Arts

By Daniel Neely The Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann in Ennis this year was absolutely amazing.  It’s only just ended as I write, but I’m still getting over it – the music was stunning, the people more than welcoming, and the crack massive.  A simply magical event. It was enormous, as well, especially considering Ennis’s...

Annalisa Chamberlin performing at the IAW&A salon on Aug. 16. PHOTOS BY CAT DWYER   By Karen Daly We tried not to mention the recent heat wave but we do want to thank the terrific presenters and appreciative audience who came to the mid-August IAW&A Salon at the Cell on a steamy New York night. They were rewarded with a...

John Duddy on stage at the Irish Repertory Theatre with Georgina McKevitt in the 2013 production of Laoisa Sexton’s “For Love.” PHOTO BY TREVOR MURPHY   By Jay Mwamba Six years removed from his last fight, John Duddy returns to the ring this week before audiences of potentially millions. In his major motion picture...

Gina Costigan.   By Peter McDermott Actress Gina Costigan admits that she approached her move to America in recent times with some trepidation. But the Dubliner, who has acted on screen with globally-known stars like Ciarán Hinds and Cate Blanchett, took to the New York scene with ease. Costigan will next be on stage...

Gina Costigan gave a sensitive performance in the evening’s centerpiece “and in my heart.”   By Karen Daly On Monday, Aug. 1, the women of Nollaig na mBan New York marked the Celtic festival of Lughnasa with a performance to raise awareness and funds for its adopted charity, the Dwelling Place of New York. The Nollaig na...

TV and singing star Cathy Maguire.   By Sean Devlin Cathy Maguire is no stranger to new opportunities. In possession of a career decorated with accomplishments, including television appearances and multiple album releases, she has rubbed elbows with some of the best talent the country music industry has to offer. With...

  Between the Lines / By Peter McDermott   There were to be many black-bordered pages in U.S. newspapers on Friday, Nov. 22, 1963, and for days afterwards. As if by way of premonition, President John F. Kennedy saw the first of them over coffee in his Fort Worth hotel room on the last morning of his life. It darkened...

Robert Zawadski, left, and Patrick O’Kane in “Quietly.” PHOTO BY JAMES HIGGINS   By Orla O’Sullivan Contrary to its name, “Quietly,” just opened at the Irish Repertory Theatre, is like a tightly packed explosive. The audience knows it is certain to detonate from the moment a man walks into a bar. No laughing here....

By Daniel Neely On July 22, Irish music lost one of its greats.  Joe Derrane was born in Boston on March 16, 1930.  The product of a musical household, he took an early interest in music.  When his undeniable talent began to emerge more fully, the young musician was sent to the great accordionist Jerry O’Brien and...

  PETEER | DREAMSTIME.COM   By Margaret M. Johnson We’re already halfway through Northern Ireland’s “Year of Food and Drink” but it’s not too late to visit! Throughout the year, restaurants, hotels, producers, and markets are showcasing the best of Northern Ireland produce and celebrating the people and passion that...