Today's top Irish news stories:

Historic audio project preserves native Irish speakers from the 1920s online

A set of recordings of native Irish speakers compiled by a German professor and the Royal Irish Academy in the 1920s has been digitized and put online. The Royal Irish Academy Library collaborated with the Digital Humanities Observatory to bring the collection, which features now extinct dialects, to the public….READ MORE


Lack of U.S. Ambassador to Ireland called 'a disgrace' by Irish leaders

The lack of a U.S. Ambassador to Ireland since December 2012 has been bitterly criticized by leaders in the Irish American community. “In my opinion it is an absolute disgrace and a real and total disrespect to the Irish American community,” said prominent New York lawyer Brian O’Dwyer, head of the Emerald Isle Immigration Center, and a long-time Democratic party activist…READ MORE


Irish Americans snap up Irish castles in big numbers

Wealthy Irish Americans are providing a welcome boost to Ireland's high-end property market by snapping up once unaffordable Irish castles and country mansions for a song…READ MORE


White Widow terror suspect reveals clues about her whereabouts on Twitter

White Widow suspect Samantha Lewthwaite is taunting authorities by posting clues about her whereabouts on Twitter. The 29 year old Irish-born Muslim convert is suspected of having helped plan the attack in which 67 people died….READ MORE


Natasha McShane's mother tells court she can barely speak after baseball bat attack

Natasha McShane’s mother, Sheila, has testified during the first days of the trial for Heriberto Viramontes, charged with 25 felonies, including attempted murder. It is alleged that the accused beat McShane and her friend Stacy Jurich with a baseball bat, in Chicago, in April 2010….READ MORE