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Stormont has a new elected Assembly after vote counts are completed     By Anthony Neeson With counting underway in Northern Ireland’s Stormont election, early indications are that there will be few changes in the make-up of the new Assembly. With 108 seats up for grabs, early tallies show that the DUP will again be...

By Ray O’Hanlon rohanlon@irishecho.com The 2016 New York St. Patrick’s Day Parade is still in the rear view mirror. But already the feuding parade groups – which have been in something of a standoff mode since the parade passed into the history books less than two months ago – appear to be gearing up for, well, more...

Áine Ní Shionnaigh with Chris O’Dowd     By Áine Ní Shionnaigh   Living in the midst of a city that never sleeps, sirens that never silence, lights that never dim, my mind often drifts back to my home county of Roscommon: a curious yet beautiful mix of bog land, lake land, rich pasture, the river Shannon, its tributaries...

Padraic Pearse.     Padraic Pearse, an iconic figure among the 1916 leaders, was executed on this day in 1916 along with Thomas MacDonagh and Tom Clarke. Sam O’Reilly was in the GPO with Pearse during the fighting and in 1980 was interviewed by the Echo’s Mike McCormack. Here is an edited extract of that interview in...

Members of the Crossmaglen steering group before boarding their transatlantic flight.     By Barbara Collins A group from the South Armagh border village of Crossmaglen are landing in New York City today as part of a mission to secure business for the area. The visitors are also working to twin with a U.S.-based...

Oliver Pollock     By Evan Short While new faces will be replacing old ones on dollar denominations one thing that won’t be changing is the dollar symbol itself. And the Irish-born American patriot who invented the famous dollar symbol has been honored in his home county of Tyrone with a permanent memorial. Oliver...

Gerry Adams speaking at his party’s Ard Fheis last weekend.   By Anthony Neeson Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams has led a blistering attack on his Fianna Fáil counterpart. Speaking during his party’s Ard Fheis in Dublin on Saturday, Mr. Adams said that Micheál Martin is negotiating to put Fine Gael back into power. “In...

Adi Roche (right) greeting a child affected by the Chernobyl disaster. RollingNews.ie photo.     By Ray O’Hanlon rohanlon@irishecho.com Thirty years is a good portion of an average lifespan. It is nothing in terms of nuclear half-life. Three decades after the world heard of Chernobyl for the first time and for the most...

Two ladies share a big stage. The celebration of freedom was in the air as Irish Consul General in New York, Barbara Jones, master of ceremonies for the Irish government’s 1916 commemoration event at Battery Park City, Manhattan on Sunday, addressed the gathering with Lady Liberty standing watch in the background....

A Callery Pear, also known as a Bradford Pear.     By Ray O’Hanlon rohanlon@irishecho.com Ceremonies remembering 1916 are set to take place all over the United States this weekend, from Seattle to San Francisco, from Chicago to Boston. One of the more unusual is set for Queens, New York, on Saturday morning. Unusual in...