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The candidates for the Irish presidential race all made big news in 2011 Photo by: Julien Behal/PA Wire/Press Association Images

You read it here first-- IrishCentral’s biggest stories of 2011

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The candidates for the Irish presidential race all made big news in 2011 Photo by: Julien Behal/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Here is a run down of some of the top stories that you read first on IrishCentral this year. 
 
Irish immigrant wins lotto in New York
When Offaly born Patricia Daily Eisel scooped a $21.5 million jackpot in the New York State Lottery on January 5, Irish Central was the first to bring the news back to Ireland.
 
 
Mayor Bloomberg insults the Irish
A story that disgruntled many Irish Americans, Mayor Bloomberg’s off the cuff comments about the ‘druben Irish’ saw him later issue a formal apology.
 
 
Irish baby born in a New York taxi
Everyone loves a good news story and Brooklyn resident Aoibheann Sweeney and her Irish-born partner, Inez Murray, did not disappoint when they welcomed their baby girl into the world in April, in the back of a cab in the theatre district.
 
 
Martin McGuinness running for president
On a Friday in September the news spread around Ireland that Northern Ireland’s Deputy First Minister, Martin McGuinness was set run for Irish president. In New York that very same day, IrishCentral managed to track down McGuinness and get the first interview with the Sinn Fein presidential candidate.
 
 
Dana’s outburst during the Irish presidential debate
During this year’s Irish presidential race, a surprise outburst by presidential candidate Rosemary Scallon about alleged threats made to her family, left the country confused. IrishCentral broke the story that Dana was desperate to keep a family secret.
 
 
David Drumm Interview
In a rare interview, the former CEO of Anglo Irish Bank spoke about leaving Ireland and the lead up to the Irish bank guarantee. In conjunction with the Sunday Business Post, Irish Central brought you a rare insight into the life of the disgraced banker.
 
 
Apparition on the Cliffs of Moher
During a vacation to Ireland, Sandra Clifford captured a rare image on the Cliffs of Moher. IrishCentral brought you the story which quickly went viral.
 
 
Irish immigration bill 
Chuck Schumer’s introduction of an immigration bill this December has once again opened the door for immigration reform. A longstanding advocate for Irish emigrants, IrishCentral founder Niall O’Dowd brought you the story first.
 
 

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