Arts & Leisure

Bartender Lisa Loughery and Irish Cottage owner Kathleen McNulty. PHOTO: PETER MCDERMOTT By Peter McDermott pmcdermott@irishecho.com The death last month of a 22-year-old Irish woman working in Asia made headlines on both sides of the border, but the tragedy has also been the cause of heartbreak in a corner of...

Dylan Foley was a North American winner at last year’s Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann. Traditional Music / By Daniel Neely Two of the events that loom large on the traditional music calendar in the United States are on the horizon, Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann’s Mid-Atlantic Fleadh and its meeting of the North American...

By Christine Breen letters@irishecho.com Everybody’s life is a story. Mine begins in New York but ends up in the West of Ireland in a place called Kiltumper, County Clare, named for a chieftain who is buried on the hilltop. Being an Irish American was not an integral part of my identity as a child. I was too busy...

Larry Kirwan. STACEY MCCARTHY PHOTOGRAPHY By Peter McDermott Pierce Turner will be joined by his former singing partner Larry Kirwan for one special number tomorrow night (Friday, April 17) at the Donaghy Theatre, Irish Arts Center in Manhattan. Turner will also be on stage at the venue on Saturday night for a show...

Brendan Goggins and Aaron Souza in Janice Young’s “Who Got the Girl,” which will be performed this week at the Poor Mouth Theatre Company as part of its 5th anniversary celebrations. PHOTO: LIZ GUARRACINO By Peter McDermott When passing An Beal Bocht Café in the Bronx one day towards the end of the last decade, the...

EVENTS 1686 – Albany, New York is formally chartered as a municipality by Governor Thomas Dongan. 1864 – American Civil War: Battle of Atlanta – outside Atlanta, Georgia, Confederate General John Bell Hood leads an unsuccessful attack on Union troops under General William T. Sherman on Bald Hill. 1937 – New Deal: the...

EVENTS 1848 – Women’s rights: a two-day Women’s Rights Convention opens in Seneca Falls, New York. 1903 – Maurice Garin wins the first Tour de France. 1997 – The Troubles: The Provisional Irish Republican Army resumes a ceasefire to end their 25-year campaign to end British rule in Northern...

EVENTS         1969 – After a party on Chappaquiddick Island, Senator Ted Kennedy from Massachusetts drives an Oldsmobile off a bridge and his passenger, Mary Jo Kopechne, dies. BIRTHS 1895 – Machine Gun Kelly, American gangster  1918 – Nelson Mandela, President of South Africa 1950 – Richard Branson, English...

1938 – Douglas Corrigan takes off from Brooklyn to fly the “wrong way” to Ireland and becomes known as “Wrong Way” Corrigan. 1955 – Disneyland is dedicated and opened by Walt Disney in Anaheim, California. 1996 – TWA Flight 800: Off the coast of Long Island, New York, a Paris-bound TWA Boeing 747 explodes, killing...

1. Keep her job in the public service or a bank when she got married. Female civil servants and other public servants (primary teachers from 1958 were excluded from the so-called “marriage bar”) had to resign from their jobs when they got married, on the grounds that they were occupying a job that should go to a man....