Today's top Irish news stories:

Niall O'Dowd: Optimism for immigration reform clear at St. Patrick’s White House bash

The White House rocked to the sound of Irish traditional music and laughter last night as the annual St.Patrick’s bash took place.

Inside the main East Wing entrance a group of marines bedecked in kilts played Irish tunes and harmonies and had the toes tapping as the evening began...READ MORE


Bill O’Reilly and Maureen McPhilmy’s divorce gets messy - battle over child custody and religion

That smoke you see billowing may be coming from the scorched earth custody battle unleashed by the nation’s biggest pundit, Bill O'Reilly. Apparently the atmosphere between O'Reilly and his ex-wife Maureen McPhilmy has become so toxic that even the Catholic Church has gotten involved...READ MORE


Cahir O'Doherty: The power of an Irish Name and the confusion it causes at Starbucks

t's Monday morning and the egregiously perky barista is waiting to take my coffee order. I look at her askance, the way the Irish do.

As I get closer to the counter I have an inner dialogue with myself that goes like this -- should I tell her, should I not?..READ MORE


Dublin priest leaps to defence of Pope Francis and his actions during Junta regime

Fr John O’Connor worked in Buenos Aires for 31 years when Pope Francis, then Fr Bergoglio, was his superior.

Now parish priest in the Dublin village of Shankhill, Fr O’Connor has told the Irish Times that allegations that the Pope did not do enough to help victims of the military junta were ‘unfair’...READ MORE


Liam Neeson named Irish Man of the Year by Christine Quinn at New York City Hall

Hundreds of people packed into the Council Chamber in New York City Hall on Monday evening to see Irish actor Liam Neeson accept the Thomas Manton Irish Man of the Year Award...READ MORE