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Gerry Adams   By Anthony Neeson   Gerry Adams is suing the BBC for libel on the back of an allegation made in last week’s Spotlight program on IRA spies. Speaking to the Belfast weekly newspaper, the Andersonstown News, Mr. Adams said: “I have been consulting with my lawyers and we will now be taking action against the...

Pope John Paul II in Ireland.   By Ray O’Hanlon   One of the basic skills for any half decent news reporter is to be able to count the number of people. I have lost count of the number of occasions when the reported numbers at some event or gathering are way off the mark. Most times it is a case of exaggeration in an...

Chief Michael Fahy. FDNY photo. By Ray O’Hanlon   New York City has last one of its bravest. FDNY Battalion Chief, Michael Fahy, died Tuesday after being struck by debris when a drug lab in a Bronx house exploded. As many as twenty were injured in the blast, according to reports. Chief Fahy, a 44-year-old father of...

Denis Donaldson.   By Anthony Neeson   The family of Denis Donaldson, who was shot dead in a County Donegal cottage in 2006 after being outed as a British agent, have said that they do not believe that his killing was sanctioned by Gerry Adams. The claim was made on a BBC Spotlight program last week. Three years after...

Rory McIlroy   By Irish Echo Staff   On the day that Arnold Palmer died, Rory McIlroy seemed possessed by the spirit of golf’s first truly popular hero. “It was more than his scoring and shotmaking that captivated the world. It was how he played. He did not so much navigate a course as attack it.” Those lines were from...

Matthew Broderick set for Irish Rep. re-opening.   By Irish Echo Staff     New York’s Irish are being pulled this way and that this Saturday with events to attend from Peekskill to Coney Island and Manhattan between them. Manhattan will be a place to be at noon to 4 p.m. when the newly refurbished Irish Repertory Theater...

Solicitor Padraig Ó Muirigh with members of the bereaved families outside Stormont today. Belfast Media Group photo. By Irish Echo Staff   On Monday they walked out. Today they sued. Members of the Ballymurphy Families, joined by members of other bereaved families, announced today that they would be suing both the...

Kathleen Walsh D’Arcy and Brendan Fay. Photo by Garry Rissman. By Irish Echo Staff     The 2016 Presidential Distinguished Service Awards for the Irish Abroad list includes six new world winners, four of them in the U.S. and one each in Canada and one in Colombia. Gay rights activists Brendan Fay and Kathleen Walsh...

One Horse Pony.   By Colleen Taylor This week, I was looking for some fun, whimsical music, and I found it in the Cork blues band One Horse Pony.  As their humorous band name—a mixed idiom between “one-horse town” and “one-trick pony”—might suggest, this Cork group offers some mirth with their music.  They make brassy,...

Members of the Ballymurphy Families. John Teggart is third from left.   By Irish Echo Staff   Members of the Ballymurphy Families group have walked out of a meeting with new Northern Ireland Secretary of State, James Brokenshire. “How many more secretaries of state do families have to meet before they get justice for...