Pandemic purgatory: priest keeps coronavirus vigil on Irish holy island | AFP

With Ireland in coronavirus lockdown limbo, Father Laurence Flynn has been the solitary inhabitant of Station Island in the middle of windswept Lough Derg. The Catholic island pilgrimage site, which dates back to the fifth century, is said to be where Christ showed St Patrick the entrance to purgatory. With the island unable to host pilgrims due to coronavirus restrictions Father Laurence “La” Flynn has stayed behind to perform the daily strenuous cycles of barefoot prayer usually undertaken by crowds of the faithful.

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St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York holds first public Mass since March | AFP

Returning to the pews: Catholics in New York attend public Mass at St Patrick’s Cathedral for the first time since March. The United States has surpassed 2.5 million coronavirus cases, as efforts to reopen the world’s economic powerhouse were dramatically set back by a surge of new infections in states such as Florida. IMAGES

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Closures, layoffs mar St. Patrick’s Day

Business closures, layoffs marred St. Patrick’s Day festivities in New Orleans. (March 18)

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Virus dampens St. Patrick’s Day revelry in Florida

In response to the virus outbreak, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis declared that restaurants must limit their number of patrons to maintain safe distances between diners ‚Äď a big change for one local business on this St. Patrick‚Äôs Day. (March 17)

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Streets abandoned and pubs shuttered on St Patricks Day in Dublin | AFP

Pubs are shuttered and streets abandoned in central Dublin on St Patrick’s Day as celebrations have been called off to stem the spread of the coronavirus.

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Streets abandoned and pubs shuttered on St Patricks Day in Dublin | AFP

Pubs are shuttered and streets abandoned in central Dublin on St Patrick’s Day. Traditionally crowds of drinkers and revellers would be spilling out of bars across the city, but celebrations have been called off to stem the spread of the coronavirus. from tourists and locals around central DublinN¬į1PY62R

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Today in History for March 17th

Highlights of Today in History: St. Patrick dies; President George W. Bush gives Saddam Hussein 48 hour ultimatum; Franklin D. Roosevelt gets married; Baseball players including Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa testify to congress about steroid use. (March 17)

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Chicago cancels St. Patrick’s parade due to virus

Chicago has joined the growing ranks of cities across the United States to call off its St. Patrick’s Day events amid concerns about the coronavirus. (March 11)

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NYPD: Man in St. Pats had “intent to set a fire”

Police say a man arrested after entering St. Patrick’s Cathedral with two cans of gasoline, lighter fluid and butane lighters had also been arrested at a New Jersey cathedral a few days ago. New York police say 37-year-old Marc Lamparello is facing charges including attempted arson and reckless endangerment. (April 18)

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Here’s the latest for Thursday April 18th: Redacted Mueller report due out Thursday; North Korea says it tested new weapon; NYPD says man entered St. Patrick’s Cathedral with cans of gas, lighters; Experienced cave diver rescued from Tennessee cave.

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NYPD: Man with gas cans arrested at cathedral

A New Jersey man was arrested Wednesday night after entering St. Patrick’s Cathedral carrying two cans of gasoline, lighter fluid and butane lighters, according to the New York Police Department. (April 18)

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St. Patrick’s Day celebrations got out of hand! Who do you think should be punished here?

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Today in History for March 17th

Highlights of Today in History: St. Patrick dies; President George W. Bush gives Saddam Hussein 48 hour ultimatum; Franklin D. Roosevelt gets married; Baseball players including Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa testify to congress about steroid use. (March 17)

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Chicago River dyed green for St. Patrick’s day

The Chicago River was on Saturday dyed green in honour of St. Patrick’s Day, as the city prepared for its world-renowned parade. (March 16)

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Trump receives Shamrock Bowl from Irish PM

President Donald Trump received a Shamrock Bowl as part of day long festivities with Ireland’s Prime Minister Leo Varadkar to celebrate an early St. Patrick’s Day. (March 14)

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Trump Touts Irish Ties, Jokes About Low Taxes

President Donald Trump stressed the close ties between Ireland and America at a St. Patrick’s Day luncheon with the Irish Prime Minister Thursday, though he joked that the country was a “tough one to compete with” on taxes. (March 15)

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Raw: Crashes on Massachusetts Snow-Covered Roads

There were many crashes on the snow-covered roads in Massachusetts on Tuesday. Meteorlogists say Boston and other areas dealt with blizzard conditions from blowing snow and wind. Boston’s St. Patrick’s Day parade may be cancelled. (March 14)

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VICE News Daily: Beyond The Headlines – September 4, 2014

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The VICE News Capsule is a news roundup that looks beyond the headlines. Today: ‚Äč‚ÄčPakistan claims more than 900 militants killed in North Waziristan since June, Israel demolishes West Bank dairy factory, Singapore opens underground caverns to store oil, and New York’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade organizers lift ban on gay groups.

PAKISTAN
Army Claims Several Hundred Militants Killed Since June
Media access to North Waziristan has been blocked, making any independent confirmation of the figures impossible.

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Israeli Forces Destroy Dairy Factory
‚ÄčTel Aviv accused the operator of affiliation with the militant group Hamas.‚Äč

SINGAPORE
Underground Caverns Built to Store Oil
‚ÄčThe facility has a capacity equivalent to 600 Olympic-size swimming pools.‚Äč

U.S.A.
Gay Groups Allowed to Participate in St. Patrick’s Day Parade
‚ÄčOrganizers had been under pressure to lift the ban for years.‚Äč

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