Today's top Irish news stories:

'Danny Boy' sung from space by Canadian astronaut on St. Patrick's Day - VIDEO

The St Patrick’s Day celebrations made it into space – thanks to the Canadian astronaut the Irish just love.

Commander Chris Hadfield strengthened his bond with the Irish when he sang ‘Danny Boy’ on the International Space Station...READ MORE


Niall O'Dowd: A St. Patrick’s gift from the Irish nation to Breezy Point after Sandy

The Breezy Point community in Queens turned out in their hundreds on Sunday morning at St. Thomas More Church to welcome Irish leader Enda Kenny and celebrate a Saint Patrick’s Day many present feared they would never see after the horrific events of Hurricane Sandy...READ MORE


Papal Nuncio Archbishop Charles Brown marches at head of Armagh parade disrupted by bomb threat

Protestant extremists upset the St Patrick’s Day celebrations in Armagh – as the leader of Ireland’s Catholic Church marched with the Vatican’s new ambassador, the New York-born Archbishop Charles Brown...READ MORE


Poor weather conditions but spirits are high at St Patrick’s Day festivities

Snow and rain failed to dampen the spirits as thousands of tourists added a mix of color to the St Patrick’s Day festivities all across Ireland...READ MORE


Pilot of crashed Air France 447 only had one hour’s sleep - three Irish among 228 dead

The captain piloting the Air France flight that crashed into the sea with the loss of all 228 people on board had just one hour’s sleep before take off...READ MORE


International Space Station commander Chris Hadfield celebrates St. Patrick's Day in style