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  • “The firefighter – from Boyle to Brooklyn and beyond”

    by Áine Ní Shionnaigh Growing up in a small town of less than 2000 in the West of Ireland, my exposure to emergency services was limited.  However, the house I grew up in was located directly across from the local firehouse, or as we called it in Ireland, the fire station.  A few times a week, an […]

  • Forgotten hero

    “Double Agent” author Peter Duffy. PHOTO BY RAN GRAFF Article published in the Oct. 8, 2014, issue of the Irish Echo [Click on images for larger view]. By Peter McDermott pmcdermott@irishecho.com When the “SS Washington” docked at Pier 59 in New York on Feb. 8, 1940, the representatives of the press were waiting, as was […]

  • O’Shea is hero as Irish snatch draw

    John O’Shea celebrates equalizing for Ireland against Germany. INPHO/DONALL FARMER By Irish Echo Staff The Republic of Ireland pulled out a remarkable 1-1 draw against Germany Tuesday night to take away a point from their European Championship Group D qualifying game in Gelsenkirchen. Defender John O’Shea, playing in his 100th cap, got his foot to […]

  • Mayor Marty Walsh of Boston rolls out red carpet for Golden Bridges

        As the Golden Bridges conference gets underway in Boston, Mayor Marty Walsh has extended a hearty céad míle fáilte to delegates arriving from northwest Ireland and Belfast to forge new  partnerships with leaders of Irish America. In a statement welcoming the sixth annual conference to Boston, he said: “I am thrilled to welcome […]

  • Sisters speaking truth to power

    Documentary Review / By Peter McDermott  Filmmaker Mary Fishman with JoAnn Persch RSM, center, and Pat Murphy RSM. [Click on photos for larger image.] PHOTO: CHRISTIAN MOLIDOR RSM Margaret Brennan remembers back in the 1950s that her mother and father drove her down on her first day as a novice with the Immaculate Heart of […]

  • Music that’s Irish, live and free

    Music Notes / By Colleen Taylor The Screaming Orphans Interested in free Irish music? If so, you’re in luck this autumn. Throughout September and October, Smithwick’s Ale sponsors a number of free Irish music performances throughout North America featuring some of Ireland and Irish-America’s best acts. New York, Chicago, Boston, Washington D.C. and Philadelphia will […]

  • Irish Center is jewel in Maine crown

             By Matthew Jude Barker letters@irishecho.com If you meander your way down historic State Street approaching Portland’s working waterfront, you will come across a beautiful old, redbrick church building, now the Maine Irish Heritage Center. On Monday nights you can hear the haunting wails of a practicing Irish bagpiper. It would be […]

  • Answering the WWI call of battle

    Between the Lines / By Peter McDermott Published in the Irish Echo, Sept. 3, 2014 A granduncle of mine, a Reynolds from Strokestown, Co. Roscommon, volunteered to fight in the Great War. He subsequently spent much of his life institutionalized, in what might have been referred as a lunatic asylum. My great-grandmother from West Clare […]

  • Sweet memories of Forest Hills in ’64

    The Beatles in 1964. [LIBRARY OF CONGRESS] A remembrance by Frances Scanlon, published in the Irish Echo, Aug. 27, 2014 Aug. 29:  just another date in time; maybe, maybe not. A quick glance at any “This Day in History” listing for Aug. 29, 1964 will invariably note the presence of the Beatles on tour in […]

  • Cultural center to build in historic area

    Published in the Aug. 20, 2014, issue of the Irish Echo The Delaware and Hudson Canal Company’s HQ in Rondout (click on image for larger view).   By Peter McDermott pmcdermott@irishecho.com “It’s on almost hallowed ground,” so said writer Ed McCann. “The laborers walked up the hill there to get their wages.” He was referring […]

  • Irish gay group vows to continue campaign

    By Ray O’Hanlon rohanlon@irishecho.com The announcement that a gay marching group comprised of NBC employees will be allowed to march in the 2015 New York St. Patrick’s Day Parade has been welcomed by the Irish gay group Irish Queers. But only to a degree. The group, which has mounted a protest on Fifth Avenue during […]

  • Dolan to lead, gays to march

        Cardinal Timothy Dolan By Ray O’Hanlon letters@irishecho.com Cardinal Timothy Dolan will lead the 2015 New York St. Patrick’s Day Parade and for the first time since 1991 the parade will include a gay marching contingent, though this time with the approval of the parade organizing committee. In a statement released in advance of Cardinal […]

  • At Last, An Oscar for Maureen

            By Ray O’Hanlon rohanlon@irishecho.com It’s the news that her legions of fans around the world have been waiting for. Actress Maureen O’Hara is to be recognized by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences with a life time achievement Oscar. Admirers of the Dublin-born O’Hara, who is currently living in […]

  • It’s Kansas, but not as you know it

    Find the PDF version here: Irish Echo August 20, 2014 page 9   By Evan Short It’s a little known fact but Kansas City, Missouri, is a city with a huge Irish American heritage and a staggering 250,000 people living within its confines tracing a history back to the old country. So it’s no wonder then […]

  • Galway hurlers end 25-year wait

    By Frank Brady Galway 3-18 Long Island Gaels 2-15 As it is 25 years since their last triumph, the Galway hurling club in New York will be enjoying this particular win for many weeks to come after a splendid performance that saw them end that long wait in style in Gaelic Park on Sunday. The […]

  • Fans look ahead to 2014/15 Premiership

    Stephen Boland, works for UPS; originally from Longford, supports Liverpool We’ll miss Suarez. How can you not miss Suarez? But I don’t think he would had as brilliant a season at Liverpool this year as last. And the team have shown they can win without him. I think that Sterling will pick up a lot […]

  • Exploring the New York Irish brand

    Olivia Barry has graduated with a master’s degree in professional studies specializing in branding at the School of Visual Arts.   By Peter McDermott Catherine Hamilton arrived in New York via an ocean liner and saw the World’s Fair of 1939. Actually, the West Cork woman really came to visit two daughters who were Dominican […]

  • Disaster strikes in crumbling system

    Darragh McKeon. PHOTO: ANA SCHECTER          Page Turner / Edited by Peter McDermott In a run-down Moscow apartment block, a 9-year-old piano prodigy practices silently to avoid disturbing the neighbors. In a factory, his aunt makes car parts, hiding her dissident past. In the hospital, a talented surgeon buries himself in his work. And in […]

  • Kerry/Donegal win 1st Faherty title

     Eileen McKenna and Caoimhe Mohan, celebrating a win in Ireland in 2013, were among Kerry/Donegal’s key stars in the cup victory at Gaelic Park at the weekend. [Click on picture for larger image.] INPHO/LORRAINE O’SULLIVAN NYGAA By Frank Brady Kerry/ Donegal 2-13 Na Fianna 1-11 There were scenes of great jubilation at the final whistle […]

  • Maine Irish find kin with DNA

            July 30, 2014 By Máirtín Ó Muilleoir Maine Irish prove that blood is thicker than water with DNA research A pioneering Irish American Maine group is encouraging its members to turn the other cheek in order to explore their Irish roots. For in one of Irish America’s most ambitious heritage projects, mouth […]

  • ‘Calvary’ and Gleeson a must-see

              By Áine Ní Shionnaigh link to page 6 here On Thursday last I attended a special screening of Calvary as part of the Tribeca Film Festival www.tribecafilmfestival.com in conjunction with Craicfest www.thecraicfest.com It is important to clarify what the movie is not about: it’s not about the Catholic Church, it’s not about child […]

  • Mr. Roberts tilts balance for Mr. Potter

    Published in the May 29-June 4, 2014, issue of the Irish Echo Between the Lines / By Peter McDermott There is a type in public life that sounds like a preternaturally clever 17-year-old. It’s part of MIT Prof. Noam Chomsky’s peculiar charm, for instance, that even in his 80s, he’s still the adolescent challenging his […]

  • For role, Gleeson looked to mentors

    Interview by Karen Butler [PHOTO: FOX SEARCHLIGHT] Ireland’s Brendan Gleeson still has a special place in his heart for Gerry Boyle, the debauched cop he played in writer-director John Michael McDonagh’s celebrated comedy “The Guard” three years ago. Gleeson’s affection for Gerry was evident when he talked to the Irish Echo by phone recently about […]

  • IA Partnership aiding Irish education

    By Mairtin O’Muilleoir momuilleoir@irishecho.com A bumper fundraising year for the Irish American Partnership has enabled the Boston-headquartered non-profit to ramp up its support for educational projects in Ireland. “I am pleased that 77 grants have been awarded since September 2013,” Executive Director Mary Sugrue McAleer told the Irish Echo. “Today, we are reaching more schools, […]

  • Preserving a Mayo and Irish Tresasure

    by Áine Ní Shionnaigh July 23 page 6 & 7 I like to think that West of Irelanders possess a unique determination and spirit, however, none more so than Lord Jeremy Browne Altamont of Westport House whose passing is deeply mourned this week. Thanks to his unique foresight, Lord Altamont leaves behind an enduring legacy for […]

  • Community needs more ambition: Lyons

    Siobhan Lyons has been executive director of the Irish Immigration Center for five years.   By Peter McDermott Siobhan Lyons has a problem. It’s one, though, that is testament to her success as executive director of the Irish Immigration Center of Philadelphia. “We are working beyond our capacity,” said the Dubliner, who is marking five […]

  • Remembering my hero, five years on

    By Edward McCann Frank McCourt peering out from the front door of Leamy’s School on a visit to Limerick City in the summer of 1997. PHOTOCALL My hero Frank McCourt died five years ago this week, an event that prompted sorrow mixed with the guilty suspicion that I wasn’t really entitled to any. We were […]

  • Remembering a father and his son

        By Áine Ní Shionnaigh This week marks the 15th anniversary of the tragic death of John F. Kennedy Junior, only son of President John F. Kennedy. JFK Jr. perished when the light aircraft he was piloting crashed into the Atlantic Ocean. Also on board the flight to Martha’s Vineyard was his wife and […]

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  • Cahill eyes NY State AG job

    John P. Cahill, second from right, at a campaign event in Greene County, N.Y. By Peter McDermott When John P. Cahill says he’s hopeful that it will be a good day on Nov. 4, he’s not referring to the weather. “We plan to surprise a lot of people,” said the Republican candidate for attorney general […]

  • Irish Pride on the Fourth of July

    by Áine Ní Shionnaigh Growing up in the West of Ireland, my exposure to the Fourth of July was limited to two iconic movies. As a young child, I remember watching the black and white grainy version of “Yankee Doodle Dandy” where the main star, George M. Cohan, was born on the Fourth of July, a […]

  • Chain of office is perfect calling card

    Máirtín Ó Muilleoir in Portland, Ore., during a year that involved the most frenetic engagement ever with America by a Belfast First Citizen. DONAL MCCANN PHOTOGRAPHY (The photographer followed the lord mayor for his year in office. To view the images, go to:  http://www.donalmccann.com/BelfastLordMayor.html.) By Máirtín Ó Muilleoir For a people whose finest hour was […]

  • The Sarah Jane Brain Foundation and The International Academy of HOPE

        Sgt Cory Remsburg and Aine at iHope by Áine Ní Shionnaigh Patrick Donohue is a prominent Irish American lawyer who left his career as a lawyer to change the world for his daughter Sarah Jane, my daughter Grace Anne and countless others in the US and worldwide who have suffered a brain injury. Patrick is the […]

  • Funeral Services for Jack Ahearn

      Funeral services for labor leader John “Jack” Ahern will be held Friday through Sunday, from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. at Fairchild Sons Funeral Home, 1201 Franklin Avenue, Garden City, 11503, (516)746-0585.http://www.fairchildfuneral.com/contact-and-directions A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Monday, June 23 at 9:45 a.m. at St. Brigid’s Church, 75 Post Avenue, Westbury, […]

  • When Grace Anne found Hope

    by Áine Ní Shionnaigh Last week, I referred to a piece of prose “Welcome to Holland”, which employs a metaphor of excitement for a vacation to Italy that becomes a disappointment when the plane lands instead in Holland. “Holland?!?”you say. “What do you mean Holland ?? I signed up for Italy! I’m supposed to be in […]

  • A Dad with a Difference

    A Dad with a Difference by Áine Ní Shionnaigh “We must never forget that we may also find meaning in life even when confronted with a hopeless situation, when facing a fate that cannot be changed. For what then matters is to bear witness to the uniquely human potential at its best, which is to transform […]

  • Kevin F. O’Malley nominated as U.S. ambassador

    By Irish Echo Staff The White House has named Missouri’s Kevin F. O’Malley is its choice to be next U.S. Ambassador to Ireland. A release from the White House Press Office Thursday stated: “Kevin F. O’Malley, of Missouri, to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to Ireland.” O’Malley’s name has […]

  • Tri-State Event Listing June 3, 2014

    Ireland’s Great Hunger Museum at Quinnipiac University, located at 3011 Whitney Ave., Hamden, CT. For details visit www.ighm.org  or call (203) 582-8655. The Spring 2014 Program Schedule of Events is now available online.   Theatre/Film/Literature   Sea Marks at Irish Rep – Sea Marks, an Irish Love Story by Gardner McKay, directed by Ciaran O’Reilly, […]

  • National Event listing June 3, 2014

    Arizona   The Irish American Gaelic Society of Tucson meets third Sunday of month at VFW Post 549, 1884 S. Caycroft, Phoenix. Details, (520) 586-4513.   The Irish Foundation of Arizona meets first Wednesday of month, 7 pm, at Irish Cultural Center, 1106 N. Central Ave., Phoenix. Details, (602) 258-0109.   Boston   An Irish […]

  • Tri-State Events – May 28

    New York-New Belfast Conference – The Fifth Annual New York-New Belfast Conference will be held Thursday and Friday, May 29-30, 2014, at Fordham University at Lincoln Center, NYC. Honoring Irish American of the Year Loretta Brennan Glucksman. The Ireland-US Top 50 Companies Business Luncheon 2014 will be on Friday, May 30 at 12:30pm at Fordham […]

  • National Events – May 28

    Arizona  The Irish American Gaelic Society of Tucson meets third Sunday of month at VFW Post 549, 1884 S. Caycroft, Phoenix. Details, (520) 586-4513.  The Irish Foundation of Arizona meets first Wednesday of month, 7 pm, at Irish Cultural Center, 1106 N. Central Ave., Phoenix. Details, (602) 258-0109.   Boston  An Irish Music Festival will […]

  • Tri-State Events – May 21, 2014

    New York-New Belfast Conference – The Fifth Annual New York-New Belfast Conference will be held Thursday and Friday, May 29-30, 2014, at Fordham University at Lincoln Center, NYC. Honoring Irish American of the Year Loretta Brennan Glucksman. The Ireland-US Top 50 Companies Business Luncheon 2014 will be on Friday, May 30 at 12:30pm at Fordham […]

  • National Events – May 21, 2014

    Arizona The Irish American Gaelic Society of Tucson meets third Sunday of month at VFW Post 549, 1884 S. Caycroft, Phoenix. Details, (520) 586-4513. The Irish Foundation of Arizona meets first Wednesday of month, 7 pm, at Irish Cultural Center, 1106 N. Central Ave., Phoenix. Details, (602) 258-0109. Boston An Irish Music Festival will be […]

  • Tri-State Events May 14

    New York-New Belfast Conference – The Fifth Annual New York-New Belfast Conference will be held Thursday and Friday, May 29-30, 2014, at Fordham University at Lincoln Center, NYC. Honoring Irish American of the Year Loretta Brennan Glucksman. The Ireland-US Top 50 Companies Business Luncheon 2014 will be on Friday, May 30 at 12:30pm at Fordham […]

  • National Events – May 14

    Arizona The Irish American Gaelic Society of Tucson meets third Sunday of month at VFW Post 549, 1884 S. Caycroft, Phoenix. Details, (520) 586-4513. The Irish Foundation of Arizona meets first Wednesday of month, 7 pm, at Irish Cultural Center, 1106 N. Central Ave., Phoenix. Details, (602) 258-0109. Boston WNTN-AM 1550 Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann promotes […]

  • NY Consul General is Athens bound

    NY Consul General is Athens bound Irish Consul General in New York, Noel Kilkenny, has been appointed the new Irish Ambassador to Greece.  Deputy Consul General Peter Ryan is to take up the newly created post of Consul General in Hong Kong.  Consul General Kilkenny, who already holds the rank of ambassador, told the Irish […]

  • Tri-State Events May 7, 2014

    New York-New Belfast Conference – The Fifth Annual New York-New Belfast Conference will be held Thursday and Friday, May 29-30, 2014, at Fordham University at Lincoln Center, NYC. Honoring Irish American of the Year Loretta Brennan Glucksman. The Ireland-US Top 50 Companies Business Luncheon 2014 will be on Friday, May 30 at 12:30pm at Fordham […]

  • National Events May 7, 2014

    Arizona The Irish American Gaelic Society of Tucson meets third Sunday of month at VFW Post 549, 1884 S. Caycroft, Phoenix. Details, (520) 586-4513. The Irish Foundation of Arizona meets first Wednesday of month, 7 pm, at Irish Cultural Center, 1106 N. Central Ave., Phoenix. Details, (602) 258-0109. Boston WNTN-AM 1550 Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann promotes […]

  • Mr. Roberts tilts balance for Mr. Potter

    Published in the April 23-April 29, 2014, print edition of the Irish Echo By Peter McDermott There is a type in public life that sounds like a preternaturally clever 17-year-old. It’s part of MIT Prof. Noam Chomsky’s peculiar charm, for instance, that even in his 80s, he’s still the adolescent challenging his elders with his [...]

  • Tri-State Events April 30

    New York-New Belfast Conference – The Fifth Annual New York-New Belfast Conference will be held May 29-30, 2014, at Fordham University at Lincoln Center, NYC. Honoring Irish American of the Year Loretta Brennan Glucksman. To make reservations contact Orlaith Adams at 011-44-2890 611916 or email: o.adams@aisling-events.com   International Business Women’s Conference (IBWCO14) Belfast, May 12-15, […]

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The contribution of the Irish in America to the cause of labor has been nothing less than immense. Indeed, it could be argued that the American labor movement would not exist at all in its current form without the efforts of the standout Irish men and women through the years, both immigrant arrivals in mind that the Irish Echo is hosting an event November 7th at The Edison Ballroom. This year we will be honoring 50 Irish-American men and women in today’s labor movement, while at the same time reflecting on the work of those historical giants who paved the way to labor’s central role in  contemporary American life.

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