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Irish American family host a ‘fake wake’ for father during fun-filled vacation

Tom Mee (87), a Colorado man whose family trace their roots to County Cork, had heard a lot about traditional Irish wakes from his grandparents and had always wished he could be present at his own.

By IrishCentral Staff Writers

Published Thursday, April 25, 2013, 7:06 AM

Rory McIlroy may have to play for Ireland, not Britain, under ‘ambiguous’ Olympics ruling

Rory McIlroy, a native of Holywood in Co Down, Northern Ireland, may not have to choose between Ireland and Great Britain for which nation he wants to represent in the upcoming 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

By KERRY O’SHEA

Published Thursday, April 25, 2013, 7:15 AM

Irish government to issue pardon to WW2 soldiers who fought against Nazi Germany

New legislation would grant amnesty to former Irish troops who deserted and fought with the Allies during World War II. Upon their return home, these troops were called deserters and blacklisted.

By MICHELLE K. SMITH

Published Thursday, April 25, 2013, 7:11 AM

Tim Pat Coogan returns to the United States - iconic figure in Irish journalism who had been denied a visa

Published Thursday, April 25, 2013, 8:03 AM

Jobs Minister slammed after he claims Irish people 'emigrating by choice' - said some are 'quite delighted' to leave - VIDEO

A junior jobs minister in Ireland has been harshly criticized after he claimed that many Irish were "emigrating by choice."

By IrishCentral Staff Writers

Published Thursday, April 25, 2013, 7:54 AM

Catholic Church watchdog highly critical of retired Clogher bishop's handling of clerical sex abuse

The National Board for Safeguarding Children (NBSCCCI) has published audits of several dioceses and states that the now retired bishop of Clogher Joseph Duffy repeatedly missed opportunities to prevent clergy from abusing children.

By IrishCentral Staff Writers

Published Thursday, April 25, 2013, 7:48 AM

Political rivals Paul Ryan and Luis Gutierrez show their support for immigration reform in Chicago

History was made at the City Club of Chicago on Monday, April 22 as two rival congressmen, one a conservative Republican and the other a liberal Democrat, shared a stage not once but twice to confirm their commitment to comprehensive immigration reform.

By BREANDÁN G. MAGEE

Published Thursday, April 25, 2013, 7:43 AM

In wake of Boston bombings Peter King calls for Muslim surveillance - says FBI went after Irish in hunt for Westies gang

In the wake of the Boston bombings, Rep. Peter King has once again called for monitoring of Muslim American community.

By IrishCentral Staff Writers

Published Thursday, April 25, 2013, 7:35 AM

MIT cop Sean Collier was shot execution-style because terrorists ‘needed a gun’

The 27-year-old Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) cop Sean Collier was shot execution style at point-blank range as the Tsarnaev brothers attempted to steal his gun.

By IrishCentral Staff Writers

Published Thursday, April 25, 2013, 7:31 AM

Sinn Fein President Gerry Adams says his brother Liam admitted to sexual abuse

Sinn Fein President Gerry Adams has told a court his brother, Liam, admitted sexually abusing his daughter.

By PADDY CLANCY

Published Thursday, April 25, 2013, 7:20 AM

Four years on, Liam Neeson dreams of sipping wine in heaven with late wife Natasha Richardson

Irish actor Liam Neeson has recently said that his dying wish is to see his beloved wife Natasha Richardson waiting for him at the gates of heaven with a bottle of Pinot Noir.

By IrishCentral Staff Writers

Published Thursday, April 25, 2013, 8:10 AM

Rugby hero Tommy Bowe not planning ahead for Lions tour in Australia

Fit again Tommy Bowe is unconvinced he is a contender for the Lions tour to Australia this summer despite his return to action with Ulster after knee surgery.

By CATHAL DERVAN

Published Thursday, April 25, 2013, 8:11 AM

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