Let me begin with a warning – I saw this show in a preview, and so there might have been changes, additions, subtractions before the show opened. I don’t think there is much room for a change in what is a very tightly and cleanly performed production, but one never knows.
As the name suggests,…Continue
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Ten years! My how the time has flown, it seems like that was just a few months ago.
It all started quite unexpectedly. In autumn of 2005, I was approached by friends who…Continue
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I happened upon Ireland's Raptor Research Centre after visiting the monument…Continue
Review By Kieron C. Punch / Associate Editor (First published in 2011)
There is something…Continue
Do not go gentle into that good night.
Rage, rage against the dying of the light. – Dylan Thomas
County Sligo (from the Irish Sligeach, meaning "a shelly place") has a long history. First that can be recalled is the existence of middens along the coastline by Balisodare Bay (noted as the place that inspired William Butler Yeats's poem 'Down by the Sally Gardens' where he heard an old woman sing the opening lines).
The Culleenamore Middens are part of the earliest…Continue
Memorial Day, originally titled Decoration Day, has a somewhat murky origin. But what is clear is that on May 30, 1868, 146 years ago today, 5,000 gathered at Arlington National Cemetery to commemorate the 20,000 fallen warriors buried there, with the help of remarks by General and future President James…Continue
Robert Morrison (1782-1863) was born in County Antrim of unknown parents and plied a linen weaver's trade until he emigrated to the United States in 1801. He married and was a pioneer in Adams County, Ohio, a captain in the War of 1812 commanding a company of dragoons, a state…Continue
As a child, "The Great Escape" was one film that never failed to entertain me. Aside from a stellar cast that included Steve McQueen, Richard Attenborough (above), Charles Bronson, James Garner and a host of others, the story was compelling and also happened to be true.
I was asked to write a review on the latest offering by Larry Kirwan, "A History of Irish Music." As a scholar of Celtic music, I looked forward to reading his take on Irish music. I will say that what I expected to read and what I read, whilst they meshed on some…Continue
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The man who changed the face of Ireland, County Laois's most famous son, William Dargan, was born near Killeshin, on Feb. 28th, 1799. He worked for some time as an apprentice to the pioneering Scottish engineer, Thomas Telford, and helped construct the London-Holyhead road across…Continue
Constance Markievicz was born in 1868 at Buckingham Gate London, the eldest daughter of Sir Henry Gore-Booth, 5th Baronet and Arctic explorer, and Lady Gore–Booth (nee Hill). As an Anglo-Irish landlord and philanthropist, her father was not typical of his type…Continue
On our trip to County Waterford that we won back in 2013, my husband Bill and I decided to take some extra days and trek northwest while in Ireland, to see the Knock Cathedral in County Mayo. After passing through Waterford we headed up through Tipperary and Offaly before heading into the beautiful Counties of Galway and Mayo, which of course are part of the Wild West of…Continue
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On the east side are the ruins of Woodhill, the house to which Sarah Curran fled after the execution of her lover, Robert Emmet in 1803. Nearby is the ruin of Dundanion Castle from…Continue
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You may not think the words in the headline above belong in the same sentence nor that they have any particular Irish resonance, but history throws up some intriguing links sometimes. This one caught my eye a while back, but I think now is a fitting time to share…Continue
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In 2011 my wife, Lindy, and I spent two weeks in Donegal, staying in a cottage near Killybegs. One of our most enjoyable days during that two weeks included a boat trip to see the cliffs at…Continue
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Tipperary native among the earliest heroes of the FDNY…
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