Madeleine Lebeau – Farewell to Casablanca

Posted on May 15, 2016 in latest | no responses

French actress Madeleine Lebeau, the last surviving cast member of the classic 1942 film Casablanca, has died at the age of 92 after breaking her thigh bone, her family says. Her stepson, filmmaker Carlo Alberto Pinelli, told the Hollywood Reporter that she had died on 1 May in Spain.  In Casablanca, Lebeau plays the boozy […]

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May the 4th be with you

Posted on May 4, 2016 in latest | no responses

President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama celebrated Star Wars Day with a dance-off with R2-D2 and some stormtroopers. The couple are seen dancing in the White House with the characters to the soundtrack of Bruno Mars’ hit single “Uptown Funk”. The 22-second clip was released on the White House’s official Facebook and Twitter […]

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Angela Lansbury’s Cork hideaway

Posted on Feb 20, 2016 in Architecture | no responses

HOLLYWOOD star Angela Lansbury has spoken of her love for Ireland saying that she loves nothing better than a good cup of Barry’s tea to “really get me off and running”. The 90-year-old Murder She Wrote star, who is an Irish citizen, owns a home in Co Cork and has a long association with the […]

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Alan Rickman

Posted on Jan 18, 2016 in latest | no responses

We lost a great actor this past week in Alan Rickman, who died of pancreatic cancer, at 69. Like David Bowie, who also died the same week at the same age of cancer, Rickman was a working class London boy who found at Art College the confidence and methodology to buck the trend of a […]

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Saoirse Ronan is an Irish Star

Posted on Jan 9, 2016 in Ireland | no responses

A Sky News report about the announcement of the BAFTA nominees has caused outrage on Twitter as a reporter referred to Irish actress Saoirse Ronan as British, saying “we can take Saoirse Ronan as one of ours”. Ronan, who was born in New York to Irish parents and grew up in Carlow, has been nominated […]

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Posted on Jan 7, 2016 in Ireland | no responses

As a member of that strange disparate grouping known as the Irish Diaspora John Crowley’s movie “Brooklyn” about a young Irish immigrant navigating her way through 1950s New York left me very moved. It is a movie made the way movies should be made, well crafted, well scripted, well acted with wonderful art and set […]

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Ireland feels the Force of Star Wars

Posted on Dec 22, 2015 in Ireland | no responses

Though set in a galaxy far, far away and long ago, Star Wars: Episode VII found a new home just off the coast of Ireland which provides an ending for the movie shot on the dramatic Skellig Michael. It appears in the last three minutes of the movie, there’s not a word spoken but none […]

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The Force is hot in Peckham

Posted on Dec 20, 2015 in latest | no responses

Star Wars newcomer John Boyega celebrated landing his first blockbuster role by taking Harrison Ford to his favourite childhood restaurant – an African diner beneath a block of flats in Peckham. Staff and customers were stunned when Boyega, 23, who was plucked from relative obscurity to play stormtrooper Finn in the latest instalment of the […]

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The Force is Strong in Dublin

Posted on Dec 17, 2015 in Dublin | no responses

Many Dubliners have gazed in wondrous amaze at the Dublin Spire aka The Spike which is built in O’Connell Street, Dublin’s main thoroughfare. The Spire of Dublin, alternatively titled the Monument of Light is a large, stainless steel, pin-like monument 121.2 metres (398 ft) in height, located on the site of the former Nelson’s Pillar […]

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Happy 95th Birthday to the amazing Maureen O’Hara

Posted on Aug 16, 2015 in Ireland | no responses

Hollywood Legend and screen icon Maureen O’Hara celebrates her 95th birthday today August 17 with her family and close friends in Idaho in the US. The native Dubliner, once billed as the Queen of Technicolor, will celebrate in the home of her grandson Conor Beau FitzSimons, with whom she lives, looking back at 95 years […]

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The Eagle On London

Seven Sisters at Seven Sisters

Posted on Mar 10, 2017 in latest | no responses

Britain’s rudest address?

Posted on Mar 4, 2017 in Britain | no responses

Happy Chinese New Year 2017!

Posted on Jan 29, 2017 in latest | no responses

Apple ringtone on the Tube

Posted on Jan 23, 2017 in latest | no responses

The Eagle on Ireland

The story of the Skibbereen Eagle

Posted on Mar 22, 2017 in Ireland | no responses

Stand up for the real St. Patrick

Posted on Mar 16, 2017 in Ireland | no responses

The Luck of The Donald

Posted on Mar 8, 2017 in Ireland | no responses

Ride me Sideways in Phibsborough

Posted on Mar 2, 2017 in Dublin | Comments Off on Ride me Sideways in Phibsborough