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Royals in front line for our republic
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Royals in front line for our republic
Did you shed a tear while watching the prince and the commoner exchange vows in London the other day? Did you spent the next morning gossiping abou...
Bin Laden's end
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Bin Laden's end
In his final moment, Osama Bin Laden must have known that the United States had finally caught up with him. This will be a matter of grim satisfact...
30 years on
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30 years on
Here's what they died for. The right not to wear a prison uniform; the right not to do prison work; the right of free association with other prison...
Quinn's argument against religious education is shaky
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Quinn's argument against religious education is shaky
By John McCarthy Irish Minister for Education Ruairí Quinn has asked that the Catholic Church be divested of half of the 3,000 national schools in ...
Easter Week
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Easter Week
By the middle of Easter Week 1916 it was evident to any impartial or detached observer that the odds were stacking up by the hour against the men a...
The case for a Catholic university in Ireland
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The case for a Catholic university in Ireland
Despite the broadly held view of Ireland being largely a Catholic country with an education system dominated by the Catholic Church, the Republic t...
Welcome visitors, and those you could do without
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Welcome visitors, and those you could do without
Everybody sooner or late passes through Ireland. It's like the weather. Just about every meteorological manifestation lands on, or passes over the ...
An event to remember, but not to celebrate
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An event to remember, but not to celebrate
A friend of mine was at Mass on the morning of April 12 in Charleston, South Carolina, when he heardwhat sounded like cannon fire nearby. It was pu...
Holy Week
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Holy Week
The week leading up to Easter Sunday is a preeminent one for Christians all over the world. In Ireland, it has long been associated with the prayer...
AOH readies to mark 175 years in America
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AOH readies to mark 175 years in America
At a recent meeting at Old St. Patrick's Cathedral in New York City, chaired by past national president Ed Wallace with co-chair Tom Beirne, New Yo...
King, Smith are giving voice to different views
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King, Smith are giving voice to different views
A hearing recently held by the House Homeland Security Committee, chaired by Congressman Peter King, drew media criticism for its topic: the potent...
The words we should never have to hear
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The words we should never have to hear
Reporters of a certain age will tell you of a time in the Northern Ireland conflict when words of condemnation scarcely had time to dry on the page...