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Irish woman describes her abortion experience in New York - 'Termination is never an ideal choice'

An Irish woman who had an abortion in New York has written about how lucky she feels compared to what happened to Indian dentist Savita Halappanavar who died after doctors refused to terminate her unviable fetus’s life.

By JAMES O'SHEA

Published Friday, November 23, 2012, 7:31 AM

Falsely accused child abuse priest recounts ordeal - It is ‘important to forgive’

Father Oliver Brennan, the former parish priest in Dundalk County Louth who was falsely accused of child abuse, said support from family and friends kept him sane during the two-year ordeal.

By DARA KELLY

Published Friday, November 23, 2012, 7:23 AM

Prayer book of Irish revolutionary Michael Collins discovered in France

Ninety years after his death, Michael Collin's prayer book has been found in France.

By CATHY HAYES

Published Friday, November 23, 2012, 7:11 AM

Irish Americans encouraged to join international O’Neill gathering in Ireland

Irish Americans are being encouraged to go back to their roots as plans are unveiled for a major clan gathering in Ireland.

By SEAN O'BRIEN

Published Friday, November 23, 2012, 8:15 AM

American case echoes Savita story as Bishop strips hospital of Catholic affiliation

A US Bishop has stripped an Arizona hospital of its Catholic affiliation after medics saved the life of a mother by terminating her pregnancy.

By PATRICK COUNIHAN

Published Friday, November 23, 2012, 7:47 AM

Poverty stricken Irish families ask for electricity and gas to be cut off

Broke Irish families have asked to have their electricity cut off because they can’t afford to pay for power.

By PATRICK COUNIHAN

Published Friday, November 23, 2012, 7:56 AM

Pre-famine petition supporting English lord could act as a census substitute for 1841 Ireland

A petition in appreciation of the English Lord Morpeth, George Howard, the chief secretary of Ireland, in 1841, could act as a pre-Famine census substitute.

By CATHY HAYES

Published Friday, November 23, 2012, 8:13 AM

Jameson Whiskey breaks record as worldwide sales top 48 million bottles

The parent company of Jameson Whiskey is to invest another $130million to cope with the growing demand for its product – with America its strongest marker.

By PATRICK COUNIHAN

Published Friday, November 23, 2012, 8:09 AM

Irish comedian Dylan Moran talks New York show, 'Calvary' and more

Irish comic Dylan Moran will be in town next month for five nights at New York’s Theatre 80. Moran is currently in Connemara shooting Calvary alongside Brendan Gleeson and Chris O’Dowd. He talks to Cahir O'Doherty about his work, his new film and what to expect when he hits the city.

By CAHIR O'DOHERTY

Published Friday, November 23, 2012, 8:20 AM

Post-Thanksgiving recipe ideas - hearty turkey pot-pie

I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving with friends and family and you all survived the craziness of ‘Black Friday’ in the malls of America.

By CHEF MICHAEL GILLIGAN

Published Friday, November 23, 2012, 8:22 AM

Elton John backs fundraising campaign for four-year-old Irish girl with rare cancer

Pop superstar Elton John is backing a campaign to raise funds for a four-year-old Irish girl battling a rare form of cancer.

By PATRICK COUNIHAN

Published Friday, November 23, 2012, 8:03 AM

Kerry legend Mick O’Connell launches attack on the state of GAA

Kerry legend Mick O’Connell has launched a blistering attack on the current state of Gaelic football.

By CATHAL DERVAN

Published Friday, November 23, 2012, 8:31 AM

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