The Edge, Yoko Ono and Bono stand infront of a tapestry in memory of John Lennon at Ellis Island. Photograph: Edu Bayer 1:21

U2’s Bono claimed John Lennon and the rest of The Beatles as Irish at a ceremony on Ellis Island off New York City to unveil a giant tapestry marking (...)

The Library Gardens Apartments in Berkeley, California, before the balcony collapse which killed five Irish J-1 students and one Irish-American student. Photograph: Google Maps

Where did the water come from? That’s the question. It is six weeks since the balcony collapse at an apartment block in Berkeley that killed fi(...)

The Park-Broadway block in Millbrae, south of San Francisco was also built by Segue Construction, and  water damage, dry rot, and extensive mold growth was discovered.

The new residents of Park-Broadway, a 96-residence building in Millbrae, beside San Francisco International Airport, thought it odd that their apar(...)

Clockwise: Dr James Crew, chairman of the Sanata Clara Valley Medical Centre and Berkeley survivors Niall Murray; Hannah Waters; Aoife Beary; and a recovering  Clodagh Cogley

The brain injury and spinal cord centre at the Santa Clara Valley Medical Center, 80km south of San Francisco, is busy with doctors, nurses and suppor(...)

 Olympic medallist  John Treacy carrying the Olympic Torch  in Dublin in 2012. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times.

Olympic medallist John Treacy said the last time he passed through the LA Coliseum tunnel into the famous stadium - before Saturday’s opening cerem(...)

 US first lady Michelle Obama declares the Special Olympics open at the Opening Ceremony at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles, California, USA, on Saturday. Photograph: EPA

Ireland’s athletes received one of the loudest cheers of the opening ceremony of the Special Olympics World Games on Saturday night as they marched in(...)

Participants at a vigil for the victims of the Berkeley Tragedy at Martin Luther King Jr. Civic Center Park in Berkeley, California.  Photograph: Martin Lacey.

Family members of students killed and injured in the Berkeley balcony collapse met emergency responders who attended the scene of the accident for the(...)

Fr Brendan McBride celebrates a Month’s Mind Commemoration Mass for the Berkeley Tragedy Victims at St Philip’s Church, San Francisco, California. Photograph: Martin Lacey.

Six students killed in last month’s balcony collapse in Berkeley will be “a beacon” for all Irish students who follow them to California on summer vis(...)

Matthew VanDyke: busy sending US military veterans to train Iraqis on the other side of the fight

The last time Matthew VanDyke saw US journalist James Foley, they were running through war-torn Aleppo in Syria avoiding snipers. Foley became the mo(...)

David Donoghue: “It’s to get away from this idea that there is one part of the world, which has somehow got it right, in effect telling the rest of the world what to do.”

This year is a big deal for the United Nations. Not only are there high hopes for a landmark deal on tackling climate change at a conference in Paris (...)