Today's top Irish news stories on IrishCentral:

Larry Donnelly: Why Irish Americans should save thousands and go to college in Ireland

One of the most vexing issues facing tens of millions of American families at present is the exorbitant cost of higher education.  Surprisingly, it didn’t feature very much in last year’s presidential election....READ MORE


Violin played by bandmaster as the Titanic sank in 1912 found in musician’s attic

The violin that was played as the Titanic infamously sank on its maiden voyage in 1912 has been proven by researchers to be authentic after years of studies...READ MORE


Archbishop Diarmuid Martin says Pope Francis is a ‘real pastor’ who understands troubled Catholic Church

Dublin’s Archbishop Diarmuid Martin has called Pope Francis a “real pastor,” who lives simply, cares for the sick and poor and keeps his distance from the military and Government...READ MORE


Genealogists discover Massachusetts strangers are rightful heirs to $1.5 million estate in Ireland

When the hunt began for the late Mary Broderick’s nearest relatives, no one imagined that genealogists would find clusters of cousins, who never knew each other, living within miles of each other in  Massachusetts...READ MORE


Irish 'feel compelled to drink on St. Patrick’s Day' claims study

Irish people feel compelled to drink alcohol on St. Patrick’s Day, according to a new study

People of Irish heritage feel duty-bound to raise a glass on March 17 because alcohol consumption is romanticized in Irish culture, according to a  Northumbria University academic...READ MORE


Trinity College's front gate, on College Green, Dublin