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Ireland Facing Worst Storm in 50 Years

Former Hurricane Ophelia became a Category 3 farther east than any other

(Newser) - Ireland is pretty much closed for business Monday as the remnants of Hurricane Ophelia begin lashing the island. Though no longer a hurricane, Ophelia could be the most powerful storm to hit Ireland in 50 years, with heavy rain and high gusts of about 90mph, report the AP and the... More »

Lottery Mystery Grips Tiny Irish Island

Jackpot winner hasn't come forward

(Newser) - Bere Island, a small island off the coast of Ireland's County Cork, only has around 180 residents—and one of them is believed to have a big secret. A ticket winning a $600,000 jackpot in the Euromillions lottery was sold on the island, and, much like in the... More »

Irish MP's Explanation for Road Problems: Fairies

Someone disturbed a fairy fort and this was the result, he insists

(Newser) - An Irish member of parliament has an interesting hypothesis for damage to a road in the country. Danny Healy-Rae said during an interview with the Irish Times that a dip on one of the country's roads, which was repaired but then reappeared, could be blamed on "fairy forts.... More »

Odd New Brexit Glitch: The Border With Ireland

Ireland wants the Irish Sea to be the new boundary, but Britain won't have it

(Newser) - Britain and the rest of the United Kingdom are supposed to exit the European Union in 2019, but the current round of Brexit talks is getting hung up on a geographic snag: how to create a border between Ireland and the UK. The Times of London reports that Ireland wants... More »

Irish Girl Sent to Psych Ward After Trying to Get an Abortion

She and her mom thought they were traveling to Dublin for the procedure

(Newser) - When a girl in Ireland went with her mother to try to get an abortion last year, she was instead detained against her will in a psychiatric clinic. CNN reports that the girl, who is a minor, had said her pregnancy was making her suicidal. But instead of being granted... More »

A First for Ireland: Gay Prime Minister

At age 38, Leo Varadkar will also be the country's youngest ever prime minister

(Newser) - He's the son of an Indian immigrant, he's gay, and he's about to become Ireland's next prime minister. Per the BBC and the Guardian , Leo Varadkar will become the nation's first gay taoiseach, or head of government, as well as the country's youngest ever... More »

Beach That Washed Away in 1984 Suddenly Returns

Dooagh beach is back 33 years after it left

(Newser) - The sea giveth, and the sea taketh away—and, it turns out, giveth again. A beach on a remote Irish island whose sand washed away in 1984 storms has formed once again. After what the Guardian calls a "freak tide" in mid-April, sand, hundreds of tons of it, was... More »

Comments on God Could Spell Trouble for Stephen Fry

Irish police are investigating Fry's 2015 interview for blasphemy

(Newser) - Funnyman Stephen Fry may be in hot water in Ireland for comments made during an interview where he candidly calls out someone not to be trifled with on the Emerald Isle: God. Irish police are investigating Fry's February 2015 interview on the RTÉ show The Meaning of Life as... More »

Coca-Cola Plant Shut Down for Super Gross Reason

Cans containing suspected human waste jammed machines

(Newser) - Police are investigating after suspected human waste was found inside cans at a Coca-Cola plant in Ireland, the Belfast Telegraph reports. Topless cans arrive at the factory to be filled by Coca-Cola products and sealed before they're sold around Northern Ireland. The cans in question—believed to have come... More »

Where an Orphanage Once Sat, a Mass Grave of Children Found

Excavations reveal 'significant quantities of human remains' in Ireland

(Newser) - Excavations have begun at the site of a former Catholic orphanage where, it was revealed in 2014 , nearly 800 babies and children allegedly died between 1925 and 1961. It was initially alleged that their bodies were dumped in a septic tank , and authorities have now found a mass grave. The... More »

Town Flooded With Calls Meant for Sex Line

Thanks, Babestation

(Newser) - Late night calls meant for a phone sex line instead awoke residents of a western Irish town who, uh, weren't exactly turned on by the disruption. It seems the phone numbers shared by UK adult channel Babestation on Sky TV were meant for UK callers only. To reach "... More »

Growing List of Nations Tied to Trump's 'Empire'

Meaning lots of potential for conflicts of interest, per 'NYT'

(Newser) - With more than 100 companies with business interests around the world , Donald Trump has attracted the attention of ethics experts, who contend his possible conflicts of interest are "unprecedented" for a modern-day US president. Now the New York Times offers a closer look at some of these global projects... More »

Math Moves Scientists Closer to Perfect Coffee

Coffee-maker companies will likely be paying attention

(Newser) - One plus one equals … brew? Scientists out of Ireland's University of Limerick tapped into math and a computer model in their quest to come up with a cup of coffee that would satisfy even Twin Peaks' Special Agent Dale Cooper , the CBC reports. And while it was impossible... More »

Apple CEO on EU's $14.5B Tax Bill: 'Maddening'

EU's countries starting to speak out, and they're not agreeing with Cook

(Newser) - To the European Union, a $14.5 billion bill for back taxes it handed Apple Tuesday is a valid request for recompense. To Apple CEO Tim Cook, it's "maddening" and nothing more than "total political crap"—and Washington seems inclined to agree, with US Treasury Secretary... More »

Ireland's Future Priests Allegedly Can't Keep Off Grindr

Archbishop wants them to mingle with more women instead

(Newser) - There are "strange going-ons"—in the words of the Archbishop of Dublin—at Ireland's major seminary, where trainee priests are being accused of using Grindr, the Telegraph reports. "An app like that is something which would be fostering promiscuous sexuality, which is certainly not in any... More »

Irish Woman, Friend Live-Tweet 48-Hour Trip to Get Abortion

Tens of thousands of others like her in Ireland have had to leave the country to do so

(Newser) - The @TwoWomenTravel Twitter account has just 28 tweets, but it had quite a turnout over the weekend, racking up more than 25,000 followers as one of the two women live-tweeted her journey to get an abortion, the Belfast Telegraph reports. The Irish woman and a friend documented their 48-hour... More »

Out of Brexit's Ashes, Could a United Ireland Rise?

Northern Ireland voted against leaving the EU, is now thinking 'the unthinkable'

(Newser) - British politics remain mired in Brexit turmoil , but from the ashes of the UK-EU split a most interesting proposition is starting to emerge: That of a united Ireland, reports Reuters . Like Scotland , Northern Ireland voted against leaving the European Union, with 56% in favor of staying. Now, facing the prospect... More »

Guy Finds 'Edible' Butter Dating Back to Jesus

'Bog butter' from Ireland is well-preserved

(Newser) - Look closer next time you're treading through an Irish bog—you might find something both ancient and edible. An Irishman did just that earlier this month in Emlagh peat bog in County Meath, Ireland, when he discovered a 22-pound ball of butter that may be 2,000 years old,... More »

UN: Ireland's Abortion Ban Is 'Inhumane'

Committee finds woman's human rights were violated

(Newser) - The UN's human rights committee says Ireland's effective ban on abortion violated a woman's human rights and must be reformed in what the Guardian calls "a ground-breaking judgment that is expected to set an international precedent." The committee responded to the case of Amanda Mellet,... More »

Retirees Ask to Be Arrested for Breaking Abortion Laws

'It is unforgivable how women are being treated'

(Newser) - Three senior citizens in Northern Ireland handed themselves over to police and asked to be prosecuted Monday in protest of that country's abortion laws, the Guardian reports. Abortion is largely illegal in Northern Ireland due to a 155-year-old law. That includes in instances of rape and incest, according to... More »

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