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Ten Things I Learned From Hitch-hiking Around Ireland

Ruairí McKiernan | Posted 03.14.2014 | Travel
Ruairí McKiernan

During July 2013 I hitch-hiked around Ireland, recording people's voices and visions for the country, on what I called the 'hitching for hope' listeni...

Irish Charities Need Our Support More Than Ever

Ruairí McKiernan | Posted 03.09.2014 | Impact
Ruairí McKiernan

Irish charities are entering 2014 in the midst of an unprecedented crisis. According to Fundraising Ireland, donations to charities were down 40 percent over the Christmas period.

Celtic Priest Divines Legends in Landscape of Aran Island

Meg Pier | Posted 03.08.2014 | Travel
Meg Pier

Dara Molloy is a Celtic priest who lives on the Aran Island of Inis Mor, off Galway and the West Coast of Ireland. He gave me an introduction to the area's history of rich Celtic spiritual traditions.

They Say It's Your Birthday -- But It's Not

Megan Smolenyak | Posted 03.02.2014 | Weird News
Megan Smolenyak

Annie Moore with her brothers Anthony (l) and Philip (r) at Ellis Island A hundred and twenty-two years ago, on Jan. 1, 1892, Ellis Island opened...

"Breakfast at Zezima's"

Jerry Zezima | Posted 02.25.2014 | Comedy
Jerry Zezima

By Jerry Zezima Beer: It's not just for breakfast anymore. But the greatest beverage in the history of mankind, which guys often use to hook up with ...

Lost in Dublin (VIDEO)

Kate Thomas | Posted 02.02.2014 | Travel
Kate Thomas

Because I only had a very brief amount of time in the Irish capital, I decided to try something new -- ambush total strangers and see if someone might be my local guide.

Movie Review: Philomena

Marshall Fine | Posted 01.23.2014 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Her name is Philomena Lee and, as played by Judi Dench in what should be an Oscar-nominated performance, she's a deceptively ordinary older woman with a mission.

Kevin Barry. Read Him.

Anne Margaret Daniel | Posted 01.23.2014 | Books
Anne Margaret Daniel

Two books positively straining at their bindings are in your local bookstore right now; pick them up, and you'll be glad you did.

Hashtag These Guys Did It Better

The Huffington Post | Sarah Barness | Posted 10.03.2013 | Comedy

You might have seen Jimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake's 'Hashtag' sketch, but did you know that Irish comedy group, Foil Arms and Hog, did it first? ...

Irish Deputy Prime Minister Jumps Into the Tweetstream

John Lee | Posted 12.02.2013 | Media
John Lee

Give credit to political leaders who agree to sit down for a live Twitter chat and face the untamed, wildly divergent questions and commentary coming ...

John O'Hara and F. Scott Fitzgerald

Anne Margaret Daniel | Posted 11.16.2013 | Books
Anne Margaret Daniel

O'Hara's admiration for Fitzgerald's first novel This Side of Paradise is well documented -- he fell in love with the book, that's how he put it. It's not surprising to find Fitzgerald the author he had to copy, and try to surmount.

This Totally Makes 'Wrecking Ball' Watchable

The Huffington Post | Sarah Barness | Posted 09.13.2013 | Comedy

Two Irish guys watched "Wrecking Ball." Then, we watched two Irish guys watching "Wrecking Ball," critiquing 'Wrecking Ball,' laughing at "Wrecking Ba...

Live from Toronto International Film Festival: Tuesday, Sept. 10

Marshall Fine | Posted 11.11.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

With Enough Said, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, one of TV's funniest women ever, has finally been given a perfect film vehicle.

Ireland Back on Global Innovation Index Leader Board

John Lee | Posted 09.01.2013 | World
John Lee

In another example of punching above its weight, Ireland has retained a "Top Ten" ranking on the Global Innovation Index 2013, a survey of 142 countries just released by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) and Cornell University.

The Numbers on Her Arm

John J. Healey | Posted 08.03.2013 | Books
John J. Healey

In our building there lived two women with numbers tattooed onto the underside of their forearms. I remember being with her in the elevator on a number of occasions staring at the numbers on her arm, and her noticing and smiling at me.

The Experience I Wouldn't Have Gotten Through Without My Mom

Aisling Carroll | Posted 07.10.2013 | Women
Aisling Carroll

Instead of coaching athletes, she has spent the last several years coaching me as I've strived to get better, first from ovarian cancer at the age of 32, then from the autonomic nerve damage the life-saving chemo caused.

HBO's Family Tree First of Four Genealogy Series to Air in U.S.

Megan Smolenyak | Posted 07.02.2013 | TV
Megan Smolenyak

Though there's been a bit of a vacuum in genealogical programming in the U.S. over the last year or so, that's happily about to change. First up is Christopher Guest and Jim Piddock's mockumentary series, Family Tree.

No Shortage of Ways to Be Linkedin to Ireland and the Irish Worldwide

John Lee | Posted 05.22.2013 | Media
John Lee

Linkedin is big in Ireland and a vital connection point for entrepreneurs, people with arcane specialities, tech-sector types, ex-pats, Diaspora Irish, people wanting to do business in Ireland, and Irish wanting to do business abroad.

Family Tree Mockumentary Series Coming to HBO & BBC

Megan Smolenyak | Posted 05.19.2013 | Entertainment
Megan Smolenyak

You know you've arrived when you've been mocked by Christopher Guest. Guest, who has a gift for putting peculiar subcultures under a microscope, has set his sights on genealogy with Family Tree, a series coming to HBO and BBC2 shortly.

WATCH: Beer-Free St. Patrick's Day Doesn't End Well

Posted 03.17.2013 | Comedy

New episodes of "The Simpsons" can be hit-and-miss, but we love this clip from 2008's "Sex, Pies and Idiot Scrapes," where Mayor Quimby declares an al...

Ireland St. Patrick's Day 2013: Gathering to Help an Economy for a Brilliant Time

Charles Karel Bouley | Posted 05.17.2013 | Travel
Charles Karel Bouley

Ireland is the place to be for St. Patrick's Day; all other celebrations pale by comparison. While this may be an American holiday, the Irish have adapted it just brilliantly and have made it one of the most fun times a human can have without combusting.


Posted 03.17.2013 | Comedy

Happy St. Patrick's Day! While we highly encourage our readers to celebrate everything Irish on this day, we hope you don't turn out like any of these...

10 (American) Irish Pubs Worth Visiting

Posted 03.16.2013 | Travel

St. Patrick's Day is a celebration of many things -- Irish heritage, shamrocks, the ministrations of a 5th-century priest -- but in modern American cu...

A Map Of Irish America

Jed Kolko | Posted 05.16.2013 | Travel
Jed Kolko

There are more than five times as many Americans with at least partial Irish ancestry as there are people who live in Ireland.

5 Reasons To Love Irish Men

Aisling Carroll | Posted 05.15.2013 | Women
Aisling Carroll

I have just been hit by the "Irish charm cannons," as my brother coined them. Here are five other reasons to love Irish men: