Arts & Leisure

“Irish Music from the Hudson Valley” is one of the finest albums of instrumental Irish music in recent American memory.   By Daniel Neely Two of Irish America’s greatest young musicians, Dylan Foley and Dan Gurney, have released “Irish Music from the Hudson Valley.” It’s a deeply satisfying album of instrumental...

Recipes/ By Margaret M. Johnson PHOTO BY MARGARET M. JOHNSON Foodie friends in County Clare just alerted me to a major honor recently bestowed on the Burren Food Trail, a group of 22 establishments and producers who are committed to building a sustainable future for the region. The Food Trail was honored as the Irish...

Juilliard graduate Emmett O’Hanlon feels at home with the music of his parents’ native land.   By Colleen Taylor letters@irishecho.com After a lot of hard work, singer Emmett O’Hanlon is finally indulging his guilty pleasure. Having recently earned a master’s degree in voice from none other than Julliard and having...

Page Turner / Edited by Peter McDermott Cathy Kelly likely didn’t set out to knock J.K. Rowling and her “Harry Potter” series or Dan Brown of “The Da Vinci Code” fame off of the UK bestsellers’ list. But that’s precisely what happened about 10 years ago. Kelly, an Irish story-teller in the tradition of the late Maeve...

Maeve Higgins will host “One Night in Heaven.”   Orla O’Sullivan letters@irishecho.com More laughs, more commissions and more collaborative ventures are coming from the Irish Arts Center over the next few months. The newly released fall and winter line-up includes a monthly talk show by comedian Maeve Higgins, who made...

By Daniel Neely letters@irishecho.com   There is scarcely a traditional musician who hasn’t been touched by the magisterial playing of the great fiddler Bobby Casey. His tone, the nuances in his phrasing, and his repertory of tunes are fabled, and the prospect of a well-curated and lovingly restored album of his work...

Evertonians all: Mark Taylor, holding his boy Sonny, is also pictured with, on the right, his dad Robert “Tate” Taylor and, in the center, Liverpool native and Sunnyside resident John Sweeney.   Arsenal Scott Silver, Los Angeles native, Belfast resident Arsenal were the best team the second half of last season. They...

Waterford’s O Emperor.   By Colleen Taylor letters@irishecho.com Teenage boys do more in high school than fall asleep in class: sometimes they form some pretty amazing bands. O Emperor is a five-piece rock band out of Waterford that started playing together early on in secondary school. The group is made up of...

Between the Lines / By Peter McDermott John F. Fitzgerald. LIBRARY OF CONGRESS One of the big stories of the past few weeks has been Donald Trump’s comments about Mexican immigrants in general and Jeb Bush’s wife in particular. Someone would have to be living without electricity in the Adirondacks to not know that...

NYC Ireland celebrate victory in the Cosmos Copa at Shuart Stadium. PHOTO: PETER MCDERMOTT   By Peter McDermott pmcdermott@irishecho.com   NYC Ireland are top of the world. The boys in green emerged the victors in Big Apple’s 32-nation Cosmos Copa after a pulsating 3-2 final against Colombia in Shuart Stadium,...