Landmarks go green for St. Patrick's Day around the world

Mar 18, 2015

Landmarks go green for St. Patrick's Day around the world

Landmark buildings across Ireland and the world have been floodlit green for St. Patrick’s Day as global celebrations of the Emerald Isle’s patron saint are culminating in parades and celebrations in Dublin, New York and scores of other cities Tuesday. Here are St. Patrick’s ...

To honor St. Patrick, climb his mountain

Mar 7, 2015

To honor St. Patrick, climb his mountain

by Helen O'neill

Shrouded in mist, the sacred mountain rises above the countryside, majestic, mysterious and a little foreboding. Here, on this rocky west coast promontory overlooking the Atlantic, St. Patrick is said to have fasted for 40 days and nights as he wrestled with demons and ...

Dec 27, 2014

Irish court rules on brain-dead pregnant woman

A brain-dead pregnant woman was taken off life support Friday after a court ruled that her 18-week-old fetus was doomed to die — a case that exposed fear and confusion among doctors over how to apply Ireland’s strict ban on abortion in an age ...

Irish-American abstract artist Sean Scully sets sights on China

Nov 21, 2014

Irish-American abstract artist Sean Scully sets sights on China

Irish-American abstract artist Sean Scully counts Irish rocker Bono among his pals and collectors. He wouldn’t be unhappy if some of China’s 1.4 billion people also took a shine to his art being displayed at a retrospective in Shanghai later this month. Scully, 69, ...

Sinn Fein chief Adams accused  of covering up IRA child rape

Oct 17, 2014

Sinn Fein chief Adams accused of covering up IRA child rape

Sinn Fein party leader Gerry Adams denied new accusations Thursday that he concealed child-abuse crimes within his own secretive movement, this time allegedly committed by a Belfast officer of the outlawed Irish Republican Army. Mairia Cahill, a member of one of Belfast’s top IRA ...

Belfast parade ends without clashes for first time in years

Jul 13, 2014

Belfast parade ends without clashes for first time in years

A flash-point Protestant parade in Northern Ireland’s capital ended without violence for the first time in decades on Saturday when marchers agreed to turn around before passing a Catholic area of Belfast. Pro-British Protestants hold marches every July 12 in the British-ruled province to ...

Irish Labour Party names first female leader

Jul 5, 2014

Irish Labour Party names first female leader

AP Ireland’s Labour Party elected its first female leader on Friday, naming lawmaker Joan Burton to guide the country’s traditional voice for the poor. Welcoming her election, Prime Minister Enda Kenny announced Burton’s appointment as deputy prime minister, a post previously held by the ...