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Minister for Foreign Affairs Peter Barry in his office in Dublin in 1986. EAMONN FARRELL/ROLLING NEWS.IE   By Irish Echo Staff The former Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs Peter Barry has died in Cork at age 88, it’s been announced. Taoiseach Enda Kenny said that his former Fine Gael party colleague died...

William J. Duffney   By Irish Echo Staff It’s a line that most Irish remember from their school days. The Quakers, whoever they were, what with that funny name, were really good to the starving Irish during the Great Hunger. Just how good will be explained in an upcoming lecture at Quinnipiac University’s great Hunger...

Maggie McEldowney’s winning moment with presenter Dáithí Ó Sé.  RTE photo.   By Irish Echo Staff   The Windy City has a new rose by the name of Maggie McEldowney. Maggie, the Chicago Rose in the annual rose of Tralee competition, came out tops under the dome Tuesday night against an array of fellow roses from all over...

  HamsandwicH is a band that keeps time with current musical innovations yet true to its Irish roots.   By Colleen Taylor A couple years ago HamsandwicH, a Dublin-based indie rock band, were “ones to watch” in modern Irish music.  Together, these five rising stars merged into a locus of the best of modern Irish music...

The local can be this local   By Evan Short   One of Ireland’s greatest exports is arguably the Irish Pub with even Kabul in Afghanistan boasting such an establishment. But if you’re an expat or member of the diaspora who doesn’t live near a city with an establishment and want to experience the unique atmosphere what do...

Kathleen Donohoe. PHOTO BY BEOWULF SHEEHAN   Page Turner / Edited by Peter McDermott When “We Are Not Ourselves” – a multi-generational novel about an Irish-American family in Woodside, Queens – was published in 2014, Vanity Fair’s description of it as a “masterly debut” summarized the reception for one of the critical...

At the event in St. Mary’s University College in Belfast headlined “Lessons from the Loughinisland Massacre” are (l-r) solicitor Niall Murphy, journalist Barry McCaffrey, and Mark Thompson of Relatives for Justice. By Evan Short   A film documentary by an Oscar winning director is set to bring the story of the state’s...

Soccer pundit Phil Brown (right) has launched new Manchester United podcast   By Evan Short     The Belfast man who has helped to spread the popularity of soccer in the United States by way of the hugely popular radio show he runs from Los Angeles on Sirius satellite radio is to start a new Manchester United podcast from...

The center of Dublin in the aftermath of the Easter Rising.   The stories and significance behind Ireland’s quest for independence, the movement’s connection to World War I and its effect on Irish Americans will be the focus of a conference for the public and campus community at UMass Lowell next month. “Remembering...

By Irish Echo Staff The Irish American Heritage Museum in Albany will feature artist Greg Montgomery in a presentation and reception on Tuesday, Aug. 23. Montgomery is widely known for his annual poster saluting the high summer horse racing meeting in Saratoga Springs and its famed Travers Stakes. Montgomery is also...