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Fox’s Bill O’Reilly is now the most popular historian in America today

Bill O’Reilly has become the most popular historian in America with his two books on Lincoln and Kennedy atop The New York Times best-seller list.

By CATHY HAYES

Published Wednesday, December 26, 2012, 6:29 AM

The first ever color photographs of Ireland taken by two French women in 1913 - PHOTOS

Irish blog An t-Oilean, which is Irish for “island”, has posted some of the first color photographs of Ireland.

By MICHELLE K SMITH

Published Wednesday, December 26, 2012, 6:13 AM

Irish Cardinal Sean Brady calls for protests against new abortion law

Cardinal Sean Brady has called for protests against the upcoming move to liberalize abortion laws in Ireland.

By JAMES O'SHEA

Published Wednesday, December 26, 2012, 6:38 AM

Traveller families enjoy their own Gathering in Limerick town of Rathkeale

Irish Travellers have again staged their annual version of The Gathering – and descended on the Limerick town of Rathkeale.

By PATRICK COUNIHAN

Published Wednesday, December 26, 2012, 7:03 AM

Joe Kennedy III joins Irish lobby on Capitol Hill

The latest Kennedy to be elected to the U.S. Congress has become a Congressional Friend of the Irish National Caucus.

By JAMES O'SHEA

Published Wednesday, December 26, 2012, 6:49 AM

Sean Quinn keeps a low profile during three day break from Mountjoy prison

Jailbird Sean Quinn kept his head down on his return home to Cavan for Christmas – but he did get to attend his grand-daughter’s christening.

By PATRICK COUNIHAN

Published Wednesday, December 26, 2012, 7:27 AM

AK-47 among deadly weapons seized by Irish customs officers in 2012

The Irish authorities have released their annual list of weapons seized by customs officers – including an AK-47 machine gun.

By PATRICK COUNIHAN

Published Wednesday, December 26, 2012, 7:13 AM

Irish bar staff in New York afraid to go home for Christmas -- fear of losing their jobs

They may be the happy, shining faces of most of the bars you frequent in New York City, but many Irish bar and restaurant staff have a secret fear this holiday season.

By SEAN BROSNAN

Published Wednesday, December 26, 2012, 6:14 AM

Charles Durning - one of America’s great character actors, dies aged 89

Charles Durning, a son of a poverty stricken Irish immigrant who went on to become one of the great character actors of his age and a war hero, has died.

By PATRICK COUNIHAN

Published Wednesday, December 26, 2012, 7:57 AM

Rooney Mara stars in new Steven Soderbergh thriller ‘Side Effects’

Following her success in last year’s film adaptation of ‘The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo,’ Irish American actress Rooney Mara is back for another thriller in 2013’s ‘Side Effects.’

By KERRY O'SHEA

Published Tuesday, December 25, 2012, 4:26 AM

How to make the perfect Irish whiskey 'hot toddy' for Christmas

Try this recipe as a winter-warmer over the holidays. A hot whiskey is a traditional 'cure-all' for those seasonal sniffles. It’s also a delicious digestif or a night cap (drink before bed).

By BERNIE MALONE

Published Tuesday, December 25, 2012, 3:19 AM

New England Patriots v Jacksonville Jaguars NFL week 16 preview

Published Monday, December 24, 2012, 4:15 AM

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