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Rory McIlroy offered chance to be Ireland’s flag bearer in 2016 Olympics

The head of Ireland’s Olympic Committee says he will offer Rory McIlroy the chance to carry the Irish Tricolor during the opening ceremonies of the 2016 Olympic Games in Brazil, in return for committing to playing for Ireland.

By JAMES O'SHEA

Published Tuesday, October 9, 2012, 7:12 AM

CEO Sean FitzPatrick to go on trial over $38 billion collapse of Anglo-Irish Bank

Sean FitzPatrick, 64, the former chairman of the now-nationalized Anglo Irish Bank, is to stand trial on charges of providing unlawful financial information and assistance.

By ANTOINETTE KELLY

Published Tuesday, October 9, 2012, 7:18 AM

Top ten little-known facts about Ireland ahead of the Gathering 2013

1.Ireland is the only country in the world which has a musical instrument – the harp – as their national symbol.

By BERNIE MALONE

Published Tuesday, October 9, 2012, 7:24 AM

Mary McAleese calls for gay marriage, slams Pope on Vatican II

Former Irish President Mary McAleese has come out in favor of gay marriage. She made the declaration in an interview on Irish television.

By JAMES O'SHEA

Published Tuesday, October 9, 2012, 7:40 AM

Barack Obama's campaign gains $150 million in September while Mitt Romney creeps up the polls

As of yesterday, President Obama leads Mitt Romney once again in Gallup's daily tracking poll, after the Republican presidential hopeful got a boost from his debate performance last week.

By ANTOINETTE KELLY

Published Tuesday, October 9, 2012, 8:15 AM

Catholic bishop Kirby disputes newspaper’s allegations of sexual abuse cover up

The Bishop of Clonfert, John Kirby, has denied claims made by the Irish Times newspaper that he knowingly moved a priest to another parish after sex abuse claims were brought against him.

By CATHY HAYES

Published Tuesday, October 9, 2012, 7:56 AM

Heartbroken dog tracks down his sick owner in hospital two miles from home – VIDEO

A seven-year-old husky dog, Zander, was so upset by his owner’s hospitalization that he tracked him down. The dog crossed under a busy parkway and a four-lane road to get to his owner.

By CATHY HAYES

Published Tuesday, October 9, 2012, 8:23 AM

New book claims Bill Clinton asked Hillary for a divorce in 1990

A new book by historian William Chafe, entitled “Bill and Hillary,” dissects the couple’s marriage and alleges that Bill Clinton asked Hillary for a divorce in 1990 before he embarked on his long- shot bid for the presidency.

By JAMES O'SHEA

Published Tuesday, October 9, 2012, 7:48 AM

Maspeth Queens exhibition focuses on Irish Americans in building New York’s legendary Erie Canal

Assemblywoman Margaret Markey and the board of directors of Maspeth Town Hall will host a reception on October 12th to open a two week public exhibition that spotlights the contributions of Irish Americans in building New York’s legendary Erie Canal.

By JANE WALSH

Published Tuesday, October 9, 2012, 8:38 AM

Liam Neeson gets revenge as ‘Taken 2' scores explosive $50 million debut - VIDEO

Liam Neeson may have turned 60 this year, but its the best of times for the Irish actor.

By ANTOINETTE KELLY

Published Tuesday, October 9, 2012, 8:31 AM

Irish sports journalist arrested over sexual relationship with teenage girl

A prominent Irish sports journalist has been arrested over allegations he sexually abused a minor.

By ANTOINETTE KELLY

Published Tuesday, October 9, 2012, 8:11 AM

Connecticut rugby club win 31 to 6 against the Yankees at Lansdowne

This past Saturday, homeside Lansdowne utilized an expansive approach as they displayed their best performance of the season.

By JANE WALSH

Published Tuesday, October 9, 2012, 8:41 AM

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