He has been involved in journalism for over four decades and has penned columns for both that the Andersonstown News and the former daily Irish language newspaper Lá.
He is the author of several books in Irish and English including ‘Ceap Cuddles’ and ‘Belfast’s Dome of Delight’.
He has served in politics for Sinn Féin both in Belfast City Council and in the power-sharing Executive at Stormont.
As co-founder of events company Aisling Events, he has hosted a range of transatlantic conferences including the Big Irish Campfire, the New York-New Belfast Conference and the Belfast International Homecoming.
He is the proud recipient of a Honorary Doctorate from Quinnipiac University in Connecticut, USA.
The recent report in the online Hill website in the US makes for sobering reading.
One wonders how the famously litigious Van the Man — who for sure was "real, real gone" during Covid — was ever persuaded to give the green light to the Van Morrison Songbook, the perennial festivals' favourite which this year took place in An Chultúrlann on Sunday's closing night.
Gerry Conlon was at the wrong place at the wrong time more than once, which, as In the Name of the Son at the Grand Opera House demonstrated, can make for compelling drama — in life and on stage.
It's been three years since we were in a position to invite our Irish American cousins to Belfast for the annual Homecoming but with Covid on the back foot, this would be a good time for our Stateside friends to ensure their passports are current.
A handful of searing images capture the clear moral certainty of the Black civil rights struggle: the Woolworth's lunch counter protesters being pummelled by white bullyboys in Greensboro, North Carolina; the Memphis, Tennessee balcony of a blacks-only motel on which Martin Luther King lies dying as his colleagues point in the direction of the shooter; German shepherds being sicced by police on protesting children in Birmingham, Alabama all spring to mind.
It's a long way from war-ravaged and weary Mariupol on the once-tranquil but now turbulent Sea of Azov to the splendid solitude of Mín Corrbhuic in the serene hills of Donegal but those two very different locations will be linked next week at a technology festival in Donegal being convened by Belfast's Aisling Events.
There is a story told of a man whose house was sinking in a flood and who had to seek refuge in the upper rooms of his home.
You can play your part too by donating via the Irish Echo GoFundMe page supporting WIN NYC.
When the best and brightest of Irish America gather in New York each year to celebrate the achievements of the Irish Echo's 40 Under 40, glasses are often raised to those heroes of yesteryear who took on an Empire.
As a white man entering a black church in America, it's hard not to cast the shadow of Dylann Roof, the crazed racist who joined a Bible Study class in a famed African American church in Charleston, South Carolina, in 2015 and proceeded to shoot dead all nine of his 'fellow-worshippers'.
As I left an evening reception at the Huntsville home of Michael and Lisa Bollinger, mainstays of the most active chapter of the Ancient Order of Hibernians in Alabama, I thanked them for putting out the Tricolour in my honor. "That's not for you," said Lisa, letting me down softly. "That flies every day."
Tá éacht iriseoireachta is taighde déanta ag an iriseoir Ciarán Dunbar ina shárleabhar nua 'Síolta' a thugann léargas lom dúinn ar dhul chun cinn (nó a mhalairt) athbheochan na Gaeilge le 50 bliain anuas.
The staff of the Andersonstown News, North Belfast News, South Belfast News and belfastmedia.com send New Year's greetings to our readers at home and abroad.
Is taistealaí den scoth é Pádraig Ó Maolchraoibhe mar tá suim aige sa duine daonna agus sa staid dhaonna – rud atá thar a bheith follasach sa chéad leabhar ón leabharbhách iomráiteach seo, Ar Chrios na Cruinne - Gael in Ecuadór.
Seoid atá idir lámha againn sa leabhar mhíorúilteach seo as peann an Ghael-Mheiriceánaigh Pádraig Ó Mathúna is é ag tabhairt chothrom na féinne ar deireadh do sheanchaí as a phobal féin, Eoin Ua Cathail.