Arts & Leisure

Crowley follows up 2015 book with 2-set disc of songs Crowley follows up 2015 book with 2-set disc of songs
A couple weeks ago, I was in Cobh, Co. Cork sitting in the kitchen of Jimmy Crowley, looking out on the harbor and having an old catch up with the ...
Celebrate Grandparents’ Day, Part 2 Celebrate Grandparents’ Day, Part 2
Tea Bread and Sweets A proper afternoon tea is just that – proper! Dainty finger sandwiches, delicate pastries and perfectly crafted scones are pre...
Blending Frontier fact and fiction Blending Frontier fact and fiction
"Eoin Ua Cathail was a fabulist and a memoirist who wrote stories in Irish about the American West and Midwest. He was a master of detail and chron...
Evidence withheld  in sensational trial in the Old Bailey Evidence withheld in sensational trial in the Old Bailey
When Donegal man Patrick O’Donnell said a final goodbye to his wife Maggie in Philadelphia in May 1883 little could he have thought that within a v...
Burren’s O’Connell offers ‘fireside view’ Burren’s O’Connell offers ‘fireside view’
This week I’ve got something new and quite interesting to discuss: “I Remember It All,” the forthcoming audiobook from Oliver O’Connell. Exploring ...
Naíscoil na Seolta's  immram: all aboard! Naíscoil na Seolta's immram: all aboard!
The Old Irish word “imramm” comes to mind with regard to Linda Ervine and her endeavors with the Irish language. Meaning “voyage”, it is used today...
Concertinas taking center stage Concertinas taking center stage
This week things are coming up concertinas! Many of this column’s readers – especially those down in the Mid-Atlantic states – likely got to know c...
Celebrate Grandparents’ Day,  Sept. 12, with a Proper Tea, Part 1 Celebrate Grandparents’ Day,  Sept. 12, with a Proper Tea, Part 1
Sandwiches and Scones A proper afternoon tea is just that – proper! Dainty finger sandwiches, delicate pastries and perfectly crafted scones are pr...
Slowing down is key to success Slowing down is key to success
Like many young professionals here in the U.S. and in Ireland, Tom O’Leary could not enjoy the weekend because he was exhausted. A father of two yo...
Backward glance at beloved city Backward glance at beloved city
Lynda Tonery remembers the tunnel. “We went, one by one, down a very dark staircase,” she says, “The tunnel itself was narrow. Also it wasn’t very ...
Fresh perspective on brave people Fresh perspective on brave people
In a recent essay in the Irish Echo, Cian T. McMahon wrote, “Troubled by the sight of asylum seekers taking their chances in unsafe boats upon the ...
 Cohan back on screen Cohan back on screen
The most famous screen portrayal of George M. Cohan is perhaps that from James Cagney in the 1942 movie “Yankee Doodle Dandy.” But, Jon Peterson’s ...