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By Evan Short     A film about IRA hunger striker Bobby Sands has broken Irish box office records after opening last weekend. “Bobby Sands: 66 Days” has enjoyed the highest viewing figures at the Irish box office for an Irish-made documentary, taking in over €50,933. The documentary was shown in 25 cinemas throughout...

Part of the attraction: scenery like that of the Cliffs of Moher in County Clare. ROLLINGNEWS.IE   By Ray O’Hanlon rohanlon@irishecho.com Many Americans are in Ireland this month enjoying often long-planned vacations in their ancestral homeland. Some of them are hankering to stay. And those Americans wanting to retire...

Bishop Edward Daly.  ROLLINGNEWS.IE   By Anthony Neeson Tributes have poured in for Bishop Edward Daly who died earlier Monday at age 82. For many, Daly will be remembered as the priest who waved a blood-stained white handkerchief as he and a group of men tried to escort the mortally wounded Jackie Duddy to safety...

Aoife Scott, left, and her cousins Danny O’Reilly and Róisín O performed together recently at Kilmainham Gaol.   By Colleen Taylor The Black Family needs no introduction in the world of Irish music.  The family quintet started a career back in the1970s, a legacy that began with their own mother, Patty Black, who led a...

  By Patrice Brady Before relocating to America my relationship to U.S. politicians and parties was limited to my ability to name the last few presidents (Obama, Bush, Clinton, Bush). And I did like to mention that I filled my car’s gas tank at Barack Obama Plaza in Moneygall, Co. Offaly. However, with November’s...

Minister Charlie Flanagan, second from right, with Vice Admiral Merrett and Patrick, Niall and Jack, who are relatives of Roger Casement, at yesterday’s ceremony. ROLLING NEWS.IE   Roger Casement was executed on Aug. 3. 1916 in London for his part in the planning of the 1916 Easter Rising. Yesterday, the Irish...

James P. O’Neill   By Ray O’Hanlon rohanlon@irishecho.com   The long green line in the New York Police Department is still intact. Chief of Department, James P. O’Neill, has been appointed commissioner by Mayor Bill de Blasio after Commissioner Bill Bratton announced Tuesday that he would be stepping down. Bratton, who...

Brexit has Irish voters thinking of more than just currency exchange in the context of the border. By Anthony Neeson A new opinion poll which suggests that the majority of people in the Republic of Ireland would favor a united Ireland has been dismissed by unionist politicians in the North. The Red C poll for Paddy...

Paul Muldoon, center with top hot, with members of Wayside Shrines.   By Colleen Taylor I was reminded this past week, at the International Conference for Irish Literatures, held in Cork, that the division of the disciplines is a relatively recent one.  The separation of the natural from the philosophical sciences,...

Barbed wire deliberately placed in a forest area. By Evan Short   A sinister campaign against Irish mountain bikers that has seen barbed wire, boulders, logs and fishing wire put across trails could lead to deaths campaigners have warned. In the last two decades mountain biking has experienced an explosion in...