Today's top Irish news stories:

Off-duty firefighter rescues seven-year-old Irish dancer after Boston marathon bombing - VIDEO

A dramatic video shows the moment an off-duty firefighter came to the rescue of Boston bombing victim Jane Richard, 7.

Matt Patterson, 30, helped the seven-year-old in the aftermath of the blast which killed her brother Martin...READ MORE


Michael Collins' final minutes before his murder recalled by author

Journalist and author Colm Connolly sheds some light on the photograph of Michael Collins believed to have been taken just before his death. The image, taken in August 1922, shows the Irish revolutionary leader in the back of a car, he was shot at  at the village of Béal na Bláth, Cork...READ MORE


Former President Bill Clinton joins Twitter after taking Stephen Colbert’s advice - VIDEO

Former President Bill Clinton officially joined Twitter on Wednesday, sending his first tweets to his daughter Chelsea and  TV host Stephen Colbert.

“Excited to join @ChelseaClinton and my good friend @StephenAtHome on Twitter!" he tweeted from the account @billclinton...READ MORE


Air Canada budget airline Rouge to begin year-round Dublin to Toronto flights

The seasonal summer service flights provided by Air Canada between Dublin and Toronto are now to be increased in a year-round service which will be provided by an low-cost offshoot of the Airline named Rouge...READ MORE


Disgraced Jimmy Savile was 'sex mad' during 1970s Irish trip

Jimmy Savile, once the biggest star in the BBC's pop pantheon, was obsessed with sex and that fact came to light during his many visits to Ireland in the early 1970s...READ MORE


Matt Patterson, center in red, rushed to help 7-year-old Jane Richard in the moments after the second Boston Marathon bomb went off