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The new World Trade Center and images in light of the lost Twin Towers By Ray O’Hanlon rohanlon@irishecho.com Ask anyone who was in New York on 9/11 to describe the day and they will inevitably include, with all else, the weather. It was sublime. The sky was the shade of blue that bespoke of heaven, even as an...

By Daniel Neely If it seems like Irish music dominates the traditional Celtic scene in New York, it’s because it does: here in New York City there are quality sessions every day of the week to choose from. However, in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, on the ultra-hip corner of Grand Street and Bedford Avenue, there is a bar...

 DUP leader Peter Robinson   By Irish Echo Staff The political crisis in Northern Ireland deepened Thursday with First Minister Peter Robinson announcing that he was stepping aside from the post. Most of his fellow DUP minister also quit while colleague and finance minister Arlene foster took over as Acting First...

The monument to the Irish soldiers who died in the Korean War while serving in the United States armed forces By Ray O’Hanlon rohanlon@irishecho.com As the years roll by the number of people and events to commemorate grows. Once upon a time, in a more innocent world, there was no 9/11 to remember. It will, of course,...

Sarah McQuaid plays exclusively in dadgad, a type of toning for the Celtic guitar. By Colleen Taylor Sarah McQuaid is not just a transnational musician, she’s a trans-genre one. The American singer-songwriter, who has lived in France, Ireland, and now resides in England, resists a singular musical identity. Having...

Donal O’Kelly and Sorcha Fox in a scene from “Little Thing, Big Thing.”   By Orla O’Sullivan What might a criminal and a nun have in common? That’s one of the questions asked by the first play to open in Origin’s 2015 1st Irish Festival, “Little Thing, Big Thing,” from Dublin’s Fishamble theatre company. A conscience is...

Tommy McNamara and his pal Murphy Malone By Sean Devlin Tommy McNamara might wear blue and white when he suits up for NYCFC soccer matches at Yankee Stadium, but he’s an inspiration for supporters of those wearing green as well. The 24-year-old midfielder is a native of West Nyack, New York, and played his school game...

“On her birthday,” by Seamus Scanlon Seamus Scanlon. He left Belfast around 2 am.
Light traffic.
He liked driving at night… no school runs, no rush hour, no old people stopped at junctions bewildered by the lights and traffic, only a black Opel Vectra sailing through the seas of the dark, pulling in the miles, the wind...

Road Bowling is growing in popularity in West Virginia By Evan Short West Virginia’s love of the Irish sport of road bowls is set to be rekindled next week with the annual Ancient Order of Hibernians event coming back for the fifth year in a row. Last September, over 500 people turned out and ninety teams faced off in...

The visiting parliamentarians gathered in front of Leinster House in Dublin By Irish Echo Staff An international group of parliamentarians with Irish connections has gathered in Dublin for the first-ever Global Irish Parliamentarians’ Forum. The forum is aimed at fostering Ireland’s relationship with its diaspora by...