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By Colleen Taylor
I was reminded this past week, at the International Conference for Irish Literatures, held in Cork, that the division of the disciplines is a relatively recent one.  The separation of the natural from the philosophical sciences,...

 
It wasn’t all politics at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. Some conference goers took time to attend the Democratic National Committee Mass. Pictured (l-r) Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta, Brian O’Dwyer, Ambassador Elizabeth Bagley, Fr. Philip Florio, S.J., Elizabeth and Tom Suozzi.

Barbed wire deliberately placed in a forest area.
By Evan Short
 
A sinister campaign against Irish mountain bikers that has seen barbed wire, boulders, logs and fishing wire put across trails could lead to deaths campaigners have warned.
In the last two decades mountain biking has experienced an explosion in...

Gerry Adams
 
 
By Evan Short
 
Britain’s decision to vote to leave the European Union has created an opportunity to redesign the constitutional and political future of the island of Ireland, this according to Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams.
The Louth TD has stated that it was hardly surprising that DUP leader and...

By Daniel Neely
On July 22, Irish music lost one of its greats.  Joe Derrane was born in Boston on March 16, 1930.  The product of a musical household, he took an early interest in music.  When his undeniable talent began to emerge more fully, the young musician was sent to the great accordionist Jerry O’Brien and...

Blowing its stack for 21 years
 
The Soufriere Hills Volcano on the Caribbean island of Montserrat began its current eruption phase 21 years ago this week. Montserrat has a proud Irish heritage and is known as the Emerald Isle of the Caribbean. Visitors have shamrocks stamped on their passports. The volcano has turned...

 
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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...

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...

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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...

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,...

The SDLP’s Colum Eastwood
 
 
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...

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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...

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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...

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.

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...

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By Ray O’Hanlon
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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...

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.

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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...

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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