Arts

Saoirse Ronan as Eilis Lacey in “Brooklyn.”   By Lisa Redmond The film “Brooklyn” tells the story of a young Irish girl, Eilis Lacey, who leaves behind the limited opportunities of small town Enniscorthy for a better life in New York City. When tragedy strikes at home, she is forced to return and finds herself torn...

Deirdre Kinahan. PHOTO: BARRY CRONIN   By Orla O’Sullivan Amid much discussion lately about how few female playwrights get their work produced, Deirdre Kinahan returns to the Irish Arts Centre for the third time with a new play. “Wild Sky,” commissioned in Ireland to commemorate 1916, plays this week only in the...

Gaelic Storm   By Colleen Taylor Gaelic Storm is able to churn out upbeat, witty albums like some kind of whimsical Irish cotton mill. I admit I’m indulging my own whimsy with that simile: their latest album on the market is entitled “Matching Sweaters,” a name whose logic I can’t quite understand but when it comes to...

Some of the exhibiting artists attending the opening. Photo courtesy IACI.   By Irish Echo Staff The Bourn Vincent Gallery at the University of Limerick is playing host to an exhibition celebrating the O’Malley Art Award, offered for the first time in 1989, and now celebrating its twenty first award. The exhibition was...

By Áine Ní Shionnaigh In 1800 the Acts of Union united the Kingdom of Great Britain and the Kingdom of Ireland, abolishing the Irish Parliament. Ireland and its people had already suffered for centuries from British influence. These Acts of Union simply sealed their fate. For the following one hundred years, the Irish...

FullSet’s latest album is “Notes Between the Lines.”   By Daniel Neely It is the week after St. Patrick’s Day.  I hope everyone reading out there had a salubrious and rewarding day of it and that in the meantime you’ve found yourself a moment or two to decompress! First off, congratulations to We Banjo Three, who last...

Mick Moloney. PHOTO COURTNEY KING/EMERALD       By Colleen Taylor This week, Dublin will commemorate the centenary of the Easter Rising. Naturally, music is going to play an important role in the day’s events. In fact, it seems like nearly every band in Ireland will be there, so that every genre, every generation will...

Weldon House postcard from the 1940s.   Ads in the Brooklyn Eagle.   By Pat Fenton The smells, and music and memories of places we remember are who we are. Sometimes it’s all we have left. The Beatles knew that. So did Thomas Wolf, and Pete Hamill, and Van Morrison when he wrote the haunting lyrics to “On Hyndford...

Seán Farren, left, and John Hume talking to the media a few days before the signing of the Good Friday Agreement in 1998. ROLLING NEWS.IE   Page Turner / Edited by Peter McDermott    “When the Good Friday Agreement was signed in 1998, it was one of the happiest days of my Presidency,” writes Bill Clinton in the foreword...

Lucy McDiarmid.   PHOTO: XANTHE ELBRICK In 2015, the Irish Echo asked Lucy McDiarmid about her book “Poets and the Peacock Dinner: the literary history of a meal”   (Oxford University Press). And a few years before that, we talked with her about “The Irish Art of Controversy.” Now the Marie Frazee-Baldassarre Professor...