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Jeb Bush suggested the Iron Lady for the Tenner By Irish Echo Staff Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush has caused uproar among Irish Americans after he proposed putting Margaret Thatcher on the ten dollar bill. “I would go with Ronald Reagan’s partner: Margaret Thatcher,” Bush said in response to a question asked...

Eleanor McEvoy By Colleen Taylor Eleanor McEvoy is a name that needs no introduction. Since her hit song “Only A Woman’s Heart” exploded on the charts in 1992, McEvoy has been enchanting Ireland and the rest of the world. No one would contest her status as one of Ireland’s most talented contemporary...

Pat Shortt By Orla O’Sullivan Pat Shortt had the audience eating out of his hand – almost literally. Staying in character as a singing undertaker, the comedian went around at intermission on the sold-out opening night of his show, “Selfie,” handing out the “hang sangwidges” (ham sandwiches, to the uninitiated) that are...

Sinn Féin’s Conor Murphy By Anthony Neeson All-party talks to save the Stormont institutions – which were due to begin this week – have yet to get underway after unionists laid down fresh preconditions. On Tuesday in the House of Commons the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland Theresa Villiers said reviving a body...

Mary Pat Kelly is among the writers lined up for the Hudson Valley Irish Festival. By Irish Echo Staff The Hudson Valley Irish Festival, which will take place in Peekskill, Westchester County on Saturday, September 26, The Festival will be held will not be short on ingredients. And those ingredients will include...

The Surrogate’s Court building in Manhattan By Ray O’Hanlon rohanlon@irishecho.com It’s turning into the Great Absence. Irish people continue to be sworn in as new American citizens, but you would be hard pressed to find any at swearing-in ceremonies in New York City. Earlier this summer, the Echo highlighted a...

Caption with Ancient jpg: Minister Paschal Donohue. By Ray O’Hanlon rohanlon@irishecho.com When a structure is as old as pyramids, the ancient is something of an old story. This for sure applies in countries such as Egypt. It also applies to Ireland, where you can view structures older than the pyramids. The very...

Fiona Walsh will be performing this week at the 2015 1st Irish Festival and during the Irish Arts Center’s fall season. PHOTO: PETER MCDERMOTT   By Peter McDermott pmcdermott@irishecho.com Fiona Walsh was entranced by trance. An odyssey was begun at the Roseland Ballroom that led the actor, writer and standup comic...

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...