Irish election could force alliance of old foes

Feb 28, 2016

Irish election could force alliance of old foes

Ireland could be on course for a historic alliance between age-old foes — the Fine Gael and Fianna Fail parties — as partial election results Saturday revealed strong voter rejection of the existing coalition government of Prime Minister Enda Kenny. Kenny said he was ...

Irish election likely to punish coalition despite recovery

Feb 27, 2016

Irish election likely to punish coalition despite recovery

Ireland faced political uncertainty on Saturday after two exit polls indicated voters had punished the outgoing governing coalition in Europe’s fastest-growing economy, which is feeling the pain of years of austerity. Both Prime Minister Enda Kenny’s center-right Fine Gael and its Labour junior partner ...

All Blacks to face Ireland in Chicago

Feb 17, 2016

All Blacks to face Ireland in Chicago

The last time New Zealand’s defending Rugby World Cup champion All Blacks team played in the U.S., the game was a record-setting sellout. It also was a blowout, as the storied All Blacks routed the USA Eagles national squad 74-6 before 61,500 people — ...

Rugby veteran O'Connell announces retirement

Feb 9, 2016

Rugby veteran O'Connell announces retirement

Paul O’Connell has been forced to retire from rugby due to injury before having the chance to end a glittering career with European champion Toulon, the former Ireland captain said on Tuesday. O’Connell, whose retirement from international rugby came sooner than he had hoped ...

Ireland's County Wicklow is a slice of heaven

Oct 31, 2015

Ireland's County Wicklow is a slice of heaven

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The road winds across the spine of the mountains, past a seemingly endless wilderness of heather-covered bogs, lakes, waterfalls, pine forests and trails. There is an eerie desolation to the beauty — lonely and lovely, no buildings or people, just bog cotton, heather and ...