March 16, 2015 |
The hundreds of people crawling Center City bars this weekend in green shirts and shamrock hats probably had no idea there was a real Irish dignitary in their midst - Deputy Prime Minister Joan Burton. Burton, who is also the leader of the Labour Party and the Minister for Social Protection, is on a whirlwind St. Patrick's weekend tour of Philadelphia, Boston and Pittsburgh to promote continued economic ties between the United States and Ireland. On Saturday afternoon, she addressed about 200 leaders of the local Irish community at a reception in Center City.
February 23, 2015 |
DUBLIN, Ireland - In town for a few days, and not looking for roots or relatives, I'm here for the whiskey and beer. I am, however, accompanied by an intellectually curious and well-bred woman who is my wife, along with our college-age kids. And while she's a pretty good sport, having indulged most of my bad habits for more than 20 years, asking her to spend her only time in Dublin holed up in saloons is a bit much. So to make the trip work, I had to steel up and at least try to generate a healthy interest in museums, churches, and the like.
January 19, 2015 |
After years of putting off our trip to the Old Sod, my wife and I agreed that I would do all of the driving on our Ireland visit, while she would do all of the navigating - and all of the laughing at my driving. Which tells you that, in Ireland, we would rent a car. No tour bus for us; our agenda would be our own. Anywhere, any time, just get in and go. I was, however, forewarned by veteran travelers of a difference that must be experienced to be appreciated. It is the reason for my wife's laughter.
December 16, 2014 |
If you're looking for a holiday gift for that special runner in your life - especially a runner who may be struggling with training or not sure what to do next - take a look at the Believe Training Journal , a project from professional runners Lauren Fleshman, who has been an NCAA and USA Championship winner, and Roisin McGettigan-Dumas, who ran for Ireland in the 2008 Olympics and is a sports psychology consultant. Believe is a heavy volume, more than 230 pages wrapped in a rubber cover.
December 16, 2014 |
At their Garnet Valley home, Jordan Ireland is the typical big sister to Maddie. She's the responsible one, the one in charge, the more controlling of the two. Separated by just 17 months and one grade, Maddie, 16, jokingly calls Jordan, 18, "mom. " When the two guards for the Garnet Valley girls' basketball team are on the court, however, things are a little bit different. On the floor for the Jaguars (3-0), Maddie is the one Jordan listens to, the one who grabs the bull by the horns, the sister who has ideas on what the team should do next.
October 10, 2014 |
Thursday is a great day for the Irish - on Philadelphia stages, that is - as the decade-young Inis Nua Theatre Company and two-year-old Irish Heritage Theatre present the next chapters in their catalogs of Celtic-inflected plays with the openings of, respectively, Ciphers by Dawn King and A Night With Lady G , three one-act comedies by Lady Augusta Gregory. What unites these companies is their dedication to plays that emanate from or relate to the British Isles - Ireland, obviously, in the case of Irish Heritage Theatre, and, for Inis Nua, England, Scotland, and Wales, as well.
September 4, 2014 |
STATE COLLEGE - Jet lag is common for those who travel long distances. Roughly a 7-hour flight from Dublin to Pennsylvania? Yeah, that normally will put someone in a groggy, out-of-sync feeling for 24 hours or so. But the Energizer Bunny himself, James Franklin, said he and his coaching staff don't feel the effects of jet lag. In fact, they don't even use terms like "jet lag" or "tired. " "We don't use those words," Franklin said yesterday at his weekly news conference with a solemn look before changing moods.
August 29, 2014 |
DUBLIN - James Franklin hasn't seen too much of Ireland. At least, not yet. Franklin and the Nittany Lions arrived in Ireland early yesterday morning, but didn't visit Temple Bar or Dublin Castle. They did have dinner last night at the Guinness Storehouse, a top Dublin attraction. The first-year coach, ahead of his inaugural game at Penn State - a clash with Central Florida on Saturday at Dublin's Croke Park - has made it known that this is a business trip. And so far, that's what it has been for the Lions.
August 22, 2014 |
PHILLY'S own Maria Walsh took home the title yesterday in the Rose of Tralee, an international competition based in Kerry, Ireland, celebrating Irish culture. Walsh, a studio manager at Anthropologie, is the first Philly girl to win. Walsh is full of Philly spirit. She told the Independent about her win: "I'm not the only short-haired, tattooed or even long-haired, tattooed woman out there, and I'm looking forward to rolling up my sleeves and just seeing what happens. " Walsh, who was born in Boston and moved back to Ireland when she was 7 before returning to the U.S., wasn't even the front-runner.
August 6, 2014 |
FRIENDS OF RECENT college grads Pat Connaghan and Jess Koci are most likely green with envy. Connaghan, who played basketball at University of the Sciences, and Koci, who played at La Salle, are among 13 international athletes headed to Ireland this month thanks to Victory Scholarships they received through the Sport Changes Life Foundation. They will spend a year mentoring at-risk youth while playing ball and attending graduate business classes at the Institute of Technology in Carlow, about 50 miles south of Dublin.