Dignitaries including US vice-president Joe Biden, survivors and first responders participate in a flag-raising ceremony at the marathon finishing line in Boston, Massachusetts, yesterday, on the first anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombings. Photograph: Reuters/Brian Snyder

Memorial ceremony on first anniversary of bombing begins week of commemorations

Paul Jurgensen, former president of the Hibernian Society of Savannah, said they didn’t know Eamon Gilmore (above) “from Bozo the Clown”. Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Ex-president of Savannah Hibernian Society says Irish politicians disrespected ancient traditions

 Roseann Sdoia  walking with the assistance of parallel bars   as she  tries out a new   leg  at a prosthetics clinic two months after the explosions. Photograph:  Yoon S Byun/the Boston Globe via Getty Images

36,000 people hope to take part in this year’s Boston Marathon on Patriots’ Day

Frank Rossiter, an Irish-American living in Savannah, Georgia, next to the grave of his great-grandfather Patrick Buttimer, from Cork, in the city’s Catholic cemetery. Buttimer was a Confederate veteran in the American civil war, and a veteran’s cross marks his grave. Photograph: Simon Carswell

America Letter: Irish connections with Savannah long predate the Famine

Outgoing US health and human services secretary Kathleen Sebelius speaks after President Barack Obama (left) announced his nomination of Sylvia Mathews Burwell to replace her, in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington yesterday. Photograph: EPA/Jim Lo Scalzo

President nominates budget director as new health and human services secretary

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 Phelim McAleer and his wife  Ann McElhinney (pictured) are hoping to make a film about convicted Philadelphia abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell. Photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

Phelim McAleer has already raised $573,000 through crowd-funding for abortion film

Brothers Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, suspects in the Boston Marathon bombings of last April 15. Photograph: AP Photos/Lowell Sun and FBI

US inspector general report showed extent of his radicalisation

Comedian Stephen Colbert will replace David Letterman. Photograph: Reuters/Jim Bourg

CBS wasted little time in unveiling Letterman’s replacement

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