Ted Kennedy

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Assassination, from Latin assassinare, ‘to kill wrongfully by surprise/suddenly’.

It is safe to say there are few among our 2020 batch of new pensioners who don’t remember where they were on November 22nd, 1963. They would have bee(...)

US president Donald Trump stands with newly sworn-in supreme court justice Amy Coney Barrett during a ceremonial event on the South Lawn of the White House. Photograph; Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images

At any other time, the vote to confirm Amy Coney Barrett to the supreme court would dominate US media coverage for weeks. But coming as it does in the(...)

US senator Ed Markey raises hands with his wife, Susan Blumenthal, after speaking at a primary election night event at Malden Public Library on September 1st, 2020 in Malden, Massachusetts. Photograph: Allison Dinner/Getty Images

Senator Ed Markey staved off a Democratic primary challenge from Joe Kennedy III on Tuesday, the first time a member of the Kennedy family has lost a (...)

 Former US president Bill Clinton and John Hume  at the Citywest Hotel in Dublin in May 2005. File photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins

British prime minister Boris Johnson and two of his predecessors, John Major and Tony Blair, paid tribute on Monday to the late John Hume. Mr Hume, (...)

 Gerry Adams, president of Sinn Féin at the time, walking in a St Patrick’s Day parade in New York. Photograph: James Leynse/Corbis via Getty Images

As Brexit threatens to raise its head again as negotiations intensify between British and EU officials, the impact on Northern Ireland will be keenly (...)

Downtown Washington:  virtually all the city’s  shops and restaurants are closed due to coronavirus.  Photograph: Jonathan Ernst

It takes a few seconds before the answer message kicks in. “Hello, This is Billy Martin. I want to personally thank you for calling. However, due to (...)

Patrick Schwarzenegger in Daniel Isn’t Real: ‘The first time I read the script I sat there thinking: what the heck is this?’

When one encounters a young, up-and-coming American star named Patrick, it’s customary to ask if there’s some Irish ancestry. In the case of Patrick S(...)

Ashford Castle: The original castle dates back to 1228, when it was built as a stronghold for the Anglo Norman de Burgo family.

A number of years ago I had an American boyfriend who was keen to see Cong, home of the 1952 film The Quiet Man, and Ashford Castle. Americans tend to(...)

Joseph P. Kennedy and his wife Rosemary Kennedy pose with their nine children for this picture in 1938 at Bronxville. From left are, seated: Eunice, Jean, Edward (on lap of his father), Patricia, and Kathleen. Standing: Rosemary, Robert, John, Mrs Kennedy, and Joseph, Jr. Photograph: Boston Globe/AP Photo

“It started about five years ago,” explains composer Brian Irvine. We’re talking in a studio at Dance Ireland at the end of a day’s rehearsal of his n(...)

Question 100: What was Father Ted’s routine explanation for alleged financial misconduct?

What was Father Ted’s money doing? What did Mary Robinson’s electors rock in 1990? And could Lindsay Lohan play soccer for the Republic of Ireland? (...)

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