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Gerry Adams
By Anthony Neeson
Gerry Adams is suing the BBC for libel on the back of an allegation made in last week’s Spotlight program on IRA spies.
Speaking to the Belfast weekly newspaper, the Andersonstown News, Mr. Adams said: “I have been consulting with my lawyers and we will now be taking action against the...

Eoghan O’Gara pictured at the Dublin team’s press conference at the Gibson Hotel to discuss tomorrow’s All Ireland final replay between Dublin and Mayo. INPHO/RYAN BYRNE.

By Margaret M. Johnson
With recipes handed down through generations, one of Northern Ireland’s food treasures lies in the uniqueness and variety of its local breads and bakes. From the traditional soda and potato farls to Guinness wheaten bread, artisan loaves, tray bakes, and delicious...

Cameron McCauley in “Bears in Space,” which continues through the weekend at  59E59 Theaters in Manhattan.
By Orla O’Sullivan
At a gathering on Friday evening to mark the mid-point of Origin’s 9th Annual 1st Irish Festival, founder George Heslin likened the creators of “Bears in Space” to Boyzone...

Pope John Paul II in Ireland.
By Ray O’Hanlon
One of the basic skills for any half decent news reporter is to be able to count the number of people.
I have lost count of the number of occasions when the reported numbers at some event or gathering are way off the mark.
Most times it is a case of exaggeration in an...

John Devoy passes
John Devoy, one of the most prominent champions of a free Ireland in the nineteenth and early twentieth century, died on this day in 1928.

Fionnuala Doran.
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The very design of the cover of Fionnuala Doran’s “The Trial of Roger Casement” helps explain why many regard her subject as the most intriguing personality involved with the Easter Rising, containing as it does the terms “consul,” “rebel,” “British traitor”...

Chief Michael Fahy. FDNY photo.
By Ray O’Hanlon
New York City has last one of its bravest.
FDNY Battalion Chief, Michael Fahy, died Tuesday after being struck by debris when a drug lab in a Bronx house exploded.
As many as twenty were injured in the blast, according to reports.
Chief Fahy, a 44-year-old father of...

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Cathal Hayden possesses a commanding technique.
By Daniel Neely
The other week I was handed a copy of Cathal Hayden’s brand new solo banjo album “Hooked on Banjo” and it’s proven a tough one to put down.  Filled with brilliant ideas and superior playing, it’s an album that appeals to my own personal love for the...

Composer Phil Coulter, left, and John Sheehan, formerly of the Dubliners joined musicians to play Irish music outside Dáil Éireann in Dublin earlier today calling for legislation that would provide for an Irish music quota for radio.

Denis Donaldson.
By Anthony Neeson
The family of Denis Donaldson, who was shot dead in a County Donegal cottage in 2006 after being outed as a British agent, have said that they do not believe that his killing was sanctioned by Gerry Adams.
The claim was made on a BBC Spotlight program last week.
Three years after...

Neil Hannon’s other musical claim to fame is his composition of theme music for “Father Ted.”
By Colleen Taylor
I’m a sucker for any Irish musician who demonstrates a love of literature, and 1990s orchestral pop band the Divine Comedy fits that bill.  The group, headed by Neil Hannon, tips its hat to Dante’s 14th...

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Rory McIlroy
By Irish Echo Staff
On the day that Arnold Palmer died, Rory McIlroy seemed possessed by the spirit of golf’s first truly popular hero.
“It was more than his scoring and shotmaking that captivated the world. It was how he played. He did not so much navigate a course as attack it.”
Those lines were from...

Pipes and drums gathered late in the day at last Saturday’s Hudson Valley Irish Fest for a 9/11 tribute. The Fest, on the banks of the Hudson River in Peekskill, enjoyed great fall weather and was hailed as a big success by organizers.

Sonya Kelly gets tied up in the red tape of immigration regulations in “How to Keep an Alien.”
By Orla O’Sullivan
 “Why would you want to live in Ireland where sunshine is only a rumor?” the native Sonya accusingly asks Australian Kate on a drunken night out in Dublin.
The two have been...

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Matthew Broderick set for Irish Rep. re-opening.
By Irish Echo Staff
New York’s Irish are being pulled this way and that this Saturday with events to attend from Peekskill to Coney Island and Manhattan between them.
Manhattan will be a place to be at noon to 4 p.m. when the newly refurbished Irish Repertory Theater...

Head of Aviation Development at Shannon Airport Declan Power (left) and Shannon Group Chief Commercial Officer Andrew Murphy celebrate after the Co. Clare airport scooped “Best Marketing of Airports” award for the second time in three years at the World Routes Marketing Awards in Chengdu, China.

Solicitor Padraig Ó Muirigh with members of the bereaved families outside Stormont today. Belfast Media Group photo.
By Irish Echo Staff
On Monday they walked out. Today they sued.
Members of the Ballymurphy Families, joined by members of other bereaved families, announced today that they would be suing both the...

Aaron Heffernan, left, and playwright Eoghan Quinn in “Bears in Space.”
By Orla O’Sullivan
I could tell you what I saw last night at 59E59 Theaters, but by the time you see “Bears in Space” it might be a different show. At least, to hear the performers tell it.
Aaron Heffernan, one of the four, guessed that night’s...

Rev. William McNamara giving the invocation at the beginning of the Harp and Shamrock Society of Texas’ 50th Anniversary Gala in San Antonio last weekend. Photo by Joan Moody.

Kathleen Walsh D’Arcy and Brendan Fay. Photo by Garry Rissman.
By Irish Echo Staff
The 2016 Presidential Distinguished Service Awards for the Irish Abroad list includes six new world winners, four of them in the U.S. and one each in Canada and one in Colombia.
Gay rights activists Brendan Fay and Kathleen Walsh...

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