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Passengers arriving at Ireland West Airport in Knock County Mayo. By Irish Echo Staff Ireland West Airport welcomed pilgrims from New York last August who arrived on board an inaugural Aer Lingus flight. This coming July, a new batch of first time passengers will arrive from Boston. The airport will host the flight...

Lord Mayor Robert Briscoe with President Kennedy in 1962. JFK Library photo.     By Ray O’Hanlon rohanlon@irishecho.com When people gather this coming Monday evening at the 21 Club in Midtown Manhattan to celebrate the 23rd annual Robert Briscoe Awards, they will be doing so in the year that many are casting their minds...

Joe Gilmore and Princess Margaret.   By Evan Short Tom Cruise in the movie “Cocktail” had nothing on Joe Gilmore in real life. Belfast native Joe – whose cocktail making skills were so famous that one of his creations was the first thing Neil Armstrong imbibed after coming out of quarantine following the moon landing...

By Ray O’Hanlon rohanlon@irishecho.com Against the backdrop of renewed court filings by both main protagonists in the dispute swirling around the New York St. Patrick’s Day Parade, the role of emerging peacemaker is not this week resting on the shoulders of Grand Marshal George Mitchell, but rather parade and...

County Roscommon as it currently looks. A government proposal would lop off a portion of the southern part.     By Irish Echo Staff A government plan to partition County Roscommon is causing uproar on both sides of the Shannon. Almost 2,000 people gathered in the Athlone Springs Hotel in Monksland, County Roscommon,...

Minister Simon Harris speaking to reporters after the meeting with insurance company representatives. RollingNews.ie photo.   By Evan Short Ireland is to ramp up its defense against water in the coming years but in the meantime tens of thousands of people are being left high and dry when it comes to flood...

The poster for “Brooklyn” featuring Saoirse Ronan   By Irish Echo Staff There was a strong Irish and Irish American presence in the list of Oscar nominations which was released today. Indeed, the Irish Times described “an extraordinary day for the Irish film industry” with both Dublin-born Lenny Abrahamson’s “Room” and...

A clearly delighted George Mitchell on Monday evening at the New York Athletic Club. Photo by Dominick Totino.   By Ray O’Hanlon rohanlon@irishecho.com George Mitchell only accepted the offer to lead the 255th New York St. Patrick’s Day Parade when he was assured that the parade would include organized gay marchers,...

First Minister Arlene Foster   By Anthony Neeson A senior Sinn Féin member has called on people from all sections of the community in Northern Ireland to take part in this year’s centenary commemorations in order to develop a greater understanding of the events of Easter 1916. Declan Kearney was speaking after the DUP’s...

Richie O’Shea as pictured on his facebook page.   By Irish Echo Staff Richie O’Shea, one of the most popular singers on the Irish American music scene in recent decades, has died. He was 73. “I just found out that we just lost a great Icon on the Irish American scene for the last fifty years, Richie O’Shea. He was one...