February 17, 2014 |
My twin sister contacted me in early 2013 with a proposal: "We are going to celebrate our 66th birthday in Salthill, Galway, Ireland. " She had lived in Salthill for two years and the people and place had entranced her. She rented an apartment on the Promenade in Salthill. The "Prom" is a walkway along the Galway Bay and beaches. Salthill is to the Irish as the Jersey Shore is to Philadelphians. There are a couple of casinos, a bingo hall, an aquarium, and many restaurants and cafes.
January 10, 2014 |
PHILADELPHIA A Colorado woman who took her 6-year-old son to train for holy war with a purported al-Qaeda operative in Ireland was sentenced Wednesday to eight years in prison. Jamie Paulin Ramirez, 35, told a federal judge in Philadelphia that she knew a week after marrying Ali Charaf Damache that she had made a horrible mistake. She only hopes that her child can forget the hate-filled teachings to which she exposed him, she said. But in urging a decadelong sentence, prosecutors showed an alarming video of Ramirez's boy - draped in a traditional Middle Eastern headdress and long robes - cheerfully vowing, at his mother's prompting, to shoot nonbelievers.
July 16, 2013 |
DUBLIN - Penn State will open its 2014 football season against the University of Central Florida in Dublin, Ireland, the first international game for either team. Officials from both schools along with the Gaelic Athletic Association announced yesterday in Dublin that the game will be played at Croke Park on Aug. 30, 2014, and will air on ESPN-2. "Our players and coaches are so excited to go to Ireland and play a college football game in such a historic and outstanding venue," Penn State coach Bill O'Brien said.
July 16, 2013 |
It's official. Penn State will open the 2014 season against Central Florida in Dublin, Ireland. The formal announcement came Sunday in Dublin. The Nittany Lions will play the first international game in their 127-year football history on Aug. 30, 2014, against the Knights at the city's Croke Park, the headquarters of Ireland's Gaelic Athletic Association. Penn State athletic director Dave Joyner and UCF coach George O'Leary were in Ireland for the announcement at halftime of the Leinster Senior Football Championship final between Dublin and Meath.
July 12, 2013 |
DUBLIN, Ireland - After decades of delay and months of argument, Ireland's lawmakers agonized Wednesday over government plans to pass an abortion bill for the first time in this predominantly Catholic country. Prime Minister Enda Kenny acceded to lawmakers' demands for an extended round-the-clock debate of the bill, which would authorize abortions for medical emergencies. His concession meant that the vote, long scheduled for Wednesday night, was pushed into the early hours of Thursday as lawmakers debated 165 potential amendments.
July 11, 2013 |
PENN STATE will play Central Florida in Croke Park in Dublin, Ireland next season, according to a report. The Orlando Sentinel reported that the organizers of the game would make an official announcement on Sunday. Penn State officials did not immediately respond for comment. The Dublin-based Irish Times also reported that details of this matchup would be announced soon. The game was one of the foremost topics on the Penn State coaches caravan in May. At the time, coach Bill O'Brien said the game was close to being scheduled and could be the season-opener.
July 11, 2013 |
Since Penn State received a four-year postseason football ban, one of a series of harsh sanctions handed down last year by the NCAA, it has tried to find a game during the regular season that would simulate a bowl atmosphere. That game might be coming next season. A published report Tuesday said that a deal has been finalized that would allow Penn State to open its 2014 football season in Ireland against Central Florida. The Orlando Sentinel, quoting a source with knowledge of the deal, reported that the game would be played in Dublin at Croke Park.
July 4, 2013 |
DUBLIN, Ireland - Ireland appeared on course to legalize abortion in limited circumstances as lawmakers voted Tuesday to support a bill that would permit a pregnancy to be terminated when deemed necessary to save a woman's life. Catholic leaders warned that the proposed law, which faces potential amendments this week and a final vote next week, was a "Trojan horse" designed to permit widespread abortion access in Ireland. Prime Minister Enda Kenny insisted Ireland's constitutional ban on abortion would remain unaffected, and his government's bill won overwhelming backing in a 138-24 vote.
June 27, 2013 |
DUBLIN - Ireland will pay hundreds of former residents of Catholic-run Magdalene laundries at least $45 million for their years of unpaid labor and public shame, the government announced Wednesday, following a decade-long campaign by former residents of the workhouses. Justice Minister Alan Shatter apologized to the women - an estimated 770 survivors out of more than 10,000 who lived in the dozen facilities from 1922 to 1996 - that it had taken so long for them to receive compensation.
May 19, 2013 |
Over the centuries, the Irish have dispersed like clover in the wind, alighting in lands far from their native soil. This year, the Emerald Isle is calling them back to their roots. The Gathering, launched last year by government officials, is an extended family reunion of Ireland's diaspora. (Quick migration lesson: 70 million people worldwide claim Irish lineage, including 40 million in the United States.) More than 3,000 activities, held throughout the year in all 32 counties, including a few in Northern Ireland, salute the pillars of Irish culture: art, music, literature, food, drink, sports, community, and camaraderie.