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10th March, 2013
A TV on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange trumpets a record high for the Dow Jones industrial average last Tuesday. Photo: AP

This week, the column comes from New York, where I have been working at the Irish Arts Centre in Hell's Kitchen. While not anywhere near the billboard-size presence of The Gathering, this small theatre has been hosting Irish performers of all sorts - actors, playwrights, stand-ups and musicians - for years. It has been central to keeping the Irish cultural torch burning in a rapidly-changing city.

Next year, the theatre will undertake a major expansion,...

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