Archive for: August, 2011

Alison Walshe continues to make inroads into the pro ranks. The Galway native birdied 15, 16 and 17 on Sunday at Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club’s Ghost Creek Course in North Plains, Ore. to secure a share of 10th place in the Safeway Classic. She had bogeyed both 15 and 17 during Saturday’s second round. Walshe finished the...

MAYO must have felt that they had a real chance of extending Kerry in last Sunday’s opening All-Ireland Senior Football Championship semi-final providing that a number of things went their way. Pretty close to top of their list was keeping Colm Cooper reasonably quiet. The “Gooch,” after all, had really not been at his...

The most hallowed and dog-eared collections of Irish traditional tunes are those compiled by Bantry-born, longtime Chicago resident Francis O’Neill (1848-1936) and published between 1903 and 1924. They are referred to, specifically or collectively, as “the book” or “the bible.” Estimable collections amassed by Breandan...

Federal authorities have broadened their demands for the contents of oral history testimonies dealing with the Troubles in Northern Ireland and given to Boston College on the basis of confidentiality. Boston College has thus far resisted attempts by the U.S. Attorney’s office in Boston, acting on behalf of the PSNI,...

By Peter McDermott On a bleak weekday morning a few months ago, novelist Tom Phelan painted an almost idyllic picture of his childhood growing up in County Laois in the 1940s and 1950s. He told the meeting organized by the Shelter Rock Public Library on Long Island that he viewed his parents and the community’s adults...

The richness, diversity and undeniable eloquence of the English language is something that many people take somewhat for granted. In everyday situations, we often revert to a more simplistic or even colloquial form of language to get our point across to friends and work colleagues. Although this is not a problem in...

Ireland’s captain and all-time top goal-scorer Robbie Keane is headed for California after signing a two-year contract Monday for Major League Soccer club Los Angeles Galaxy. It will be the ninth club he’s played for since breaking into the Wolverhamton Wanderers first team at age 17 in 1997. The Dubliner’s most...

Special to the Irish Echo Baltimore, West Cork — Amid scenes of relief and jubilation, the crew of a 100-foot American registered sailboat, “Rambler 100,” stepped ashore in this picturesque West Cork town late Monday after their yacht capsized five miles southwest of the Fastnet lighthouse. After a dramatic rescue...

A family whose teenage daughter was unable to travel to London for a liver transplant last month, this due to an apparent breakdown in communication among health chiefs, remains unconvinced that there will not be a repeat of failures which forced the missing of the surgery. Meadhbh McGivern, 14, was offered the...

President Barack Obama and Congress are relieved to be done with the recent debt ceiling increase crisis, but the next battle over spending is just five weeks away and the International Fund for Ireland will be a part, albeit a fiscally small one, in what is certain to be another rancorous debate. House Republicans...