Record-Breaking Year for Irish Tourism

For the first time since figures have been recorded, more than one million North Americans visited Ireland in 2016. The numbers were released in June by Fáilte Ireland. “While we have known for some time that 2016 was a record year for tourism, this week’s report adds more layers to our understanding of that performance,” Caeman Wall, head of research at the National Tourism Development...

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Bank of America, and a Dozen Others, Eye Dublin for E.U. Headquarters

Bank of America Merrill Lynch is just one of the many international institutions emigrating from London to Dublin in the wake of 2016’s Brexit vote. With the United Kingdom no longer holding E.U. membership status, 12 major firms have unveiled their intention to establish their head European offices in the Irish capital, the Irish Development Authority revealed in June. All banks and financial...

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New Irish Prime Minister Willing to Work with Trump

Leo Varadkar made history in June when he was elected taoiseach, becoming the first openly gay prime minister of Ireland as well as the first prime minister of Indian heritage and the youngest ever elected. Varadkar, a member of Fine Gael and a fiscal conservative, seeks to become another centrist face of the European Union, à la French Prime Minister Emmanuel Macron, a friend to corporate...

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Non-Verbal Autistic Teenager Given A Voice

Sixteen-year-old Fiacre Ryan’s life was transformed because of the Rapid Prompting Method, an innovative way of dealing with the effects of autism, and he now wishes to expand its use in Ireland and lower the stigma often associated with autism. Diagnosed with autism at age three, it was difficult for friends and family to fully communicate with Fiacra. After reading the book Ido in...

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108-Year-Old Irish Woman Has Been to a Doctor Exactly Once

In an interview with the Belfast Telegraph shortly following her 108th birthday in July, County Antrim woman Maud Nicholl (left, with Telegraph reporter Donna Deaney) revealed that she has only been to see the doctor once since 1909. “I don’t feel my age in the slightest, in fact I have never felt my age,” she said. “I have never had any illnesses. I went to see the doctor once and I had...

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