The Irish Writers in America series includes interviews with (clockwise from top left): John Banville, Denis Lehane, Enda Walsh and Roddy Doyle. Photos courtesy of Irish Writers in America/CUNY TV

Irish Writers in America Premieres on CUNY TV

A new series by the City University of New York’s TV station covers uncharted territory in conversations with some of Ireland and Irish America’s most creative minds. The 13-part interview series premiered on November 22, its first episode featuring two ostensibly different luminaries: author Colum McCann (TransAtlantic, Let the Great World Spin) and funnyman/TV host Conan...

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The plan for the Peace and Conflict Resolution Centre.

Maze Prison to Become Peace Center

Peter Robinson and Martin McGuinness have jointly praised plans for the redevelopment of the 347-acre Maze-Long Kesh prison site near Lisburn, Co. Antrim into a Peace Building and Conflict Resolution Centre. The plans include a business campus for renewable technology and life sciences linked to the universities. Maze Prison, also known as the H-Blocks, housed numerous republican and loyalist...

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Katie and Amy Jones-Elliott.

Irish Twins Born 87 Days Apart Set World Record

Waterford twins Katie and Amy Jones-Elliott are headed to the Guinness Book of Records after they were born 87 days apart. As reported by the Irish Mirror, Maria Jones-Elliott, went into labor after four months of pregnancy but gave birth to only one of her daughters, Amy, at a slight 1 lb. 3 oz. Katie would not arrive until three months later. The chances of survival for both girls were minimal,...

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Taoiseach Enda Kenny

Irish Government Proposes New Abortion Legislation

Two weeks after an Irish jury concluded that poor medical care – including the refusal to perform an emergency abortion – led to the death of Indian dentist Savita Halappanavar in a Galway hospital in October, the Irish government proposed new legislation that will allow for abortions in situations where a woman’s life is in danger. The proposed legislation, titled the Protection of Life...

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The First Family.

Irish Visits in the Works for Biden and Obamas

Following his induction into the Irish America Hall of Fame (see more coverage here), it’s only fitting that Vice President Joe Biden should pay a visit to the home of his Finnegan and Blewitt ancestors. The vice president confirmed that he would be visiting Ireland some time this year at an Irish brunch he held in March for Taoiseach Enda Kenny, in honor of St. Patrick’s day. Taoiseach Kenny...

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