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June 6, 2010 | From The Los Angeles Times
CALIFORNIA Presentation Steve McCarthy, author of "Road Trippin': A Guide to Absolutely the Best West Coast Road Trips, Ever!" will present "Real California Road Trips." When, where: 7:30 p.m. Monday at Distant Lands, 56 S. Raymond Ave., Pasadena. Admission, info: Free. RSVP to (626) 449-3220. IRELAND Slide show Mort Loveman will present "Visions of Ireland." When, where: 1 p.m. Wednesday at Roxbury Park Community Center, 471 S. Roxbury Drive, Beverly Hills.
February 7, 2013 | By Henry Chu
LONDON - Ireland sealed a deal with the European Central Bank on Thursday to ease the crippling cost of its public bailout of failing banks, keeping the country on track to wean itself from international emergency loans. By overhauling repayment of the debts it incurred to rescue its banks, Ireland will be on track by the end of 2013 to be able to borrow money on the open market the way most other governments do. It was effectively shut out of those markets at the end of 2010, when the gaping hole ripped into its budget by the bank bailout forced Dublin to go cap in hand to its European partners and the International Monetary Fund.
June 21, 2011 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
How many hotels can claim "excellence since 1228"? Ashford Castle can -- though I'm not sure what passed for luxury in the 13th century. Flash forward to today: The landmark castle-turned-hotel in western Ireland is offering a package with a free night starting at $1,149 for a three-night stay. The deal: Ashford Castle in Cong, County Mayo, was indeed built as a castle, but then it was rebuilt as a hunting and fishing lodge in the 1800s, according to the hotel's website . It location, 300 acres on the Cong River and the banks of Lough Corrib, means you can go fishing and boating without having to go far afield.
March 31, 2010 | Bloomberg News
Ireland's banks may need at least $42.7 billion in new capital after a real estate slump left them crippled by mounting bad loans. The fund-raising requirement was announced after the National Asset Management Agency, the country's so-called bad bank, said it would pay 53 cents on the dollar for the first block of loans it is buying from lenders, and the financial regulator set new capital targets. The discount compares with the government's estimate of 70 cents. "Our worst fears have been surpassed," Finance Minister Brian Lenihan said in Parliament in Dublin on Tuesday.
September 2, 2009
May 22, 2013 | By Jim Peltz
The Galaxy reversed course and allowed star forward Robbie Keane to join Ireland's national soccer team for two exhibition games, or friendlies. The Football Assn. of Ireland said Wednesday that Keane, the Irish team's captain, could play in the club's games against England at Wembley Stadium on May 29 and against the nation of Georgia at Aviva Stadium in Dublin on June 2. Keane, 32, initially was expected to miss the matches due to Galaxy commitments but later received clearance, the association said.
May 31, 2013 | By Jim Puzzanghera
WASHINGTON -- Ireland's ambassador to the U.S. declared Friday that his nation was not a tax haven for Apple Inc., formally disputing a congressional report that said company executives had negotiated a special low rate to shelter much of the firm's foreign earnings. "The tax rates attributed to Ireland are wrong and misleading," the ambassador, Michael Collins, wrote to Sens. Carl Levin (D-Mich.) and John McCain (R-Ariz.) of the Senate's Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations in a letter released Friday.
November 28, 2010 | By Henry Chu, Los Angeles Times
European officials rescued their second country in seven months Sunday, offering financially strapped Ireland a bailout package worth $113 billion in a bid to shore up confidence in the battered euro. Dublin quickly accepted the emergency lifeline, hoping to calm anxious investors ahead of the opening of international markets Monday. The move was a humiliating climb-down for the Irish government, which had insisted for weeks that it did not need outside help to deal with its crushing public debt and decimated banking sector.
October 31, 2012 | By F. Kathleen Foley
Jimmy Murphy's 1999 play, “The Muesli Belt,” now in its American premiere at Theatre Banshee, deals with the rampant gentrification of an inner-city Dublin neighborhood. Of course, in Ireland as in much of the world, boom times led to a global bust, with the bloodily declawed Celtic Tiger left scrabbling on a mountain of debt. In light of those developments, Murphy's themes now seem dated, and although director Sean Branney elicits lovely performances from his cast, the moral quandaries in the play seem mere niceties, unbalanced by the march of time.
May 13, 2007
Lindy Ackerman of Dana Point was hoofing it along the Dingle Peninsula in southwest Ireland when this cliff-side scene caught her eye. So she caught it on camera -- a Canon Elph -- at just the right moment. "We saw these bluish figures from afar, and then I realized they were sheep," the 19-year-old said.
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