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‘It’s Pretty Surreal’: Local Irishman Wins Lotto Jackpot Just Before St. Patty’s Day

March 22, 2012 in WDAZ

GRAND FORKS (WDAZ-TV) – A Grand Forks man and wife are $26,000 richer after they tested their luck in the Northstar Cash Jackpot. The Ireland natives got lucky just two days before St. Patrick’s Day. Continue Reading

OBIT: David Kelly, 82, Irish character actor, ‘Grandpa Joe’ in ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’

February 15, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

His family and colleagues said Kelly died Sunday after a short illness and an acting career that spanned a half-century.
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OBIT: Anne McCaffrey, 85, award-winning science fiction author of ‘Dragonriders’ novels

November 24, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald

Anne McCaffrey, whose vision of an interstellar alliance between humans and dragons spawned two dozen “Dragonriders of Pern” novels, has died in Ireland aged 85, her publisher and family announced Wednesday.
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Ireland government denounces Vatican role in priest abuse cover-ups

July 20, 2011 in West Central Tribune

DUBLIN The Vatican encouraged Catholic bishops not to tell police about suspected pedophile priests and flouted Irish law, Ireland’s lawmakers declared today in an unprecedented denunciation of the Holy See’s influence in this predominantly Catholic country. Continue Reading

UPDATE: Ireland denounces Vatican role in abuse cover-ups

July 20, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald

Ireland’s lawmakers have united to denounce the Vatican after an investigation found that Catholic leaders in Rome undermined Irish efforts to report child-abusing priests to police. Continue Reading

Obama celebrates Irish roots, reaffirms ‘bonds of affection’

May 23, 2011 in West Central Tribune

DUBLIN (AP) Beaming before an exultant sea of people, President Barack Obama on Monday reveled in his distant Irish ancestry, offering spirited thanks from tens of millions of Americans who trace their own connections to Ireland. With his wife, Michelle, at his side, the president said: “We feel very much at home.”
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European Union: Iceland’s volcanic cloud affect British, Irish airspace

May 23, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald

The April 2010 eruption of another Icelandic volcano prompted aviation officials to close Europe’s airspace for five days out of fear that the ash could harm jet engines. The impact of Grimsvotn was expected to be far smaller because the larger cloud was moving far north of most flight paths. Travelers and aviation officials were still watching nervously. Continue Reading

Obama says U.S., Ireland have ‘blood link’

May 23, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald

UPDATED 7:13 A.M. President Barack Obama says the U.S. and Ireland share a “blood link” that goes beyond strategic interests or foreign policy because of the ties of millions of Irish Americans in the United States. Scroll to the bottom of the article to see a video report on Obama’s Ireland visit. Continue Reading

Irish village dancing jigs over Monday’s visit of its most famous son, President Barack Obama

May 22, 2011 in West Central Tribune

Ever since the American president announced on St. Patrick’s Day he would visit his ancestral Irish home, the village of Moneygall has been suffering an incurable case of Obamamania.
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Britain’s Queen Elizabeth lands in Ireland on 1st-ever trip to celebrate peace; pipe bomb defused on bus

May 17, 2011 in West Central Tribune

Undeterred by real or fake bombs, Queen Elizabeth II on Tuesday began the first visit by a British monarch to the Republic of Ireland, a four-day trip to highlight strong Anglo-Irish relations and the success of Northern Ireland peacemaking.
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