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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...

The Skelligs, earthly version. Tourism Ireland photo. By Irish Echo Staff The Skelligs might be off the coast of County Kerry, at least according to all the official maps. But as of this weekend, the pyramid-shaped islands are actually in a galaxy far, far away. The Skelligs fill the screen in the closing minutes of...

The Narrowbacks. By Colleen Taylor Last week, a New York band treated one of Boston’s best Irish music venues to an array of Big Apple songs. The Narrowbacks, a burgeoning Irish-American band with proud New York roots, rocked the Burren in Sommerville, Mass. They were so well liked there that—despite longstanding...

Photo: John McDermott By Michael Quinlin Singer, entertainer, advocate, friend. These words well describe John McDermott, the popular Celtic tenor known for his exquisite renderings of Irish and Scottish ballads and patriotic songs, and for his zealous advocacy for causes near and dear to his heart. McDermott performs...