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The Celtic Woman lineup is, from left to right:  Mairéad Carlin, Susan McFadden, Éabha McMahon and Máiréad Nesbitt.  PHOTO:  KIP CARROLL
 
By Irish Echo Staff
“I always looked up to Celtic Woman in particular, because they were doing something inherently Irish, but on a world stage.”
So Éabha McMahon told the Echo’s...

Taoiseach Enda Kenny exits the podium earlier today after delivering a statement on the UK “Brexit” vote and its outcome. RollingNews.ie photo.

Flags that are now on a divergent course
 
By Anthony Neeson and Ray O’Hanlon
Sinn Féin is calling for a border poll on Irish reunification after the United Kingdom – at least the English and Welsh part of it – voted to leave the European Union.
In the early hours of this morning the vote, by 52% to 48% to leave the EU,...

Old Hannah bring the excitement of youth to old folk music.
 
 
By Colleen Taylor
Two bands are on the bill today: Buffalo Sunn and Old Hannah.  Although these two groups share a hometown Dublin base, their influences and trajectories point in two opposite directions.  Buffalo Sunn define themselves as a “cosmic rock”...

Robbie Brady celebrates his goal. Inpho, Donall Farmer.
 
 
By Ray O’Hanlon
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Robbie Brady’s winning goal against Italy in the European Championships yesterday is a highlight reel for the ages.
But it took an eternity to come about.
Back in 1994, Ray Houghton’s winning goal against Italy came early...

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Ray Houghton tees up his Giants Stadium shot that would give Ireland a never to be forgotten 1-0 win over Italy in the 1994 World Cup. Inpho, Billy Stickland.

Matt Bogart and Whitney Bashor are the stars of the off-Broadway musical “Himself and Nora.” PHOTO: PETER MCDERMOTT
 
By Peter McDermott
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“There are not many parts like it. She’s a complicated, fiercely-loving woman.”
That’s how Whitney Bashor explained her decision to play the title female role...

Taoiseach Enda Kenny speaking in England. RollingNews.ie photo.
 
By Evan Short and Ray O’Hanlon
In the final days running up to tomorrow’s UK referendum on European Union membership, Irish political leaders including Taoiseach Enda Kenny, Foreign Minister Charlie Flanagan, and President Michael D. Higgins have been...

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Novelist Tom Phelan.
 
By Irish Echo Staff
The U.S. paperback edition of World War I-set “The Canal Bridge” will be published by Arcade next month, coinciding with the 100th anniversary of the start of the Battle of the Somme. Tom Phelan’s acclaimed novel will then get an official launch at the Turn of the Corkscrew...

Vice President Joe Biden is pictured today with Taoiseach Enda Kenny greeting school students at Knock Airport in County Mayo. Mr. Biden, whose Irish ancestry is partly rooted in Mayo, is on a six day visit to Ireland. RollingNews.ie photo.

The Skull Ring that will now help the families of Bulger’s victims. Photo courtesy Gaston and Sheehan and U.S. Marshals’ Office of Public Affairs.
 
By Jim Smith
No lucky charm this.
A ring bought in England by Irish-American mobster James “Whitey” Bulger has already drawn a preliminary bid of $4,400 in the days leading...

Desi Wilkinson, a Belfast ethnomusicologist who plays in the Sligo/Leitrim style, will be at Augusta this year.
 
 
By Daniel Neely
We’re getting on into the summer, which means that it’s festival and arts week time! There are lots out there to choose from, including Catskills Irish Arts Week (July 10-16,...

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By Charles Larkin
46% of the UK population appears to want to leave the EU, 39% wants to stay, and the Murdoch press has come in behind a Leave vote this Thursday, June 23.
The situation is one driven by political opportunism, cynical exploitation of fears of globalization, the mishandling of the migrant...

Clipper Round the World Yacht Race teams, including the crew of Derry-Londonderry-Doire, have bid New York farewell as they departed on the “Atlantic Homecoming” final leg of the world’s longest ocean race.
The crews are now racing the “LegenDerry Finale” to London via Derry-Londonderry, and The Netherlands. They have...

The Dalai Lama holds hands with Speaker Paul Ryan (left) and Congressman Joe Crowley (right) Actor Richard Gere, a close friend and confidante of the Tibetan religious leader, is in the background. Photo by Phi Nguyen, official House of Representatives photographer.
 
 
By Ray O’Hanlon
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 Santigold’s interest in Irish mythology is expressed in “Banshee,” a song on her 2016 album, “99 cents.”
 
 
By Colleen Taylor
Today marks the 11th anniversary of the beginning of Ireland’s Body & Soul festival, which takes place at County Westmeath’s Ballinlough Castle (bodyandsoul.ie).  After attending the festival a...

Dr. Kathryn Sullivan (right) the first American woman astronaut to walk in space, is seen here visiting her relations, Nora (left) and Kathleen O’Sullivan, at their home in Lauragh on the Beara Peninsula, Co. Kerry. Kathryn’s grandfather, Denis “Lea” O’Sullivan from Upper Lauragh, immigrated to New York in 1893 and...

Frank O’Connor in a picture taken in 1958 by his wife Harriet, who died on April 17, 2016.
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By J.R. McCarthy
         Even if there were only two men left in the world and both of them saints, they wouldn’t be happy. One of them would be bound to try and improve the...

The six students who died in the balcony collapse
 
By Ray O’Hanlon
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It is a year since the tragic Berkeley balcony collapse that resulted in the death of six students, five Irish and one Irish American.
Remembrance gatherings have included a tree planting ceremony at the U.S. Embassy in...

At the end of an AOH fundraiser in Baltimore, as the musicians were packing up their instruments, ShamRogues drummer Evan Phillips took time to give these young fans a quick lesson.

Between the Lines / By Peter McDermott
 
Most of us know from watching the detectives in the movies and on TV that the blackmailer doesn’t quit. He or she should be sensible, you’d think, and cut and run after the initial payoff. But the type will always go back for more and, invariably, it ends badly.
It never seems...


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