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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...

By Sean Devlin This isn’t Colin Quinn’s first rodeo. He’s performed comedy far and wide, he’s sat in the anchor’s chair “Weekend Update” sketch for “Saturday Night Live” and he’s starred in hit films such as this summer’s “Trainwreck.” But this time, he’s bringing everything back home. Quinn’s most recent stage show,...

Page Turner / Edited by Peter McDermott When asked to set the scene for “Beatlebone,” his second novel, Kevin Barry said: “John Lennon is trying to get to the tiny island he owns in Clew Bay, off the coast of County Mayo, in 1978, while he is in the midst of an existential crisis about the nature of creativity.” Barry...

[This opinion piece was published in the Irish Echo on Jan. 16, 2013, against the backdrop of the debate sparked by the Sandy Hook massacre, which took place three years ago today.] Wyatt Earp, 2nd from left in front row, pictured with other members of the Dodge City Police Commission in 1883. Earp believed in the...

By Colleen Taylor Singer-songwriter Ashley Davis is lighting her tree in a different way this year—with a new Christmas album. Entitled “The Christmas Sessions,” the record features guitarist John Doyle and an original jingle of that very name, “Light My Tree.” Davis has been busy these past few years. In 2014, she...

Brian Moore By Irish Echo Staff A street intersection in Queens bears a new name, that of Detective First Grade Brian Moore. Moore, just 25, was gunned down May 2 last when he and his partner approached a man in a car they believed had a gun. The man did and opened fire. Officer Moore was hit in the head and died two...

An underwater farm near Ballyhaunis, County Mayo. Photo by Jamie Martin, Irish Air Corps.   By Irish Echo Staff Large areas of Ireland are under water today after the deluge that was Storm Desmond. And in many areas the flooding has yet to peak. In Athlone, County Westmeath, the River Shannon is running six feet higher...

By Evan Short A Fianna Fáil councilor has resigned from the party after an RTE investigation was broadcast on Monday night. During the RTE Investigations Unit report, Cllr. Joe Queenan offered to act as an intermediary for a fictitious wind farm company in return for an investment in a business he was...