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The Chicago River as it winds its way through downtown after being dyed green. Photograph: Scott Olson/Getty Images

If you suffer from chlorophobia (fear of the colour green), downtown Chicago is not the place to be around St Patrick’s Day. But if you happen to be a(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar at the Chicago St Patrick’s Day parade in the US on Saturday. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA

Children in Irish schools should be taught the national anthem, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has said, though he stopped short of calling for it to be manda(...)

The Chicago  skyline as seen from the North Avenue Beach at Lake Michigan, as  the polar vortex has descended on much of the central and eastern United States. Photograph: Pinar Istek/Reuters

The cold front bringing its icy grip to parts of the US and Canada is a result of a weather condition called a polar vortex. It might seem counter-in(...)

Snow blanketing Prospect Park in Brooklyn, in January 2014. Forecasters expect Wednesday’s high temperature to be minus 25 degrees Celsius in Chicago and Minneapolis. Photograph: Todd Heisler/The New York Times

A blast of Arctic-chilled air from the polar vortex brought dangerous, record-setting cold to a wide swath of the eastern United States on Tuesday, s(...)

Police and firefighters follow the ambulance carrying the remains of Chicago Police officer Samuel Jimenez as it arrives at the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office. Photograph:  Scott Olson/Getty Images

Chicago’s hospitals have grown all too accustomed to receiving victims of gunshot wounds from unrelenting violence on the streets, but on Monday, one (...)

 Kerry’s Denis Moran   outnumbered by Dublin’s Sean Doherty, Tommy Drumm, Brian Mullins and Robbie Kelleher (formerly Scoil Uí Chonail) during the All-Ireland final of 1976. Photograph: Tom Lawlor

Rahm Emanuel may have announced that he will not be seeking re-election next year as Mayor of Chicago but the former chief of staff in the Barack Obam(...)

Emerald Living said it had decided not to go ahead with the proposed deal in Chicago because of “findings of our [due] diligence works”. Photograph: iStock

An Irish-owned development group has walked away from a proposed deal to build an estimated 20,000 lakefront homes in Chicago. Emerald Living, which (...)

The ordination last month of Dermot Farrell as Bishop of Ossory. Nine episcopal vacancies will by next year need to be filled. Photograph: John McElroy

Usually, talk in the Catholic Church about staff shortages centres on country parishes having to consider closing churches, cutting down on the number(...)

Rahm Emanuel, the mayor of Chicago, visited the Circle of Life Garden in Salthill on Tuesday after he was conferred with an honorary degree at NUI Galway.  Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

US mayor of Chicago Rahm Emanuel has said that cities have to “step forward” and “fill the political void” left by national governments and internatio(...)

Members of a lobby group for undocumented Irish. Photograph: Douglas Graham/Roll Call/Getty Images

Government envoy John Deasy has queried the number of undocumented Irish in the United States, suggesting it is much lower than the 50,000 figure usua(...)

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