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.
October 19, 2012 |
BELFAST, Northern Ireland - The first abortion clinic on the island of Ireland opened Thursday in Belfast, sparking protests by conservatives from both the Catholic and Protestant sides of Northern Ireland. The Marie Stopes family planning center will offer the abortion pill to women who are less than nine weeks pregnant - but only if doctors determine they are at risk of death or long-term health damage from their pregnancy. That's the law in both Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland, where abortion is otherwise illegal.
October 14, 2012 |
LONDON - While some Europeans swelled with pride when the European Union won the Nobel Peace Prize, howls of derision erupted from the continent's large band of skeptics. To many in the 27-nation bloc, the EU is an unwieldy and unloved agglomeration overseen by a top-heavy bureaucracy devoted to creating arcane regulations about everything from cheese to fishing quotas. Set up with noble goals after the devastation of World War II, the EU now appears to critics to be impotent amid a debt crisis that has widened north-south divisions, threatened the euro currency and plunged several members, from Greece to Ireland to Spain, into economic turmoil.
September 2, 2012 |
Notre Dame's trip to Ireland could not have gone much better. The Fighting Irish eased in their new quarterback, showed they have a couple of capable replacements for their suspended star running back and even got a touchdown from a 300-pound defensive lineman. Theo Riddick and George Atkinson both ran for two scores and defensive end Stephon Tuitt returned a fumble 77 yards for another TD as Notre Dame routed Navy, 50-10, in Saturday's season opener in Dublin, Ireland. A crowd of 49,000, mostly visiting Americans, filled Dublin's Aviva Stadium for the first U.S. college game in Ireland since 1996, when the same two teams played in the Emerald Isle Classic.
September 1, 2012 |
NAVAN, Ireland - Father Judge's foray into Ireland for its football season opener proved to be a bit of a downer Friday, as the Crusaders never led in falling to Notre Dame Prep of Scottsdale, Ariz., 20-6. The game was part of a 12-team tournament run by Global Football Inc. Navan is about 30 miles outside Dublin. Luke Taffuri scored two rushing touchdowns for Notre Dame, including the first score. Judge blocked the extra-point attempt and trailed, 6-0. After a series of three-and-outs, Notre Dame quarterback Nick Duckworth fumbled when sacked by Judge's Kyle Douglas.