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It's Honey O'Boo Boo time at Irish-themed beauty pageant in Illinois

Move over Honey Boo Boo! Here comes the Irish version of ‘Toddlers and Tiaras.'

By JAMES O'SHEA

Published Friday, January 4, 2013, 7:01 AM

Guinness Storehouse in Dublin sees record-breaking amount of visitors in 2012 - VIDEO

The Guinness Storehouse in Dublin had a record-setting year in 2012 that saw 1,087,209 guests visit the location.

By KERRY O'SHEA

Published Friday, January 4, 2013, 7:10 AM

Rory McIlroy could skip Olympics rather than choose between Britain and Ireland

Rory McIlroy may opt out of the next Olympic games rather than choose between Ireland and Britain.

By PATRICK COUNIHAN

Published Friday, January 4, 2013, 7:15 AM

The BCS National Championship Game Preview -- Notre Dame Fighting Irish versus Alabama Crimson Tide

Can The Fighting Irish capture its first national championship since 1988?

By BRYAN FITZGERALD

Published Friday, January 4, 2013, 8:03 AM

Almost 1,000 civil partnerships celebrated in Ireland during 2012

The Journal reports that nearly 2,000 people have entered into civil partnerships since they first became legal in Ireland in April 2011. In 2012, 965 civil partnerships took place, with every county in Ireland hosting at least one.

By KERRY O'SHEA

Published Friday, January 4, 2013, 7:44 AM

Joe Kennedy III vows to work on gun laws upon arriving at Capitol Hill

Upon arriving in Washington, D.C. just hours before his swearing-in, Congressman-elect Joseph P. Kennedy III spoke about his upcoming term in Congress and how he’ll work to reform the nation’s gun laws.

By KERRY O'SHEA

Published Friday, January 4, 2013, 7:42 AM

Loyalist protests continue over new Union Jack rule in Belfast

On-going protests over the decision to limit the flying of the Union Jack over Belfast’s City Hall to only 17 days a year are beginning to become costly as well as affect both the retail and tourism trades within the area.

By KERRY O'SHEA

Published Friday, January 4, 2013, 7:40 AM

Irish American woman leaves $20 million fortune to New York institutions

An Irish American woman who lived a modest life in New York has left her $20 million fortune to two of her favorite city institutions.

By ANTOINETTE KELLY

Published Friday, January 4, 2013, 7:35 AM

Broke billionaire Sean Quinn fears a return to Mountjoy prison after release

Bust billionaire Sean Quinn fears a return to prison – and is still convinced his current legal battle is unfair.

By PATRICK COUNIHAN

Published Friday, January 4, 2013, 7:53 AM

Signs of recovery boosted as Ireland beats EU/IMF deficit targets

Ireland’s Finance Minister Michael Noonan is laughing all the way to the European Central Bank after a surprise upturn in his treasury’s tax take.

By PATRICK COUNIHAN

Published Friday, January 4, 2013, 7:31 AM

New law makes undocumented path to green card easier

Undocumented immediate relatives of American citizens seeking permanent resident status in the U.S. will find the legalization process less onerous thanks to a new rule, announced by the Department of Homeland Security this week that will allow them to apply for a necessary inadmissibility waiver while still in the U.S. instead of abroad.

By JAMES O'SHEA

Published Friday, January 4, 2013, 7:28 AM

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