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Champion bare-knuckle boxer charged with murder of his wife

Bare knuckle boxing champion and movie star Michael McDonagh has been charged with the vicious murder of his wife Jacqueline.

By PATRICK COUNIHAN

Published Monday, September 3, 2012, 7:03 AM

Rogue UK protester disrupted Emerald Isle Classic football game in Dublin - VIDEO

During the much-hyped Notre Dame v Navy football game at Dublin’s Aviva Stadium on Saturday, a protester from the UK managed to get on the field and performed what some are calling an Irish jig.

By KERRY O'SHEA

Published Monday, September 3, 2012, 7:13 AM

Labor Day is an 'Irish' Holiday too - the national day commemorating America’s workers was an Irishman

Labor Day is a little like Christmas -- people have forgotten the meaning of it. They just want the presents, the birth of Christ gets lost somewhere in the wrappings.

By PATRICIA MCCARTHY

Published Monday, September 3, 2012, 7:25 AM

Cardinal Carlo Maria Martini said Catholic Church is "200 years out of date"

In a final interview before his death, the former archbishop of Milan and papal candidate Cardinal Carlo Maria Martini called the Catholic Church "200 years out of date."

By DARA KELLY

Published Monday, September 3, 2012, 7:36 AM

Police officers injured as sectarian riots erupt in North Belfast

Officials have appealed for calm after up to 50 police officers were injured in sectarian riots in north Belfast.

By PATRICK COUNIHAN

Published Monday, September 3, 2012, 7:47 AM

Politicians invited to visit Escort Ireland offices to discuss new sex laws

Ireland’s sex industry is fighting back – and wants frank and open debate with the Government on the prostitution issue.

By PATRICK COUNIHAN

Published Monday, September 3, 2012, 7:56 AM

Why the Diaspora embraces Ireland and why Ireland should embrace it back

With thousands of Irish Americans making the pilgrimage to Dublin this weekend for the Notre Dame game, and the upcoming, year-long "Homecoming" Ireland is hosting in 2013, it is clear the Irish Diaspora feel a sense of belonging to the country and a connection to their heritage.

By DARA KELLY

Published Monday, September 3, 2012, 8:20 AM

Irish father held newborn daughter for just two hours before she succumbed to a rare condition

A young father from Donegal reveals how he held his baby daughter for just two hours before her death from a rare condition.

By DARA KELLY

Published Monday, September 3, 2012, 8:26 AM

Irish election looms as gulf widens between Coalition parties on health service cutbacks

Ireland is on the brink of a snap general election as tensions mount between the Coalition parties over savage health cuts.

By PATRICK COUNIHAN

Published Monday, September 3, 2012, 7:50 AM

Letters show amount of pressure put on Brian Lenihan by ECB over bank bailout

Letters sent from the president from the European Central Bank to the late Brian Lenihan reveal the intense pressure put on Ireland to apply for a bailout in November 2010

By DARA KELLY

Published Monday, September 3, 2012, 8:38 AM

One Direction will host ‘My First Time’ MTV VMA special on Tuesday ahead of their debut performance at the event

The ‘What Makes You Beautiful’ hitmakers will share their thoughts on the annual Video Music Awards’ most memorable performances in the half-hour show

By BUZZ BRADY

Published Monday, September 3, 2012, 8:34 AM

Darron Gibson tells Trap to stuff his call-up as Irish boss suffers another blow

Ireland manager Giovanni Trapattoni has suffered another personnel blow ahead of the World Cup opener in Kazakhstan next Friday after Everton midfielder Darron Gibson quit international football.

By PATRICK COUNIHAN

Published Monday, September 3, 2012, 9:08 AM

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