Tip Sheetby Cahir O'Doherty
- In twilight years and refusing to go quietly - 'These Halcyon Days' at The Irish Arts Center - VIDEO
- A look at books: Ireland’s growing cadre of first rate thrillers and personal essays of home
- There’s something about Mary - controversial play 'The Testament of Mary' wins Tony nod before closing early
- Review - “The Testament of Mary” and “The Nance” welcome Broadway additions
- A look at books - the Magdalene Laundries, Reverend Ian Paisley and the Irish Diaspora
By Benjamin Black
The Origins of the Irish
By J.P. Mallory
Mary Isobel Catherine Bernadette O'Brien was one of the greatest soul singers of the 1960s and ‘70s. You’ve probably heard of her legendary stage name, Dusty Springfield, but did you know she was born a shy Irish Catholic schoolgirl?
Making your way through the heady atmosphere of Swinging Sixties London required talent (she had enough for several lifetimes), but it also required nerves of steel (and she found that the way many Irish people have, via the end of a vodka shot glass).
Katie Finneran, 42, is the Tony Award-winning actress currently wowing audiences with her barnstormer performance as Miss Hannigan, the so-bad-she’s-good orphanage supervisor in the Broadway revival of the classic musical Annie.
It’s a somewhat unlikely role for the Miami-born Irish American actress, whose previous Broadway hits include her unforgettable Tony winning turn as a been around the block barfly opposite Sean Hayes in the musical Promises, Promises.