SUMMER 2010 / VOL. 10 ISSUE 2
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Nobel Laureate Opens Queen's Landmark Library
One of Northern Ireland's newest landmark buildings - the £50million McClay Library at Queen's - was officially opened early in July by one of Queen's most famous alumni, Nobel prize-winning poet Seamus Heaney. Speaking ahead of the opening, Queen's Vice-Chancellor Prof. Peter Gregson said it was particularly appropriate for the red-letter event to take place during the University's Summer Graduations. [More]

Good, Better, Best for Irish Towns
By Hank Harbaugh
Only one week in Ireland. Should we: rent a car and do as much as we can of the predictable-kiss the Blarney Stone, buy some tea towels with shamrocks on them, pub-crawl? Sense prevailed. So my wife Ruth and I decided to select a big city, a medium town, and a small hamlet. [More]

Minnesota Irish Fair to Feature Great Big Sea, Sands and Young Dubliners
By Andrew Gregg
The Minnesota Irish Fair held each year on Harriet Island Regional Park in downtown St. Paul is the largest free Irish celebration in the upper Midwest. The event amassed over 100,000 visitors last year, according to the fair's website. [More]

Irish Fest Summer Schoolers Will Fiddle Around With the Best
By Andrew Gregg
Irish Fest is one of Milwaukee's major summer events, but did you know there was an Irish Fest Summer School? Granted, the term summer school isn't terribly appealing to most people. It may sound like a way to catch up or get ahead, but it usually means a lot of work. [More]

Writer Silverman Reflects on the Auld Sod
Special to The Irish American Post
Not to be overlooked are the contributions made to Irish tourism by J. Herbert Silverman, a journalist from New York State who has written hundreds of newspaper and magazines about the "real" Ireland. [More]

Adare Manor Pastry Chef Offers Afternoon Tea with a Modern Twist
Special to The Irish American Post
Afternoon tea is making a comeback. This quintessentially English tradition, which can be traced back to the 19th century had fallen out of favor over the years as a stodgy Old-World tradition, and is now enjoying a renewed popularity in Ireland. [More]

400 Years Of Wicklow Songs And Music
By Mattie Lennon
County Wicklow inspired John Millington Synge, gave refuge to freedom fighters, welcomed lovers to it's hills and valleys and continues to provide tranquility, peace and relaxation for its many visitors. (Advertisement) [More]

Beer by Any Name Is Irish Grand
By Andrew Gregg
When you feel the urge to visit a good Irish pub, you don't have to
waste a lot of time trying to find one. In February, 2010, the
Strangford Lough Brewing Company (SLBC) of Killyleagh launched a website where hearty drinkers can find more than 2,700 Irish bars and retailers of Strangford Lough's traditional Irish ales. [More]

Dorgan Receives O’Shaughnessy Award
Irish poet Theo Dorgan of Dublin received the 14th annual Lawrence O'Shaughnessy Award for Poetry from the University of St. Thomas Center for Irish Studies. Dorgan read from his work on April 23 in the John Roach Center for the Liberal Arts on St. Thomas’ St. Paul campus. [More]

Champion Hodges Is Best At Fiddling Around
By Andrew Gregg
Celtic music can be both very lively and poignant. It is precisely these qualities that 19 -year-old Alabama musical artist Dillon Hodges enjoys. "The main reasons I was drawn to it," said Hodges, "are the modes and the darkness around it. The minor chord progression and the time signature." [More]

The Bow-Wow Shop
Michael Glover is a London-based poet and critic who writes regularly on literature and the visual arts for the Independent, the Financial Times, The Economist, and The Times of London. He is a London correspondent for ArtNews, New York, and the chief poetry critic of The Tablet. [More]

Images of America: Irish Milwaukee
A photo survey of Milwaukee’s marvelous Gaels, past and present!
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Fitzpatrick's Castle Hotel Launches Exhibit of Celtic Mysticism Art
The 18th century Fitzpatrick's Castle Hotel, Killiney, Dublin, has just installed a collection of 33 original paintings by renowned Dublin artist, Ray Carroll, an avid student of Irish Celtic mysticism. The works were placed early in July. [More]

Movie Seals The Deal Through Selkies
By Mike Neville
Irish folklore is celebrated for its colorful populations of fairies, leprechauns, giants, brownies and even bogies. But selkies (also known as silkies or selchies) till lately had a lower profile in the old tales handed down from "the time before time." Parts of the selkie tale have turned up in the movies "Waking Ned Devine," "The Secret of Roan Inish," and, most recently, "Ondine.". [More]

Young Dancer Accomplish Much As Career Blossoms
By Morgan Ostling
"Footwork is the key," said Maggie Nowakowski, 10-year old Mequon native, and 6-year active member of the Trinity Academy of Irish Dance. Dedication, resilience, and a great attitude have enabled young Maggie to accomplish more in her few years than any other solo Irish Dancer in Wisconsin. [More]

The Best in Summer’s Irish Music
By Brian Witt.



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