Andrew Bushe
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/ 29 March 2007

U2’s Bono made honorary British knight

Irish rock star and anti-poverty campaigner Bono was made an honorary British knight at a ceremony in Dublin on Thursday, the British embassy said. Presenting the insignia on behalf of Queen Elizabeth II, ambassador David Reddaway said it was awarded in recognition of his services to the music industry and for his humanitarian work.

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/ 12 March 2007

Ireland trumpets annual party on world stage

Irish leaders will jet off around the world this week to promote the Emerald Isle ahead of this weekend’s annual St Patrick’s Day celebrations, an increasingly global excuse for a party. Helped by the country’s ubiquitous expatriates St Patrick’s Day brings the <i>craic</i> (having fun) to the world — and Dublin is keen to make the most of it.