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Dick Dowling: born in Co Galway, he went on to be a Confederate military commander in Texas

At the entrance to Hermann Park in the city of Houston in Texas there stands a very striking statue in white marble on top of a tall plinth. It’s of a(...)

 Donald Trump: is despicably turning the dead into the undead, trying to figure out how to claim they weren’t lost.  Photographer: Anna Moneymaker/The New York Times/Bloomberg

This is not a good time for vampires. Or bats. That’s disorienting for me because, as a lifelong aficionado of vampires, I have a big collection of ba(...)

 Little Richard in 1966. File photograph: AP Photo

Richard Penniman, better known as Little Richard, who combined the sacred shouts of the black church and the profane sounds of the blues to create som(...)

Miriam Figueroa, a dialysis nurse at the Brooklyn Hospital Center, tends to a Covid-19 patient in the intensive care unit, in Brooklyn. Photograph: Victor J Blue/The New York Times

For weeks, US government officials and hospital executives have warned of a looming shortage of ventilators as the coronavirus pandemic descended. But(...)

Cork man John Riordan works with the America Scores programme which operates in 12 cities and provides soccer coaching, poetry classes and general community service to some of the most impoverished families in those cities.

Two tales from the city. On the week that the NBA announced an indefinite postponement of the season, the mayor of New York, Bill de Blasio, vowed tha(...)

The USNS Comfort passes the Statue of Liberty as it enters New York harbour on Monday. Photograph: Mike Segar/Reuters

People cheered the US Navy hospital ship Comfort as it sailed into New York on Monday, a beacon of the national effort to stanch the coronavirus outbr(...)

Don Marcello Crotti,  blesses the coffins with Don Mario Carminati in the San Giuseppe church in Seriate, Italy. Photograph: Antonio Calanni/AP

Italy’s coronavirus deaths surpassed 10,000 on Saturday with 889 new fatalities in the last 24 hours, health authorities said. New cases rose marginal(...)

Lisa Tierney-Keogh: ‘The eye of the storm is a scary place’. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

In late 2012, a storm at sea off the coast of the US ramped up to a Category 1 hurricane and hit the east coast of America with a vengeance. Hurrican(...)

Bourbon Street in New Orleans earlier this week. Photograph: Jonathan Bachman/Reuters

Yanti Turang, an emergency room nurse at a New Orleans hospital, walked out into the car park in full protective gear early this month to meet a woman(...)

 Leo Varadkar and Boris Johnson in Government Buildings, Dublin.  Photograph: Niall Carson/PA

The Taoiseach has said he will not dismiss the idea of building a bridge between Northern Ireland and Scotland, but insisted the UK must pay for it. (...)

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