War Movies and Film Festivals

Philomena Connors reviews the great offerings from Irish cinema at NYC’s simultaneously running film festivals, Irish Film America’s and Lincoln Center’s annual fests.

The Long Wet Grass (Short Film)

The award winning flash fiction piece which then became  an award winning one act play The Long Wet Grass as part of The McGowan Trilogy (Produced by the cell, Directed by Kira Simring) is now a film. The NY premiere is Sunday Oct 1, 8 pm. with 5  other Irish shorts at the NYU Cantor […]

Muldoon’s Picnic Series at IAC is Superb – Do Not Miss

How it’s New York: Irish Arts Center. How it’s Irish: Irish born Paul Muldoon is a Pulitzer Prize winning poet and one of the most significant post World War 2 poets.  Irishman Martin Hayes is a renowned fiddle player from Ireland. Muldoon’s Picnic is a combination of music and the spoken word hosted by poet […]

Camille O’Sullivan is Superstar Material

Camille O’Sullivan, says Seamus Scanlon, is in a league of her own: “superstar material.”

The McGowan Trilogy as part of 1st Irish Festival

How it’s New York: Performed in New York as part of 1st Irish Fesitval How it’s Irish:  Trilogy of plays concerning a member of the IRA Séamus Scanlon’s notorious IRA man Victor McGowan is a despicable character.  That is one thing you will certainly take away from his trio of plays, The McGowan Trilogy, currently playing […]

Inside the Author’s Den at The Irish Festival, a Spring Lake Homecoming

John Kearns reports back on the Author’s Den, a literary event at the Irish Festival in Spring Lake!

“As Close As You’ll Ever Be” Is Too Close for Comfort

Seamus Scanlon’s short story collection, “As Close As You’ll Ever Be,” is too close for comfort.


Charles R. Hale talks to author/playwright Seamus Scanlon,author of “As Close As You’ll Ever Be” and a new play, “I Am Harm.”

Books: Irish American Writers & Artists’ “Salon at the Thalia Cafe 9/4/2012

Charles C. Hale at IAWA Salon  How It’s New York: This terrific salon hosted by the Irish American Writers and Artists has begun to be a NYC regular thing, and stay tuned for its first New Jersey outing on Thursday,  Sept. 27!How It’s Irish: It’s Irish-American, and participants often write about their heritage– and some […]

Theatre Review: Who Speaks for Ireland? Rebel voices have their say in “Blood” & “Dancing at Lunacy”

How It’s New York: The plays are written by a New York rock legend (Larry Kirwan) and a City College professor (Seamus Scanlon), it’s playing in a cool downtown NYC theatre space, and it’s getting the enough New York buzz to extend its run: through Mar. 29! How It’s Irish: It’s about rebellion, The Rising […]