Michael Collins: From the GPO
to Béal na mBláth

Michael Collins was born into a farming family near Clonakilty in County Cork in 1890. In 1906 he passed a civil service exam and went to London to work in the British postal system, which included the banking and communications sections – an invaluable learning experience for the future Minister for Finance in the first Dáil. While in London, Collins joined the usual Irish organizations such...

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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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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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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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