Irish American Writers & Artists

February 27, 2011


Filed under: Literature — by tjenglish @ 8:33 pm

“After reading her novel GALWAY BAY, you might wonder if MARY PAT KELLY knows everything about nineteenth-century Ireland, the Great Famine, and the emigrant experience in America. Against landscapes beautiful and bleak she brings her characters to unforgettable life. As they say in Ireland, ‘Take your ease with this book.’  You’ll need time for laughter and tears and pure magic.” — Frank McCourt, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Angela’s Ashes




In the spellbinding tradition of Frank Delaney and Colleen McCullough comes a bestselling historical family sage that Pulitzer Prize-winning author Frank McCourt calls “pure magic.” GALWAY BAY is the poignant and captivating story of one family’s journey from the horrors of 19th Century Ireland’s Great Starvation to triumph of America.

GALWAY BAY is currently being developed for TV by Jean Doumanian prods., which has produced over 20 films by directors such as David Mamet, Woody Allen, and Barbara Kopple, earning multiple Academy Award and Golden Globe nominations. “I am thrilled to be bring Galway Bay tot he screen,” says Doumanian. “Not only is this a rousingly epic love story in the history of the country, it is also an unforgettable testament to the great influence that Irish Americans have forged on our nation.”

Mary Pat Kelly is a co-director of Irish American Writers & Artists, Inc. She is the author of six books, including SPECIAL INTENTIONS, based on her experiences as a nun, and MARTIN SCORSESE: A JOURNEY. She resides with her husband in Manhattan. Please visit for more information.

February 15, 2011

The Quiet Man of Kerry

Filed under: Events,Theater — by tjenglish @ 4:05 am

Come one, come all…

Smock Alley Theater Co. Presents:

A staged reading of the play….


Written by: Frank Mahon

Directed by: Charlotte Moore

At The Irish Repetory Theater

132 W. 22nd St. in Manhattan

Monday, February 21, 2011 at 7 pm

Admission: free (suggested donation $20)


This is a public reading of the play, THE QUIET MAN OF KERRY. Based on “Green Rushes,” a classic book of short stories by Maurice Walsh, the play is set in Ireland in 1921, as the War of Independance draws to a close.

This public reading is also a fundraiser for the MAUREEN O’HARA FOUNDATION. Your tax deductible donation will go to support Maureen O’Hara’s efforts, through her foundation, to sustain the arts in Ireland and the U.S.

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