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Pat Hickey in Rio before his arrest. Inpho photo.   By Evan Short   The Irish Olympic delegation has been thrown into turmoil after the arrest of its most senior delegate in Rio. Pat Hickey was taken into custody Thursday by Brazilian authorities investigating an illegal ticket selling operation. Hickey, who took ill...

John Timoney By Ray O’Hanlon     If the epitome of the Irish American cop was called up by central casting, John Timoney would have been ready to fill the role. And that’s how many will remember the Dublin-born Timoney, who died today after a long battle with lung cancer. Timoney was 68 and is survived by his wife...

Maureen Thielen with her husband Charles.   By Ray O’Hanlon   It was the dream Irish holiday of a lifetime. Until the dream was stolen. Maureen Thielen and her husband, Charles Halvorson, were planning their itinerary and were looking forward to a week of touring Ireland with their three college age children. They had...

Rep. Robert Dold. By Ray O’Hanlon. rohanlon@irishecho.com   In this presidential election campaign like no other, the nuts and bolts of policy debate has been mostly lost amid the focus on personalities, personal foibles and alleged failings. But immigration reform, a very hardy annual in election terms, has been...

By Ray O’Hanlon   Doping, dirty water, the Zika Virus, crime and security concerns, grinding poverty abutting Olympic glitz. The 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio have stacked up their share of negative stories. But while the Rio games undoubtedly have their more negative aspects, the general backdrop is not nearly as...

  By Daniel Neely As you read this, the 2016 Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann is raging away in Ennis, Co. Clare.  I hadn’t arrived at the time of writing, but the reports are that 400,000 people are due to descend on Ennis over the Fleadh’s nine days beginning yesterday, including an estimated 10,000 musicians, 6,000 of...

Everton, the next generation. PHOTO: MARK TAYLOR   Arsenal Scott Silver, Los Angeles native, Belfast resident Again, we don’t have the depth to compete with the Manchester clubs, and we have been in dire need of a quality center-back for years. With Mertesacker out and Gabriel now out this is getting to be a serious...

Pádraig Duggan shared Donegal with the world   By Colleen Taylor This week, the Celtic music genre lost an important father figure.  Pádraig Duggan, one of the founding members of Clannad, uncle to Moya Brennan and Enya, died at age 67 after an illness.  His death elicits reflection on the innovative paths Clannad...

Ireland’s Gary and Paul O’Donovan celebrate with their silver medals. INPHO/MORGAN TREACY By Irish Echo Staff Call them the Irish Boys in the Boat. The O’Donovan brothers from Skibbereen, County Cork brought relief to Olympic-medal starved Ireland by capturing silver medals today in men’s lightweight double skulls...

PHOTO: MARGARET M. JOHNSON   By Margaret M. Johnson If you love good food, you’ll want to visit Northern Ireland in 2016 for its “Year of Food and Drink.” Throughout the year, restaurants, hotels, producers, and markets have been showcasing the best of Northern Ireland produce and celebrating the people and passion...