Ireland

Arts, Culture & Media

Country music fans in Ireland are reeling as Garth Brooks' comeback tour concerts are cancelled

Country music star Garth Brooks was supposed to kick-off his much anticipated worldwide comeback tour in Croke Park, Dublin. But then the Dublin City Council said no to five consecutive days of concerts. It only approved three. Brooks and his entourage responded by pulling the plug on all the Dublin gigs. Now the Irish government and Dublin City Council are scrambling to reach a compromise.

Global Scan

He became famous for fake interpreting Nelson Mandela's funeral — now he's plugging an Israeli start-up

South Africa was mortified when it discovered it allowed a sign language interpreter on stage next to world leader to sign what amounted to mere gibberish. The situation got worse when reports emerged he had been connected with criminal behavior. But the man at the center of the controversy is a star once more. That and more in today's Global Scan.

Arts, Culture & Media

Here's why Irish author Roddy Doyle revisited his characters from The Commitments

Roddy Doyle made a splash in the mid-1980s with his first novel, The Commitments. He then took those characters on two more journeys with The Snapper and then The Van. Afterwards, he put them on a shelf for more than 20 years. But Ireland's recent economic crisis brought him back to the world of Jimmy Rabbitte's Dublin in a new novel called The Guts.

Arts, Culture & Media

Global Hit

We close our program this Christmas Day with a carol from a small village in Ireland. The song is called "The Darkest Midnight" and is performed by Irish singer Cara Dillon.

Conflict & Justice

In other soccer news

The World's William Troop tells anchor Jeb Sharp about a shocking incident of foul play on the soccer field � an incident that seems to have denied Ireland a place at the soccer World Cup.

Arts, Culture & Media

Grada's Natural Angle

The opening track on the latest CD by Grada might lead you to believe that you're in for a set of Irish jigs and reels but the quintet has more on its collective mind than traditional Celtic music. The World's Ken Bader has today's Global Hit.

Conflict & Justice

Dealing with Ireland's debt woes

Ireland will unveil an austerity budget and sealing a bailout deal with the International Monetary Fund and the European Union.The World's Laura Lynch reported from Ireland 18 months ago, Now, she's gone back to see two of the people have fared.

Science, Tech & Environment

Cows, sheep and global warming

With 2009 likely to be a crucial year for international climate change negotiations, there's increased attention on the role agriculture may play in driving up global temperatures. Cows and sheep produce a LOT of methane, and scientists are looking at new ways to cut such "emissions". The BBC's Matt McGrath reports from Dublin.