Today's top Irish  news stories:

Boston Irish nanny set up by prosecution lies says defense lawyer

A weary, tearful looking Aisling McCarthy Brady appeared in a Woburn, Massachusetts courtroom on Tuesday, where her lawyer said the murder charge her client is facing in the January death of a one-year-old baby from nearby Cambridge is based on “false and deceptive” information…READ MORE


Seamus Heaney through the eyes of his Irish American friends

Tributes to the late poet Seamus Heaney, 74, have poured in from world leaders and friends this week as the nation and the world grapple with the news of his passing…READ MORE


100 teams from 36 cities delight GAA fans and officials in Cleveland (PHOTOS)

One hundred Gaelic teams, from 36 cities across the United States, came together for  passionate and skillful displays of Irish football, hurling and camogie at the North American County Board (NACB) Finals in Cleveland over Labor Day weekend…READ MORE


68 percent increase in number of Irishmen reporting physical abuse

The number of Irish men reporting domestic abuse is on the rise. According to Breaking News, the latest figures from AMEN (the voluntary Irish group founded in December 1997 to support male victims of such abuse) show that over 5,200 calls were made to its national helpline in 2012…READ MORE


Pope Francis can’t avoid celebrity, Argentina gears up for biopic

If Pope Francis is anything he’s telegenic. The contrast he makes from Pope Emeritus Benedict has been noted by the world’s media as much as the faithful…READ MORE


An emotional Aisling McCarthy Brady appeared in court in Woburn, MA, on Tuesday for a hearing on her charges in the death of one-year-old Rehma SabirAP