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Theater / By Orla O’Sullivan  “The Weir” * By Conor McPherson * Starring Dan Butler, Billy Carter, Sean Gormley, John Keating and Tessa Klein * Directed by Ciarán O’Reilly * Set Design, Charlie Corcoran* at The Irish Repertory Theatre, 132 W. 22nd St. NYC * Playing Wed. through Sunday to July 7 * Tickets through...

Irish Language / By Elaine Ní Bhraonáin This is the first time I have written in almost a year. The reason being that I needed to focus on getting my PhD finished once and for all. Thankfully it’s almost done. Many things, both good and bad, happened to me over the past year. I lost my Nana Rose on June 17 last year....

© Museum of the City of New York [Click on image to view]. By Peter McDermott Bridget Cagney’s mother read to her every night when she was a small child. “Then when I learnt to read books and newspapers, and you had to learn quickly in those days, it was the greatest joy of my childhood,” said the Queens resident...

Theatre / By Orla O’Sullivan “These Halcyon Days” * By Deirdre Kinahan * Starring Anita Reeves and Stephen Brennan * Directed by David Horan * at the Irish Arts Center, 553 W. 51st St, NY, NY * Playing Wednesdays through Sundays to June 2  * Tickets available online at www.irishartscenter.org or by calling...

By Peter McDermott In most conversations he has with casual acquaintances or strangers, Paul Finnegan asks the same question: “Do you know someone who might benefit from going to the New York Irish Center?” It’s part of his own personal outreach for the organization he heads up in Long Island City in Queens. The...

 Irish graduates value social-work experience with Chicago seniors  By Peter McDermott CHICAGO–A decade ago, Sheila McMackin took on a cultural exchange student who would add a new string to the bow of Wellspring Personal Care. The reverberations are still being felt 4,000 miles away. “We hired him as a...

By Orla O’Sullivan   “Who’s Your Daddy?” * By and starring Johnny O’Callaghan * Directed by Tom Ormeny at the Irish Repertory Theatre, 132 W. 22nd St. NYC * Playing Wednesday through Sundays through May 12 (with a possibility of an extension) * Tickets through 212-727-2737 or www.irishrep.org. The story of a gay man...

 By Orla O’Sullivan Freud said the Irish were “one race of people for whom psychoanalysis is of no use whatsoever.” Nonetheless, Irish-American Alison Fraser is drawn to analysis. In the upcoming play “Love Therapy” the Tony-nominated actress plays an Irish woman whose path collides with a young therapist, while in...

By Frieda Klotz Overcrowded workhouses, soup kitchens that closed when they were needed most, a neglectful British administration and a population decimated by illness and starvation. More than 150 years after the Irish famine, the Great Hunger of 1845-52 remains one of the most far reaching and tragic events in...

Between the Lines / By Peter McDermott In an article last week, the New York Times referred to a team named “Sunderland United.” That to a soccer fan grates as much as the “Yankee White Sox” would to a devotee of baseball. Maybe the writer thought he was as likely to be right as wrong. In fact, there are only three...