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- Fan photos show Fungi the dolphin in Dingle has a new companion
- Hurling like you’ve never seen, Colm Ó Méalóid freestyles (VIDEO)
- New York woman spends $25,000 flying horses to Donegal for retirement
- Boston bomb survivor Jane Richard sings national anthem at Fenway Park
- Bill Clinton snapped with Bono’s shades and Rory McIlroy in Dublin
Ryan Dolan performed “Only Love Survives” for 2013’s Eurovision Song Contest which was hosted in Malmo, Sweden on May 18.
An average of 799,700 people watched the show with viewing figures spiking to 1,079,700 while Dolan was performing. RTÉ were ‘thrilled’ with the viewing figures, as more people watched the entire show in 2013 than last year for Jedward’s entry.
A new documentary ‘The Crest’ is set to begin filming in Ireland this month. The film will see two Irish-American cousins, who have never met but have led remarkably similar lives on opposite coasts of the US, unite in Ireland.
Andrew Jacob of Boston, Mass and Dennis Kane of California are both great-great-grandsons of the King of the Blasket Islands in Ireland. Though having never met, the two men share similar lifestyles which focus heavily on the sport of surfing.
Farmers in Cork and Kerry staged a 24-hour prayer vigil for fine weather last week, as the region deals with an ongoing fodder crisis.
Hundreds of people showed up for the vigil in Rathmore, in the shadow of the Paps Mountains in Co. Kerry, reports the Irish Examiner.
Ellen DeGeneres went after Abercrombie & Fitch’s CEO, Mike Jeffries, and his policy of not catering for anyone over a size 8 by saying “Fitch, please!”
DeGeneres, whose talk show’s tagline is “laugh, dance, watch,” mocks the clothing chain and breaks down why their policy is insane.
Students the Institute of Technology Blanchardstown, in Dublin, have created an almost unreal video of Dublin city using tilt–shift photography. Their aim was to “video and photograph Dublin and turn it into a toy like model by using the tilt-shift effect.” Mission accomplished.
Created by Stephen Duffy, Rafal Baran, Afshin Moosavi and Olivia Ricci, they explained on their site, TiltshiftDublin.com, that “tilt–shift photography is the use of camera movements on small- and medium-format cameras, and sometimes specifically refers to the use of tilt for selective focus, often for simulating a miniature scene. Sometimes the term is used when the shallow depth of field is simulated with digital post-processing; the name may derive from the tilt–shift lens normally required when the effect is produced optically.”
A new 60c Irish stamp was commissioned to commemorate UNESCO naming Dublin as a permanent city of literature in 2010.
On the stamp is an entire 224 word short story meant to “capture the essence” of Dublin, penned by Irish teenager Eoin Moore, who was 17 at the time he wrote it. Moore’s short story was chosen from a group of applicants through Dublin’s Fighting Words’ creative writing program.
A video of a three-year-old Colombian boy dressed in priestly garments celebrating Mass has become an online hit.
Samuel Jaramillo, who is an orphan, lives with his grandmother and aunt in the city of Medellin, the Catholic News Agency reports.
On Friday May 10, 2013, the 408-foot spire was placed on top of One World Trade Center symbolically capping the building, a symbol of New York’s comeback post 9/11.
Barack Obama wrote a personal letter in thanks to untrained artist and secondary school teacher Brian Fogarty who simply drew a depiction of the President’s Irish relation. The 35-year-old Fogarty is a business and economics teacher at Salerno school in Salthill and has always had a passion for drawing. Although untrained, Fogarty has a very natural talent for drawing as both his father and grandfather were artists. The Galway Advertiser reported that Fogarty said, “Since I was a child I would do drawings, mostly of houses, trees and of course being from Tipperary, hurlers.”
Fogarty treated drawing as a hobby for the most part until his girlfriend Agata, now wife, laid eyes on a exceptional drawing of his mother. After realizing it was her boyfriend’s work, Agata was taken back and encouraged Fogarty to further his work. He explained that, “She marched me off to Eason’s and got me pencils and art materials.”
Stephen Colbert, host of Comedy Central’s ‘The Colbert Report,’ shared on his show this week a new trend spawning amongst “hipster” parents. The trend? Not using diapers on their pre-toilet trained kids, but rather let them “eliminate” in sinks, toilets or bowls.
The movement is being backed by those who say it reduces diaper rash, reduces the waste of disposable diapers and, of course, helps parents get in touch with their children’s “most intimate functions.”
One in three Irish people use their cell phones in the bathroom, with a whopping 27 percent texting while actually on the toilet.
According to Eircom’s latest Household Sentiment Survey, phone addiction is most prevalent among younger generations with 37 percent of those aged 16-34 admitting using their phones while on the toilet.
Irish people living abroad after have a terrible time when people go about pronouncing their names. For example names like Aoife, get pronounced A-O-FEE or Siobhan turns into SIGH-O-BAN. There are even cases where Maireads are simple renamed Mermaid but at least you've not been called Messiah, Fear, or MC on your birth-cert.
Galway native James Mahon attended the recent National Cornbread Festival in South Pittsburg, Tennessee and admits he did not know what to expect.
Thousands descended on South Pittsburg for the 17th annual cornbread festival which included cornbread cooks-offs.
The RTE show "Republic of Telly" hit the nail on the head this week with their "You Know You're Irish When" video. If you're not Irish however we're not sure if you'll "get it".
From your Mammy asking you what Mass was about ("aliens and stuff") colloqualisms like people who thinks everything is modern society is "a disgrace", to ending a phonecall with "bye, bye, bye, bye, bye, bye, bye, bye....bye". And of course there's always that person in your life who knows how much every piece of property has devalued since "the boom".
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