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It was another September and another Pope. John Paul II spent 48 hours in Ireland in the ninth month of 1979 and between one and two million Irish came out to greet him. Between the Lines / By Peter McDermott [Published in the Feb. 18-24, 2005, print/digital edition of the Irish Echo.] If the German chancellor is most powerful woman in the world and our president the most powerful man, the most interesting person of either gender on the international stage right now has to be the pope. […] Gaeilge in the Garden By Ray O’Hanlon firstname.lastname@example.org Pope Francis will be treated to a prayer in Irish during tomorrow’s Mass in Madison Square Garden. That would be Gaeilge with a Staten Island lilt. Tom Moran, CEO of Mutual of America and well known for his charitable work with organizations such as Concern Worldwide, will be delivering one of […] Cahill, Cole impress on stage, in studio By Colleen Taylor The singer-songwriter genre is attracting more and more burgeoning musicians in Ireland. This week, I spent time with the latest work from two solo songwriters, Oliver Cole and Aine Cahill. Cole clashes the eerie with the electric in his sophomore album “Year of the Bird,” while Cahill’s vocals pair depth and melancholia […] Mark Little’s story is full of daring By Orla O’Sullivan The perils of reporting via social media were partly evident even as Mark Little, one of the great success stories in the new business of social journalism, addressed the Irish Business Organization last week. As Little concluded showing a video on Storyful, the company he launched in 2010 and sold to […] ‘My Last Day at Seventeen ’ By Irish Echo Staff American photographer Doug DuBois was introduced to a group of teenagers from the Russell Heights housing estate while an artist in residence at the Sirius Arts Center in Cobh, Co. Cork, in 2009. He’d no inkling then that his month-long residency would turn into a five-year project. He would become fascinated […] Hibernian Square Garden By Ray O’Hanlon email@example.com Members of the Ancient Order of Hibernians will be playing their part in the historic papal Mass set for this Friday at Madison Square Garden. Over 50 members of the order will be in the Garden to help with crowd control and the distribution of Holy Communion. “We will be […] Tom McGrath is on the road again By Ray O’Hanlon firstname.lastname@example.org With the weather getting a little cooler Tom McGrath is warming up again. The Fermanagh-born ultra-runner is preparing for his latest challenge: a 100 mile run taking in New York City’s five boroughs. And while Tom is wearing down another pair of running shoes, he will be raising money for thousands […] Kenny arrives in a very big week By Ray O’Hanlon email@example.com This week and next, Ireland’s political leaders will be journeying to New York for a series of engagements that will include participation in the opening of the United Nations General Assembly in what is its 70th anniversary year. First to arrive will be Taoiseach Enda Kenny who will be in New […] A welcome new album from Antóin Mac Gabhann By Daniel Neely Some years ago, I was in East Durham, up at the great Catskills Irish Arts Week, and I wanted to buy Antóin Mac Gabhann’s “Doorways And Windowsills,” the album he made with banjoist Mick O’Connor. I’d been disorganized and waited until the last minute to buy it, by which time all the […] We must not forget where the needs are greatest By Aine Fay We have all seen the heartbreaking imagery of refugees desperately trying to escape war and persecution for the safety of Europe. Some, like the now infamous photograph of Syrian man Laith Majid in tears clutching his two children just off the Greek Island of Kos, have ended happily. Others, notably the lifeless […] The spellbinding allure of Eleanor McEvoy By Colleen Taylor Eleanor McEvoy is a name that needs no introduction. Since her hit song “Only A Woman’s Heart” exploded on the charts in 1992, McEvoy has been enchanting Ireland and the rest of the world. No one would contest her status as one of Ireland’s most talented contemporary songwriters. Eleven albums, forty singles , […] Party talks fail to start, now talk of an election By Anthony Neeson All-party talks to save the Stormont institutions – which were due to begin this week – have yet to get underway after unionists laid down fresh preconditions. On Tuesday in the House of Commons the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland Theresa Villiers said reviving a body to monitor paramilitary activity may […] Hudson Festival hosts wordsmiths By Irish Echo Staff The Hudson Valley Irish Festival, which will take place in Peekskill, Westchester County on Saturday, September 26, The Festival will be held will not be short on ingredients. And those ingredients will include spoken words in a specially designated tent. As well as a full line up of musicians for the […] The absence grows longer By Ray O’Hanlon firstname.lastname@example.org It’s turning into the Great Absence. Irish people continue to be sworn in as new American citizens, but you would be hard pressed to find any at swearing-in ceremonies in New York City. Earlier this summer, the Echo highlighted a series of ceremonies for new citizens in the city. The July […] New angle on selling the old By Ray O’Hanlon email@example.com When a structure is as old as pyramids, the ancient is something of an old story. This for sure applies in countries such as Egypt. It also applies to Ireland, where you can view structures older than the pyramids. The very oldest can be cast as new when it comes to […] A vision of blue on a cloudy day By Ray O’Hanlon firstname.lastname@example.org Ask anyone who was in New York on 9/11 to describe the day and they will inevitably include, with all else, the weather. It was sublime. The sky was the shade of blue that bespoke of heaven, even as an unearthly hell was being unleashed by evil men. Today, the sky […] McQuaid’s Irish idols now her collaborators By Colleen Taylor Sarah McQuaid is not just a transnational musician, she’s a trans-genre one. The American singer-songwriter, who has lived in France, Ireland, and now resides in England, resists a singular musical identity. Having started her career with a traditional Irish album, McQuaid’s most recent and fourth album, “Walking Into White,” departs from her […] Play invites little people to stand up Donal O’Kelly and Sorcha Fox in a scene from “Little Thing, Big Thing.” By Orla O’Sullivan What might a criminal and a nun have in common? That’s one of the questions asked by the first play to open in Origin’s 2015 1st Irish Festival, “Little Thing, Big Thing,” from Dublin’s Fishamble theatre company. A […] Road bowls returns to Wheeling, West Virginia By Evan Short West Virginia’s love of the Irish sport of road bowls is set to be rekindled next week with the annual Ancient Order of Hibernians event coming back for the fifth year in a row. Last September, over 500 people turned out and ninety teams faced off in what organizers bill as the […] Reps. Neal, Boyle attend Dublin forum By Irish Echo Staff An international group of parliamentarians with Irish connections has gathered in Dublin for the first-ever Global Irish Parliamentarians’ Forum. The forum is aimed at fostering Ireland’s relationship with its diaspora by bringing together Irish-connected political representatives who serve in national parliaments and state assemblies in the U.S., Australia, Canada, France and […] Just a short stop Your Holiness By Irish Echo Staff Pope Francis may want to add another short stop on his New York City itinerary when he arrives on Friday, September 25th. Shaun Clancy, the owner of Foley’s New York Pub & Restaurant, a popular baseball bar in Midtown Manhattan that features 3,000 autographed baseballs on its walls, is willing to […] Back to where it all started By Ray O’Hanlon email@example.com Irish Americans are renowned for their interest in their places of origin back in the old country. For the Ancient Order of Hibernians in America, visiting its own point of origin doesn’t require a journey across the Atlantic to the island of Ireland. Manhattan Island will suffice. A few days ago , […] Freed nanny back in Ireland By Irish Echo Staff Free Irish nanny Aisling Brady McCarthy is back in Ireland after departing Boston Tuesday night. Brady McCarthy, accompanied by her sister, arrived in Shannon this morning. Before leaving Boston, and after the dramatic about face by prosecutors who dropped charges of killing a one year old child who was in her […] Hilary Beirne’s parade peace appeal By Ray O’Hanlon firstname.lastname@example.org New York St. Patrick’s Day Parade Executive Secretary, Hilary Beirne, has responded to what he describes as “negative conversations” directed at himself and others at a recent meeting of delegates to parade affiliated groups in Queens convened by parade committee chairman, John Dunleavy. And he has also called for unity in […] Museum in Conn. is a world leader By Máirtín Ó Muilleoir email@example.com It’s a story made in America: how a Jewish immigrant who built a business empire on frozen bagels helped his Irish neighbors tell the untold story of the great calamity which had shattered their nation and scarred their history. But it’s also a story about how one resolute Irish American, raised […] Foreign policy to scupper JC Between the Lines / By Peter McDermott I’ve been having an email exchange in recent days with a friend of mine, a native Irish speaker long based in North London. We went to college together and have a lot of the same views on things. Take the Irish presidential election of 2011, for […]
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Today's post comes from new monthly contributor Monica Reed. Monica is an instructor at Louisiana State University where she teaches courses in religion in the United.
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- St. Patrick’s Day. Every year on March 17, the Irish and the Irish-at-heart across the globe observe St. Patrick’s Day. What began as a religious feast day for.
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- A group of Irish Americans who grew up in the dockside Chelsea district of Manhattan attended the screening last Friday night of the multiple-Oscar winning “On the.
- The Irish people are a nation and ethnic group who originate from the island of Ireland and its associated islands. Ireland has been inhabited for about 9,000 years.
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