Today's top Irish news stories:

Scientists discover what caused Ireland's Great Potato Famine
Scientists at UC Riverside in California have discovered the genetic trigger for the Great Potato Famine in phytophthora, a genus of molds that infest potatoes, soybeans, tomatoes and avocados. It was known that phytopthora caused the potato rot but not how it took hold…READ MORE


Why Pope Benedict should not have been allowed to resign

In what some are calling a display of divine displeasure at the pope’s decision to resign, a bolt of lightening struck the Cross atop the dome of Peter’s Basilica in Rome only hours after the Pope’s shocking announcement. The pope’s decision left Catholics confused and bewildered as to the direction in which the Church is now headed…READ MORE


Niall O’Dowd: Defending the Irish community against racist claims in New York Times

Some weeks back I had calls from several concerned Irish working to restore Breezy Point and other areas in the Rockaways about the attitude of the  New York Times reporter Sarah Maslin Nir who was covering the story...READ MORE


"Quiet Man" pub sale attracts interest from across the globe as four key bidders emerge
A bidding war has erupted for The Quiet Man bar in County Mayo – with one prospective bar emerging from as far away as Florida…READ MORE


Country singer Mindy McCready has been found dead in an apparent suicide
The body of the 37-year-old country singer was discovered on the front porch of her Arkansas home on Sunday afternoon after Cleburne County Sheriff's deputies responded to a report of a gunshot from the house…READ MORE


St. John Fisher College to host an Irish famine remembrance event called "A Rochester Irish Gathering"Google Images