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By Ray O’Hanlon
Back in April, 1992, Jerry Brown had star billing at a hastily arranged gathering of Irish American leaders and activists in a Manhattan hotel.
The gathering, under the banner of an “Irish American Presidential Forum,” was designed to tease out the views of presidential candidates...

Dancer Lorelai Ryan ( in green) of Blauvelt, NY and Riley Ferguson of Stony Point, NY look up names of winners and presented trophies at the Rockland County Feis. More photo coverage in this week’s issue of the Irish Echo. Photo by Bob Reers, www.bobreers.zenfolio.com.

The innovative blend of American and Irish music in the hands of We Banjo 3 is entirely natural and uncanny to hear. PHOTO: YVONNE VAUGHAN
By Colleen Taylor
When you’ve played for the president of the United States, you’ve made it – even if he can’t hold your banjo due to national security reasons.  The success of We...

The crown is ready for this year’s King Puck and is held here by Kerry Lynch, who is supported by her lady in waiting, Blathnaid Ni Chearnaigh.
By Irish Echo Staff
Killorglin’s Puck Fair in County Kerry is now into its fifth century.
Luckily, the passage of time has not resulted in an absence of goats in the...

By Ray O’Hanlon
Long Island congressman Peter King was the most prominent activist Irish American Congressional Republican politician at the just concluded GOP convention in Cleveland.
Come to think of it, he was the only one.
Others with Irish names, such as House Speaker Paul Ryan, don’t cut...

French President Francois Hollande with President Michael D. Higgins and his wife Sabina in Áras an Uachtarán. President Hollande is shaking the hand of the Irish president’s chief speech writer, Aziliz Gouuez. In a former job, Ms. Gouuez used perform the same task for……President Hollande. RollingNews.ie photo.

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A part of Irish-American, or perhaps Irish-North American history, is little known in the U.S. but rather well-known in Mexico. The history of the San Patricio Battalion of the Mexican Army is mythological to many Mexicans and unknown to most American-Irish.
In the 1840s, conflict was...

Bons Amis: Taoiseach Enda Kenny and French President Francois Hollande in Dublin today. RollingNews.ie photo.
By Irish Echo Staff
The weather was warm and so was the Irish welcome for French president Francois Hollande in Dublin today.
The one day official visit by the French leader was also an opportunity for a...

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By Larry Tye
Bobby Kennedy’s healing magic was on graphic display on a chilly day in May, 1968, when his presidential campaign motorcade rode through the then racially and ethnically diverse Gary, Indiana.
Richard Hatcher, the black mayor, stood on one side of the candidate in the backseat of his convertible, waving...

Forty years ago, an assassination
On this day forty years ago the British Ambassador to Ireland, Christopher Ewart-Biggs died when an IRA land mine exploded as he was being driven in his car near his South County Dublin residence. Ewart-Biggs, 55, and civil servant Judith Cooke, who was 26, were killed. Driver Brian...

The newly elected AOH National Board with National President, Jim McKay, front row in the white jacket. Photo by John O’Connell, Editor, National Hibernian Digest.
By JC Sullivan
Atlantic City — The AOH, men and ladies, kicked off the 2016 National Convention at Harrah’s, Atlantic City, New Jersey.
It was originally...

By Irish Echo Staff
Joe Hurley is bringing his All-Star Irish Rock Revue to Rockaway for the first time ever on Friday night. It will take place at Bungalow Bar, Beach 92nd Street, beginning at 8 p.m. Advance tickets can be purchased at Irish.Splashthat.com.
Hurley (pictured with former Irish Consul General Noel...

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Nollaig na mBan founder Maura Mulligan will host a fundraiser on Aug. 1 in New York, marking Lughnasa.
By Maura Mulligan
According to an online report from Coalition for the Homeless, 22,680 people will sleep in New York City shelters tonight. Sister Joanne, director of the Dwelling Place of New York, a...

Irish Consul General in New York, Barbara Jones, was more than holding her corner when she hosted a reception for Irish boxer Carl Frampton. Pictured are former world champ Barry McGuigan (left) who is Frampton’s manager, Consul General Jones, and Frampton, who fights for a world title in Brooklyn on July 30. Photo by...

Taoiseach Enda Kenny.
By Evan Short
Fine Gael were always considered the party on the island of Ireland most opposed to reuniting the country outside of northern unionists, but Taoiseach Enda Kenny stunned an audience in Donegal this week when he said that the European Union should prepare for a border poll.

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Alan Daly (left) and Wayne Solan have come up with an idea that could not only take off, but blast off!
By Evan Short
Two Dublin men who set out to revolutionize the way we use toothpaste have announced they are now in talks with NASA about supplying space voyages with their product.
Wayne Solan and Alan Daly have...

The Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians have elected a new National Board that will oversee the order’s work for the next two years. Pictured at last week’s national convention in Atlantic City are: Back row Immediate Past President Mary Hogan, Secretary Karen Keane, Missions and Charities, Mary Ann Lubinsky, and...

Jo Kinsella dancing in “Dancing at Lughnasa.”
By Peter McDermott
Jo Kinsella was once being hailed as the next Maureen O’Hara – by her grandmother in Muckross, Killarney, Co. Kerry. The woman took particular delight in the child’s irreverent take-off of the older choir...

 By Daniel Neely
Nathan Gourley and Joey Abarta are two of America’s great young trad musicians, and together (with the help of bouzouki player Owen Marshall, who appears on several tracks), they’ve released “Copley Street,” a wonderful album of duet playing that traditional music fans will welcome with open arms...

Pictured after landing in Ireland West Airport, Knock, are pilgrims Brian O’Dwyer, Cardinal Sean O’Malley and Ray Flynn. The three were passengers aboard the first Aer Lingus flight from Boston to the County Mayo airport as part of a pilgrimage to Knock Shrine, and a tourism-boosting visit to the West of Ireland.

A floral tribute left on the steps of the French Embassy in Dublin this morning. RollingNews.ie photo.
By Irish Echo Staff
Ireland and the United States mourned with France today after the horrific events of Thursday night in the southern French city of Nice.
And the attack, which left over 80 dead and many more...

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