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Bill Flynn

Mutual of America’s Bill Flynn was Grand Marshal of the New York St. Patrick’s Day Parade in 1996. In subsequent years, Flynn became a pivotal figure in the effort to restructure the parade and place it on a sound financial footing. His efforts led to a conflict with parade leaders and his departure from the parade organizing structure.

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    John Dunleavy (right) with John Fitzsimons on Fifth Avenue. By Ray O’Hanlon rohanlon@irishecho.com Not for the first time in recent years a cloud of uncertainty hangs over the New York St. Patrick’s Day Parade after what some parade insiders have described as a “coup” aimed at sidelining longtime parade chairman, John Dunleavy. Dunleavy remains chairman […]

  • No Irish to apply

    The Federal Building in Lower Manhattan By Ray O’Hanlon rohanlon@irishecho.com The Irish were in the thick of the fight for American independence. Lately, they seem to be absent from the ranks of new Americans. This would certainly appear to be the case in the specific – though not necessarily definitive – context of two swearing-in […]

  • Texas students learn about peace process

    Dr. Lori Gallagher (third from right) and some of her students. By Evan Short letters@irishecho.com A Texas-based academic who visits Belfast every two years as part of the course she teaches says she feels like the current Stormont impasse shows that society is moving on. Dr. Lori Gallagher, who runs the William J Flynn Center […]

  • Crowley’s passion is evident in book

    Jimmy Crowley began writing the “Songs of Cork” column in Evening Echo in 2002.   By Daniel Neely letters@irishecho.com I imagine there isn’t a music lover from Ireland who doesn’t recognize the name of the great Corkman Jimmy Crowley. From his work with Stokers Lodge to his own solo projects, Crowley has forged a reputation […]

  • Three Irish dead in Tunisia slaughter

    Martina and Larry Hayes. Family photo. By Irish Echo Staff letters@irishecho.com Ireland this week is again reeling in shock after the sudden and tragic deaths of citizens overseas. This time, however, it was not accidental death, as in the case of the California balcony collapse tragedy, but rather as a result of cold-blooded terrorism that […]

  • Literary day marked by ‘invigorating’ night

    Salon Diary / By Karen Daly Conor McCourt and Laure Sullivan. The IAW&A Salon at the Cell Theatre occurred on that revered date in the Irish cultural calendar: Bloomsday. Despite many competing events around town, we had a great crowd enjoying a night that was variously described as “raucous,” “invigorating” and “inspiring.” The line-up featured […]

  • Available in a heartbeat, but…..

    David Bobbett By Evan Short letters@irishecho.com A successful Irish businessman, who built his fortune by outfitting McDonald’s restaurant kitchens around the world, has turned his attention to informing the American public of the dangers of heart disease – which he claims are being hidden by mainstream medicine. Dubliner David Bobbett, through his Irish-funded documentary entitled […]

  • ‘Aloha Fund’ for Berkeley victims

    Honorary Consul Noel Trainor By Ray O’Hanlon rohanlon@irishecho.com The grief spanned the Atlantic. It spanned America. It also spans the wide stretch of ocean between the continental United States and Hawaii. A fund has been established in Hawaii to assist the families of the five Irish J-1 students and one Irish American student who died […]

  • Feeling like you’re there

    Tim V. Smyth and Carol Anne McGowan, aka Hidden Highways, will be touring Ireland throughout the summer. By Colleen Taylor letters@irishecho.com For Irish duo Hidden Highways, subtlety is the key to good music. Understatement, sophistication, and musical nostalgia are what define this Americana-folk act. Made up of Tim V. Smyth and Carol Anne McGowan, Hidden […]

  • What the Times wrote, what it once didn’t write

              Ambassador Anne Anderson By Ray O’Hanlon rohanlon@irishecho.com Back in the early days of 1989, another century and, in terms of media and communication, another epoch, the failure of the New York Times to report the assassination of Belfast attorney Pat Finucane was itself a story. But it was a slow […]

  • Doyle debut is ‘darkly exhilarating’

    Page Turner / Edited by Peter McDermott Rob Doyle. PHOTO BY AL HIGGINS Rob Doyle, who holds a first-class honors degree in philosophy and an MPhil in psychoanalysis from Trinity College Dublin, “has a remarkable way of articulating the innermost thoughts of young men,” according to the Irish Independent. The context was commentary on his […]

  • Corofin grapples with sudden death

    Deborah Kruel Rupy plays Mary in “The Caretaker of Corofin.”   By Peter McDermott pmcdermott@irishecho.com It was late on New Year’s Eve, 1986, in Corofin, Co. Clare, on the edge of the Burren. Deborah Kruel Rupy recalled this week that she’d wanted to call her parents, an ocean away on Long Island. “It was a […]

  • Irish sovereignty extends only so high

    A Russian TU-95 “Bear” bomber By Ray O’Hanlon rohanlon@irishecho.com The story almost had an air of routine about it. The report, compiled by the Press Association and carried by British media outlets, stated that two Typhoon fighter jets were launched from RAF Lossiemouth to intercept Russian bombers heading towards the United Kingdom. The Russian “Bear” […]

  • St. Patrick’s service for Berkeley victims

    By Ray O’Hanlon rohanlon@irishecho.com With funerals taking place in Ireland this week for four of the six Berkeley balcony collapse victims, a service of remembrance for the dead will be held this Thursday, June 25, at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in Manhattan. The service will start at 6.30 p.m. Over the past few days, books of […]

  • CD joins ranks of session classics

    By Daniel Neely There’s a pub in Camden Town, London, called the Good Mixer where the Britpop scene has gone to drink, fight and carry on for the better part of the last two decades. If you wanted to rub elbows with the likes of Oasis, Blur or Amy Winehouse, the Good Mixer was your […]

  • ‘It’s nice to be first’: Enright

    The multiple-awarding winning novelist Anne Enright was named in January to the new official position of laureate for Irish fiction. PHOTO: HUGH CHALONER By Orla O’Sullivan letters@irishecho.com “You’re a different person every time you sit down to write,” said Anne Enright, Ireland’s first laureate for Irish fiction. “It’s always about, ‘What’s life asking me now?’” […]

  • Families arrive to bring loved ones home

                President Michael D. Higgins and his wife Sabina signing the book of condolences at the Mansion House in Dublin By Ray O’Hanlon rohanlon@irishecho.com As families of those who died and who were injured in the Berkeley balcony collapse began arriving in San Francisco, tributes were being paid to the […]

  • Questions over fatal balcony safety

    The six who died in the Berkeley balcony collapse By Ray O’Hanlon rohanlon@irishecho.com Questions were being raised today over the structural integrity of the apartment balcony in Berkeley, California, that collapsed early Tuesday morning and resulted in the deaths of six students, and serious injuries to seven others. And the names of five Irish J-1 […]

  • Six dead in Berkeley balcony collapse

    The fourth floor balcony collapsed onto the balcony below and those on it were thrown into the street. By Ray O’Hanlon rohanlon@irishecho.com What was to be a night of joy and celebration turned into a nightmare for a group of Irish J-1 students when a balcony in a Berkeley, California apartment complex gave way, pitching […]

  • A salute to William and James

    The invitation illustration for Tuesday’s celebration of WB Yeats and James Joyce at Dupont Circle in Washington, D.C. The image was the winning entry in a competition organized by the Irish Embassy, and is the work of Barrie Maguire. By Ray O’Hanlon rohanlon@irishecho.com The cultural world is this week saluting William and James. And though […]

  • Pataki can count on Irish GOP support

    George Pataki By Ray O’Hanlon rohanlon@irishecho.com Either the world and its mother is pursuing the Republican Party nomination for next year’s presidential election, or “the mother” part of that total is the only one taking a pass. But it’s a mother who gives former New York governor George Pataki an entry card to Irish America […]

  • Ambassador Anne lauded at women’s event

    Ambassador Anne Anderson By Ray O’Hanlon rohanlon@irishecho.com Ireland’s ambassador to the United States, Anne Anderson, is not at her post in Washington, D.C. today. The popular plenipotentiary is back in Ireland where she is being honored, along with 24 other women, at an event highlighting Ireland’s “most powerful women.” The gathering, including a “Leadership Summit” […]

  • Rep. Brendan Boyle calls for collusion hearing

    Congressman Brendan Boyle. By Ray O’Hanlon rohanlon@irishecho.com U.S. Congressman Brendan Boyle has officially requested a House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing to examine what he describes as “the shocking revelations into collusion” between parts of the British government and terrorists on their payroll. The revelations were aired in a recently broadcast BBC “Panorama” news documentary. Congressman […]

  • DiNapoli eyes greater investment in North

    New York State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli speaking at the New York/New Belfast conference. By Irish Echo Staff letters@irishecho.com New York State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli — who controls more than $180 billion in pension fund for the state’s public workers — has pledged to invest further funds in Belfast start-ups. Delivering the keynote speech at the […]

  • Obama pledges to fight for immigration change

    President Obama pledges to do “everything I can” to make immigration more equitable. White House Photo. By Ray O’Hanlon rohanlon@irishecho.com With his executive immigration initiatives stalled by court actions, President Obama has pledged to do everything he can to make the immigration system more equitable. And in his weekly address, which was focused on celebrating […]

  • Arriving J-1 students need places to stay

    Montauk, at the eastern end of Long Island, is one of the most popular summer destinations for Irish J-1 Visa holders. By Irish Echo Staff letters@irishecho.com While the global Irish diaspora was being discussed over the past couple of days at the first ever Global Irish Civic Forum in Dublin, hundreds of Irish students were […]

  • Boston College to play in Ireland

    The Aviva Stadium in Dublin By Ray O’Hanlon rohanlon@irishecho.com Ireland is becoming a go to place for fall college football classics. In 2016, Boston College and Georgia Tech will do battle on the green sward of the Aviva Stadium in Dublin. Details of what is being titled the Aer Lingus College Football Classic were released […]

  • First Global Forum convenes in Dublin

    On the ball: The Director General of the Gaelic Athletic Association, Paraic Duffy, and Minister for the Diaspora, Jimmy Deenihan, in Dublin Castle today for the start of first ever Global Irish Civic Forum. Photocall. By Ray O’Hanlon rohanlon@irishecho.com They have traveled to Dublin from all over the U.S. and Canada. And from all over […]

  • Politicians huddle in crisis Belfast talks

    Stormont House By Ray O’Hanlon rohanlon@irishecho.com Political leaders from North, South and across the Irish Sea are meeting in Belfast today in an effort to sort out the political impasse caused by the North Executive’s failure to pass a welfare bill. The talks are also aimed at fully implementing the Stormont House Agreement reached last […]

  • Republicans decry Fla. MacBride rescinding

    Governor Rick Scott signing a bill. State of Florida photo. By Ray O’Hanlon rohanlon@irishecho.com The Irish American Republicans lobby group has come out against the recent rescinding of Florida’s MacBride Principles law by the Sunshine State’s GOP governor, Rick Scott. In a strongly worded statement, the IAR said it was urging Governor Scott to “inform […]

  • Obama, Congress must act after BBC documentary

    By Ray O’Hanlon rohanlon@irishecho.com The U.S. Congress and President Obama should join Amnesty International in demanding action in the aftermath of a BBC television documentary casting light on alleged state-linked murders during the Troubles in Northern Ireland. “The United States must not be silent about this BBC exposure of forty years of British government state […]

  • Ireland’s courage an example for the world

    Vice President Biden By Joe Biden letters@irishecho.com Last weekend more than 1.2 million Irish voters took a courageous stand for love and family when they overwhelmingly chose marriage equality. They recognized the fundamental truth that every person is entitled to dignity and respect, and that there can be no justification for the denigration or persecution […]

  • A shout-out for the arts

      Actor Jack O’Connell, center, actor-playwright Erin Layton and actor-playwright Don Creedon were in the audience last night for this month’s Artists Without Walls Showcase. PHOTO: PETER MCDERMOTT By Peter McDermott Einstein played the violin. So Polly Toynbee reminded us a recent piece in the Guardian, making the case for more arts in education rather […]

  • Sixth NY/NB conference will be biggest ever

    Geraldine Hughes By Irish Echo Staff letters@irishecho.com The biggest-ever delegation of political leaders from Belfast will attend next week’s New York-New Belfast conference and this just as Irish America refocuses on the prospects for the Northern Ireland peace process. Members of the Stormont Assembly from five different parties will attend the sixth annual conference at […]

  • Kenny says Ireland has made history

    Taoiseach Enda Kenny was able to brief Ban Ki-moon first hand on the result of the same sex marriage referendum. The United Nations Secretary General is in Ireland to receive the Tipperary Peace Award. Photocall By Irish Echo Staff letters@irishecho.com Ireland made history. That’s the view of Taoiseach Enda Kenny in the aftermath of last […]

  • Rare opportunity to see ‘Songman’

    Tommy Sands will present on Saturday night a theatricalized music event based on his 2005 memoir. By Daniel Neely Tommy Sands is a living legend. He’s a widely respected singer and songwriter from County Down who grew up in the music. He has performed the world over, from New York to Moscow and everywhere in […]

  • Three months since ‘waiver’ letter

    Ambassador Kevin O’Malley By Ray O’Hanlon rohanlon@irishecho.com It is three months this week since a letter was sent by Ireland’s Department of Foreign Affairs to the U.S. Embassy in Dublin on the matter of visa waivers for the undocumented Irish. Receipt of the letter was acknowledged by the embassy, and there was also an indication […]

  • Florida rescinds its MacBride Law

    The State Capitol building in Tallahassee By Ray O’Hanlon rohanlon@irishecho.com As expected, Governor Rick Scott of Florida has signed a state budget bill that includes, in its multitudinous line items, a bill that rescinds the state’s MacBride Principles law. The budget bill, which had to be passed in totality or not at all, was signed […]

  • Florida poised to rescind MacBride legislation

    Governor Rick Scott By Ray O’Hanlon rohanlon@irishecho.com Florida is this week poised to overturn MacBride Principles legislation that has been law in the Sunshine State since 1988. A rescinding bill, approved by both houses of the state legislature, is reportedly on the desk of Governor Rick Scott. Scott is expected to sign the measure. The […]

  • 21 is old enough for many things, but…

    Is Áras an Uachtaráin ready for a 21-year-old occupant? By Sarah Martin letters@irishecho.com Anyone who is abreast of Irish politics over the past few weeks knows the word “referendum” is on the tip of just about everyone’s tongue. Everyone, however, might not be aware that the equal marriage referendum is not the only decision on […]

  • Tea and a handshake

    Gerry Adams and Prince Charles exchange words and a handshake when they met at University College Galway today. Photocall. By Ray O’Hanlon rohanlon@irishecho.com The process of reconciliation between Irish republicans and British royalty took another significant step forward today when Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams met with Prince Charles at University College Galway. Charles and his […]

  • Rory tees up Irish Open

    Rory McIlroy By Ray O’Hanlon rohanlon@irishecho.com What do you get when you add the two numbered date, May 28-31, for the upcoming Irish Open golf championship at Royal County Down? You get 59. And that’s the score that Rory McIlroy was potentially looking at on the 16th hole in the final round of the Wells […]

  • USS Barry in NY for Fleet Week

    The USS Barry By Ray O’Hanlon rohanlon@irishecho.com It will be the friendliest of boarding parties. Members of the Commodore John Barry Club of Brooklyn are planning a most special outing on the morning of Saturday, May 23. The club and its friends will be invited guests aboard the USS Barry, which will be docked in […]

  • Irish is lingua franca in Cannes

    By Evan Short letters@irishecho.com For the first time ever the glitz and glamour of the Cannes Film Festival will resonate to the sounds of the Irish language, this after a musical written solely in the Irish native tongue was shortlisted for an award. “Bonsoir Luna” is a short film about a romance between street artist, […]

  • Tenor Emmet Cahill the latest Midlands star

            By Áine Ní Shionnaigh Chatting to Emmet Cahill earlier this week is like catching up with a long lost friend. He has a hint of an accent which I strongly suspect is from the Midlands. As Emmet describes it himself, ‘I’m from the middle of the country”, which technically has two meanings: he lives […]

  • Catherine Burns is going home

    Duffy’s Cut team leaders Rev. Frank Watson, Earl Schandlemeir, and Dr. William Watson at the Duffy’s Cut cross at West Laurel Hill Cemetery. By Ray O’Hanlon rohanlon@irishecho.com More than 180 years after she died beside a Pennsylvania railroad, Catherine Burns is going home. Fragments of her remains unearthed at the Duffy’s Cut excavation site in […]

  • Irish aid workers at quake center

    Concern’s Emergency Response Team leader Ros O’Sullivan (l) and logistician Graham Woodcock (r) in Kathmandu planning the distribution of essential shelter and hygiene packages to 10,000 families in some of Nepal’s hardest-hit districts. This photo was taken between the two devastating earthquakes. Concern Worldwide photo. By Ray O’Hanlon rohanlon@irishecho.com Irish aid workers rushed to Nepal […]

  • Legislators laud Rockland Gaelic Athletic Association

    Saluting Rockland County GAA were (l-r) Legislator Pat Moroney, Marty McKenna, Joe McGirl, Vincent Tyer, and Legislator Christopher Carey. By Irish Echo Staff letters@irishecho.com Rockland County, NY, legislators Patrick Moroney and Christopher Carey have presented the Rockland Gaelic Athletic Association with a Distinguished Service Award in recognition of the GAA’s efforts over the past 43 […]

  • Unionists hold the line in North elections

    Sinn Féin candidate in South Belfast and Irish Echo publisher, Máirtín Ó Muilleoir, significantly raised his party’s vote in the South Belfast Westminster constituency, but sitting MP and SDLP leader, Dr. Alasdair McDonnell, held on to his seat. Photo By: Donal McCann By Anthony Neeson aneeson@irishecho.com Sinn Féin have lost the iconic Fermanagh/South Tyrone seat […]

  • Deenihan to lighten up the darkness

    Minister Jimmy Deenihan. Photocall Irish diaspora minister, Jimmy Deenihan, will step off with walkers this weekend in New York’s first ever “Darkness into Light” 5k Walk in the Bronx. “Darkness into Light walks take place in more than eighty locations across Ireland and internationally and I’m thrilled to take place in this, the first New […]

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