May 23, 2011 |
President Obama arrived here Monday to begin a weeklong visit to Europe, trying to forge a common way forward with allies facing two wars, a Middle East in turmoil, and economies still struggling to recover from the 2008 collapse. But before he gets down to the hard stuff, Obama will indulge in a bit of the Irish-roots politics so beloved by American presidents who trace their ancestry back to this island of emigrants. Shortly after arriving Monday morning, Obama visited Irish President Mary McAleese's residence, where he planted an oak tree -- not far from a sequoia planted by John F. Kennedy in 1963.
May 12, 2010 |
The ancient Irish believed a poet could kill with his satire. There's a memory of that belief in Roddy Doyle's deeply engaging comedic novels in which the poetry of everyday urban Irish speech is used to deal fatal blows against injustice and hurtful illusion. In his Barrytown Trilogy — "The Commitments," "The Snapper" and "The Van" — chronicling events in the life of the fictional Rabbitte clan, Doyle's brilliantly realized dialogue was hurled hilariously against the wall of social indifference with which contemporary Dubliners had surrounded the working-class neighborhoods and suburbs of their city's north side, where he has lived and taught for many years.
January 1, 2009 |
Irish American dance master Michael Flatley is back on stage after years of suffering from a "mystery virus," thanks to a treatment by an Irish "energy healer," Irish media quoted Flatley as saying Wednesday. Flatley, born in the United States in 1958 of Irish heritage, rose to fame as a member of the "Riverdance" troupe that helped propel Irish dancing into the global spotlight and later opened his own "Lord of the Dance" show. He was taken to a hospital in London in 2006 with a virus that forced him to cancel the European tour of his "Celtic Tiger" show, a dramatization of Ireland's history.
October 3, 2007 |
Anne Enright is part of a remarkable generation of Irish writers who have helped transform their country's literature as surely as globalization has transformed their nation's economy. In some ways, the process has been remarkably similar -- an enthusiasm for and immersion in foreign influence carried home to make Ireland's insularity no more than a geographic fact, at last.
September 3, 2006 |
WHEN veteran Irish stage and film actor Fionnula Flanagan met with producers and writers of Showtime's "Brotherhood" to discuss her portrayal of the Irish-born working class matriarch of the show, Rose Caffee, one of the first questions she asked the producers was, "What does she do for sex?" "Everybody went, 'Whoa! Rose has affairs?' " Flanagan recalled, a smile lighting up her bright blue eyes. "Just because I was the matriarch. I said, 'Get over it!'
June 12, 2004
How in the world does Major League Soccer allow Chivas USA to articulate a hiring philosophy that blatantly states: "We're going to look around and try to recruit mostly Mexican American or Hispanic players." I realize their fan base is Latin, and they are free to hire any player they want to. However, to come out and flaunt this discrimination is ugly. Maybe this type of racism goes in Mexico, but it sure doesn't go here. How well would it be received if a pro sports team in the U.S. said it was going to look around and recruit Caucasian or say Irish American players?