Irish

Upcoming Boston Festival to Promote Irish Culture

Boston, where more than 20 percent of residents have Irish ancestry, is hosting the inaugural iFest festival, a $4 million event created by the Irish hospitality industry and politicians to promote Irish culture. According to the Boston Globe, iFest is a tool to increase tourism to Ireland. “It really will immerse visitors in the best…… Continue reading Upcoming Boston Festival to Promote Irish Culture

Sociology · Work

Family, Religion and Identity Experiences in the Pakistani Diaspora: A Case Study of Young Pakistani Men in Dublin & Boston

This presentation provided an overview of data collected during an exploratory case study based in qualitative research regarding the lived experiences of Pakistani men between the ages of 18 and 35 living in Dublin and Boston. I offered a theoretical backdrop on diaspora theory and its related concepts, a general introduction to Pakistanis, the origins…… Continue reading Family, Religion and Identity Experiences in the Pakistani Diaspora: A Case Study of Young Pakistani Men in Dublin & Boston

Music

Video: When Nelson Mandela danced to an Irish tune in Galway

In 2003, Nelson Mandela visited Ireland when we hosted the Special Olympics. As part of his visit, he travelled to NUI Galway to receive an honorary degree. The Corrs played at an event after the ceremony. Nelson Mandela was, quite literally, first on the dancefloor. He rolled out his trademark dance – known as the…… Continue reading Video: When Nelson Mandela danced to an Irish tune in Galway

Music

Music/video: Irish man plays the tin whistle

Taken at a quaint pub in late May 2012.  We were in Glencolumbkille. It is a tradition for all newcomers to sing or share a poem in the sing-a-long. I sang ‘What’s Left of the Flag’ by Flogging Molly. Mel sang along with all. Great craic!

Pictures

Two Irish men

Taken by my father on a trip to the fatherland in the 1980s.  This stunning pictures captures a life that is slowly fading away in Ireland.  A journal and more pictures from the trip can be found here.