David McCullough, author and historian, was awarded the American Ireland Fund Award at a reception in March at Heinz Field, Pittsburgh. Mr. McCullough is a native of Pittsburgh.
Apr 8th, 2014 by admin
Brendan Behan’s uncle Peadar Kearney was the author of the Irish national anthem.
New Jersey rock star Bruce Springsteen is descended from Ann Garrity of Mullingar his great-great grandmother who came to the US in 1852. His paternal lineage is made up of many generations of Irish men and women. The surname comes from Anthony Springsteen who married into an Irish family.
John Hume is the only person to have received all three of the great peace prizes, the Nobel, Martin Luther King and the Gandhi.
It was when Synge was writing in Paris with little success that W.B Yeats told him to go to the Aran Islands and “live as if you were one of the people themselves; express a life that has never found expression.” He did so and wrote his classic ‘The Aran Islands’ which he could not find a publisher for until several years later. His most famous and controversial play, ‘The Playboy of the Western World’ premiered in 1907 and it was then that ‘The Aran Islands’ was published. He died two years later of Hodgkin’s disease.
Chicago born film maker Robert Flaherty made ‘Man of Aran’ in 1931 creating a portrait of island life.
Quaiches were ancient two handled vessels used to celebrate the bond between two clans each partaking of the offered drink.
Patrick Kavanagh was one of Ireland’s most gifted poets. There is a museum in his hometown of Iniskeen, Co Monaghan, which celebrates his work.
Irish is a Celtic language which comes from Old Irish. The Celtic languages are believed to have come from Common Celtic which came from Indo-European itself. Scholars believe that Irish was spoken over 2,500 yrs. ago. There were other languages spoken before Irish, but by 500 A.D. it was spoken all over the island and was spreading to Scotland, the west coast of Britain and the Isle of Man.