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Video of Snubbed Black Gymnast Spurs Outcry, Apology

Ireland's sports ministry says girl at competition was 'badly let down' by being passed over

(Newser) - A video showing a young Black gymnast being passed over for a medal while her white counterparts all receive one is now making the rounds, prompting an apology from Gymnastics Ireland and support from one of the biggest names in the sport. The BBC reports that the clip now circulating...

In This Tiny Irish Town, a Touching 9/11 Memorial
343 Trees for
Firefighters Who
Died on 9/11 Are
in Surprise Spot

343 Trees for Firefighters Who Died on 9/11 Are in Surprise Spot

Irish nurse who worked in NYC set up County Cork garden in tribute to lost FDNY members

(Newser) - On Sept. 11, 2001, 343 firefighters perished in New York City during the terror attacks on the World Trade Center. Every year, America remembers those first responders, and the thousands of others who died that day. So does a tiny town in County Cork, Ireland, thanks to Kathleen Murphy, an...

Irish Regulator Hits TikTok With $367M Fine

Watchdog says social media app violated EU law on handling of children's data

(Newser) - Irish eyes are not smiling on how TikTok handled children's data in the second half of 2020. After reviewing the company's procedures during that period, Ireland's data watchdog fined the social media company $367 million for breaking European Union law and issued a reprimand, the Guardian reports....

Sinead O'Connor Heads Home a Final Time

Crowds throng funeral procession in Irish singer's hometown of Bray, in County Wicklow

(Newser) - Throngs of fans lined the streets of Sinead O'Connor's former hometown in Ireland to bid farewell to the gifted singer as her funeral procession passed by Tuesday following a private memorial service. A vintage VW camper van with rooftop speakers blasting Bob Marley's song "Natural Mystic"...

US Tourist Suffers 'Life-Changing Injuries' in Dublin Attack

Man was beaten, kicked, in 'completely unprovoked' attack in city center

(Newser) - Ireland's justice minister promised a "tough response" Thursday after an attack on an American tourist left the man with what police said are "life-changing injuries." The 57-year-old visitor from Washington, DC, had just left his guesthouse in central Dublin around 10:30pm Wednesday when he was...

Irish Team Decides Soccer Friendly Wasn't

After shortened match, Colombia player mocks complainers over 'one little foul'

(Newser) - A soccer friendly between the Colombia and Republic of Ireland women's teams was called after 20 minutes when the Irish side said its players "feared for their bodies." Denise O'Sullivan, an Irish midfielder, was taken to a hospital after a violent challenge, the Guardian reports; X-rays showed...

Two Irish Teens Die Separately on Same Greek Island

One fell, the other collapsed after hearing news of his friend

(Newser) - Two Irish teenagers celebrating graduation with their fellow classmates on a Greek island died hours apart in separate incidents, reports the Irish Examiner . Andrew O'Donnell and Max Wall were both 18 and celebrating the end of the equivalent of high school with friends on the island of Ios. O'...

Heart Attacks More Likely on the Day You Might Suspect
Heart Attacks More Likely
on the Day You Might Suspect

Heart Attacks More Likely on the Day You Might Suspect

NBD, just another reason to hate Mondays

(Newser) - Researchers have found yet another reason to dislike Mondays: Serious heart attacks are more likely to occur on this day, according to evidence presented recently at the British Cardiovascular Society conference. Doctors from the Belfast Health and Social Care Trust and the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland analyzed data...

Ireland Gets Aggressive on Alcohol Warnings

Nation to require blunt warnings about health risks such as cancer

(Newser) - Ireland may be the butt of endless jokes about heavy drinking, but the nation has just approved aggressive new labeling rules that are anything but amusing to alcohol suppliers. Starting in three years, the nation will require stark health warnings on alcoholic beverages, reports NPR . The warnings also will have...

At Shrine, Biden Sees Priest Who Gave His Son Last Rites

President was unaware the Rev. Frank O'Grady was reassigned to Ireland

(Newser) - President Biden was moved to tears on Friday during a stop at a Catholic shrine in Ireland when he discovered that a chaplain working there had performed last rites on his late son Beau Biden. "It was incredible to see him," Biden said later during remarks at the...

Visiting Ireland, Biden Makes Himself at Home

In addressing lawmakers, president stresses cooperation and leans on UK

(Newser) - President Biden linked Ireland and the US repeatedly as he wrapped up his visit on Thursday, talking of the roles the two nations must play while emphasizing that he felt like he belongs in the land of his ancestors. "I'm not going home," he said, per the...

Biden: 'I Don't Know Why My Ancestors Left Here'

Crowds welcome president to Ireland

(Newser) - President Biden returned Wednesday to his ancestral home of Ireland, where he was greeted by thousands of cheering people who lined up four and five deep and endured an hourslong wait in the cold rain in hopes of getting a glimpse, a photo, or even the slightest touch from him....

Biden Arrives in Belfast
Biden Arrives in Belfast

Biden Arrives in Belfast

President is on 4-day trip to island of Ireland

(Newser) - President Biden arrived in Belfast Tuesday night amid heavy security at the start of a four-day visit to the island of Ireland. The president was greeted by Prime Minister Rishi Sunak at Belfast International Airport, the BBC reports. Biden plans to spend a day in Northern Ireland to mark the...

Baby Turtle Survives Treacherous 4K-Mile Swim

Croga, which means 'brave' in Irish, drifted far off course, from Miami to Ireland

(Newser) - A father taking a stroll with his two daughters along the Irish coastline stumbled across what one expert is now calling an "absolute miracle." The Irish Mirror reports that the family was walking on the shore of the northwestern Mullet Peninsula in County Mayo when they came across...

Gas Station Explosion Kills at Least 9

Cause of blast in Irish town of Creeslough, County Donegal, is under investigation

(Newser) - The death toll from a gas station explosion that shattered a small village in northwest Ireland has risen on Saturday, as emergency workers combed through piles of rubble for people who are still missing. The AP puts the number of dead at nine (up from seven reported earlier), while other...

2K Irish Artists Now Getting Universal Basic Income

3-year pilot program could transform lives, boost sector, backers say

(Newser) - Ireland's government has begun paying $325 per week to 2,000 artists—including actors, musicians, writers, and painters—as part of a research program on the effects of universal basic income. The 707 visual artists, 584 musicians, 204 film artists, 184 writers, 173 theater artists, 32 dancers and choreographers,...

A Dad's Emotional Plea: 'We Left All Our Lego in Ukraine'

Donations pour in after Igor Sidorov's ask on Facebook for his 11-year-old son

(Newser) - While much of the coverage of Russia's invasion of Ukraine has focused on the destruction and carnage, there've also been some more "poignant [glimpses] of what people have lost and left behind," per Irish broadcaster RTE. Case in point: 11-year-old Andrii Sidorov, who had to abandon...

On St. Patrick's Day, COVID Tests Scuttle Meeting

Irish Prime Minister Micheál Martin tests positive while in DC

(Newser) - Irish Prime Minister Micheál Martin came to Washington this week expecting to resume a full schedule of events planned around St. Patrick's Day with the president and other politicians. They all were canceled last year by the COVID-19 outbreak. But the celebrations this year were disrupted, as well,...

On Bloody Sunday Anniversary, Families Again Call for Justice

British paratroopers opened fire on demonstrators in Derry, giving rise to decades of violence

(Newser) - Hundreds of people on Sunday walked the route of marchers who were killed by British paratroopers a half-century ago in Northern Ireland during a civil rights demonstration. Family members of those shot to death in Derry on what's now known as Bloody Sunday were among those at the remembrance,...

Russia Moves Naval Drills Away From Irish Fishermen

Industry had planned to protest exercises by carrying on in its usual waters

(Newser) - Update: Faced with the possibility of entanglement with a flotilla of small fishing boats off the coast of Ireland, Russia said Saturday it will move its naval exercises. A letter from Ambassador Yuriy Filatov posted on Facebook said the drills, planned for Feb. 3-8, will take place away from the...

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