April 3, 2013 |
In a graveyard in a divided city, love declares itself. A formula as old as "Romeo and Juliet" returns in Graham Reid's sentimental comedy "Remembrance. " Set in Belfast in Northern Ireland during the Troubles, "Remembrance" stages stark divisions in nearly every scene: Protestant and Catholic, father and son, mother and daughter. A romance between a Protestant man and a Catholic woman in their 60s, Bert (Mik Scriba) and Theresa (Diana Angelina), mildly unsettles the prejudice that only young love can upset the status quo. Their cautious dates in the graveyard where their dead sons lie buried also conveys the hope of some intimate solution to endless division.
March 5, 2013 |
Genealogy workshops and a research trip to the National Library of Ireland might sound more like work than play, but not if you trace your roots back to the Fitzgerald clan and have an interest in learning more about your Irish ancestry. Pennsylvania-based Friendly Planet Travel offers a nine-day trip this summer that highlights all things Fitzgerald. It stops at Dublin Castle , which was owned by the Fitzgerald family in the 12th century; the tower of Fitzgerald Castle in Kildare; and the Honey Fitz Theatre in Lough Gur, named for President Kennedy 's grandfather, whose singing earned him the nickname Honey Fitz.
March 2, 2013 |
I recommend a visit to the Nicholas Mosse Pottery shop, in a picturesque spot overlooking the River Nore, in Benettsbridge, County Kilkenny, Ireland. The handcrafted pottery is beautiful; the reduced-price tables sell more affordable plates, cups, pitchers, etc. It's fun to watch the pottery being made through the open display window, and we loved the cafe. It was one of our best meals in Ireland, wasn't expensive and had the best scones, jam and clotted cream. Nicholas Mosse; http://www.nicholasmosse.com , 011-353-56-7727505.
February 14, 2013 |
London bookmakers see a contest among Nigeria's Cardinal Francis Arinze, Marc Ouellet of Canada and Peter Kodwo Appiah Turkson of Ghana, each of whom would present a smiling face of Catholicism as the next pope. (Either of the Africans might also guide the church to a future in the developing world.) Liberals hope for someone like Christoph Schoenborn of Vienna, who seems open to sharing power with laypeople. Some longtime Vatican watchers say the Italians seek to reassert their control, in order to fix the management problems inside the bureaucracy.
February 7, 2013 |
LONDON - Ireland sealed a deal with the European Central Bank on Thursday to ease the crippling cost of its public bailout of failing banks, keeping the country on track to wean itself from international emergency loans. By overhauling repayment of the debts it incurred to rescue its banks, Ireland will be on track by the end of 2013 to be able to borrow money on the open market the way most other governments do. It was effectively shut out of those markets at the end of 2010, when the gaping hole ripped into its budget by the bank bailout forced Dublin to go cap in hand to its European partners and the International Monetary Fund.
February 5, 2013 |
The Irish government was enmeshed in a harsh system of laundries run by Catholic nuns, where women and girls worked behind locked doors without pay, according to a fact-finding report released Tuesday. More than 10,000 women labored in the infamous Magdalen laundries from 1922 to 1996, a government committee said in the lengthy report. Women and girls landed in the workhouses for a long list of reasons. Some were placed there by Irish courts, some by reform schools, some after being rejected by their foster parents, others after being abused or left homeless.