Category Archives: ireland

Spring Equinox 2016

Last year was a fierce winter. Snow came early and the cold stayed late. On several occasions I exited from the Fort Greene Observatory in my ski gear, which was good for -20 Fahrenheit. This winter New Yorkers prepared for the worst, but we were spared the last year’s harshness. Only one real blizzard and […]

A MOTHER’S LAST WISH by Peter Nolan Smith

After the last holidays of 2006 my mother entered the final stages of her battle with cancer. These last rounds were not a pretty site, but her beauty remained intact to the end. Several days after the New Year my mother held my hand and said, “I’m so happy I made Christmas.” “Me too.” I […]

JUMP AROUND / House Of Pain

It’s that time of year again. One question I wanted to ask the parade marshal of New York. Why don’t the Fife and Drum bands play this Irish hip-hop hit?

Happy Padraic’s Day

Shot from the Stone Throne of Ballyconneeley 1997

QUEEN OF THE PLAZA by Peter Nolan Smith

St. Patrick’s Day promised to be another disaster for the Retail Collection of the Plaza Hotel. Hordes of green-clad spectators streamed down the escalator into the basement. Their eyes averted the luxury goods on offer, as their destination was the hotel’s public bathroom. Within the first hour I had given directions to the toilet over […]