SUMMER/AUTUMN 2015 / VOL 15 ISSUE 2

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New Trail Showcases Natural Heritage Treasures of Lough Derg
A new trail showcasing the rich natural heritage of Lough Derg was developed in time for the 2015 summer season. Lough Derg (on the Shannon) Nature Trail is produced by the County Councils in Clare, Galway and Tipperary, and co-funded by The Heritage Council and Lakelands & Inland Waterways. [More]
 
 
Books 
Belfast Child:
An Interview with Featured Author Greg McVicker
By Kimberly Ellingson
In his book of personal reflections and poems, Through the Eyes of a Belfast Child, featured author Greg McVicker recounts his childhood in Northern Ireland during one of the darker times in Irish history. [More]


Waiting for My Star to Rise: 
How I Wrote A First Novel
By Elaine Cremin
Elaine Cremin is a native of Cork. She’s lived in London for the past 11 years as a personal assistant. It would be her dream to follow her fictional heroine, Aly Hughes, to New York. [More]


An Interview with Hazel Gaynor
by Paul Enea
Bestselling author Hazel Gaynor celebrates her Irishness despite hailing from Yorkshire, England. "I have lived in Ireland for the past fourteen years. My husband is Irish and our two sons were both born here, so I definitely consider myself to be adopted Irish by now!" she said, in a recent interview via email. [More]
 

Spooky Enough for You?
Jim Bartlett Shares the Secrets
Los Angeles - Gourmet Ghosts: A Guide to the Cities Haunted Bars and Restaurants-and Their Ghosts, Murders and Mysteries.Why did Jim Bartlett write this book? ...  [More]
 

Tales by Terry
Terrence James Coffman of Jefferson, Wis. has an extended career in education and the arts. He has been president of the Maryland College of Art and Design and the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design, as well as being artist-in-residence at several universities. [More] 


Letters from James T Farrell – An essay
By Steven G. Farrell
In my forty years as a writer I have communicated with numerous writers of all rankings and ratings, but the only one I can claim to have been a classic American novelist would be James T. Farrell, author of the Studs Lonigan Trilogy. Another writer I conversed with an Irish Pub was James Liddy, a professor at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and a famous Irish poet and memoirist. However, Liddy was Irish so I’ll save his story for later. Farrell, the author of over fifty books, is largely forgotten.[More]

 
Tales from The Donal 

Country Boy and City Bumpkin
By Donal Mahoney
Although I emigrated from Chicago to St. Louis, Missouri, a long time ago, I have never been anywhere near the small town of Ellsinore, Missouri, the birthplace of the late Albert Ray Morlen, barber extraordinaire. Al cut my hair in his St. Louis shop for at least 30 of the 47 years he did business there. [More]


Meeting Dad Again
by Donal Mahoney
My father, Joseph F. Mahoney, came from Ballyheigue, Co. Kerry, and was imprisoned by the British on Spike Island, circa 1920, at the age of 16 and expelled to America.[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]


Rare Artifacts Bring Limerick's Military Past To Life
Special to The Irish American Post
Never before seen artifacts are displayed as part of an exhibition entitled "Stand Up and Fight, Limerick’s Military History from the Wild Geese to Gallipoli." Archivists at the Limerick Museum and Archives said the exhibition, which was launched in April.[More]


Theatre in Ireland
By Michael Corrigan
In a generous review by Gerald Nicosia of my own work, he mentioned something startling about Irish literature that Irish writers dominated the 20th century in every genre: novels, plays, and poetry. Considering the English in the 19th century suppressed the Irish language except for areas like the Aran Islands, it is significant that there are so many great Irish writers in English. Unlike Caliban who learned a language only "to curse," the Irish evidently used it to conquer.[More]


Images of America: Irish Milwaukee
A photo survey of Milwaukee’s marvelous Gaels, past and present!
$20 at Milwaukee area bookstores, the Irish Cultural & Heritage Center, Gerry O’Brien’s European Meat Market and other fine outlets.
Or order directly from The Irish American Post..(Advertisement). [More]
 
 
Poets Corner
 
Joint Winners of Michael Hartnett Poetry Award announced
Special to The Irish American Post
Two of Ireland's new generation of Irish language poets have been announced as joint winners of the annual Michael Hartnett Poetry Award 2015. [More]


Meehan Receives O’Shaughnessy Award
Irish poet Paula Meehan has received 19th O’Shaughnessy Award for Poetry from the University of St. Thomas Center for Irish Studies in St. Paul, Minn. Meehan is current holder of the Ireland Chair of Poetry funded by the arts councils of both Ireland and Northern Ireland. [More]


Two Poems by Pat Barone

  • While Woodrow Wilson Danced
  • In the Kingdom of Sheep and Goats

 
Movies
  
Sullivan, Keane Chat Up ‘Personal Development"
By Martin Hintz
The Irish are at it again, hitting the cinema screen big time. One of the major selections of the 2015 Milwaukee Film Festival, Sept. 24-Oct. 8, is the showing of Personal Development, produced by Hot Drop Films’ Alan Keane, scripted by Muirinn Lane Kelly and directed by Tom Sullivan.[More]


Silkie Lore at Milwaukee Film Fest
Milwaukee’s Irish Cultural and Heritage Center is co-hosting noted Irish filmmaker Tomm Moore’s delightful Song of the Sea, a tale of fairy tale of silkies, sea creatures who become human, and children. [More]


For Film Fest Juror, Kara Mulrooney, ‘Shorter Is Better’
Milwaukeean Kara Mulrooney first got involved with the Milwaukee Film Festival as the assistant art director for the Collaborative Cinema film, The Waiting Room, directed by her now-husband Tate Bunker. "I credit Milwaukee Film with helping me get back into filmmaking, which is now both my profession and my passion," she said enthusiastically. [More]


Irish Movie News 
by James Bartlett
The red carpet has been rolled up, and the big winner at the Emmys was Northern Ireland-based epic drama "Game of Thrones," which won 12 Emmys including best drama series. [More]


Irish Basket Maker Keeping Tradition Alive
By Kimberly Ellingson
According to Vincent Mac Árainn, every basket has a story. Vincent has been making traditional Irish baskets professionally for 25 years, but his roots in basket making go back much further. He says he made his very first basket in 1969. "I was fishing at the time and we used to make our own lobster pots from willow. [More]


Irish Festians Reflect on 35 Years of Family, Fun
By Paul Enea
Despite a Friday night storm that briefly swept the grounds, this year’s 35th Milwaukee Irish Fest was as easygoing as the wind at Milwaukee’s the Henry Maier Festival Park on the shores of Lake Michigan, is renowned worldwide for promoting Celtic cheer and culture. [More]


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