Archive for April, 2006

Irish-American of the Year – Ray Kelly

At the helm of the NYPD, the nation’s largest police force, which is acknowledged as an international model for its cutting-edge crime-fighting techniques and facing down terrorist threats, is Police Commissioner Ray Kelly, a former Marine who likes a challenge. Ray Kelly recalls how when he was only seven years old. he’d often hop onRead more..

The Top 100

“I’m, Irish. There are some things more important to me than money.” – POLICE COMMISSIONER RAY KELLY Our Top 100 is about many things, but more than anything, it’s about heart. It’s about an 11-year-old giving up play time to practice Irish dance and winning the World Championship in Ireland. It’s about a snowboarder goingRead more..

1916 Anniversary Sparks Debate

On the eve of the 90th anniversary of the Easter Rising, mainstream political parties are actively competing for the legacy of Ireland’s historical revolution. The government has already announced that the state will officially mark the occasion on April 16 with a military parade past the General Post Office in O’Connell Street, site of rebelRead more..

Finucanes Demand Full Tribunal

Members of the Finucane family reacted angrily when told that the British government will not hold a public inquiry into the 1989 murder of Catholic-solicitor Pat Finucane. Seventeen years after Finucane was assassinated by UDA gunmen, the victim’s family feel they are no nearer the truth. An initial review by retired Canadian judge Peter CoryRead more..

Staunton Replaces Kerr

Steve Staunton was unveiled as the new manager of the Irish international soccer team. In a surprise move, the Football Association of Ireland (FAI) named Staunton to lead the new management team alongside veteran manager Bobby Robson. Staunton, 37. will be team manager and Robson, 72, who once guided the English national side to theRead more..

Casey Returns to Galway

Former Bishop of Galway Dr. Eamonn casey returned to Ireland at the start of February following 13 years in exile. Dr. casey, 78, lived and worked in the U.S., Ecuador. Mexico and England and has retired to the parish of Beagh. near Gort in Co. Galway. “I regret that in the past 1 let aRead more..

Stardust Anniversary Raises Questions

Hundreds of people gathered in the north Dublin suburb of Coolock to remember the 48 young people who died in a fire at the Stardust nightclub 25 years ago. The disaster occurred at a disco on St. Valentine’s eve in 1981. and families of the victims are demanding that the investigation into the fire shouldRead more..

Dublin Considers Cable Car

A private consortium is behind a spectacular proposal to build a 52 million euro cable car complex running 2.5 miles along the River Liffey in Dublin’s city centre. Property developer Barry Boland outlined a plan that would set cable cars running from Heuston Railway Station to Spencer Dock in the International Finance Services Centre. FourRead more..

Gardai Complete Money-Laundering File

Gardai (Irish police) completed an investigation into suspected money-laundering operations by the Provisional IRA following the massive £26 million Northern Bank raid in Belfast two years ago. A nationwide garda search codenamed Operation Phoenix led to the home of a financial adviser in Cork where cash deposits of £2.4 million matched with banknotes stolen inRead more..

Fire Destroys Reynolds Factory

Former Taoiseach (Irish Prime Minister) Albert Reynolds was moved to tears when fire destroyed his family business in Edgeworthstown, Co. Longford. An accidental blaze tore through cannery sections of C&D Foods, a pet food factory with an annual turnover in the region of 100 million. The fire was a serious blow to the workforce ofRead more..