March 18, 2013 |
DUBLIN, Ireland - A chilly, damp Dublin celebrated St. Patrick's Day with artistic flair Sunday as the focal point for a weekend of Irish celebrations worldwide. More than 250,000 revelers braved the occasionally snowy, sleety skies to line the streets for the traditional holiday parade, a two-mile jaunt through the city's heart involving performers from 46 countries. Unusually, 8,000 tourists in town for the festivities led the procession in a "people's parade. " Many donned leprechaun costumes or deployed banners and flags of their home nations or U.S. states, with the Texans making the biggest impression, sporting "Happy St. Paddy's Day, Y'All!"
March 15, 2013 |
Irish celebrity chef Clodagh McKenna has fond memories of celebrating St. Patrick's Day while she was growing up in County Cork. "We would be looking forward to it for weeks," she said in a phone interview from Dublin. "In school, we would be studying the history of Ireland, making Irish flags, then on the day before, we would make brooches with fresh shamrocks, blessed by the priest, and tied with a white ribbon," she said. On St. Patrick's Day, she and her sisters would put on their best dresses for Mass with the family.
January 25, 2013
Egyptian rallies mark uprising CAIRO - Egyptian security forces fired tear gas, and protesters hurled stones and Molotov cocktails in a daylong demonstration Thursday, raising fears of a violent anniversary of the 2011 uprising that toppled longtime authoritarian President Hosni Mubarak. Youth activists and opposition groups have called for large rallies on the anniversary Friday in Cairo's Tahrir Square and in front of the presidential palace in the upscale suburb, Heliopolis. The protests, which left dozens injured, began before dawn in central Cairo when protesters tried to tear down a concrete wall built to prevent them from reaching the parliament and the cabinet building.
December 19, 2012
SAN FRANCISCO - Instagram, the popular mobile photo-sharing service now owned by Facebook, said Tuesday that it will remove language from its new terms of service suggesting that users' photos could appear in advertisements. The language in question had appeared in updated policies announced Monday and scheduled to take effect Jan. 16. After an outcry on social-media and privacy- rights blogs, the company clarified that it has no plans to put users' photos in ads. What had riled users and privacy advocates was Instagram's assertion that it may now receive payments from businesses to use its members' photos, user name and other data "in connection with paid or sponsored content or promotions, without any compensation" to them.
December 7, 2012 |
DUBLIN, Ireland - Northern Ireland leaders appealed for calm Thursday after Protestant militants attacked offices and a home connected to the most compromise-minded political party over its support for reducing the display of British flags on government buildings. The overnight violence in two Belfast suburbs came on the eve of Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton's planned visit Friday to the capital of the British territory. It underscored how divided Northern Ireland remains despite the broad success of a peace process that has stopped paramilitary violence but done little to bring down barriers between rival British Protestant and Irish Catholic communities.
November 30, 2012 |
SEAN O'NEILL JR. has gotten into a lifetime's worth of legal trouble in his 23 years, and now authorities confirm that he's skipped probation and fled to the Emerald Isle to join his dear deported dad. The younger O'Neill first made headlines in 2006, when he killed his friend while drunkenly playing with a gun at age 17. Then his father, a Northern Ireland native, was found guilty of citizenship, firearms and tax crimes, and deported to...
November 29, 2012
Sean Owen O'Neill Jr., the Chester County man who absconded after violating the terms of his parole on a DUI charge, has fled to Ireland, county authorities said Wednesday. O'Neill served jail time this year after crashing his vehicle into a house in 2011 while intoxicated. In 2006, he shot and killed his best friend at an underage drinking party, was tried as a juvenile, and was sentenced to a residential treatment program. After serving a short prison term on the DUI offense, he was required to wear a SCRAM alcohol monitor, but officials lost contact with him this month after he tested positive for alcohol and drugs, a violation of his parole.
November 17, 2012
Martin Fay, 76, a classically trained violinist who helped revive traditional Irish music as a founding member of the Chieftains, died Wednesday in Dublin. The Chieftains formed in 1962 as pacesetters of a new movement to reclaim the pure musical traditions of Ireland from the relatively slick commercial-sounding groups that had come to dominate the folk stage. Fay played haunting fiddle lines and contributed popping rhythms by knocking together a pair of bones, a time-honored Celtic instrument.