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Irish American cannibal attacks mother in bath and eats her thumb

21-year-old Kirstie Foley is currently a wanted fugitive after having bit a piece of her mother’s thumb off, causing her mother to almostlose her entire hand.

By HILDA HIGGINS

Published Friday, December 21, 2012, 6:55 AM

Sister of Daniel Barden pens heart-rending letter to President Obama on gun control

One of the 20 children murdered during the Newtown massacre was the grandchild of Irish immigrants from County Leitrim and County Down.

By CATHY HAYES

Published Friday, December 21, 2012, 6:54 AM

Top ten Irish Christmas traditions - old fashioned and modern Ireland combined

Published Friday, December 21, 2012, 7:15 AM

Murder enquiry to be launched into Bloody Sunday deaths in Derry

Police in Ulster are to launch a murder enquiry into the Bloody Sunday massacre in Derry 40 years ago.

By PATRICK COUNIHAN

Published Friday, December 21, 2012, 7:26 AM

Catholic bishops issue strongly worded statement denouncing Government’s decision about abortion

In a strongly worded statement Irish bishops have warned that legislating for abortion would lead to "the direct and intentional killing of unborn children.”

By CATHY HAYES

Published Friday, December 21, 2012, 7:37 AM

Irresponsible rhetoric of the anti-abortion right

Published Friday, December 21, 2012, 8:15 AM

Senator Bob Casey’s mind changed by Newtown tragedy - calls for ban on assault rifles

Pennsylvania Democratic Senator Bob Casey, a longtime champion of guns rights, has changed his stance in regards to new legislation on guns in the wake of the tragedy in Newtown, CT. Senator Casey said he is “haunted” by last week’s events.

By KERRY O'SHEA

Published Friday, December 21, 2012, 7:37 AM

Dublin IRA man charged over Northern Ireland prison officer murder

Vincent Banks, 44, from Smithfield, Dublin was brought before the Irish Special Criminal Court in Dublin on Wednesday where he was charged in connection with the murder in November of Northern Ireland prison officer David Black.

By ANTOINETTE KELLY

Published Friday, December 21, 2012, 7:54 AM

Hollywood star Ben Affleck doesn’t deny he could run for US Senate

Senator Ben Affleck? It's not entirely out of the question and the actor and director isn't dampening speculation.

By ANTOINETTE KELLY

Published Friday, December 21, 2012, 7:35 AM

The magic of the tombs at Newgrange on the winter solstice

Newgrange in County Meath, Ireland, is one the most famous prehistoric sites in the world for good reason.

By DARA MCBRIDE

Published Thursday, December 20, 2012, 4:47 PM

The historic importance of the lunar eclipse and winter solstice at Newgrange

On the morning of December 21st 2010 County Meath’s Newgrange became a site of historic importance in celestial terms when a lunar eclipse and the winter equinox coincided.

By CATHY HAYES

Published Friday, December 21, 2012, 7:38 AM

Notre Dame’s Brian Kelly named coach of the year by AP - VIDEO

Notre Dame’s Fighting Irish head coach Brian Kelly has won the AP Coach of the Year award.

By KERRY O'SHEA

Published Friday, December 21, 2012, 7:37 AM

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