Today's top Irish news stories:

Daniel Day-Lewis recounts family trauma as he makes impassioned plea for hospice care at Ireland Fund Gala

Three-time Oscar winner Daniel Day-Lewis made a surprise appearance at the American Ireland Fund dinner in New York, where he made an impassioned plea for funding for the Wicklow Hospice near where he lives in Ireland…READ MORE


Jane Richard, Irish dancer injured in Boston Marathon, undergoes 11th leg surgery

Jane Richard, the 7-year-old Irish dancer whose leg was amputated following the Boston Marathon attacks, is continuing to recover after undergoing her 11th surgery…READ MORE


Donegal pals, a dog and a dolphin, featured on National Geographic documentary - VIDEO

The National Geographic TV show “Unlikely Animal Friends” has stumbled across some adorable local celebrities on Tory Island, County Donegal. Ben the Dog and Duggie the Dolphin are best of friends and frolick and swim together for hours off the northern island…READ MORE


Three Irish universities included in world’s overall top 200 - others score well in subject areas

Eight of Ireland’s higher education institutions were featured in the 2012/3 annual QS World University Rankings by Subject report...READ MORE

Pope Francis calls on Catholic nuns to be fruitful spiritual mothers rather than ‘old maids’

This week Pope Francis raised eyebrows around the world when he told a group of 800 visiting nuns they must be spiritual mothers and not 'old maids.'..READ MORE


Kieran McLoughlin, President and CEO of The Worldwide Ireland Funds, and Oscar-winning actor Daniel Day-Lewis talk backstage at The American Ireland Fund 38th Annual New York Dinner Gala on May 09, 2