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SPORTS
June 15, 2012 | The Inquirer Staff
Fernando Torres scored a goal in each half, and David Silva and substitute Cesc Fabregas added the others as Spain beat Ireland, 4-0, in Gdansk, Poland, and eliminated the Irish from the European Championship with their most lopsided loss in 41 years. The Spaniards' dazzling ball control, dizzying passing game, and deluge of shots were way too much for the Irish. Spain, which leads Group C along with Croatia with four points, dominated the tempo and scoring opportunities through its quick combinations and precise passing.
NEWS
June 13, 2012 | By Sally A. Downey and INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
William Ignatius McCloskey, 83, formerly of Devon, a builder and stockbroker, died Wednesday, June 6, of a heart attack at Good Samaritan Hospital in West Palm Beach, Fla. Mr. McCloskey grew up with five siblings in Overbrook. His father, Matthew H. McCloskey Jr., owned McCloskey Construction Co. and was ambassador to Ireland during the Kennedy administration. During World War II, as a young teen, Mr. McCloskey worked one summer at the shipyard his father owned in Tampa, Fla., where he helped build concrete ships used in the invasion of Normandy.
NEWS
June 12, 2012 | By Shawn Pogatchnik, Associated Press
DUBLIN - An international conference celebrating Roman Catholicism opened Sunday in Ireland against a backdrop of anger over child abuse cover-ups and evidence of declining faith in core church beliefs. About 12,000 Catholics, many from overseas, gathered for an open-air Mass in a half-full Dublin stadium at the start of the Eucharistic Congress, a weeklong event organized by the Vatican every four years in a different part of the world. The global gathering, begun in the 19th century and last held in Quebec in 2008, highlights the Catholic Church's belief in transubstantiation, the idea that bread and wine transforms during Mass into the actual body and blood of Jesus Christ.
NEWS
May 28, 2012 | By Shawn Pogatchnik, Associated Press
DUBLIN - Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny made a nationally televised appeal Sunday to voters to support the European Union's fiscal treaty in a referendum this week, warning that rejection would send the signal that Ireland was not serious about tackling its deficits and was no longer a secure member of the euro currency. Kenny said a "yes" verdict in Thursday's referendum was essential to ensure that Ireland could tap EU bailout funds in 2013, if necessary. Ireland's current EU-International Monetary Fund loans are due to run out by the end of next year, and the treaty specifies that only ratified members could access future EU loans.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 11, 2012 | By Toby Zinman, For The Inquirer
Enda Walsh's The Walworth Farce is a perfect example of Marx's observation that "history repeats itself, first as tragedy, then as farce. " Inis Nua Theatre Company presents this very Irish, very theatrical play about families and violence and the endless acting out of the past at Off-Broad Street Theatre. Tom Reing directs and J. Alex Cordaro choreographs the fights, of which there are many. Two grown sons and their father live in a dilapidated 15th-floor walkup apartment on Walworth Road in London.
NEWS
May 8, 2012 | By Toby Zinman, FOR THE INQUIRER
The Irish Heritage Theatre, a new company, is introducing itself to the city with Brian Friel's Philadelphia, Here I Come! The play speaks to the Irish heritage of the city, about a young man who decides to leave his small town in Ireland to immigrate to Philadelphia. It's a story of excitement and fear that must have been repeated thousands and thousands of times all over Ireland. Friel is the Big Daddy of 20th-century Irish drama, and 1964's Philadelphia was his first success.
NEWS
May 6, 2012 | By Rick O'Brien, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
In the early 1980s, when John "Whitey" Sullivan was in charge, Father Judge kicked off its football season with a two-hour drive to Wildwood, N.J., and a clash at Maxwell Field, just blocks from the beach, against St. John Neumann. Since the Beach Bowl days, the Crusaders mostly have stayed close to home in Week 1, usually playing a suburban foe such as Neshaminy or Council Rock North. Now, Judge, setting the season-opening bar for future years at an incredibly high level, will take a 7 1/2-hour flight across the Atlantic Ocean and play in Ireland.
NEWS
April 6, 2012
"Banjo" Barney McKenna, 72, the last original member of the Irish folk band the Dubliners, died Thursday while having a morning cup of tea with a friend. He had just marked his 50th year with the troupe. Irish classical guitarist Michael Howard, who was with Mr. McKenna when he died, said he was talking with his longtime friend at his kitchen table, when "all of a sudden Barney's head dropped down to his chest. It looked as if he'd nodded off. " Howard said paramedics over the phone talked him through emergency revival procedures, but Mr. McKenna "was pretty much gone.
NEWS
March 5, 2012 | ASSOCIATED PRESS
DUBLIN - Somewhere in Ireland, a burglar has the heart of a saint. Officials at Christ Church Cathedral in Dublin said yesterday that they're distraught and perplexed over the theft of the church's most precious relic: the preserved heart of St. Laurence O'Toole, patron saint of Dublin. O'Toole's heart had been displayed in the cathedral since the 13th century. It was stored in a heart-shaped wooden box and secured in a small, square iron cage on the wall of a chapel dedicated to his memory.
NEWS
February 16, 2012 | ASSOCIATED PRESS
DUBLIN - Irish character actor David Kelly, who played Grandpa Joe in "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" and motorcycled naked in "Waking Ned Devine," has died. He was 82. His family and friends said Kelly died Sunday in Dublin after an acting career on stage, film, TV and radio that spanned a half-century. Kelly was known in Ireland for his large body of work as a Dublin stage actor in the 1950s and 1960s. British and Irish TV viewers also could recognize his face and bony frame from short, usually comedic turns on soaps and sitcoms, most memorably as a work-dodging Irish builder opposite John Cleese in a 1975 episode of "Fawlty Towers.
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