Arts & Leisure

Imbolg is time to count blessings Imbolg is time to count blessings
On Feb.1, Imbolg rings in the spring season in Ireland and other Celtic lands. It is the time of new birth when lambs are born and the first flower...
Dublin transformed Dublin transformed
Geographer Joseph Brady observed once that some of his fellow Dubliners seemed to know more about their city in medieval times than the present or ...
A Festival of Remembrance A Festival of Remembrance
As all that is well must end well, so too does the 14th annual Origin’s 1st Irish Festival, which concluded on Monday with reflections of hope and ...
Remembering Police Officer Gilroy, 49 years on Remembering Police Officer Gilroy, 49 years on
The law enforcement community will turn out again today in their thousands to honor fallen hero Wilbert Mora, who was tragically gunned down in Har...
Worth Repeating: Incredible, Edible Eggs Worth Repeating: Incredible, Edible Eggs
When all else fails, I turn to eggs for a quick supper. While a tart, quiche or frittata might not work that well for a big family or for one with ...
New York's Mayor Walker: Charming and Corrupt New York's Mayor Walker: Charming and Corrupt
Jimmy Walker epitomized Jazz Age New York. Charming and beloved, but also embodying all that was wrong with Tammany Hall politicians, Walker was fo...
McDonald built NYC's 1st subway McDonald built NYC's 1st subway
Like many other Famine refugees, John McDonald’s rise from poverty to great wealth and fame seems more like a fairy tale than an authentic biograph...
Piping follow-up is Fiddle's equal Piping follow-up is Fiddle's equal
I love it when an album like this comes my way. This week, I’ve been listening to – and relishing, really – “Taisce Luachmhar (Valuable Treasure): ...
A phony Tenement controversy A phony Tenement controversy
As reported in last week’s issue, Kia Corthron will tonight discuss her new novel, “Moon and the Mars,” at the Irish Arts Center. The book is descr...
Streamed plays focusing on place Streamed plays focusing on place
The recordings of stories can be heard humming over the ocean this week, as two Irish theatre companies present their new plays from sea to shining...
Oatmeal: Part II Oatmeal: Part II
To celebrate National Oatmeal Month, grab a box of your favorite Irish brand — Flahavan’s and McCann’s are two that are widely available in U.S. su...
Album to thrill lovers of ‘pure drop’ Album to thrill lovers of ‘pure drop’
Folks interested in Irish music history should have the Ward Irish Music Archives more fully on their radar. Founded in Milwaukee, Wis., in 1992, “...