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By Margaret M. Johnson
We’re already halfway through Northern Ireland’s “Year of Food and Drink” but it’s not too late to visit! Throughout the year, restaurants, hotels, producers, and markets are showcasing the best of Northern Ireland produce and celebrating the people and passion that...

Tanaiste Frances Fitzgerald is in the U.S. this week, one of her stops being Philadelphia. She is pictured, fourth from left, in McGillin’s Olde Ale House in Downtown Philly. McGillin’s bills itself as America’s oldest authentic Irish pub owned by an Irish family: Mary Ellen and Chris Mullins, Sr. and their son,...

Congressman Joe Crowley as seen from the convention floor Tuesday night.
By Ray O’Hanlon
Congressman Joe Crowley stood at the podium on Tuesday night and spoke for the lost and still living of 9/11.
The New York congressman, Vice Chair of the Democratic Caucus and a longtime supporter of Hillary Clinton, used his...

By Daniel Neely
“Music From the Lost Continent” is the new album from Jesse Smith (fiddle), Sean Gavin (flute), John Blake (piano), and Johnny “Ringo” McDonagh (bodhrán), and it is a bona fide cracker.  Featuring a group of young players who are considered musicians’ musicians, the album hits on every cylinder.  The...

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By Anthony Neeson
A group of leading politicians in Northern Ireland are to launch a legal challenge over the UK’s decision to leave the European Union.
This against the backdrop of a considerable and growing effort to keep the north inside the EU.
The cross-community group includes the...

The Italian Frecce Tricolori air display team show off their colors, with a tinge of Irish orange thrown in, at the Bray Air show last weekend. Over 90,000 packed the seafront in the County Wicklow town for the two days of the show. RollingNews.ie photo.

Governor Jerry Brown
By Ray O’Hanlon
Back in April, 1992, Jerry Brown had star billing at a hastily arranged gathering of Irish American leaders and activists in a Manhattan hotel.
The gathering, under the banner of an “Irish American Presidential Forum,” was designed to tease out the views of presidential candidates...

The innovative blend of American and Irish music in the hands of We Banjo 3 is entirely natural and uncanny to hear. PHOTO: YVONNE VAUGHAN
By Colleen Taylor
When you’ve played for the president of the United States, you’ve made it – even if he can’t hold your banjo due to national security reasons.  The success of We...

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The crown is ready for this year’s King Puck and is held here by Kerry Lynch, who is supported by her lady in waiting, Blathnaid Ni Chearnaigh.
By Irish Echo Staff
Killorglin’s Puck Fair in County Kerry is now into its fifth century.
Luckily, the passage of time has not resulted in an absence of goats in the...

Dancer Lorelai Ryan ( in green) of Blauvelt, NY and Riley Ferguson of Stony Point, NY look up names of winners and presented trophies at the Rockland County Feis. More photo coverage in this week’s issue of the Irish Echo. Photo by Bob Reers, www.bobreers.zenfolio.com.

By Ray O’Hanlon
Long Island congressman Peter King was the most prominent activist Irish American Congressional Republican politician at the just concluded GOP convention in Cleveland.
Come to think of it, he was the only one.
Others with Irish names, such as House Speaker Paul Ryan, don’t cut...

Reviewed by J.C. Sullivan
A part of Irish-American, or perhaps Irish-North American history, is little known in the U.S. but rather well-known in Mexico. The history of the San Patricio Battalion of the Mexican Army is mythological to many Mexicans and unknown to most American-Irish.
In the 1840s, conflict was...

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Bons Amis: Taoiseach Enda Kenny and French President Francois Hollande in Dublin today. RollingNews.ie photo.
By Irish Echo Staff
The weather was warm and so was the Irish welcome for French president Francois Hollande in Dublin today.
The one day official visit by the French leader was also an opportunity for a...

French President Francois Hollande with President Michael D. Higgins and his wife Sabina in Áras an Uachtarán. President Hollande is shaking the hand of the Irish president’s chief speech writer, Aziliz Gouuez. In a former job, Ms. Gouuez used perform the same task for……President Hollande. RollingNews.ie photo.

By Larry Tye
Bobby Kennedy’s healing magic was on graphic display on a chilly day in May, 1968, when his presidential campaign motorcade rode through the then racially and ethnically diverse Gary, Indiana.
Richard Hatcher, the black mayor, stood on one side of the candidate in the backseat of his convertible, waving...

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The newly elected AOH National Board with National President, Jim McKay, front row in the white jacket. Photo by John O’Connell, Editor, National Hibernian Digest.
By JC Sullivan
Atlantic City — The AOH, men and ladies, kicked off the 2016 National Convention at Harrah’s, Atlantic City, New Jersey.
It was originally...

Forty years ago, an assassination
On this day forty years ago the British Ambassador to Ireland, Christopher Ewart-Biggs died when an IRA land mine exploded as he was being driven in his car near his South County Dublin residence. Ewart-Biggs, 55, and civil servant Judith Cooke, who was 26, were killed. Driver Brian...

By Irish Echo Staff
Joe Hurley is bringing his All-Star Irish Rock Revue to Rockaway for the first time ever on Friday night. It will take place at Bungalow Bar, Beach 92nd Street, beginning at 8 p.m. Advance tickets can be purchased at Irish.Splashthat.com.
Hurley (pictured with former Irish Consul General Noel...

Nollaig na mBan founder Maura Mulligan will host a fundraiser on Aug. 1 in New York, marking Lughnasa.
By Maura Mulligan
According to an online report from Coalition for the Homeless, 22,680 people will sleep in New York City shelters tonight. Sister Joanne, director of the Dwelling Place of New York, a...

Irish Consul General in New York, Barbara Jones, was more than holding her corner when she hosted a reception for Irish boxer Carl Frampton. Pictured are former world champ Barry McGuigan (left) who is Frampton’s manager, Consul General Jones, and Frampton, who fights for a world title in Brooklyn on July 30. Photo by...

Taoiseach Enda Kenny.
By Evan Short
Fine Gael were always considered the party on the island of Ireland most opposed to reuniting the country outside of northern unionists, but Taoiseach Enda Kenny stunned an audience in Donegal this week when he said that the European Union should prepare for a border poll.

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