Archives for May 2011

Pen, Paper and Palate at Half King: A Night to Remember

How It’s New York:  at one of the city’s best pubs, with three Irish-American and two Irish writers.  And one of the conclusions of the panel, led by Colum McCann, was that only in America was there such a range of different ethnicities in writing so thoroughly embraced.  Ruda Dauphin is a native– and she’s […]

Michelle Woods Reviews Edna O’Brien’s Saints and Sinners

Why It’s New York: Edna O’Brien appeared this week as part of the Selected Shorts series at Symphony Space as part of New York Book Week. Literary New Yorker Colum McCann  read, along with Cynthia Nixon and Eilin O’Dea.  Edna O’Brien will also read at McNally Jackson on Monday (Memorial Day) with Gabriel Byrne! Why […]

New York Irish Arts Podcast May 24!


Podcast: Play in new window | Download The Quiet Man Revisited exhibit at MoMA runs through June 3rd, here is some of the discussion after the film with Gabriel Byrne.  Patrick Fitzgerald discusses playing Conn the Shaughraun at Irish Rep; Michelle Woods reviews Edna O’Brien’s Saints and Sinners (O’Brien is at Symphony Space Wednesday), and […]

Ivan and the Dogs: Dog’s Humanity to People

How It’s New York:   Since its founding in 2002, Origin Theatre Company has presented 40  premieres of European plays.  Kevin Melendez, who stars, has gotten raves for his performances in musical theatre in the area (Star-Ledger critic Peter Filichia raved about his performance in Sweeney Todd in 2010).How It’s Irish:  Origin Theatre Company was founded […]

Mike Farragher on Brendan O’Shea

How It’s New York:  Tenement.  Just the word conjures up the Lower East Side, and O’Shea lives in NY now.How It’s Irish:  O’Shea is Irish, from Killarney in Co. Kerry.  And his singer-songwriter style comes right out of Irish folk. Mike talks about Brendan O’Shea on this week’s podcast!  Here is an excerpt from his […]

Revisiting THE QUIET MAN at MoMA: tonight through June 3rd.

How It’s New York:  MoMA is one of New York’s gems, a real cultural institution.  An exhibit like this could happen elsewhere, but it hasn’t.  Gabriel Byrne, Ireland’s Cultural Ambassador, is Honorary Chair of the Irish Arts Center.  He curated the event.   How It’s Irish:  It’s The Quiet Man.  It’s the film they show every […]

Mike Farragher pumps for The Stand

How It’s New York:  Mike had his revelation about the injustice of the world at Asbury park, and the band has fans on both sides of the ocean.How It’s Irish:  The band are from Dublin. <p><p><p><a href=””>Full Circle by STAND</a></p></p></p>  I Can’t STAND It!Why isn’t the band Stand bigger?I caught yet another breathtaking show at […]

Welcome Mike Farragher!

Mike Farragher, author of This is Your Brain on Shamrocks, and columnist for The Irish Voice, is joining us as our latest blogger.  Woo hoo!  We’re delighted to have him– his “handle” at right is the title of his book.  Mike will write about music, and join us monthly on the podcast for “Mike’s Mailbag,” […]

Mike Farragher reviews Brett Dennen’s new one, Loverboy

How It’s New York:  He’s popular here, and is playing tonight (5/19) at Webster Hall!  Check his full tour schedule here. How It’s Irish:  He’s Irish-American.  If you like Damien Rice, you’re going to like him too.  He gets a lot of Irish radio airplay!  So– your Irish pals will be listening to him.  And […]

Talking to Bob Geldof on what the Neighbors Think

Mike Farragher was on our podcast for the week of May 4, and Michelle Woods reviewed his collection of humorous essays too.  From time to time MIke will be sharing some of those essays for us here as well as new pieces.  This one we particularly love as it conveys a lot of the essence […]

New York Irish arts Podcast May 16


Podcast: Play in new window | Download Charles Kergaravat talks about the music of Brittany, gearing up for St. Yves Week and Fez Nost at Connolly’s on the 20th.  Underlying music by Startijenn, ‘N DIAZ KHB, Degemer.  Tribeca Film Festival Interviews:  Director/Screenwriter John Michael McDonagah talks about The Guard, starring Brendan Gleeson and Don Cheadle […]

Origin Theatre Company’s Makes Mondays in May Dramatic

How It’s New York:  Origin Theatre Company, run by George C. Heslin, produces the 1st Irish Festival every year in NYC– the first festival of Irish theatre in America.  I wrote about its 2008 debut for the New York Times.  The series exists in partnership with NYU’s Glucksman Ireland House.  George was also Irish Examiner […]

Congratulations to Joanie and the late Joe Madden

How It’s New York: Joe Madden was a beloved Irish musician in New York and Ireland and a major figure in the dance scene, as well as in the Catskills.  Joanie told me there were over 3000 people at his wake, and 25 musicians onstage. How It’s Irish:  Joe left East Galway for the states […]

Brittany in New York: St. Yves Week!

How It’s New York:  It’s happening here, and there are, according to Charles Kergaravat of BZH-New York (who is on this week’s podcast) over 50,000 Bretons here.  In addition to the music fest at Conolly’s on the 21st, (flyer below), there is also a concert on Wednesday, May 18, which blends Indian sounds from locally […]