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By Daniel Neely
Last Wednesday, the Irish Arts Center hosted uillean piper David Power and fiddle player Willie Kelly, who had been out on tour in support of their new fiddle and piping duet album “Apples in Winter.” It was, from all indications, a brilliant night of music, which shouldn’t surprise as the album –...

Irish Ambassador to the United States, Anne Anderson, speaking at the launch of the centennial celebration of President John F. Kennedy at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. Photo by Scott Suchman/Courtesy of the Kennedy Center.

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...

Kelly Kerney, author of the novel “Hard Red Spring.” 
 
By Peter McDermott
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Beginning back in the fall of 2006, many readers of fiction were won over by a smart and curious 14-year-old named Mel. The novel was “Born Again,” a funny, sophisticated story of a girl grappling with adolescence,...

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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...

New York City Council Speaker, Melissa Mark-Viverito (left) hosted Lord Mayor of Dublin, Criona Ni Dhalaigh, at City Hall this week. The speaker and the council’s Irish Caucus extended the invitation to Lord Mayor Dhalaigh when they were hosted at Dublin’s Mansion House during the Easter Rising centennial celebrations...

Peter Quinn, on right, with Dan Barry of the New York Times, left, and the Irish Arts Center’s Aidan Connolly at this year’s St. Patrick Day Parade in Manhattan.
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By Irish Echo Staff
Essayist and novelist Peter Quinn will give the annual Frank McCourt Memorial Lecture on next Thursday afternoon, June...

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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...

Up, up and away….slowly
Eighty years ago this week, Aer Lingus inaugurated its first ever air route from Dublin to Bristol in England. A De Havilland Dragon named “Iolar” (Irish for Eagle) carried five passengers on that maiden flight. The DH.84 Dragon pictured here is painted in original Aer Lingus livery.

Martin McGuinness with his new Sinn Féin ministerial colleagues Chris Hazzard, Megan Fearon, Michelle O’Neill and Máirtín Ó Muilleoir.
 
 
By Ray O’Hanlon
rohanlon@irishecho.com
Máirtín Ó Muilleoir is Northern Ireland’s new finance minister.
He is part of the new power-sharing Executive at Stormont.
As a result of his...

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Geraldine O’Sullivan.
 
By Irish Echo Staff
The Irish Repertory Theatre is back at its home 132 West 22nd St., Manhattan, and Salon Éire 100 continues there with an art exhibition of Geraldine O’Sullivan’s lifescape collages entitled “16 Letters,” beginning today and running through June 26.
The work is based on 16...

The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall at Donegal Castle in Donegal Town earlier today. The royal couple have been on a visit to both Northern Ireland and the Republic this week. PA Wire photo via RollingNews.ie.

Joseph Gilgun regards getting a role in “Preacher” as a life-changing event.  PHOTO: KAREN BUTLER
 
 
By Karen Butler
British actor Joseph Gilgun says he jumped at the chance to play Cassidy, the opinionated, trouble-making Irish vampire in “Preacher.”
AMC’s Texas-set, supernatural drama is based on the 1990s comic...

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...

Congressman Joe Crowley was the keynote speaker at the inaugural Irish Echo Community Champions Awards held at Rosie O’Grady’s in Manhattan. There will be full photo coverage of the awards event in tomorrow’s Irish Echo. Photo by Brian O’Boyle.

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...


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