Today's top Irish news stories:

Oldest Blasket Islander living in U.S. wants to live out his days on Kerry isle (PHOTOS)

The oldest surviving Blasket Islander has told how he longs to return to his long-lost former island home to live out the rest of his days….READ MORE


World record price paid for painting by Irish-born artist Francis Bacon

A triptych painting by Irish emigrant artist Francis Bacon fetched a world record price of $142.4 million at an auction in New York on Tuesday night….READ MORE


Parents of NY hit-and-run victim help bring another tragic man’s remains home

The parents of a young man who died tragically in New York have covered the cost of returning another young Irishman’s body to his family…READ MORE



Actor Gabriel Byrne slams the end-of-life facilities for the dying in Ireland

Irish actor Gabriel Byrne has spoken  out on the lack of facilities and concern for dying patients in Ireland. He appealed for support for the dying in Ireland, saying death needs to made more bearable for those at the end of their lives and for family and friends left behind….READ MORE



GOP doomed if they don’t listen to Chris Christie on immigration

Niall O’Dowd: The statement by GOP senior Congressman Kevin McCarthy that immigration reform is on the back burner until early next year is a grave disappointment...READ MORE