Editor’s Corner: Ireland’s Ambassador to the United States
By John O’Brien, Jr. @Jobjr
Have you met or heard speak the new Ireland’s Ambassador to The United States of America yet? Ambassador Geraldine Byrne Nason is a dynamic speaker, with an illustrious, accomplished and extensive career in foreign service. She graces our cover this month, and I am sure we will hear more about her and her work as she maximizes all that the ambassador’s office offers to Irish Americans.
Have you seen the new movie, Ireland, narrated by Liam Neeson? It is a fantastic spirited and enlightening look at Ireland today, and showing in Cleveland six days a week, 3x a day (closed on Mondays), at The Dome in the Great Lakes Science Center.
The dome’s screen reaches from just behind your head to well below your feet. For Ireland, never has a better theatre been designed, with massive sweeping footage of the coasts and country, offering almost mythical views of Ireland from sea and shore, the people and the parties.
Four young musicians are followed on a tour as they head to a gig for President of Ireland Michael Higgins. One unusual part of the film is the focus on young folks’ perception of their future. I have never seen this perspective on screen before.
The past is mentioned – but it is also pointed out that none of these Irish students have any experience or personal knowledge of The Troubles, or 1916-1922. There are scars, graffiti on the walls, both literally and in the Ooh Ah Up the Rah (The SAM Song) Wolfe Tones sense, but their views are not as shaped by the past as the generation(s) before them. They are freer in spirit and have great appreciation of the beauty and the possibilities around them.
Ireland is magnificently done. Make sure you catch the movie at The Great Lakes Science Center.
As always, there are extensive events highlighted inside: See the What’s the Craic?, Taking the Fields of Glory, and the Akron, Cleveland, Pittsburgh and Toledo Irish columns within for all the craic, and the details too. There is so much more inside too – book reviews and Best Sellers in Ireland; The Irish Brigade; history and health; Thanksgiving; Team Ireland Baseball (with a base in Cleveland) update and other sports; Irish language columns and Kid’s Craic; Blessings and food galore; and The B.R.A.T.S.
A formal Welcome! to new Pittsburgh Irish columnist Elizabeth (Betsy) Myers and Greater Pittsburgh Relationship Manager Mairin Petrone. We are excited to have them join our team and look forward to helping them shine.
Thanksgiving nears, and we keep our year-round focus on gratitude; we thank you for all of your support, near and far. As always, we ask your help in sending advertisers to us, they are the heart of the issue in an advertising driven and funded newsmagazine. We also offer bonuses to any referral that results in a new advertiser coming on board.
iIrish is made in America. We have always been green and are proudly Irish, all year long.
Nuair a stapann an ceol, an damhsa déanann an amhlaidh
(When the music stops, so does the dance)