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SI.com: Georgina Turner: Group B puts on compelling show on Day 6updated: Wed Jun 13 2012 20:11:00

Of the 12 matches played so far, only two have been won by more than one goal: Croatia's 3-1 win over Ireland, and Russia's 4-1 thumping of the Czech Republic -- and that managed to stay interesting, if not exactly poised, well beyond halftime. Sometimes a goal for one side has stirred the other (think Ukraine versus Sweden on Day 4), others it has come entirely against the run of play (Denmark versus Netherlands on Day 2). Greece had looked hopeless and dejected after conceding two early goals to the Czech Republic, but found enough confidence to push for an equalizer even despite the fortuitous circumstances that brought about Theofanis Gekas' goal.

SI.com: Jonathan Wilson: Three thoughts: Hard-hitting Jelavic helps Croatia upend Irelandupdated: Sun Jun 10 2012 17:48:00

Here are three thoughts on Croatia's 3-1 win over Ireland in Group C:

SI.com: Raphael Honigstein: Euro 2012 Preview: Irelandupdated: Mon Jun 04 2012 17:52:00

Ireland has been absent from big tournaments in recent years, and this will mark just its second European championship since 1988 in West Germany. The repeated disappointments were reflected in a FIFA ranking that listed Giovanni Trapattoni's team at No. 42 globally when the veteran Italian coach took over in 2008. It was compounded during 2010 World Cup qualifying when it took a narrow, cruel defeat by France in the playoffs -- including a controversial helping hand from Thierry Henry -- to deny Ireland a trip to South Africa. But a turnaround may be in the works: a series of sturdy performances in the Euro qualifiers took the Irish to the finals in Poland/Ukraine.

Ireland votes on EU treatyupdated: Fri Jun 01 2012 08:14:00

CNN's Richard Quest talks to Lucinda Creighton, Irish min. for European affairs, about Ireland voting on EU treaty.

N. Ireland police find unexploded bombupdated: Sat Apr 28 2012 15:34:00

Northern Ireland police find an abandoned van containing a device with 600 pounds of explosives in Newry.

After the roar of the Celtic Tiger, young Irish cubs look overseas for opportunityupdated: Wed Apr 18 2012 09:16:00

The sky is overcast, the wind is howling, and - like every day in Ireland - lashing rain could come at any moment.

Irish Catholic Church looks into claims that priest showed gay porn to parentsupdated: Mon Apr 02 2012 22:34:00

The Catholic Church in Ireland has launched an investigation into claims that a priest accidentally showed gay pornography pictures during a presentation to parents.

Ireland and France draw Six Nations clash in Parisupdated: Mon Mar 05 2012 05:48:00

France and Ireland drew 17-17 in their Six Nations clash at the Stade de France in Paris Sunday.

Irish PM defends Davos commentsupdated: Tue Feb 28 2012 20:01:00

Ireland's PM says European leaders must be honest and work with colleagues to emerge from the financial crisis.

Ireland calls vote on European fiscal pactupdated: Tue Feb 28 2012 20:01:00

Dublin will hold a referendum on the eurozone fiscal pact, plunging Europe into months of uncertainty and potentially placing a question mark over Ireland's membership of the euro.

CNNMoney: Ireland passes latest austerity testupdated: Thu Jan 19 2012 10:38:00

A year after agreeing to a massive bailout, Ireland said Thursday that it has passed the fourth quarterly test set by the International Monetary Fund, the European Union and the European Central Bank.

Ireland's Euro dreamupdated: Tue Nov 15 2011 12:27:00

The last remaining places for European football's showpiece tournament will be decided on Tuesday.

Big away wins for Croatia and Ireland in Euro playoffs updated: Fri Nov 11 2011 17:47:00

Croatia and Republic of Ireland all but sealed their places in Euro 2012 with emphatic away wins in the first leg of their playoff ties Friday.

Could the Celtic Tiger rise again?updated: Thu Nov 10 2011 13:09:00

Ireland --- once Europe's 'Celtic Tiger' -- was last year felled by its black hole of a banking sector, and forced to tap Europe's bailout fund.

Europe's answer to Silicon Valleyupdated: Thu Nov 10 2011 13:09:00

Can Dublin's "Silicon Docks" really offer the same business expertise to Internet companies as Silicon Valley?

Ireland shutters embassies in Vatican, Iran as cost-saving measuresupdated: Fri Nov 04 2011 06:01:00

Financially-strapped Ireland announced its intent Thursday to close embassies in the Vatican and Iran, explaining it was not worthwhile to keep them open especially given its own dire economic straits.

Gerry Adams: Basque peace move an essential step updated: Fri Oct 21 2011 12:27:00

The decisive and positive terms of ETA's response to Monday's "Declaration" in Donostia-San Sebastian by the International Conference group is to be welcomed, as is the response of the Spanish government and others.

The Catholic church has an app for thatupdated: Mon Oct 17 2011 07:28:00

The Catholic Church in Ireland is going high-tech in a bid to reverse a dramatic decline in the number of priests.

Ireland in quarters after crushing Italyupdated: Sun Oct 02 2011 12:10:00

Ireland reached the quarterfinals of the rugby World Cup Sunday with an emphatic 36-6 victory over Italy at the Otago Stadium.

Golf: GB and Ireland hold on for winupdated: Sun Sep 18 2011 15:35:00

Great Britain & Ireland had to withstand a withering onslaught from Continental Europe before retaining the Vivendi Seve Trophy at St- Nom-La-Breteche in France Sunday.

Golf: GB and Ireland close on victoryupdated: Sat Sep 17 2011 17:52:00

Great Britain & Ireland need just three points in the concluding singles to retain the Vivendi Seve Trophy after dominating the third day Saturday in France.

Rugby: Ireland shock Wallabies in World Cupupdated: Sat Sep 17 2011 14:17:00

Ireland upset the Australian Wallabies 15-6 at Eden Park Saturday to top Pool C of the Rugby World Cup.

European team fight back against Britain and Irelandupdated: Fri Sep 16 2011 15:51:00

Great Britain and Ireland hold a narrow one point lead over Continental Europe after the second day of the Videndi Seve Trophy in Paris, after the European team won three of the five fourballs on Friday.

Ireland ramps up battle with Vatican over child abuseupdated: Sun Sep 04 2011 13:48:00

Ireland stepped up its battle with the Roman Catholic Church over child abuse Sunday, with Justice Minister Alan Shatter vowing to pass a law requiring priests to report suspicions of child abuse, even if they learn about them in confession.

Explainer: The power of credit rating agenciesupdated: Fri Jul 15 2011 09:53:00

The political infighting in Washington took on global importance Thursday when the ratings agency Standard & Poor's released a report saying it would downgrade the world's largest economy's credit rating if a deal to raise its debt ceiling is not agreed on soon.

What NOT to do in Dublinupdated: Mon Jun 27 2011 10:43:00

Matador Network's Eva Sandoval lays out the city's most avoidable attractions...and what you should do instead.

Gerry Adams: Queen's Ireland regret not enoughupdated: Thu May 19 2011 12:34:00

Queen Elizabeth II's expression of sympathy for those who suffered during the long, bloody conflict between Ireland and England does not go far enough, the head of the Irish republican Sinn Fein party said Thursday.

Historic royal visit divides cash-strapped Irishupdated: Thu May 19 2011 05:04:00

It is a state visit that many in Ireland believed would never happen. But when the UK's Queen Elizabeth II lands in Dublin on Tuesday it will mark the reconciliation between two neighboring countries that once viewed each with suspicion and hostility.

Queen Elizabeth visits site of British massacreupdated: Wed May 18 2011 13:21:00

Queen Elizabeth II visited Croke Park stadium in Dublin Wednesday on the second day of her landmark tour of Ireland.

People.com: The Queen Goes Green in Irelandupdated: Wed May 18 2011 09:30:00

Queen Elizabeth will spend four days on her historic visit to the country

Queen visit 'forward looking, positive'updated: Tue May 17 2011 13:03:00

The director of a cultural show Queen Elizabeth II will see explains what her visit means to him as an Irishman.

Lawmaker: Irish should not roll out 'green carpet' for Queen Elizabethupdated: Tue May 17 2011 13:03:00

A few weeks ago I suggested in the Dáil (Irish Parliament) that the queen of England might be politely asked to contribute to the cost of her bed & breakfast during her visit to Ireland this week.

Ireland battens down ahead of queen's visitupdated: Tue May 17 2011 05:45:00

The biggest security operation ever seen in Ireland is being put in place ahead of Queen Elizabeth's visit next week.

Ireland taxpayers carry $34B bank bail-out, senior creditors avoid hitupdated: Fri Apr 01 2011 16:08:00

Ireland was hit with a ratings downgrade Friday, following The Central Bank of Ireland's revelations the country's banks need a further €24 billion ($34 billion) to enable the sector to cope with further economic shocks.

Ireland awaits election resultupdated: Sun Feb 27 2011 16:08:00

Ballots are being counted after Ireland's elections, with the country's ruling party expected to be voted out of office.

Ireland's ruling party suffers worst defeat ever in voteupdated: Sat Feb 26 2011 23:03:00

The main opposition party in Ireland, Fine Gael, is claiming victory in the country's first general election since it accepted a multibillion-dollar financial bailout last year.

Six dead in Ireland plane crashupdated: Thu Feb 10 2011 14:03:00

Six people were killed and six were injured when a small plane crashed at Cork Airport in southern Ireland on Thursday, local officials said.

Ireland sets date for general electionupdated: Tue Feb 01 2011 14:26:00

The Irish government announced Tuesday that the country's general election will be held February 25 -- the first national vote since Ireland accepted a multibillion-dollar bailout package late last year in an effort to rebound from economic turmoil.

Ireland's governing party picks new leaderupdated: Wed Jan 26 2011 12:10:00

Ireland's governing party elected former Foreign Minister Micheal Martin to replace embattled Irish Prime Minister Brian Cowen, the party said Wednesday.

2010: Pope 'sorry' for Ireland abuseupdated: Wed Jan 19 2011 11:18:00

In March 2010, Cardinal Sean Brady read a letter from Pope Benedict XVI on sexual abuse by Catholic priests in Ireland.

10 trips for every type of travelerupdated: Mon Jan 10 2011 22:12:00

While it's true that most travel destinations aren't like haute couture -- "in" one year and "out" the next -- there are some points on the map particularly worth visiting in 2011.

Moody's slashes Ireland's credit ratingupdated: Fri Dec 17 2010 09:35:00

Moody's has downgraded debt-stricken Ireland by five notches just days after the Irish parliament approved a multi-billion euro international bailout.

Court condemns Irish ban on abortionupdated: Thu Dec 16 2010 08:14:00

The European Court of Human Rights condemned Ireland's laws on abortion Thursday, ruling the country violated the human rights of a woman forced to go abroad to end her pregnancy.

Debt-stricken Ireland unveils 2011 budgetupdated: Wed Dec 08 2010 04:04:00

Debt-stricken Ireland unveiled a tough new budget Tuesday, changing the income tax system, raising taxes on gasoline and diesel fuel, and reducing benefits for parents.

4 arrested after police find car bomb near Northern Irelandupdated: Wed Dec 01 2010 07:27:00

Police in the Republic of Ireland arrested four men after finding a bomb in a car near the border with Northern Ireland, authorities said Wednesday.

Ireland getting $113 billion bailoutupdated: Mon Nov 29 2010 09:33:00

European Union finance ministers unanimously agree on an $113 billion bailout package for Ireland.

EU leaders announce $113 billion bailout package for Irelandupdated: Mon Nov 29 2010 03:45:00

European Union finance ministers on Sunday agreed on an 85 billion euro (U.S. $113 billion) bailout package for Ireland.

Swedish PM on Irelandupdated: Sat Nov 27 2010 12:07:00

CNN's Max Foster talks with Swedish Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt about Ireland's austerity measures.

Protesters march through Dublin over Irish austerity planupdated: Sat Nov 27 2010 12:07:00

Tens of thousands of people demonstrated on the streets of Dublin, Ireland, on Saturday against the government's austerity plan.

CNNMoney: Europe's new contagion worriesupdated: Sat Nov 27 2010 07:47:00

The European contagion is back, as virulent as ever, posing a new risk to the health of the global financial system and economic recovery.

Sweden set to help Ireland dig out from its economic woesupdated: Fri Nov 26 2010 06:46:00

The prime minister of Sweden said Thursday his country's offer to loan Ireland $1.5 billion to help it through a tight financial spot is not wholly altruistic.

Bailouts too high a price for eurozone?updated: Thu Nov 25 2010 09:43:00

Greece may be on the road to recovery according to the International Monetary Fund (IMF), but the economic crisis engulfing its eurozone partners Ireland, Spain and Portugal has raised questions about the future of Europe's common currency.

Which country needs the next bailout?updated: Thu Nov 25 2010 09:43:00

With so many European countries needing bailouts, does it make sense to act proactively before the money is needed?

Ireland's austerity planupdated: Thu Nov 25 2010 01:15:00

CNN's Jim Boulden reports from Dublin where higher taxes are on the table in a bold austerity plan to help save the nation's economy.

Ireland austerity plan: Higher taxes, fewer benefitsupdated: Thu Nov 25 2010 01:15:00

The Irish government Wednesday unveiled its four-year plan to cut public spending and increase taxes -- part of the painful measures the country must take to reduce its national debt.

CNNMoney: Bond prices rise on Korea, Ireland worriesupdated: Tue Nov 23 2010 16:22:00

Treasury prices rose Tuesday for the third straight session, as investors shied away from risky assets following military tensions in Korea and debt problems in Ireland.

How to save Irelandupdated: Tue Nov 23 2010 09:34:00

Irish Prime Minister Brian Cowen announces a four year plan to get Ireland back on its feet.

UK offers Ireland $11 billion loan as bailout talks continueupdated: Mon Nov 22 2010 22:55:00

As Europe and the International Monetary Fund hammer out the the final details of an Irish rescue package worth tens of billions, the British government Monday offered a direct loan to Ireland worth $11.3 billion (£7 billion).

Spotlight on Irelandupdated: Mon Nov 22 2010 22:55:00

CNN's Richard Quest looks at the dire situation Ireland is in financially.

CNNMoney: Bank worries drag down stocksupdated: Mon Nov 22 2010 16:55:00

Bank stocks took a beating Monday after reports of a Wall Street insider trading probe, holding stocks back despite news of Ireland's bailout.

CNNMoney: Stocks headed for a weak startupdated: Mon Nov 22 2010 08:27:00

U.S. stocks were poised to open lower to kick off a holiday-shortened week Monday, as news of progress on Ireland's rescue package underlined concerns about other troubled European economies.

Ireland facing emigration againupdated: Mon Nov 22 2010 06:42:00

From students to sports stars, Ireland is facing another wave of emigration as Jim Boulden reports.

CNNMoney: Irish debt talks send Treasuries lowerupdated: Thu Nov 18 2010 17:06:00

U.S. Treasury prices declined Thursday, as investors digested fresh signals out of Ireland that it may be close to a debt bailout deal.

Loan expected amid Irish debt crisis visitupdated: Thu Nov 18 2010 11:12:00

Officials from the International Monetary Fund and European Central Bank were in Ireland on Thursday to examine the country's debt crisis -- a visit that could result in a substantial loan, the head of the Irish Central Bank said.

EU finance ministers discuss Irish debt crisisupdated: Wed Nov 17 2010 07:01:00

Ireland's economic problems were expected to dominate Wednesday's regular meeting of European Union economic and finance ministers in Brussels, Belgium.

Eurogroup ministers discuss Ireland money crisisupdated: Tue Nov 16 2010 18:09:00

European ministers began talks Tuesday on how to resolve the financial troubles of Ireland, even as the republic denied it was facing default and had asked for help.

CNNMoney: Irish prime minister dismisses bailout rumorsupdated: Tue Nov 16 2010 13:56:00

Ireland is not asking for a big bailout for its banks, despite fears that its financial sector could collapse under the weight of a massive debt crisis.

Ireland denies needing bailout amid market fearsupdated: Mon Nov 15 2010 18:12:00

Ireland is not on the verge of defaulting on debts, its Ministry of Finance insisted Monday, amid international fears that Ireland's financial troubles threaten the stability of the European currency the euro.

Concern grows as Dublin spurns helpupdated: Mon Nov 15 2010 05:53:00

Irish officials insisted on Sunday that they did not need fiscal assistance from the European Union, even as pressure mounted on Dublin to accept aid and present plans to restructure its banking system.

Ireland haunted by 'ghost estates'updated: Mon Nov 15 2010 05:53:00

Ireland's economic downturn has seen unfinished housing developments litter the country. Carol Jordan reports.

N. Ireland police seek cyclist after bomb attackupdated: Sat Nov 06 2010 08:31:00

Police in Northern Ireland said Saturday they were looking for a person on a bicycle who threw a bomb at police officers, wounding three of them.

Authorities investigate deadly helicopter crash in N. Irelandupdated: Sun Oct 24 2010 09:48:00

Authorities on Sunday were investigating a deadly helicopter crash in Northern Ireland.

Ireland clockwise: A 10-day road trip on the left side of the roadupdated: Tue Oct 19 2010 14:10:00

Livestock have the best views in Ireland.

Ireland releases 8 held in terror sweepupdated: Mon Oct 11 2010 16:49:00

Seven men and a woman arrested as part of an anti-terror sweep in Ireland have been released without charge, Irish police said Monday.

2 charged after Irish terror sweepupdated: Sun Oct 10 2010 14:11:00

Two men arrested in Ireland under anti-terrorism laws have been charged and appeared in court Sunday, Irish police said.

Ireland says 9 arrests are connected to IRAupdated: Sat Oct 09 2010 06:13:00

Nine people have been arrested in the Republic of Ireland in connection with dissident activity by the Irish Republican Army, Irish police said Saturday.

Explainer: Ireland's economic anguishupdated: Thu Sep 30 2010 22:19:00

Ireland's government and central bank revealed on Thursday that the cost of bailing out the country's crisis-stricken commercial banks could now be as much as €50 billion ($69 billion).

CNNMoney: Ireland and Spain reignite euro zone fearsupdated: Thu Sep 30 2010 09:16:00

Fears about Europe's debt crisis ramped up again Thursday, after Ireland's central bank unveiled a $46 billion bank bailout and Moody's downgraded Spain's credit rating.

CNNMoney: Wall Street: Bring on the profit reportsupdated: Mon Jul 19 2010 17:46:00

Stocks closed higher Monday, recovering from earlier weakness, as optimism about corporate results due this week outweighed ongoing concerns about the economy.

Rating the credit ratersupdated: Mon Jul 19 2010 06:15:00

CNN's Colleen McEdwards speak to CNN.com's Kevin Voigt on the power wielded by credit rating agencies.

CNNMoney: Ireland, Hungary raise fresh concernsupdated: Mon Jul 19 2010 06:04:00

Fresh concerns over Europe's debt problems surfaced Monday after Ireland's debt rating was downgraded and talks between Hungary and the International Monetary Fund reached an impasse.

Clashes in N. Irelandupdated: Thu Jul 15 2010 14:14:00

Police officers injured in clashes in Belfast, Northern Ireland, reports journalist Peter Taggart.

Ireland marks 25th anniversary of Air India crashupdated: Wed Jun 23 2010 08:04:00

Irish officials and ambassadors gathered on Ireland's southern coast Wednesday to mark the 25th anniversary of the Air India bombing that killed all 329 people aboard.

Ireland expels Israeli diplomat over Dubai killingupdated: Tue Jun 15 2010 07:48:00

Ireland has expelled an Israeli diplomat over the use of forged passports in the assassination of a Hamas arms dealer in Dubai, allegedly by Israeli agents, the Irish foreign minister announced Tuesday.

Priest gathering overshadowed by church sex abuse scandalupdated: Thu Jun 10 2010 05:10:00

For a second day Thursday, thousands of priests from around the world are gathered in Rome for a conference to mark the end of the "Year of the Priest."

Volcanic ash prompts airspace closures over Irelandupdated: Sat May 15 2010 23:05:00

Airports in Ireland prepared to close overnight Saturday as a drifting ash cloud from an erupting volcano in Iceland prompted the United Kingdom's air traffic authority to close airspace over parts of Northern Ireland.

Ireland reopens airports after brief shutdownupdated: Fri May 07 2010 08:15:00

Irish authorities reopened all airports Friday after shutting them for several hours because of ash from an Icelandic volcano.

Volcanic ash grounds UK, Irish flights for 2nd dayupdated: Wed May 05 2010 06:04:00

Ash from an Icelandic volcano shut down airports in the United Kingdom and Ireland for a second day Wednesday, causing disruptions to hundreds of passengers.

Ireland's financial overhaulupdated: Tue Mar 30 2010 22:49:00

CNN's Jim Boulden discusses Ireland's plan to set up a "bad bank" where some toxic loans will be transferred.

Opinion: The horror of covering sexual abuseupdated: Wed Mar 24 2010 11:10:00

After working as a journalist for 17 years in London, I have returned to Ireland where I find a very different country to the one I left.

Pope's Irish child abuse letter fails to calm stormupdated: Sun Mar 21 2010 22:24:00

Victims of child abuse by Catholic clergy in Ireland have dismissed a long-awaited letter by Pope Benedict XVI as not going far enough.

Reaction to apologyupdated: Sat Mar 20 2010 23:12:00

Nic Robertson gauges the mood in Northern Ireland as the pope apologizes for the clergy's transgressions.

Pope says 'sorry' for Irish church abuseupdated: Sat Mar 20 2010 23:12:00

Pope Benedict XVI said Saturday he is "truly sorry" for the abuse suffered by victims at the hands of Catholic priests in Ireland.

Ireland's surprise defeat hands Six Nations title to Franceupdated: Sat Mar 20 2010 17:58:00

France have won the Six Nations rugby title for the first time since 2007 following defending champions Ireland's shock home defeat to Scotland on Saturday.

Catholic Church's sex abuse scandal goes globalupdated: Fri Mar 19 2010 22:23:00

As the Vatican announced Friday that Pope Benedict XVI has signed a pastoral letter about Ireland's abusive priests, it became increasingly clear that the church abuse crisis has entered a new international phase, with allegations spreading across a half dozen countries -- including the pope's native Germany.

Child abuse scandal shatters Irish faith in Catholic Churchupdated: Fri Mar 19 2010 18:26:00

John Kelly was 14 years old when, he says, he lost his faith in God.

Criticism of Catholic Church is unfairupdated: Fri Mar 19 2010 17:44:00

The rash of stories about priestly sexual abuse in Europe, especially in Ireland and Germany, has put many Catholics on the defensive. They should not be. While sexual molestation of any kind is always indefensible, the politics surrounding this story is also indefensible.

Pope on scandal in Irelandupdated: Thu Mar 18 2010 09:26:00

Pope Benedict XVI announces he'll sign a pastoral letter addressing the child abuse scandal in Ireland.

Top Irish Catholic ducking blame in abuse case, campaigner chargesupdated: Thu Mar 18 2010 09:26:00

Ireland's top Catholic cardinal is using the "Nuremberg defense" in the face of public outrage at his role 35 years ago in investigating one of the country's most notorious child-abusing priests, an activist said Tuesday.

Ireland's top cardinal accused of ducking blame over abuse probeupdated: Tue Mar 16 2010 15:42:00

Ireland's top Catholic cardinal is using the "Nuremberg defense" in the face of public outrage at his role 35 years ago in investigating one of the country's most notorious child-abusing priests, an activist said Tuesday.

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