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The following are RUC statistics of Northern Ireland violence since the beginning of the Drumcree standoff on July 5 through Sunday: Attacks on RUC/British Army: 598 Shooting incidents: 19 Bombing incidents: 44 Arrests: 254 Firebombs recovered by RUC: 2,237 Incidents of firebomb attacks: 621 Damage to homes:...

By Anne Cadwallader BELFAST – Ninety Catholic families were intimidated or burned out of their homes during the week, hundreds of RUC men were injured, and millions of pounds damage caused to tourism and the economy as Northern Ireland continues to reel from the Drumcree crisis. Hundreds of Orangemen, meanwhile,...

By Anne Cadwallader BELFAST – Black flags of mourning, black balloons and a somber, resentful silence awaited Orangemen as they crossed the River Lagan into the Nationalist Lower Ormeau Road district on Sunday, July 12. Catholic residents had voted to stage a “peaceful dignified protest” on one side of the road...

The weekly Saturday evening Irish community Mass at St. Teresa’s Church in Sunnyside, Queens, will be dedicated this week to the three Quinn brothers. The Mass begins at 7:30. The church is at 44th Street and 50th Avenue.

By Susan Falvella-Garraty WASHINGTON, D.C. – As for the selection of a replacement for outgoing U.S. ambassador to Ireland, Jean Kennedy-Smith, chances for Senate confirmation during this session are dimming. Michael Sullivan, former Democratic governor of Wyoming, is waiting in the wings as the Clinton...

By Jim Smith BOSTON – A brazen scam artist took exploitation of Irish students to a new level last week when he entered an apartment building in Brookline, found a set of keys to a vacant apartment, and ended up renting the apartment to three unsuspecting Irish students. The bizarre chain of events began last...

Liam Mason died out of desperation. Friends of the young County Monaghan man have charged that he was driven to killing himself last month by the exploitation he suffered while working in New Jersey. This week, federal officials have said they will open an investigation into those allegations. With an initial...

No battles are ever fought without the loss of blood. But in Northern Ireland, it is usually the blood of innocents that is shed. A grim and tragic example of this occurred last weekend in Ballymoney, where the three young Quinn brothers perished in the flames of loyalist bigotry as a firebomb consumed their home. ...

By John Kelly When I was a kid in Dublin, the guy who had the greatest potential to create mayhem was the one who owned the ball. Never did an urchin wield such control. If he didn’t like the way the game was going or if he got a sharp boot on the tenderest part of his shinbone, he could spoil the whole epic. All he...

By Jack Holland The crisis at Drumcree is a reminder of an all-too-easily forgotten fact about the Northern Ireland Troubles, and that is the pivotal role played by extreme Protestants and their organizations. During those decades, the IRA got most of the attention. As a result, loyalists were frequently ignored....