As soon as you have recovered from the shock of Leonardo DiCaprio’s Oscar win on Sunday night, you can start preparing your posts for The Begorrathon. Reading Ireland Month begins on Monday, February 29th. Take a leap with us. Bookmark the link above to post your Irish-themed stories. The link goes live at 9:00 am […]Read more
Another old Diasporational post, this one about Irish-American journalist Floyd Gibbons and the sinking of the Laconia off the Irish coast in 1917.Read more "“I have serious doubts whether this is a real story.”"
Blog Awards Ireland 2014 will be announcing its shortlist next week. I am pleased to have been nominated in the Diaspora category. I thought I would repost one of my earliest ‘Diasporational’ pieces from last year, about William Bourke Cockran, the Sligoman who became a powerful politcal figure in New York, and who gave a young […]Read more "The Irishman Who Taught Churchill Oratory"
By Niall McArdle Look at me! I made the Long List for Blog Awards Ireland 2014! You probably remember me begging asking nicely if you cared to nominate the blog in the Diaspora category. The Long List of Diaspora Blogs is here. source: irish dairy board The Diaspora category is sponsored by The Irish Dairy Board. This is […]Read more "Proper Milk and the Irish Diaspora"
This is a reposting of a piece I wrote about James Rorke, originally published at World Irish. Click here to read it.Read more "The Story of Rorke’s Drift: The Irishman and the Zulus"
How would Americans feel if non-Americans wanted to celebrate the 4th of July by drinking a cocktail called a Mass Shooting Spree?Read more "Google Game Gobshite"
James Gandolfini, actor Richard Briers, actor Ed Lauter, actor Richie Havens, musicianRead more "2013 In Memoriam"
Galwey’s account is a fascinating glimpse of a typical civil war soldier’s life, its privations, its tedium, its terror.Read more "Diasporational Part Sixteen : “Captain Brevet”, the Fenian who fought at Gettysburg"
By Niall McArdle Like her contemporary, Una O’Connor, Sara Allgood came to films by way of the Abbey. Indeed, their careers ran on similar paths and intersected several times. They both worked for Alfred Hitchcock in Britain and they were both favourites of John Ford. They both parlayed their Irishness into success. O’Connor, bone-thin and […]Read more "Diasporational Part Fifteen: Sara Allgood"
She had a nice line in busybodies: spinsters, gossips and maids (often Irish). She was described as having “the stare of a detective, the voice of an air raid siren, and the body of a scarecrow.” In an age when there was an awful lot of stage-Irishness in Hollywood films (Abby’s Irish Rose, Mother Machree), it must have grated on her ears to hear so many Oirish brogues.Read more "Diasporational Part Fourteen: Una O’Connor, Lovable Screamer!"