January 16, 1991 |
In the opening of The Field, an aging farmer gathers seaweed on the rugged beaches of western Ireland and uses it to give life to a small plot of land that has become his obsession. It is the dead who lie beneath this earth who haunt and ultimately destroy the living. In his final masterwork, The Dead, John Huston made the definitive movie about the way intimations of mortality and the weight of memory lie as heavily on the Irish soul as a November fog on the Liffey River. Jim Sheridan, in his first film since the international triumph of My Left Foot, turns from physical handicap to mental anguish in The Field.
February 16, 1995 |
A soccer game between England and Ireland in Dublin was called off 28 minutes into the first half yesterday after English fans began tearing up wooden seats and throwing them at fans below them after Ireland scored a goal. More than 40 fans were arrested and 20 people were hospitalized, one of them for a fractured skull. The incident at Lansdowne Road stadium, in England's first road game in 15 months, could affect whether England will be allowed to host next year's European Championship, as scheduled.
September 16, 1986 |
Chip Greenberg did not start for the Wildwood Aces this summer, even though Lefty Ervin, his coach at La Salle, was coaching the United States Basketball League team. "Othell Wilson (of the University of Virginia) and Stewart Granger (of Villanova) were our starting guards," Greenberg said. "After a while, Geoff Arnold (of St. Joseph's) and I started playing more. But I told Lefty he shouldn't worry, that I could handle sitting. " Greenberg, who averaged nine points a game for the Aces, will not be sitting around this fall.
June 17, 1991 |
Hollywood star Julia Roberts, whose marriage to actor Kiefer Sutherland was set for Friday, flew to Ireland over the weekend to get away from it all. "I am here for a quiet break and I don't really want too many people to know about it," the star of Pretty Woman told reporters. "I need a rest. I am sick," said 23-year-old Roberts, who looked pale and drawn. The bash of a wedding was called off early last week. Gossipteers have been yapping that Sutherland was allegedly having an affair with a stripper.
June 19, 2012 |
VATICAN CITY - Pope Benedict XVI told Irish Catholics on Sunday it was a mystery why priests and other church officials abused children entrusted in their care, undermining faith in the church "in an appalling way. " By describing the decades of child abuse in Catholic parishes, schools and church-run institutions and parishes in Ireland as a "mystery," the pontiff could further anger rank-and-file faithful in Ireland. Benedict commented on the scandals of sexual abuse and cover-ups by church hierarchy in a prerecorded video message for an outdoor Mass attended by 75,000 Catholics, many from overseas, in Ireland's largest sports stadium.
March 15, 2013 |
Irish celebrity chef Clodagh McKenna has fond memories of celebrating St. Patrick's Day while she was growing up in County Cork. "We would be looking forward to it for weeks," she said in a phone interview from Dublin. "In school, we would be studying the history of Ireland, making Irish flags, then on the day before, we would make brooches with fresh shamrocks, blessed by the priest, and tied with a white ribbon," she said. On St. Patrick's Day, she and her sisters would put on their best dresses for Mass with the family.
November 29, 2012
Sean Owen O'Neill Jr., the Chester County man who absconded after violating the terms of his parole on a DUI charge, has fled to Ireland, county authorities said Wednesday. O'Neill served jail time this year after crashing his vehicle into a house in 2011 while intoxicated. In 2006, he shot and killed his best friend at an underage drinking party, was tried as a juvenile, and was sentenced to a residential treatment program. After serving a short prison term on the DUI offense, he was required to wear a SCRAM alcohol monitor, but officials lost contact with him this month after he tested positive for alcohol and drugs, a violation of his parole.
June 7, 2011 |
GENEVA - A United Nations panel has urged Ireland to investigate allegations that for decades women and girls sent to work in Catholic laundries were tortured. The panel said the government failed in its obligation to oversee the nun-run laundries "where it is alleged that physical, emotional abuses and other ill-treatment were committed. " It has asked for compensation for the victims. Human rights groups say young women were abused after being sent to the so-called Magdalene Laundries, a network of 10 workhouses that operated in Ireland from the 1920s to the mid-1990s.
January 14, 1990 |
Intel Corp. debated for a long time whether to build a factory in Europe. Each year, the California maker of computer chips put its fanciful notion on hold. Until last year, that is. Swayed by the $750 million annual harvest it reaped in Europe, as well as by the approaching breakdown of trade barriers between European nations in 1992, the company decided it should wait no longer to establish a European operation to manufacture computers and computer chips. After narrowing the site choices to a half-dozen nations, the company bypassed its largest European markets - West Germany, France and England - and instead chose Ireland, a bit player in the huge European computer market.