Today's top Irish news stories:

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…READ MORE


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. On Monday night, Clancy’s pub in Athy, County Kildare, made his dream come true, he attended his own “fake wake”, casket, musicians and all…READ MORE


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…READ MORE


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

Tim Pat Coogan is an iconic figure in Irish journalism and a well known historian. He has had a long absence from this side of the Atlantic, but made a welcome appearance around New York last week…READ MORE


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…READ MORE


Irish Army Rolls-Royce Armoured Car Co. Cork 1941 During Summer training exercises.