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Urko Aiartza (right) meets with Californian congressman John Garamendi, who is a member of the Basque diaspora.   By Evan Short   A Basque country senator has said he will press members of the U.S. Congress to back their peace process in the same way they helped to deliver peace in Ireland. Urko Aiartza told the Irish...

Matt Bogart and Whitney Bashor are the stars of the off-Broadway musical “Himself and Nora.” PHOTO: PETER MCDERMOTT   By Peter McDermott pmcdermott@irishecho.com “There are not many parts like it. She’s a complicated, fiercely-loving woman.” That’s how Whitney Bashor explained her decision to play the title female role...

Desi Wilkinson, a Belfast ethnomusicologist who plays in the Sligo/Leitrim style, will be at Augusta this year.     By Daniel Neely We’re getting on into the summer, which means that it’s festival and arts week time! There are lots out there to choose from, including Catskills Irish Arts Week (July 10-16,...

A 2009 photo of the pub where the killings took place.   By Anthony Neeson A damning report by Northern Ireland’s Police Ombudsman has said that there was collusion between police officers and loyalist gunmen in one of the North’s most notorious killings of the Troubles. Six Catholic men were gunned down in the Heights...

SOAK.   By Colleen Taylor SOAK is coming to town.  And this time, she’s not doing it alone.  The Irish singer-songwriter from Derry will tour the States for the first time with a full band.  She will perform on June 23 at Rough Trade in Brooklyn.  SOAK’s debut solo album, “Before We Forgot How to Dream” (2015), which...

Martin McGuinness with his new Sinn Féin ministerial colleagues Chris Hazzard, Megan Fearon, Michelle O’Neill and Máirtín Ó Muilleoir.     By Ray O’Hanlon rohanlon@irishecho.com Máirtín Ó Muilleoir is Northern Ireland’s new finance minister. He is part of the new power-sharing Executive at Stormont. As a result of his...

Page Turner / Edited by Peter McDermott The aftermath of the 1916 Easter Rising presented the hierarchy of the Catholic Church with an increasingly difficult dilemma. Armagh Cardinal Michael Logue had condemned the “folly” of the government’s reaction to the Rising, but nor were he and his colleagues in any way...

No joke, we’re working together now. Enda Kenny and Micheál Martin have worked out a deal for future governance. RollingNews.ie photo.     By Ray O’Hanlon rohanlon@irishecho.com   When he first became taoiseach, the New York Times dubbed him “Edna.” Well, “Edna” is about to make new headlines and a little history by...

The Emmet statue in Washington, D.C.     By Ray O’Hanlon rohanlon@irishecho.com While much attention has been, naturally, lavished in recent days on the leaders of the 1916 Rising, another in the pantheon of Irish patriots has not been forgotten in this Rising centenary year. That would be Robert Emmet, he of the...

A portrait of Oswald Mosley by Glyn Warren Philpot at the National Portrait Gallery, London.   By Peter McDermott pmcdermott@irishecho.com Oswald Mosley was elected a Conservative MP in the “khaki” General Election of December 1918 for the Middlesex constituency of Harrow. The 22-year-old veteran of the Western Front...