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New York City Comptroller, Scott Stringer, who oversees $154 billion in pension funds, took time out of his busy schedule to discuss my proposal for a “Fresh Start” with Irish America.     By Máirtín Ó Muilleoir MLA The Fresh Start at Stormont has the potential to usher in a new era of positive politics in the north of...

Ali in characteristic pose during training for his July, 1972 fight against Al “Blue” Lewis in Croke Park. Inpho/Allsport photo.     By Jay Mwamba The story of the prizefighter who would become “The Greatest” began — at least on one side of his family – a century earlier in County Clare. That’s when Muhammad Ali’s...

Villanova University, just north of Philadelphia, is planning a new Irish Studies center. Villanova University photo.     By Ray O’Hanlon rohanlon@irishecho.com Irish Studies has become an increasingly popular academic option in a growing number of universities. Now one of the longest running Irish Studies programs is...

Aaron Devlin     By Ray O’Hanlon rohanlon@irishecho.com So here’s a story that is both sad and uplifting. Ballinderry Shamrocks Gaelic Athletic Club in County Derry is to be found in a spot that straddles the East Tyrone border and is in close proximity to Ardboe and Moortown, on the shores of Lough Neagh. The club is...

Gardai at the scene of the recent shooting in Dublin of Gareth Hutch. Hutch, who was “known to gardai,” was related to members of the Hutch criminal gang. RollingNews.ie.     By Evan Short Hot Town, summer in the city. Yes, the weather is warming up in Dublin this week. So is the city’s gangland feud which, in recent...

Billy Lawless.   By Ray O’Hanlon rohanlon@irishecho.com It and more has been promised by various Irish political parties for years. Now Taoiseach Enda Kenny has gone some way towards giving a voice to the Irish abroad, and most especially in the United States, by nominating Chicago businessman and immigration reform...

Dr. to Dr. Quinnipiac University President Dr. John Lahey, Adrian Flannelly, and Mark Thompson, the university’s executive vice president and provost.     By Irish Echo Staff   Adrian Flannelly has long been a man of letters, words being the product of his labor. Now he has been honored for all those words over all those...

Connla McCann     The Irish Echo is announcing and welcomes the appointment of its new publisher, Connla McCann, who succeeds Máirtín Ó Muilleoir in the role after his move into ministerial office in the Northern Ireland Executive. Ms. McCann, 36, who has worked closely with the Irish Echo in recent years in her...

The Harmony North choir     By Evan Short A choir made up of young people from schools in a troubled part of Belfast performed in Washington D.C. last week to celebrate a centenary of Irish music. Harmony North joined the all-Ireland Camerata Ireland orchestra at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts on...

Rory McIlroy acknowledging the cheers of the crowd on the 18th yesterday. Inpho photo.     By Ray O’Hanlon rohanlon@irishecho.com If Rory McIlroy’s emotions were a match for the weather he would have been shedding hailstones. But the weather was ancient history the moment that McIlroy sank his final putt for an eagle...