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Old Spanish document suggests Irish were in America before Columbus

While Christopher Columbus is generally credited with having discovered America in 1492, a 1521 Spanish report provides inklings of evidence that there were, in fact, Irish people settled in America prior to Columbus’ journey.

By KERRY O'SHEA

Published Tuesday, February 12, 2013, 7:18 AM

Canadian cardinal is the most likely next pope say insiders

With the resignation of Pope Benedict coming into effect on Feb 28th, there are only 20 days for the eligible cardinals with voting rights to elect a new pope.

By GARRY O'SULLIVAN

Published Tuesday, February 12, 2013, 7:06 AM

Whitey Bulger’s racist reaction to President Barack Obama helped lead to his capture

A new book about crime boss Whitey Bulger claims his vehement dislike of president Obama helped his neighbor identify the crime boss and tip off the FBI.

By IrishCentral Staff Writers

Published Tuesday, February 12, 2013, 7:11 AM

People of Ireland wait for abortion law reform - 70 percent want legislation on Case X

The Irish public overwhelmingly supports the government’s plan to legislate on abortion, according to the latest Irish Times/Ipsos MRBI poll.

By IrishCentral Staff Writers

Published Tuesday, February 12, 2013, 7:54 AM

Curators respond to views that history exhibition in Washington is offensive to the Irish

The two curators of the Washington exhibit on Renaissance Ireland, which has been slammed for portraying the British as benign invaders by a leading Irish scholar, have defended their work.

By NIALL O'DOWD

Published Tuesday, February 12, 2013, 7:28 AM

Top GOP lawmaker Eric Cantor says undocumented children should get citizenship – VIDEO

A top Republican lawmaker has said he would support granting children of undocumented immigrants a path to citizenship.

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Published Tuesday, February 12, 2013, 7:50 AM

Mystery businessman kidnapped by Russian mob goes missing again after hospital discharge

The Irish businessman who claimed he was kidnapped by Russia mafia has gone missing again – this time of his own free will.

By PATRICK COUNIHAN

Published Tuesday, February 12, 2013, 7:42 AM

Chinese translation of James Joyce's novel ‘Finnegans Wake’ becomes best-seller

A Chinese edition of James Joyce’s Finnegans Wake has sold out in China, with a second edition being printed to meet the demand.

By IrishCentral Staff Writers

Published Tuesday, February 12, 2013, 7:45 AM

Return visit to Derry in April for Tibetan spiritual leader The Dalai Lama

The Dalai Lama has accepted an invitation to return to Derry to celebrate the city’s status as the UK City of Culture for 2013.

By PATRICK COUNIHAN

Published Tuesday, February 12, 2013, 8:04 AM

Enda Kenny and President Michael D Higgins pay tribute to Pope Benedict XVI - VIDEO

Irish leader Enda Kenny and President Michael D Higgins led tributes to Pope Benedict XVI after he announced his retirement on Monday.

By IrishCentral Staff Writers

Published Tuesday, February 12, 2013, 7:36 AM

Young Wexford man fights for his life after Perth stabbing

A young Irish immigrant is fighting for his life in Perth after a weekend stabbing in the western Australian city.

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Published Tuesday, February 12, 2013, 7:33 AM

The growing trend for football clubs to be sponsored by casinos and online gambling companies

For decades fans of football have been accustomed to seeing corporate sponsors on team jersey. Many of these sponsors are household names that are known worldwide such as Adidas, Nike, Ford, and others.

By JANE WALSH

Published Monday, February 11, 2013, 9:15 AM

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