James is a Reporter for IrishCentral, based in New York.
He studied French and History at Trinity College, Dublin where he was News Editor at Ireland's oldest student newspaper. James first came to America on a summer J-1 visa, in 2015, and returned in 2016 after brief period working for Thomson Reuters, in London. His interests include the Irish language, history, and the Kerry countryside.
"Like many emigrants my notion of “home” was challenged... My mother’s garden came to embody that particular place."
Jiving is a way of life for some and something that every young Irish rural person will have to learn one way or another but how did it become so popular in Ireland?
A half-century later, so many of us are still stunned, uplifted, and in a strange manner, redeemed every time we step into the mysterious aural back streets of "Astral Weeks."
Larry Kirwan on his first trip to Cuba. "I’ve always felt strong parallels between Ireland and Cuba, not the least is that both island countries have fraught relationships with neighboring empires."
"Dylan may be our most gifted and enduring lyricist but, like Joyce, he has transcended mere words – he speaks his own language now and its snarls, sighs, and syllables are imbued with a universe of moods and meanings."
Every evolving and becoming more inclusive, the once troubled Belfast city is "busy putting its past in the rear view mirror".
"Family, music and an existential sense of Irishness are at the core of Finbar’s character."
Cable station on Valentia Island was crucial in connecting Canada and Europe with a transatlantic cable in 1866.
A follower of the Home Rule for Ireland and an admirer of the Irish Republican Brotherhood - the realities and losses of one family living side by side in Ireland.
Many don't even know his real name but they'll know his brilliants works - from "Dirty Old Town" to "The First Time I Saw Your Face" he is a towering cultural figure in Irish folk and Celtic music.