Arts & Leisure

Joseph O’Neill. By Irish Echo Staff Award-winning novelist Joseph O’Neill returns to the Irish Arts Center to read from his latest novel “The Dog” on Wednesday, Dec. 2, at 7:30 p.m. Afterwards, Kevin Holohan, author of a critically acclaimed first novel “The Brothers’ Lot,” will join O’Neill for a conversation about...

Elaine Feeney.   Page Turner / Edited by Peter McDermott The actress Fionnula Flanagan has described one of Elaine Feeney’s poems as a “brilliant, sly window into the Irish female Catholic experience” and in the same breath compared her approach to that of Dean Swift, who, of course, was neither female nor Catholic....

Maeve Higgins on stage at the Irish Arts Center. By Sean Devlin I was pretty nervous walking into the Irish Arts Center Tuesday night. I had spent a few minutes walking around the block, pacing in the cold, trying to collect my thoughts on what to say. Maeve Higgins seemed so lovely during our emails back and forth...

By Daniel Neely A couple summers ago I was visiting Kerry and spent some time near Dingle where I was fortunate to catch Seamus Begley with Donogh Hennessy performing at the Siopa Ceoil in town. The shop puts on great little shows several times a week, and Begley and Hennesy, just one of several different acts that...

By Colleen Taylor Superstar musician Hozier has been giving the Irish a reputation for heart and soul worldwide. His top-of-the-charts global hit “Take Me to Church” was one of America and Britain’s most played tracks a couple months ago, pushing Ireland toward a reputation for hip, doleful beats. But Hozier isn’t the...

By Aaron Vallely Pieta House, Ireland’s leading non-profit organization that prevents suicide and self-harm with its free therapy service, had its first public meeting in the Bronx, on Friday. Joan Freeman, founder and CEO of Pieta House Inc., gave a presentation in Gaelic Park and answered questions from members of...

Orla Brady.   By Karen Butler Irish actress Orla Brady says she is thrilled to star in the new futuristic, martial-arts drama “Into the Badlands” because it is so unlike the projects that usually come her way. “I’m finding it amazing that it is not a genre I know; that we’re not all wandering around with clipboards in...

George Bernard Shaw.   By Peter McDermott “A grave injury has been done to Ireland’s reputation in the field of folk music.” So began a book review in the Nov. 19, 1927, issue of the Irish Statesman. It was penned by Dónal O’Sullivan, clerk of the Senate and former secretary of the Irish Folk Song Society. Historian...

Marni Rice. PHOTOS BY TOM MAHON, KATHLEEN WALSH D’ARCY Salon Diary / By Karen Daly Musician/writer/ singer Marni Rice graciously hosted the early November IAW&A Salon at Bar Thalia that was a rich brew of story, song, humor and poetry. As that sage Tom Mahon says, “Even when it gets serious, it’s still fun”. Fresh from...

By Daniel Neely In 2004, fiddle champion Oisín Mac Diarmada released his solo debut “Ar an bhFidil,” a lovely album which pictures himon its back cover dressed in a track suit, playing away on a weather-worn bench with a bit of an old scowl on his face. It was an interesting juxtaposition: although the music’s rooted...