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The venue for the meeting was Cathedral High School in Manhattan. By Aaron Vallely Bringing back “democracy to the running of the New York St. Patrick’s Day parade was a particular focus of participants in a meeting of parade affiliated organizations held even as the parade’s immediate future appeared to be in the...

Mairead Sorenson By Áine Ní Shionnaigh Until recently, my sole interest in Butler’s Chocolates was savoring the dark and white creations nestled within the luxury trademark brown and white packaging. Irish chocolate is always the best, Butlers exceedingly so. However this week when I spoke to the Chair of Butlers...

Chuck Feeney By Ray O’Hanlon rohanlon@irishecho.com A record grant from Chuck Feeney-founded Atlantic Philanthropies will see Ireland take a position in the front rank of the global battle against the ravages of dementia. One of the world’s largest private charitable foundations, The Atlantic Philanthropies, according...

A young James Connolly By Evan Short The time spent by Irish revolutionary James Connolly in the United States will feature in a new exhibition in one of Ireland’s oldest libraries. he part Connolly played in the GPO in the 1916 Rising is well known but what many in Ireland don’t know is that much of his ideology was...

Congressman Richard Neal has welcomed the new agreement.   By Anthony Neeson An agreement at Stormont has been reached between the parties and the two governments after ten weeks of negotiations. However those involved in the talks have fallen short in dealing with legacy issues from the Troubles. Nevertheless, the...

By Ray O’Hanlon rohanlon@irishecho.com In advance of a meeting of organizations affiliated to the New York St. Patrick’s Day Parade, set for Wednesday evening, a group under the umbrella of “Concerned Affiliated Organizations” has called on the board of the St. Patrick’s Day Parade to “cease pounding the table” and...

President Michael D. Higgins and Sabina Higgins at the French Embassy in Dublin Monday. Mr. Higgins is signing the Book of Condolences for the victims of the Paris attacks. RollingNews.ie. By Ray O’Hanlon rohanlon@irishecho.com   The terrorist attacks in Paris last Friday evening has left world leaders contemplating a...

Peter Ryan   By Ray O’Hanlon rohanlon@irishecho.com Peter Ryan can see the road ahead. Not literally because he is almost completely sightless. But in his mind’s eye he knows exactly what he has to do, and how he is going to do it. The “it” is a place on the Irish team for the Paralympics in Rio next October. And that...

The U.S. Embassy in Dublin By Ray O’Hanlon rohanlon@irishecho.com Many Americans have encountered them, often during summer vacations by the shore: young Irish students serving them lunch, or a drink at sundown. Now it looks like the sun is setting on many such encounters. New rules for summer J-1 student visas mean...

Dr. John Lahey     By Ray O’Hanlon rohanlon@irishecho.com Faced with concern and questions over the future direction of the New York St. Patrick’s Day Parade, summed up in an online petition that has attracted over 5,000 signatures, the parade board has said in a statement that it is “deeply concerned about the...