Arts & Leisure

A rear view of York Minster’s West Towers, York, England.   In this extract from his memoir-in-progress about growing up in County Laois, novelist Tom Phelan reflects on the impact that “beautiful and stupendous” church buildings have had through the centuries on people living in rural areas. The war was blamed for many...

David O’Leary’s debut CD includes Elvis’s “Falling in Love” and his personal favorite “Black is the Color.”   By Colleen Taylor Irish America has recently experienced an Irish tenor revival. Since the original Irish Tenors first wowed American audiences back in the 1990s, many Irish and Irish-American classical singers have...

Michael Connelly. PHOTO BY MARK DELONG   Book Review / By Peter McDermott “It’s been called a bunch of suburbs in search of a city and it’s been called the glamour capital of the world,” said the narrator about Los Angeles in the introduction to the 1948 noir thriller “He Walked By Night.” A police procedural, it...

  Belinda McKeon is co-founder of the PoetryFest, which is held annually at the Irish Arts Center. PHOTO: AENGUS WOODS   By Orla O’Sullivan When PoetryFest was packed in the wake of Superstorm Sandy, co-founder Belinda McKeon, knew the event was here to stay. “That was when it was clear we had turned a corner and that...

By Daniel Neely There aren’t many albums these days containing music that sounds like a warm turf fire feels. This, however, is precisely what Ronan Browne (pipes & flute) and Peter O’Loughlin’s (fiddle & flute) new album “The Legacy” delivers. Containing 24 tracks of the greatest sort of traditional music, the music on...

Fiach Moriarty’s “The Revolution” is a stand-out album on a number of levels.   By Colleen Taylor For centuries, Irish history has given rise to good music, and in turn, history has scrutinized music as a substructure for its progress. Singer-songwriter Fiach Moriarty, however, has turned the musical lens back on the...

Kathleen Gillespie, center left, and Anne Walker, center right, at the Irish Consulate reception for the group from Derry’s Playhouse that visited New York this month. PHOTO: PETER MCDERMOTT   By Sean Devlin On Tuesday, Oct. 19, a captive crowd at the New York Irish Center in Long Island City, Queens. The audience was...

President Nixon released edited transcripts of the White House tapes on April 29, 1974. PHOTO: NATIONAL ARCHIVES AND RECORDS ADMINISTRATION   Between the Lines / By Peter McDermott In the last week of July 1974, Congressman Jerome Waldie (D-Calif.) said: “Common sense tells you that a president of the United States...

Joseph Goodrich.   Page Turner / Edited by Peter McDermott   The dramatist and mystery writer Joseph Goodrich has described himself as a “Minnesota native who’s delighted to find himself in New York City.” His latest work, however, is concerned with Los Angeles. “South of Sunset” is a collection of nine plays, most of...

Pat Kinevane in “Underneath” at the Irish Arts Center.   By Orla O’Sullivan The opening of Pat Kinevane’s latest solo show, “Underneath,” is thrilling. In fact, “Thriller,” Michael Jackson’s influential, zombie music-video plus the show’s appropriateness around Halloween were among the associations that flashed through...