Once in New York Ryan decided to begin a dog magazine, given the millions of pet owners in the city. He soon started Hollywood Dog as well and the industry reviews were very good.
Clever front covers, including of course Paris Hilton and various other celebrities showing off their mutts, seemed to indicate the magazine had found a niche. Alas that was not the case.
Soon all was not well and the ventures appear to be in deep trouble now with reports that closure is imminent and that staff members have had checks bouncing.
Rumor has it another Irish connected publication is also experiencing similar financial difficulties with staff members complaining of checks bouncing, but as yet there is no official confirmation.
A New Take on Ireland
IF you want an interesting take on Ireland this issue of Conde Nast Traveler has a nine page piece by Irish American Kevin Doyle about his return to his roots.
Unlike the typical travel magazine piece, this one is actually quite mixed. Doyle had never been to Ireland before despite his roots, and he has a jaundiced look at many of the modern features which have made Ireland the Celtic Tiger.
He also lands in some unlikely spots, including at a transvestites public meeting in Dublin which doesn't really fit with the travel magazine usual profile.
He loves Donegal most of all, mainly because it is isolated enough that not too many tourists are making their way there and the locals have retained so many of the old ways.
However, Doyle is perceptive in his reading of the battle between the soul of modern Ireland and those who feel that the new country has forgotten and lost all the old traditional ways.
His conclusion? "Yet for all of Ireland's mad materialism and neo-capitalist swagger, elemental things - sea, lake, mountain, bog -are never far away, and it doesn't take long to sense the primal, ancient energy that suffuses this place." It's a piece well worth reading.