people at a concert

Dublin or Lower Broadway? Thousands of Garth Brooks fans celebrate his first Irish show in 25 years, cowboy hats and all.

For five nights, over two weekends, Garth Brooks is playing in Ireland’s largest stadium, and for the first time in 25 years. And the 400,000 or so fans who snagged tickets seem determined to make the most of it.

travelers tagging bags

‘The summer of stress’: Amid airline staffing shortages, lost luggage rates have soared

Palestinian protesters fly Palestinian flags and flags of the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine, DFLP, during clashes with Israeli soldiers at the entrance the Jewish settlement of Beit El, background near the West Bank city of Ramallah.

The politics of Ireland’s enduring support for Palestinians

Conflict & Justice
Violet Gibson made international headlines when she shot Italian dictator Benito Mussolini, on April 7, 1926, but she has long been forgotten.

The woman who shot Benito Mussolini was forgotten for decades. Ireland wants to change that.

View of the mass grave at the Bon Secours mother-and-baby Home, Tuam County Galway Republic of Ireland.

The Irish govt and Catholic Church apologized for abusive mother-and-baby homes. Survivors say it’s not enough.  

Sacred Nation
a woman and a man stand in front of a closed pub.

With St. Patrick’s Day under lockdown, this fiddler is planning a virtual concert

There should have been corned beef, bagpipe music and parades, but instead, pubs and restaurants are closed down as countries deal with the COVID-19 pandemic. Canadian fiddler Ashley MacIsaac is trying to make St. Patrick’s Day special for those stuck at home.

Silhouettes of laptop users

Facebook content moderators sue over psychological trauma


The lawsuit, which was filed last week, is bringing new scrutiny to the content moderation ecosystem that Facebook and other platforms rely on to police the posts on their platforms.

Activists dressed up as characters from "The Handmaid's Tale" are shown back lit from a low perspective.

The red cloak of ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ is becoming a symbol for reproductive rights

Author Margaret Atwood says “everyone seeing these groups of women know what they mean.”

secondary school Colaiste Raithin

Ireland is asking what role the Catholic Church should play in public education


Ireland is not as Catholic as it used to be. One area where the Church still has a great deal of influence, though, is in the public schools. But some Irish parents want to re-examine the role of religion in educations.

Messages are left at a memorial in Dublin to Savita Halappanava, who died from an infection after miscarrying her first child at an Irish hospital in 2012, one day after Irish voters took part in a national referendum to liberalize abortion laws on May 25

Ireland votes to repeal abortion restrictions, but there’s still a lot to talk about

Right up until the day of the referendum, pretty much everyone thought Ireland’s vote on abortion this past Friday was going to be close. It wasn’t. Two-thirds of voters said “yes” to repealing the country’s constitutional ban on abortion.