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Terrorist shootout took place next door to Irish immigrant’s home in Watertown

The home of an Irish immigrant, Brendan Toye 33, was next door to where terrorist suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 19 was hiding on a boat in Watertown, Massachusetts.

By PATRICK COUNIHAN

Published Sunday, April 21, 2013, 8:09 AM

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is an evil terrorist, not a misunderstood young boy

There is only one thing that comes close to shocking me as much as the horrific attacks last week at the Boston Marathon, and that is the American media’s relentless pursuit of an angle that paints suspected terrorist Dzhokhar Tsarnaev as a young, tragic hero.

By SEAN BROSNAN

Published Sunday, April 21, 2013, 7:51 AM

Celtic chieftains graveyard discovered in France holds key to unanswered questions

An Iron Age graveyard has been uncovered in France that experts believe will provide a fascinating insight into the life of the Celts.

By PATRICK COUNIHAN

Published Sunday, April 21, 2013, 8:03 AM

Columnist says opposing gay marriage not a bigoted position

Opposing gay marriage is not necessarily a bigoted position claims Breda O'Brien, a writer for the IrishTimes.

By PATRICK COUNIHAN

Published Sunday, April 21, 2013, 8:49 AM

Newlywed couple both amputees after Boston bombing - city provides public counselling

Jessica and Patrick Downes, a newlywed couple, were among those injured in the deadly Boston Marathon bombings last Monday.

By KERRY O'SHEA

Published Sunday, April 21, 2013, 8:20 AM

Marian Keyes finds a new way to blend reality and fiction in the most urgent and funny “Mystery of Mercy Close”

Marian Keyes has made a career of writing about brilliant young Irish women who pass through fire on their way to a richer life. In The Mystery of Mercy Close, her long awaited fifth chapter in the Walsh sisters’ series, Keyes has found a new way to blend reality and fiction, resulting in the most urgent and funny novel of her career. She talks to Cahir O'Doherty about her ridiculously entertaining new book.

By CAHIR O'DOHERTY

Published Sunday, April 21, 2013, 8:27 AM

Gun fanatic jailed for death threats against New York Rep Maloney over gun control legislation

An apparently unhinged gun fanatic was jailed on Thursday night for making a series of what he thought were anonymous death threats by telephone to Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney.

By IRISHCENTRAL STAFF WRITERS

Published Saturday, April 20, 2013, 10:41 AM

Northern Ireland’s Maze Prison, once home to IRA prisoners, to become peace center

On Thursday, Northern Ireland’s Environment Minister Alex Attwood formally gave the green light for the historic Maze Prison to be repurposed into a peace center with help from a European grant.

By KERRY O'SHEA

Published Sunday, April 21, 2013, 8:18 AM

Magdalene laundry survivors to discuss compensation with Government advisor

Seventy five survivors of the notorious Magdalene Laundries are due to meet with Judge John Quirke, the man responsible for advising the Irish government about the level of compensation due to them.

By IrishCentral Staff Writers

Published Sunday, April 21, 2013, 8:19 AM

Hatchets and hunger strikes for the vote - Irish suffragettes grew militant before World War I

Irish suffragettes resorted to some violent means in the early twentieth century. They threw hatchets and burning chairs before Ireland had even gained Home Rule or independence.

By MICHELLE K. SMITH

Published Sunday, April 21, 2013, 8:27 AM

Irish Traveller Tyson Fury moves within one fight of a world heavyweight title shot

Irish Traveller Tyson Fury marked his American debut with a knockout and a knockdown as he moved within sight of the world heavyweight title.

By PATRICK COUNIHAN

Published Sunday, April 21, 2013, 8:42 AM

Rugby League World Cup Trophy, the sports oldest trophy, lands in Ireland

Taoiseach Enda Kenny officially marked the arrival in Ireland of the Rugby League World Cup Trophy, the oldest trophy in world rugby.

By JANE WALSH

Published Sunday, April 21, 2013, 8:26 AM

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