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  • Ireland performs first legal abortion after Savita case August 23, 2013

    London: Ireland's first life-saving pregnancy termination has been carried out under a new law following last year's tragic death of an Indian woman who died after being refused an abortion at an Irish hospital. The country's first legal termination was carried out on a woman who had an unviable 18-week pregnancy and...
  • McIlroy hopes for a late start to his season August 22, 2013

    New Jersey: Rory McIlroy knew the rules going into last year's FedEx Cup playoffs, which didn't make it any easier to digest. He won the Deutsche Bank Championship after a duel with Louis Oosthuizen. The next week at Crooked Stick, he blew away a powerful leaderboard that featured Tiger Woods, Phil...
  • End of the road: cricket's surprise retirements August 18, 2013

    Following the shock retirement of Zimbabwe's Kyle Jarvis on Sunday, Cricketnext takes a look at other instances of international players calling it quits unexpectedly. At the age of 24, Jarvis surprised many by announcing his retirement form international cricket with immediate effect to pursue a career in county cricket and...
  • McIlroy opens PGA title defence with an impressive first round August 9, 2013

    Rochester, New York: Like his new haircut, Rory McIlroy's oneunder 69 in the opening round of the PGA Championship earned the Northern Irishman mixed reviews on Thursday. McIlroy got his title defence off to a brilliant start with three birdies in his first four holes to charge up the leaderboard. But the...
  • Newlook McIlroy aims for change in form at Oak Hill August 8, 2013

    New York: Rory McIlroy will launch his title defence at this week's PGA Championship with a change in hairstyle and fervent hopes for a change in his golfing form. The Northern Irishman has struggled since switching his club brand at the start of the season to Nike in a lucrative deal...
  • O'Brien relishes his return to the Caribbean July 19, 2013

    Bridgetown, Barbados: Ireland's Kevin O'Brien who launched his international career in the Caribbean says he is relishing a return to the region where it all started for him. The 29yearold allrounder, who burst on to the international scene in the Caribbean at the 2007 ICC Cricket World Cup, says the region...
  • Top three teams from Dublin to qualify for ICC World Twenty20 July 16, 2013

    Dubai: The ICC on Tuesday announced a revised schedule for the Women's World Twenty20 Qualifier in Dublin this year which will now see top three teams from the event advancing to next year's World Twenty20 in Bangladesh instead of one. Following an ICC Board decision during the ICC annual conference week...
  • Former Ireland skipper Trent Johnston to retire July 15, 2013

    London: Former Ireland captain Trent Johnston announced on Monday that he plans to retire from international cricket in December. Australiaborn Johnston has played 186 times for Ireland, appearing in both the 2007 and 2011 World Cups, but the pace bowler admits the strain of competing at the highest level is starting...
  • Ireland: New law allows abortion if mother's life is in danger July 12, 2013

    New Delhi: Abortion is now legal in Ireland on condition that it will save the life of the mother. The Irish Parliament passed the proabortion Bill after 48 hours of negotiations, all sparked by the Savita Halappanavar case. The law came eight months late for 31 year old Savita Halappanavar who...
  • Even as Ireland votes to legalise abortion, Savita's father says justice not done to them July 12, 2013

    The Ireland government has voted 127 to 31 to legalise abortion for lifesaving cases. This comes after a day's heated debate following the death of 31yearold Indian dentist Savita Hallapanavar, after being denied a lifesaving abortion. But Savita's father AS Yalgi said he wants justice. The guilty should be punished,...
  • Ireland votes to legalise abortion in lifesaving cases July 12, 2013

    Eight months after 31yearold Indian dentist Savita Halappanavar died from pregnancy complications, the Ireland government has legalised abortions in lifesaving cases. This is a first for the Catholic country. ...
  • ICC congratulates Ireland on 2015 WC qualification July 10, 2013

    Dubai: The ICC on Wednesday congratulated Ireland for becoming the first associate team to qualify for the 2015 Cricket World Cup, saying they played "extremely well" and hoped the side will repeat their giantkilling performances of the 2007 and 2011 edition. Ireland became the first Affiliate side to qualify for the...
  • Ireland tie with Netherlands, earn 2015 World Cup spot July 10, 2013

    Amsterdam: Ireland became the first team to qualify for the 2015 Cricket World Cup on Tuesday after a thrilling tie with the Netherlands in Amsterdam. Ed Joyce topscored for Ireland with an unbeaten 96 in a competitive total of 268 for 5. But South Africanborn Michael Rippon, playing only his second...
  • Ireland, Netherlands lock horns to ensure berth in ICC WC 2015 July 6, 2013

    Dubai: Ireland and the Netherlands will lock horns in a double header of the ICC World Cricket League Championship (WCLC) to ensure their qualification for the 50over World Cup in 2015. Ireland, who had topped on table with 17 points, will look forward to winning their matches against the 'Orange Brigade'...
  • Ireland call up 13yearold for Women's World T20 qualifiers July 2, 2013

    Dublin: Lucy O'Reilly is in line to become the second youngest cricketer to play a women's international match after being called into Ireland's squad on Monday for their World Twenty20 qualifiers later this month. The 13yearold is an allrounder with the Women's 1st XI of Dublin's YMCA club and the...
  • Ashes ambition behind Boyd Rankin's nationality switch June 27, 2013

    London: Former Ireland fast bowler Boyd Rankin says the chance to play Test cricket lay behind his decision to switch nationalities and play for England. Rankin, who made 52 oneday international appearances for Ireland, changed allegiance last year and, having established himself with county side Warwickshire, the 6ft 8in...
  • Pat Cummins set for Irish return June 18, 2013

    Belfast: Rising Australia fast bowling hope Pat Cummins is to make an unusual return to action from injury by playing for the Northern Ireland Cricket Academy in Belfast on Wednesday. The 20yearold will play against Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) before switching side two days later to play against Ireland Under19s,...
  • Fawad Ahmed wicketless in opening Australia A stint June 17, 2013

    Belfast: Australia legspin hope and possible Ashes callup Fawad Ahmed went wicketless in his first representative bowling stint for his adopted country on Sunday. The former Pakistani asylumseeker, who did not bat in Australia's A first innings 312 for 9 declared against Ireland in Belfast, returned figures of none for 40...
  • Ireland: Hospital staff failed to adequately assess Savita Halappanavar, says report June 13, 2013

    Staff at an Irish hospital failed to adequately assess and monitor Indian dentist Savita Halappanavar who died after suffering a miscarriage, a key report on her death said on Thursday and warned that such incidents could happen again in the absence of clarity on abortion law. A clinical inquiry into...
  • Fighting Ireland hold India to a 44 draw in Rotterdam June 13, 2013

    Rotterdam: Rupinderpal Singh scored two goals as India survived a scare before eking out a 44 draw against lowerranked Ireland in a hardfought Pool B match in the men's competition of the FIH World League Round 3, here on Thursday. Rupinderpal (40th, 66th minute) converted two penalty corners in the second...
  • As it happened: India vs Ireland, FIH Hockey World League June 13, 2013

    A spiriting Ireland outfit held India to a 44 draw in the opening match of the FIH Hockey World League Round 3, which also doubles up as the World Cup qualifier, at Rotterdam on Thursday. Rupinderpal Singh (40th and 65th) scored two goals for India off penalty corners, with Shivendra...
  • Irish court rules Sikhs can't wear turban on duty May 31, 2013

    London: A Sikh man in Ireland has lost his appeal in a court to be allowed to wear the turban while on duty in a volunteer group for that country's police force. High court Judge Kevin Feeney in Ireland Thursday dismissed the appeal by Ravinder Singh Oberoi to be allowed to...
  • England held 11 by Ireland in peaceful match May 30, 2013

    London: At least this time England and Ireland managed to complete their match. A scrappy, but peaceful, 11 draw on Wednesday left both teams at Wembley Stadium breathing a huge sigh of relief. This was the first time the rivals had faced each other on a football pitch since hooliganism forced...
  • PCB welcomes Ireland's plan to tour Pakistan May 28, 2013

    Karachi: PCB chief Zaka Ashraf has said they would welcome any move by the Ireland Cricket Association to send its team to Pakistan for a tour. The Irish cricket chief executive recently said that they would like to send their team to Pakistan provided they were given full assurances and...
  • Pakistan beat Ireland to win 2match ODI series May 27, 2013

    Dublin: Kamran Akmal and tailender Wahab Riaz made a late recovery to help Pakistan beat Ireland by two wickets on Sunday to win 10 in the twomatch, oneday international series. Akmal scored 81 off 85 balls and Riaz plundered four sixes and four fours in an unbeaten 47 off 35...
  • Misbah seeks improvement after tied Ireland ODI May 25, 2013

    Dublin: Misbah ulHaq has told his Pakistan team they must improve in all three departments ahead of Sunday's series decider with Ireland. Kevin O'Brien hit a dramatic four off the last ball of the first oneday international on Thursday to deny Pakistan victory and earn Ireland a dramatic tie ...
  • O'Brien gives Ireland thrilling tie with Pakistan May 24, 2013

    Dublin: Pakistan could manage only a tie in the first oneday international against Ireland at a bitterly cold Clontarf on Thursday after Kevin O'Brien hit the last ball of the match for four. Set a DuckworthLewis target of 276 to win in 47 overs, Ireland needed 15 off the last...
  • Visa issue delays Shoaib Malik's departure for Ireland May 14, 2013

    Karachi: Pakistan's former captain, Shoaib Malik and the vigilance officer Major (retd) Asghar could not leave with the national team for Ireland early Tuesday morning due to visa problems. While the rest of the squad departed as per schedule from Lahore airport, Malik and Asghar were left behind and will...
  • Savita's death: Midwives warn of more tragedies May 13, 2013

    London: Midwives and nurses in Ireland have warned that staff shortages at maternity units in the country could lead to a repeat of system failures that were blamed for Savita Halappanavar's death. The 31yearold dentist had died at Galway University Hospital on October 28, 2012, after a miscarriage at 17...