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 ...

Oct 30, 2015

Same-sex marriage bill signed into law in Ireland

Same-sex marriage was signed into law in Ireland on Thursday, five months after a historic referendum saw the traditionally Catholic nation become the world’s first country to vote for gay unions. In a brief statement, the president’s office said “The Presidential Commission today signed ...

Oct 14, 2015

Ireland's O'Brien banned for Rugby World Cup quarterfinal

Ireland flanker Sean O’Brien was suspended for one week for striking France’s Pascal Pape in the stomach and Scotland forwards Ross Ford and Jonny Gray were each suspended for three weeks for dangerous tackles on the last weekend of pool matches, ruling all three ...

Ireland beats France to avoid All Blacks showdown

Oct 12, 2015

Ireland beats France to avoid All Blacks showdown

Ireland avoided a Rugby World Cup quarterfinal against the defending champion All Blacks by beating France 24-9 to secure first place in Pool D on Sunday — but an impressive victory came at a cost for the Six Nations champions. Star flyhalf Jonny Sexton, ...

Ireland beats Italy to reach Rugby World Cup quarterfinals

Oct 5, 2015

Ireland beats Italy to reach Rugby World Cup quarterfinals

Ireland qualified for the Rugby World Cup quarterfinals by squeezing past Italy 16-9 in a tight test on Sunday that ensured the Italians will miss out — again. The victory, aptly described as “ugly” by coach Joe Schmidt, also lifted France into the last ...