June 20, 2012 |
Spain and Italy confirmed their heavyweight reputations at the European Championship on Monday, advancing to the quarterfinals after winning their final group matches. Defending champion Spain sealed top spot in Group C by beating Croatia, 1-0, in Gdansk, Poland, on a late goal by substitute Jesus Navas. Navas, who replaced Fernando Torres, struck in the 88th, tapping into an empty net. In Poznan, Poland, Mario Balotelli came off the bench to score Italy's second goal in a 2-0 victory against Ireland, lifting the Azzurri above Croatia in the standings.
June 19, 2012 |
VATICAN CITY - Pope Benedict XVI told Irish Catholics on Sunday it was a mystery why priests and other church officials abused children entrusted in their care, undermining faith in the church "in an appalling way. " By describing the decades of child abuse in Catholic parishes, schools and church-run institutions and parishes in Ireland as a "mystery," the pontiff could further anger rank-and-file faithful in Ireland. Benedict commented on the scandals of sexual abuse and cover-ups by church hierarchy in a prerecorded video message for an outdoor Mass attended by 75,000 Catholics, many from overseas, in Ireland's largest sports stadium.
June 15, 2012 |
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.
June 13, 2012 |
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.
June 12, 2012 |
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.
May 28, 2012 |
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.
May 11, 2012 |
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.
May 8, 2012 |
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.
May 6, 2012 |
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.
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.