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Customer Angus Fleming poses with a pint of Guinness in Mary Mac's pub, Dublin, Ireland, as Ireland further eases restrictions with pubs that serve food, restaurants, cafes, hairdressers and barbers among those allowed to reopen following the coronavirus lockdown, Monday June 29, 2020.  Life became ever so slightly more normal in Ireland on Monday as some restrictions are eased, with pints being pulled in pubs, locked-down hair having locks trimmed and churches admitted congregants, all for the first time since March. (Niall Carson/PA via AP)

Kissing of Blarney Stone resumes as Ireland eases lockdown

Jun. 29, 2020 12:25 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Life became ever so slightly more normal in Ireland on Monday as pints were pulled and locked-down hair was trimmed for the first time since the middle of March. And for the first time since March 13, the Blarney Stone was kissed — a hugely important moment for anyone looking to get...

Fianna Fail party leader Micheal Martin leaves the Dail government in Dublin, where he has been officially elected as the new Irish Premier, Saturday June 27, 2020.  As part of a pact between Martin and former premier Varadkar, Martin will take the role of Premier until December 2021, with Mr Varadkar resuming the role for the remainder of the Government term of office. (Niall Carson/PA via AP)

Ireland's Micheál Martin to lead historic govt coalition

Jun. 27, 2020 2:32 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Centrist politician Micheál Martin became Ireland’s new prime minister Saturday, fusing two longtime rival parties into a coalition four months after an election that upended the status quo. The deal will see Martin’s Fianna Fail govern with Fine Gael — the party of...

FILE - In this Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013 file photo, a Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets player chooses a helmet in the second half of their NCAA college football game against the Pittsburgh Panthers on  in Atlanta. Georgia Tech won 21-10. David Shanahan took an unusual path for an Irish teenager but landed a full scholarship to become a punter for Georgia Tech. (AP Photo/David Tulis, File)

Irish punter moving from dairy farm to Georgia Tech

Jun. 26, 2020 11:03 AM EDT

Townsfolk weren't the only ones curious about what David Shanahan was up to with the funny-looking brown ball. Trading Gaelic footballs for American footballs, Shanahan was booting the pigskin on his uncle’s dairy farm in southwest Ireland. “I had a lot of young calves watching me...

FILE - In this Monday, July 8, 2019 file photo, Spanish Economy Minister Nadia Calvino, left, speaks with President of the eurogroup Mario Centeno during a meeting of the europgroup at the Europa building in Brussels. Spain on Thursday, June 25, 2020 nominated Economy Minister Nadia Calvino as the next head of the 19-nation Eurogroup, one of the EU's most powerful bodies. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo, File)

Ireland, Luxembourg, Spain ministers eye top eurozone job

Jun. 25, 2020 10:59 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — Irish Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe and his Luxembourg counterpart Pierre Gramegna threw their hats into the leadership ring Thursday, joining Spain’s Economy Minister Nadia Calviño as official candidates to head the powerful bloc of 19 nations using Europe’s single...

Irish trucker in court over deaths of 39 people in container

Jun. 24, 2020 10:52 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — An Irish truck driver appeared in an English court Wednesday, accused of the manslaughter of 39 people who were found dead in a container in southeastern England in an apparent people-smuggling tragedy. Ronan Hughes, 40, appeared by at Southend Magistrates Court, east of London, by video link...

FILE - In this April 10, 1961, file photo, President John F. Kennedy and his sister, Jean Kennedy Smith, watch an opening day baseball game at Griffith Stadium in Washington.  Smith, the youngest sister and last surviving sibling of President John F. Kennedy, died at 92, her daughter Kym confirmed to the New York Times. (AP Photo/File)

Jean Kennedy Smith dies at 92; last surviving sibling of JFK

Jun. 18, 2020 5:46 PM EDT

Jean Kennedy Smith, who was the last surviving sibling of President John F. Kennedy and who as a U.S. ambassador played a key role in the peace process in Northern Ireland, has died, relatives said Thursday. She was 92. Former U.S. Rep. Patrick Kennedy, Smith’s nephew, confirmed her death Wednesday at her...

Norway's ambassador to the United Nations, Mona Juul, casts a vote during U.N. elections, Wednesday, June 17, 2020, at U.N. headquarters in New York. Norway and Ireland won contested seats on the powerful U.N. Security Council Wednesday in a series of U.N. elections held under dramatically different voting procedures because of the COVID-19 pandemic. (Eskinder Debebe/UN Photo via AP)

Norway, Ireland win UN council seats in vote amid pandemic

Jun. 17, 2020 7:46 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Norway and Ireland won contested seats on the powerful U.N. Security Council Wednesday in a series of U.N. elections held under dramatically different voting procedures because of the COVID-19 pandemic. In the most closely watched race, Canada lost out to the two European countries...

UN nations to elect new Security Council members Wednesday

Jun. 16, 2020 4:40 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. General Assembly is holding elections Wednesday, including for two hotly contested seats on the U.N. Security Council. Five new council members are elected every year and this year Canada, Ireland and Norway are battling for two Western seats and Kenya and Djibouti are...

Fianna Fail leader Micheal Martin speaks to members of the media, outside the Government Buildings after Fianna Fail, Fine Gael and the Greens finalised the text of a draft programme for the government four months on from the election, in Dublin, Monday June 15, 2020. Martin is set to become Ireland's next premier. (Niall Carson/PA via AP)

Rival Irish parties strike deal to form coalition government

Jun. 15, 2020 10:03 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Ireland’s long-dominant rival political parties said Monday they have agreed on terms for a coalition government, four months after an election that shook the country’s political landscape. The deal will see Fine Gael — the party of incumbent Prime Minister Leo Varadkar...

FILE - In this Sept. 11, 2019, file photo, Tyson Fury smiles during a news conference in Las Vegas. An all-British world heavyweight title showdown between Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury in 2021 is a step closer. Fury said Wednesday, June 10, 2020, that an agreement has been reached with Joshua's camp on a two-fight deal between the current holders of the heavyweight belts. (AP Photo/Isaac Brekken, File)

Promoter behind Fury-Joshua deal provokes outrage in Ireland

Jun. 11, 2020 1:03 PM EDT

DUBLIN (AP) — The boxing promoter helping to arrange the all-British heavyweight fight between Tyson Fury and Anthony Joshua is the subject of dialogue between authorities in Ireland and the United Arab Emirates because of his links to organized crime. Daniel Kinahan, an Irishman currently based in the...