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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...

 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...