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Congressman Joe Crowley showing his support for the carriages drivers. The obscured word on the bottom left of the banner is “Irish.”   By Ray O’Hanlon rohanlon@irishecho.com New York City Council has reined in its plan to vote as early as tomorrow on a bill that would have drastically cut the number of horse carriages...

Dublin’s I Draw Slow is as American as it gets.   By Colleen Taylor It’s no secret that Americans love Irish music. The lesser-known fact is that the Irish love traditional American music just as much. I Draw Slow, a roots band from Dublin, is the paradigmatic incarnation of this reverse-diasporic musical trend. Raised...

Molloy College.   By Irish Echo Staff Molloy College’s Irish Studies Institute is celebrating the ancient festival of St. Brigid on Saturday, Feb. 6, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Reception Room on the main floor of Kellenberg Hall in the middle of Molloy’s Rockville Centre campus. The day will have how-to workshops in...

Dr. Des O’Neill, of Tallaght Hospital and Trinity College Dublin, speaking in Orlando at the Annual Scientific Meeting of the Gerontological Society of America. PHOTO: PETER DERKX By Peter McDermott pmcdermott@irishecho.com Some would say geriatrician Dr. Orla Sheehan is a specialist. She, however, regards herself a...

Minister Charlie Flanagan speaking at the Irish Consulate Thursday morning. Photo by James Higgins.     By Ray O’Hanlon rohanlon@irishecho.com   The Irish government’s program of commemorative events marking the 1916 centenary was formally launched in New York today by Foreign Affairs Minister Charlie Flanagan. More than...

More rain on the way. This NASA satellite photo shows Storm Eva about to give Ireland a Christmas soaking.   By Evan Short Forget the White Christmas. Think wet! Ireland needs to prepare itself for frequent incidents of flooding as climate change becomes more of an issue. The warning comes as large parts of the country...

Conor McGregor taking a selfie with fans at a recent event at the National Stadium in Dublin. INPHO/COLM O’NEILL By Dave Hannigan You probably won’t have heard of Chris Weidman. He became the UFC Middleweight champion back in 2013, and held the title up until last week. For two years, he was the boss of that division...

Taoiseach Enda Kenny during the recent lighting of the Oireachtas Christmas lights in Dublin. RollingNews.ie photo.   By Ray O’Hanlon   As Taoiseach Enda Kenny dedicated his annual Christmas message to urging Irish emigrants to come home, the undocumented Irish in America can only shrug their shoulders and hunker down...

Thomas Murphy outside the court. PHOTO:  RollingNews.ie    By Evan Short Gerry Adams has rejected criticism from the leader of Fianna Fáil, this after the Sinn Féin President defended prominent republican Thomas Murphy, who was convicted of tax evasion last week. Mr. Murphy, who lives at Ballybinaby, Hackballscross,...

Open the Door for Three has produced a mighty, mighty record in “The Penny Wager.” By Daniel Neely Congratulations to Swift Hibernian Lounge (www.swiftnycbar.com), which celebrated its 20th anniversary on Monday, Dec. 14 with a huge party at the bar’s Greenwich Village location. Swift’s (as it’s known colloquially) is...