V.24 No.11 | 3/12/2015
Flash in the Pan
By Ari LeVaux
Forget the corned beef. Parsnips are the classic Irish dish.
V.23 No.12 | 3/20/2014
Photos by Alan Mitchell Photography
A Terrible State of Chaos
Laughter lands admidst tragedy at the Southwest Irish Theater Festival
By Christopher C. Guider
In Juno and the Paycock, great storytelling, social commentary and lyrical language elevate a seriocomic classic of Irish theater.
V.20 No.35 | 9/1/2011
Dark Irish comedy finds humor in murder, drugs, blackmail and hookers
By Devin D. O’Leary
The term “black comedy” has become a bit shopworn of late, covering a wide variety of films from mildly edgy dramedies to movies with a truly morbid sense of humor. So let’s try and expand the designation a bit and call The Guard a dark gray comedy. It’s a fitting label, as the film takes place in the dingy, cloud-covered environs of coastal Ireland. And you couldn’t mistake its sense of humor for the lighthearted, good-natured laughs of a Tom Hanks comedy. Put it on a shelf next to other self-mocking, hardscrabble Irish comedies like Neil Jordan’s movie The Butcher Boy or Martin McDonagh’s stage play The Lieutenant of Inishmore, however, and you’ll find a fitting kinship.
V.20 No.11 | 3/17/2011
Putting the “Fun” in Dysfunction
"Shameless" on Showtime
By Sam Adams
Who are the South Side Irish? They're a proud, tough-as-nails bunch. Generally speaking, they're also rowdy and know how to knock back more than just "a couple two-tree beers," as the vernacular goes in the Windy City. And they're notorious chiselers.
Adding to the area's lore are the Gallaghers—the foul-mouthed, hard-drinking clan on Showtime's "Shameless," possibly the most functionally dysfunctional family ever to grace prime-time TV.
V.20 No.4 | 1/27/2011
Adobe Theater’s The Playboy of the Western World
By Christie Chisholm
People get famous for all kinds of stupid reasons. Look no further than Snooki and Kim Kardashian for bewildering proof. It’s human nature, perhaps, to be fascinated by extremes, whether they come in the form of money, personality, emotion or action. This is the concept that fuels John Millington Synge’s The Playboy of the Western World.
V.19 No.14 | 4/8/2010
The Luck of the Irish
Mother Road’s The Beauty Queen of Leenane
By Erin Adair-Hodges
Ireland is a country of heartbreaking contrasts. Romanticized for its physical beauty and the humor of its people, it’s also marked by centuries of colonization and desperate poverty. In much of Irish literature, this seeming incongruity is expressed through characters who are both fiercely loyal to their home and who dream endlessly about leaving it.
V.19 No.10 |
DayBird - March 17th
By Geoffrey Anjou [ Wed Mar 17 2010 10:33 AM ]
180 – Marcus Aurelius dies leaving Commodus as the sole emperor of the Roman Empire. Just like in the movie.
461(?) – According to tradition, St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland, died in Saul, Downpatrick, Ireland. (b.387)
Born in Great Britain, to a well-to-do Christian family of Roman citizenship, Patrick was captured and enslaved at age 16 by Irish marauders. Wait, he wasn’t Irish? Wait, he was British? Hahhaha. Awesome.
According to the Confessio (which he wrote), back in his homeland- Britain, Patrick had dream, in which an some guy gave him a letter, entitled "The Voice of the Irish." As he read, Patrick seemed to hear the voices of Irishmen pleading him to return to their country. So, he went to the priesthood, and was ordained a Bishop, and set off for Ireland in 433. He began converting lots and lots of Irish and building churches. After 40 years of living in poverty, teaching, traveling and converting, Patrick died, 461 in Saul, where he had built his first church.
Do the Irish know their patron saint is British?
1756 – Saint Patrick's Day is celebrated in New York City for the first time (at the Crown and Thistle Tavern).
1845 – The rubber band is patented.
1969 – Golda Meir becomes the first female Prime Minister of Israel.
1973 - St Patrick Day marchers carry 14 coffins commemorating Bloody Sunday.
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