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Will Pope Francis allow this gay Cork man to be married with his blessing?

The mother is delighted with the new pope. Great man. He gets the bus.He pays his hotel bills. He cracks little jokes. He talks about love. One Direction for the arthritis gang.

By DONAL OG CUSACK*

Published Sunday, March 31, 2013, 6:20 AM

20,000 Irish return from emigration every year Irish Times reports

Despite the economic hard times 20,000 Irish emigrants return home every year a new Irish Times report has revealed.

By JAMES O'BRIEN

Published Sunday, March 31, 2013, 6:38 AM

It’s a long way to Sruffaunoughterluggatoora - the seriously strange and wonderful long place names in Ireland

The Anglicization of Irish towns in particular has resulted in a certain amount of confusion regarding their pronunciation and spelling but amongst all the confusion, you have to wonder if the Irish people just got fed up of naming their towns sensibly and aimed for the funniest, rudest, or longest names that they could get away with.

By AMANDA DRISCOLL

Published Sunday, March 31, 2013, 7:03 AM

Lurgan bomb was designed to kill police officers, says local Assembly member

Police believe a bomb attack in Lurgan was an attempt by dissident Republicans to kill officers.

By PATRICK COUNIHAN

Published Sunday, March 31, 2013, 7:23 AM

Agreement reached on guest worker program to pave way for immigration reform

America’s top business and labor groups have reached an agreement on a guest worker program for low-skilled immigrants.

By PATRICK COUNIHAN

Published Sunday, March 31, 2013, 7:42 AM

Colm Toibin’s New York play slammed as blasphemous by religious groups

A New York play by famed Wexford writer Colm Toibin has been depicted as a blasphemous work by protestors who have picketed the Walter Kerr Theater.

By PATRICK COUNIHAN

Published Sunday, March 31, 2013, 7:12 AM

Amnesty warns that Northern Ireland's ban on gay marriage could be challenged in court

Amnesty International has warned Northern Ireland that it will inevitably face a human rights legal case over its ban on gay marriage.

By IRISHCENTRAL STAFF WRITERS

Published Sunday, March 31, 2013, 8:11 AM

Senior psychologist charged with biting two police officers outside Limerick bar

A consultant psychiatrist has been charged with assaulting two police officers and a doorman outside Nancy Blake’s bar in Limerick last summer.

By IRISHCENTRAL STAFF WRITERS

Published Sunday, March 31, 2013, 7:50 AM

Titanic violin to be put on display for Belfast's 400th anniversary

A violin that was found in the wreckage of the Titanic will go on display in Belfast this weekend for the city's 400th anniversary.

By IRISHCENTRAL STAFF WRITERS

Published Sunday, March 31, 2013, 8:02 AM

Irish painter and his crew allegedly con woman in Sydney suburb

An Irish man and some colleagues who were masquerading as professional painters in Australia have allegedly scammed a woman in South Penrith, a suburb of Sydney, Australia.

By IRISHCENTRAL STAFF WRITERS

Published Sunday, March 31, 2013, 7:09 AM

Giant statue of St. Patrick to be moved elsewhere in response to ‘hateful opposition’ - VIDEO

Plans to build the world’s largest statue of St. Patrick on top of Croagh Patrick in Co. Mayo have been abandoned.

By IrishCentral Staff Writers

Published Sunday, March 31, 2013, 6:28 AM

Rory McIlroy makes cut in Houston then opts to play in Texas ahead of Masters

Rory McIlroy will fine tune his Masters plan in Texas next week – after just making the cut at the Houston Open by one shot.

By PATRICK COUNIHAN

Published Saturday, March 30, 2013, 10:35 AM

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