Multitalented Sara Watkins Inspires Young Musicians

November 2, 2016: Grammy-winning singer, songwriter, and fiddler Sara Watkins performed and shared her creative process with moderator Niall Toner, RTE radio broadcaster and bluegrass musician in our Creative Minds series on November 2, 2016.  Sara Watkins debuted in 1989 as fiddler and founding member of the award winning  group   Nickel Creek . Their fourth album won ...
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IMAX Director Greg MacGillivray Promotes U.S. National Parks

October 17, 2016: This Creative Minds event held October 17, 2016 featured Greg MacGillivray, an Academy Award-nominated documentary maker whose films have grossed over $1 billion at the box office.  His film Everest is the second-highest grossing IMAX film in history.  Fionn Davenport, host of Inside Culture on RTE Radio 1 was the moderator.  MacGillivray ...
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Jimmy Webb Plays Creative Minds Series

September 26: In this Creative Minds event Grammy-winning singer, songwriter and composer Jimmy Webb performed songs on piano and shared his creative process and career journey in an interview with Irish broadcaster and music journalist John Kelly. During his 30 year musical career, Webb is the only artist to ever receive Grammy awards for music, ...
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Boeing and Ryanair Executives Discuss Future of Airline Industry

September 7, 2016: At this Creative Minds event on “Airline Innovation – Flying into the Future” held September 7, 2016, Michael O’Leary, CEO, Ryanair and Sheila Remes, Vice President of Strategy, Boeing Commercial Airplanes, discussed the future of the aviation industry, U.S.-Irish aviation ties, and how both Boeing and Ryanair have successfully innovated in the ...
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Multi-instrumentalist Andrew Bird wows audience at U.S. Ambassador’s Residence

On Friday, April 29, U.S. Ambassador Kevin O’Malley hosted a Creative Minds event with musician & multi-instrumentalist Andrew Bird prior to his Saturday, April 30 performance at Vicar Street in Dublin. The event featured a discussion and performance moderated by Lyric FM presenter Ellen Cranitch. Andrew Bird is an American musician, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist. He ...
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2016 South by Southwest Send Off

On Wednesday, March 2nd, U.S. Ambassador to Ireland Kevin O’Malley hosted a Creative Minds South by Southwest (SXSW) Send Off at his Residence in Dublin. Through a panel discussion with SXSW alumni and performances by Irish artists Rosie Carney and Saint Sister (two of the outgoing bands), the Send Off amplified the story of Irish ...
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Shakey Graves Takes Stage at Other Voices Festival in Dingle

As part of our Creative Minds series, the Embassy sponsored the 2015 Other Voices festival to highlight the announcement of a new partnership between Other Voices and the Austin City Limits (ACL) public television music program, and to feature popular young U.S. musician Shakey Graves. Other Voices is one of Ireland’s most unique music events. The ...
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Danny Meyer Talks Golden Rules of Hospitality

Restaurateur Danny Meyer, the CEO of the Union Square Hospitality Group in New York participated in the Embassy’s Creative Mind Series when he spoke in conversation with renowned food critic Ross Golden-Bannon on Nov 13th, 2015. Danny’s first business book, Setting the Table (HarperCollins, 2006), a New York Times bestseller, examines the power of hospitality ...
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President of Pixar Animation Studios Gives Insight to Creative Minds Audience

Jim Morris, President of Pixar Animation Studios participated in a Creative Minds event at the U.S. Ambassador’s residence in partnership with The Walt Disney Company Ireland. This discussion was moderated by renowned broadcaster Bláthnaid Ní Chofaigh. Morris oversees the production of the studio’s features, shorts, DVD content and theme park activities. He additionally manages Pixar’s ...
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American Singer Ryan Bingham Collaborates with Irish Artist Mundy

Listen to a podcast of the event on Arena With Seán Rocks, RTE Radio 1 On Tuesday, October 27, the U.S. Embassy and Ambassador Kevin O’Malley hosted a Creative Minds Event with Oscar and Grammy winning singer/songwriter Ryan Bingham, which featured a collaboration with Irish musician Mundy. The performance and discussion was broadcast live on the RTE ‘Arena’ program hosted by Sean Rocks. Grammy and Oscar- winning singer/songwriter Ryan Bingham ...
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Rufus Wainwright brings ‘Creative Minds’ to Sligo

Podcast of Rufus Wainright in Conversation with RTE Radio 1 presenter Vincent Woods in the Model Arts Centre, Sligo, as part of Sligo Live 2015 The U.S. Embassy, in partnership with Sligo Live, hosted a Creative Minds event with U.S. singer/songwriter Rufus Wainwright, which featured a discussion moderated by RTE Presenter Vincent Woods. Rufus Wainwright has been affectionately referred to by Elton John as “the greatest songwriter on the planet” and praised by the New York Times for his “genuine ...
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Creative Minds Social Entrepreneurship Hackathon

Over 120 participants from Ireland, Northern Ireland and the United States took part a social entrepreneurship hackathon this weekend at DCU’s Ryan Academy organised in partnership with the U.S. Embassy, and sponsored by Intel, IBM, Kerry Group and Pepsico. The inaugural event formed part of the Embassy’s Creative Minds series which aims to  spark new ...
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Irish-American Songwriter Patty Griffin Joins Creative Minds

Listen to Patty’s interview and performance on RTE Radio 1’s Arena Ambassador O’Malley hosted a Creative Minds event with U.S. singer/songwriter Patty Griffin, which featured a discussion and performance moderated by Jim Lockhart, radio personality and member of Celtic rock band Horslips. Patty Griffin is a Grammy-Award winning artist who has achieved great acclaim for her songwriting as well as her powerful voice. Her first two ...
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Spoken Word Artist Saul Williams Inspires Young Irish Poets

Listen to an interview and reading by Saul which featured on RTE Radio 1’s ‘Arena’ program. U.S. Embassy Dublin sponsored poet Saul William’s headline performance at the LINGO Spoken Word Festival September 18. As part of his participation in the Creative Minds Series, Saul also led a masterclass for young poets at the Fighting Words Creative Writing Center. Williams has been breaking ground since his debut album, Amethyst Rock Star, was ...
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CEO and Entrepreneur Jim McKelvey gets Down to Business

Listen to a podcast of Jim McKelvey’s interview with Down to Business on Newstalk Irish businessman and media personality Bobby Kerr, host of Down to Business on Newstalk radio moderated a Creative Minds event entitled “The Keys to Business Innovation” with CEO and entrepreneur Jim McKelvey at the U.S. Embassy. Jim is a General Partner at Cultivation Capital. In 2009, Jim co-founded Square, one of the fastest growing technology ...
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Two time Grammy-award winner, John Prine plays Creative Minds

Listen to a podcast of this event from the John Creedon Show, RTE Radio 1 On Monday, August 17th, 2015 U.S. Ambassador to Ireland Kevin O’Malley hosted a Creative Minds Event with American country/folk singer-songwriter John Prine which featured a discussion and performance moderated by RTE personality John Creedon, host of RTE’s “The John Creedon Show.” John Prine is a critically acclaimed singer/songwriter who has gone from solo acoustic folk ...
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Pixar’s Pete Docter and Jonas Rivera share their creative process

On Monday, July 14th, U.S. Ambassador to Ireland Kevin O’Malley hosted a Creative Minds Event with Pixar’s Pete Docter and Jonas Rivera in partnership with The Walt Disney Company at this residence in the Phoenix Park. Pete Docter is the Oscar-winning director of ‘Monsters, Inc.’ and ‘Up’ and vice president, creative, at Pixar Animation Studios, ...
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Songwriting Craft and Music Copyright with Paul Williams & Glen Hansard

Ambassador Kevin O’Malley hosted a Creative Minds Event with Paul Williams and Glen Hansard entitled “A Conversation on Songwriting Craft and Music Copyright” on On Tuesday, July 14th. The event in partnership with the Irish Music Rights Organization (IMRO) will highlight U.S.-Ireland music industry linkages through a discussion of songwriting craft and music copyright. Paul ...
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Creative Minds – The Moth Storytelling

http://www.rte.ie/radio/utils/radioplayer/rteradioweb.html#!rii=b9%5F20759595%5F0%5F%5F On Wednesday, April 8th, Ambassador O’Malley hosted a Creative Minds Series Event: The Moth “True Stories Told Live. The Moth is an acclaimed non-profit founded in New York dedicated to the art of storytelling. Created in 1997 by novelist George Dawes Green, the Moth presents storytelling competitions called “StorySLAMs” and has expanded to 16 cities across ...
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Creative Minds: Music Composers for Video Games

Grammy-winning composer Christopher Tin was among several American music composers who attended a Creative Minds Reception hosted by Ambassador O’Malley on April 1, 2015. During a panel discussion moderated by journalist Dearbhail McDonald, composers Russell Browner, Eimear Noone, Tommy Tallarico and Christopher Tin explored how interactive entertainment and video games are enabling composers working across ...
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Creative Minds South by Southwest (SXSW) Send Off 2015

On Tuesday, February 24th, Ambassador Kevin O’Malley hosted a Creative Minds South by Southwest (SXSW) Send Off. Through a panel discussion with SXSW alumni and a stunning performance by Irish pop-rock band Walking on Cars (one of the outgoing bands), the Send Off showcased the story of Irish musicians and companies who have found success ...
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Ben Folds Becomes First Musician at Creative Minds

Listen to a podcast of the event on RTE Radio 1’s Arena with Sean Rocks American singer songwriter and acclaimed pianist Ben Folds was the first musician to perform in the Embassy’s Creative Minds Series in the Ambassador’s Phoenix Park residence on February 13, 2015. President Michael D. Higgins was in attendance along with representatives from the Irish arts and cultural sector. From 1995 to 2000, Folds was the frontman and ...
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Sopranos Creator David Chase Kicks off Creative Minds

On January 29th Ambassador O’Malley hosted “The Sopranos” creator David Chase at his residence as part of the Embassy’s “Creative Minds” series. David spoke to RTE 2FM Broadcaster Dave Fanning about his life and work. Heather Humphreys, Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht attended the event. David Chase is an American writer, director and television producer. ...
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