June 12, 2012 |
DUBLIN - An international conference celebrating Roman Catholicism opened Sunday in Ireland against a backdrop of anger over child abuse cover-ups and evidence of declining faith in core church beliefs. About 12,000 Catholics, many from overseas, gathered for an open-air Mass in a half-full Dublin stadium at the start of the Eucharistic Congress, a weeklong event organized by the Vatican every four years in a different part of the world. The global gathering, begun in the 19th century and last held in Quebec in 2008, highlights the Catholic Church's belief in transubstantiation, the idea that bread and wine transforms during Mass into the actual body and blood of Jesus Christ.
May 28, 2012 |
DUBLIN - Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny made a nationally televised appeal Sunday to voters to support the European Union's fiscal treaty in a referendum this week, warning that rejection would send the signal that Ireland was not serious about tackling its deficits and was no longer a secure member of the euro currency. Kenny said a "yes" verdict in Thursday's referendum was essential to ensure that Ireland could tap EU bailout funds in 2013, if necessary. Ireland's current EU-International Monetary Fund loans are due to run out by the end of next year, and the treaty specifies that only ratified members could access future EU loans.
May 11, 2012 |
Enda Walsh's The Walworth Farce is a perfect example of Marx's observation that "history repeats itself, first as tragedy, then as farce. " Inis Nua Theatre Company presents this very Irish, very theatrical play about families and violence and the endless acting out of the past at Off-Broad Street Theatre. Tom Reing directs and J. Alex Cordaro choreographs the fights, of which there are many. Two grown sons and their father live in a dilapidated 15th-floor walkup apartment on Walworth Road in London.
May 8, 2012 |
The Irish Heritage Theatre, a new company, is introducing itself to the city with Brian Friel's Philadelphia, Here I Come! The play speaks to the Irish heritage of the city, about a young man who decides to leave his small town in Ireland to immigrate to Philadelphia. It's a story of excitement and fear that must have been repeated thousands and thousands of times all over Ireland. Friel is the Big Daddy of 20th-century Irish drama, and 1964's Philadelphia was his first success.
May 6, 2012 |
In the early 1980s, when John "Whitey" Sullivan was in charge, Father Judge kicked off its football season with a two-hour drive to Wildwood, N.J., and a clash at Maxwell Field, just blocks from the beach, against St. John Neumann. Since the Beach Bowl days, the Crusaders mostly have stayed close to home in Week 1, usually playing a suburban foe such as Neshaminy or Council Rock North. Now, Judge, setting the season-opening bar for future years at an incredibly high level, will take a 7 1/2-hour flight across the Atlantic Ocean and play in Ireland.
April 6, 2012
"Banjo" Barney McKenna, 72, the last original member of the Irish folk band the Dubliners, died Thursday while having a morning cup of tea with a friend. He had just marked his 50th year with the troupe. Irish classical guitarist Michael Howard, who was with Mr. McKenna when he died, said he was talking with his longtime friend at his kitchen table, when "all of a sudden Barney's head dropped down to his chest. It looked as if he'd nodded off. " Howard said paramedics over the phone talked him through emergency revival procedures, but Mr. McKenna "was pretty much gone.
March 5, 2012 |
DUBLIN - Somewhere in Ireland, a burglar has the heart of a saint. Officials at Christ Church Cathedral in Dublin said yesterday that they're distraught and perplexed over the theft of the church's most precious relic: the preserved heart of St. Laurence O'Toole, patron saint of Dublin. O'Toole's heart had been displayed in the cathedral since the 13th century. It was stored in a heart-shaped wooden box and secured in a small, square iron cage on the wall of a chapel dedicated to his memory.
February 16, 2012 |
DUBLIN - Irish character actor David Kelly, who played Grandpa Joe in "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" and motorcycled naked in "Waking Ned Devine," has died. He was 82. His family and friends said Kelly died Sunday in Dublin after an acting career on stage, film, TV and radio that spanned a half-century. Kelly was known in Ireland for his large body of work as a Dublin stage actor in the 1950s and 1960s. British and Irish TV viewers also could recognize his face and bony frame from short, usually comedic turns on soaps and sitcoms, most memorably as a work-dodging Irish builder opposite John Cleese in a 1975 episode of "Fawlty Towers.
October 23, 2011
National Geographic has inspired legions of people to dream about grand adventures, but Ian Lacey, from County Wexford, Ireland, and Lee Saville, from Colorado, are spinning their dreams into action. Name: 350South.org What it does: Follows two young men on a post-college, 17,000-mile Pan-American bicycle journey from Alaska to Argentina. What's hot: They're not just doing it to attract new blog fans. Along the way, Lacey and Saville are hoping to meet and ride with Irish expatriates or those who claim Irish ancestry.
September 12, 2011
Britain and Ireland regained the Walker Cup from the United States for the first time since 2003 on Sunday, holding off the Americans in the afternoon singles for a 14-12 victory in Aberdeen, Scotland. . . . Ray Thompson of Drexel Hill shot a 2-under 142 to finish in a tie for fourth in stroke play in the U.S. Senior Men's Amateur at Kinloch Golf Club in Manakin-Sabot, Va., reaching match play, which starts Monday. Merion's Buddy Marucci tied for 27th . . . Liz Haines of Gladwyne qualified for match play tied for 59th in the U.S. Senior Women's Amateur at the Honors Course in Ooltewah, Tenn., with a two-round total of 163. . . . Top-ranked Yani Tseng successfully defended her title in the LPGA Tour's NW Arkansas Championship, beating Amy Yang with a four-foot birdie putt on the first hole of a playoff in Rogers, Ark. HORSE RACING: Betterthancheddar rallied to win the Cane Pace, beating Townslight Hanover by a neck at Pocono Downs on Saturday night in the first jewel of the pacing triple crown.