On Friday, Ireland will vote whether or not to legalize same-sex marriage. If Ireland votes “yes,” it would be the 20th country to legalize gay marriage completely, and the first to do so by a national popular vote.
In Northern Ireland, in a city notorious for its Protestant-Catholic tensions, a beautifully intricate structure has been drawing large crowds. Continue reading
Three 16-year-old high school girls hailing from Ireland claimed the top prize for Google’s 2014 Science Fair with a project that aims to solve the food crisis — with the help of bacteria.
Writer Roddy Doyle says he never kills off his characters, which means he can revisit them decades later. But in his latest book, one of his famous protagonists must face his own mortality, on top of middle age and a changing music industry. Doyle talks to Jeffrey Brown about “The Guts,” and band manager Jimmy Rabbitte, first featured in “The Commitments” in 1987. Continue reading
Photo by Flickr user Julie Danielle Ireland is asking its own citizens to move away, the Financial Times reports. In a controversial effort to reduce its unemployment and welfare costs, the Irish government is sending letters to about 6,000 unemployed … Continue reading
World-renowned poet and Nobel laureate Seamus Heaney died at age 74 in his native Ireland after a brief illness. Jeffrey Brown looks back on an interview he did with the poet two years ago, when Heaney reflected on his life and work and read a section from his poem, "Album." Continue reading
Frederick Douglass traveling through Ireland in 1845 to stir up support for his abolitionist cause. The first non-stop flight across the Atlantic in 1919. Sen. George Mitchell in 1998 trying to forge a peace treaty in Northern Ireland. Those actual people and events are at the heart of a fictional story in the new novel “TransAtlantic” by author Colum McCann.
Ireland was hit hard during the global recession, suffering dramatic job losses and a mass exodus of skilled workers. Though the Irish are still cautious, a recovery is being driven by locally grown businesses, startups and new takes on heritage industries. Ray Suarez reports from Dublin on pioneering businesses sprouting up. Continue reading
Boston College acted as a safeguard for the oral histories of former Northern Irish militants. Participants were promised their stories would remain private until their deaths. But new clues in an unsolved murder in Ireland triggered the U.S. Department of Justice to subpoena the tapes. Special correspondent Kira Kay reports. Continue reading
European Union leaders gathered Wednesday in Brussels in hopes of reaching a deal to bolster Eurozone relief funds and contain Greece’s debt crisis. Laura Kuenssberg of Independent Television News reports from Brussels. Continue reading