The Famine Plot (book review)

  The following book review appeared on BOOKSLUT, an edgy lit-blog for up and coming writers. Unfortunately the site is closing down this week, so we though it would be a good idea to blog it here.  Enjoy! EAMON LOINGSIGH THE FAMINE PLOT: ENGLAND’S ROLE IN IRELAND’S GREATEST TRAGEDY BY TIM PAT COOGAN Outside ofContinue reading “The Famine Plot (book review)”

Irish-American, What does it mean?

The past has always spoken to the Irish. With a legacy of anguish, the Irish often see the past in the frustrations of the present. A people under attack. Over four hundred years since the introduction of the Penal Laws. One hundred and seventy years since The Great Hunger. Exactly one hundred years since theContinue reading “Irish-American, What does it mean?”

Patrick Pearse: Poet

“My eyes have been wet with the tears of children.” ~Patrick Pearse As we’ve ended the centennial celebrations of the 1916 Easter Rising, the beginning of Ireland’s fight for independence from Britain and hail the release of Divide the Dawn, one name stands above all the rest: Pádraig Anraí Mac Piarais, more commonly known by his anglicized name, PatrickContinue reading “Patrick Pearse: Poet”

Tanner Smith’s

A great new bar & restaurant has opened in Manhattan, and it’s closely related to the Divide the Dawn.   Based on the real life West Side gangster Thomas “Tanner” Smith (1887-1919), who is also a character in Divide the Dawn, the new establishment mixes classic early 20th Century charm with an elegant modern touch. Tanner Smith’s, Located in the TheatreContinue reading “Tanner Smith’s”

Excerpt: Exile on Bridge Street

A small excerpt from: EXILE ON BRIDGE STREET (October 2016) by Eamon Loingsigh Listen here:   Ch. 13 Scalpeen Memories January and the bite is murderous. The whipping wind whistles off the water where under the bridges we huddle, hands covering ears. The sky is as hard looking as the cement under our feet, and theContinue reading “Excerpt: Exile on Bridge Street”

Sitcom from Purgatory

On January 1st of this year, myself and many others were shocked of news that a British television outlet (Channel 4) is funding a sitcom about the “famine in Ireland.” Hugh Travers, an Irish writer is behind it, was quoted as describing it, ““we’re kind of thinking of it as Shameless in famine Ireland.” (Showtime’sContinue reading “Sitcom from Purgatory”

Interview: Portraits of Faith

Here is an interview done back in March on location in Brooklyn. The sit-down part of the interview is at Rocky Sullivan’s bar in Red Hook. The poem about Irishtown is read right in front of the gang’s headquarters at 25 Bridge Street, the old “Dock Loaders’ Club.” Other shots are taken on Plymouth StreetContinue reading “Interview: Portraits of Faith”

A Night of Pete Hamill

I had a great time last night at Irish American Writers & Artists Inc.’s Eugene O’Neill Lifetime Achievement Award. This year’s honoree is the legendary writer of fiction and New York Post columnist Pete Hamill. The man who defined, with wonderful words, the Brooklyn childhood of my parents and grandparents’ time was honored by many speakers,Continue reading “A Night of Pete Hamill”

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