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Soccer pundit Phil Brown (right) has launched new Manchester United podcast   By Evan Short     The Belfast man who has helped to spread the popularity of soccer in the United States by way of the hugely popular radio show he runs from Los Angeles on Sirius satellite radio is to start a new Manchester United podcast from...

The center of Dublin in the aftermath of the Easter Rising.   The stories and significance behind Ireland’s quest for independence, the movement’s connection to World War I and its effect on Irish Americans will be the focus of a conference for the public and campus community at UMass Lowell next month. “Remembering...

By Irish Echo Staff The Irish American Heritage Museum in Albany will feature artist Greg Montgomery in a presentation and reception on Tuesday, Aug. 23. Montgomery is widely known for his annual poster saluting the high summer horse racing meeting in Saratoga Springs and its famed Travers Stakes. Montgomery is also...

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...