Archbishop Diarmuid Martin, Cardinal Timothy Dolan, and Cardinal Sean Brady among bishops and Cardinals on the Altar at the opening of the 50th International Eucharistic Congress. Photograph: Alan Betson /The Irish Times

Cardinal Timothy Dolan, the Archbishop of New York and newly named grand marshall of the city’s St Patrick’s Day parade next year, welcomed the landma(...)

Gay rights activists protest on Fifth Avesnue at the 2012 St Patrick’s Day parade in New York. New York mayor Bill de Blasio is boycotting this year’s parade because of its ban on  public displays of gay pride. Photograph: Emmanuel Dunand/AFP/Getty Images

The decisions by the New York City and Boston mayors to boycott St Patrick’s Day parades over the exclusion of gay, lesbian and transgender gro(...)

John Joe Nevin at the Westbury Hotel in Dublin yesterdeay: “I’m going away to be the best in the world and hopefully make tons of money and bring back world titles.”  Photo: Donall Farmer/Inpho

As his erstwhile bag brothers Paddy Barnes and Joe Ward were making their way through to the quarter-finals of the World Championships yesterday, John(...)

Irish Ambassador the the US Anne Anderson: wants to project “a modern, 21st-century Ireland” in her new role. Photograph: Marty Katz

Ireland’s first woman Ambassador to the United States, Anne Anderson, has asked the oldest Irish-American group to consider changing its name and beco(...)

Jonathan Duncan and his wife Kathy. “We are staying for good – we have no intention of going back.”

Jonathan Duncan used to listen to the radio driving home from his job at Microsoft in Dublin every evening. The relentless dismal economic news(...)

A participant marches in the St Patrick's Day Parade in New York today. Photograph: Carlo Allegri/Reuters

Even though many weren’t Irish, and even though it wasn’t actually St Patrick’s Day, an estimated two million New Yorkers marched out to line F(...)