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IRA man who attempted to blow up Margaret Thatcher stands by his action

The IRA bomber who came within inches of killing Maggie Thatcher in 1984 says he stands by his actions – and the peace process.

By PATRICK COUIHAN

Published Sunday, April 14, 2013, 7:41 AM

Senator Chris Murphy, a political star is born over N.R.A. and gun issue - NY Times’ Maureen Dowd hails a new voice in the battle against more guns

Published Sunday, April 14, 2013, 8:32 AM

Irish photographer does it again - spectacular shot of International Space Station from Co. Sligo – PHOTOS

Irish photographer Damien Stenson once again captured a stunning shot of Ireland this week, with his latest photo of the International Space Station over Lough Talt in Co. Sligo.

By IRISHCENTRAL STAFF WRITERS

Published Sunday, April 14, 2013, 7:49 AM

Pope Francis appoints Cardinal Sean O’Malley to powerful new Vatican committee

Boston’s Cardinal Sean O’Malley has been elected to a powerful Vatican advisory group by Pope Francis.

By PATRICK COUNIHAN

Published Sunday, April 14, 2013, 8:05 AM

How Margaret Thatcher could have prevented hunger strikes deaths - Irish Cardinal O Fiaich was prepared to create compromise but was blocked

Published Sunday, April 14, 2013, 7:33 AM

Locals debate whether to feature Margaret Thatcher’s Kerry roots in travel guide

County Kerry locals are debating whether to include the birthplace of Margaret Thatcher’s great grandmother in their new local guidebook for the Sheen Valley area.

By MICHELLE K SMITH

Published Sunday, April 14, 2013, 1:38 AM

Dublin college launches online course in exploring the creation of the Irish identity

In perfect harmony with Ireland’s push for tourism, Hibernia College is offering a free online course where students will dive into a sea of literature, poetry, theatre, film, language, art, sport and landscape that plans to create an understanding for the multifaceted Irish identity.

By MATT KEOUGH

Published Sunday, April 14, 2013, 1:38 AM

Ken Loach and Paul Laverty’s “The Angel’s Share” an irresistibly funny tale - VIDEO

The Angels’ Share, the new film by award winning director and writer duo Ken Loach and Paul Laverty, is the irresistibly funny tale of a young father who will stop at nothing to secure a better life for his newborn. The film won the coveted Jury Prize for Loach at the Cannes Film Festival last year, and opens nationally this Friday. Cahir O'Doherty talks to Laverty about the film and his Irish background.

By CAHIR O'DOHERTY

Published Sunday, April 14, 2013, 1:40 AM

The US stars that the Emerald Isle has adopted as their own - Irish roots or not

Many American celebrities have traced their roots and have found a nugget of Irish blood somewhere in their ancestry, at which point they are welcomed by the Irish with open arms and bombarded with invites to visit again soon.

By AMANDA DRISCOLL

Published Sunday, April 14, 2013, 1:40 AM

Research shows Ireland’s hundred thousand welcomes is alive and well - United States ranks as pretty unfriendly

The World Economic Forum, Travel and Tourism Competitiveness Report, reveals to traveling foreigners the countries to expect to find friends and the countries to expect to find foes.

By MATT KEOUGH

Published Sunday, April 14, 2013, 1:37 AM

Historic Titanic artifacts returned to Cobh, County Cork for tragedies anniversary

A poignant collection of a number of passengers and survivors of the luxury liner’s maiden voyage was unveiled at the Titanic Experience, the permanent visitor attraction in Cobh, Co. Cork.

By JANE WALSH

Published Saturday, April 13, 2013, 7:58 AM

Rory McIlroy dreaming of Masters glory after Friday comeback but Tiger could be out

Rory McIlroy is daring to dream of the green jacket again – after a freakishly good Friday recovery at Augusta put him right back in the mix.

By PATRICK COUNIHAN

Published Saturday, April 13, 2013, 10:07 AM

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