Ireland gives resounding 'yes' to gay marriage

May 24, 2015

Ireland gives resounding 'yes' to gay marriage

Irish voters have resoundingly backed amending the constitution to legalize gay marriage, leaders on both sides of the Irish referendum declared Saturday after the world’s first national vote on the issue. As the official ballot counting continued, the only question appeared to be how ...

Both sides say Ireland has voted to legalize gay marriage

May 23, 2015

Both sides say Ireland has voted to legalize gay marriage

Leaders on both sides of Ireland’s gay marriage campaign say advocates of legalization have won a resounding victory with the ballot count still under way. Senior figures from the “no” campaign, who sought to prevent Ireland’s constitution from being amended to permit gay marriage, ...

Prince Charles has historic handshake with Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams

May 20, 2015

Prince Charles has historic handshake with Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams

Prince Charles offered a historic handshake Tuesday to Gerry Adams, longtime leader of the Irish nationalist Sinn Fein party and reputedly an Irish Republican Army commander when the outlawed group killed the prince’s great-uncle, Lord Louis Mountbatten, in 1979. The peacemaking gesture marked the ...

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 ...