Arts

Luke Kelly in 1967.   On Friday night, the New York Irish Center, Long Island City, will present “The Performer,” which has rare, largely unseen performance footage of folk legend Luke Kelly (1940-1984). The event will have tea, coffee, popcorn and a discount bar. (Doors, bar open at 7.30 p.m.; showtime 8.15 p.m.) As a...

Maura Mulligan at the head of the table with some of the Nollaig na mBan participants.     By Maura Mulligan There was a time when women of Ireland worked side by side in the fields with their men. This, in addition to doing all the housework, and raising children made life tiresome. On this one day of the year, Jan....

Nuala Kennedy.   By Daniel Neely Back in 2012 my wife and I were having a pint at Connolly’s Bar in Kinvara and who walks in but Nuala Kennedy with her now-husband, the brilliant old-time singer A.J. Roach. It was great to see her and what a happy coincidence it was that fortune opened up and delivered a bit of craic...

Kodaline. PHOTO: JOSH SHINNER   By Colleen Taylor In 2012, Kodaline very quickly became one of Ireland’s most successful 21st century international bands. The Irish rock band’s single “All I Want”—which remains their most played track worldwide—instantly became a favorite of BBC Radio. Subsequently, popular television...

Rodney Edwards.     Page Turner / Edited by Peter McDermott Rodney Edwards is a busy man. He works for the Impartial Reporter in Enniskillen and in that capacity was named Northern Ireland Weekly Journalist of the Year in 2013, and then, in 2014, the Press Gazette voted him the 10th most influential UK journalist on...

By Seamus Beirne  “To Hell or Connaught,” Oliver Cromwell’s infamous threat against the native Irish in the 17th century, sent an unmistakable warning: “Leave your ancestral lands, or die.” In short order, the Irish were herded west across the Shannon River to the province of Connaught, where the English assumed the land...

By Daniel Neely In 2012, I met Gráinne Holland, a fabulous singer from Belfast, at a Tourism Ireland function in Manhattan. She had recently released her debut “Teanga na nGael,” an Irish-language album that took a fresh and contemporary approach. Critics from all around (myself included) listened and responded this...

SOAK, AKA Bridie Monds-Watson.   By Colleen Taylor Every year on the brink of the New Year, I like to review my favorite albums of the past year. These are my top five 2015 picks that, if you haven’t checked out yet, I’d urge you do before we ring in 2016. SOAK, “Before We Forgot How to Dream” SOAK has become a...

Sarah Street’s “The Last Rose of Summer” begins in Bantry, Co. Cork.   By Sean Devlin On a rainy Monday night at Manhattan’s Irish Arts Center, Irish playwright and actress Sarah Street treated a captive crowd to the very first reading of her new play, “The Last Rose of Summer.” Street’s first foray into the playwriting...

Patricia Scanlan.     Page Turner / Edited by Peter McDermott   A recent Irish Independent reviewer explained why, in her view, Patricia Scanlan has spent so much time over the past 25 years at the top of the bestsellers’ lists: “There’s something wonderfully enjoyable about Scanlan’s books, which somehow manage to be...