Easter Saturday: Irish stewed kid with Guinness and prunes

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GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Tomorrow is the classic roast, gigot d’agneau, for Easter dinner at our house. I’ve been longing, however, for the Easter meal I had when I lived on the west coast of Ireland, young goat (kid) stewed gently in Guinness, with prunes, onion and garlic. A packet of kid, labelled “1/2 cabri”, nearly […]

The messy legal side of 21st century motherhood

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Motherhood has never been a simple business, but surrogacy is complicating even the legal definition of “mother”, on at least two continents. In Ireland the surrogate mother of twins and the babies’ genetic mother, who is the surrogate’s sister, have won a landmark court case for their family, reports the Irish Times. […]

Sports, weekend round-up: Italy beat France in Six Nations rugby

Baltimore takes the Superbowl despite power failure ROME, ITALY – Italy blew open the Six Nations rugby tournament by beating favourites France 23-18, 3 February. The Italians dominated the game with their driving forward power against a dispirited French team. In the Saturday games England comfortably beat Scotland and Ireland beat the 2012 Grand Slam […]

Irish property tycoon found after apparent kidnapping

8 months after disappearance, starving McGeever found wandering on road GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Kevin McGeever, an Irish property tycoon who was known for making his money selling homes in Dubai to wealthy Irish and British buyers, was found Friday 1 February in western Ireland, wandering shoeless and in an extremely emaciated condition. A couple driving […]

Uganda promises Ireland to repay aid money that went astray

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Ireland has suspended €16 million in Irish money earmarked for Uganda, to be channeled through the Ugandan government, after it appears that €4m disappeared through fraud, from Ireland’s 2011 contribution to the African nation. Uganda has assured the Irish government the money will be repaid, Irish Foreign Affairs Minister Eamon Gilmore confirmed […]

Concern grows in Ireland over “gangland killings”

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – The murders of two men Monday 24 September in Dublin, the latest in a string of what Irish police are labeling “gangland killings“, have increased public concern over the killings. The men were assassinated 12 hours apart, and in both cases they were killed in front of their children, an 77-year-old boy […]

Oldest billionnaire, who loved horse power, dies in Zurich

Walter Haefner imported cars to Switzerland, then founded one of horse world’s great stables ZURICH, SWITZERLAND – Walter Haefner died at the age of 101 last week in Zurich. His death is making headlines largely because he was the world’s oldest billionnaire, who has now made room for a 97-year-old Rockefeller, but he is also […]

Irish girl makes N Pole record as guards protect Pole marathoners

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Ireland’s eight-year-old Jaimie Donovan this week became the youngest person to stand at the North Pole, reports the Irish Times, in a visit to her father, endurance runner Richard Donovan, whose own claim to recent fame is to have run seven marathons on seven continents in five days. Jaimie was visiting her […]

Irish report on children’s death in state care “harrowing”

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – An independent report into the deaths of 115 children in state care in Ireland,  was described as “very harrowing” by the country’s Minister for Children Frances Fitzgerald. She spoke on RTE’s Morning Ireland Thursday 22 March. The account, compiled by the children’s charity Barnardos reports on the deaths of children from unnatural […]

Sports, Six Nations Rugby: Grand Slam glory for Wales

MILLLENIUM STADIUM, CARDIFF, WALES – The Welsh team completed their  Grand Slam, which involves winning all the Six Nations matches in a season, with a 16-9 win over France, 17 March. It was their third slam in eight years and brought comparisons with the great 1970s team led by Mervyn Davies,who died the previous day. […]