Growing Up Irish And Being An Artist By Kate Hackett

Kate Hackett is an artist and writer, who has tapped into her amazing talents to create and and star in her very own show called “Classic Alice”, which airs on YouTube.

Kate Hackett

Kate is a proud Irish American woman working in the film industry with a show that has a great message: read more, interpret more, and understand classic art!

Her show even features novels by prominent Irish and Irish American writers! Today I am delighted to publish a guest post, written by Kate, where she explains how growing up Irish influenced her as an artist.

And so, I hand you over to Kate ……


Growing Up Irish And Being An Artist: 


With a name like “Hackett” and hair this red, the first joke anyone makes is always:


Oh, are you Irish?


And of course the answer is a resounding yes.


Kate Hackett - artist and writer

And I think that’s awesome; I’ve always been proud to be Irish-American and that culture effortlessly seeps into my work.


“When something is so deeply part of you, it’s almost inevitable

that it pops up in your work and your art!”


Even when I was very young, I gravitated toward Irish music and folklore for leisure.

I sing, and using a CD we called “The Irish Album” (which was most likely not its name at all), I taught myself several Irish classics — Molly Malone, The Spanish Lady, Come Back to Erin…

When I wanted to learn another instrument, I picked the violin because it was frequently used  in Irish music; as I became more advanced, I learned to transition from violin into fiddle playing, again as an homage to my Irish roots.

Music is inspirational, and for me, everywhere; even now, I play music when I write.

As a writer, I have frequently looked to either old Irish folklore or Irish writers through the ages for inspiration.

Academically, my dissertations both focused on Irish culture. Creatively, I find myself drawn again and again to my cultural roots for inspiration.


Classic Alice

For my show Classic Alice, I frequently examine both lesser-known and well-known Irish writers to find nuances that Alice (the main character) may have encountered on her own journey, which doubtlessly mimics my own in that she too draws inspiration from her cultural roots.

As a student of literature, Alice would be intimately familiar with not only Joyce, Wilde, and Swift, but also Banshees, Faeries, and other folkloric pieces.

Even more obvious: my costar would tease me relentlessly when I couldn’t say a line in Classic Alice without an accent; I must have heard a family member say the phrase when I was young and it stuck!

Kate Hackett reading for Classic Alice

When you grow up in an environment that encourages you to celebrate your cultural heritage, it is absolutely a given that you will find cultural nuances in your artistic work; be it the addition of an Irish linguistic blip (a wee sandwich! sure look it!) that perhaps isn’t familiar to an American ear or the actual leaning toward Irish themes (noting that “The Troubles” were, in fact, far more than troubling, or even having a dark humor) in your work.

And I’m thrilled to be able to bring

an Irish-American background to everything I do!


Kate Hackett at work

A big thank you to Kate for these wonderful insights into her Irish roots and how her Irish American heritage influences her work.  

If you would like to follow Kate’s accomplishments and learn more about her work and the charming, intriguing character she has created in Classic Alice, here are the links you need:


Kate’s Website


Kate on Twitter


Kate on Facebook


Kate and Classic Alice On YouTube


Indiegogo Campaign to Save Alice


Wishing Kate every success as an actress, director, writer and artist. I hope her crowd funding campaign is successful so that she can Save Alice.


Slán agus beannacht,

Goodbye and blessings,

Irish American Mom

“Who Do You Think You Are?” – My Favorite TV Program

More suspenseful for me than any cop show or murder mystery, NBC’s Who Do You Think You Are?, is my idea of brilliant reality TV.  My favorite program is returning tonight at 8 pm, and I am excited.  My recorder is set, because it starts right at my kiddos’ bedtime, and I don’t want to miss a minute.

The premiere follows Martin Sheen as he discovers his maternal roots in Ireland, and his paternal roots in Spain.  He is descended from a long line of family rebels on all branches of his family tree.

Martin Sheen

In the trailer for the upcoming series Sheen explains:


“If you had written a novel with all these truths in it, it would be a bit

over the top, but it actually happened.”


He admits:


“I had no idea from whence I came.  My father did not know.”

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Edie Falco

Everyone needs to know where their story began.  With loving assistance from family members, and the expertise of genealogists and historians, celebrities discover crucial details of history that have shaped not only their families, but nations, and even the world.

Twelve celebrities participate in personal journeys of discovery to help create season three.  I look forward to sharing their emotional revelations, and their intensely dramatic stories of personal connection


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This season’s celebrities include:

Martin Sheen

Blair Underwood

Rita Wilson

Marisa Tomei

Reba McEntire

Rob Lowe

Edie Falco

Rashida Jones

Jerome Bettis

Jason Sudeikis

Paual Deen


Who knows what thrilling adventures await!  Previous seasons have not disappointed.

Marisa Tomei

Sarah Jessica Parker discovered her 10th great grandmother, Esther Elwell, was accused as part of the Salem witch trials.  Esther escaped punishment when the court was dissolved before her case was heard.

Executive producer Lisa Kudrow found the final resting place of her grandmother and learned many other Jews from the same village were killed by the Nazis.

In season 2, Tim McGraw discovered George Washington had been a guest in his ancestors’ home.  Rosie O’Donnell traveled to Ireland to uncover her family’s suffering in a workhouse at the time of the Great Famine.


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This is history that needs to be told.  I admire these brave participants who share their innermost emotions with us, sometimes after unearthing the most painful truths.  Murder and scandal, Americanized names, family abandonment, bigamy, and the deeds of rascals are often exposed.

I sincerely thank these celebrities for their openness and honesty.  If you are like me and have plenty of tears, be prepared to shed them, as we join these brave individuals on their journeys of exploration, discovery, revelation, and hopefully, family connection.


Slan agus beannacht leat!

(Goodbye and blessings)



Irish American Mom