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Ireland remembers tragic Indian mum Savita Halappanavar with series of vigils

The people of Ireland have paid tribute to Savita Halappanavar with thousands attending vigils across the country.

By PATRICK COUNIHAN

Published Sunday, November 18, 2012, 7:16 AM

How the Irish saved Thanksgiving

The first Thanksgiving was actually celebrated in February 21 1621 when a band of starving pilgrims at Plymouth Rock were saved at the last minute by the arrival of a ship from Dublin, Ireland bearing food from there.

By JOHN CUSACK

Published Sunday, November 18, 2012, 7:02 AM

Irish community ‘Day of Action’ is organized for Hurricane Sandy victims

A major Irish “Day of Action” to help the residents of Rockaway who have been shattered by Hurricane Sandy has been decided upon by the Irish community in conjunction with the Irish government.

By JAMES O'SHEA

Published Sunday, November 18, 2012, 7:22 AM

Actor Gabriel Byrne called ‘unpatriotic’ by Irish government minister

Michael Ring, Ireland's Minister of State for Tourism and Sport, has said that Gabriel Byrne's negative comments about 'The Gathering' were "unpatriotic."

By DARA KELLY

Published Sunday, November 18, 2012, 7:53 AM

Boy is refused confirmation after he expresses support for gay marriage

The Catholic Church denied confirmation to a teenager in Minnesota who expressed his support for gay marriage on his Facebook page.

By DARA KELLY

Published Sunday, November 18, 2012, 8:05 AM

Bono offers to help Joe Biden discover his Irish roots

U2's Bono wants to take Joe Biden down to his local Dalkey pub and help the vice-president trace his Irish roots.

By DARA KELLY

Published Sunday, November 18, 2012, 7:58 AM

Japanese pensioner spent 14 years copying Book of Kells

A Japanese pensioner has finally finished a copy of part of the Book of Kells – after 14 years.

By PATRICK COUNIHAN

Published Sunday, November 18, 2012, 9:05 AM

Bill Clinton to pick up a reported $250,000 for Limerick University speech

Former US President Bill Clinton was a guest of honor at an awards ceremony in Limerick on Saturday – with Irish entrepreneur JP McManus picking up the tab.

By PATRICK COUNIHAN

Published Sunday, November 18, 2012, 9:12 AM

Irish Famine Tribunal postponed because of huge demand to attend

Demand to attend a tribunal in New York on the Irish Famine was so great that the event has had to be postponed until April 2013. It was originally scheduled for October.

By JAMES O'SHEA

Published Sunday, November 18, 2012, 8:53 AM

Gerry Adams calls on Irish Americans to support referendum on a United Ireland

Sinn Fein President Gerry Adams is calling on Irish Americans to use their influence to support the republican party's calls for a referendum on Irish unity.

By ANTOINETTE KELLY

Published Sunday, November 18, 2012, 12:29 AM

Vacationing Donegal family weathered Hurricane Sandy in Manhattan

Liam Galbraith, the principal of Buncrana Technology College in County Donegal, flew to New York with his wife Mary, also an educator, and their three grown kids last weekend for their first ever highly anticipated New York holiday.

By CAHIR O'DOHERTY

Published Sunday, November 18, 2012, 12:30 AM

No. 3 Notre Dame blanks Wake Forest 31-0 on Senior Day

Saturday’s emotional Senior Day in South Bend was highlighted by a crushing 31-0 defeat of the Wake Forest Demon Deacons (5-6) by the Notre Dame Fighting Irish (11-0).

By BRYAN FITZGERALD

Published Sunday, November 18, 2012, 8:33 AM

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