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.
March 5, 2012 |
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.
February 16, 2012 |
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.
October 23, 2011
National Geographic has inspired legions of people to dream about grand adventures, but Ian Lacey, from County Wexford, Ireland, and Lee Saville, from Colorado, are spinning their dreams into action. Name: 350South.org What it does: Follows two young men on a post-college, 17,000-mile Pan-American bicycle journey from Alaska to Argentina. What's hot: They're not just doing it to attract new blog fans. Along the way, Lacey and Saville are hoping to meet and ride with Irish expatriates or those who claim Irish ancestry.
September 12, 2011
Britain and Ireland regained the Walker Cup from the United States for the first time since 2003 on Sunday, holding off the Americans in the afternoon singles for a 14-12 victory in Aberdeen, Scotland. . . . Ray Thompson of Drexel Hill shot a 2-under 142 to finish in a tie for fourth in stroke play in the U.S. Senior Men's Amateur at Kinloch Golf Club in Manakin-Sabot, Va., reaching match play, which starts Monday. Merion's Buddy Marucci tied for 27th . . . Liz Haines of Gladwyne qualified for match play tied for 59th in the U.S. Senior Women's Amateur at the Honors Course in Ooltewah, Tenn., with a two-round total of 163. . . . Top-ranked Yani Tseng successfully defended her title in the LPGA Tour's NW Arkansas Championship, beating Amy Yang with a four-foot birdie putt on the first hole of a playoff in Rogers, Ark. HORSE RACING: Betterthancheddar rallied to win the Cane Pace, beating Townslight Hanover by a neck at Pocono Downs on Saturday night in the first jewel of the pacing triple crown.
August 14, 2011
By Benjamin Black Henry Holt & Co. 310 pp. $25 Reviewed by Peter Rozovsky John Banville distinguishes between the artistic pleasure he derives from the literary novels he writes under his own name and the craftsman's pleasure he gets from the crime fiction he writes as Benjamin Black. This makes it fair to ask a craftsman's questions about the Black books: How well do the parts fit together? How smoothly does Black execute them? Are they beautiful? Do they work?
July 24, 2011
Stories By Roddy Doyle Viking. 214 pp. $25.95 Reviewed by Scott Eyman Roddy Doyle's new book of stories focuses exclusively on middle-aged men, so you know it's not going to be a laugh riot. Add to that the national Irish hangover left when the Celtic Tiger turned into a mewling kitten and you have a recipe for low-grade depression. Doyle's relentless focus on modern Ireland and its inhabitants reveals how little the country and its men have changed.
July 21, 2011 |
DUBLIN, Ireland - The Vatican encouraged Catholic bishops not to tell police about suspected pedophile priests and flouted Irish law, Ireland's lawmakers declared Wednesday in an unprecedented denunciation of the Holy See's influence in this predominantly Catholic country. The government and all opposition parties unanimously backed a motion accusing the Vatican of sabotaging the Irish bishops' 1996 decision to begin reporting suspected cases of child abuse to police. "This is not Rome.
July 13, 2011 |
NEW YORK - Hope that the Federal Reserve might consider more economic stimulus wasn't enough to keep bad news about Ireland from sinking stocks. Ireland's government bonds were downgraded by the ratings agency Moody's Investors Service to junk status shortly before U.S. markets closed Tuesday, sending stocks sharply lower and erasing the day's gains. Ireland joins Greece and Portugal, whose debt also was recently cut to junk - that is, below investment grade. The move puts Ireland back on the list of heavily indebted European nations at risk of default.
July 11, 2011 |
To biologists, polar bears and grizzlies are distinct species - not only do they look different, but a grizzly could never survive in the polar bears' icy habitat, where swimming talent is required as well as the ability to hunt seals and whales. But don't tell that to the bears. New DNA evidence shows that polar bears carry genetic material that came from, of all places, Ireland, where grizzlies, a.k.a. brown bears, once roamed around 30,000 years ago. The finding, published in last week's Current Biology, could change our picture not only of polar bear evolution but of the role of cross-species breeding more generally in shaping the living world.