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By Daniel Neely
The Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann in Ennis this year was absolutely amazing.  It’s only just ended as I write, but I’m still getting over it – the music was stunning, the people more than welcoming, and the crack massive.  A simply magical event.
It was enormous, as well, especially considering Ennis’s...

With the new CSL season just under three weeks away, New York Shamrock FC gathered last Sunday for the annual Sunnyside Gardens Six-Aside Tournament at Sunnyside Gardens Park in Queens and a highly enjoyable day was had by all. Soccer, though, wasn’t the only sport on offer. Many of the party’s younger participants...

Minister for Foreign Affairs Peter Barry in his office in Dublin in 1986.
By Irish Echo Staff
The former Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs Peter Barry has died in Cork at age 88, it’s been announced.
Taoiseach Enda Kenny said that his former Fine Gael party colleague died...

Annalisa Chamberlin performing at the IAW&A salon on Aug. 16.
By Karen Daly
We tried not to mention the recent heat wave but we do want to thank the terrific presenters and appreciative audience who came to the mid-August IAW&A Salon at the Cell on a steamy New York night. They were rewarded with a...

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By Irish Echo Staff
It’s a line that most Irish remember from their school days.
The Quakers, whoever they were, what with that funny name, were really good to the starving Irish during the Great Hunger.
Just how good will be explained in an upcoming lecture at Quinnipiac University’s great Hunger...

General Michael Collins was killed in the Béal na Bláth ambush 94 years ago this week. On Sunday, President Michael D. Higgins became the first head of state to be the invited speaker at the annual commemoration in West Cork, where the 31-year-old founder of the Irish state, army and police force died.

Maggie McEldowney’s winning moment with presenter Dáithí Ó Sé.  RTE photo.
By Irish Echo Staff
The Windy City has a new rose by the name of Maggie McEldowney.
Maggie, the Chicago Rose in the annual rose of Tralee competition, came out tops under the dome Tuesday night against an array of fellow roses from all over...

HamsandwicH is a band that keeps time with current
musical innovations yet true to its Irish roots.
By Colleen Taylor
A couple years ago HamsandwicH, a Dublin-based indie rock band, were “ones to watch” in modern Irish music.  Together, these five rising stars merged into a locus of the best of modern Irish music...

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John Duddy on stage at the Irish Repertory Theatre with Georgina McKevitt in the 2013 production of Laoisa Sexton’s “For Love.”
By Jay Mwamba
Six years removed from his last fight, John Duddy returns to the ring this week before audiences of potentially millions. In his major motion picture...

The New York County Cork Association recently held its Biennial Dinner Dance in Cork City. Pictured is association president, Deirdre O Hae, presenting the Lord Mayor of Cork, Des Cahill, with a American Eagle at City Hall.

The local can be this local
By Evan Short
One of Ireland’s greatest exports is arguably the Irish Pub with even Kabul in Afghanistan boasting such an establishment.
But if you’re an expat or member of the diaspora who doesn’t live near a city with an establishment and want to experience the unique atmosphere what do...

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When “We Are Not Ourselves” – a multi-generational novel about an Irish-American family in Woodside, Queens – was published in 2014, Vanity Fair’s description of it as a “masterly debut” summarized the reception for one of the critical...

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At the event in St. Mary’s University College in Belfast headlined “Lessons from the Loughinisland Massacre” are (l-r) solicitor Niall Murphy, journalist Barry McCaffrey, and Mark Thompson of Relatives for Justice.
By Evan Short
A film documentary by an Oscar winning director is set to bring the story of the state’s...

Ireland and immigration reform figured in the conversation when Congressman Richard Neal, Co-Chair of the Congressional Friends of Ireland, met with former president Bill Clinton at an election campaign rally for volunteers at the IBEW Local 103 offices in Dorchester, Mass.

Soccer pundit Phil Brown (right) has launched new Manchester United podcast
By Evan Short
The Belfast man who has helped to spread the popularity of soccer in the United States by way of the hugely popular radio show he runs from Los Angeles on Sirius satellite radio is to start a new Manchester United podcast from...

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The center of Dublin in the aftermath of the Easter Rising.
The stories and significance behind Ireland’s quest for independence, the movement’s connection to World War I and its effect on Irish Americans will be the focus of a conference for the public and campus community at UMass Lowell next month.

Pictured at the McCracken Irish Summer School in Belfast following a presentation by the New York City St. Patrick’s Day Parade Foundation in support of Cooperation Ireland work in Northern Ireland were (l-r) Peter Sheridan, CEO Cooperation Ireland; Professor Art Hughes, Chairman McCracken Cultural Society; Maighread...

By Irish Echo Staff
The Irish American Heritage Museum in Albany will feature artist Greg Montgomery in a presentation and reception on Tuesday, Aug. 23.
Montgomery is widely known for his annual poster saluting the high summer horse racing meeting in Saratoga Springs and its famed Travers Stakes.
Montgomery is also...

Pat Hickey in Rio before his arrest. Inpho photo.
By Evan Short
The Irish Olympic delegation has been thrown into turmoil after the arrest of its most senior delegate in Rio.
Pat Hickey was taken into custody Thursday by Brazilian authorities investigating an illegal ticket selling operation.
Hickey, who took ill...

Ireland’s Thomas Barr was eating up the ground faster than anyone in the final strides of the Olympic 400 Meter Hurdles final in Rio. But he ran out of track and finished fourth. Still, the runner is sure to get a hero’s welcome back in Ireland given his outstanding performance, and his emergence as one of the...

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By Ray O’Hanlon
If the epitome of the Irish American cop was called up by central casting, John Timoney would have been ready to fill the role.
And that’s how many will remember the Dublin-born Timoney, who died today after a long battle with lung cancer.
Timoney was 68 and is survived by his wife...

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