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Barack Obama wishes to visit Ireland

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US President Barack Obama says he enjoyed his visit to Ireland last year so much that he wants to do it all over again.

He told the Irish Taoiseach, Enda Kenny, that he will be returning sometime after the Presidential Election of November 2012.

The Hobbit is translated into Irish

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The J R Tolkien classic The Hobbit is being translated into the Irish language.

John Ronald Reuel Tolkien author of The Hobbit
Tolkien

Evertype Publishers from Westport in Co Mayo have bought the rights to produce an Irish version of the novel, which introduces the character Frodo, who later goes on to destroy the ring in the climax to the trilogy, The Lord of the Rings.

The Irish version is not expected to be a bestseller, but Evertype owner Michael Everson believes it will be sufficiently popular with international book collectors to make it a financial success.

Irishmen considered ugliest in the world

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The Republic of Ireland has been named as the country with the second least attractive men in the world by a leading dating website.

The announcement comes from website beautifulpeople.com, which generated the results by asking the members of the site to rate new applicants based on their looks.

When a new applicant wants to join they must upload a photograph of themselves for other members to view.

The photograph is then shown to members of the opposite sex who have already passed the test to become members of the site.

Once Upon a Secret – My hidden affair with JFK

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The former mistress of JFK has released a book about her affair with the US President.

JFK
JFK

The author, Mimi Alford, reveals details of her time with the Irish- American when she was an intern at the White House in 1962.

Trainer stunned by reaction to his comment about sex

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Horse trainer Peter Casey admits he is overwhelmed by the reaction to comments he made live on Irish TV over the weekend.

Casey celebrated his horse, Flemenstar, winning at Leopardstown, by telling interviewer Tracey Piggott: “I’ll sleep tonight, I’ll have f**kin’ sex and everything!”

The comments went out live on RTE and instantly became an internet hit.

At last- a helping hand for Irish pubs

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The traditional Irish pub is to receive a much needed shot in the arm from the Irish government amid fears it may have been heading for extinction.

More than a thousand pubs have closed in Ireland over the last six years. There have been a number of factors that have contributed to this trend.

Irish nurses bring their sporting culture to the UK

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A group of Irish nurses working in England have decided to keep in touch with their traditional culture by setting up a Gaelic football team.

The economic downturn in Ireland has driven many key workers, including nurses, to emigrate to the UK and other countries including the US, Canada and Australia.

The surge in emigration over the last few years means there are about 150 Irish nurses now working at the Royal Berkshire hospital, Reading.

Irish film star Liam Neeson may convert to Islam

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Irish Hollywood star Liam Neeson says he is considering converting to Islam.

Liam Neeson copyright Karen Seto cc2Neeson was raised a Catholic and is named after a priest in Ireland. He has played iconic roles throughout his career including the Irish revolutionary Michael Collins, and he famously played a cleric in the film Cal.

He’s also starred in a string of Hollywood blockbusters such as Batman, Star Wars and Schindler’s List.

Time to sing the praises of Irish scientists

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John Philip Holland
John Philip Holland

Ask most people what they think are Ireland’s greatest contributions to the world and they would probably come up with suggestions such as great music, great writers and, of course, great craic and hospitality.

It’s unlikely that scientists would be high on the list, which is a shame because Ireland has had more than its fair share of great inventors and innovators who have made a huge contribution to the world.

Adventure and excitement of a holiday in Ireland

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Three American girls have been let loose in Ireland to explore the country and discover their Irish roots. It’s all part of the Gaelic Girls project. This is the view of the Happy Heart Girl.

They call me the Happy Heart. While the Romantic Girl is here to escape to a dreamland, and The Cultured Cailin is here to soak up the history, I am all about having fun! What excites me the most about Ireland is the adventure, excitement, and entertainment that fills the island with happiness.