigs, spray tans, accordions and fiddles. The North American Dance Competition ranRead more..