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 J R Tolkien classic The Hobbit is being translated into the Irish language.
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.
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.
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.
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 Hollywood star Liam Neeson says he is considering converting to Islam.
Neeson 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.
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.
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.