• 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 […]

  • North poll

    Rivals agree: Sinn Féin candidate Máirtín Ó Muilleoir (left) is joined by outgoing SDLP MP Alasdair McDonnell and Workers’ Party South Belfast candidate Lily Kerr outside the City Hospital in Belfast lobbying to protect the National Health Service from the proposed international Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership agreement. By Anthony Neeson aneeson@irishecho.com Northern Ireland goes […]

  • Irish nanny could be on bail during trial

    Aisling Brady McCarthy By Jim Smith letters@irshecho.com BOSTON — The Irish nanny who is accused of murdering a young girl in her care in 2013 may be released on bail today after being in prison while awaiting trial for more than two years. Aisling Brady McCarthy’s trial has been delayed once again based after Middlesex […]

  • Irish aid being pulled in many directions

    Minister Sean Sherlock (r) meeting with Concern CEO Dominic McSorley in Sierra Leone, West Africa. Irish Aid photo. By Ray O’Hanlon rohanlon@irishecho.com Ireland’s relationships with the countries of the world is manifested at many levels. But what has become especially prominent in recent years is a twin-pronged approach that can be summed up thus: “trade […]

  • Exhibition’s evocative CD creates sense of majesty

      By Daniel Neely There is exhibition happening right now at the Art Institute of Chicago called “Ireland: Crossroads Of Art And Design, 1690-1840.” It opened on St. Patrick’s Day, will run through June 7 and includes over 300 objects from public and private collections that showcase the decorative and fine arts of Ireland of […]

  • Concern reaches deep into Nepal quake zone

    .Concern’s Emergency Response Team leader Ros O’Sullivan (l) and logistician Graham Woodcock in Kathmandu planning the distribution of essential shelter and hygiene packages to 10,000 families in some of Nepal’s hardest-hit districts. Photo by Concern Worldwide.   By Ray O’Hanlon rohanlon@irishecho.com Even without a massive earthquake, Nepal presents formidable challenges to those who want to […]

  • Some Irish have secured visa waivers

    By Ray O’Hanlon rohanlon@irishecho.com America need not be a place of confinement for the undocumented Irish. It is possible to obtain visa waivers permitting travel back to Ireland, and, critically, a return to the United States. But Ireland trails a number of countries in terms of securing visa waivers according to figures compiled by the […]

  • 2015 Irish American Small Business Event

    The Irish American Small Business, 2015 Friday, May 15, 2015 | 6pm – 9pm Irish Echo Small Business Awards Single Ticket $125.00 USD2 Tickets $250.00 USD3 Tickets $375.00 USD4 Tickets $500.00 USD5 Tickets $625.00 USD6 Tickets $750.00 USD7 Tickets $875.00 USD8 Tickets $1,000.00 USD The Irish American Small Business Awards will honor the entrepreneurs and […]

  • Film documents the legacy of Project Children

    Denis Mulcahy Project Children photo. By Kevin Brady letters@irishecho.com A major documentary on the impact of Project Children, a charity that has brought thousands of Catholic and Protestant youngsters to America for a break from Northern Ireland’s Troubles, will hit the big screen in the U.S. and Ireland this year if filmmakers can raise enough […]

  • Higgins, Flanagan for Gallipoli ceremonies

    President Michael D. Higgins inspecting an Irish army guard of honor during last month’s Easter 1916 commemorations in Dublin. Photocall By Ray O’Hanlon rohanlon@irishecho.com Gallipoli is long associated with the horrific losses suffered by the ANZACS, soldiers from Australia and New Zealand. But more than 3,000 Irish soldiers were lost in what was one of […]

  • It’s Mayo Day….in Buffalo

    Assemblyman Michael Kearns and Padraic Walsh showing the Mayo colors as they look forward to “International Mayo Day” on May 2. By Ray O’Hanlon rohanlon@irishecho.com Buffalo might not be the first U.S. city to come to mind in the context of Irish immigration to America. But it should come to mind. The second largest city […]

  • Consulate hosts LGBT Craic fest

    Council Member Elizabeth Crowley. By Orla O’Sullivan letters@irishecho.com After opening the CRAIC LGBT Film Festival in the Irish Consulate last Friday, Consul General Barbara Jones returned to the mike to emphasize that the gathering should not be construed as support for next month’s historic referendum in Ireland to legalize same-sex marriage. “Anna, Fiona and I, […]

  • Overseas Irish let down again says Daly

    Senator Mark Daly Photocall By Ray O’Hanlon rohanlon@irishecho.com The Irish government is “utterly failing” Irish citizens living abroad when it comes to voting rights, this according to Fianna Fáil’s spokesperson on Irish overseas and diaspora, Senator Mark Daly. The diaspora will have not an opportunity to vote in the next election for Seanad Éireann, despite […]

  • O’Brien scales back to folk on Villagers’ latest

    The Dublin-based band Villagers has taken a stylistic turn with “Darling Arithmetic.” Musical Notes / By Colleen Taylor Hot off the presses, the new Villagers album is out. Its intriguing title is “Darling Arithmetic,” and it represents the album’s foray into past unconscious realms of young love. As such, the album moves in two directions—backwards […]

  • SEAL hero Michael now honored in Ireland

    Michael Murphy By Ray O’Hanlon rohanlon@irishecho.com Michael Murphy has been remembered on his homeland American shore. His heroism in Afghanistan has been recorded in a book and a movie. A U.S. Navy destroyer bearing his name sails proudly with the Pacific Fleet. Now Michael Murphy’s name will have a permanent home in Ireland, specifically at […]

  • Now you see them (votes) now you don’t

    Enda Kenny   By Ray O’Hanlon rohanlon@irishecho.com     Americans citizens living in Ireland can vote in U.S. elections. Irish citizens living in the United States are barred from voting in Irish elections. The two counties are both democracies and, fair to say, bask in strong mutual admiration. So why the extreme dichotomy when it […]

  • Tom Moran’s new Belfast post

    Tom Moran By Ray O’Hanlon rohanlon@irishecho.com Tom Moran, one of Irish America’s most familiar, busiest, and respected business and philanthropic figures, is about to wear yet another new hat. Not to mention an academic gown. Moran, President and Chief Executive Officer of the New York-based Mutual of America Life Insurance Company, has been appointed Chancellor […]

  • Kirwan & Turner ride again

    Larry Kirwan. STACEY MCCARTHY PHOTOGRAPHY By Peter McDermott Pierce Turner will be joined by his former singing partner Larry Kirwan for one special number tomorrow night (Friday, April 17) at the Donaghy Theatre, Irish Arts Center in Manhattan. Turner will also be on stage at the venue on Saturday night for a show he calls […]

  • O’Brien funds Boston College fellowship

    Denis O’Brien. By Ray O’Hanlon rohanlon@irishecho.com Irish businessman Denis O’Brien has established a fellowship at Boston College that will provide two Irish students annually with a fully-funded master’s degree in business administration at the college’s Carroll School of Management in Chestnut Hill. O’Brien, chairman and principal shareholder of Digicel Group, one of the world’s leading […]

  • Lee, a man for all people

      Beck Lee, right, with Brendan Coyle, star of “Downton Abbey.” [Click on image for a larger picture.] By Orla O’Sullivan Who knows, Beck Lee may someday add Cork’s Everyman theatre to the list of those he represents. He’s certainly an advocate for all. Lee is the publicist for the annual Irish theatre festival, Origin’s […]

  • Irish American Democrats back Hillary

    By Ray O’Hanlon rohanlon@irishecho.com Hillary Rodham Clinton isn’t Irish American per se, but that matters for naught as far as the lobby group Irish American Democrats is concerned. IAD said in a statement that Sunday’s announcement by Hillary Clinton that she is running for president was “exciting news for all Americans and for Ireland and […]

  • A new Irish comity for Capitol Hill

    By Ray O’Hanlon rohanlon@irishecho. With a nod to a former time when political rivals Ronald Reagan and Tip O’Neill could debate, argue, shoot the breeze and conduct the nation’s business, a group of Washington, D.C. staffers have formed a new group that speaks of their lineage – even as they hope it will encourage civil […]

  • Sixties as seen from Madison Avenue

    Roger Sterling (played by John Slattery), left, and Dan Draper (Jon Hamm) in a scene from “Mad Men,” which enters its last phase on Sunday night with the first of seven concluding episodes. FRANK OCKENFELS/AMC Between the Lines / By Peter McDermott Elaborate ad campaigns these days are short on inspiration. At least that seems […]

  • New life for ‘darkly comic masterpiece’

    Page Turner / Edited by Peter McDermott When asked by the Echo what his latest book, “The Dirty Dust,” is about, Alan Titley said: “It’s about 320 pages long.” But then he helpfully elaborated: “It is a novel about the wonderful bitchiness and savage petty hatreds of rural Ireland. All the characters are dead, but […]

  • Ireland: it’s all about the light

    Page Turner / Edited by Peter McDermott Another book of photographs of Ireland? Leslie Conron Carola’s short answer might be “Why not?” But her latest collaboration with leading Irish art historian and archeologist Peter Harbison focuses on a dimension that hasn’t perhaps gotten as much as attention as it deserves. “Ireland: A Luminous Beauty,” said […]

  • It’s a long long way from Clare to here…..

            by Áine Ní Shionnaigh Lyrics that perhaps pass through Lorcan Shannon’s mind as he zigzags his way out of the morning madness of Grand Central and traverses a bustling Byrant Park to his new office ‘The Law Offices of Lorcan Shannon’ high up on the 39th floor of a midtown skyscraper that accommodates […]

  • The long and winding avenue

    The New York St. Patrick’s Day Parade has been making headlines since its birth 254 years ago. But the last twenty-five parades, while in the news for numerous reasons, have generated a consistent story associated with the argument over whether or not to include a gay and lesbian group with an identifying banner in the […]

  • Cardinal Edward Egan dead at 82

    Cardinal Edward Egan, former spiritual leader of over two million Catholics in the Archdiocese of New York, died Thursday at the age of 82. The cardinal was pronounced dead at NYU Langone Medical Center. The cause of death was cardiac arrest. Cardinal Egan was born on April 2, 1932, in Oak Park, Illinois. He was […]

  • Castlerea Calling ………

    by Áine Ní Shionnaigh There’s just something about Castlerea, a town where I spent most weekends as a child that continually draws me back in. An authentic Irish town, located in the West of Co. Roscommon, it has remained untouched by both the rise and fall of the Celtic Tiger. Economically, this is challenging, but […]

  • Language and Resistance – Dr. Feargal MacIonnrachtaigh

              by Áine Ní Shionnaigh The Barra Ó Donnabháin lecture is an annual lecture established by Glucksman Ireland House NYU in 2006. It commemorates Barra Ó Donnabháin, a beloved and influential teacher and advocate of the Irish language. Ó Donnabháin, from Leap, Co. Cork, took a degree in Irish and Latin at University […]

  • In Dublin’s Fair City ………

    Feb 11th page 8 The largest small town in the world by Áine Ní Shionnaigh Last week, I wrote about the magical transformation of the Dublin docklands into the most highly regarded global business and technology hub in Europe. However, the real magic of Dublin is that it’s not only a tech hub but has always been a […]

  • The rise of Dublin as a global tech hub.

    Feb 4 2015 page 6 by Áine Ní Shionnaigh Ireland is finally being officially recognized worldwide for what it is i.e. a great place to live and work. Recent accolades, to name a few, include: Forbes – Ireland is the best place in the world for ease of doing business, Citibank – Of the most competitive cities in […]

  • Paddywhacked by a New York Times ‘paddy wagon’

    By James Mulvaney The New York Times crossword puzzle is usually a breeze on Monday. On January 26 it stopped me in my tracks. Clue 27 down was “police van” and the answer was “PADDYWAGON.” I was horrified. The term refers to the historic bigoted presumption that most arrested people were Irish, likely drunk and […]

  • Coghlan record in Millrose crosshairs

    By Ray O’Hanlon rohanlon@irishecho.com No matter how many years have passed, Eamonn Coghlan and the Millrose Games remain synonymous. The Dublin middle distance running legend has been linked with the games for years, not least for his seven Wanamaker Mile wins. This year, Coghlan’s name is in lights because another runner, Bernard Lagat, record eight-time […]

  • ‘Pillow’ examines love, betrayal, trust

    Jacqueline Kealy, John McConnell and Brona Crehan in “Pillow on the Stairs” at the Cell Theatre this month. [Click on image for larger view.] PHOTO: CAROL ROSEGG By Peter McDermott After readings and workshop tryouts in 2014, all of the advice offered to playwright Brona Crehan could be boiled down to: “Do a full staging.” […]

  • Can Hollywood handle the truth?

    Between the Lines / By Peter McDermott Lyndon Johnson with Dr. Martin Luther King and other civil rights leaders in 1964. [Click on image for larger view.] YOICHI R. OKAMOTO, LYNDON BAINES JOHNSON LIBRARY AND MUSEUM.   A friend emailed from Ireland recently to say: “I was looking forward to seeing Tom Wilkinson’s portrayal of […]

  • An artist in new surroundings

    “Breezy Point” by Lisa O’Donnell, 2014, oil on board, 48 inches x 36 inches [Click on image for larger view.] Clifden, Co. Galway, artist Lisa O’Donnell moved from London to New York in the summer of 2014 to research material for her art practice and to complete a three-month residency at New York Artist and […]

  • New Orleans fundraising for wounded Garda

              By Irish Echo Staff letters@irishecho.com The Irish American community in New Orleans is rallying to the aid of Brian Hanrahan, the Limerick-based Garda who was shot and seriously wounded in a mugging in the city early Tuesday. Garda Hanrahan is recovering from his wounds in hospital and has been visited […]

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