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Irish Echo Editor Ray O’Hanlon, Dan Dennehy of the AOH, and Siobhan Dennehy of the Emerald Isle Immigration Center pictured earlier this week at Dublin Airport before taking the same flight back to New York

  • Freed nanny back in Ireland

    By Irish Echo Staff Free Irish nanny Aisling Brady McCarthy is back in Ireland after departing Boston Tuesday night. Brady McCarthy, accompanied by her sister, arrived in Shannon this morning. Before leaving Boston, and after the dramatic about face by prosecutors who dropped charges of killing a one year old child who was in her […]

  • Hilary Beirne’s parade peace appeal

    By Ray O’Hanlon New York St. Patrick’s Day Parade Executive Secretary, Hilary Beirne, has responded to what he describes as “negative conversations” directed at himself and others at a recent meeting of delegates to parade affiliated groups in Queens convened by parade committee chairman, John Dunleavy. And he has also called for unity in […]

  • 2015 1st Irish Fest launched in Apple

    By Orla O’Sullivan There were no performance previews at the Origin’s 1st Irish launch party, but a Tourism Ireland representative—one of several speakers who underscored the theatre festival’s importance to the Irish economy—proved something of a stand-up comic. Billy Condon, vice president of marketing, who said, “I’ve been working for Tourism Ireland… well, since they […]

  • Fenton goes back to the old neighborhood

      By Peter McDermott In a Manhattan diner one day last week, playwright Pat Fenton took out some old sheets of a legal notepad. They were given to him some 10, maybe 15 years ago by Dan McNulty, a long-retired Brooklyn bar-owner. One had lists of names under the subheads “Gravediggers,” “Docks,” “Cab Drivers” […]

  • Irish nanny murder charge dropped

    By Jim Smith BOSTON — In a stunning development, prosecutors have dropped the murder charge against Irish nanny Aisling Brady McCarthy, citing the conclusions of a recently amended medical examiner’s report which stated that one-year-old Rehma Sabir’s death may have been attributable in part “to some type of disorder that was not able to be […]

  • Mayo’s comeback forces Dubs replay on Saturday

    By P.J. Cunningham That’s the thing about Mayo, isn’t it? You just never know what to expect from them. Just as we were about to bury them at a packed Croke Park on Sunday when Dublin raced into a 7-point lead with eight minutes to go, Mayo did a Lazarus by staging a great comeback, […]

  • Not such a long way from Clare to here

    By Daniel Neely A year ago, I wrote about the “Trad Youth Exchange Program,” a fascinating idea flute player Lisa Coyne of Melrose, Mass., hatched through the CCÉ Boston School for Irish Traditional Music with concertina player Mary MacNamara, of Tulla, Co. Clare. Coyne and MacNamara’s goal was to pair a group of young musicians […]

  • Na Fianna bringing bold hybrid to U.S.

    By Colleen Taylor The Pogues set the precedent in the 1980s: Irish trad can go gritty. Since then, a number of bands have followed in their footsteps, breaking through the boundaries of what Irish music looks and sounds like. The latest to try their arm at a Pogues-like musical shake-up is Na Fianna, a four-man […]

  • Marching from Mid-Tyrone to Midtown

    By Evan Short A County Tyrone-based accordion band that is playing a leading role in revitalizing a rural part of the county is to march in the New York St. Patrick’s Day Parade next year. The Páistí Ná Fingréine Accordion Band (aka the Loughmacrory Band) traces its lineage to the early 1970s but had largely […]

  • Nevin wins in Brooklyn

    By Jay Mwamba John Joe Nevin ended a ten-month layoff with a third round stoppage of Mexican Victor Capaceta at the MCU Park on Coney Island on Tuesday night. The bout, Nevin’s fourth in the pro ranks, marked his New York debut. Although co-manager Tom Moran talked up Nevin’s ring rust after almost a year […]

  • A million for a child in a million

    By Ray O’Hanlon It’s a lot of money, but what value a young boy’s life? A family in Ireland has launched an urgent international appeal to raise €1 million ($1.16m) to fund a major life-saving operation for their four-year old son to be carried out in Boston. The parents of Cian McDonnell-Lynch of Carlanstown, […]

  • New York parade leaders like ships in the night

    By Ray O’Hanlon The two Johns have not spoken since the June 30 conference call that so utterly changed the landscape surrounding the New York St. Patrick’s Day Parade. But they are likely to meet when parade directors gather late in September for the parade’s annual fall meeting. They might even meet sooner, but […]

  • Museum in Conn. is a world leader

    By Máirtín Ó Muilleoir It’s a story made in America: how a Jewish immigrant who built a business empire on frozen bagels helped his Irish neighbors tell the untold story of the great calamity which had shattered their nation and scarred their history. But it’s also a story about how one resolute Irish American, raised […]

  • Foreign policy to scupper JC

    Between the Lines / By Peter McDermott     I’ve been having an email exchange in recent days with a friend of mine, a native Irish speaker long based in North London. We went to college together and have a lot of the same views on things. Take the Irish presidential election of 2011, for […]

  • Settlement, closure, for murdered union official’s family

    By Irish Echo Staff New York City will pay $1.75 million to the family of Jim Bishop, a former painter’s union official who was murdered on May 17, 1990. Brian O’Dwyer and Cody McCone of the law firm of O’Dwyer & Bernstien, LLP announced that the suit brought by the Bishop family against the City […]

  • Milwaukee fest is biggest & best

      By Máirtín Ó Muilleoir MILWAUKEE, Wis. — There are Irish in Milwaukee? That’s often the response from — admittedly ill-informed — East Coast Irish Americans when told the Milwaukee Irish Fes is the biggest in the nation. But with 17 stages, 200 acts, 4,000 volunteers and over 130,000 visitors, the summer spectacle on […]

  • Fruits of Chicago Irish labors are impressive

      By Máirtín Ó Muilleoir   Visiting the Irish American Heritage Center in Chicago? Allow yourself a half-day. For the three-story, 90,000 square foot center — housed in a former college — is the nation’s largest Irish American center. A reception room that can seat 300 at a gala dinner. Check. A 650-seat theatre. […]

  • Top cop ‘naïve’: security sources

      By Irish Echo Staff         A PSNI detective who has been branded “naive” and “out of his depth” after he made contradictory claims about IRA involvement in the Belfast murder of Kevin McGuigan is being blamed for crashing the peace process in Northern Ireland. Detective Supt. Kevin Geddes told reporters Thursday […]

  • Guilfoyle, O’Leary’s CD is sure to delight

    By Daniel Neely If it’s late August it means the Fleadh is over and congratulations are in order! Earlier in the month, Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann branches from the world over sent representatives to Sligo for the Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann, the world’s largest traditional music festival and once again folks from North America made an […]

  • Mayor shifts tone on NYC horse ban

        By Irish Echo Staff Not so much a climb-down as a step back. Whichever the case, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio clearly signaled yesterday that he has bigger priorities than pursuing the horse-carriage ban, a hitherto signature policy. When asked by radio host Brian Lehrer why the ban has been stalled after […]

  • Biggest secrets yet to be revealed

        By Ray O’Hanlon Over the coming days the Duffy’s Cut excavation team, with Dr. William Watson of Immaculata University to the fore, will start to extract core samples from what is believed to be a mass grave, the last resting place of a group of Irish immigrant railroad workers who died either […]

  • Novel idea

    CAPTION [KINEALY BUSHNELL.JPG] Christine Kinealy, right, with Quinnipiac University Vice-President for Public Affairs Lynn Bushnell in the Irish Cultural Center of New England last week    By Mairtin O Muilleoir The horror of Ireland’s Great Hunger is to be told in graphic detail in a unique collaboration between Irish America’s leading authority on An […]

  • Fr. Parkes looks to broader horizons for Cristo Rey

    Fr. Joseph Parkes By Irish Echo Staff The Irish American president of Cristo Rey High School in Manhattan is looking east for the opportunity to export its groundbreaking network of high-achieving schools serving economically disadvantaged children. But Fr. Joseph Parkes, son of Irish immigrants from counties Cavan and Fermanagh, says his next port of […]

  • Remember the tickets, money…biometric identifiers

    By Ray O’Hanlon The old tickets, money, passport check list as you head out the door for the airport is no longer just the ticket. These days you more often than not don’t need a literal ticket. And you can forgo cash for plastic. But you still need a passport. But the old sort […]

  • Former IRA man shot dead in Belfast

    Police at the murder scene in Belfast last night. Pacemaker Photo By Ciara Quinn A murder inquiry has been launched after a former member of the Provisional IRA was shot dead in East Belfast on Wednesday night. Father-of-nine Kevin McGuigan Sr. was shot in his home at Comber Street in the Short Strand. Police […]

  • No immigration reform this side of 2017: McConnell

    Senator Mitch McConnell By Ray O’Hanlon Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell has ruled out any action on immigration reform in the current Congress. Speaking to reporters at a press conference, McConnell made it clear that reform advocates will have to wait. And he point the finger of blame at President Obama. “Not this Congress. […]

  • CNN ‘stuck in a time warp’ says AOH

    By Ray O’Hanlon The CNN documentary series “The Seventies” is stuck in a time warp of misinformation with regard to Northern Ireland. This is the view of the Ancient Order of Hibernians in regard to the much touted lookback at the decade in which the North Troubles were making worldwide headlines. In a statement, […]

  • Shane wins, Rory’s back

      By Ray O’Hanlon   Shane’s breakthrough and Rory’s comeback are the big Irish golf stories this week. Actually, they are the big world golf stories as Shane Lowry’s win Sunday at the World Golf Championship Bridgestone Invitational in Akron, Ohio has reverberated across the global game. And Rory McIlroy turning up at Whistling […]

  • Irish American tech group spreads wings with angel investment

    MAD MAN: New York Digital Irish founder, Feargall Kenny, outside the Madison Avenue offices of his recruitment company Glenborn. By Mairtin O’Muilleoir LikeCharity, a Dublin company seeking investment in the U.S., has won the support of an Irish American technology network which has just made its first “angel” investment. Set up originally as a […]

  • Recalling Julia Canny, Hiroshima resident

    By Adrian Millar Seventy years ago today my friend Julia was sitting in her garden when she saw a huge blinding flash of light in the sky and she was thrown off her chair. She picked herself up and ran for cover inside her home along with her fellow religious sisters – all Sisters […]

  • U.S. pilgrims flying to Knock this weekend

    Cardinal Timothy Dolan By Ray O’Hanlon New York’s Cardinal Timothy Dolan steps into the role of head pilgrim this weekend when he leads as many as 200 fellow pilgrims to the Knock Marian Shrine in County Mayo. And the pilgrims will be making their east bound journey on an Aer Lingus plane which will […]

  • Irish Navy again rescues hundreds of migrants

    Migrants in rescue rafts waiting to be taken aboard the LE Niamh. Irish Defense Forces photo. By Irish Echo Staff The Irish Naval Service has again found itself in the front line of the migrant crisis in the Mediterranean. The LE Niamh yesterday rushed to the scene of a capsizing fishing boat off the […]

  • iHOPE Special Olympics 2015

                    Sarah Jane Donohue with her therapist Dr. Nia Mensah By Áine Ní Shionnaigh iHOPE Special Olympics 2015 “If I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt” reads the conclusion of the Special Olympics athletes’ oath. Bravery is at the core of the Special Olympics […]

  • NINA was reality, not just a myth

    By Ray O’Hanlon Is “No Irish Need Apply” historical fact or myth? There is an argument, but we’re backing Rebecca. The Daily Beast reported recently that the Internet had been buzzing about how discrimination against the Irish was a myth. “All it took was a high schooler to prove them wrong,” the DB reported. […]

  • New York legislators commit to Belfast Homecoming

    Belfast is readying to host a big American delegation at its second annual Homecoming and Belfast One City Conference. Pictured here is the city’s Titanic Center. By Irish Echo Staff The biggest-ever delegation of New York politicians is setting out for Belfast this October to attend the city’s second annual Homecoming. Among the 40-strong […]

  • Celebrate Lughnasa with Berry Treats

      Recipes / By Margaret M. Johnson   Lughnasadh or Lughnasa (pronounced LOO-na-se) is a Gaelic festival marking the beginning of the harvest season that was historically observed throughout Ireland and other Celtic nations. Originally it was held on July 31 – August 1, or approximately halfway between the summer solstice and autumn equinox. Also […]

  • Reigniting a good cause – with ice

    It’s as simple as tipping and shivering By Ray O’Hanlon You can’t argue with the timing. A bucket of ice is just the ticket with the temperatures reaching for the 90s. With this in mind, and a lot more of course, Empire City Casino CEO, Timothy J. Rooney, and Ice Bucket Challenge originator, Pat […]

  • Elkins week has impeccable rep

    Máirtín de Cógáin (standing) teaching bodhrán at Augusta Irish Week. PHOTO: ANDREW CARROLL   By Daniel Neely There’s nothing like a solid week of traditional Irish music to cleanse the soul. I’ve just returned from the small Davis & Elkins College campus in Elkins, W.V., where I’ve been enjoying the crack at Augusta Irish […]

  • Mystery of the I-95 Shillelagh

    The I-95 shillelagh awaits its owner By Ray O’Hanlon It can only be hoped that the owner was driving on Interstate 95 and not walking beside it. But if driving, the owner rapidly put miles between himself, or perhaps herself, and a well-used shillelagh. Jerry McParland was driving what may well be the busiest […]

  • McGuinness, Villiers in U.S. as North crisis simmers

    North Secretary Theresa Villiers. By Anthony Neeson It looks like it will be a case of he said, she said. Sinn Féin’s Martin McGuinness is in the United States this week to seek support for a resolution to the crisis threatening the political institutions in Northern Ireland. The Deputy First Minister arrived on Tuesday […]

  • Catherine Burns laid to rest in her native county

    Fr. Benny Fee praying at the grave in Clonoe, County Tyrone By Ray O’Hanlon Catherine Burns is this week at rest in her native County Tyrone. Her remains had been flown to Ireland by Dr. William Watson, one of the leaders of the Duffy’s Cut excavation project in Malvern, Pennsylvania. She is the second […]

  • Surf’s up and on the up in Ireland

    Ricky and Chris Martin. By Evan Short Is surfing the greatest Irish American invention ever? When George Freeth, born to an Irish father and Hawaiian mother, first came to prominence in 1907 for his seemingly miraculous ability to stand on a plank of wood and ride it onto the shore through the waves, he […]

  • A transatlantic helping hand for the undocumented

    Pictured in Donegal Town at the launch of The Families of the Undocumented Irish in America are members of the group, including the Chairperson Michael McMahon (center) and politicians Phil Flanagan MLA (left), Councilor Martin Kenny (second from right) and Senator Marc MacSharry (right). By Ray O’Hanlon A new organization has been established in […]

  • After balcony collapse, tributes, prayers, law changes, fundraising

    After balcony collapse, tributes, prayers, law changes, fundraising     A moment of joy for Niccolai Schuster as he met his hero, Bastian Schweinsteiger. The newly signed Manchester United midfielder has paid his own tribute to the young Dubliner by posing for a new photo while holding this one.   By Ray O’Hanlon Sadly, […]

  • McGuinness for U.S. crisis talks

    Martin McGuinness By Ray O’Hanlon Power sharing is in peril and North Deputy First Minister Martin Guinness is looking to the United States for a lifeline. McGuinness is expected in the U.S. in the coming days to seek support for a resolution to the crisis threatening the future of the governing Executive at Stormont, […]

  • Niall to the rescue….again

    The FDNY’s Niall O’Shaughnessy By Ray O’Hanlon Niall O’Shaughnessy is a man you want in your corner, or to be just around the corner if you get into a spot of bother. The Limerick native made headlines last year when, along with a fellow Irish-born FDNY member, Sean Cummings, he came to aid of […]

  • A family gathers in Ireland

    The Moloney family reunion in Loughrea, Co. Galway By Irish Echo Staff Ireland, as we all know, is a place from where people depart. But it’s also a place that lures them back, sometimes years, sometimes even generations later. Family reunions in Ireland have become popular in recent years. Often they are comprised of […]

  • North mothballs Mitchell funding

    George Mitchell By Irish Echo Staff Mitchell scholars will not be studying in Northern Ireland in the 2016-17 academic year. Given severe cuts in Northern Ireland’s budget, Northern Ireland’s Minister for Employment and Learning, Stephen Farry, has informed the US-Ireland Alliance that his department will have to end funding for the George J. Mitchell […]

  • Dublin’s Glass is Eirecana at its best

    Dubliner Gavin Glass’s latest CD “Sunday Songs” has received glowing reviews in Ireland.   By Colleen Taylor By now, the popularity of American country music in Ireland, particularly in the West, is well established, but lately, I’ve become more aware of the reciprocal creative output resultant from this Irish fandom, particularly within the past […]

  • After Berkeley, a legislative win and loss

    California State Senator Lori Hancock and her husband, Berkeley Mayor Tom Bates By Ray O’Hanlon Berkeley City Council has voted for measures that should ensure no repeat of last month’s tragic balcony collapse that killed six students (five Irish and one Irish American) and injured seven others. But California state lawmakers have rejected a […]

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