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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...

Bono and U2 paid tribute to those who were recently killed in Paris, but also to those killed in the Troubles in Ireland. RollingNews.ie photo.   By Irish Echo Staff The mass murder carried out by terrorists in Paris last month forced U2 to cancel the climactic performances on their European tour. The band returned to...

Democratic presidential candidate Martin O’Malley (center) with Billy Lawless on the right.   By Irish Echo Staff Former Maryland Governor and Democratic presidential candidate, Martin O’Malley, has called for comprehensive immigration reform and has linked reform to his vision of a stronger U.S. economy. O’Malley...

The O’Donnell family   By Ray O’Hanlon rohanlon@irishecho.com The immigration mess always looms larger at Christmas, a time of year when an elevated value is placed on being at “home” for the holidays. Home for the holidays, for many undocumented Irish, implies a few days spent with loved ones in Ireland. But for one...