The AIA Gala

Mr. Byrne hosts the Archaeological Institute of America’s Annual Gala Tuesday, April 26, at Capitale in New York City. This Imagine Ireland event includes a Contemporary Gaelic Feast (yum!) and Irish poetry, dance, and spirits. We will share any pictures of this event that come our way!

Surprise celebrity appearances?
We can’t wait to see who might attend!

Ellen Barkin interview

The ex-Mrs. Byrne is starring on Broadway and The New York Times wanted to hear all about it (as do we)!

The Times notes that “she married the Irish heartthrob Gabriel Byrne.” We agree with the “heartthrob” assessment, of course.

Following in her ex-husband’s footsteps, she has filmed a TV series pilot. And on April 27, she will make her Broadway debut in Larry Kramer’s play, The Normal Heart.

Now and Then

About their children:

“They’re great, they’re extraordinary and Gabriel and I really did it together,” she said. (Byrne has never remarried.) “We have every kid’s birthday together and both of our birthdays with the kids,” she went on. “Any time I cook a holiday meal, Gabriel comes here, and Christmas is usually his holiday, so then I go there. I know I’ve said this before, but I don’t think a marriage has to last forever to be successful, and I think we had a good marriage and we managed to keep what was good about it alive for 25 years. I have enormous respect for him, and I would say it’s reciprocated. He was extremely supportive of me during some very difficult times. And he’s a great father to our kids.” She smiled, sort of. “I kept every piece of jewelry he ever gave me.”

Irish Central has something to say about this interview, too.

Congrats to Ellen Barkin and all best wishes for a successful Broadway run!

Emmy inside track: The race for TV drama actor

The Los Angeles Times Award Tracker is taking note of the Emmy Race:

TV DRAMA ACTOR (Favorites)

Simon Baker, “The Mentalist”
Steve Buscemi, “Boardwalk Empire”
Gabriel Byrne, “In Treatment”
Billy Campbell, “The Killing”
Kyle Chandler, “Friday Night Lights”
Michael C. Hall, “Dexter”
Jon Hamm, “Mad Men”
Jeremy Irons, “The Borgias”
Hugh Laurie, “House M.D.”
Andrew Lincoln, “The Walking Dead”
William H. Macy, “Shameless”
Timothy Olyphant, “Justified”
Ray Romano, “Men of a Certain Age”

So good to see Mr. Byrne on this list once again. And nice that he is a favorite, too. His work on In Treatment has never really received the attention it deserves, although critics praise it and regard it highly. Those who have watched his performance know how extraordinary he really is. The Emmys may pass him by, but his achievement is noted by those who care about acting, stories, and the human spirit. So there!


DailyMotion In Treatment Season 3 Playlist

If you need a quick shot of IT3, this is the place for you. Fifteen promos, character clips, and teasers from Season 3.

Fanboys and “The Keep” (for fangirls, too!)

Den of Geeks wonders if we will ever see “The Keep” in Blu-Ray?

One commenter notes that the film is available via Netflix streaming, so if you have not seen it, now is your chance. He reports that the quality is good and it is also showing in widescreen. And the article includes two nice promotional stills of Gabriel Byrne with the most severe haircut of his life.

HighDefDigest tells us Excalibur is available on Blu-Ray!

In observance of its 30th anniversary…

TG4 on Imagine Ireland

This is a promotional video and interview [Note: the TG4 Live website no longer exists] with several players in the Imagine Ireland sandbox. Mr. Byrne is hardly in it, but that’s okay. Eugene Downes, of Culture Ireland, and critic Robert Sullivan are among those telling us all about Imagine Ireland. You get a sense of the scope and power of this cultural initiative and you also get to hear a lot of spoken Gaelic! Unfortunately it cannot be embedded, and we have no idea how long this video might be available, so hop over to channel TG4 and give it a view.

May will bring more Ambassadorial activities and a birthday, so stay tuned for more Byrne-ing news!


  1. Thank you for sharing all this information about Gabriel, Ireland and his work.
    Gabriel is really a very multi talented person, and his title should not only be Cultural Ambassador but also Inspirational Ambassador. (And not only for Ireland but for whole Europe and USA too.)

    It is also really nice to read that the Byrne family in a way still exists, because Ellen and Gabriel seems to care very much about their children.

    Nobody deserves it more than Gabriel.
    He is just fantastic in In Treatment.

  2. Wow

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